Central Spain & The Algarve
15 Day Tour - Tour Number AC9038
This tour takes you through the scenic splendour of Central Spain down into Portugal and to the Algarve, which has long been a favourite holiday destination of the British. The distances travelled each day allows us to avoid the motorways where possible, and lets you see the real Spain with its typical towns and villages and stunning scenery as you head for the Algarve.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 Afternoon pick up to Portsmouth for the 17.00 hours Brittany Ferry sailing to Santander. We have included a comfortable two berth inside cabin with shower and toilet (bunk beds). Also there is live entertainment to enjoy during your crossing to Spain.
Day 2 The approach to Santander is picturesque as the ship docks in the heart of the city at 18.00 hours. After disembarkation we travel to our overnight stay.
Day 3 We depart the hotel and travel by way of Burgos and on to Salamanca and the Exe Salamanca hotel for an overnight stay
Day 4 Enjoy some free time to explore Salamanca with its magnificent square before we depart for Badajoz and to the Hotel Rio for one night.
Day 5 Today we arrive in Portugal and travel to the Algarve and Carvoeiro where we will stay for the next seven nights. We are giving you the choice of half board or bed and breakfast during your stay, as this will give you the freedom to eat at one of the many restaurants that Carvoeiro has to offer.
Day 6 A day at leisure to explore the resort – perhaps take a boat trip to the nearby caves.
Day 7 Day tour that takes us to the ancient Moorish city of Silves, dominated by its castle, and then travel high up into the Monchique Mountains by way of the former spa town of Monchique. On to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve, with splendid views. Returning to the coast we visit Portimao, with its river front promenade where we have included a traditional sardine meal with wine for your enjoyment.
Day 8 Day tour to the resort of Albufeira, for time to explore the town with its narrow streets that lead down to the beach. We then travel inland to the quaint village of Alte, where we have included a traditional chicken piri piri lunch in a delightful riverside setting, before returning to the hotel.
Day 9 Today we visit the Wednesday market in Quarteira, one of the largest in the Algarve. We return to Estombar to experience wine tasting at a local vineyard before returning to the hotel.
Day 10 We travel to Sagres and then on to Cape St Vincent, the most westerly point of Portugal, with its rugged landscape. Our lunch stop is in Lagos, where you may wish to visit the museum with its golden chapel or explore the quaint narrow cobbled streets before we return to Carvoeiro.
Day 11 A further day at leisure for souvenir shopping or just time to relax by pool.
Day 12 Time to depart Portugal and travel into Spain to Seville, where we have a lunch break before continuing north to Merida and to the Ilunion Las Lomas Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 13 Retracing our steps past Caceres and Salmanca we continue to Palencia where we stay at the Hotel Europa Centro in a peaceful location a few miles from the city.
Day 14 We travel to Santander for free time for sightseeing and a chance to purchase wines and spirits before boarding the Brittany Ferry departing at 15.15 hours.
Day 15 Arrival in Portsmouth at 14.15 hours and commence the homeward journey.
Included In CostIncluded in Cost
return ferry with 2 berth cabins (bunk beds)
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in Spain - (wine and water included with dinner)
7 nights BED & BREAKFAST in Portugal
1 sardine lunch
1 chicken piri piri lunch
ImagesSalamanca Cathedral © Wikipedia
ImagesSilves by Husand
ImagesCarvoeiro By Bengt Nyman
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