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Funchal Garden & park tours

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Botanical Garden Cable Car Ticket

1. Botanical Garden Cable Car Ticket

Climb aboard the Botanical Garden cable car and ride to the mountains surrounding the city of Funchal. Botanical garden cable car is situated between 10-12 minutes (by car) from Funchal city center. Start out near the Botanical Garden, located about 3 kilometers from the center of Funchal. The Botanical Garden was created in 1960 and quickly became one of the major attractions on the island of Madeira. The cable car will take you over the Valley of João Gomes Ribeira, passing forest-covered mountains. Take some spectacular photos of the Bay of Funchal, the surrounding mountains, and the sea. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes. Your trip ends at the village of Monte, at an elevation of 1,025 meters above sea level. Monte is a small village that was initially a health resort for the upper classes in the early 20th century. Today it is one of Funchal’s main attractions and the site for trying a toboggan ride down the hill. Depending on the option selected you can end your journey in Monte or take the cable car back to the Botanical Garden. The cable car was designed and operates in accordance with the most strict European and international security standards, ensuring that you can focus on enjoying the ride.

Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

2. Funchal: Monte Tropical Garden & Toboggan Ride by Tuk Tuk

Feel the thrill of riding by Tuk Tuk around the stunning Monte Tropical Garden. Begin in Funchal city and head towards the mountains. Arrive in Monte Palace Madeira and enjoy a cup of coffee. Explore over 70,000 square meters of exotic plants and breathe in the beautiful ambience of the garden. Uncover one of the most exciting and wonderful places Madeira has to offer. Begin the trip in the Old Town in Funchal city, a main tourist attraction full of fun stories and curious facts. Venture to the mountains up to Monte city. Feel mesmerized by the lovely plants, and visit one of the most popular churches on the island, Monte's church. Learn of the day of Lady of Monte, the most attended feast on Madeira Island all year. Take your time at the Monte Palace Madeira, adored for its facinating and immense garden. Take photos, relax, enjoy some coffee, and prepare to get lost in the nature of the garden grounds. Visit the central lake and marvel at local swans, ducks, peacocks, and chickens. Enter the Monte Palace Madeira Museum and explore the three floors filled with sculptures, history, and a unique mineral collection. End the tour at a legendary charm of the island, the famous Monte Toboggan. Enjoy the thrilling ride down the hill, the way the locals used to.

Funchal: Botanical Garden in a Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. Funchal: Botanical Garden in a Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover the Botanical Garden of Madeira, one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira with this tuk-tuk tour from Funchal. Marvel at marvelous views overlooking the city and admire gardens which cover 80,000 square meters. Stop at sights like the Municipal Square on the return trip. On the drive up the hill with your guide, you can enjoy magnificent views over the city. Once up in the Botanical Garden, your guide will provide you with enough time to visit the gardens (garden admission not included). Have the option to purchase a ticket to the garden's a Museum of Natural History, which well worth a visit for those wanting a little more scientific information about plants. Cruise down from the garden and visit a variety of landmarks from different centuries in the city center, including the 15th century cathedral and the Municipal Square where the City Hall and the Jesuit Monastery are found.

Botanical Garden & Funchal Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Botanical Garden & Funchal Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira Island and the old town of Funchal city, on a ride that will take approximately 1h30m. Right after being picked up, the trip will start at the Old Town and continue its route into the beautiful Botanical Garden of Funchal. The Old Town, locally known as “Zona Velha”, is one of the most touristy areas of Funchal city, because of its picturesque cobblestone streets and the unique facades of the buildings. Streets are filled with great historical value, with buildings like “Corpo Santo Chapel” that have survived since the 15th century. Small and cozy alleys, the Old Town is shouting to be discovered by everyone who chooses to visit it. Expect the unexpected on this trip. After strolling through the colorful and fun streets of Funchal city, this tour will continue its course on one of the most breathtaking places on the entire island. The Botanical Garden, in Bom Sucesso, will provide its visitors with mesmerizing and unique plants and flowers. The garden not only offers and displays a vast collection of indigenous and endemic plants but also offers the opportunity for all its guests to get to know the Museum of Natural History of Madeira Island. “Bom Sucesso Estate”, a manor that houses this wonderful garden, dates back to 1881 and was built by Reid´s family. A one-of-a-kind tuk-tuk tour that can't be skipped by any nature lover, who will find this tour remarkable, and essential. This fun and exciting tour will be guided by a private driver and knowledgeable tour guide, directing, and sharing all sorts of fun and historical facts throughout the entire trip. Strolling and getting to know these places will certainly be an experience to remember. So, dare to discover all of it and so much more in this tuk-tuk ride.

Funchal: Monte Palace Tropical Gardens Tour

5. Funchal: Monte Palace Tropical Gardens Tour

The tour will start at the city center, and up the hills that characterize the island, on a fun tuk tuk ride. Enjoy the wonderful view from the viewpoint and visit the church before heading to Monte Palace. Explore the tropical garden and marvel at the variety of pants and serene scenery. After visiting the garden, customers will come back to the city center, and drop off at a place of their choice.

Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

6. Madeira: Private Half-Day Guided Gardens Tour

Embark on a half-day tour dedicated to the Madeira's gardens, one of the island's greatest treasures. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and be impressed by its beauty and diverse culture. See traces of Portugal's history since the reign of its first king, D. Afonso Henriques. Wander through the Monte Palace, which occupies an area of 70.000 square meters and houses an exotic collection of plants from different regions in the world. Watch swans and ducks floating on the lake as well as peacocks and chickens walking freely in the main areas of the property. Visit the museum inside the palace that houses a unique collection of minerals and gems.  The tour ends in the Botanical Garden, founded in 1960 by a Madeiran Botanist. Find more than 2500 species of plants from different parts in the world, all brought together in the “Garden of the Atlantic.”

Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

7. Funchal: Madeira Botanical Garden Private Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover a stunning array of plants and flowers on a visit to the Madeira Botanical Gardens aboard your very own tuk-tuk. Enjoy the comfort of a private tour that offers breathtaking views of the Funchal hillsides and coastline. Benefit from a hotel pick from your guide and board your tuk-tuk for the day. Embark on a peaceful drive through the city’s hills as you make your way to the Madeira Botanical Garden. Take a 1-hour journey around the garden, which covers an area of 80,000 m², and let the pleasant fragrance of flowers delight you as you encounter the varied collection of over 2,500 species of plants. During your tour, get access to the garden’s very own natural history museum to learn more about both local and international species of flora and fauna. Once your visit is over, return to the city by tuk-tuk and get dropped back off at your accommodation or choose another drop-off location so you can further explore the city on your own.

Funchal: Palheiro Gardens and Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Funchal: Palheiro Gardens and Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

This tuk-tuk tour was made for those who would like to embrace a bit more of Madeira´s culture and fauna with a twist of being on a fun ride. The Palheiro Gardens tuk-tuk premium tour is recommended for anyone who loves nature, culture, and a good adventure. Commencing this tour at the Old town in Funchal, one of the most touristy areas of the city is covered with interesting stories and welcoming vibes throughout. Streets filled with stories and charm, and buildings that have endured since the 15th century, what´s there not to love? An expert driver/storyteller will be eager to tell all about these stories and mysterious facts about all the places this tour will show. An award-winning garden with a great variety of exotic trees that are eager to be discovered on this invigorating ride. This journey will continue its course all the way up to one of the most gorgeous botanical gardens one can see on the entire island. The gardens at “Quinta do Palheiro” are situated about 500 meters above sea level in the city of Funchal. Palheiro Gardens are famous for their legendary gardens and surroundings, they are open throughout the year to fascinate all its guests. There are tree plantations there with about 200 years old that were planted by the first owner of the Manor House, the Conde de Carvalhal. Nowadays, the Palheiro Gardens include a hotel, a golf course, and the Palheiro Village Florialis orchid nurse. These gardens are praised among one of the most beautiful in the world, this will be a memorable trip from beginning to end. Be prepared to live and experience Funchal´s most beautiful sights and sounds with a dedicated guide in private transportation.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The guide Luiz was perfect. Luiz was smiling all the trip despite bad weather, and tried to do the best he could. Nice, kind, informative and really helpful. He also took good time to explain and show everything while driving the tuk-tuk and showed some bonus locations. He also took time to recommend some local restaurants as well as hidden pearls in Funchal/Monte. I really recommend this trip, and this ride have easily been the best of all guides at Funchal and Monte. I recommend this guide to all my friends who are thinking to visit Madeira in the future. The toboggan ride and tropical Garden is as well highly recommended.

We were very happy with our experience on this tour..Our guide Andrea was exceptional with her knowledge of the city and all of the different parts of the tour..We were told the day before, due to the public holiday that the toboggans would be closed, Andrea said we would extend the tour beyond the time scheduled and stay as late as we wanted..then we find the toboggans open and she got us in the que…all in all Andrea was accommodating to go with the flow of the afternoon to make it a relaxing and very enjoyable day..thank you TUK AWAY tours..Obrigado..

Luis is a very good tour guide! This tour is definitely worth it, it’s very fun going in the tuktuk and around the island. Luis will tell you information you never knew (from a local) of the island, between monte and old town Funchal. He will go above and beyond to make sure you have a great trip. He offered suggestions for restaurants and also offered for me to message him on my holiday if I had any questions about Madeira.

Just wow! This is the only way to describe this tour, wow! Really my advice to you all is, go on this tour. It is so much fun, it is totally different. It is informative, it is entertaining. Me and my mum loved it so much. Luis was an absolute dream as a tour guide, he knew so much, he was just a lovely guy to be around. Just book this tour, you really won’t regret it.

Amazing tour. Loved every minute and it was a highlight of the visit. The guide was very knowledgeable and flexible to what we wanted to see. Thank you.