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“Good with a few reservations”

Pride of Madeira Tours
Ranked #33 of 118 Tours in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

We took two tours with Pride of Madeira tours. We did the Rabacal Levada Walk and the West Tour. The levada walk was beautiful and our guide Jorge had many interesting facts. He was quite personable and pleasant. My reservations are that there were 18 people on the walk and it made it hard to always hear what Jorge was saying. He would explain to the first walkers near him, but if you were a little further back, you missed a lot of his explanations. I felt hurried sometimes and like we were on a time table. The ride to the levada walk was also a little hairy! Steep, narrow roads going at amazingly fast speeds. We were also told at the hotel that we could arrange for lunch with the driver, who it turns out knew nothing about that. Luckily we stopped at a small town to wait for the other vans and with some translating help got sandwiches and water, otherwise we would have done the full day hike with no food or water. The West Tour was also very interesting and Antonio also had many very interesting facts, however, we were in the back of the van and I had trouble hearing what he said. I finally got tired of asking the people in front of us what he said and enjoyed the scenery. Unfortunate because I was really interested in what he had to say. Again, we felt a little hurried, like there was a real strict time table. We did have a lovely lunch with this tour at a restaurant that overlooked the ocean at Porto Moniz. It was a wonderful lunch and only cost 10 euros, a very reasonable price considering it was 3 courses plus wine.
We took a tour with another company while on Madeira where there was a driver and a guide so we were able to hear and ask all we needed and there did not seem to be a rush, but rather the tour fit our needs.
I gave The Pride of Madeira Tours 3 stars because they seem knowledgable and know Madeira, however, there are a few things they could improve to make the tours better.

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