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Maderia Island Tour & Famous Monte Toboggan Ride

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What to Expect
We start off first to Pico dos Barcelos, this is a beautiful observation area on the outskirts of Funchal. Here you will enjoy amazing views from 355M above sea level.

After this great photo opportunity stop we then head to Eira Do Serrado, this is an eye catching rock ledge, that overlooks “Curral das Freiras” a horse shoe shaped valley beneath us. This valley has three sheer sides that cut into the serrated peaks of Madeira.

Next stop on our half day luxury tour is Camara de Lobos, situated west of Funchal. Here you will love the character of a small fishing village. It was named after the famous monk seals which frequent visitors to the harbour. The centre of the village, with its whitewashed houses, shops and bar where you can taste the local drink poncha, is a great way to finish of your tour in style.

Then we make our way to Cabo Girao: The second highest Sea Cliff in the world (after Norway). so named because Zarco got this far on his exploration of Madeira´s coast in 1418 before he did an about turn (girao) back to Funchal .There is a small well railed miradouro.With a fine view across towards the distants.It´s a lovely and tranquil spot .The smell of pine and eucalyptus in the air.Vine and vegatables are cultivated at the foot of the cliff.

Then we finish off our tour in style with the famous Monte Toboggan run. This is one of Madeira’s most famous attractions. Dating back to the 1850s, the Monte Sledge — a wicker toboggan — was the primary means of downhill public transportation. Two men, called “Carreiros” dressed in white and wearing straw hats, will be your chauffeurs on this downhill adventure. They wear special, rubber-soled shoes that help them steer and brake the toboggan, which is essentially a wicker basket attached to two wooden runners (that glide on greased up rags).

The trip to the bottom takes about 10 minutes down a curvy road, and you can expect to reach speeds up to 30mph!

This private tour will then drop you back to your hotel or cruise ship making sure the memories of this day will live long in your memory.
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Departure Point
Please include your cruise ship name or hotel name for meeting point
Departure Time
We can tailor the time to suit please request at time or we will suggest 10am.
Return Details
We return you to your cruise ship or hotel
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Excludes cost of the tobbogan ride which is 30 € per couple
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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2 km descent for 30 euros. Not hair raising but fun. Photo an extra 10 euros. The road is worn smooth by the basket runners and once pushed off the two "gondoliers" jump on a steer with their special rubberised shoes. As you near the intersection and see cars going a cross there
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I suppose it’s a must do if you’re in Madeira just to say you’ve done it. BUT be careful of being ripped off by the “friendly” taxi driver at the bottom of the ride. €30 for the 2km ride back up! I initially thought it was €13 which in itself would be expensive! If we weren’t
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nice but not as much fun as stated parts so slow you could get out and walk quicker so not as hair rasing as could be
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If you go to Madeira you must put this on your to do list. It is great fun, it looks scary but it is OK, these guys really know what they are doing
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Take a toboggan ride in the traditional basket sledges which date back to the 1850’s when they were used as a means of transport by the local residents who wanted to travel quickly from the village of Monte to the city of Funchal. Today the toboggan takes you from Monte, home to
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  • Duration: 5h
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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