Little boats of the Algarve
- Uncover the top sights of the Algarve and more on this easygoing Portugal holiday.
- Spend 7 nights in the wonderful coastal resort town of Vilamoura.
- Explore the historic town of Lagos & enjoy a cruise along the coast in a traditional Portuguese sailing boat.
- Discover the stunning town of Tavira on a guided walking tour.
- Cross into the Spanish border & take a boat trip on the Guadiana River in Ayamonte.
- Relax with plenty of free time to experience the Algarve at your pace.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to the Algarve
Travel with us to the Algarve to unwind and see some of the top sights of Portugal. We’ll be perfectly based in Vilamoura, which boasts beautiful beaches like Praia da Marina, and from here we’ll enjoy plenty of delightful excursions. We’ll visit the old town of Lagos, then take a boat trip around the remarkable Algarve coast in a traditional sailing boat. On our walking tour in Tavira, we’ll see why it’s called the ‘Venice of the Algarve’ with its impressive architecture and the Gilao River crossing into the town. On a guided excursion to Ayamonte in Spain, we’ll enjoy another serene boat trip on the Guadiana River and take in the photogenic scenery. This holiday in Portugal also includes plenty of leisure time to relax or see more of the Algarve, with recommendations from our expert guide.
Please Note: Many elements of this holiday may pose challenges for someone with mobility restrictions such as boarding the boat, navigating on uneven surfaces on the vessel, or accessing certain areas during the excursions. For health and safety reasons, this holiday is not recommended for customers with reduced mobility.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Portugal
Arrive in Faro
Let’s travel to Portugal! Today let’s travel to Faro airport where we will meet our local representative before travelling to our hotel in Vilamoura.
This evening let’s get together with our fellow travellers for dinner at our hotel.
Boat trip on a traditional Portuguese sailing boat
Let’s embark on a memorable two-hour boat trip aboard a traditional Portuguese sailing boat. The traditional sailing boat, with its distinctive wooden craftsmanship and billowing sails, exudes charm and nostalgia, taking you back to a bygone era of maritime exploration. Let’s cruise along the stunning coastline of the Algarve, where towering cliffs meet the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As we set sail from the picturesque harbour of Lagos, an ancient maritime town with more than 2000 years of history, we’ll enjoy an authentic nautical experience, to Ponta da Piedade, where we anchor. Changing to a smaller boat, let's marvel at the dramatic rock formations, hidden caves, and secluded beaches that dot the coastline from our perfect vantage point on the water.
Today you have a full day at leisure where you can enjoy the comfort of your hotel and its swimming pool, or go out to discover more of Vilamoura. The marina is a vibrant hub of activity, lined with elegant yachts, luxury boutiques, and waterfront restaurants. Why not take a leisurely stroll along its promenade, where you'll find an enticing mix of cafes, bars, and shops to relax and enjoy the picturesque views. Or if you are looking for some more culture, step back in time and explore the ruins of a Roman villa complex in the nearby small archaeological site, Cerro da Vila. The choice is yours!
Walking tour of Tavira
This morning let’s discover more with a walking tour around Tavira, one of the most beautiful towns of the Algarve, where we will find a unique blend of traditional and Moorish architecture. Tavira is commonly known as the Venice of the Algarve, due to its location near the estuary of the river Gilão. That is why many people find this historic town with picturesque places and cobbled streets one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve.
You have the afternoon on your own, to relax at the hotel swimming pool or explore at your own pace.
The day is all yours. If you want to see more, you can ask our guide for some recommendations. Why not, for example, go sunbathing on the beach? From the popular Praia da Falésia, a long expanse of golden sands backed by dramatic cliffs, to Praia de Vilamoura itself, with its crystal-clear waters and its vibrant beach bars, sun-seekers are spoilt for choice.
Boat trip along the river Guadiana
Today let’s experience the enchanting beauty of the Guadiana River with a delightful 90 minutes boat trip in Ayamonte. Located in the southwestern corner of Spain, near the border with Portugal, let’s immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and rich history of this charming region. As we board our boat, let’s get ready for a journey that will take us through picturesque landscapes, quaint villages, and a tapestry of cultural treasures on this famous river, the 4th longest one on the Iberian Peninsula.
Free time in the Algarve
Today is free to relax and take in some further sightseeing. For a taste of local culture and history, or discover more with a visit to Vilamoura's Old Village. Here you will find charming cobblestone streets lined with traditional whitewashed houses adorned with colourful flowers. Explore the quaint shops selling local handicrafts to bring back some souvenirs, have lunch in authentic Portuguese restaurants, or simply soak in the atmosphere at one of the cozy cafes for a true local experience.
On our last day, it’s time to say farewell to the lovely Algarve region and set off for home; as we travel with guide assistance to the airport for our flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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