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Botanical Beauty

Departing the port, your motor coach takes you along the seafront avenue to the Funchal Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the sounds and scents of this market with its enormous variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Then, proceed to the village of Monte and walk through it to admire a succession of beautiful gardens and landscapes. On the far side of town, board the cable car for a ride over breathtaking views of the valleys that lead to the Botanic Gardens of Madeira. Here you will learn why Madeira is known as the Floating Garden—these gardens are beautifully laid out across terraces that climb from 600 to 900 feet in elevation. You will have free time to explore the path winding between dragon and coral trees, hibiscus bushes and an abundance of flowers both indigenous and exotic, with sensational city views. Return by coach to Funchal, stopping to visit the famous wine cellars of Madeira.Notes:Wear comfortable walking shoes.
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4 out of 4(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Botanical Beauty
Review 1 for Botanical Beauty
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:May 18, 2013
Rollingstone
Location:Idaho, USA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
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Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This was great. You covered a lot of different types of things.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for Botanical Beauty
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:December 6, 2012
Albertagrandma
Location:Alberta, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
We really liked this tour. There was lots of scenic driving, a cable car ride and then a visit to the Botanic gardens. Lots of walking on cobblestones so walkers were finding it very difficult. The gardens were very colorful even though it was in November. We then visited the farmers market which was wonderful to just walk around. So many fruits and vegetables and flowers that were unknown to us and we received samples galore. Fish market was also very interesting to see. There was a wine tasting to end up the tour. Good value and very enjoyable, but tiring excursion.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Botanical Beauty
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Well Worth It! Delightful!

Date:November 28, 2011
JRseattle
Location:Seattle, WA
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Finally, an excursion that did not disappoint! We had a fantastic guide for this excursion; we all know how important that is.
The ride from the port to the Farmer's Market is a short ride of 10 minutes or so. We arrived at the market around opening time about 9am. After details were given by our guide, we had about 30 mins to peruse the market. Nothing to buy but plenty to see...flowers, fruits and seafood. I enjoyed the baked goods for sale in the center of the market; all lovingly homemade.
After the market, we boarded the coach to climb(!) up the hills of Funchal to the most glorious botanical gardens! Magniifcent views of the city and water from the gardens. Beautifully organized areas of different landscapes...stunningly gorgeous. Don't forget to see the exotic birds at the bottom of the gardens (included with your entrance).
We returned to the coach to climb even higher to ride the cable car to the hillside city of Monte. The cable car was another highlight of the this tour. a 10 minute ride over the city...you will be awestruck.
After the cable car, you will walk for 20 minutes or so throught he cobblestone streets to another part of Monte while you wait to board the coach. We had about 2o minutes to wirte a postcard and sip a cup of coffee.
Next we went back to the city and went to a wine cellar to taste the wonderful wines of madeira. What a treat.
Highly recommended.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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4out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Botanical Beauty
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

A Little Bit of Everything in Funchal

Date:November 13, 2011
casinger46
Location:Northern California
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
My husband and I loved this tour, but it SHOULD be rated "3 walkers" because it is VERY strenuous, with lots of ups and downs. The Farmers' Market was colorful and interesting. The visit to Monte, with it's vistas to the sea was very nice. We then walked to the cable car, past the basket ride where 200-300 people were waiting to get on! The cable car ride was fine. Then we walked through the Botanical Gardens, built on terraces. Absolutely beautiful. There was even some topiary and a whole "zoo" of parrots. A must do tour for gardeners and lovers of beautiful gardens!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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3out of 3found this review helpful.