Madeira West Island Full-Day Tour with Levada Walk
- Private group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 8 hours
Per group up to 4
Per group up to 4
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First of all, I would like to say thank you to Luis, who was a great driver /guide. I have found the day to be very useful and informative. It took us to places that we probably would not have accessed if we had not gone on the tour, as we didnt want to rent a car. It is true, that most stop don't last more than 20-30min, but I considered this day as a 'Taster' of what the North of the region had to offer, rather than a full in-depth visit to each place (if so, you would need the tour to last at least 48h). To be honest, you would not necessarily have much to do in these places if you were there for more than 30min anyway - it's all about taking it the landscapes and the history in Lunch was decent - simple, tasty and generous quantities. Table wine was pretty good. There was a little confusion as to the morning hotel pick up (email and attached letter did not have the same information regarding time and pick up spot), but Luis found us quickly, so nothing negative to report.
We were picked up from our hotel on time by a very polite driver. We found the guide /driver was very friendly and kept us informed during the tour. We had many stops allowing us plenty of time to view the points of interest that were pointed out/shown. The Included three course lunch was very nicely presented and a choice of one meat dish and three fish dishes were offered. With taking a mini bus excursion it allowed the skilful driver to take us on roads that large buses would not have used and therefore gave us an exilirating journey as many of the roads were steep and winding.
We were picked up at our hotel to join six other tourists in a minibus. Our driver made us all feel welcome and stared to explain facts about the countryside and the history of its people. He was an excellent driver and gave us time to take photos at various stops en route. Our orders for lunch were taken and phoned ahead so that all was waiting for us on arrival at the restaurant. The three course lunch meal was very enjoyable. Because of a rock fall we had to modify our route but that didn't detract from the enjoyment of our full day's tour. An excellent and informative trip.
Since the group was very international, our guide Bruno, had to repeat everything three times: in Portuguese, English and German so that the tourists could get all the information in their respective languages. I speak everyone else's language, he spoke everyone else's language, but Bulgarian, and I felt underprivileged ;) As a matter of fact, Bruno was a great guide, the tour was interesting and fun: an easy way to get to know the western part of the island.
I had a lovely time with Anita- great, funny guide who showed us around West Levada walk including Ecumeada, a few view points, a little finishing boat and a lovely mountainous area. Everyone taking part in the trip was older than I was but that was not a problem at all, we got along very well! Very easy level so great for everyone. Nice lunch included :)