After booking a cruise crossing the Atlantic for last April , I started looking at alternitive shore excursions rather than the ones offered by the cruiseline . I landed in my search on tripadvisor.ca and saw the fantastic reviews from customers of Rui Medeiros who organises tours on Sao Miguel and takes you to the nicest places considering your wishes. I emailed Rui a few times with some questions , because I had never taken a private tour , and they were answered like clockwork , very friendly also making suggestions what would be best to do. His English was extremely good he has a very informative website and on the question of fees was clear and honest . He also suggested that if we had friends on the cruise to bring them along because the car was large enough to seat 4 comfortably and for the same cost . So I booked the tour we landed in Ponta Delgada , and at the shore Rui was waiting close to the ship with our names on a plackard and with a sparkling clean car ready for our tour. Well we had a wonderful day on one of the nicest islands we have been to . We saw some beautiful of-the -beaten-path locations you could not reach with a bus , we visited the marvelous hot springs , had a meal at Tony's Restaurant of the food prepared over these hot springs for about 6 hours . We walked through a wonderful tropical forest and saw the waterfalls . Our tour was adjusted due to some fog and rain which Rui asked our oppinions where to go next . His knowledge of the Island is fantastic , not a question was too much for Rui and we also had a lot of fun together . The 6 hour tour ran out to 7 hours what was the rush as long as we made the departure of the ship and he made sure of that . At the end of the day we gained a new friend in the Azores . All four of us agreed this was one of the best tours we have ever had at very reasonable cost . I can not wait to get back to Sao Miguel to meet up with Rui again and see some more of this beautiful island .I agree with all what is written about Rui in these reviews .
Thank you Rui for this wonderful day together !
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