Azores Airlines just started a new non-stop flight (6-7 hours) from New York JFK airport to the romantic island of Madeira, a Portuguese territory off the coast of north Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira is the “floating garden” of the Atlantic and a unique subtropical paradise with dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Its mild climate makes it the ideal island for a relaxing or active break at any time of the year. Diving, surfing, canyoning, walking in the mountains or by the sea are just some of the possible activities to enjoy on this island. Swimming in the ocean or in natural rock pools, strolling through colorful gardens, tasting the well-known Madeira fortified wine and trying the traditional gastronomy will fill your senses. This special flash deal, starting from only $1499 per person including air from New York, 7 nights hotel, daily breakfast, transfers and a couple of sightseeing tours, will end on December 19, 2022.
Day 1, Thursday, New York/Madeira
Depart New York JFK International Airport via Azores Airlines’ new non-stop direct trans-Atlantic flight to Madeira island (about a 6-hour flight). Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, and an archipelago comprising seven islands, two of which are inhabited, off the northwest coast of Africa.
Day 2, Friday, Arrive Madeira
Arrive at Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Upon arrival you are greeted and transferred to your hotel. (Hotel do Carmo/Castanheiro Boutique Hotel/Savoy Palace)
Day 3, Saturday
Madeira, the “floating garden,” or the “pearl of the Atlantic,” is a unique subtropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean with dramatic and breathtaking scenery (35.4 miles long/13.7 miles wide). Its mild climate, average temperatures of 77-degree Fahrenheit in the summer and 63-degrees in the winter, make it the ideal island for a relaxing or active break at any time of the year. Madeira’s lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous Laurel Forest, a UNESCO Nature World Heritage Site since 1999.
Funchal, the capital city and its bay, where architecture and nature are charmingly combined, invites you for a delightful stroll, discovering the narrow traffic-free streets paved with black and white mosaics and lined by jacaranda trees. In the old town, the Farmer’s Market offers you a display of the great variety of local flowers, fruit and vegetables, the result of Madeira’s rich volcanic soil. Madeira is known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbor and a large New Year's fireworks show.
Included: Half-Day Morning Funchal Walking Tour: 09:15 am – 01:15 pm
An excellent introduction to the island’s capital Funchal! Accompanied by our English-speaking guide, we start with a stroll through the hustle and bustle of the Farmers Market and the Old Town. Discover the display of subtropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. We continue our walk on the paved pedestrian lanes towards the Cathedral and the Municipal Gardens. Finish this tour in style by tasting 2 types of Madeira wines at the old Madeira Wine Lodge. Learn why the wine is so special and well known! A glass of Madeira Wine was used to toast the inauguration of George Washington in 1789, and Thomas Jefferson toasted with it in 1792 when he decided to locate the US Capitol in Washington! Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4, Sunday
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy another half-day activity that is included, Dolphin Watching by Boat.
09:00 am – 11:30 am (no transportation is included – only 15 minute-walk from hotel to the Marina)
If you enjoy the ocean fresh breeze and would like to see the Madeiran coast from a different angle, we invite you to go on a private half day boat trip. Observe dolphins and whales in their natural habitat from a rib boat, accompanied by a marine biologist. Throughout the year one is able to see 28 different species of cetaceans just off the south coast of Madeira.
The rest of the day is free.
Day 5, Monday – Day 8, Thursday
Four more days to enjoy the romantic island of Madeira. Diving, surfing, canyoning, walking in the mountains or by the sea, are just some of the possible activities to enjoy on this island. Swimming in the ocean or in natural rock pools, strolling through colorful gardens, tasting the well-known Madeira fortified wine and trying the traditional gastronomy will fill your senses and create a happy state of mind.
Day 9, Friday – Madeira/New York
Transfer to airport and board return flight back to New York (about a 7-hour flight).
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Land and air prices are per person based on double occupancy from New York City JFK International Airport.
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Supplement for travel in March 2023:
$150 per person double occupancy at First Class (FC) hotel
$460 per person double occupancy at Deluxe (D) hotel
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- Round trip airfare from New York to Madeira, Portugal. coach class
- 7 nights hotel accommodations in Funchal, Madeira
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Half-day Funchal city walking tour, with English-speaking guide
- 3-hour Dolphin watching boat tour, accompanied by marine biologist
- Any expenses of a personal nature such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc
- Optional travel insurance
- Any item or service not mentioned above
- Book by December 19, 2022 for these special rates.
- Black out dates: Dec 17, 2022 - Jan 5, 2023
- Accommodations - Standard (S): Hotel do Carmo; First Class (FC): Castanheiro Boutique Hotel; Deluxe (D): Savoy Palace Hotel
- If hotels listed are not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category could be used. Prices may differ.
- During during Christmas and New Year’s Days, some hotels may require surcharges. The prices may increase.
- Full payment must be received upon reservation
- Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
- Change and cancellation penalties ($250-$600 per person) apply; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies
- Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights and extensions are available
- Promotion valid for travel beginning November 17, 2022, and all travel must be completed by March 26, 2023. Book by December 19, 2022, for these special rates.
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OPTIONAL TOURS ON MADEIRA
1.All prices are in US dollars.
2.Hiking and Walking Tours include officially certified Mountain Guides
Jeep Tour (3-4 hrs)
Jeep Tour (or Jeep Safari) is a fun and different way to get to know the Island. Mainly because all along the Island, there are some places that are hard to reach. Being only reachable by off-road vehicles, this tour becomes an authentic adventure. $45.00 per person.
Porto Moniz (full day, full meal included)
This is the most popular day out, taking in the whole of the western side of this island, the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Pass by the picturesque fishing town of Câmara de Lobos, visit the viewpoint (Skywalk) at Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world (580m). Travel inland across the mysterious plateau of Paúl da Serra to Porto Moniz with its natural volcanic rock pools, where we have lunch by the sea. Our journey continues along the northwestern coastal road where waterfalls cascade down the rockface into the deep blue ocean, to São Vicente, a pretty mountain village. On the way up to the Encumeada Pass, delight your senses with the luxuriant vegetation of the Laurissilva Forest. $69.00 per person.
Santana (full day, full meal included)
The charming east corner of the island contrasts with the West. Camacha – The wicker center. See the artisans working at this wicker work center. Poiso and Pico de Areeiro – Peak (1810 meters) surrounded by fabulous mountains, peaks and valleys. Ribeiro Frio – Visit the trout hatcheries in this madeiran natural park. Santana – Home to the triangular-shaped tatched roof houses. Stop for lunch. Return to Funchal. $69.00 per person.
Big Game Fishing (4 hrs)
Madeira Island is considered one of the best destinations in the world for Big Game Fishing, due to the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The migratory routes used throughout the year provide passage for different species such as the "Blue Marlin," the "White Marlin," "Big Eye" tuna and the flying tuna, “Dorado” and "Wahoo." Boat departs from Funchal Marina. No transfers included. $235.00 per fisherman; $39.00 per non fisherman.
Yacht “Gavião” (3 hrs)
Departs from the Marina in search for turtles, whales and dolphins, 3 miles from the coastal perimeter of Funchal and Câmara de Lobos. On the way back to the coastline, we will pause briefly to soak up the magnificence of the Cabo Girão, the second highest cliff in the World and the highest in Europe at 1,903 feet above sea level. We will then continue our return journey towards Funchal. As the yacht weaves its way along the southern coastline you will be able to appreciate the awesome island and city views of Funchal. Transfers not included. Meeting point at Marina of Funchal. $39.00 per person.
Levadas Easy Walking (7 km)
Boa Morte - Quinta Grande (2.5 hrs)
A really superb walk through landscape rich in cultivation. Along this levada, you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes such as cultivation terraces, lovely rural houses. Deep in the valley of the western plateau you can admire the rock pools and waterfalls that have been formed over time through the erosive action of the water. Some spectacular views of the sea cliffs in the distance make this levada a really superb walk! Grade 2 – Easy. $39.00 per person.
Levadas Moderate Walking (13 km)
Queimadas – Caldeirão Verde (4.5 hrs)
Along this path one has spectacular views over the villages far below of S. Jorge and Santana. The source of this levada is a beautiful waterfall known as the Green Cauldron. It is here where we stop to relax and enjoy the enchanting beauty the island has to offer. Grade 3 – Moderate. $55.00 per person.
Levadas Moderate Walking (12 km)
Ribeiro Frio – Portela (4 hrs)
On this path set deep in the Laurissilva forest on the eastern side of the island you will marvel at the display of light and shade filtering through the laurel and heather trees. The trout swimming in the levada alongside the path dash for cover as they perceive our approach. You will love the tranquility, peace of the surroundings, and sensational views at the vast array of flora and bird life. Grade 3 – Moderate. $55.00 per person.
Levadas Moderate Walking (11 km)
Rabaçal – 25 Fontes (4 hrs)
In the bewitching valley of Rabaçal we come across one of Madeira’s most popular levada walks. We walk along stretches of 3 Levadas, each with its own character, but all of them with a large number of waterfalls. For nature lovers it is simply a unique and awe-inspiring paradise. Rabaçal is an enchanted fairyland of cascading waterfalls, singing fountains and small lakes. A really great Madeira walk! Grade 3 – Moderate. $55.00 per person.
Mountain Bike Ride (40 km, 5-6 hrs)
(Minimum 2 persons, Good fitness level)
This tour starts at the second highest mountain on Madeira Island, Pico do Arieiro at 1818 meters, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Along the way will pass through the Natural Park of the “Montado do Pereiro” and ccross the “Levada of Serra do Faial” located in “Camacha.” This tour ends in the village of “Santo da Serra.” Included: bike, transfer, helmet and snacks. $85.00 per person.