Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Funchal-Madeira by Tour Guide Valdemar A. (Guide #16281)


Susan Looney

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Dec 27/19

Our day with Valdemar was a day to be remembered! Just amazing! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! We asked for some last minute changes to the agenda and he was happily able to accommodate. He planned an active day. He went above and beyond what we asked for out of our trip, including ending our day with a recommendation and drop off for dinner!! I highly recommend spending time with Val if you are looking for a private guide and would seek him out again next time we return to magical Madeira

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Susan and Family, for your visit and this meaningful review! It was a great pleasure to take you on a tour and we had such a lovely day. Hope we meet again. Warm regards from your friend in Madeira Island.

Robert Lee

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Nov 23/19

Beautiful Island

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit. Best regards from Madeira Island

David Tetreault

United States
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Tour: #550699, Madeira's NorthWest Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Nov 9/19

If you took a tour with anyone here, you would probably enjoy it because of the sheer beauty of the island but, you would be missing out because you didn't have Valdemar. His knowledge of the island is incredible! He will take you to places most tourists would never see. Valdemar customizes the tour to your wishes. If it's too cloudy to go somewhere, he always has a alternative plan. He's extremely personable and by the time you are finished you feel like you are long time friends.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, for your visit and for choosing me as your guide. It was a pleasure and a honor. I had a great time, doing what i love meeting 5 star people like you and Joan. Hope we meet again. Warm regards,

Tresy Jeniawati

Indonesia
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 29/19

We had a great time in Funchal and Maidera with Val . He has lots of information to tell about Maidera and make it interesting to know a bit of history on Maidera. Based on our permission, he took small detour to a small, winding , hilly road to try his skill on 4 wheeldrive. Rushing the adrenaline , and it was fun . I would certainly recommend Val to my friend for a knowledgeable guide in Maidera

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tresy and family. With was a big honor and a pleasure to take all in a tour, even more knowing you came from so far away. Hope we meet again. Warm regards, Valdemar

James Madsen

Portugal
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 21/19

We want to thank Valemar for our tour on the 21st. His love, knowledge and enthusiasm for his Island is impressive, we enjoyed our day, particilarly the gardens.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank James, Jim and Marisa for your visit. It was a pleasure. Warm regards.

Geoffrey Dailey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 18/19

Great 5 hour tour. Val was very knowledgeable and a delightful guide. We were a group of 4, 2 with mobility issues. Val could not have been more considerate or helpful. Great coffee stop at the Golf Club, fantastic views far away from the tourist crowds. Highly recommended, go with Val and enjoy Jadeira.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, for your visit and for choosing me as your guide. It was my pleasure to spend time with you all. Thank you Anita, Brian, Cynthia and my fearless co-pilot Geoff

Rebecca Childress

United States
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 12/19

According to our tour group, Val exceeded across the board. He showed us beautiful spots but also taught us so much about the island and its history. He modified the tour to maximize our time and even ended up spending hours more time with us than we expected. He said his goal was to convince us to return to Madeira for a vacation...and it worked. His passion for his home shows as he shares his love for the area. Truly, this was one of the best tours we have taken with one of the best guides.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rebecca for your praise. It was my pleasure. I had a great time with you all. Hope we meet again. A big kiss and hug from Madeira Island.

Annette Leitsch

Germany
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 30/19

Wir hatten einen wunderschönen, interessanten und informativen Tag mit Valdemar. So kann man diese Insel wirklich kennen lernen und noch die Ecken entdecken, in denen das ursprünglich Madeira zu finden ist. Wir waren wirklich begeistert!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch und dafür, dass Sie so nett sind. Es war eine große Freude, Sie alle kennenzulernen. Küsse und Umarmungen von deinem Freund auf Madeira

Cheryl Aukeman

United States
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Tour: #550698, Madeira island 1 and a half Day Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 6/19

Hands down best guide we have ever had. We had two fabulous days touring the island and saw so much. Val knows every corner of the island, and many spots I'm sure locals don't even know about. He was also strategic in avoiding crowds which we greatly appreciated! Being able to stand up in the Jeep to see the beautiful scenery was the best way to take it all in. So many wonderful moments on this tour. Thank you for an unforgettable two days!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cheryl and Tess for your visit and for this review. We had such a great time. It was priceless to see your expressions of happiness. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. See you soon, hopefully. Warm regards. Valdemar

Gabriele Vinci

Italy
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Tour: #550981, Madeira Sunrise Peaks Walk Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 17/19

The tour was great thanks to Valdemar and his professionality. He knows the Island, its history and its wonderful spots. One of the best guide I ever met and an amazing person. If you need a local guide, he's the man.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gabriele. Thank you for booking this sunrise tour otherwise I would miss one of the best twilight/sunrise I have ever seen. The ufo and the off-road was the cherry on top All the best for you. See you soon

Robert Wells

United States
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Tour: #554947, Fun(?)shall-we? Private Costumized Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 4/19

Great tour and so much fun. Well worth the money. Very professional. Very knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for visiting us for choosing me as your guide and for this review. It was a pleasure. Hope we meet again.

Alan Lakomski

United States
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Tour: #622150, Madeira East Highlights Private Tour With Hike, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 3/19

Alan Lakomski

United States
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Tour: #550699, Madeira's NorthWest Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 1/19

Valdemar takes you to the wonderful little places that only locals know about. Better still he avoids the crowded touristy places while giving you a sense of what local life is like. He is kind, caring & knowledgeable guide. I recommend him without reservation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: And it was a pleasure to show you both the Madeira i love.

Alan Lakomski

United States
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jul 31/19

Valdemar is a caring, knowledge & happy man. He is a joy with whom to tour. My wife & I highly recommend him... you won't be disappointed.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this review, really appreciate and after spending 3 days with such a nice couple it means a lot to me. Thank you for a visit and see you soon :) Best regards to you both Alan&Pam.

Samantha Rao

United States
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Tour: #550698, Madeira island 2 Day Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jun 7/19

I can't recommend Valdemar enough! He designed an incredible private tour for my boyfriend and I and we got to see basically the entire island in just two days. We went from hiking in a ghostly forest in the mountains to swimming in volcanic lava pools to exploring villages and trying local food & drink- and way more. It was an amazing adventure, and to make it even better Valdemar helped my boyfriend pick the perfect spot and he proposed to me on this trip!! Don't hesitate to book with Valdemar.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sam and Dan, for this 5 star review. I had a great time showing you Madeira island and the cherry on top was the proposal. Thank you for being so kind and for showing so much interest in our culture and nature. Hope we meet again soon, warm regards. Valdemar

Susan Oshnock

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 26/19

Great tour of east and north Madeira with Val. His enthusiasm for his job andclove if Madeira was evident. His tour provided us with exactly what we wanted: a taste of Madeira outside of Funchal. He took us to small villages, local market with food tasting, beautiful coast views and incredible mountain top vistas. We went off road through native forests and went up, down and around Madeira's famous winding roads. Thanks Val for a memorable day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan and Mark for this review and for your visit. It was a pleasure to meet you both. What a great Sunday with a awesome couple. Hope we meet again. Warm regards. Valdemar

Rinske Piek

Netherlands
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Tour: #550699, Madeira's NorthWest Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 20/19

In 2 days, Valdemar showed my mother and me the beauty of both the East en North-west (beautiful!) part of the island. He tailored both itineraries to our interests and made sure my mother (who can't walk very well) and I (who got to stand up while driving offroad, yay!) loved every second of it. He also told us a lot about the nature, culture and history of the island. Valdemar made us feel his love for Madeira. Can't wait to come back with my family and do it all again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for this 5-star review and for being so kind Rinske and Anette. It was a pleasure to take on a tour. It was delightful to see your happiness expressions when you contemplate the beauties of this island. Thank you and see you soon :)

Rinske Piek

Netherlands
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Tour: Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Date: May 18/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rinske and Annette. See you soon. Valdemar

Johane Verdier

Canada
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 14/19

Valdemar is extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, a pleasure to be with. He can read very quickly who he is travelling with so he can offer a out of the ordinary service and tour. When I first looked at the east side of the island on internet I commented that there was no way I would go that high in a Jeep. Well Valdemar was able to build the trust so quickly first thing I knew I was taking pictures from a 8000 feet altitude �� and felt relaxed about it. Valdemar is a terrific and calm driver.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Johane and Boyd for this review. Thank you for trusting me (blindly��) I had a great time with you both. The biggest reward is to see happyness in my guests faces. Your overwhelming expressions when you contemplate the places I took you boosts my motivation. Thank you once again, see you both soon ��

Christine Perkins

Australia
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 12/19

If we could have given 10 stars Valdemar would have received those. All five members of our group tour were blown away by the professionalism and good humour of our tour guide. He definitely went way above our expectations. Would book him again in a jiffy!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christine and the Dutch&Aussie gang ���� What a great time we had, it was a pleasure. See you all soon ��

James Smaltz

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 30/19

We were very pleased with Valdemar as a guide and host. Our objective was to get a good overview of the Island of Madeira and visit sites that locals visit. Valdemar has a well maintained 4 wheel vehicle that can easily hold 6 people. The roof retracts and we were invited to stand up to take photos. Valdemar has an incredible knowledge of history, wildlife, plants and local fruits. We went off road a number of times and hiked some beautiful back trails. We highly recommend Valdemar.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James for your visit. It was my pleasure, the best thing of doing this tours is to know awesome people like you and your friends. Thank you a lot for the 5 star review. Hope we meet again, there is a lot more to show you in this island and you need to get another flu shot (poncha) �� Warm regards. Valdemar

Kathy Rubin

United States
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 28/19

We had a 5 star tour of Funchal Madeira with Valdemar A. He took us high into rural areas and spent considerable time explaining the sights. Outstanding tour guide

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy and friends for your visit. It was my pleasure. Thank you for your 5 star review. Warm regards, see you all soon :) Val

Justin Barnes

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 19/19

Valdemar took us all over the north and east of the island, and updated the itinerary to account for the weather (such as it being cloudy at top of viewpoint), updated to account for it being Good Friday (and things closing earlier), and basically changed whatever was necessary to make sure we enjoyed his island. It is clear he has a passion for Madeira, and he shared it with us. The drive through the forest was great, the beach at the east end was great, and overall we could not have asked for more.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for all Justin, it was great to spend some time with you. Learned a lot with you. Hope we meet again. Warm regards. Valdemar

Effie Meyer

United States
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 14/19

Great guide. Very knowledgable and fit a lot of sites in without feeling pushed. Avoided some popular sites until later when buses and crowds were gone. Made it all the more enjoyable. Nice guy, too!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Effie for your visit, it was a pleasure to spend some time with you. Hope I have planted in your mind the will to return. Thank you for the 5 star review and for allowing me doing what I love for a living. Best regards, see you soon:) Valdemar

Karen Humphrey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 11/19

My husband and I, along with our two friends had a fabulous tour with Valdemar. He was punctual, informative and fun! By the end of the tour we felt that not only was he our guide but our friend too! Would rate him higher than five stars if I could. We will definitely chose to tour with him when we return to Madeira. Thank you, Karen, Chris, Hayley and Derek

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit. What a fun day we had. It is so rewarding to hear so many good things about the place we live, even more when we hear from people that have already "been around". I am sure we will meet again. This is not a good bye, it's a see you soon�� warm regards. Valdemar

Yvonne Carroll

United States
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 3/19

Our Tour with Val was disturbed by rain but he did an outstanding job of showing us Madeira in spite of the rainy day. I would highly recommend him to anyone going to Madeira. We had been before and wanted to go to the country outside of the city. I am certain he could do an excellent job taking anyone anywhere on Madeira. He was very knowledgeable about the island and the traditions and activities available there. He took us to an excellent restaurant in the countryside. We had authentic Madeira food.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yvonne and Tim for you company, it was a pleasure to spend such a lovely day with you both. The weather was not the best but warm people are not affected by the weather. Hope we meet again, regardless of the weather, keep up with that energy and goodwill. Thank you for all. Valdemar

Marthi Ungar

Switzerland
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Tour: #550698, Madeira island Marthi's 4 Day Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Mar 30/19

We were two couples from Switzerland, American/Swiss German nationalities, and we had a wonderful tour. During the four days with Valdemar, we covered the whole island! He is a great driver/guide who knows every corner of the island with its history. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation and will happily recommend your tour organization and Valdemar.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marthi, Jerry, Pia and Jim for all. It was a pleasure to show you this Island. I have great memories from this 4 days and it is so rewarding to be with people with so many life experiences and yet, so interested in our culture and traditions. Your reactions to the places i took you are priceless. Thank you for allowing me doing what i love! Hope we meet again. Warm regards.

Alan Anderson

United States
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Tour: #550695, Madeira in 4 hours, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Mar 13/19

What a fun tour vladamar gave the MOST fun tour. So knowledgeable and so much fun. He loves his job so much it just is contagious. Takes you to out of way places most tourists would miss this is a must tour and a MUST guide. Don't miss this

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alan and friends. Thank you for your company and for your great mood, what a laugh it was this tour. Your group of friends are an inspiration, keep up with that contagious youth and start planning your next trip to Madeira. Warm regards. Valdemar P.S. I've already sent the pictures, i have also sent you some emails to confirm if you received them but you haven't replied yet, did you get them?

Kunal Kunal

Germany
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Tour: Madeira's NorthWest Private Tour, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Date: Mar 5/19

Thanks to Valdemar and his friends for their wonderful hospitality. We enjoyed the concept of open 4x4 vehicle to explore Madeira and it was an amazing experience. They took via forest routes(off road) to explore places and local cuisine restaurant so it was unique experience. They gave enough time at every places to take pics and explore. I would strongly recommend Valdemar and team to explore Madeira.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback kunal, it was a pleasure to show you Madeira island. I feel sorry for the time loss in the restaurant. It was a bank holiday, normally more busy in good local restaurants, as I mention and a group of 19 persons took more time than usual. I tried to compensate by adding more time to the tour and we arrived to your ship 19:00, and at 9:00 we were waiting for you at the harbour as you requested. Hope we meet again. Warm regards from Madeira island. Valdemar

Gayle Neighbour

Australia
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Tour: #550981, Madeira East Private Tour, Santana, Madeira, Portugal    view tour
Date: Feb 6/19

Val is a wonderful guide. He gave us a fantastic introduction to this island, taking us to places that are 'off the beaten track'. His knowledge is broad and deep and he shares it very well by happily answering all our questions. Even before we met, he was able to get a very good sense of what would interest us - the itinerary he put together was perfect. The levada walk Val suggested was beautiful and exactly the right choice for us in terms of interest and capability. We'll be back!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gayle and Greg. It was a pleasure to spend the day with such a lovely couple and i feel honored for the opportunity to show you Madeira. Thank you also for this review, i am sure we will meet again. Warm regards from Madeira Island