Garden, Cable car and Toboggan ride
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Dont miss this Madeira Highlight, a traditional wicker-sled ride. You can take the cable car to Monte and later visit the Madeira Botanical Garden.
Activity Level :
Take the cable car to Monte, for about 15 minutes, and admire the stunning views over Funchal bay. There you can visit the 18th-century Monte Church, a pilgrimage site, before enjoy a thrilling toboggan ride down the narrow streets to Livramento, a suburb of Funchal. Originally a speedy means of transport to the centre in the 19th-century, the sledges are pushed and steered by two men, who use their rubber-soled boots as brakes... the 2km downhill run takes about 10 minutes and can reach speeds of 45km per hour... A Must!
Later immerse yourself in the island’s flourishing green spaces, and visit the Madeira Botanical Garden, a beautiful park built by the Reid family as a summer house, with a big collection of plants. A paradise for nature lovers.
Please note :
As you go up to 600 metres high, it can be a bit cooler - a jacket/pullover is recommended.
Some walking on cobbled stones and steps to the church (about 70 steps) - Good comfortable shoes is recommended.
The cable car and toboggan are optional. Guests decide on the site, but te cable car can't be reserved - sometimes it's necessary to wait in a long queue, so to avoid the wait the guide can change the program and take the cable car down instead of going up.
The Toboggan can't be reserved - sometimes it's necessary to wait in a long queue.
This Tour is not available on:
Sundays afternoon (after 3 p.m.)
Mondays afternoon (after 1 p.m.)
Wednesdays afternoon (after 3 p.m.)
This Tour includes :
Transport (De luxe with chauffeur in suit)
Waters and local Magazine
This Tour does NOT include :
- Cable car
Garden entrance fee
Surcharge for weekends and holidays - 50€
Price for the whole party, not per person
Options (+ or -) may apply and will be calculated at the next step
This Tour is available in the following languages :
Português, English, Deutsch, Français
Kids friendly tour
Wheelchair friendly tour
Yes - BUT the guide must call the driver in various points in order to take the wheelchair - to the church; to the toboggan. It is possible to visit the gardens but the path is not so smooth - cobbled stones!
Meet your guide :
Hello, I’m Cristina and I was born in Funchal, Madeira Island. Raised in a big family of girls and tourist guides... three of my sisters are guides, since I was a little girl my dream was always to be a guide.
I’m an official tourist guide, qualified and certified by the Madeira Hotel and Tourism School, one of the top Tourism Schools in Portugal. With an experience of almost 30 years, I work especially with private tours, for the guests staying in Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel, owned by the Louis Vuitton Group LVMH, and one of the most emblematic hotels in Madeira and in the World.
By the way, I wrote a small article about this hotel. You can check it at the Madeira Official Tourist Guides Website:
I am very proud of my Island Madeira and can’t wait to show you around.
I am very passionate and positive and I’m sure you will enjoy your tours in my island... So come on, and join me!
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