06 December 2016

 

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Monchique, Silves & Foia - Half Day Tour
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Monchique, Silves & Foia - Half Day Tour

Step back into the past

Long before Faro became capital of the Algarve, the honour belonged to the ancient city of Silves and you can discover the region's rich and fascinating past on this exciting day tour. First enjoy spending time in Silves, which includes a visit to a splendid Moorish Castle and the 12th century cathedral. Then you are driven up to Foia, which at nearly 3,000ft, is the highest point in the Algarve.

From here, on a clear day, you can see across to the Atlantic Ocean. You continue the tour to Monchique, a typical village nestled in the scenic hillside. Finally you make a stop at Caldas da Rainha (Queen’s Spa), famous for its hot springs and pottery, where you will have free time for shopping for handicrafts before starting your return journey.

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Southeast Coastal Tour
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Southeast Coastal Tour

Coast with the most

This tour offers a fantastic opportunity to take in some of the most beautiful parts of Madeira's south east coast. During the first part of the trip you visit the Monument to Christ the King in Garajau. From there travel to the friendly villages of Santa Cruz and Machico, the island town where the Portuguese Navigators first landed in 1419.

Continue your journey to Canical, the colourful village where in old times whale fishing was the main activity and where scenes for the famous film Moby Dick were shot. Finish your journey in the scenic Ponta de Sao Lourenco at the east end of the island, a contrast in the scenery with fantastic views over the Atlantic ocean and the island of Porto Santo.

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Catamaran Adventure in Madeira
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Catamaran Adventure in Madeira

Day with the dolphins

Sailing on a Madeira Catamaran is one of the most popular boat trips on the island and you will go out into the ocean to watch dolphins, whales and turtles in their natural habitat. The meeting point is the O Solar da Santola restaurant in the marina in Funchal city centre and the three hour trip leaves in the morning and the afternoon.

Before departure the crew, who speak a variety of languages, will talk about all the interesting sights you will see along the way and in summer a stop will be made halfway through where you can enjoy swimming. The catamaran has two toilets and can offer drinks and snacks from its mini-bar. This cruise is ideal for all the family and the dolphin encounters will leave you with lots of wonderful memories.

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Espetada Dinner & Folklore Night
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Espetada Dinner & Folklore Night

Dinner and a dance

Enjoy dinner and wine at a typical Madeiran restaurant where the main dish is the Espetada (beef on a skewer spiced and grilled over an open fire) and other delicacies of Madeiran cookery. You will travel to the venue by minibus or coach and during the delicious meal a folklore group will be performing and you will be invited to join them and take part in these traditional regional dances.

Picturesquely situated, Funchal is rich with sub-tropical vegetation and an important port of call for many cruise ships. There is lots to see and do in the city which boasts lots of interesting museums, beautiful churches, parks and gardens for which it is world-famous. This folklore night makes a great treat after a busy day's sightseeing

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Algarve Cruising Experience
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Algarve Cruising Experience

Choose a cruise

Experience a boat trip from Albufeira and make your dream holiday come true. Whether you want to sail on a pirate boat, feel the adrenalin on a speed boat, watch dolphins at sea or enjoy a day out exploring caves and secret beaches - these boat trips have it all and they provide a great day out for all the family. Please note that the Leaozinho Pirateship Cruise Half Day tour is strictly on request due to availability.


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Porto Moniz
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Porto Moniz

See the beauty spots

On this tour you visit a host of different beauty spots on the island as well as tasting the famous Madeiran wine. You will start your day visiting Ribeira Brava and the banana plantations in Madalena do Mar. Then continue your journey in Porto Moniz and see the famous volcanic swimming pools and the scenic north west coast with its waterfalls.

Later drive through the Laurisilva, an endemic forest of Madeira where you will able to see majestic heather trees shaped by the hand of time and enjoy views from Cabo Girao, the highest sea-cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. This trip is ideal if you want to get close to nature and see lots of famous sights on the island.

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Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril Tour
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Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril Tour

Three into one does go!

This culture and history tour will take you to the best places where you can discover real Portuguese life while also esperiencing some of the old monarchical and aristocratic bygone times. Your first stop is in Sintra’s historical centre to visit the National Palace and the 15th century former hunting residence of the Portuguese royal family.

Next stop is Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe which is 30 miles from Lisbon and a mixture of sand beaches and rocky cliff. The cape cliffs are cut into crystalline rocks which offer stunning views. Then visit Cascais fishing harbour which was the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and finally Estoril to view its casino and lush gardens.

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Madeira Volcanic Caves Full Day Tour
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Madeira Volcanic Caves Full Day Tour

You'll rave over the caves

You travel to Sao Vicente on the north of the island to see the volcanic caves and the Volcanism Centre where you can learn all about the origin of the island. The caves of Sao Vicente were formed by an eruption 890,000 years ago at Pal da Serra. As the lava came down to the sea the outer portion was exposed to lower temperatures and solidified rapidly while inside creating a series of lava tubes that formed the caves.

This set of eight volcanic tunnels is the largest known cave system on Madeira and were discovered in 1885 and were the first ones open to the public in Portugal. The tour ends at the volcanism centre where you learn lots of facts and figures about volcanoes. While there you see a spectacular reflecting pool of water and are also transported in a shaking lift to the centre of the earth where a 3D film shows the eruption.

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Pena, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Tour
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Pena, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Tour

One of the seven wonders

On this tour you are taken on a trip to visit the famous districts of Sintra and Pena, both Unesco World Heritage sites and the main towns of Cascais and Estoril. You visit the Palacio da Pena a huge and colourful palace which stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra. This national monument constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th century Romanticism.

The palace is one of the seven wonders of Portugal and after you visit you are taken to the coastal town of Cascais, a picturesque fishing harbour which was the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and finally Estoril to view its casino and lush gardens. This tour is ideal for anyone interested in history and culture.

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Santana Tour
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Santana Tour

Explore the island

This is a great tour for those wanting to explore some of Madeira's most beautiful natural sights and experience the island culture. The journey begins with a drive up the "Carreiras" road towards the third highest peak in Madeira - Pico do Arieiro where you visit the village of Porto da Cruz. The tour continues on to Ribeiro Frio, a natural park, where there will be the opportunity to do the popular Balcoes levada walk.

Later in the day you move on to Santana. Here you visit the centre of the village and see the typical thatched-roofed houses. The final stop of the day is at be Ponta de Sao Lourenco which is the eastern extremity of the island and offers magnificent views - making it the perfect place to take your last few photos of an exciting day's tour.

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Lisbon by Night with Dinner & Fado Show
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Lisbon by Night with Dinner & Fado Show

Night to remember

Spend an unforgettable evening in Lisbon enjoying a traditional Portugese dinner with Fado show in one of the city's most traditional restaurants and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city as well. Fado is the national song style of Portugal and sung in great events worldwide. It means fate and is always sung with emotion and performed by a unique singer with a rare style.

After the dinner show you are taken on a panoramic tour of Lisbon by night seeng the Alcntara - Belem with its beautiful monuments including the Belem Tower and the Jernimos Monastery and you drive past Cais do Sodre Square, Comercio Baixa Rossio and the main Avenue Liberdade leading up to the glorious Marqus de Pombal square with its glorious roundabout.

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The Royal Palaces of Sintra
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The Royal Palaces of Sintra

Plenty of palaces

On this full day trip including lunch you visit the famous districts of Sintra and Pena with their two unique Royal Palaces. The Palacio da Pena, a huge and colourful palace which stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th century Romanticism. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

The next stop is Sintra itself with its historical centre where you have free time to wander the streets and enjoy lunch before visiting the national palace. Then travel to Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) which is the most western point in continental Europe located within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and finally stop at Estoril to view its casino and lush gardens.

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Lisbon and Porto Tour (2 days)
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Lisbon and Porto Tour (2 days)

Two for the price of one

This two day tour will take you around the two main cities of Portugal to enjoy all their main sights, wonderful history and culture. On the first day you are taken on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon in the morning and then transfer to the railway station to catch the train to Porto’s Campanh station where you arrive in the late afternoon and are taken to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore at your leisure.

On your second day you begin a sightseeing trip around Porto seeing all the sights before being taken for a Port Wine tasting session at the cellars of the famous Real Companhia Velha. Later you are driven to the Campanh Railway Station to catch your afternoon train back to Lisbon where you are picked up at the railway station and taken back to your hotel.

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Douro Wine Tour from Porto
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Douro Wine Tour from Porto

Calling all wine buffs

On this fun and informative tour you are taken to one of the first dedicated wine regions in the world, which is now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You don't have to be a wine buff to get the most out of this tour but at the end of it you probably will be. As well as visits to several vineyards for tastings, your route takes you through beautiful countryside.

With stops at the St. Gonalo Church and Convent and the Remedios Sanctuary you then head to the Douro River valley and the vineyards of Amarante Regua, Lamego and Pinaho. You enjoy a delicious lunch and see the Vale de Varosa region where Portugese champagne and the best sparkling wines are produced. On this tour you also get to see and taste a variety of vintages including the traditional Douro wine as well as Port.

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Gibraltar Full Day Tour from The Algarve
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Gibraltar Full Day Tour from The Algarve

Rock up at Gibraltar

On this memorable day tour you leave the Algarve and head towards Gibraltar where you cross the border from Spain into British territory and can see British policemen, British phone boxes, spend British money and enjoy the great duty free shopping. And you will also get to go to the top of the famous Rock where the views are spectacular.

First enjoy a tour of the city and Punta Europa followed by a minibus trip to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar itself where you can take in the views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines. While on the Rock you also visit the Saint Michael caves, a dramatic natural grotto sometimes used as a venue for concerts and classical music performances, and meet those cheeky monkeys.

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Lisbon Sunset, Fado & Tapas
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Lisbon Sunset, Fado & Tapas

Revel in the old-world charm of this enchanting city on this tempting Lisbon tour that’s designed to satisfy musical hankerings and culinary cravings.

Start your Lisbon walking tour of this whimsical city by joining a local guide in one of the city's most imposing squares the Praa dos Restauradores. Try a sip of Ginjinha Lisbon’s trademark liqueur made from sour cherries and sold as medicine since 1840. Step back in time and enjoy a short ride on the vintage Tram 28 - a local transport legend. Take in sweeping views and stop for a break to admire the sunset over this intoxicating city from the viewpoints of the Castle Hills some of the city's best-kept secrets.

Explore Alfama’s small squares rustic buildings and dark alleyways as you wander along the winding cobblestone streets. Stop to breathe in the exciting atmosphere as the local taverns and music venues come to life for another evening of melodic tunes and gastronomic delights. Stop to reflect on the beauty of the River Tagus then continue on to finish this Lisbon walking tour in an old Palace that serves up daily doses of delicious food and Fado music to enthusiastic audiences. Up to 29th February, 2016, this tour will only operate on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Madeira Nuns Valley & Sea Cliffs Safari
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Madeira Nuns Valley & Sea Cliffs Safari

This jeep safari will take you on a tour of the island of Madeira in exhilarating style seeing views and vantage points that are normally inaccessible in a coach or minibus.

Enter another world by joining this Land Rover tour with panoramic views interesting places and sensational encounters with Madeira 's natural heritage. The tour will take you from Funchal between high mountains and deep valleys to discover remote villages and hamlets such as Jardim de Serra with its splendid views over the Nuns Valley.

The jeep safari will start in Funchal and you will journey to Cmara de Lobos Cabo Giro Boca da Corrida Jardim da Serra and Ribeira Brava.Be prepared for stunning views and a bumpy ride!

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Quinta Grande Walk
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Quinta Grande Walk

Find the hidden gems

This morning walk is just perfect for those wanting to get out and explore some of the magnificent natural beauty on offer in Madeira. Enchanting all year round, this tranquil levada walk will expose the hidden places on the island to the unsuspecting walker. The levada walk takes you through an agricultural area, and offers you the chance to better understand the life of the Madeiran farmer.

You will also be able to appreciate the panoramic views of the South-West coast and stop in the villages of Quinta Grande and Campanario. Picturesquely situated, the capital Funchal is rich with sub-tropical vegetation and an important port of call for many cruise ships and after your walk you have time to return to the city and see the many sights.

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Seville Full Day Tour from The Algarve
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Seville Full Day Tour from The Algarve

Thrills in Seville

You are picked up from your hotel for this great full day trip to Seville to discover this historic Spanish city founded by the Romans on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. You will see its rich history in terms of arts, science and commerce. Start by visiting the Bullring, The Tower of Gold and make a stop at Plaza d’Espana. You will then have some free time for shopping and lunch in the city centre.

Your sightseeing tour continues after lunch with a visit to the magnificent cathedral which dates from the XV century and Bairro de Santa Cruz, originally the Jewish quarter, before returning to the Algarve. It's often difficult to tear yourself away from the beach or golf courses when visiting the Algarve, but this full day is well worth taking to see one of Spain's great cities.

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Unspoilt Algarve - Full Day Tour
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Unspoilt Algarve - Full Day Tour

The best of the best

This full day tour shows you all the best bits of the unspoilt Algarve such as Faro, Santa Luzia and Tavira. On arrival in Faro, capital of the Algarve, you visit the Bone Chapel within the Carmo Church, the Old Town and the XIII century cathedral. Then drive over to Ollho, a city built under Arabic influences, and visit the waterfront markets and old quarter.

Then you have some free time to see more of the sights and have lunch. In the afternoon you are driven to Santa Luzia, a picturesque and unspoiled village renowned for fishing activities, and Tavira, to visit the old castle ruins, Santa Maria do Castelo church and famous Roman bridge before heading back. It's often difficult to tear yourself away from the beach when visiting the Algarve but this full day tour is well worth doing.

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