Discover the Hidden Algarve

Discover historic sites, enjoy the beautiful nature and explore the culture of the Algarve on this fascinating 8 day trip.

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

From: £ 889

DatesPrices £*Single room surcharge £Marina or Sea view £ p.p.
March 2018£889*£108£53
April 2018£929*£139£62

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

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

* Minimum number of participants for the trip to depart:6

☼ Relaxing daily starter with Yoga or Pilates.

☼ Cataplana cooking lesson.

☼ Visit at the historical Cacela Velha.

☼ Visit the Castro Marim Castle and the Revelim with a local entertainment performance and finger food specialties.

☼ Guided walking tour in Lagos and sunset drink in the gardens of the hotel.

☼ Visit the old Moorish capital of the Algarve: Silves! Its cathedral and castle, one of the best preserved of the Moorish fortifications in Portugal.

☼ Hiking tour in São Bartolomeu de Messines.

☼ Birdwatching.

☼ Observe the Iberian Lynx.

☼ Visit a traditional distillery that produces arbutus berry liqueur.

☼ A farewell dinner with live music and time to remember the best moments from your stay.

On this tour you will find a focus on a balance between history, nature, ethnography, all within a relaxed and agreeable atmosphere. From the Roman presence to the Moorish heritage, the Christian reconquest to the epic Portuguese Discoveries, there are many reasons to rediscover the remnants of a remarkable history. Silves retains traces of its Arab past, Lagos evokes the Age of the Discoveries and Tavira is a veritable showcase of traditional architecture.

Trails allow you to hike or bike all across the region. Get to know the Via Algarviana, a more inland route, or Rota Vicentina, one of the best preserved stretches of coastline in Europe.

You can also take a boat tour, another environmentally friendly way to admire the fauna and flora.

Still dazzled by the charms of the landscape, it’s time to discover the aromas and flavours of the traditional Algarve cuisine. Highlights are fresh fish and seafood, either grilled or in casseroles. Also not to be missed are the almond and egg-sweet desserts.

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.

Welcome tea.

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:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind. Let’s start our day by discovering Tavira, one of the most emblematic cities in Algarve full of Roman, Arab and Christian heritage.

Have an amazing food experience by visiting the traditional market with our chef and buy the fish and the ingredients for your lunch. Have a cooking lesson to learn how to prepare a cataplana – a traditional and healthy meal cooked with seafood and vegetables. 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.

To finish your day have a sunset drink with a light finger food meal in a former convent which is now a hotel.

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Tavira.

Day 3:

Today, instead of Yoga we prepared an 1-hour Tai Chi class. Have the rest of 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:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind.

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:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind.

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.

Sunset drink on the gardens of hotel Vila Galé Lagos.

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

Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Vila Galé Lagos.

Day 6:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind.

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 pass in 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:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind.

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:

Before breakfast 20 min. of yoga, pilates, or equivalent morning exercise for body and mind.

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 welcome tea at the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira

✓ 20 minutes of physical activity every morning (Yoga or Pilates)

✓ 1 x 45 minutes of Tai chi class

✓ 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 cataplana cooking experience followed by meal with ½ bottle of wine and ½ bottle of water p.p.

✓ 1 afternoon tour to Lagos (entrance fees included)

✓ 1 sunset drink in the gardens of Hotel Vila Galé Lagos

✓ 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)

✓ Guide for day activities and dinners out

✓ All transfers between activities

✓ 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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