Join Sarah Smith for an embroidery retreat on the picturesque island of Madeira. Spend the week at the 4-star Vila Gale with breakfast and dinner included each day. Enjoy 3 full day and 1 half-day workshops with Sarah and explore the island on two included excursions, one of which features a visit and workshop at a local embroidery museum and factory.
Meet Sarah and your tour manager at London Heathrow airport for your British Airways flight to Funchal. Transfer by coach to the Hotel Vila Galé in Santa Cruz. Once you have checked into the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax, explore the local area, or make use of the many facilities available at the hotel.
Late afternoon, we will enjoy a welcome talk and drink at the hotel with our local Madeira representative.
Enjoy a panoramic guided island tour to both the east and west. Travel through scenic countryside to Ribeiro Frio, a natural park filled with endemic flowers, and the village of Santana, famous for the typical colourful houses and thatched roofs. Discover the amazing north coast with breathtaking views, waterfalls, deep valleys and impressive mountains. We'll stop for lunch in Porto Moniz, famous for its natural volcanic rock swimming pools.
In the afternoon we continue to the only vast volcanic plateau on the island – Paúl da Serra – and down to the south west and back to Funchal city passing through lovely little fishing villages with banana plantations and vineyards. All together an unforgettable day!
This morning we will enjoy an introductory guided tour of Funchal. Discover this fantastic city and the most important places of interest. We'll visit the renown embroidery factory and museum and the local food and craft market. We continue to the village of Monte, situated high above the city. The village is famous for its beautiful church and gardens. The tour concludes with a visit to a traditional wine lodge for a tasting of the famous Madeira wine.
After free time for lunch in Funchal, we’ll enjoy a workshop with the ladies at the local embroidery factory.
This morning we will enjoy a workshop with Sarah and this afternoon is free for you to relax, explore the local area, or make use of the many facilities available at the hotel.
Today will be spent in a full day workshop with Sarah, working on our embroidery projects.
For our final evening, we will be taken by coach to a traditional restaurant located high above Funchal. Whilst we are eating, we will be entertained by a local folklore group.
Transfer by coach to the airport for your return flight home.
Tour notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel/ship to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
You will stay for seven nights at the Vila Galé Santa Cruz.