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Madeira (Funchal) Botanical Garden Excursion Reviews

Madeira (Funchal) Botanical Garden cruise excursion
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Stand in awe of nature at Madeira's beautiful Botanical Gardens, home to more than 2,000 plants.
Member Image mninem
2 reviews
Apr 2015
Included a tour of the town. Most of us would have been happy to go directly to the gardens and no place else. The town visit for most of us was a negative. The town visit was the first part of the tour. We made the required shopping stop to look at the usual trinkets. Then we went to a market and free time there before a bus ride up the mountain. A walk through of the village to an old church and to a terrace overlooking the starting point for the toboggan ride. The guide was incapable of keeping a head count. We lined up single file so that she could count us (and to get this tour moving to the main objective, the gardens). We took the short cable car ride to the gardens. Max of 6 to a cable car, maybe 8 if the people are very thin. Next another recount and a walk to the garden entrance, and a head count before entering. There were several people on the tour with interest in gardening. For them the opinion was that the tour should have started at the gardens with the town tour being optional. Some would have opted to return to the town on their own expense if they could have had more time in the garden. Our tour tickets would have allowed us to use the ship shuttle to return from the town to the ship. The garden paths are steep in many places their surfaces are either dirt or rough edge stone. Not a place for wheelchairs and walkers. People with lower joint difficulties should take extreme care, move slowly - maybe have a sturdy companion to assist with inclines and stairs. Not only the elderly but also some young people were breathing hard during the initial inclined walk to the top of the garden - but then it can be all down hill to the bus. Not that we were hurried, but there was no time to walk the side paths and we kept a slow pace downhill all the time to the exit. Next time I go to the gardens on my own.
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image sam4881
2 reviews
Not Rated
Oct 2014

Beautiful gardens, enjoyed our time there!

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Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Member Image Noelville
1 review
Oct 2014

I enjoyed the views of the port more than the garden, but it was still worthwhile.

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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image Rossi1948
1 review
Dec 2013

This was part of the same tour and a bit boring as at Christmas nothing much is in flower. The conditions the exotic birds are kept in is a disgrace.

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Provider: Thomson Cruises
Member Image dothon21
1 review
Sep 2013

very steep and cobbly no good if disabled it was a lovely garden what I saw of it as I couldnt walk very far

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Provider: P&O Cruises
Member Image Sycamoregirl
2 reviews
Feb 2013

Too many people in party. Impossible to hear guide, made own way to exit.

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Provider: Thomson Cruises
Member Image travelnnana
4 reviews
Oct 2012
Though it was wet and somewhat difficult because of the weather. We were glad we were able to do it. Several of our cruise mates did not even go in. The baskets were not running.
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Provider: Taxi
Member Image Kasuta
1 review
Mar 2012
We were on our own in the gardens, with an agreed time to meet with the group and the guide. The gardens, of course world famous, were resplendent with an immense number of different trees and flowers. there was also a small cafe to sit down and get a coffee or a refreshing drink.
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Provider: Oceania Cruises

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