Josef Steininger is a larger than life multi-lingual extrovert German living in Ponta Delgada, where he undertakes personal tours of the island in either of his two luxurious Mercedes air-con. mini coaches. Josef's knowledge and understanding of the islands customs, religions, sites of special interest, unique back roads and by-ways, unusual and almost undiscovered hidey holes makes his tour the star of any holiday.
Josef has the ability to take a group of tourist strangers - a couple, a single and or a party of up to eight - and within a very short moment in time have the whole group interacting as if they were long time friends on a family holiday excursion together. His ability to instinctively tailor the tour to the groups wishes means that you are constantly suprised and delighted to have your very own individual tour and highly knowledgeable guide.
We were able to not only witness but also to take part in the Festival of the "Holy Ghost"- held in villages by villagers throughout the island during the months of March - June. We were welcomed into the village community as if we were residents rather than tourists.
On bad weather days Josef gives his advise as to where we - the tourist - would get the best views and interests out of the tour. He does so in a manner that is informative and curteous. he is always open to suggestions and will stop on command and take diversions if that is what is requested. Josef suggested clothing suitable for the tour on arrival at the hotel pick up.
I truly belive Josef Steininger gives his tours that five star feeling that is so hard to get but is instantly recognised when experienced. He is just the best.
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