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Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

1. Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

Funchal: Private Tuk Tuk Tour to Madeira Botanical Garden

2. Funchal: Private Tuk Tuk Tour to Madeira Botanical Garden

Discover one of the most beautiful gardens on Madeira Island and the old town of Funchal city, on a ride that will take approximately 1h30m. Right after being picked up, the trip will start at the Old Town and continue its route into the beautiful Botanical Garden of Funchal. The Old Town, locally known as “Zona Velha”, is one of the most touristy areas of Funchal city, because of its picturesque cobblestone streets and the unique facades of the buildings. Streets are filled with great historical value, with buildings like “Corpo Santo Chapel” that have survived since the 15th century. Small and cozy alleys, the Old Town is shouting to be discovered by everyone who chooses to visit it. Expect the unexpected on this trip. After strolling through the colorful and fun streets of Funchal city, this tour will continue its course on one of the most breathtaking places on the entire island. The Botanical Garden, in Bom Sucesso, will provide its visitors with mesmerizing and unique plants and flowers. The garden not only offers and displays a vast collection of indigenous and endemic plants but also offers the opportunity for all its guests to get to know the Museum of Natural History of Madeira Island. “Bom Sucesso Estate”, a manor that houses this wonderful garden, dates back to 1881 and was built by Reid´s family. A one-of-a-kind tuk-tuk tour that can't be skipped by any nature lover, who will find this tour remarkable, and essential. This fun and exciting tour will be guided by a private driver and knowledgeable tour guide, directing, and sharing all sorts of fun and historical facts throughout the entire trip. Strolling and getting to know these places will certainly be an experience to remember. So, dare to discover all of it and so much more in this tuk-tuk ride.

Funchal: Palheiro Gardens and Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

3. Funchal: Palheiro Gardens and Old Town Private Tuk Tuk Tour

This tuk-tuk tour was made for those who would like to embrace a bit more of Madeira´s culture and fauna with a twist of being on a fun ride. The Palheiro Gardens tuk-tuk premium tour is recommended for anyone who loves nature, culture, and a good adventure. Commencing this tour at the Old town in Funchal, one of the most touristy areas of the city is covered with interesting stories and welcoming vibes throughout. Streets filled with stories and charm, and buildings that have endured since the 15th century, what´s there not to love? An expert driver/storyteller will be eager to tell all about these stories and mysterious facts about all the places this tour will show. An award-winning garden with a great variety of exotic trees that are eager to be discovered on this invigorating ride. This journey will continue its course all the way up to one of the most gorgeous botanical gardens one can see on the entire island. The gardens at “Quinta do Palheiro” are situated about 500 meters above sea level in the city of Funchal. Palheiro Gardens are famous for their legendary gardens and surroundings, they are open throughout the year to fascinate all its guests. There are tree plantations there with about 200 years old that were planted by the first owner of the Manor House, the Conde de Carvalhal. Nowadays, the Palheiro Gardens include a hotel, a golf course, and the Palheiro Village Florialis orchid nurse. These gardens are praised among one of the most beautiful in the world, this will be a memorable trip from beginning to end. Be prepared to live and experience Funchal´s most beautiful sights and sounds with a dedicated guide in private transportation.

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What people are saying about Zona Velha

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The tour was very interesting to get a first overview of Funchal. The driver pointed out some things worth visiting on the way to Monte which made it easy to find again. The pickup after the ride with the toboggan (not included in the price!) worked just as well as the pickup at the hotel.

We had such a lovely time with Andrea and Luis. They were very accommodating and took us through the best sites. Both very knowledgeable and the information they provided us with was very interesting. We would recommend this as a must if you are visiting Madeira!

Great trip and totally worth it! Andrea is friendly, welcoming and super knowledgeable, I felt like I got to know loads in a very short time. She is also very generous with her time, and I didn't feel rushed at all. The toboggan was super fun as well!