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Go West Tour - Madeira Island Excursion
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Go West Tour - Madeira Island Excursion

By Madeira Happy Tours
Recommended by 93% of travelers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 7h 45m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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  • Live commentary
  • Insurance
What's not included
  • We stop for lunch or snacks. Customers can bring their own food.
  • We stop for lunch or snacks. Customers can bring their own food.


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Monumental Experience, Estrada Monumental 284, 9000-096 Funchal, Portugal
    We are located at the entrance of the Shopping Center, on the right side. Our shop is easy to find, just look for a yellow smiley face, shop sign.
Pickup details
  • We have two meeting points in the center of Funchal City. One is by the cable car station located in the old town. The other is located in the roundabout so-called "Rotunda do Infante".
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Cruise Terminal Funchal, Av. Sá Carneiro, 9000 Funchal, Portugal
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 257466P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 257466P1

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      About the operator
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      • Madeira Happy Tours
        748
        Funchal, Portugal
        Joined in February 2011
      • submarinerLondon
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bus didn’t turn and no one answered the phone
        We were due to go on a tour today. We waited an hour and no one turned up. We tried ringing all the numbers on Happy Tours website and got no response. A day of our holiday has been wasted.
        Written June 16, 2024
      • anneaK8077BA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A morning with Fred
        We had a very enjoyable Nuns Valley tour with Fred our guide and driver. The road up to the view point above Nuns Valley is not fir the faint hearted. And the village of Nuns Valley is very pretty with a lovely little Church. There were only 4 of us on the tour so were very fortunate. The last stop too was a beautiful little town in what seemed like the middle of a festival to St Peter. Thank you Fred you were first class
        Written June 15, 2024
      • anneaK8077BA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        On top of the World
        We booked this trip online from home. These are small groups max 8. We were last picked up at the office so seated separately at first I thought that this might ve a problem but it wasn't. Nico our driver was excellent both in his commentary and his driving. We enjoyed all the stops but especially "On top of the World"
        Written June 12, 2024
      • B5157IIcarolp
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic tour.
        Loved this tour. Tino our guide was so nice, knowledgeable and obviously loves where he lives. The stops were good and there was enough time to have a look around. Booking was easy and reasonably priced.
        Written June 3, 2024
      • Rubinski36
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Reliable and professional.
        Did three Levada walks with them in April and had a really enjoyable experience each time. The guides, two women ( Lynda and another woman whose name escapes me) were great. Very informative and good humoured and took good care of the group. Would certainly call on them again when in Madeira.
        Written May 26, 2024
      • 381rebecab
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Definitely recommend this walk
        Tiago and Gheorge were very good tour guides. Gheorge was very knowledgeable and shared information along the trip. You didn’t feel rushed and it was an easy pace for everyone on the tour. Would recommend to book! Was cold and foggy at the top but soon warmed up walking back down.
        Written May 23, 2024
      • Annette_Connelly
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fabulous Valley of the Nuns Morning Tour
        Fabulous morning tour with 2 other couples and our tour guide, Nico, who was very knowledgeable about the area and stopped several times to allow us to admire the views and points of interest along the journey, not just the main stops. We don't usually do organised tours when we're on holiday, but we saw parts of the island that we just would not have otherwise seen. There is no way we would have hired a car to drive ourselves on those steep roads, hairpin bends and sheer drops! Thank you Nico for a wonderful and memorable morning.
        Written May 16, 2024
      • sandrasZ721OM
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Island and excellent Trips
        We went on 2 trips with Happy Tours and both times our driver was Fred who was excellent. He had a very good knowledge of all aspects of the Island and could answer all our questions. The scenery was amazing and the trips were very interesting. Nuns Valley was just breathtaking and the Sunday Market and the other places we were taken to were wonderful. Excellent value for money and enjoyed by all 5 of us.
        Written May 15, 2024
      • cynthiabO5551AQ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great scenic trip.
        Great trip. Very interesting. Beautiful views both from the mountains & the valley. Fred was an excellent driver & guide as the road is very narrow & winding. Would definitely recommend this half day tour.
        Written May 10, 2024
      • delfino55
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A pleasant and enjoyable day of exploration.
        An enjoyable and interesting day trip some good photograph locations. Our guide and driver was helpful friendly and knowledgeable throughout and recommended several options for our lunch. A relaxing and pleasant day of sight seeing, would use this company again.
        Written May 1, 2024
      • 444chrissie
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent half day tour
        Tour and guide excellent. Mountain views fantastic. Perhaps the fishing village stop should be changed for somewhere else as parking was limited in view of roadworks and it meant a steep climb down to bay and back in a short time. Good value and highly recommended
        Written April 30, 2024
      • LoriNantwich
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended tour
        We had a fabulous tour east. Our driver collected us as arranged and drove with great expertise along the often narrow roads. He was very informative,not only about the places where we stopped, but also about nature and lifestyles along the way. He allowed plenty of time at stopping points and was always ready to answer questions.
        Written April 27, 2024
      • refaw4
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Customer service training needed for one member of staff
        Don’t know about tours but one of the reception staff needs training. (Went into office near our hotel portomare. )Man behind desk with glasses extremely rude - we had walked in with a competitors leaflet in our hand and he threatened to rip it up. Didn’t book with this company - we enquired to competitors next door - ( lido tours)didn’t book with them either but their approach much more professional - if we do book in next couple of days will be lido not happy tours. Up until this guy all people we dealt with in and around our hotel have been very pleasant. ( I’m sure tourists often drive people providing services in maderia mad - but no need for rudeness) Finishing on a positive - it’s our first visit to Madeira and we love it😀
        Written April 15, 2024
      • Roadrunners27
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely but very busy walking area
        Full day walking tour in a lovely location. Although our tour leader kept the group together, sadly the walk was very busy with lots of other groups. Opportunity to buy refreshments at the end of the walk.
        Written April 4, 2024
      • Splutface
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Don’t caught out as we did – missed whale watching boat trip
        I booked three trips with Happy Tours, Go West, a Levada Walk and a whale watching boat trip. All three tickets looked very similar (attached is the one for the boat trip we missed). Each show our hotel, room number and pick up time. The first two worked out well, picked up on time and had enjoyable days’ out. We expected to be picked up at our hotel (10.00 am) for the boat trip, but no pick up by 10.30am. When I managed to get to the Happy Tours office, was told that I should have gone to the harbour for the boat. However, if this was the case, this ticket should not have had out hotel name on, but the location of the wharf where the boat would be moored, and instead of “pick up" 10.00 am it should have read “embarkation time”. I had no idea where the boat would be located as I had no other documentation than the ticket, so my presumption, based on the previous two trips booked with Happy Tours, that we would be picked up by mini-bus at the hotel as before. In fairness, the rep at Happy Tours did offer to re-book us, but as it was our last day in Madeira it was too late. No refund was offered, so I can only give a two-star review. Also, although their office should be open at 9.00 am, when I attempted to speak to them at 10.30 am on the day of the missed trip, the office was still closed, so only able to speak to them later in the day after we had made other arrangements to have a nice day in Funchal. So please take care when you book with Happy Tours, ask when the ticket says "hotel" and "pick up time", that that is actually what is supposed to happen.
        Written April 4, 2024
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      4.5
      4.5 of 5 bubbles76 reviews
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      lymelady2017
      Lyme Regis, UK16 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022 • Friends
      Found this tour disappointing. Whilst the destinations were fine (not all) weather can’t be helped, so much depends on your driver. Apart from his well rehearsed commentary he had no interaction with any of the people on the bus. No humour, long periods of silence. We wanted to ask questions but he wouldn’t have heard us and he volunteered nothing beyond his commentary. On leaving/getting back on the bus he didn’t acknowledge any of the party, looked at his phone. He didn’t smile once, not a good advert for “Happy”Tours.At shop stops he talked to people who ran the shop and had no interest in us at all. It was v misty up high and we couldn’t take photos. As we descended it cleared and a good tour leader, knowing we had no photos, could have pulled over for literally a minute to give us an opportunity. Sadly, can’t recommend… a good , engaging tour leader makes all the difference.
      Written November 4, 2022
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      Annamarielee
      Chichester, UK387 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So from booking in the office, to meeting our guide, the quality of the bus, the banta from the driver, to the places we stopped we were just pleasantly surprised at how good it all was.
      The price was great and the local knowledge was plenty.

      Each stop offered something different and lots of photo opportunities. With just enough time to enjoy the areas before moving on.

      We personally would have liked longer at the lunch stop but that is personal preference.
      We would have also liked to have known about the 3 course lunch that you could book though the driver as we would have not booked to go out for dinner. €16 each was an amazing deal.
      But even saying this we still found a lovely lighter lunch available on the stop.

      Highlight of the trip for me was the natural pools.
      Would visit it all again (when warmer) just to have a swim
      Written April 20, 2022
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      Pam S
      Bristol, UK3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2022 • Couples
      Just done 2 tours and 2 levada walks booked through Marco at Madeira Happy Tours. All of them were excellent - pick up times were prompt, the drivers were extremely good and very knowledgeable. I booked the tours from UK before we arrived in Madeira and Marco responded quickly to any queries I had. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing most of the island and would recommend 100%.
      Written April 3, 2022
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      Diane9292
      Saint John, Canada65 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022
      Loved this tour . Guide was very informative but not overly talkative . His driving was excellent and spoke 2 languages during the tour. The stops were timed perfectly . In total we did 2 full days and a half day tour with this company and they were great. With large volumes of cruise ship tourists they do a great job to make everyone happy !
      Written November 22, 2022
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      saul g
      Tel Aviv, Israel1,224 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023 • Couples
      End of April/beginning of May : We took three tours with Madeira Happy Tours : Nun's Valley (half day tour), Go West and Go East (full day tours). Our guide for the Nun's valley and Go West tours was Tino : Friendly , patient, attentive and knowledgeable. Both tours were very interesting and enjoyable . He recommended the "Dom Peixe" restaurant while having a break during our Go West tour, making sure that we get the best service there - a very good move ! Thank you very much Tino , for being a charming person and making our tours so pleasant.
      Written May 7, 2023
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      Hawk1ng
      Doncaster, UK116 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sep 2022
      Firstly, the leaflet describes 8 stops on the tour but only 7 were visited. This should have been pointed out when we booked but it wasn't so the leaflet needs updating to reflect this. Having said that, we did enjoy the tour and saw places we wouldn't have been able to get to via public transport. Our driver and guide was Luis who was very good, was very informative and a good driver who we felt safe with on the winding mountain roads.
      Written October 12, 2022
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      Jane F
      3 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022
      The Go West tour covered eight stops, we did seven as the north side of the island was shrouded in mist! It is a must do tour to get the full feel of the extent of this volcanic island. It really is dramatic to have such craggy peaks on the upward journey to a plateau of 20 square kilometers at the top, being the crater. The minibus was comfortable and had microphone and speakers which was great, our guide spoke fluent English although spent most of the time talking to the German and Portuguese trippers. We were looking forward to a dip in the volcanic pools but it was drizzling when we got there and the sea was overtopping the pools. We had an amazing lunch at Aqua Natura Sea View Rooftop with views of the rollers turning over before crashing on the rocks.
      I definitely recommend this tour.
      Written May 18, 2022
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      Sydney M
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Louis (Junior) was phenomenal!! We booked the west tour last minute as it was our first time to the island and we were only there for a short time. Louis picked us up, along w two other couples, and we drove around the west all day to different sights, stops, and viewpoints. Louis was an amazing guide who provided a lot of insight, background and cool info about the stops and islands in general that he knew of since he’s a local. Funny & easygoing guy that enhanced the overall trip, we had a great day:) If you can, try to request Louis Junior for your tour. Next time we’re back in Madeira, we’ll be booking happy tours to see other parts of the island.
      Written May 2, 2023
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      Zoe N
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sep 2022 • Couples
      What a fantastic tour company!!
      I booked the West Island tour before we arrived in Madeira after some research and it was absolutely fantastic. We had Luis as our driver who was informative and super friendly.
      We enjoyed our trip so much so we booked the half day Nuns valley trip, this was also fantastic and driver Hugo was also great.
      What I loved about both trips is how they are planned time-wise, we always seemed to be one of the first busses at the stops so beat the crowds.
      Cannot wait to return to Madeira we fell in love with the island and will certainly be booking some of the other tours.
      Written September 25, 2022
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      CelineFlanagan
      Mullingar, Ireland22 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023
      Driver picked us up at our hotel on time. Mini Bus was comfortable and we made 8 stops at various sights and had plenty of time to take photographs and even got to see the sight of "Star Wars" location at Porto Moniz Driver was very knowledgeable and spoke fluently in English and was also a very entertaining character to boot.
      We booked our trip through Madeira Happy Tours and were very impressed with the service and selection of trips available from this well run Company.
      Written March 27, 2023
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