This half-day tour is ideal for those who prefer a laid-back scenic drive around a beautiful island. View the sights as you travel along the island’s southeast coast during this guided tour. In Machico, you’ll discover the city where the first settlers landed in the 15th century; this area was also once a fishing village. As you travel, lookout for Eagle's Eye, a massive rock formation that towers some 1,800 feet above the small village of Porto da Cruz. Passing through the village, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the sea and mountains. Next, you’ll travel through Faial to the village of Ribeiro Frio, and see Madeira's trout hatchery, that boasts lovely, manicured grounds. Climb up through the woodlands to Poiso Pass, which rises 4,308 feet and offers views of the island's highest peaks, Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro. Descend to Terreiro da Luta, once the terminus of the old funicular railway. Finally, drive through Monte to Funchal and return to your ship.
Good to Know: Little to no walking involved. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.