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Madeira Happy Tours - Day Excursions
Ranked #31 of 131 Tours in Funchal
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Owner description: Madeira Happy Tours is an official tour operator agency based in Madeira island - Portugal - specialized in Madeira island excursions & levada walks.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

From their advertising we thought we might have another people carrier excursion however, once picked up on our tour for the Nunn's Valley we were transferred to a coach. This would have been ok if it wasn't for our tour guide who just seemed to be going through the motions. At the end of the tour we were not returned to our hotel just dropped off about half a mile away and told to walk.

Our second tour with them was entered into because it was the only one available for the East Coast on the Thursday. again it was by coach but our guide was so much better.

He was knowledgeable, witty and helpful in three languages. Not only that but we were dropped off at our hotel. He arranged for a lunch with no pressure to take part and it was great value for money at 12 euros for a set 3 courses (with choices) including a table full of red and white wine with coffee to finish.

We finished the tour in Machico at the beech for a great ice cream.

As always it seems the tour is dependent on the guide.

Thank MikemayTravel
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Used Happy Tours last year and were pleased with the walks, so booked with them again on returning to Funchal this year. Booked 2 walks with them, first was a half day which went smoothly. Second was a full day, we were told pick up would be 8.30 so duly waited at hotel reception with our picnic lunches. After 25 minutes wait I asked reception to ring and see where they were. Apparently tour was cancelled due to lack of numbers, but they omitted to inform us, so our whole day was messed up! We were unable to book something else for that day as it was too late. Went into the office and got a refund, then booked a walk with Madeira Explorers for the following day. A bit dearer but at least they showed up and we had a great days walking.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We pre-booked a half day levada walk through the website, but enjoyed it so much that we booked another in person at the office near the Four Views Lido Hotel. The booking process was easy both ways and staff were helpful.

Both walks were enjoyable and the grade of 'easy' was accurate with trainers or walkers sandals fine as the paths were dry and on the level, although the ground was sometimes uneven with tree roots etc. Both guides were local and shared their knowledge of the area, plants and animals. There was a little overlap in the commentary, but that was fine. As the walks were multi-lingual (3 languages on the second walk) there was sometimes a lot of waiting whilst the guide explained everything several times. This was a bit tedious in the hot sun, but it was great to meet other holidaymakers and it was a friendly group.

The walks were around 6km and 8km in length but were not very strenuous. On the Referta walk there was a toilet stop before and after the walk whereas on the Marocos walk there was only one at the end. Transfers were included from the hotel in a minibus (which was rather hot as they had the windows down instead of using the air conditioning) and the hotel pick up arrived on time for the first walk and ten minutes late for the second walk.

I would book with this company again.

Thank SuzyDream
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Went on a trip on a whim to the East island. Manuel explained everything in various different languages and also translated any conversations he was having with other guests so that you didn't feel left out. We have to pick up some people on the way as their bus from another company broke down but Manuel explained this all to us so we knew what was going in. Great to find someone who also drives a little Corsa, although I have no idea how in those hills?

Thank Holly J
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Excellent trip and cheaper than some of the other tour organisers.

The trip went to plan and the guide did a good job in guiding in both English and French. hairy roads though so not for the faint hearted !!

Thank Iamagora
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