Nous avons fait deux excursions par le biais de Happy Tours l'est et l'ouest. Nous n'avons pas été déçu car les guides sont très accueillants et emmènent chaque client dans des endroits historiques avec de bonne explications de l'ile de Madère. Personnel accueillants et bon rapport qualité prix !
We had a very good time in Madeira Island and we are so happy that we could go on two trips with your company, the guides were very professional and we saw a lot of amazing places.
Thank you very much for great memories!
We will recommend your company to everyone who goes to Madeira.
As posted on Tripadvisor web site on 09.05.2012
We were on an Oceania Cruise to Madeira in March and booked an all day tour with Happy Tours.
For 6+ people we only paid 25 Euros each plus tip and were able to personalize a tour including a visit to Monte for the tobaggon ride and the standard Western tour to the end of the Island.
I paid for two by paypal in advance and recruited other PAX from the boat.
The guide was superb.
The price on the tobaggon has increased over the last few years and half of our group met us at the end of the ride enroute back to the ship.
The scenary on Madeira resembles Kauai. He recommended a great local restaurant for fish.
Will do this again on our next visit to Madeira.
As posted on Tripadvisor web site on 21.04.2012
We booked a full day and a half day trip with Happy Tours using the internet before our recent Madeira holiday and paid by Paypal with no problems at all.
The full day East Tour was so good that we went into their office and booked the West tour as well.
The drivers picked us up at the Hotel door right on time for each trip, and took us along minor roads to the places of interest, rather than on the main roads.
The minibuses that are used for the tours are comfortable, with good visibility through the windows.
The drivers gave us a lot of information about the countryside and also the lifestyle of the Madeiran people.
Some other local operators appear to offer lower prices, but are actually timeshare agents, unlike Happy Tours.
The bonus is that the Tour prices are less than half the cost of the main tour operators.
As posted on Tripadvisor web site on 19.04.2012
We visited Maderia with the Queen Victoria cruise ship.
I booked the tour online and paid with Paypal, the whole booking procedure was excellent.
Our guide met us from the ship and returned us it. We had some funny canadians joining us.
It was a very informative tour and being able to stop and see the views without the hassle of a large coach.
We asked our guide loads of questions and found out a lot about how differcult life is on the island.
I would recomend this company to any person on a cruise ship it will save you a LOT of money.
We were extremely happy with our tour and the professionalism of our tour guide, Miguel.
He was a thorough gentleman, polite, easy to understand, knowledgeable, a good driver and patient.
Our vehicle was extremely comfortable and very clean.
All the other people on the tour were also very appreciative of being included in our tour and just loved the whole day and commented that it was the best tour that they had done to date.
So take a bit pat on the back for providing us with a very enjoyable day.
Back home in Ireland after a lovely cruise, Madeira island was the highlight of it.
I cannot thank Terry enough for the wonderful trip and so much information he gave us.
What impressed us most he was so passionate about the island and not just doing his job, we will always sing his praises and when we go back we want to see another part of the island with “Terry”.
Weather wise the cruise was disappointing a lot of wind and not much sun.
In Ireland it was 21deg that week and now its 5deg freezing cold,we choose the wrong week to travel. Now it’s back to work
We open our bed/breakfast on Friday so hopefully we will have a good season, the bookings are not so good, the recession has really hit Ireland.
Happy Easter to all at Happy Tours, especially Terry
We had Rogerio pick us up at the ship and enjoyed a full day with him.
We took the WEST tour of the Island and it was beautiful.
Rogerio was very professional, very clear to understand, and couldn’t be more knowledgeable.
The mini-bus was clean and comfortable.
We had a very nice lunch at an ocean-side restaurant.
I have to say Madeira was the highlight of our 2 weeks.
Roland - visited March 2012
I went on 2 trips with this company and can't reccomend them highly enough. Not only are they propbably the most competitively priced tour company on Madeira they also offer superb friendly customer service via their office, and excellent guides. They also pick you up and drop you off from your hotel unlike some of the larger companies where you have to go to their office to start the tour. This trip I did the South-West tour which was an amazing insight into some of the lesser visited parts of the island. The stops at the Banana Plantation, the Sugar Cane processing factory and some of the amazing viewpoints were the highlight. I also did the 2 highest peaks mountain walk - Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo - amazing walk with amazing views. The mountain scenery in Maderia is quite stunning
We arranged collection direct from the Thomson Destiny cruise ship, but the ship was almost an hour late arriving at Funchal. However, Madeira Happy Tours were there waiting for us outside the ship as agreed, excellent! Did the half day trip to Nun's Valley for just 12 euros! Great trip, great value compared to Thomson excursion price, very informative and friendly driver. Well recommended.
As posted on Trip Advisor web site - 21.03.2012
Went on three tours.....Nuns Valley, rating 3 stars, West island 5 stars, East island 4 stars.......If you do just one trip would recommend the west island, though the views on the east trip were amazing.
First the grumbles.............driver was almost an hour late picking us up for one trip - no call to my mobile or the hotel. Not pleased. Also found that both trips included vivsits to cafes where, seemingly the driver had an arrangement with the owner. On the East island trip we were dropped off at a cafe and given 45 mins - what could you do but have a drink - there was nothing else to do - it was clearly the drivers intention for you to just that. On the same tour you were encouraged to eat at a particular restaurant at lunchtime in Santana - there is little to see in Santana but for about 6 lovely little houses, so again, you have lunch. Obviously on a full day day tour you need to stop for lunch....but why here ? The next stop was a lovely little fishing village where we could have easisly spent a coiple of hours - here would have been a better stop for lunch..
Grumbles aside, these were very enjoyable tours and very good value and we would recommend you do them as they give you a terrific feel for the island. The guides were also very good.
As posted on Trip Advisor web site - 21.03.2012
We booked the Nuns Valley tour with our family of 6.
It was wonderful - picked us up a the cruise ship with a van.
Stopped at great locations and tour guide was very informative. She accommodated dropping some family off at the cruise ship and some in town.
Great price compared to ship excursions.
As posted on Trip Advisor web site - 13.03.2012
Nothing seems too much trouble for this Company, excellent service, brilliant guides and transport.
We booked with them before we travelled via the internet, well worth it. Great value for money!
This tour company is brilliant from ease of booking, to being picked up at your hotel and being dropped off back there. The guide I had was very friendly and informative, I would certainly use them again, the transport provided was of a high standard. Very very reasonable prices.....check them against other tour organisers.
In our visit during December to Madeira, we decided to take a Levada walk with this company - they pick you up at your hotel, and the walks are reasonably priced.
The Rabacal walk starts high up on the north-west of Madeira, and the last part of the route to get there is a steep, single-track track. The views at the top are of lush green jungle on steep slopes. At first you walk down a narrow road for 1 km, and then go along Levada tracks, with water rushing past. At least one of the trickles of water cascading into one of the Levadas is OK to drink. The best sights on the walk are a high waterfall and a smaller waterfall, still quite high, and the pool that it falls into. Most of the walk is under trees, so there are not many opportunities to get good views - that disappointed me a bit. The pick-up at the hotel was fine and the guide was excellent. I would go with this company again and recommend it.
Thank for providing us with the private island tour - the driver was brilliant and deserves a special mention.
As posted on Trip Advisor (5 star review!):
Our first trip to Madeira and it was amazing thanks to Marco of Madeira Happy Tours.
We arrived in Madeira on the 20th of December and the first thing we did was walk the streets of Lido and Funchal, scoping out the possibility of guided tours and/or walks.
We knew we wanted to participate in activities and "see, experience, and feel" Madeira, but with WHOM should we choose to arrange our activities with. As we had never been to Madeira before, we really didn't know who to go with. Big company, or small? it can very much be overwhelming with all the offers that are out there.
After much walking and pondering, we happened to come across "Madeira Happy Tours" in the Lido area (within a 5 to 10 minute walk of our Hotel, the Pestana Promenade).
On the store's window, there listed many bus tours, but one caught my eye. A half-day tour to Nun's Valley - 12 Euros each.
I said to my husband, a half day for 12 Euros?
Good opportunity to test this company out and if a wash, we are only out 24 Euros (12 Euros each). He whole-heartedily agreed. So, we entered the store and that's when we met Marco, the owner/proprietor of Madeira Happy Tours.
Marco was very enthusiastic and friendly and welcomed us into his store. He seemed genuine and honest, but of course - we were still skeptical, as there were so many offers and companies out there, you don't know who to trust. Again, the thought of booking a half day for 12 Euros was a good test for this company.
The next afternoon (21st December) we were picked up promptly (on time) at our hotel and taken to Nun's Valley.
The tour was excellent and satisfied beyond our expectations. We returned that evening to Happy Tours and began planning our next adventures.
I just want to say thank you agin for a wonderful time. The kids loved the trip and so did the adults. The lunch was amazing as well. Patricia was a great guide. If we ever get back to Madeira, we will definitively book with you guys again :)
Thank you so much for the two trips, we really enjoyed them.
We felt very safe with your really good driving.
We will certainly tell everyone about Happy Tours, because you really made ours happy.
Emma and Mark
Dear Alice & Marco,
I thought i needed to send you a mail to let you have some feed back about our trip to the Nun's valley on 12th December.
I am a coach driver and tour guide in Tenerife and thought the whole trip was excellent and very professional, the driver Miguel was five minutes early at the pick up point, which is always a good start, he was very friendly and knowledgeable and took us on a wonderful excursion, he is a great ambassador for the company.
We will be back to Madeira in the future and will definitely use your company again and will be recommending your tours to our friends and on cruise web sites.
Thank you for making our short stay in Madeira so enjoyable.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Thanks to Alice Scherlies, Bruno Telo and Patricia Freitas for their excellent service.
I went on the East tour with Bruno, October 14th and on the West tour with Patricia on October 15th, both very interesting excursions and a special thanks to Alice for her efforts!
I will be back in spring 2012 with my wife and some friends. Sure I will contact Madeira Happy Tours on beforehand to decide about new trips...
Curt Björkquist, Linköping, Sweden
Dear Madeira Happy Tours Team,
You gave us a wonderful day on your South Tour.
Bruno, our driver, was so well informed and gave clear commentaries in both English and German.
The visited scenery was spectacular and very interesting.
Thank you very much Happy Tours.
We´ll certainly travel with you again and recommend you to our friends.
Martina Elsner & Joachim Kockisch,
My friends and I found the South Tour most interesting and enjoyable.
Happy Tours gave us a wonderful day out with a knowledgeable driver, who gave clear commentaries in both English and German.
The 4 course meal offered, although not included in the price, was well worth the extra euros.
We´ll certainly book with Happy Tours again as they provide very good value for money.
Wilhelmina Doughly, York, England
Madeira Happy Tours are aptly named and the service which they give is first class as we discovered on our West Tour of the island.
We visited an assortment of interesting places and passed through spectacular scenery.
Memories of this tour will provide us with happy reminders of a beautiful island.
We will certainly book with this company again.
Christine Hilley, York, England
Having booked with Madeira Happy Tours on previous occasions, we were delighted to find that a new tour had been added to their comprehensive programme and were not disappointed with our half day visit to Santo da Serra market and gardens.
It was interesting to see the varied fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and livestock on sale.
In addition we enjoyed the fantastic views and places of interest especially the huge statue of Christ at Garajau.
We look forward to travelling with you again.
Ann Jones, Scarborough, England.
What a wonderful day we have just spent with Madeira Happy Tours on their South Tour.
Our driver was so well informed, the scenery was spectacular and the places visited were varied and interesting.
Thank you Happy Tours.
We´ll certainly travel with you again and recommend you to our friends.
Valerie Gorbert, Scarborough, England.
Dear Mr. Marco,
We were given your name at the desk when staying at the 'Melia Mare' recently.
During our stay in September we had a very memorable day with Sergio visiting the East of the island.
Nothing was too much trouble; his commentary and wealth of knowledge of your island was fascinating. He created so much interest for us, his guests for the day, that no one wanted the outing to finish - even though he had given a great deal more of his time than we all had expected.
Our thanks to Sergio for giving us some wonderful memories and towards the end of our day when he talked about the wonderful family Christmas you all have, we are left wishing we are there!
Our third visit to your wonderful island, once again meeting you lovely people. We shall return and, when we do, we shall go out with you again!
Best wishes, Nickie &Terry Williams
We have just completed our third trip in a week, we enjoyed them all very much, thank you Marco and our drivers and guides. However today there were 3 different nationalities on the tour French, German and English, we enjoyed the other trips better with just one language being spoken.
We have now done the Nun's valley and East tour in the last week, looking forward to tomorrow to the North tour.
Our drivers/guides have been very good as has the company in the bus.
I've passed on your name to a few other people. Thanks Marco and next time in Madeira we will be back.
Thank you to Marco and Happy Tours we have just returned from a wonderful week in Madeira!
We chose them after positive reviews from Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed!
We did the Nun's Valley and Referta trips, such a bargin compared to the tour operators at the hotel.
We then decided to do 'the big one' Pico Ariero - Pico Ruivo walk and it was stunning.
Thanks to our guide Luisa, who was very knowledgeable and made us feel safe at all times!
We are hooked on Madeira now and will return.
We can highly recommend this company.
Thank you for such a wonderful tour.
Regretfully we cannot remember our driver's name ... she was excellent..please pass on our thanks.
We shall always remember our trip around Western Madeira..Happy Tours such an appropriate name.
With our best wishes and sincere regards,
Derek and Alma Phillips West End, Southampton, U.K.
If you want to discover the true Madeira island on the tiny back roads criss-crossing the island, then Madeira Happy Tours should be your choice.
The mini bus drivers are very experienced and invariably find all the enchanting spots to visit, showing their personal enthusiasm for the beautiful areas.
Travelling as a small group enables frequent photo stops, more opportunities for short breaks in scenic surroundings and the chance for people to talk and exchange holiday experiences; the atmosphere in the mini buses is always convivial.
On two separate holidays to Madeira, i have been on a number of excursions with this company and had a wonderful time.
Their safety record is exemplary and their prices very competitive. Why not give them a try next time you visit this beautiful island.
Mrs. M. Harvey
Picked Madeira Happy Tours at randoom and very glad we did!
During the time we've spend on Madeira we've had East, Nun's valley, Jeep safari, Catamaran ride and a half day levada walk. All the tours went really great, good balance between nature with it's stunning views and cities and villages that allow you to breathe in the culture. we've been picked up on time with no delays or problems of any sort and rides were smooth and comfortable... well except for the jeep safari, which isn't suppose to be. But the drivers and guides were the best part, they all were simply awesome! Knowledgeable and entertaining, funny and interesting, very plesant to talk to. We've had a really good time.
If you get a chance to use their services we highly recommend you do, we've enjoyed their tours a lot and I'm sure you will too.
We had 2 Island tours 24 and 25 june and levada 25 fountain walk. Everything was really very nice. Your guides :Lorinda (?) Patricia and Tania were very profesional and friendly. We liked also the very good price , just the half price of what proposed other company !!! There is so many things that we didn't see in Madeira, so have to come back and of course will use again yours services without hesitation. Greetings to all staff from 2 crazy polish boys and special hello to Tania and "uwaga na glowy :).
hopes this time the massage will be sended , cos tried at least 3 tims and it didnèt work"
Trying to post it for 3 thd time, hopes it works this time . I had the west , east tour and levada 25 foutains walk 24, 25 and 26 june.
It was really great, your guides : Lorinda (?) Patricia and Tania were very professional and friendly at the same time . I would recommend it to every one and of course the next time I'll reserve "happy tour" again cos there is still so many things to discover on that beautifull island. Special thanks for "perfect" Tania and "uwaga na glowy" :)
We did with you west , east tour and levada 25 fountains 24, 25 and 26 june. It was very nice , yours guides were very professional and friendly, thanks to Lorinda (?) Patricia and TANIA to whom we just say "uwaga na glowy" We really had a great time with all of you and woul'd recommended it to every one.
Went to the Nun's Valley this morning. Was picked up at the Monumental Lido Hotel after a little confusion to where exactly and who exactly I was to meet.
Once on mini bus, which was clean and had air-con, we made a few stops to pick up other guests from other hotels. There were 3 nationalities on the bus, spanish, french and british but the driver/guide spoke many languages.
On way to Nun's valley we made a quick detour to petrol station. Once there, the views were stunning. Journey there was also very beautiful with very curvy roads with sheer drops! All part of the fun.
In all, I was satisfied with the excursion. The guide could have spoke more about the destination but if you simple want to get about by yourself and explore, this is definately for you.
The fact it was a mini-bus instead of a coach also meant we got about quicker and didn't have to wait for any late comers!
Thanks Happy Tours. Will use you again.
We had this year two levada walks with Tania as a guide. One from Quinta Grande to Boa Morte in the pooring rain and one in the sunshine in Referta and the Eagle Rock.
Both walks were very, very nice!
Had a great time on the East and West Tours, the guides were friendly and funny, the scenery was stunning and a reasonable price. Thanks.
We really enjoyed the East and West tours we did with Happy Tours in March 2011. Our guide, Sr Nunes, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about every aspect of life in Madeira, and we thought it was much better to go on a minibus with just 10 or so other people than on a big coach with 50. Our two year old son also enjoyed the tours! We'd certainly recommend your company to other visitors to your beautiful country. Best wishes, Jenny and Neil (Oxford, UK)
Thank you very much for the lovely West tour and Nuns Valley tour on 2nd and 3rd March 2011, just wish the weather had been better. We recommended so many people in our hotel, Savoy Gardens, to do the tours with you. We use you again next time we are in Madeira.
Just to say thank you for the good service that you gave us on our trips out with your company.
Your drivers are very helpful and friendly and know what they are talking about.
This is our second time in Madeira. We enjoyed both times.
All the very best for 2011. Keep busy.
Thanks for a brilliant day with your tour company on Wedenesday, 24th. November.
I asked for front seats for filming on the North tour which we were given. I enclose a record of the day.
Sorry it's a bit late to post my review.
Will contact you again when we are next in Madeira.
Best wishes to you and to Tino, our driver.
Madeira was great - stayed in a beautiful ocean front hotel so didn't get out and about too much. We did spend a day doing a happy tour and as promised, just a quick (somewhat belated) note to say how great it was. The tour was fantastic - covering so many great places. The driver was brilliant - a real character. Lunch was great.
Would recommend, for the personal touch, and also the bargain basement price (not sure if that's still the case but I'm sure you can haggle).
All the best
Marco, it was a pleasure meeting you.
We enjoyed Madeira island very much and had a fantastic time there. We enjoyed the 3 tours that we booked through you.
1. West Tour - it was a great way to see a lot of the island and the diversity within it such as the plain at the top of the mountains where we could see the start of the Rabacal levada walk. We enjoyed Porto Moniz as it was hot and sunny there and there was a special bathing area amongst the lava rocks.
On the way back we stopped at the start of a beautiful levada walk which we took the opportunity to walk along for a short distance.
2. Short levada walk to the Tea House - this was a great introduction to levada walking as we went through a wooded area and passed some houses and gardens before reaching the Tea House for some lovely homemade cake and scone and a pot of tea.
3. Long levada walk at Rabacal to Risco Waterfall and then 25 Fountains - this was a great walk and the one we had decided to do before we went to Madeira as we have been visiting waterfalls this year. It was a great adventure for us. The tunnel at the end was great, easy to walk through like you said.
We really saw why the levadas were made to take the water from the North to the South side of the island as it rained on the walk on the North side of the island but when we came out of the tunnel on the South side it was sunny and warm! The view of the mountain side was lovely and green.
May God bless you,
Mary and David
In December 2010, my son and I enjoyed a fabulous holiday in Madeira.
The highlight of our visit was the three tours we did with Madeira Happy Tours – West, East and Nuns Valley.
I write to recommend this company to anyone wanting to discover Madeira with a small group of like-minded people at an affordable price, with each guest getting personal attention from the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides.
In particular, I would like to thank Marco, the company owner, for delivering what he promised.
Sergio, one of the drivers for having spare coats to lend people at the tops of mountains when it was cold but most of all Patricia who as well as being great fun and very knowledgeable was easily the best and safest woman driver I have ever known!
Adrian & George Ward, United Kingdom
Good evening Marco.
Greetings from a very cold Ireland. I wish we were back in Madeira.
On behalf of my wife Mary, and myself, I would like to thank you for the efficiency of your service.
I also wish to thank you for the excellent tour we had on Thursday last.
Should we ever return to the island we will certainly contact you, and also give your contact details to anybody we know who would be going to Madeira.
We enjoyed our three trips with Happy Tours. We did North, West and Nuns Valley.
Each one was very good value and made our lovely holiday in Madeira island very interesting.
The whole holiday was excellent and we shall repeat it.
Jean and Dianne.
Just a short note to say how good it was to see you again when we visited Madeira recently, and to thank you for arranging our South West Tour which we did on Saturday 4 December. The driver/guide was excellent and we shall look forward to doing this tour again on a future visit when, hopefully, the weather will be kinder to us.
We will be back staying at our apartment in The Residence next year (28 November to 5 December) and shall look forward to seeing you again then.
With all best wishes to you and your family for a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
On Thursday 11th November 2010 we went on the morning Nun's Valley Tour. It was excellent. The driver was knowledgeable and kept us well informed throughout the tour. We were a small party of eight in a comfortable minibus.
A good time was had by all.
Friday, the 19th. of November 2010, we went on the tour to the West of the island which was very pleasant. The weather was good and our driver, Roger was excellent! He was very informative and we learnt a lot about the island, its culture and its vegetation.
We had a lovely three course meal which was very good value with a nice glass of Madeira wine.
I can well recommend the excursions to any holiday makers and to book with Madeira Happy Tours, which are very helpful and of excellent value.
We were very pleased with the tour we took on the 26th of Oct 2010. The guide was very informative and the island itself is very beautiful. The roads are a bit of an eyeopener...but were the best views I've ever seen. The highlight was....the lunch in a cave!! The food was excellent and couldn't beat the atmosphere!
Your tour was the highlite of our entire cruise.The tour guide was great, and the price was right. We highly recommend your tours.
Just to say thanks to the clients for the posts in my name and for beeing so nice. Hope you´re all doing well now that the holidays have finished and wish to see you again someday...
If you want to see and learn about the island of Madeira book your trips with Madeira Happy Tours. My wife and I went on the East and West Island tours and also the half day tour of the Nuns Valley. All three were excellent value for money. The guides were most attentive and informative and took us to places where the larger coaches could not reach. Thanks to Marco for helping and advising us on our itinery.
Vorige week op Madeira geweest en de west tour bij deze organisatie geboekt. Ronduit genoten van zowel de excursie als de service. Een echte betaalbare aanrader (in vergelijing wat men je in Nederland bij het reisbureau biedt!) voor hen die meer willen zien van Madeira. Als we nog eens naar Madeira gaan maken we zeker weer een tour met Happy tours.
Just to say that we booked two tours one to the east and one to the west of Madeira. Two fantastic days. Big thank you to Patricia our driver/courier. She was brilliant.
I would like to say how much my wife and I enjoyed the tour we took with you, although, we hired a car, we found it better and more informative to go with you. We saw and learnt more than we ever would on our own.
I have also added some photos I took while you were showing us around. Regards Paul & Elaine Bruton
Wir sind begeistert von der Tagestour West vom 14.9.10. Super Buschauffeur (Name leider vergessen). Sehr gute Route. Essen sentationell gut. Keine Massenabfertigung wie bei anderen sondern ein relativ kleines Restaurant in Privatbesitz. Super.
Der Abholdienst im Hotel Panoramico war pünktlich und das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis stimmt auch.
Wir und unsere deutschen Freunde können "Happytours" nur empfehlen für Touren.
Wenn wir wieder nach Madeira kommen werden wir Happytours wieder berücksichtigen.
Alfred Metzler aus der Schweiz
Myself and my husband have visited Madeira every year for the past six years and we know Marco, who runs Madeira Happy Tours and we would both endorse and recommend him to any visitor to the Island who would like to do a Tour of the island or book a Jeep, Boat trip, Levada Walks etc. Marco is very efficient and always very helpful in all his dealings and has a wide knowledge of what is available to do on the Island. He offers very competitive prices for the Tours, etc.
You won't do any better with regards to booking with him and we will be booking with him again on our future visits to Madeira and any support to him that you can give would be much appreciated.
Denise and Toby Butler, Ireland
Marco the owner was very friendly and informative, We did the east and west tours and were impressed with our knowledgable guides. Excellent value for money. We liked the fact that Happy tours used small mini buses. We were going to hire a car but very glad we didn't as the many steep and twisty roads in Madeira are not for the feint hearted.
We booked a bespoke West Island Tour for us and our family following our wedding here in Madeira.
Our driver Tino did everything he could to accomodate our wishes and was happy to stray off the beaten track a bit so that we could appreciate better the majesty of Madeira's mountains & valleys. We even managed to have a lengthy stay at Porto Moniz to swim in the sea pools which was the highlight of the day!
Big thanks to Tino & Marko for ensuring we had such a special day
We wanted to thank Marko for recommending the 'Bonita da Madeira' for a chance to see dolphins. 5 of us went expecting to enjoy a nice boat trip on this beautiful old wooden gullet but not really expecting to see any wildlife. We were over-whelmed to see not one, but two different species of dolphins. Large pods of around 20 dolphins that swam around our boat for at least 15 minutes. Magical! We also saw a solitary turtle as he turned to make a dive into the deep. Being on such a beautiful boat added to the ambience AND we got a 10% discount because we booked through Happy Tours! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend both the tour & the tour operator. Thanks Marko!
Thank you Marco for an excellent day on the Go West Tour. Our driver was exceptionally good and informative, the minibus was excellent and almost new, and the tour was very interesting.
It was great to be picked up and dropped off from our accommodation at Cabo Girao enroute.
The cost of the trip was excellent at 19 Euros. We will be in touch for another trip on our next visit.
Thank-you Marco/Madeira happy tours for 2 wonderful full day trips on our recent visit to Madeira.
My wife and I took the West and the South full day trips and we found that by travelling in a mini bus we saw more of the island and could access places that large coaches would have trouble in accessing. The driver/guides were most professional and with only about 8 to 12 people on each trip the mini bus always left on time.
I had been on the West tour before but this was the 1st time that I have seen the views from Paul De Serra taken in the 3 peaks ( Pico's).
Smashing tours and the people we travelled with on the tours were also very friendly.
Best of luck in the future Marco,
Jim & Brenda
Our family really enjoyed our tour of the west coast of Madeira with Happy Tours. We would definitely recommend this company as the price is very reasonable and the tour guide was very friendly and flexible. Also having a small number on the tour made it feel more personal. We were given time to enjoy a swim in the rock pools which the teenage boys were particularly interested in.
I also enjoyed the Sunday morning tour of nuns valley where again the guide was very friendly and full of information on the history of the area.
We will be using Happy Tours again when we return to the island in the future.
Happy tours is a good place to book cause of the fact your not just a number and happy tours is trying to get the very best out of your vacation! The approach is friendly, personal and you can take your time selecting your wishes with the various amount of tours that are offered. Ill definately come back to Madeira for it.
We booked the North Tour with Happy Tours online from home before our holiday. We enjoyed it so much that we booked two more trips while we were there. Using minibuses, the trips are so much more personal (and cheaper) than coach trips and it is much quicker to get 8 people on and off at the various stopping points than a coach load. The lunch on the full day trips was really good value at 10 euros which included 3 courses, wine and water. The guides were very good, especially Roger who has a great sense of humour. They pick up outside your hotel and drop you back off there and were always on time. I would highly recommend Happy Tours for your Madeira trips.
We highly recommend Madeira Happy Tours. We have a young family, and have visited Madeira on five years now. We do not often have the opportunity to see the island by tour. We looked at 'timeshare offer' tours which are not good value. We decided to look for an independent operator. We found Happy Tours in the centro commercial at Monumental - hidden! But well worth the option.
Our tour guide was multi lingual and very helpful. The tour was at our pace, our wish to see things and the guide was always courteous.
We would recommend Happy Tours to anyone fed up with the TIMESHARE deals. Happy will give you better and for good price. Why look anywhere else?
We will be back next year and will book a tour with Happy. Thanks for making our holiday a good experience.
Hello, good evening.
My name is Ângela Machado. Me, my husband and daughter visited Madeira island between the 21st. to the 25th. of June and we would like to praise the whole team of Madeira Happy Tours, specially Mr. Sérgio for his kindness, professionalism and courteous manners to every body in the excursion to the East of Madeira.
It has been the first time that we have visited Madeira and without any doubt Mr. Sérgio did an outstanding work to promote your company and the best of the East island tour.
My daughter, Claúdia which has 6 years old enjoyed it very much as well.
Once more, i would like to thank you all and we shall recommend your services to our friends.
Good bless you all.
P.S.- Regards to Mr. Sérgio from the family Machado.
The two tours were wonderful and the sites seen are indescribable. We had a great experience and amazing tour guide that spoke 5 languages! We learned so much about Madeira and really made the trip a learning and fun vacationing experience.
For those about to visit the island definately use this agency to book your siteseeing tours. They have the best prices, the tour is VERY personalized, the bus is AC, and the tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable. Your money will be very well spent on these tours.
It was worth every penny!
Matthew and Manuela Costa
Amadeu and Lourdes Abrantes
Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the 4 trips we booked with you. They were always on time, the guides were very friendly and very informative in all aspects of the tours, and multi lingual.
We would recommend anyone to book with you, hope to see you again when we return to Madeira in the future.
Regards, Alan & Marion Bowles England
Thank-you Marco for all your help and good advice on selecting our guided levada walks. Your approach is typical of the Madeiran people, who we found to be some of the most pleasant, and helpful we have encountered anywhere on our travels. We would recommend Marco and Happy Tours above all others if visitors want to see more of this beautiful island. We will be back to do the other walks one day, and with a pair of large torches this time !!!!!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 trips with Happy Tours to the South, North and West and found the mini bus drivers very friendly. We were impressed that our driver with English, French and German passengers could speak all 3 foreign languages very well.
The tours were very good value and we were taken to lovely little places for meals - steak or fish'chips with vegetables and beer for $10 sitting on top of a moutain with fabulous views - just great.
Hope to see you on our return in 2012
The painting your wife has done in display in your shop is very special. Hope she does more.
We had an absolutely wonderful time on our full day tour of the East of Madeira. Our guide was informative, allowed sufficient time at each stop and made extra stops for photo opportunities. The minibus was in good condition and we had a truly memorable day driving around the steep and twisty mountain roads.
We will definitely be recommending your tour company and your beautiful island of Madeira to all our friends!
Take care and hope to visit again soon to do the West Island tour!!
Thanks again and wish you all the best!
Your Hong Kong friend from London,
Marco e Patrícia,
Queremos agradecer o vosso profissionalismo e dedicação. As duas excursões que fizemos Oeste e Este correram lindamente e vão ser sempre recordadas, principalmente a do Oeste, simplesmente adoramos, a Patrícia sempre cuidadosa com os turistas, sempre que passavamos por um local explicava-nos um pouco da história dessa região, o que para nós foi muito interessante.
Recomendamos, por isso, os serviços da Madeira Happy Tours, aliás, na nossa próxima viagem à vossa encantadora ilha, iremos fazer as excursões Norte e Sul para ficarmos a conhecer um pouco melhor a Madeira e gostariamos muito que fosse novamente a Patrícia a nossa guia.
Já com saudades da Madeira, esperamos voltar em breve.
Obrigada pela vossa simpatia e profissionalismo.
Cumprimentos das manas,
Inês e Joana, Porto, Portugal
We were impressed that you remembered us from our E-mail and the reception we recieved in the office was lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our Full Day tour of the West the weather was beautiful the company on the bus was great and our driver Roger (i think that was his name) was brilliant and we had some laughs and he is very good with many camera's taking photo's for us all. We also did the Nun's valley on the Sunday which was also very good with an added bonus of a rainbow over the valley as i was taking photograph's. I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to use your services if they are travelling to this lovely island. Thankyou once again for making our trip that extra bit special.
Good experiance with Happy Tours, did 2 levada walks and a bus tour
1 Calheta levada walk (Sunday) easy walk, level route no slopes to start or finish, very good guide (Henri) excellent english, seemed to know all the locals along the route!
2 Peaks walk (Wednesday) difficult rating, lots of steps, fabulous views, final zigzag climb to lunch stop at mountain house a bit of a 'killer' Marco warned us but rest was OK. Cloudy/misty part of the way, sun and rain, go prepared walking boots and layers of clothing. Guide good excellent english and german very informative. After mountain house easy, all downhill to bus.
3 Southwest bus tour (Thursday), small bus with only 6+ driver/guide did many of the villages from Ponto do Sol to Ponta do Pargo then on to Ribeira da Vaca for lunch. Set lunch was good value but snack lunch, if you wanted a lighter meal nearly as expensive so poorer value. Driver/guide again good with good english (only english and dutch? on trip). Small group meant that we stopped often for views, worthwhile trip.
David Carroll-Gloucestershire, England
Dear Madeira Happy Tours,
We have fallen in love with Madeira and plan to return after the summer school break. We want to thank you for 3 marvellous island tours which really brought home what a paradise island you people are living on.
Most of all we enjoyed the west tour and we have literally hundreds of photographs. We learned so much, saw so much and enjoyed every minute. Thank you for your professional and informative services. We will be back!
Regards Jim and Janice
I want to thank you for your patience and assistance which was well beyond the call of duty. When we finally retrieved our lost luggage and decided to forget the two stressful days by taking an island tour, we were amazed at the care and dedication your staff showed.
We have visited Madeira on several occasions and done tours with other companies - but you excelled and we will tell all our friends about you.
Dear Marco and Danilo,
Thankyou both for your excellent and efficient service. We had a lovely time on the North part of Madeira, a good driver, with a knowledge of most subjects relating to the area that we covered.
We will definitely use your service again next year all being well.
The prices were very competitive and in most cases the cheapest.
Mike and Shirley Gough
Hello Marco, it's Linda and Phillip Brookes from England.
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your tours, and we are putting a recommendation for you on Trip Adviser on the Four Views Monumental Lido hotel review soon.
We hope you are keeping busy, but manage to enjoy some of the lovely Madeira sunshine.
We had a good journey back home. The weather has been quite good for September, mainly bright and sunny with temperatures around 18 deg, and no rain! We have enjoyed looking at your website, the pictures remind us of our holiday in Madeira.
Thank you for all your help with the tours and for lending us your bus cards, it was a pleasure to meet and talk with you.
Our best wishes and kind regards to you both
Linda and Phillip Brookes
I just wanted to write to thank you for the very helpful and friendly service you provide. Me and my friend were staying at the Pestano Bay Hotel and called into your office to organise a few excursions. We booked the half day Nun's Valley Tour on Saturday 26th Sept and you very kindly managed to arrange a full day north/south island tour on the sunday. Both excursions were very enjoyable and the courtesy and professionalism of your drivers helped to add to the enjoyment of the day.
If I know of anyone who will be travelling to Madeira I will certainly recommend your island tours to them.
Thank you again
With best wishes
I will be sending you a dvd with some photos (jpegs). I am hoping to put them in the post this week but I don’t know how long they will take to reach you
There are 4 groups on the DVD The ones labelled nuns valley and south trip were taken this September on your trips. These should be able to be enlarged if you find one that you like
The other 2 called north trip and east trip were taken in 2005 (I don’t know if the quality would be good enough to enlarge these but you are welcome to try)
Once again thank you very much for the 2 very good trips that we took with you. Should we return to Madeira in the future we certainly will use you again. I will let my friends know of your website. Chris and I wish you all the best with your business.
Paul and Chris Holmes (from the Porto Mare hotel)
What can I say, as after seeing your pictures I am lost for words. I can not thank you enough for taking your time to look for these places and look forward to meeting you in person to thank you. I will share these pictures with my sister as she was the last one to see the house and tomb.
We therefore look forward to our Tour on Sunday 25th October 2009 at 9.30 am. You can be assured that I will tell others on the Cruise Ship of your excellent service.
My wife and I will be leaving Trinidad on October 8th 2009 for London and then we go on to Barcelona to board the cruise ship "Oosterdam" to begin our journey.
Many Thanks once again.
Greetings from London.
Here is the photo of you and Ming - perhaps you can pin it to your wall with the caption "Another delighted Madeirahappystartexcursions customer"!
Dear Marco and Danilo,
We thank you both for the service you have given us on our last holiday to Madeira in September/October. We have made a day trip to the North part of the island and one on the boat by the Sea Pleasure. Our driver from the minibus was wonderful and also the service on the boat was lovely.The prices from Madeira Happy Tours are good for the products you are selling, because you are the cheapest. We will recommend your company in Holland and when we come back next year in April we definitely come back to Madeira Happy Tours.
Once again thanks for everything and we wish you both very good business for the future, but I believe a good business with excellent service and an office whith helpful people where you feel home will stay forever.
With kind regards from Holland.
Leo & Elly Meerman.
My wife and i booked a trip with Madeira Happy Tours and enjoyed it so much that we have returned and booked three more trips which we also enjoyed. The "Go West" in particular was excellent value.
Thanks to the personalized and friendly service that Madeira Happy Tours provides, we would have no hesitation in recommending the company to others.
K.O. Antell from England.
We would like to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip to the "Go South" of the island with your company. It was good to see a part of the island off the usual tourist trail, using some of the old roads and original tunnels.
The restaurant beyond the lighthouse at Ponta do Pargo was welcoming and very good value. The food was excellent.
All round, a really enjoyable day out and one that we would highly recommend.
Jeff & Hilda Dove.
Many, many thanks for the service given to us by Happy Tours on our recent holiday to Madeira.
Our return to England was delayed by the recent Volcanic Ash cloud from Iceland. As we now had an extra few days and the weather was much improved we decided to take advantage of the East of the Island tour. From the friendly service in the office to the excellent driver/guide Patricia who was very knowledgeable the tour was a wonderful experience.
When we next return to Madeira we will definitely call to see you and arrange further tours.
We wish you every success and look forward to seeing you again.
Max and Pat Trickett