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Go East Tour

Full-Day Madeira Island Tour

Adult

25€

 
was 29€

Child

12.50€

 
under age 11

Duration

Full-Day

 
09h00 – 16h45

Stops

7

 
15 to 30m

The Feast of the East

The Go East tour is a great trip, not only to enjoy the fantastic landscapes but also to experience Madeira’s culture, history, and traditions.

We start the tour with a visit to Camacha. The village is surrounded by green fields, flowers, and fruit plantations. Camacha is known for its folklore tradition and wickerwork. You may visit the handicraft center where you will find all sorts of wicker furniture and decorations made by hand.

The following stop is at one of the highest points of Madeira at 1818 meters above sea level. It provides a panoramic view of the central mountains. This is an excellent location to take some breathtaking photos. After the mountains, we drive to Ribeiro Frio, into the heart of the Laurissilva Forest (Laurel Forest), which is classified by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site. The Laurel Forest is a unique habitat with a diversity of rare fauna and flora.

In Ribeiro Frio, you may also visit the famous trout farm, where this particular type of fish grows in the freshwater that comes from the Levada. Afterward, we arrive in Santana. The village is best known for its traditional triangular-shaped houses. These houses are painted in bright colors and the thatched roof is made with straw. The break-in Santana will be longer as it is lunchtime. We stay here for about 90 minutes. There are several restaurants to choose from.

After lunch, we drive to Portela’s viewpoint. It is located at 670 meters high, between Porto da Cruz and Machico. It provides magnificent scenery with mountains that seem to flow down the valley towards the sea. Nonetheless, the most distinguishable element of this landscape is the imposing Penha d’Águia rock formation (Eagle Rock).

After being in the North of the Island for most of the day, we drive to the most Eastern part of Madeira. From the viewpoint of Ponta do Rosto you get to see the North and South coasts of the Island. Ponta de São Lourenço is a peninsula that measures approximately 9 km in length and 2 km in width. Here the landscape is completely different from the rest of the Island. The semi-arid climate and its exposure to North winds have sculpted the low vegetation and explain the lack of trees. In 1982 this area was declared a geological natural reserve with the main purpose of preserving its fauna and flora.

The last stop of our journey is a town full of history. Machico was where Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira disembarked in 1419 when they discovered Madeira. The Historical city center offers visitors a vast variety of shops, cafés, and restaurants. The stunning bay of Machico invites for a walk by the sea. In the bay, you will find a small yellow sand beach that was imported from Morocco.

Tour Stops

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1st Stop
Go East Island Tour
1st Stop

Camacha

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2nd Stop
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2nd Stop

Pico do Areeiro

3rd Stop
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3rd Stop

Ribeiro Frio

4th Stop
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4th Stop

Santana

5th Stop
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5th Stop

Portela

6th Stop
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6th Stop

Ponta de São Lourenço

7th Stop
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7th Stop

Machico

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What to Bring?

We recommend you to take comfortable shoes, a sweater, a jacket, a cap and a bottle of water.

Nevertheless, despite our advice, it is our guests’ decision to bring appropriate garments to the tour.

Recommended Equipment

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Good Shoes

Comfortable boots or walking shoes with a good grip;

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Good Sweater

A sweater to protect you in case of cold weather conditions;

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Good Jacket

An all-weather jacket is a perfect choice for the island tours;

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Cap / Hat

Bring a cap or hat to protect you from the heat of the sun;

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Bottle of Water

A bottle of water is always useful to keep you hydrated.

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juneduffy432

Couple Traveller

We had an excellent tour of the east of the island. We drove up to the highest point on the island, with fabulous views. We stopped for lunch in Santana, which was excellent value at 13.5 euros for 3 courses with wine and coffee. Whilst there we saw the replicas of the thatched roof traditional houses. There were a few other stops before finally going to a man-made sandy beach at Machico.

21 February, 2019

isabella1970

Couple Traveller

We booked 2 trips with this company. One took us to the East and the other to the West of the Island. We had Marta for the west tour. She was very informative and told us lots of interesting things and had a great sense of humour. On our second trip, we had an older lady who came across as weary and going through the motions however she was pleasant and polite. Combining both these trips is a great way to see most of the island. The views were stunning and we were actually above cloud level at some of the viewpoints we stopped at. It was so much easier to do this than have the hassle of hiring a car and finding our own way around on what were quite scary roads at times.

28 December, 2018

Vicki C

Couple Traveller

On our recent visit to the beautiful Island of Madeira, we used Happy Tours on 2 occasions a full day East Island tour and half a day Nuns Valley Tour. Both were brilliant and we were lucky to have the same guide ( Luis) each time. We were picked up from our hotel in Canico ( about 15 mins from Funchal). Luis was punctual each day and made both trips fun and informative. He is fluent in 4 languages and gave everyone a lot of information about the island. He was an excellent driver and we always felt safe even though some roads are narrow, winding, and have huge drops at the side. Highly recommend this company. I booked via email and paid the driver on the day. The customer service was excellent and the price is a fraction of what our tour operator was asking at the hotel. Great value for money.

10 August, 2018

Chris T

Couple Traveller

On our first trip to Madeira we decided to see as much of the island as we could. I contacted Marco on Twitter and he sent me all the information on the tours they offer and the specials too. We choose the East Coast, West Coast, and nuns valley tours. The east coast tour was conducted by Rogerio in a minibus with just 6 of us. We went all over the east coast, and also to some places that weren’t on the tour, we had a lovely lunch in a restaurant recommended by Rogerio, and also found a lovely place to buy plants in Santana. Machico was a beautiful place, wish we had more time there. This tour was just over 7 hours long.

12 July, 2018

Paul A

Couple Traveller

Booked the east island tour, picked up on time driver/guide excellent. The weather was appalling but we still managed to visit all the locations promised except the top of the mountain due to snow! Nice cafes in Santana.

13 February, 2018
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Kirsten Klußmann

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22 December, 2021

Always a pleasure. Marta: good to have seen you again after two years and Luis: it was nice to meet you. You both made it possible that my parents could see a lot of your beautiful island on the East and West Tour. Thank you for two wonderful days 😃

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John Farrell

18 December, 2021

Drivers were excellent, polite, and informative. Booking was very easy. I would give 6 stars if possible!

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Sara Menichelli

25 November, 2021

We went on a tour to the west of Madeira. The day trip was very enjoyable and we had lots of stops in villages and beauty spots. Our driver Hugo was super knowledge, friendly and chilled. Highly recommended, I would definitely use their services again!

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Viviana Buffa

25 November, 2021

Great experience with a west Island tour this week. Everything was really well planned and our driver, Ugo, was very nice , knowledgeable and spoke a great English. He really showed us the isle with passion and enthusiasm. Definitely recommend!

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Dimitar Dimov

20 November, 2021

We absolutely loved our trip to South West coast. Our driver Hugo is a legend-the best in Madeira.We highly recommend this tour.

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Andrea Beyaoju

18 November, 2021

My mother and I had a wonderful experience with Nuno. He was funny, informative and understanding. With Nuno we were able to skip many of the lines and see all the sites on our Checklist. He knew all the beautiful spots to take photos. We both loved his enthusiasm and passion. Would definitely recommend his tour.

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Eric

25 October, 2021

Aardige mensen, nuttige informatie!

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Roxellane Bremond

18 October, 2021

Au top

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Amber Kanu

12 October, 2021

They did not tell us it would be so much fun! They laid on good minibuses.The guides were super knowledgeable and easy-breezy friendly.The views were spectacular both from the minibus and the walking tour.I would go on another tour with this expert, professional, efficient tour company.

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Bartosz Wilczyński

10 October, 2021

Very good agency. Tours organized quickly and without problems. Staff helpful, well-organized and open to customer needs. I recommend without a doubt.

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lorraine b

1 October, 2021

We went for 3 trips with Happy tours 2 full day tours to the east and west and the island. The scenery is magnificent the tour guides had lots of knowledge and were very friendly but 1 driver stood out above the others for us .He was called Hugo and we went to the nuns valley

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Daniela Fernandes Seixas

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15 September, 2021

Fizemos escursao Este e Oeste da Ilha e fui tudo muito bem. Obrigada à Marta pela sua simpatia e profesionalismo.

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Lina Silva

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14 September, 2021

Atendimento fantástico. Guias magníficos, explicam muito bem. Para mim o melhor guia foi o Hugo, explica muito bem, simpático, educado e muito divertido.

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Sab Undone

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12 September, 2021

Unforgettable Tour North Coast ! Hugo, our driver is very professional and friendly. We talk, joke and he gives us a lot of informations about the Island the fruit flowers and so much more. Don't hesitate to book a tour with them ! It's amazing ❤️

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sab bel

11 September, 2021

Superbe tour de la côte Nord avec Hugo, un guide exceptionnel ! Vivement le prochain tour ! Professionels et super sympa 🤙

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SAB BELL

11 September, 2021

Superbe tour de la côte Nord avec Hugo, un guide exceptionnel ! Vivement le prochain tour ! Professionels et super sympa 🤙

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Krzysztof Szczepanski

5 September, 2021

Punktualność .Dobry przweodnik.Miła obsługa.

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Shallow2020

1 September, 2021

Very professional Hugo, our guide, was a excellent guide with a lot of information about the Island. History , flower, fruit ... I've made The North Coast.... it was marvelous, unexpected experience with locals roads lunch unforgettable And the point of view 👌 all during this

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jurgised1

23 August, 2021

3 day trips - everything perfect ! Highly recommended, professional guides

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jurgised1

23 August, 2021

3 day trips - everything perfect ! Highly recommended, professional guides

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Tania Rodrigues

23 August, 2021

A melhor agência para planear as suas férias. O António é uma pessoa fantastica sempre pronto a ajudar e profissional. Recomendo.

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Susana Ferreira

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10 August, 2021

O fantástico e personalizado atendimento maravilhoso,o cliente sente -se muito acolhido. Recomendo vivamente

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Svitlana

1 August, 2021

Booked a number of tours and walks with the company and enjoyed every one of them. Very good organization, thought-out itineraries, bonus stops along the way (viewpoints, rum tasting, etc.). You can feel at once that the guides love their island and try to pass on this love to

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david sinclair

26 July, 2021

Best company by far on Madeira to book tours with.

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Nelson Vieira

16 July, 2021

Ótimo atendimento recomendo...

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Wilian8

1 July, 2021

Great day out Very chilled and informative driver Fantastic sights, above the clouds, on the tallest cliff in Europe gave spectacular view Swimming after lunch in the natural pools Can’t recommend it enough

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Assunta Carbone

10 October, 2020

Buenos planes

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Assunta Carbone

10 October, 2020

Buenos planes

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Daniel E

3 March, 2020

Super Private Tour erhalten Kleinbus 8 Sitzer + Klima und Babysitz. Osttour Wunderschöne Ausblicke von und über Madeira erhalten. Gut Deutsch sprechender Fahrer. Ist auf unsere Wünsche eingegangen. Tour dauerte von 09.-16.30 Uhr

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Ken Abbott

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19 February, 2020

We did the Go East Tour today and it was brilliant. So many interesting sites to see. Our driver/guide Hugo was everything we could have hoped for. His friendliness, enthusiasm and knowledge made our trip enjoyable and very memorable. In fact we enjoyed it so much we’ve booked their Go West Tour in 2 days time 👍