Madeira Flower Festival and The Wall of Hope

8 Days

16th Apr 2018 - From £1099pp

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Overview

The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream. Blessed with warm summers and mild winters it is an enchanting holiday destination all year round. When you arrive in Madeira take a good look around, the pleasant soothing colours invade the senses with the different shades of green set against an azure sea – the hallmark of the subtropics.

Funchal, known as Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital, is a modern, cosmopolitan city, renowned for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 and 5-star hotels and of course its most famous export, world-class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In short, it is now known for its style as well as its substance. The city itself is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city.

Madeira Flower Festival
Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira. The island’s special climatic conditions allow species from both tropical and cold regions to flourish.
In Madeira, Springtime is honoured like a Queen being crowned with the Flower Festival held every year after Easter.
The festivities begin on Saturday with the building of the The Wall of Hope. This initiative, held since 1979, on an appeal to the world for peace, involves over a thousand children who go from Avenida Arriaga to Praça do Municipio to place one flower each on a wall to symbolise hope.
The next day dozens of floats decorated with the island’s most typical flowers leave the scent of gentle but ephemeral perfumes in the air - it is time for the Flower Parade. At the same time, to mark the occasion, Madeiran artists devote their time to building unforgettable floral carpets.

Itinerary

Picos dos Barcelos

Day 1: Flight to Madeira
Check in at your selected airport for the flight to Funchal. Transfer to the hotel Raga.

Day 2: Discover Fuunchal
Morning free. Half-day afternoon tour of historic Funchal including the Quinta das Cruzes museum of ancient buildings, orchids, porcelain, furniture and silverware, or the Frederico de Freitas museum created by a lawyer and art collector. Visit the Santa Clara Convent and finish the tour at the church of the Colegio.

Madeira Flower Festival

You can take an exciting toboggan ride



Day 3: Explore the island
Morning free. Afternoon half-day tour to the centre of the island. Travel to Pico dos Barcelos, west of the capital for amazing views then stop at Eira do Serrado, a look out point on a crater in the `village of the nuns’ Curral des Freiras. Continue to Monte to see the grave of Charles I of Austria. If you fancy you can descend a 1.5 km track by toboggan.

Day 4: Botanical Gardens
This morning we visit the Madeira Botanical Gardens, Preggetter’s Orchid Farm and take a cable car ride with views out to sea.

Day 5: Free day at leisure.

Day 6: Visit Western Madeira
Full day excursion to Western Madeira with lunch. Visit the church in Ribeira Brava, a banana plantation in Madalena do Mar, and enjoy lunch and drinks (included) by the sea at Sao Vicente. This afternoon we will watch the moving Wall of Hope Ceremony.

Day 7: Flower Festival
Morning Free. This afternoon we transfer into Funchal and take our grandstand seats (included) to watch The Flower Festival Float Parade. This event is known for the magnificence and splendour of the floats and costumes of the hundreds of participants, mostly children, richly adorned with numerous, varied and magnificent floral displays parading to the sound of festive musical themes.

Day 8: Return to UK
Transfer to Funchal airport and check in for your flight back to the UK.

Your Hotel


Hotel Raga pool

Hotel Raga twin bedroom

Hotel Raga terrace


Hotel Raga – 4 Star
Idyllically situated on the hillside in the heart of Funchal’s renowned Lido area and commanding spectacular views of the surroundings from its high vantage point, the 4-star Hotel Raga is the perfect destination for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in the magical island of Madeira.
Lying a short distance away from the city centre, the hotel has easy access to the popular Lido swimming pools and sea and is surrounded by a selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. The nearby coastal Lido promenade, lined with a colourful array of typical Madeira flowers, provides plenty of opportunity for picturesque strolls along the seafront.
The hotel provides all the comfort and well-being of a newly refurbished hotel that has earned a solid reputation for welcoming visitors to the island. All of its rooms have balconies, some offering breathtaking views of the sea, while its broad range of facilities promises to make your stay a pleasant one. A dip in the swimming pool, a refreshing drink by the pool or a quick work-out in the fitness centre before heading out to explore the rest of Madeira are just some of the enticements on offer.
A new outdoor swimming pool overlooks the sea and the surrounding Lido attractions and offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the views and sun without having to venture out too far. Drinks, light meals and snacks are available from the swimming pool bar.

Land View Rooms look out over the hill behind the hotel and have a balcony equipped with a table and two chairs. The comfortable, modern decor is complemented by a flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning, a telephone, mini bar, safe, sofa a desk and chair. Bathrooms are en-suite with a bath, shower and hairdryer.

Sea View Rooms The hotel’s enviable hillside location ensures that its sea view rooms offer fabulous views of the Atlantic ocean and the Lido promenade.

Included


  • Return flights to Funchal with hold luggage - supp’t may apply - see options below

  • Return airport to hotel transfers

  • 7 night’s sharing a land view room

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners from the buffet, plus afternoon coffee and cake

  • Drinks included with lunch and dinner - aperitifs, local wine, beer, soft drinks and local spirits

  • Live entertainment 3 times per week (subject to change)

  • Use of the hotel gym and outdoor heated pool

  • Porterage

  • Excursions as stated including Grandstand seating for the Flower Parade


ACCOMMODATION Options:

  • Single room supplement £150pp

  • Sea view room supplement £70pp

Flights

Return flights are possible from: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds, Luton,
Manchester and Newcastle
direct to Madeira. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

  • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person.

  • Transfer time from Funchal Airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes.

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.