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Join us on this floral-themed break accompanied by the popular garden designer

Thanks to its fertile volcanic soil, Madeira is a plant-lover's paradise. Timed to coincide with the island's delightful May flower festival in 2022, this itinerary will reveal its horticultural highlights in the company of a very special guest - garden designer and presenter, Adam Frost. Adam says:

"I love the gardens of Madeira. From the orchid nurseries at Palheiro Gardens to the vibrant colours of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden - which is home to a huge array of exotic species - the island has something for every plant lover. Visiting during the flower festival makes it even more exciting - I can't wait to join you."

Adam will accompany you as you visit to Madeira's famous flower festival and experience the parade through the streets of Funchal. You will also spend an evening in Adam's company for an exclusive talk and Q&A session.

Your hotel base during your stay will be the VidaMar resort, equipped with a spa overlooking the ocean, three saltwater infinity pools, a fitness centre and a piano bar and snooker lounge - all just a short walk from central Funchal, with its shops, iconic market, shopping centre and museums.

Your trip includes a return flight from a choice of airports, plus airport transfers and travel by luxury coach.

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Adam Frost
Garden designer

Adam Frost has designed gardens worldwide and won seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Adam is a popular presenter on Gardeners' World, an RHS Ambassador for Education, and an author of two gardening books.

Price includes

  • Exclusive activities with Adam Frost
  • Return flights from a selection of airports plus transfers
  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation at VidaMar resort just outside central Funchal
  • Services of an expert travel director

Personalise Your Holiday (optional excursion)

Enjoy afternoon tea with fantastic views of Madeira as you indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace, an iconic luxury hotel. Dine on freshly baked scones, pastries and sandwiches with your choice of tea or a glass of refreshing champagne. From £37 per person.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Funchal
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Fly to Funchal before transferring to VidaMar resort, located just outside of Funchal. Enjoy free time this evening to settle in, and dinner at the hotel.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Tour Funchal
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Join a local guide on a walking tour of the historic centre of Funchal, with its spectacular harbour. See the 15th-century Sé Cathedral, the island's main religious building. Foodies can also discover the art deco Mercado dos Lavradores or farmers' market, before a tasting of local Madeira wine and an excursion to the beautifully manicured Botanical Gardens in the hills overlooking Funchal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Eastern Madeira
    Porto da Cruz, Portugal

    Visit sleepy Porto da Cruz, a 16th-century parish that is renowned for producing sugar cane spirit and a dry red wine made from the Americana grape. Continue onwards for a stroll around Santana, with its A-frame thatched houses with brightly painted doors and windows, before a visit to the Unesco-listed Ribeiro Frio National Park and Pico do Arieiro, Madeira's third-highest mountain, for wonderful views of the island.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Valley of the Nuns
    Eira do Cerrado, Portugal

    This morning you will visit Eira do Serrado, part of a natural cauldron of jagged peaks and chasms, for glorious views down to the Valley of the Nuns. Visit Funchal's Santa Clara convent and sample the sweet chestnuts it produces. Continue on to Câmara de Lobos fishing village, built around a bay with Europe's highest cliffs forming a breathtaking backdrop. Wander the cobbled streets and visit Saint Anthony's Chapel, or relax with a glass of poncha, a local elixir of sugar cane spirit, honey and lemon juice.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Palheiro Gardens
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Visit the blissful Palheiro Botanical Gardens, world famous for its variety of flora and its beautiful tranquil setting in the hills overlooking Funchal. Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea at Reid's (supplement of £37pp)

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Monte Palace
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Join Adam on a delightful visit to Monte Palace Tropical Garden to hear his horticultural insights. Explore these exquisite oriental gardens, which include Asianstyle bridges, arches and a pond filled with Koi carp. They also house a historic tile collection gathered from Portuguese palaces, churches and private residences. The journey is a steep one, so not for absolutely everyone. In the afternoon, head to Quinta Do Largo garden. This evening join Adam for an exclusive talk and Q&A session.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Madeira Flower Festival
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Enjoy a leisurely morning in the hotel or exploring the surrounding area. This afternoon, join Adam as you discover the island's glorious native spring flowers on an excursion to Madeira Flower Festival, one of the most popular events in the island's calendar. Enjoy Adam's insights and savour the sights and scents of this remarkable event in the heart of Funchal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Depart Madeira
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

VidaMar Madeira

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Resort hotel just outside the centre of Funchal

VidaMar resort hotel Madiera is a short walk from central Funchal, with its shops, iconic market, shopping centre and museums. It boasts different restaurants, three saltwater infinity pools (for adults, plus an additional one for children), a dynamic fitness centre, the modern and oceanfront Thalasso Sea Spa, a piano bar and a snooker lounge. Bedrooms are immensely spacious, the gorgeous spa overlooks the ocean and dinner and breakfast are included, with a magnificently wide range of dishes to choose from.

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