Adult price from £1,475pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and guided activities; all as listed.
VISITING: Madeira
BROCHURE CODE: 4037

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 8 years or over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
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What's included?

  • Flights: Direct return flights from London to Funchal. Flight routes subject to change. Regional departures are available on request and may attract a supplement
  • Transfers: All transfers included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: east island jeep expedition with levada walk; sea kayaking and snorkelling; whale and dolphin watching; snorkelling with dolphins*; canyoning; north island jeep expedition; visit the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente and swim in the lava pools, or volcanic beach at Seixal; levada biking tour (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Please Note: you can only snorkel with the dolphins if the conditions are right. There is also the possibility that not all the members of the group will be able to do it before the dolphins move on.


Madeira is the perfect place for families to enjoy a holiday of discovery: warm waters, sun-filled days and exciting activities make this a fantastic place to explore.

You’ll be based in Funchal, the island’s small and fascinating capital and from here you can take part in all sorts of adventures. On your first day, you will explore the island as you enjoy a jeep adventure from one amazing viewpoint to another, over mountains and through valleys and along the winding coastline as you go! Stopping for a walk in the colourful mountains of Madeira, you’ll head to the stunning Balcoes viewpoint, which looks out to the island’s central mountain range. From here, you’ll then go for a short walk along one of the island’s many levadas, traversing across the forested hills, filled with emerald green trees and bursting with colourful flowers and bubbling streams.

Moving from land to sea, you’ll have the chance to explore the coves and bays of the island by sea kayak, as you paddle across the beautiful blue sea in search of wildlife and adventure. You’ll then take to the seas again, aboard a RIB in search of marine life. Madeira is renowned for its whale and dolphin watching, so there’s no way we could leave this out during your time here. The boat trip will take you across the waters that surround Madeira and if nature is on your side, you’ll even get the chance to snorkel with the wild dolphins that call these waters home! A truly brilliant experience, this is sure to leave your family with fun-filled, lasting memories. 

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After the excitement of the ocean, you’ll head deep into the island for a half day of family-friendly canyoning. It’s a fantastic way to explore the island from another point of view – water slides, refreshing pools and rappels will certainly keep the family entertained!

Back on the road and you’ll journey by jeep to the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente, which includes a trip to the Volcanism Centre to learn about the island’s formation. From here, you’ll then get to see how volcanoes can create natural masterpieces, as you swim in the fantastic saltwater swimming pools of Seixal, which were formed by lava and are filled with beautiful, crystal-clear water. There’s also a black, volcanic beach nearby, with fantastic views of the cliffs above.

Finally, you’ll take to the trails as you enjoy an easy biking tour along a wide levada, surrounded by luscious forest; a fantastic way to explore the famous irrigation channels of Madeira!

Based in a family run hotel, which is full of charm and character, you’ll be staying close to the sea and the old town section of Funchal, so this is the perfect trip for families looking for a fun-filled adventure holiday with nearby shops, restaurants and excitement! 

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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

Price based on 2 adults (12 and over) sharing with 1 child (8-11) on an extra bed

Dates
Sat 20 Oct 2018 Adult price (per person): £1545.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1345.00 Book

SUPPLEMENTS

HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA ADULT  CHILD
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room   £210
2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room    £84
HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA MAR    
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room     £235
 2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room     £94

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Sat 25 May 2019 Adult price (per person): £1755.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1520.00 Enquire
Fri 12 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1525.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1290.00 Enquire
Fri 19 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1540.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1305.00 Enquire
Fri 26 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1665.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1430.00 Enquire
Fri 02 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1675.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1440.00 Enquire
Fri 09 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1620.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1385.00 Enquire
Fri 16 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1600.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1360.00 Enquire
Fri 23 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1640.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1465.00 Enquire
Fri 30 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1475.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1340.00 Enquire
Sat 19 Oct 2019 Adult price (per person): £1730.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1510.00 Enquire

Supplements

Hotel Quinta da Penha de Franca Adult  Child
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room   £225
2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room    £90
HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA MAR    
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room     £250
 2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room     £100
Dates
Sat 20 Oct 2018 Adult price (per person): £1535.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1345.00 Book

SUPPLEMENTS

HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA ADULT  CHILD
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room   £210
2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room    £84
HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA MAR    
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room     £235
 2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room     £94

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Sat 25 May 2019 Adult price (per person): £1800.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1540.00 Enquire
Fri 12 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1560.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1310.00 Enquire
Fri 19 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1600.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1330.00 Enquire
Fri 26 Jul 2019 Adult price (per person): £1720.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1450.00 Enquire
Fri 02 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1730.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1465.00 Enquire
Fri 09 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1675.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1405.00 Enquire
Fri 16 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1655.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1385.00 Enquire
Fri 23 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1700.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1430.00 Enquire
Fri 30 Aug 2019 Adult price (per person): £1530.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1260.00 Enquire
Sat 19 Oct 2019 Adult price (per person): £1720.00 Child (age 8 - 11): £1510.00 Enquire

Supplements

Hotel Quinta da Penha de Franca Adult  Child
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room   £225
2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room    £90
HOTEL QUINTA DA PENHA DE FRANCA MAR    
1 adult sharing with 1 child or 2 children sharing non-interconnecting room     £250
 2 children (8-11) sharing an interconnecting room     £100

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 4 people, maximum 14 (approximately)

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.

Single supplement

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Suitable for

This holiday has a specified minimum age. In some cases, however, younger children may be able to participate in the holiday but may not be able to take part in all of the activities. Please note that there may also be younger children staying at the hotel. Please speak to our Travel Experts for more details. 

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

  • Really well-balanced family holiday 17 August 2018 by The Nelson Family

    This holiday had everything - amazing weather, great hotel with time to swim in the hotel pool and snorkel in the sea beside the hotel every day, lots of lovely places to eat close to the hotel and fantastic scenery and activities arranged by Activities Abroad. The transfer from the airport was very short and we had an early flight,  so ended up arriving at the hotel at 11 am (and they were
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    great and let us have our rooms straight away). We travelled with our sons aged 8 and 10 - they had an absolutely brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking, canyoning and mountain biking. I would just say that my youngest is strong and fit and fearless for his age - I would be cautious of taking an under 10 on this holiday if they were of a more cautious disposition or less robust as the activities are quite physical and could be overwhelming for nervous children! Having said that,  the activity guides were absolutely lovely and I am sure that they would be able to adapt things as needed to keep everyone happy. We felt that the itinerary was extremely well worked out - we left feeling we really understood the island and had a good balance of history, culture, sightseeing, nature and physical activities. The welcome and farewell dinners were much appreciated but we also enjoyed finding our own places to eat in Funchal as there are so many options  (and amazing ice cream along the seafront open until late every night!). There was exactly the right amount of free time for us and it was spaced out through the week in a very thoughtful way.
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