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Best of the East: Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Cacela Velha

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Porches, Portugal
Best of the East: Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Cacela Velha

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icon9 to 10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Embrace the magic of the East Algarve during a guided day trip to Faro, Olhao, Tavira, and Cacela Velha, leaving from the Algarve region. This tour visits the charming Old Town in Faro, the elegant capital of the Algarve. Explore architecture like Tavira Castle, a ruin considered to be from the Neolithic era. Then, enjoy free time to relish the mellow atmosphere in the fishing town of Olhão. Finally, pass by the Gilão River and absorb panoramic views in Cacela Velha, where your tour concludes.
  • Day trip to the East Algarve including the towns of Faro, Olhão. Tavira, and Cacela Velha
  • Enjoy free time in the fishing town of Olhão, known for its distinctive cube-shaped houses
  • Pay a visit to Tavira Castle and pose for photos against its ramparts and ruins
  • Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service that covers the Algarve region
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Hotel pickup & drop-off: If pick up at your hotel is not available a near location will be provided
Professional Multilingual Guided tour to Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Cacela Velha
Air-conditioned vehicle
WiFi on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Admission Fees

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up details will be sent to you by email within 24 hours after receiving the booking. Kindly make sure you have inserted the hotel name or accommodation address on your booking.

If your hotel is not available for pick up we will provide a near meeting point.The pick up time will depend on guest's hotel location in Algarve, normally between 07am to 09am.

Average pick up time:

- 08h20 to 09h00: Pick up time in Albufeira;
- 07h45 to 08h00: Pick up time in Quarteira to Vilamoura;
- 07h00 to 07h15 : Pick up time in Praia da Luz to Lagos and Meia Praia;
- 07h40 to 08h00: Pick up time n Alvor, Praia Vau, Praia da Rocha and Portimão;
- 08h10 to 08h20: Pick up time in Ferragudo and Carvoeiro;
- 08h40: Pick up time in Porches and Armação de Pera

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your Algarve hotel and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach for your day tour of east Algarve’s most beautiful coastal towns. Sit back and relax as you head to the capital of the Algarve, Faro.

Hop out of the car and stroll through its charming Old Town. Wind along beautiful cobblestone roads until you reach Arc da Vila. Hear how this medieval monument was erected as the gateway to Old Town subsequent to the disastrous Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Then, leisurely explore this town on your own and peak into shops for treats and souvenirs.

Your east Algarve day trip then moves to the neighboring town of Olhão known for the largest fishing port in the Algarve. Venture through and see Olhão’s Moorish-style houses and learn about its commercial links with Africa. After a brief walk with your guide grab a bite to eat for lunch (own expense). Feel free to request restaurant recommendations, your guide is happy to help.

Continue to your next stop, the ancient town of Tavira. Relish the town’s impressive Renaissance churches and Roman bridges that border the River Gilão leading to its nickname the “Venice of the Algarve.” Then, stroll to Tavira Castle and see this partially ruined fortress thought to have been built during the days of the Neoliths. Enter this alluring monument (own expense) full of ramparts and ruins and capture wonderful views over the surrounding park and town.

Your last stop is Cecala Velha. Explore this enchanting village and absorb panoramãc views of the Gilão River and Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Finally, head back to your Algarve hotel where your trip ends in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Town Faro
Start the day at the capital city of Algarve - Faro. Explore the Old town of Faro entering from Arch of the Villa, one of Faro ex libris, displaying an image of Saint Thomas. The arch marks the entrance to the historical center - Vila Adentro (Inner Town). Enjoy your free time also for shopping at the shops in the downtown.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercado de Olhao
Follow to the Moorish town of Olhão. A key city for fishing and peculiar cubist houses placed in labyrinth. The markets will be an highlight of the day.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao
Crossing a 4th Century Roman bridge with Gilão River running through it you will know Tavira the “Venice of Algarve” with 37 churches and houses with peculiar roofs named “4 águas”
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tavira
Visit the old castle of Tavira for a must panoramic view of the city and enjoy your free time to explore the city and have lunch (not included).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Praia de Cacela Velha
Discover one of the most enchanted village of Algarve, Cacela Velha, with an amazing view over the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where the barrier island meets the ocean.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MTS Globe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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West Algarve Tour
JACQUELINE_W
, Feb 2020
The pick up coach was 30 minutes late not informed it was going to be late and fobbed off with the excuse about a coach Had an accident the driver then drove like a maniac making us all feel very unsafe!! Then the rest of the morning was rushed Faro only had enough time to look quickly at the Cathedral the next stop Olhio was a complete waste of time gave you enough time to look at the market which really was not interesting and then straight back to the coach would have seen enough just driving through the next 2 stops were much better although the last stop 1 1/2 hours would have been long enough and another 1/2 hour in Faro the wifi was not working and we had to sit right at the back very uncomfortable and hot trouble getting out of the seat as so cramped only fit for kids? The Guide got off the coach leaving us behind as it took everybody so long to get off😡🙄 struggling to catch up and we are fast walkers would not recommend this tour especially after such a good tour a few days previous
star-1
The never again tour.
artare04
, Feb 2020
This was the worst tour I have ever experienced. We were joined to the tour late, the tour guide was rude to us and she made absolutely no effort to keep couples together on the bus by putting singles together. We were two couples that got split with other singles. The tour guide could have asked two of the singles to double up to keep us together but did not. She spent more time talking to the driver than talking about the sights and scenery. When we arrived at an interest stop all she did was drop us off and everyone was on their own. I was never so glad for a tour to çome to an end as I was this tour. I would never recommend the East Algarve tour from this company to anyone. It was a ripoff. They need to get rid of that tour guide. I was unable to split the star in half for the rating. One star is too much!
star-2
ok trip
Sabita_V
, Jan 2020
While the idea of the trip is good the actual trip was not that great. The tour guide did not speak in english much and often made comments about sites after we had passed them.
star-4
I found the stops too long.... It...
pierrelaplante48
, Mar 2016
I found the stops too long.... It was nice to be able to see those places, and get a sense of them. The long lunch was also a nice experience -- and the food excellent. But that long lunch combined with the frequent and lengthy stops at each place made for a day that could have been shortened by 1/3 to 1/4, without reducing the effectiveness and pleasure of the experience. On another point: my 'guestimation' was that our group was about 50/50 English and German. What was a comment among the anglophones was that it was clear the German language portion was significantly longer than the English. The history I did hear was informative. But it left me wondering what was being said in German that took so much more time.
star-1
Nothing interesting,wery boring...
Petra B
, Sep 2015
Nothing interesting,wery boring tour...and go to Spain was waisting time.
star-4
Despite a cool and windy day the...
Nigel B
, Apr 2015
Despite a cool and windy day the scenery, commentary and facilitation was very good. Only downside was having the same information given in four languages.
star-4
it was a great tour but we never got...
Sharon maclean r
, Jan 2015
it was a great tour but we never got to Almancil to see the church and I was disappointed about that.
star-1
Horrible tour and horrible guide...
Elena C
, Dec 2014
Horrible tour and horrible guide. Celia should resign - she spent whole day talking to the driver and didn't provide any, any info. Three hours to collect the guests! Unbearable day!

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