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Mike Critchley

Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd.

6 Seahorse Walk



PO12 1BH

07977 534949 

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We are now able to offer another winter escape to Madeira  20 - 27th January staying at the fabulous 5 Star Pestana Carlton Hotel….just a short stroll from the centre of Funchal.


Whats on offer? 

A 5 Star Hotel (see below) for a start!! We stayed at the Carlton last year and because it is surrounded by many lovely places to eat and drink we decided to only book B & B in the hotel this time. It’s an amazing breakfast (eaten in doors or out - your choice - even in January! ) but there are many lovely dining experiences we know you will enjoy just yards from the hotel. You will only be alone if you chose to be.


This holiday will start at the airport in Madeira. My wife and I arrive on 20th January after flying from Gatwick ( EasyJet 8137 at 2pm  - Arriving at 6pm) . Returning (By BA) at 1215 on 27th January. We will either meet you at the airport in Madeira or arrange a suitable taxi to the hotel for you. Flights from other regional airports are available. Our Travel agent DAN WICK on  01637 802194 will be very happy to make any flight booking for you.


We have arranged a fairly gentle programme as below.


Monday 20th January - Arrive. Meet in the Bar at 2000.

Tuesday 21st January - 1100 Walking Tour of Funchal with a local guide. Afternoon at leisure

Wednesday 22nd - 0930 All day mini bus tour of the Western side of Madeira - inc lunch.

Thursday 23rd - 0930 Ski- Lift or mini bus to world famous Botanical Gardens ( Traditional Sleigh ride down?  at your own expense -and risk!! ) 

Friday 24th - 0930 All day mini-bus tour to Eastern side of Madeira - inc lunch.

Saturday 25th - Your Day at leisure 

Sunday 26th (Optional) - 1100 we join the congregation of locals & expats at Holy Trinity Church** for a short service. Madeira and Honey Cake to follow.

Monday 27th - Depart to airport.


** Thanks to its size, the church hosts various secular musical concerts from Classics to Jazz daily at about 6pm almost every day.  See their web site  for details .A charge is made at the door.

We have deliberately NOT included any fabulous Dolphin and Whale watching which will be weather dependant and we'll leave you to arrange in your leisure time..


The cost?

£1860 per room a twin or double sea view room - 2 persons sharing

£1100 per room - single occupancy


Whats included

7 days B&B in our 5 star hotel with sea /pool views.

2 Lunches whilst on tour.

Excursions as advertised above.

Airport transfers

Fully Escorted throughout by Mike & Lana Critchley


The Hotel

(herewith the details as listed by the hotel…(it sounds just as we remember it!) 


Offering 4 restaurants, 2 bars and Atlantic Ocean views, the 5-star Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel is situated on a small cliff top on Madeira Island. Funchal’s centre is 10 minutes' walk away.

Pestana Carlton Madeira's leisure offer includes a giant chess board, a certified, on-site diving school and a tennis court.

All suites and rooms feature elegant décor, flat-screen TVs and balconies with sea, mountain or pool views.

One of the 2 saltwater pools has stairs leading to the sea. For relaxation, Pestana's Venus Health Spa includes an indoor heated pool, Scottish shower and massage treatments.

Guests can choose from the rustic atmosphere of the hotel's Taverna Grill or by the cool pool and gardenside setting of the Garden Pool Restaurante & Bar.

Activities such as paragliding, yacht excursions and windsurfing are available nearby. The Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel is a 20-minute drive from Madeira's International Airport.

It is a great choice for travellers interested in local food, old town exploring and city walks.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.


What else?

You should confirm you have appropriate travel insurance for this holiday -including any cancellation you may have to make in the coming months.


The new EU tourist tax ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 Euro per person per day and is your personal responsibility to pay this via the hotel management.


Please discuss with us any disability you may have to prevent normal gentle walking and entering / exiting a minibus whilst on holiday.


If a non EU national you are responsible for any Visa required.

Madeira is a Portuguese island where the Euro is the local currency.

Our Apartments within the hotel are also equipped with a "mini kitchen" - complete with microwave, hob and fridge.A small shop for basic victuals is also within the property.


Want to book?  

Please confirm the latest availability with us with a message below or on 07977 534949 and then send a £200 per person deposit to us to confirm your room. Our bank is Santander Sort Code 09 01 28  a/c 96780823. Please mark any payment MADEIRA/ Your surname.


This holiday has been arranged by us with the Pestana hotel and local excursion providers. 

We look forward to hearing from you and enjoying a week together in January.

January 20th - 27th January 2020


£1860 per room (2 person sharing sea view double/twin room)

Now available: £1100 per room (single occupancy)