From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

From $42.42 per person

Discover 3 different points of interest on the island of Madeira on a sightseeing tour from the capital of Funchal. Journey to the surroundings mountains of the Nuns Valley and across to Monte with its glamorous gardens and breathtaking views.

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Duration 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Journey through the green mountains and valleys of the west of Madeira
  • Get breathtaking views from one of Madeira's most stunning lookout points
  • Try some of the traditional foods of Madeira, including chestnut cake
  • See where the remains of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor lie in Monte
  • Take a thrilling toboggan ride and experience one of Madeira's oldest modes of transport
  • Discover the stunning scenery of the Nuns Valley
Full description
Depart Funchal and journey to the Pico dos Barcelos to experience one of Madeira's unique viewpoints. Get a breathtaking view of all points of the island, before making your way up to Eira do Serrado. Admire the surrounding chestnut trees and eucalyptus plants of the natural wonderland. The ancient footpaths are still used by locals and tourists, and the narrow road and tunnels can still be seen. From an altitude of 1,094 meters above sea level, you will be able to see across to the Nuns Valley (weather permitting). Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley (Curral das Freiras) is surrounded by lava rock and takes its name from the nuns that once inhabited the valley as they fled from pirate attacks during the 16th century. Try some traditional chestnut cake and pastries only found in the region, along with different traditional liquors. Then, go to Monte, one of Madeira´s old touristic stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. The last of the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he died in exile on April 1, 1922. Add a little adventure to the day and enjoy an unforgettable 2-kilometer toboggan ride down the old road of Livramento, where the bus will pick you up at the bottom.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Sleigh (toboggan) ride
  • Hotel pick up
  • Pick up for cruiseliner guests from the meeting point at the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Pick up at Cruiseliner Terminal (additional cost of €4.50 per person)

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  • For the toboggan ride, children aged 8 to 11 are subject to the full amount of €15 added on to the €10 price. Children under 8 years old can ride on a parent's lap
  • Bookings for one have an additional cost of €10 for the toboggan ride, because a single person occupies the two places
  • There are no discounts for children at this attraction
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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Tour Guide was excellent and could not have done any more (South African chap), splendid views in the mountains and drive is not for the feint hearted . We enjoyed the sleigh ride but slightly slowed down by a three man sleigh in front of us so a little disappointed as came to a stop a few times. Very much worth the money for the tour.

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February 20, 2020

Lucy was a very knowledgeable guide and made our half day special. she pointed out the best views and where to go to get them as I cannot walk too far. She obviously knows and loves her island as it shone through her. We ended up being the only two on the tour which made it more personal and there was plenty of room in the mini bus.

February 17, 2020

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, unfortunately he stayed with the vehicle so could not point out interesting sights. The toboggan ride was great fun however the drivers were whispering in your ear about tips even before the ride was over. However, all in all a good, great value, trip with just a couple of niggles.

November 13, 2019

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