We had an ‘ escape” to Malta in January which was “blustery” but warm so are now offering something similar but hopefully with less wind!!


We are heading to MADEIRA in April - just after Easter….why not check out Madeira at Google and see all the island has to offer.? is a good start.


We have booked rooms at the Five Star PESTANA CARLTON HOTEL at Funchal close to the city centre and overlooking the sea…and the famous Reids Hotel next door! from 19th- 26th April.


Trip advisor says "The Pestana Carlton Madeira is a luxurious and charming 5-star hotel in the city of Funchal, with views of the sea, garden, swimming pool or Funchal bay. It's only 10 minutes on foot from the city centre, It features two enormous outdoor saltwater swimming pools, direct access to the Atlantic ocean, and a dive centre where you can experience your first underwater adventure and take boat excursions. For deeper relaxation, you can take advantage of all of the services available at the Spa, including the 25-foot indoor swimming pool and relaxation rooms where you can enjoy a Magic Spa treatment. The hotel features Wi-Fi, four restaurants and two bars.


We have Sea View rooms held at a very attractive rate (until February 14th) Prices will doubtless rise after this date. Our arrangement with the hotel also includes


  • Buffet breakfast in the main Restaurant

  • Free access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools

  • Free access to the sauna, turkish bath and Jacuzzi

  • Free access to the gymnasium

  • Free internet access in all public areas, meeting rooms and bedrooms – password must be requested at the Hotel’s Front Desk

  • Complimentary luggage service

  • Legal taxes and service

What is on offer?

As per normal these days, we ask you (or our travel agent Dan Wick on 01637 802194) to book your own flights to Funchal on April 19th (and back on 26th`) You will be met at the local airport and taken to our hotel just 20 minutes from the airport. (My wife and I are on the Easy Jet flight from Gatwick at 1310 that day- but plenty of other flights are available from regional airports..(see special offers from BA, Easy Jet and Ryanair?) We’ll all meet for dinner in the hotel this evening.


We have not booked to eat in the hotel every night as there are so many places to eat elsewhere -  just a very short stroll from the hotel . We will eat in the hotel on four of the seven nights giving you the other nights to explore locally. 


Our proposed programme is as below and included in our overall charges.


Tuesday 19th April

Arrive . Taxi / Mini bus from the airport to the hotel. We then meet at 1930 in reception for dinner in the hotel.


Wednesday 20th April 

We take a stroll to the city centre to ‘get our bearings” with a local guide to view the colourful farmers market and visit the famous Blandy’s Madeira Wine lodge..for a tour and tasting. We eat back at the Hotel this evening.


Thursday 21st April 

After breakfast ( BTW Prosecco is always available with your cornflakes ) we embark on a full day tour of the Western side of the island (0900 - 1700) including lunch.


Friday 22nd April

A stroll back into town today before before taking the cable car up the mountain to visit Monte and view the beautiful local tropical gardens. A great time to visit just a few weeks before the internationally renowned flower festival takes place. You decide (and pay) for your way down….cable car , taxi, or the famed toboggan baskets on the quiet local roads  We eat in the hotel this evening.


Saturday 23rd April 

Time to take another minibus for a full day tour to the east of the island…including lunch and a rum tasting visit at the local distillery. 0900 - 1700


Sunday 24th April 

We can visit the local Anglican church this morning - Coffee and vino to follow or take some time off to wander round Funchal or further afield …the marina , gardens or perhaps a ‘’swim and snooze”  back at the hotel? 


Monday 25th April

A free day for you to explore locally or perhaps book a Lavada walk at the hotel reception desk if you are still feeling adventurous? Whale watching? Swim with Dolphins? Sailing?  There are plenty of options!  We eat together at the hotel tonight to recount a few stories and exchange a few e mail addresses perhaps? 


Tuesday 26th 

It's time to meet your taxi driver for the trip back to the airport.


Whats included in our price quoted belo

Funchal airport transfers

7 Nights B&B at a 5 star hotel

4 Nights Dinner at the hotel

2 Full day tours of the island (Lunch included both days) 

Services of a Funchal town guide on the first day walking tour.

Cable Car (single trip)  from Funchal to Monte and entry to the Gardens.

Entry to Blandy’s Wine lodge - tour and drinks.


UPGRADES….The first two couples booking will be upgraded to a larger "studio room" with your own kitchenette etc at no extra charge. 


We expect all our clients to have current travel insurance (we will ask for details before departure) and be appropriately vaccinated for any international Covid checks remaining in April. 


We trust the above gives you a taster of what’s on offer.


Our Price for all the above is

£850  Per person sharing a twin/ double room. A single room supplement of £480 is payable for those wishing exclusive use of their own room. 


Want to join us?

Phone 07977 534949 to check availability.


When instructed please pay your deposit (£150 per person) to us at

Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd

Santander Bank  Sort Code 09 01 28   a/c 96780823   Please mark your payment MADEIRA + your surname.

Only then book your flights to Funchal please…we will be waiting for you! 

19th - 26th April 2022