Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until November 2018

Join us, on Portugal’s celebrated southern coast, to explore the historic Portuguese capital, and to visit the stunning backdrop to Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ on a week-long holiday in this ever-popular corner of the world.

Price Includes

  • Enjoy a warming stay in Portugal’s sun-kissed holiday haven
  • Discover Lisbon, the historic Portuguese capital
  • Visit the stunning City of Flamenco – breathtaking Seville
  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel (upgrades available)
  • Return flights to Faro
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Faro, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to Albufeira and your hotel. Settle in and enjoy your first evening, perhaps heading into town before dinner.

Day Two

Enjoy the facilities of your hotel, today, or perhaps head into nearby Albufeira. Wander 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 offer an alternative to the hotel pool.

Day Three

Standing on the River Tagus, Lisbon is a joy. Stroll through the narrow streets of the Alfama district and up its steep stairways to the Castelo de Sao Jorge – and don’t miss the ornate Manueline architecture of the Belem quarter, or the wide tree-lined avenues, cafes and restaurants of the Baxia.

Day Four

Today’s full-day optional excursion takes us into the Algarve’s wooded interior. We’ll stop in Silves – the old Moorish capital – before continuing east, through the stunning mountain scenery of Monchique, to Foia the region’s highest point. The varied countryside and stunning views make for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Day Five

On today’s included excursion we’ll cross into Spain and head to Seville. See the 300ft Giralda Tower and the ‘tomb’ of Christopher Columbus at the magnificent cathedral. Visit Plaza de Toros, Spain’s oldest bullring. Stroll through the courtyards of the Moorish Alcazar to the Jewish Quarter, and stop in Plaza de Espana to soak up the atmosphere of this gorgeous city of great buildings, grand boulevards and tree-lined squares.

Day Six

Relax at your hotel, today, or join our optional excursion to maritime Lagos – with its walled fortifications, ‘golden church’ and stunning coastal views – historic Sagres and the wild promontory of Cape St Vincent, which looks across the Atlantic Ocean at Europe’s most south-westerly point.

Day Seven

Our final optional excursion heads east, to Olhao. Stroll the Moorish central quarter, seafront promenade and bustling fish market here before we continue to Tavira. After time to visit Tavria’s castle and Roman bridge, we’ll head to the Algarve capital, Faro. Discover the cobbled streets and hidden squares of Faro’s fascinating old town, and its colourful marina, before we return to our hotel in the evening.

Day Eight

Return to the airport, and check in for your flight home.

 


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