Lisbon, Seville & The Glorious Algarve
7 nights. March 2019 - April 2020. From £579.00.
The warm and welcoming Portuguese holiday haven and two great Iberian cities
Join us in the heart of Portugal's celebrated southern coast, a perfect place in which to rest and relax, and in addition to enjoying the warmth and colour of this ever-popular corner of the world, join our friendly tour manager to discover and explore two fascinating cities: one the historic Portuguese capital, and the other the stunning backdrop to Bizet's Carmen and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Some enjoyable optional excursions complete the week-long stay.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a warming stay in Portugal's sun-kissed holiday haven
Discover and explore the historic Portuguese capital
Visit the stunning 'City of Flamenco', breathtaking Seville
Rest and relax in your chosen hotel, and join optional excursions that will bring to life the colour and charm of t he Algarve
Seven nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Auramar Beach Resort, Albufeira (upgrade hotels available)
Return flights to Faro
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
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 OneFly to Faro, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to Albufeira and the hotel. Settle in and enjoy your first evening, perhaps heading into town before dinner.
Day TwoToday is free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel and its surroundings, perhaps venturing the short distance into Albufeira, to enjoy the atmosphere of the celebrated 'gateway to the Algarve'. Albufeira started life as a fishing village, and the daily catch is still landed in the harbour and brought straight to the colourful market most mornings. Wander through the narrow streets of the Moorish Old Town, take a seat in a cafe in the main square, or hunt out bargains in the great selection of shops. Close by, several wonderful beaches vie with the hotel pool for leisurely hours in the sun.
Day ThreeJoin us today as we journey north on the fast motorway to explore the wonderful Portuguese capital Lisbon on our included guided excursion. Standing on the River Tagus, from whose estuary explorers set sail for the New World on their Journeys of Discovery, the city is a joy to behold.
Don't miss the extraordinary ornate Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, or the Baixa, a grid of wide tree-lined avenues fringed with cafes and restaurants, as well as strikingly modern new buildings. The bustling Rossio square is thronged with streetsellers and pavement artists. For a hint of the past, stroll the narrow streets of the Alfama district, with its steep stairways leading up to the Castelo de Sao Jorge, or St George's Castle. After a wonderful day, you'll return to Albufeira this evening.
Day FourMany will want to join in today's full day optional excursion through the wooded hinterland to Monchique. We stop in Silves, the old Moorish capital of the Algarve, before continuing east, through the stunning mountain scenery of Monchique to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. The varied countryside and stunning views make for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Day FiveToday's hugely enjoyable included excursion crosses into Spain to the historic Andalusian city of Seville, the great 'City of Flamenco', setting for Bizet's Carmen and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Seville, where every street is lined with orange trees, has a rich and colourful history, which is reflected in great buildings, beautiful parks, grand boulevards and several atmospheric Old Quarters of narrow streets, which open on to tree-lined squares. Don't miss the magnificent Cathedral, with its 300ft high Giralda Tower and 'tomb' of Christopher Columbus, and perhaps visit the Plaza de Toros, Spain's oldest bullring. Close by, the courtyards of the Moorish Alcazar lead through to the Juderia, or Jewish Quarter. Wander towards sweeping Plaza de Espana, which is the city's ornate, fountain-fronted centrepiece, or simply soak up the atmosphere of this special place, before returning to the hotel this evening.
Day SixEnjoy a day of rest and relaxation at the hotel or in Albufeira, or join the optional excursion to the beautiful Western Algarve, where highlights of a thoroughly absorbing day will include the splendid maritime town of Lagos, with its walled fortifications, famous 'golden church' and stunning coastal views, historic Sagres, former home to Prince Henry the Navigator, and the wild promontory of Cape St Vincent, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Europe's most south-westerly point.
Day SevenToday's final optional excursion heads east along the coast to the colourful fishing port-town of Olhao, with its Moorish houses, seafront promenade and bustling fish market. Stroll through the historic central quarter and perhaps enjoy a coffee in one of the many pavement cafes.
You'll also visit the historic and elegant town of Tavira, with its castle and Roman bridge, before heading back to Algarve capital Faro, with its fascinating Cidade Velha, or old town, of cobbled streets and hidden squares, and its colourful marina. Spend a couple of hours in exploration, before returning to Albufeira for a last evening in the hotel.
Day EightReturn to the airport and the flight home, at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Back to top
AccommodationAuramar Beach Resort
Set above its own beach of golden sand, the Auramar is a welcoming resort hotel boasting superb sea views from its swimming pools, terraces and gardens.
The hotel has two tennis courts (small charge) and a host of other activities and diversions for the energetic, as well as a panoramic restaurant and a lobby bar. There is free Wi-Fi in the public areas.
The guest rooms have air conditioning, balconies, satellite TV and mini-bars.Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa
Located in the heart of Albufeira, just a few minutes walk from Fisherman's Beach.
The Vila Gale Cerro has a health club, an indoor swimming pool, two outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, a cafe-bar, and a British-style pub.
All of the bedrooms are air-conditioned, and each has a hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and Wi-Fi.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top