About the tour: Splendours of the Algarve & Spanish Delights

Discover the charms of the Algarve with its spectacular coastlines, pretty little fishing villages such as Alvor and picturesque resorts like Carvoeiro. Combine all this with its year round Mediterranean climate and it can’t get much better!

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Overnight ferry crossing from Portsmouth/Plymouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries in en-suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost)
  • Convenient regional joining points

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth/Plymouth for the overnight crossing to Santander.

    Please note: When you board the ferry at Portsmouth or Plymouth, you will require a small overnight bag containing any essential items such as medication. Please note that this small bag (no larger than a small rucksack) is counted as part of your overall luggage allowance.

    Evening arrival in Santander, then to our overnight hotel in northern Spain.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    We depart our hotel this morning and head to Salamanca arriving early afternoon. There will be free time for you to explore this beautiful city at your leisure. Salamanca is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2002 it was chosen as the European City of Culture. After free time we continue our journey to our hotel in the Salamanca area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Salamanca

    Today we commence our journey south, crossing the border into Portugal. We continue to the Algarve for a six-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our optional boat excursion along the beautiful Algarve coast to admire the spectacular cliffs, rock formations and caves.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Coastal boat cruise
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Today our included excursion takes us into the volcanic mountain range of Serra de Monchique. We visit the town of Silves, once an important Moorish city in the Algarve, a powerful trade centre, and important cultural centre. Today Silves is a quiet market town, where you can see the remains of the Moorish castle, and the ‘Ponte Romana’ which was rebuilt in the 15th century. From Silves we continue to the village of Monchique pausing en route at Foia, the highest point in the Algarve. There will be free time in Monchique for you to explore at your leisure. The centre is characterised by lots of narrow cobbled streets criss-crossing up the hillside with a spattering of cafés and restaurants. The central square boasts an attractive paved area with benches, trees and a lovely water feature, including an example of a Moorish water wheel. Monchique is a very quiet and relaxed place, which is ideal for pottering around and appreciating the fantastic views.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Silves
    • Monchique

    Our included excursion takes us to the western Algarve, seeing Sagres, a picturesque fishing village, and to admire the views at Cape St Vincent, where Europe’s mainland ends. We also visit the small resort of Luz, with its stunning beach set against spectacular cliffs before continuing to Lagos, a fantastic town full of historical interest. Lagos has always had a seafaring connection, originally visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians and then, during the 15th century, was the base for the ‘Voyages of Discoveries’ instigated by Henry the Navigator when trade between Africa and Portugal brought a great deal of wealth into the town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Lagos
    • Luz
    • Sagres

    Join our included excursion exploring pretty coastal villages. We begin in Carvoeiro with its picturesque square set in front of a sandy beach surrounded by brightly painted cafés and houses along a stunning cliff top. We continue to the small village of Ferragudo, with its old-world feel, and small square, and then call at Praia de Rocha with its impressive beach, cliffs and stylish marina. Finally, we visit Alvor, set at the head of a lagoon with views out towards the west.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Ferragudo
    • Alvor
    • Praia da Rocha

    Today is at leisure for you to relax and explore your surroundings.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave our hotel early this morning and travel north to the magnificent historic town of Toledo, south of Madrid for an overnight stay. Toledo is considered by many to be a ‘Second Rome’. Behind its walls, it preserves its artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and is unique in its details, history, culture and charm.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Toledo

    We travel north into France to the Ciboure area, on the French Basque coast for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Continue to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Extras: Upgrade to pool view rooms in Portugal £59pp (13-days); £119 (18-days).

    Please note: The order of your Algarve excursions may be subject to change.

    Single Room Supplement from £499.00 (13 days).

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for six nights at the the 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa, situated in Albufeira, near the Fisherman Beach, Praia dos Pescadores.

    Overnight stays in Spain and France will be in city-style hotels.

    On the overnight ferry sailing, accommodation will be in en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost).

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