Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Nicolau did a fine job of getting us to some nice viewpoints on a day with overcast skies, rain and fog. He certainly made the best of the bad weather and we enjoyed his enthusiasm and stories about local family members. We enjoyed a fish sandwich in a small bar he knew of and a tasting in a very local venue near the top of Madeira. We also appreciated his ability to provide an enclosed van rather than the original open jeep on short notice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hello my good friend, was for me a pleasure and had also a great time. happy we made it to change the car even last minute hope to see you again and for next time with better weather ,) thank you from my hearth amd see you soon!
John PartridgeHenniker, NH, United States
Our trip to Madeira was amazing, made only that much better by Nicolau. He showed us so many beautiful spots as well as telling us all about the island and its culture. His personality was friendly, open, and eager to make our experience a great one. Also, his suggestions on places to eat and visit were perfect! I highly recommend Nico for any tours he might give.
Jocelyn McClellandUnited States
We spent a wonderful day with Nicolau showing us his island of Madeira! He is very proud of his home and quite knowledgeable of its history. We enjoyed all the local sites as well as food in the local pubs and restaurants. Planning on setting up a tour with him again when we return to Madeira. Don't miss out on a day with Nicolau!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my friend thnak you so much! I spend a great time with you. Its been a grest day and looking forward for your return some day soon!!
Cynthia DrakeUnited States
Nico was a great guide and we really enjoyed our day with him. His jeep is a such a cool/unique way to see the island! He was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the local plants and landscape. We saw a lot of Madeira that you would never see with typical tours and he really gave us a taste of the local culture. We would highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hello my sweet friends, had an amazing time with you guys, so thnak you sooo much and hope to see you back to the island some day very soon!! :D a big hug from your friend Nico
Colin ForrestUnited Kingdom
Great tour. Nicolau is a superb guide and very thoughtful about his clients' needs. We had a great day helped a lot by checking the webcams to find the best weather. We even fitted in a short levada walk. Nicolau and his UMM found us excellent places for lunch and refereshments, High quality local food at very low prices with several surprises thrown in. Nicolau is very friendly and proud of his island and family which added a great deal to our enjoyment. Thanks so much - we hope our paths cross again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my friend, thank you for your beautiful words, i expect the same and that we see each other some day soon! Thank you soo much! Nico
Had a fabulous time with Nico, he is very personable and carries the conversations well. We really enjoyed the "off the beaten track" adventure. Weather did not cooperate so well but we made the most of it backroad driving in his amazing Jeep! Thanks Nico!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my good friends had a great day with you!! hope to see you soon back to Madeira!! Tank you Nico
John TaylorTampa, FL, United States
Nicolau made this day tour one of the best days of the vacation. He is very knowledgeable, a great driver and very obliging to any requests. Shows all the sights and then some. We mixed with the locals for a meal and a drink, exactly what I want from a guide.. not following a group led by someone with a flag! He is also a funny guy, with a great sense of humor. I grew up in a Portugese neighborhood and knew a few things he was talking about and even a very limited amount of Portugese. We laughed all day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my friend thank you so much for your amazing review, you bet what a day, laughing all day long its also your great mood and from your friends who made us spend great quaulity time. love yo show you my island trough the eyes of a friend! See you soon!
Thomas BourgaultUnited States
What a terrific tour. Nicolau made us feel at home within minutes and treated us to a view of Madeira that very few visitors get to see. We especially enjoyed lunch with the locals, picking out our own meat and the friendly service that came with it. Everywhere we went, we ran into Nicolau's family or friends. He truly made this experience special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my friend thank you so much for your review, yes that is one of the things wen we have such a big familly :D was really a pleasure showing you around and really hope you come back with more time for more exploring
Beverley PurdieNew Zealand
Nico was an amazing guide and excellent driver. He gave us a wonderful day whilst keeping away from tourist traps at our request. The bbq lunch was very special at a small local restaurant and seeing Madeira through his eyes made for a better understanding of the lovely. people of this island. We had a lot of fun and he looked after us extremely well. Thanks Nico for taking me to the sled ride, it was a real laugh. Absolutely recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my good friends i also spent a splendid day with you guys, and really hope to see you again soon to Madeira! Wish all the best and hope you had a good day celebrating your birthday!! Thank you!! Nico
Sue DaviesUnited Kingdom
From the moment we met Nico, we knew we were in for a treat and in very capable hands. He is an exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and generous young man, whose love of his island shines through with infectious enthusiasm. A very competent driver, given the amazing steep gradients, each turn in the road brought more vistas and more adventures and a good insight into the lives of the Madeiran people ... drinking Poncha in a local bar, stopping to identify herbs, seeing pruning of the vines ... JUST GO!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ao much my good friends looking foward to see you back again soon! Nico
Madeline R.Chicago, ILLINOIS, United States
Nicolau's an enthusiastic, knowledgeable young. He arrived promptly with an open-top jeep for a wonderful experience. We were able to drive to places not accessible by the tour bus, to go on the smallest, remote and highest parts of the island, and to stand up in the jeep and take pictures. We stopped at a local place for lunch - picked out the meat at the butcher shop, ordered our drinks at the bar, and sat to watch the meat being cooked and served. It was a wonderful traditional Empada lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankk youu so much my friends had a blast with you guys.hope it doesnt take long so you are back.a big hug fron your nadeiran friend Nico
Linda WoodallUnited States
The two tours I took with Nicolau were the highlight of my trip to Madeira. I did a custom tour so, essentially, we went to the places I knew I wanted to see but also to places that Nico, as a local knew I'd find interesting--even if they weren't widely known I really got to see Madeira as a local and hanging out with Nico for the day was like hanging out with an old friend I'd never met before. 10 Stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my friend, thank you so much for your beatifull words, and hope you come back very soon..for some more limpets :P keep on listening to pef Nico
Linda WoodallUnited States
I took two tours with Nico while in Madeira--they were that good! I'd travelled by air to Madeira for two weeks as a solo traveler and really wanted to see the whole island, which is pretty much what I managed to do in my two different days of touring with Nico. We stopped along the way whenever I wanted to get out and explore and I learned about the island from someone who has lived there nearly all his life. You can't beat that kind of experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank youuuu Linda, was great meeting you and sharing my island with you. had two amazing days
Alex CasellaUnited States
Our visit to Funchal was a challenge due to heavy rain. But our guide made the best of terrible weather. We laughed as we toured the mountains. He took us for a local lunch and ���� to the sangria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Helooooo yes terrible weather �� have to worj out better my contacts with saint peter.had a great day with you guys.one big hug.Nico
Donna BrownUnited States
We had a lovely (albeit rainy) day with Nicolau - he was so accommodating, making many changes in his 'regular' program to meet our needs and then changing again on the fly when our travel companions couldn't do the tour due to illness. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and highly recommend Nicolau to anyone visiting in Funchal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankkk youuu Donna, was soo good to have you here, hope it doesnt take you too long to come back!! Thankk youu Nico
Helen MaynardUnited Kingdom
Awesome! Nico made our trip to Madeira this year. He took us off the beaten tourist track allowing us to get a real feel for the island as well as island life. His enthusiasm, passion, extensive knowledge as well as his obvious love of and pride in his beloved Madeira made our day with him very special indeed. He is excellent company and a genuinely super chap as well! I will certainly use toursbylocals again (and hope the rest of their guides are as fab as Nico!)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Hellen, thank you sooo much for your words, i had a great day with you and your mother...i thank you once more the love shared :) RThank you so much Nico
Sara McgeorgeUnited States
Our day with Nicolau was truly the best day of our entire trip! He was so fun, knowledgeable, and professional. But truly SO much fun! If you want to spend a day off the beaten path, going to gorgeous places only his jeep can take you to, then you should book a tour with Nico! We spent 6 hours on the "Taste of Madiera" tour and we wished it wouldn't have ended. Madiera is an island which has everything, and Nico made sure we saw and experienced as much as possible! He even took us to his uncle's vineyard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hellooooo Sara, thank ypu so much for your words, so happy you liked Madeira as i do, and really looking foward for your return some time very soon ;) Thnak you so much Nico
Eileen ZitoUnited States
We had the best time on this tour, Nicolau was wonderful, very personable and knowledgeable. He's a great diver too, we had so much fun off road in the jeep. Lunch was amazing too, I can't say enough. We absolutely loved our day in Madeira, thanks to Nicolau!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Eileen tahnkkk youuu so much for your feedback i had a great day out as well..hope to see you back soon :D Thankk youuu Nico
James FerrisUnited States
what can i say other than it far exceeded our expectations and we had a wonderful time and would suggest it to our friends on the cruse ships..thanks again TBL
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello my good friends. Thank you so much!! Looking foward to see you someday soon!!one big hug aloha
Bill MaltarichUnited States
Nicolau gave us a unique, informative and entertaining tour of Madeira. Although the jeep was rustic we visited parts of the island that most tourist do not see. We really enjoyed his company and recommend him for a great day.
Maria StevensUnited States
Nick is very knowledgable and accommodating. Would not hesitate to ask for him again in future. Excellent driver!! We thoroughly enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Maria, great to meet you all and hope to see you back soon Nico
This was an excellent tour. One of the best we have had. A lot of good information but plenty of choices based on our personal tastes. Nicolau, our guide, was professional and very entertaining. He was the best guide we have had in our many travels. Thank you for giving us such a great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankk you so much Tilia, was such a pleasure havng you. hope you come back some day again. Thank youuu Nico
Billy CrawfordUnited Kingdom
Great tour. Book him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello billy, was so nice to meet you my friend. Thank you so much for your words. hope to see you soon! Nicolau
Paula LipskiUnited States
We spent a wonderful day in Madeira. The tour guide was fabulous and the jeep was lots of fun. Much better than a tour bus. It was a full day and we got to see things that you never see on bus tours. I highly recommend this service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Paula, hope you come back soon to Madeira!
Melinda S.United States
If I could rate this tour, and especially Nicolau, with more stars I would rate him a 10! He was very accommodating and friendly. Lunch was in a local churrascaria that was delicious! The jeep ride was wonderful; Nicolau is a great, careful driver. Nicolau is also very knowledgeable about this beautiful island, its plants, history, and culture.
Wayne DaveyUnited States
Our tour of Funchal and Madeira Island, with lunch, was wonderful and entirely met our expectations. Nicolau was on time, informative, pleasant and very committed to giving us a great tour of his beloved island. We certainly recommend him for a tour of Funchal and Madeira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much my friend. hope to see you back some day. Big hug from Madeira Nicolau
We had a fun and safe tour with Nicolau and his vintage car - highly recommend
Thank you soooo much Nicolau! Your tour of Madeira was A-1 all the way. Your in depth knowledge of the island & your enthusiasm made our tour with you wonderful! The people on this tour expressed their opinions it was the best of all the tours they had been on, on our cruise. Thank you so much, I will recommend you to all!
Barbara AshUnited States
Great day. Madeira was a port call on a cruise, so we only had 6 hours, but we certainly made the most of it. Fun jeep ride, local culture expertise, good lunch, and Nicolau answered all our questions, ranging from weather to politics. Definitely worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your words Barbara. hope to see you back very soon :) thank you so much Nicolau
Adelaide SchultzeKey Largo, FL, United States
Nicolau was exceptionally knowledgable and such fun. We covered all points on our list and then some, making for a very happy day with a big Thank You to a very huggable Nicolau.
Rachel LogvinUnited States
Nicolau is the PERFECT guide for Madeira. He's incredibly knowledgable and extremely personable. We couldn't ask for a better trip - we saw a part of the island that only Nicolau could show us: from the off road and off the beaten path, to the scenic and breathtaking views of Madeira. Make sure to ask him about the Madeiran traffic jams in the mountains. If you're planning a trip, don't leave until you have Nicolau guide you through his beautiful island. We are so grateful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Rachel!! Thank you so so much for your such nice words, was fantastic to meet you and Dean, and really looking foward for your return ;) Thank you so much, saudade Nicolau
Allie W.United Kingdom
Nicolau was a brilliant guide - he was very informative and passionate about his country. We had a great day in his open top jeep and he was able to take us to places other vehicles would find hard to get to. He also took us to a great place for lunch. He was very kind and helpful to the elderly people in our party too. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Allie, thank you so so much for your nice word:) hope you come back soon thank youu
Robert SchmauderUnited States
Great tour if you want to get a "feel" for the Island. Guide was great. Went to sites the big tours didn't.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Robert. Big Hug!
Alson KempUnited States
One of the top tours over the years. Wow. A 1950 jeep-like 4X4 with facing rear benches and a canvas top to so you can stand up. (Some fitness required.) An uncle with a vineyard to display. (Uncles everywhere.) Beautiful sights unavailable to buses. Local bars with local drinks. Lunch at a restaurant no American may have seen before. Conversation and quips that had the 4 passengers in stitches. We would do this tour again, and again. Madeira is also worth the effort.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Alson, thank you so much for your such nice words. Im waiting for you coming back. i loved meeting all of you. thank you once more Nicolau
Richard Louis BrownUnited States
Nicolau is an excellent guide, well-informed, enthusiastic, accommodating and personable. We enjoyed his tour and recommend it highly, with one important caveat: His vehicle is a vintage Portuguese-built jeep that is pretty primitive. It will go anywhere, including off-road, bouncing and bucketing along with bone-rattling élan. It's lots of fun if you're up for it, but comfort is not among its attributes. The "tipico" restaurant Nicolau chose for lunch was unusual and wonderful. A truly memorable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your such nice words my friend!! Thank you also for the heads up in the jeep, i allways like to reffer that, he is ruff, and noisy, but loads of funn, but it doesnt hoe nothing to confort lol.hope to get you back here some day for one more drink :D Big hug, Nicolau
Stanley GlickmanUnited States
One of the most interesting and different and exciting tours we have ever had He was terrific and showed many personal places We really recommend him and told our friends about it Marsha and stan glickman
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Nicolau has a very unique tour of Madeira. With his 4WD vehicle you will get to places other tourists rarely see. He was very comfort conscious and most accommodating. We had a spectacular "local" lunch and local liqueur samplings. It was a day well spent in Madeira and the surrounding Mountains. You be glad you booked with Nicolau.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much my friend, hope to see you back soon. Big hug from the island!
Marlene Gail ZangenUnited States
Our tour with Nicolau was amazing, we definitely saw Madeira through a local experience. We traveled in open air Safari style jeeps, climbing steep hills from the city center up to the caldera peaks to overlook points of deep valleys, cliff hanging villages and forest areas. We stopped for a Madeira wine tasting in the city and a delicious lunch of fresh beef, sausage, chicken and pineapple skewers with lots of accompaniments in a small village. I highly recommend this tour to everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Gail!! was so nice to meet you, hope to see you soon in Madeira again!! Thank youuu Nicolau