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“First Rate Tour”
Review of Azorean Tours

Azorean Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gary Travassos Azores Private Tours, Hiking Tours & Taxi Transfers Personalized Car & Van Tours to see the most beautiful places on the island of Sao Miguel,Azores. In my page, you can find over 1000 photos, videos, and interesting information about the Azores (especially for Sao Miguel Island, where I live and work on). We execute Taxi Transfers on the island, from and to the Airport, and to the Hiking trails, and too any other destination on the island of Sao Miguel. We also offer some Hiking Tours to some places on Sao Miguel Island. The way to travel on the Azores!!!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I found Azorean Tours on Tripadvisor so I would like to add my review so others can also find them. My family of 3 booked over the internet and our first experiences were the easy and complete communication with Gary. He made recommendations and told us what to expect. We followed his instructions to get off the ship as quickly as possible. We were met right outside the ship exit with a sign with our name on it. Gary was there and confirmed that we were ok to tour with Carlos. We loaded into his very spacious and comfortable minivan and Carlos started by asking us questions and making suggestions. We immediately headed out of town and up to see the first lake. As we drove up to the lake he got to know us and what our idea of a great tour is. We made it to the first lake just as the fog was beginning to roll in. There was only one other car there and it was another of Gary's tours. There were many bus loads of ship tours that day and not once did we meet up with them. Gary and Carlos know the best way to avoid the crowds and see all the sites. We went to several mountain lakes, we tour a liquor factory, stopped for local made chocolates, walked thru a small park that had hot pools and steam pots as well as beautiful rain forest. We went to a small harbor town and had Portugese pastries. We went to a very beautiful church that had amazing views. As we came back into town we toured a tile factory where they hand make many pottery items. Carlos was really able to connect with our adult son and will be remembered for many many years. Thanks to him and Gary

Thank Karla J
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed Gary's tour very much. We arrived in the Azores with a layover of several hours, so we booked a tour with Gary, who met us at the airport and drove us to many places, telling us the history of and facts of interest about them. He was courteous,friendly, knowledgeable and very customer oriented. He also enthusiastically customized our tour by including a visit to a little known synagogue on the island which we had wanted to see. OK I highly recommend him to anybody.

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

If you can have a wonderful tour, even in the pouring rain, it says something about your guide and the company. Our guide was Marco! I can't say enough good about him. He was upbeat, funny, great personality, polite, and interesting. Gary, the owner, was in the other van, and everyone loved him also. I didn't get to know him as well, but we did communicate a lot while setting up the tour, and he always was prompt and helped set up a great day. We went all around the island, but couldn't see most of the island because of heavy rain and fog. The other people on our cruise ship who booked with the ship, went to where they were supposed to go, couldn't see anything, and went back to the ship. They all said it was dreadful! We went from plan A (Sete Cidades Crater Lake (Twin Lakes) and Fire Crater Lake; to plan B Fire Crater Lake and Furnas Crater Lake, and finally to plan C, which was Caldeiras, a pottery factory, pineapple farm, a tea plantation, and a wonderful little bakery where they make some amazing pastries. Anyway, we were disappointed to not be able to do the Plan A and Plan B, but we still had a WONDERFUL day. I felt sorry for those that went with the cruise ship excursion, because they went, and saw nothing. Anyway, thank you so much Marco and Gary! (I'll alway remember Miss P.P.) Ha Ha Hopefully we will return and have a sunny day!

Thank loverofflamingos
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

In short - we highly recommend Azorean Tours! ("we" - two parents and three kids ages 18, 14, and 11)

Details - we started planning our trip to Sao Miguel over six months before we went. We found the Azorean Tours through Tripadvisor and got in touch with Gary. Over the following months, Gary helped us plan a schedule that would allow us to see the most in the time we had. The communication was always top notch. We contracted with Gary for four days out of the week we were on the island. Because Gary knew our preferences, he was able to shuffle things around based on the weather to optimize the route. Gary's knowledge of the island (history, geography, flora and fauna), his professional and friendly personality, and his genuine desire to make our visit most enjoyable, made our week relaxing, interesting and memorable. We were able to focus on enjoying the views, the hikes, and not worry about driving or figuring out what to do if a rain shower caught up with us. Gary also had great suggestions for us about where to eat and what to do on the days we were not with him.

While we are generally self-sufficient and like to do things on our own time and schedule, we were very happy to have had Gary's services and if we had this vacation to do over, we would definitely hire Azorean Tours again. It allowed us both a piece of mind and actually helped us to see more than we would've on our own.

Thank Eugene K
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We were in Ponta Delgada for one day while on a cruise. The tour had been prearranged with Gary. Our group traveled in 2 vans with Gary driving one and Marco the other. The weather was rainy and foggy but Azorean Tours kept us busy and we enjoyed the day in spite of the weather. We visited hot springs, a pineapple growing operation, an underground cooking area, a pottery factory and several other sights. Carlos was fantastic. He answered our questions or if he didn't know, researched them and got us an answer later on the tour. It was a fantastic day.

Thank albert39l
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