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Full-Day
Availability : Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Departs: 09:00
Returns at approximately: 16:45

Go North Tour

Full-Day Madeira Island Tour

Adult

25€

 
was 29€

Child

12,50€

 
under age 11

Duration

Full-Day

 
09h00 – 16h45

Stops

6

 
15 to 30m

Entry to the Volcanic Caves is currently unavailable.

Let’s Explore the Northside of Madeira

On the Go North tour, you will find the most remote places on the island. The unique landscapes will surprise you. We recommend you to book this tour with the visit to the Volcanic Caves to learn about the formation of our beautiful island.

We start the Go North Tour with an optional visit to the São Vicente’s Caves and Volcanism Centre. The whole visit takes a bit more than 1 hour. The caves were formed 890 thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption.
They were discovered by locals in 1885 but only opened to the public in 1996. Through a set of 8 volcanic tunnels, you will see crystal clear small lakes, volcanic stalactites, and interesting volcanic patterns. The underground route runs for over 1000 meters and the height of the caves varies from 5 to 6 meters. The temperature is always between 16oC / 17oC.

After the walk through the center of the Earth, you can also visit a small museum which offers a range of educational and entertaining audiovisual displays that recreate the geological evolution of the caves, the eruption of the volcano, and the formation of the Madeira Islands.

The second stop of our journey takes us to Ponta Delgada. This picturesque village of the North is located between the mountains and the sea. The village is famous for its seaside swimming pools that take advantage of the Atlantic Ocean. Another point of interest is the local church, also located by the sea. The ceiling and paintings are well worth seeing.

Continuing along the North coast we arrive at São Jorge. This little charming village was one of the first parishes of the North Coast of the Island to be populated. Here we stop for lunch for about 90 minutes, there are a few local restaurants to choose from. At Cabana’s viewpoint, you have a fantastic view over Arco de São Jorge and the Atlantic Ocean. On clear days you can even see Porto Santo Island.

Afterward, we arrive at Porto da Cruz, which is on the Northeast coast. The mountains surrounding the town cast an amphitheater facing the sea. The most iconic rock formation you see here is the Penha d’Águia, it rises from the earth at 590 meters high. In Porto da Cruz you may visit the Northern Milling Company which is the only steam-powered distillery in Europe.

This mill is one of the most striking examples of the importance of sugarcane trade in Madeira. The mill is dedicated exclusively to the production of sugarcane rum according to the original process. You can observe the machines and understand the mechanism through interactive devices. In the end, you may visit the Rum House where you can taste a variety of rums.

The next stop is the stunning viewpoint Pico do Facho. Here you will admire the panoramic views of Machico valley, Ponta de São Lourenço, and the airport. Historically, this was where huge bonfires were lit to alert the population of approaching enemy ships.

The final stop our journey is Santa Cruz village, which is the second oldest city of Madeira. You can take a pleasant stroll by the sea or through the Old Town where you will find small shops, cafés, and restaurants. You may also visit the São Salvador church, a gothic Manueline style temple. It is one of the churches, outside Funchal, with a large architectural interest.

Tour Stops

Go North Island Tour 1
1st Stop
Volcanic Caves - Go North Tour
1st Stop

Grutas de São Vicente

(currently unavailable)

2nd Stop
Go North Island Tour
2nd Stop

Ponta Delgada

3rd Stop
Go North Island Tour
3rd Stop

São Jorge

4th Stop
Go North Island Tour
4th Stop

Porto da Cruz

5th Stop
Go North Island Tour
5th Stop

Pico do Facho

6th Stop
Market Tour
6th Stop

Santa Cruz

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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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david j

Couple Traveller

We selected the Go North tour in order to visit the volcanic tubes. Marta was our driver and guide. Highly accomplished, she spoke in both English and German to our small group; she was friendly, amusing, and knowledgeable. The timings of the visits were well pitched. We could choose to take lunch with dessert, wine, and coffee, which was ample. Excellent value and very personalized. We would highly recommend!

16 March, 2019

Barbara R

Group Traveller

We went on three tours, half-day Nuns Valley, North, West full days. Each one was really good. Marco in the shop is so friendly you feel he has known you forever. Nothing is too much trouble. We were picked up from our hotel and dropped off at the end back at the hotel. There were plenty of toilet stops as well as photo stops. The nun’s valley is so lovely, as is the rest of the island. The North tour goes to the caves at Sao Vicente, an hour and a half stop. I would go again to this tour company.

16 November, 2018

910Gilly

Solo Traveller

We were picked up from the cruise ship for a day tour to the North of Madeira including a visit to the caves. The driver was on time, very friendly and the trip was very informative. Her English was very good and the day just flew by. This was a very good value and a great way to see parts of Madeira we had never visited before. I would certainly use this company again.

10 November, 2016

Des T

Couple Traveller

I booked with this company for a tour north and northeast of Madeira. The guide was amazing and updated us with information at every chance he had. The transport was modern and for an all-day outing around the island, I know on my next visit back to Madeira which company I will be using, I have to say a 10/10 For the tour guide he was great, 10/10 For the company itself for showing us your great island, and 10/10 For value for money, it’s left us with great views/memories.

11 April, 2016

David S

Couple Traveller

Just returned from Madeira (4th visit). The first time we used Happy Tours and they gave prompt and efficient service. We did North, South, and Nuns Valley. All their drivers were friendly and very informative. Using smaller vehicles they can access villages and beauty spots we had never visited before. Would use it again.

23 February, 2016
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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 👍