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Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Portimao (Algarve): Half Day Excursion to Lagos and Sagres

Drive to the neaby town of Lagos with the Marina, the harbour, the Town Hall and the church of Santo Antonio. Continue to Vila do Bispo, Cape Saint Vincent, the lighhouse and Sagres with the walls and the church of our Lady of Graça.

6 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

The Romans gave the name of "Lacobriga" to the town of Lagos but its natural river port would indicate very much earlier occupation. The Moors then gave the town the name of "Zawaia" It was captured from the Moors in 1189 but it was not until 1249 that it was finally conquered by Dom Afonso III and integrated into the kingdom of Portugal with the name of "Lagus". This historic town has played an important part in the story of discovery of many parts of the world. It was from the harbour that Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic voyage of discovery. Lagos was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several ancient buildings to testify to its historic glory.

 

Lagos is now an important tourist town with many architectural signs of its ancient past, even a building dating originally back to around 1445 which is recorded as being Europe's first building used as a slave market. The walls of the town in the most part remain after sections were restored. Attached to the famous 17th Century "gold" church of Santo António there is a small museum of regional items, some of which are quite odd! The town's more recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture and this harbour is practically the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. There are several interesting statues erected to the famous figures of the past that are associated with the history of this town.

 

We drive to Vila do Bispo a very small administrative town for the Sagres area, the later being the most south-west corner of Europe! This area is a must for every visitor to the Algarve as it presents a very impressive and dramatic sight of towering sheer cliffs being beaten by the weight of the vast Atlantic Ocean. It is from here that Prince Henry sat and planned the several epic voyages of discovery that enlarged the known world of that time.

 

Sagres is close to the most south western point of Europe known as Cape St. Vincent. The legend of the martyr Saint Vincent is that his relics were mysteriously transported by ravens from the Holy Land to the Cape and subsequently guarded by them. The small chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça and reputably the giant pebble wind compass, Rosa dos Ventos. The present walls surrounding the area are the remains of a 17th Century fort. At the nearby Cape St Vincent is an impressive lighthouse that can normally be visited.

Portimao (Algarve): Half Day Excursion to Silves and Monchique

Drive to the East to visit the town of Silves with remains of the castle, Roman bridge and the cathedral. Then to the north to visit the rustic Monchique village with the Franciscan Monastery and the Parish church.

5 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Silves was once the capital of the whole district and was still referred to in the beginning of the 19th Century as the "Kingdom of the Algarve". Evidence shows that it was already a place of note in Roman times but it really became an important place during its occupation in the early 11th Century by the Moors. Giving it the name of Xelb, they constructed lavish palaces and created a cultural centre of learning for the whole Iberian Peninsular. Although it was important as a town it still fell under the mantle and control of Cordoba in Spain. It is recorded that in 1189 there were over 15.000 inhabitants when the Knights of Santiago sacked the city with the assistance of the Anglo-Norman Crusaders. Two years later it was retaken by the Caliph Ben Yussef. In 1242 that it was again under the control of the Portuguese Kings.

 

The impressive remains of the castle dates back to Moors and there is a impressive underground water reservoirs that are still used by the city today. As a reminder of the Romans occupation is the Ponte Romana, a fine strong bridge over the Rio Arade below the city walls and having been rebuilt from the original in the 15th Century. The city's earlier 13th Century Cathedral was built on the site of a Mosque and has suffered considerable alteration over the centuries.

 

Monchique lies in the saddle created by the two high hills, Foia and Picota, the former reaching to 902 metres above sea level. As with "mountain" people the world over the 10,000 inhabitants of this town have retained its rustic atmosphere with steep cobbled streets and small dark doorways housing various artisan trades.

 

There is a very neglected 17th~Century Franciscan monastery which overlooks the town from which a visitor enjoys a panoramic view over the beautiful countryside. The 16th Century Parish Church has excellent examples of Manueline craftsmanship around its doorway. The surrounding area flourishes on the production of cattle, pigs, cork and wood. Another important local product is the popular "medronho", which is the name of a strong schnapps style of drink made from distilling the fruit from arbutus bushes.

Portimao (Algarve): Full Day Excursion to Lagos, Sagres and Silves

Drive to the neaby town of Lagos with the Marina, the harbour, the Town Hall and the church of Santo
Antonio. Continue to Sagres with the walls and the church of our Lady of Graça.
Finally to Silves with remains of the castle, Roman bridge and the cathedral.

8 hours tour
Morning or tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

The Romans gave the name
of "Lacobriga" to the town of Lagos but its natural river port would indicate
very much earlier occupation. The Moors then gave the town the name of "Zawaia"
It was captured from the Moors in 1189 but it was not until 1249 that it was
finally conquered by Dom Afonso III and integrated into the kingdom of Portugal
with the name of "Lagus". This historic town has played an important part in
the story of discovery of many parts of the world. It was from the harbour that
Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his historic and epic voyage of discovery. Lagos
was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756 and there remain several
ancient buildings to testify to its historic glory.

 

Lagos is now an important
tourist town with many architectural signs of its ancient past, even a building
dating originally back to around 1445 which is recorded as being Europe's first
building used as a slave market. The walls of the town in the most part remain
after sections were restored. Attached to the famous 17th Century "gold" church
of Santo António there is a small museum of regional items, some of which are
quite odd! The town's more recently constructed Marina presents a lovely picture
and this harbour is practically the first sight a visitor has of Lagos. There
are several interesting statues erected to the famous figures of the past that
are associated with the history of this town.

 

Sagres is close to the
most south western point of Europe known as Cape St. Vincent. The legend of
the martyr Saint Vincent is that his relics were mysteriously transported by
ravens from the Holy Land to the Cape and subsequently guarded by them. The
small chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça and reputably the giant pebble wind compass,
Rosa dos Ventos. The present walls surrounding the area are the remains of a
17th Century fort. At the nearby Cape St Vincent is an impressive lighthouse
that can normally be visited.

 

Silves was once the capital
of the whole district and was still referred to in the beginning of the 19th
Century as the "Kingdom of the Algarve". Evidence shows that it was already
a place of note in Roman times but it really became an important place during
its occupation in the early 11th Century by the Moors. Giving it the name of
Xelb, they constructed lavish palaces and created a cultural centre of learning
for the whole Iberian Peninsular. Although it was important as a town it still
fell under the mantle and control of Cordoba in Spain. It is recorded that in
1189 there were over 15.000 inhabitants when the Knights of Santiago sacked
the city with the assistance of the Anglo-Norman Crusaders. Two years later
it was retaken by the Caliph Ben Yussef. In 1242 that it was again under the
control of the Portuguese Kings.

 

The impressive remains of
the castle dates back to Moors and there is a impressive underground water reservoirs
that are still used by the city today. As a reminder of the Romans occupation
is the Ponte Romana, a fine strong bridge over the Rio Arade below the city
walls and having been rebuilt from the original in the 15th Century. The city's
earlier 13th Century Cathedral was built on the site of a Mosque and has suffered
considerable alteration over the centuries.

Algarve History (3 - 4 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. During the morning enjoy a private guided tour to Lagos with visit to Golden Chapel. Lagos was the point of origin for many voyages during the Age of Discovery, and is now one of Algarve's liveliest historic towns and with some of the region's finest beaches.
 
Right by the city; enjoy the charm of these rock-enclosed beaches and the seafront restaurants with their menus featuring the pick of the sea’s produce.
 
Tour continues to Sagres, the southwestern tip of Europe and one of Algarve's most historical sites and a place of romantic pilgrimage.
 
At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Half-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle with English Speaking Fluent Driver (3 - 4 Hours).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Algarve History (6 - 8 Hours)
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Meet your private chauffeur at the dock. Departure towards the region of Algarve, to know the magnificent beaches and scenery of the region.
 
Travel along the coast towards Ponta de Sagres, enjoy a magnificent view of Ponta da Piedade. Near one of the most western points of the European continent, after Cabo da Roca is the Cape of S. vicente, where one marvels at a lighthouse under cliffs.
 
Next stop will be Lagos. Enjoy an independent visit to the Golden Gate of St. Anthony and the former slave market near the statue of Prince Henry the Navigator.
 
Time for lunch (not included) in a local restaurant.
 
After lunch, head towards Silves. Enjoy an independent visit to the Moorish Castle, the impressive Gothic Cathedral.
 
Your continued visit to the Monchique Mountains. Enjoy the green hills, fresh air, tranquility and spectacular views of the highest point of the Algarve - Foia. Explore the quiet village of Caldas de Monchique.
 
At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to the dock.

Includes: Transportation - Full-Day at Disposal, as per itinerary, by Deluxe Vehicle, with English Speaking Fluent Driver (6 - 8 Hours).

Note: This itinerary can also be applicable to regular city stays.
Portimao (Algarve): Full Day Excursion to Faro, Olhao and Tavira
Drive through the east coast of the Algarve to the village of Tavira a labyrinth of pretty streets. Then we continue to Olhao to visit the fishermen quarter and to Faro city with the Roman walls, the cathedral and the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo. 

Tour Details:
8 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



Faro is the administrative centre for the whole of the Algarve region. The city has both Arab and Roman ruins but most of the present attractive older buildings were constructed after the disastrous earthquake of both 1755 and 1532. The Moors who occupied the town in the 8th Century originally gave the city it the name of Ossónoba and developed it into a trading port until 1249. They were then defeated by the forces of Dom Afonso III. During the 500 years of Moorish occupation there were some Jewish inhabitants in Faro who were kept busy printing copies of the Old Testament.
 
Particularly attractive is the old part of the city surrounded still by the Roman walls which date back to the 9th. Inside a spacious open square that was once the site of the Roman Forum is a 13th Century Cathedral that faces the 18th Century Episcopal palace. An interesting building is the neighbouring 16th Century Convent that is now turned into the home of the city’s archaeological museum. The "golden" church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo is claimed to be the best example of gold-leaf woodwork in southern Portugal.
 
Next to the small boat basin bordering the Praça de Dom Francisco Gomes is a small Naval Museum composed of scale model boats and galleons showing the maritime history of the coast. Faro is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 17.000 hectares and a stopping place for hundreds of different birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods.
 
The Olhao fishermen’s district is a nice place to visit, where you can see the whitewashed houses, some of them with tiles and flat roofs. Here, narrow streets cover the district and its possible to see the Moorish influence. If the visitor climbs to the bell tower of Nossa Senhora do Rosario church, they can contemplate all the city.
The fishermen's quarter is located between the quay on the Ria Formosa and the earth of the city defined by the main church. The streets that border the Avenida da República, itself a symbol of the urban development that took place at the turn of the century, reflect a city of industrials and ship-owners who grew rich from the fish processing business and trade, displaying their wealth by decorating their homes with verandas, tiles, carved stonework and wrought iron.
 
Tavira has a really nice old city centre made up by a labyrinth of streets with beautiful pavements. The centre hides gardens and wooded squares, churches, and worth-to-visit mansions. Visit the Misericordia church built between 1541 and 1551 and considered the most important Renaissance building in Algarve. The city also has a small fishing port.

 

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