From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

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From Funchal: Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour

Activity provider: secretmadeira lda
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Discover the island of Madeira on a sightseeing tour from the capital of Funchal. Journey to Nuns Valley and across to Monte with its breathtaking views.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off from Hotels in Santa Cruz, Caniço, Funchal, Câmara Lobos Centre. Pickup for guests from Cruise at CR7 Museum free from Port Fees. Pickup by cruise terminal has an additional cost for port fees. Pickups from Machico, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta have an additional cost of 12€ per person. Guests coming with a rental car for this tour, the bus meeting point will be at Madeira Panoramico Hotel main road.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • 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
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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, see across to the Nuns Valley. Isolated from the rest of the island, the Nuns Valley 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 tourist stops, and visit the church where the tomb of the Emperor Charles I of Austria can be found. 

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.

  • Guided tour
  • Sleigh (toboggan) ride
  • Pickup for cruise liner guests from the meeting point at the Cristiano Ronaldo Museum
  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off
  • Free liquor tasting in nuns valley Village
  • Free Entrance to the nuns House and Chestnut Museum
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Pick up at Cruiseliner Terminal (additional cost of €4.50 per person)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Children under 5 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
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based on 301 reviews

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Well worth the sleigh ride, has to be done when in Funchal. The trip to the Nuns Valley was spectacular. Trip is well put together and very good value for money. Our driver Carlos was excellent as well. Picked up from the Ronaldo museum which is around 15 min walk from cruise terminal depending on where the liner is moored.

June 17, 2022

I booked this tour as I wanted to see Nun's Valley. I could have done the basket sled ride in advance during the cable car ride. But since I knew about the number with the expensive return transfer from the basket sled end point (10 euros by taxi - but you can probably also use public transport), I saved myself the sled ride at first. That's why this excursion is really a great combo. You get the basket sled ride and are then picked up as normal and continue to the Nonnental.

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June 6, 2022

Arrived on time, clear instructions on timing at each stop, entertaining guide. Try to find a good day as it can be quite damp up in the mountains so take a jacket!! All in all an enjoyable trip, takes you right to the point of church and sleigh ride at Monte.

May 28, 2022

Product ID: 92538