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Santa Maria de Colombo Galleon Cruise Tour

  • Travel in style on a replica of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria galleon

  • Flexible tour with a choice of morning or afternoon departure

  • Enjoy a half-day sightseeing cruise of Madeira’s coastline

Santa Maria de Colombo Galleon Cruise Tour
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10h30 AM TourMost Popular
Morning tour departing at 10h30am
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15h00 PM Tour
Afternoon tour departing at 3pm
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This half-day Santa Maria de Colombo Galleon Cruise Tour is a great choice for travelers who want to feel like they are stepping back in time. You’ll travel aboard a replica of Christopher Columbus’ famous ship, so you can imagine how he felt, traveling into the unknown. Take the stress out of travel planning—your experienced crew will navigate, and give you access to Madeira’s beautiful coastal panoramic views. 

What to Expect

This magnificent replica of Christopher Columbus’s galleon “SANTA MARIA” was built in the island of Madeira at the small fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Along with seven local craftsmen, Mr. Robert Wijntje, a Dutchman who has made his home in Madeira, realized his dream when he started building the Santa Maria in July 1997. The construction took one year finishing in July 1998. In that same year the “SANTA MARIA DE COLOMBO” represented the Madeira wine at the Expo 98 in Lisbon, where in just 25 days was visited by 97,016 people.

Come and join us and feel exactly how Christopher Columbus felt in his trip headed to the unknown.

Ship characteristics:

Lenght – 22,30 mt
Beam – 7mt
Draft – 2,74mt
Tonnage – 98
Sales – 192m2
Engine – 455Hp
Wood – Mogno / Mahogany

Reviews (55)
1 - 5 of 53 reviews
Reviewed 12 December 2018
We had a very pleasant afternoon aboard the Santa Maria

We had a very pleasant afternoon aboard the Santa Maria. Of course, we highly recommend the tour. Among the boat trips that the island offers, this really shows the most interesting. It is a temporally adequate replica to have a good experience, though I feel...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank LulaCardona
Reviewed 1 December 2018
Unexpected treat.

A great way to spend three hours on a sunny day and an excellent way to explore further afield than Funchal. A bit pricey at €35 each but it included a cake and some madeira wine. Boat not too busy but crew could have engaged...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 19 November 2018
Great experience

It was a very interesting experience to sail onbaord such a ship. Although we didn't see any whales or dolphins (which I think is not surprising in November), there was a super cute dog on board and a parrot. A small glass of Madeira wine...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Olga K
Reviewed 7 November 2018
Great seafaring fun

Authentic ship with pleasant crew.Informative and enjoyable time on a replica.The swimming was great fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BelleHelen
Reviewed 30 October 2018
Best boat trip in Funchal.

Excellent Boat trip on a recreation of Christopher Columbus's ship.Sailed along the coast, unfortunately no sign of Dolphins although they did sail out to try and find them. Ships Parrot and Dog on voyage. Given free drink and cake. Plenty of information from the crew...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank _b_durbar48
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