Itinerary Highlights
    • Explore the picturesque Andalusian capital during a tailor-made private tour
    • Admire some of Seville’s most beautiful architecture with queue-jumping tickets
    • Hike through unspoilt nature in the Algarve with a private guide
    • Visit the beautiful sandy beaches in Portugal’s Vicentine Coast Natural Park

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Spain and Portugal each harbour their own kind of magic: in the former, you’ll find whitewashed villages, renowned buildings and lively squares; in the latter, culinary traditions, contrasting reliefs and shimmering waters are the name of the game. We say, why choose?

This trip combines these two complementary countries across eight days, beginning in Andalucia’s most faithful representative: Seville. Full of shady patios and crossed by the waters of the Guadalquivir, this city is also rich in culture. You’ll discover it during a private tour before using your queue-jumping tickets to gain access to three of its most important buildings and monuments.

On the other side of the border,
you’ll pick up your hire car to discover the arid landscapes of the Algarve, swept by powerful winds and bordered by the sparkling Atlantic. Spend your time here enjoying the view from your hotel perched on ochre cliffs, lounging on the main beach and wandering the cobbled streets of Carvoeiro’s centre. Via picturesque hiking trails, you can discover other nearby coves and beaches, and we’ll plan a guided hike for you on the magnificent Cabo São Vicente, the Algarve’s most south-westerly point.

Route

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DAY 1

FLIGHT TO SEVILLE

Your eight-day trip begins with a flight to Seville, which takes about two hours and 45 minutes. When you arrive, you’ll be privately transferred to your hotel in the centre, a 19th-century building with a charming patio. When you’ve settled into your room, head up to the roof terrace for a dip in the pool and a great view of the cathedral – the perfect way to refresh after your journey here.

DAY 2

PRIVATE TOUR OF SEVILLE

To help you get to know this historic city, we’ll arrange for you to explore it this morning with a local guide. They know the city’s past and present like the back of their hand, and will put together a programme that takes into account the things you’re most interested in. You’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure, whether that means sipping sherry in the city’s oldest bar, tucking into some tapas or visiting one of Seville’s many museums or art galleries.

DAY 3

SEVILLE’S HIGHLIGHTS

To make sure you don’t miss Seville’s must-sees, we’ll get you queue-jumping tickets to three of its most important attractions. Built on the foundations of an Arab fortress, the Alcazar Palace is the oldest royal palace in Europe, and an extraordinary example of the city’s architectural history, full of rooms with golden domes, walls covered with azulejos (glazed tiles) and magnificent gardens. The Gothic Cathedral is the largest of its style in the country; inside, you’ll find the remains of Christopher Columbus. Finally, there’s the Church of the Divine Saviour which is built on the site of the former Great Umayyad Mosque and boasts a majestic brick facade with sculpted reliefs. After the Cathedral, this is the most important church in the city. If you want to soak up a different kind of culture, we can also get you tickets to a traditional flamenco show.

DAY 4

JOURNEY TO CARVOEIRO

It’s time to move on to Portugal. Today you’ll be privately transferred to Faro (just over two hours away) where you’ll pick up your hire car and drive for an hour until you reach the village of Carvoeiro. You’ll spend four nights here on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, with plenty of time to enjoy the spa, tennis courts and swimming pool. Break up your day with lunch with a view, or walk down to the small beach that’s just moments away.

DAY 5

PRIVATE HIKE TO CAPE SAINT-VINCENT

Today you’ll take a private guided hike to Cape Saint-Vincent, the most south-westerly point in Europe. Because of its rugged terrain and windy weather, this region has mostly been spared from tourist development. Accordingly, you’ll find yourself in the midst of wild and untouched nature. Clusters of menhirs (large standing stones erected in the ground) testify to human presence dating back to the Neolithic era; much later, the Phoenicians built a sanctuary dedicated to Hercules here. Your hike begins in the scrublands of Charneca do Farol and leads you to Telheiro Beach, one of the most important geological sites in Portugal. You’ll return via the cliffs, between limestone formations and dunes.

DAYS 6 & 7

EXPLORE CARVOEIRO

The former fishing village of Carvoeiro has retained its old soul. While you’re here, stroll along the cobbled streets of its small centre and sample some of the delicious fresh seafood on offer. A little further along are the rocky coastlines that offer sublime views across the ocean. The beaches around Aljezur are a must-visit too. Located in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, these long stretches of sand are among the most beautiful in the country, and they’re also perfect for surf lovers. If you like, we can arrange for you to take a boat trip to the Bénagil caves.

DAY 8

RETURN FLIGHT

Sadly, your trip has come to an end. Drive back to Faro where you’ll return your hire car and board your flight back to the UK.

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FLAMENCO SHOW IN SEVILLE

Clicking heels, traditional guitar and dresses twirling in shimmering colours – the spectacular dance of Flamenco is an important part of Andalusian culture. You’ll head to the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum) to learn more about all facets of this art including the dance, singing and music as you watch a traditional show.

BOAT TRIP TO THE BÉNAGIL CAVES IN THE ALGARVE

The Portimão marina is the starting point for this boat trip that follows the coast’s jagged cliffs, passing sea caves and caverns along the way. Just some of the things you’ll see include: Bénagil, Ferragudo, Vale de Centeanes, Carvalho Beach, the lighthouse and the beaches of Marinha and Albandeira, and the chapel of Senhora da Rocha.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £2,430 to £3,040 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £2,605 per person.
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