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The city gate in Faro town, Portugal
Caption: The city gate in Faro town, Portugal
Caption: Enjoying Portuguese red wine
Caption: The famous Algarve coastline
Caption: The flower market of the port of Olhão with a sailboat, Algarve
Caption: Faro Marina, Portugal
Caption: The lighthouse at Cabo São Vicente, the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe
Caption: The Algarve coast
Caption: Belmarco Palace in the centre of Faro
Caption: Fisherman boats in Ria Formosa Natural Park near Olhão, on the Algarve, Portugal
Caption: The Algarve is famous for its golf courses - there are many opportunities locally
Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts

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    @Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts
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Journey Snapshot

Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Experience Portugal
Member Event
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive into Faro Airport [FAO] Portugal on Day 1 and depart Faro Airport [FAO] Portugal on Day 7
Pickup location: Faro Airport [FAO] Portugal

Overview

Oct 21 - 27, 2021 - SOLD OUT

Apr 19 - 25, 2022
& Nov 18 - 24, 2022

Enjoy more than just the impressive beaches of Portugal's Algarve region - we have a week of fun and entertainment planned for you!

First established as a country in the 12th century, Portugal is the oldest nation in Europe. Experience the proud, 'Old World' history of this nation for yourself on this Diamond Member Event based in the beautiful coastal Algarve region. From the hubbub of the region's capital Faro, with its cathedrals and architecture dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries to the quiet serenity of the winery gardens, Portugal has something to offer all visitors.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Portugal
DAY 2 - Welcome Breakfast and Traditions of the Barrocal Region
DAY 3 - Olhão & Ria Formosa Natural Park
DAY 4 - Algarve Jeep Safari Experience (2021) / Journey into Portugal's Past (2022)
DAY 5 - Quinta dos Vales Winery & Art Centre
DAY 6 - Faro City Tour and Farewell Dinner
DAY 7 - Farewell to Portugal
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Portugal

On arrival at Faro Airport there are three complimentary scheduled transfers to the resort. After collecting your luggage, proceed through to the arrivals hall where there will be a representative holding a Diamond Flag to welcome you and direct you to your transport.

The rest of the day at the resort will be at leisure but make sure you pick up details for tomorrow morning's welcome breakfast to meet your Big journey Company Tour Director and hear more about the plans for the rest of the week. 

For those joining us from the Experience Spain event and Stunning Seville extension, you will arrive in the late afternoon. Click here for more informaiton on the exciting Member Event on Spain's famous Costa del Sol - the sunshine coast - as well as the extension linking the two events showcasingSeville. Andalucia's capital city.

Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 2 - Welcome Breakfast and Traditions of the Barrocal Region

This morning we are up and about early for a Welcome Breakfast together to meet your Big Journey Company Tour Director and fellow members, to discuss the plans for the coming days. 

For our first excursion we head inland today to the traditional, rural town of São Brás de Alportel in the Barrocal region. Portugal is the world's largest cork producer and it is grown extensively here. We will learn how cork is grown and harvested before it is taken to the factory. There we see how it is prepared, treated and ready for export. Get a real experience of the workers and machines at work and see the end result. 

We have lunch together today, before learning more about another of the region's main agricultural traditions - olive oil. Discover olive trees - both ancient and modern, learn about the oil extraction process and sample the local produce for ourselves before heading back to the resort for the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch 
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 3 - Olhão & Ria Formosa Natural Park

With its many coves and inlets, Portugal has roughly 830km of coastline. Today, we will explore the beauty of the southern Algarve region's coastline. Our first stop is Olhão, a traditional Portuguese fishing village which is renowned for its cube-shaped, white-washed houses that contrast with the golden sands, blue sky and the sea. We will have an opportunity to explore its fish famous market built by the same architect as Paris's Eiffel tower with it's and huge selection of produce. Tere will also be time to take a scenic stroll along Olhão harbour.

Next, we sail along the waterways of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. One of the most impressive in Europe, it boasts rich and varied flora and fauna. Our guide will talk to us about the local area as we travel, helping us to understand more about what we see. We walk across the island sands for lunch together on one of the islands of this nature reserve. There will be some free time after lunch for a stroll along the island's beaches, soak up the sunshine and see some traditional-style fishing cabins and a variety of bird species before returning to the harbour for our boat back to the mainland.

Then it's back onto the coach and our journey back to the resort.

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 4 - Algarve Jeep Safari Experience (2021) / Journey into Portugal's Past (2022)

Oct 2021 - Jeep Safari

Today will be a day that is full of fun, excitement and adventure! We veer off the beaten track and head into the heart of the Algarve in a convoy of open top jeeps with professional drivers at the helm! As we go up hills and down valleys, we will cross streams and traverse meadows in a roller-coaster ride through the countryside. We can enjoy the spectacular scenery of an area almost untouched by time with plenty of photo-stop opportunities.

Along the way, we stop for lunch and visit a small local distillery. Here, the brave can sample "medronho" - a very potent local drink, and we can also see honey being made the traditional way.

Then it's back to the resort where our safari will end. 

2022 Tours - Journey into Portugal's Past

Today we will travel in the footsteps of Portugal's history and in those of famous navigators.

Our first stop is the town of Silves, the former Moorish capital of the Algarve, where we will visit its castle. The ancient Arab fortress with crenellated perimeter red limestone walls sits atop the city. Then, we continue to a local Quinta winery for visit and wine tasting.

Afterwards, we travel to the end of the known world at the time as we first journey towards Lagos, the large port town which has played a part in several stories from the time of the Portuguese Discoveries. Here we will see the Statue of Henry the Navigator, who used Lagos in 1415 as his maritime base to begin the era of Portuguese maritime discoveries.

We will travel along the Algarve coast towards Sagres to visit the site of Sagres School of Navigation. Started in the 15th Century, it was the first learning centre ever of its kind. Finally, we continue towards Cabo de São Vicente, the most south-western point of continental Europe - the end of the world before the navigators found the New World across fiery Atlantic seas. We return to the resort late afteroon.

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 5 - Quinta dos Vales Winery & Art Centre

Home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, Portugal is famous for its fantastic, full-bodied wines. Today we spend our day at the Quintos dos Vales Winery and Art Centre. Here we will have a guided tour of the winery and learn how wine is produced in this region. We sample some of these delicious wines in the winery gardens in the company of one of the vineyard owners, benefitting tfrom their expert knowledge. The site is also the perfect spot for wandering in the garden and enjoying the beautiful art and sculpture display. For the wine connoisseurs, there will be a variety of wines available for purchase after the tour.

We will also enjoy a leisurely lunch together before returning to the resort in the late afternoon. 

Included meals: Lunch 
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 6 - Faro City Tour and Farewell Dinner

Join us this morning on an optional visit to the nearby town of Faro, capital of the Algarve. Faro is a treasure trove of history, with cathedrals and architecture dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Our local guide will lead us on a short walking orientation tour of the city before some free time to explore further or do some last minute souvenir shopping. We will return to the resort in the afternoon.

Alternatively, you may wish to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort or explore the many golf possibilities in the area.

This evening, we will gather at the resort restaurant for our final evening together, sharing an international buffet dinner before enjoying some traditional Portuguese dancing!

Included meals: Dinner 
Accommodation: Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts, Almancil, Portugal 

DAY 7 - Farewell to Portugal

Sadly, it's the end of our Portuguese adventure. There will be three scheduled departures from the resort to Faro Airport.

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What's included

  • Scheduled airport transfers to the resort from Faro Airport [FAO] on Day 1 and returning on Day 7
  • Self-catering accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Transportation to and from all the events and activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • All activities, visits, guides and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Services of a Big Journey Company Tour Director

What's not included

  • International return flights into Faro Airport [FAO]
  • Airport transfers outside the tour dates
  • Visas, travel or medical insurance
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any food and beverage not detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Gratuities

Important information

  • Diamond Resorts Terms Apply
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
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Available journeys:

  • 21-27 Oct, 2021. Experience Portugal
    @Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts
    TWO BED APARTMENT 5000 POINTS - SOLD OUT
    21 Oct - 27 Oct 2021 from £999 Sold out
  • 19 - 25 Apr, 2022. Experience Portugal
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    TWO BED APARTMENT 5000 POINTS
    19 Apr - 25 Apr 2022 from £999 Book Now
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    @Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts
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    18 Nov - 24 Nov 2022 from £999 Book Now
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