Discover the Hidden Algarve at Your Own Pace

Save on this 8 day trip to the Algarve and discover historic sites, beautiful nature and explore the culture at your own pace.

Your stay will be in excellent hand-picked 4 star hotels – The Vila Galé in Tavira and Lagos (or similar).

From: £ 1109

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March 3rd 2018£1109£108£53
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May 13rd 2018£1139£139£ 62
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1 July 2018£1239£139£62
DatesPrices from £*Single room surcharge £Marina or Sea view £ p.p.
21 Oct. 2018£1239£108£53

For tailor made tours we are happy to send you a competitive quote as well!

Flights from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh are included

☼ Visit to Cacela Velha.

☼ Half day guided tour of Tavira with Lunch.

☼ Half day tour to Lagos (entrance fees included).

☼ Half day tour to Silves with Lunch.

☼ English-speaking guide for day excursions and activities.

☼ All transfers between activities.

☼ Entrances fees to the following monuments: Castro Marim Castle, Lagos Church, Silves Castle.

The Algarve with its coastal strip over 150 Km combines its natural environment and cultural heritage with the traditions of coastal towns and picturesque fisherman villages. Many of these natural areas are protected and considered a world heritage by UNESCO.

Enjoy the best experiences that the Algarve has to offer, and live unforgettable moments during your stay. Discover and enjoy!

You will have plenty of time to explore the Algarve at your own pace. Let us handle the hotels and transfers and choose from our optional tours to fill your days with more guided discoveries. You will receive a road-map with daily suggestions.

Your stay will be in excellent hand-picked 4 star hotels – The Vila Galé in Tavira and Lagos (or similar). The hotels have indoor and outdoor pools and offer Spa treatments as well as restaurants with local cuisine.

Day 1:

Arrival at Faro Airport.

Transfer to the hotel in Tavira where we stay for the next 4 nights.

Start your journey in Portugal by a memorable visit at the historical Cacela Velha, a whitewashed village that shows how the Algarve was more than half a century ago. Cacela Velha is a great village to have your first contact with the Portuguese culture and traditional food.

Welcomed by our guide’s sympathy and especially by the historical knowledge shared, you’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn just on the first day.

Dinner will be in Cacela Velha or Praia Verde.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Tavira.

Day 2:

Let’s start our day by discovering Tavira, one of the most emblematic cities in Algarve full of Roman, Arab and Christian heritage.

In the afternoon discover the city center, the narrow streets, the fantastic bridges and the several churches.

In the afternoon you can have an optional cycling tour on the salt beds of Ria Formosa. Depending on the season, our specialized guide may lead you to observe wild mushrooms or numerous bird species. During spring you may explore the typical plants of the marshlands.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Tavira.

Day 3:

Have the morning free to enjoy the hotel facilities like a SPA treatment (treatment cost not included), the surroundings or to go shopping.

Lunch at leisure.

As a morning optional program, after breakfast, you can have a fantastic boat tour and lunch: the boat departs from Vila Real de Santo António, a strategically located border city for the defense of the Algarve and Portugal for centuries. After the boat tour in the river Guadiana until Odeleite – that divides Portugal and Spain – we will stop to have a traditional lunch with animation.

In the afternoon we visit Castro Marim and finish our day in the Revelim de Santo António (in Castro Marim) with a local entertainment performance and finger food specialties from the region.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Tavira.

Day 4:

Free all day on leisure to discover the town at your own pace, make some shopping or enjoy the SPA facilities of the hotel (SPA treatment cost not included).

As an optional full day program, you will have a fully dedicated day to Ria Formosa. Elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is a salty lagoon protected from the sea by 5 barrier-islands and 2 peninsulas, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Is one of the most important areas for aquatic birds in Portugal, hosting on a regular basis more than 20,000 birds during the wintering period. After transfer to Olhão, the capital of Ria Formosa, we will have a walking tour in the park of Ria Formosa and later a boat trip to discover the islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol. Due to its shallow waters, the lagoon is also a nursery for several oceanic species to  spend their early stages of life.

Lunch in the fishing community of Culatra Island. Later walk along the white sandy beaches.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Tavira.

Day 5:

Today we will move to another area of the Algarve to visit Sagres and Lagos. Check out from Vila Galé Tavira.

Check in at Hotel Vila Galé Lagos.

Lunch in Lagos.

In the afternoon, guided walking tour in Lagos, a coastal town full of history, but also a vibrant place with a lot of life. You can visit the golden church of Saint Anthony and the first slave market of Europe. This was also the place where slaves were educated to become translators for further explorations of the African continent by the Portuguese explorers. Nowadays, it’s a meeting point for traditional markets and popular concerts.

Buffet dinner in Hotel Vila Galé Lagos (drinks not included).

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Lagos.

Day 6:

Free all day on leisure to discover at the town at your own pace, make some shopping or enjoy the SPA facilities of the hotel (SPA treatment cost not included).

As an optional program, we will Visit Sagres. Visiting Sagres is  like travelling back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries. Visit the 15th century fortress and the Cape St. Vincent (the most southwesterly point of Europe) known as “The End of the World”, and visit the most powerful European Lighthouse.

Together with our guide, you will also visit the Sagres Biogenetic reserve with its promontory, sheltering a great biodiversity of species and natural habitats, many of which are internationally unique. The autumn bird migrations and storks nesting in the cliffs are sights of immeasurable beauty. Lunch included in a local restaurant.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Lagos.

Day 7:

During the morning you will enjoy a hiking tour in São Bartolomeu de Messines with a pit stop to observe the Iberian Lynx and to visit a traditional distillery that produces arbutus berry liqueur.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

You can’t leave the Algarve without visiting the old Moorish capital of the Algarve: Silves!

In the afternoon you will the cathedral and the castle of Silves, one of the best preserved of the Moorish fortifications in Portugal, built between the 8th and 13th century. By 201 B.C. the Romans conquered Silves, transforming it into a citadel of their occupation, and commercial centre that prospered for the next five centuries.

Tonight you will have a farewell dinner with live music in a local restaurant or in the Hotel, and time to remember the best moments of your stay.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Lagos.

Day 8:

Depending on the flight departure time you may have some time for a last shopping spree.

In due time transfer to Faro Airport with airport assistance.

✓ 4 nights accommodation in Hotel Vila Galé Tavira 4* BB sharing twin/double room or similar

✓ 3 nights accommodation in Hotel Vila Galé Lagos 4* BB or similar sharing twin/double room

✓ 1 guided visit to Cacela Velha

✓ 1 welcome dinner in Cacela Velha or Praia Verde

✓ 2 finger food light dinners with 2 drinks per person

✓ 1 buffet dinner in hotel Vila Galé Lagos without drinks

✓ 1 farewell dinner in Lagos with show (½ bottle of wine, water and coffee p.p. included)

✓ 2 lunches with a glass of wine and water

✓ 1 afternoon tour to Lagos (entrance fees included)

✓ 1 full day tour to Silves including 1,5 h hiking

✓ 1 wine tasting or arbutus-berry brandy (arbutus-berry brandy depending on the season)

✓ All transfers between activities

✓ Road-map with daily suggestions

✓ Arrival and departure transfers

✓ Entrance fees to the following monuments: Castro Marim Castle, Lagos Church, Silves Castle

We are happy to offer our assistance in booking your flights.

* 1 bike ride through the salt marshes on day 2 – 30€ p.p. (min. 4 persons)

* 1 boat tour Vila Real Sto António to Foz de Odeleite, lunch, transfers on day 3 – 80€ p.p. (min. 5 persons)

* 1 full day in Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (with walking tour, 1 boat tour with skipper and lunch) on day 4 – 90€ p.p. (min. 6 persons)

* 1 tour to Sagres including visit to the Sagres biogenetic reserve and lunch (entrance fee in Sagres Fortress included) on day 6 – 80€ p.p. (min. 15 persons)

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