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  1. Portugal
  2. Algarve
  3. Faro
  4. Ria Formosa

Castro Marim, Tavira & Faro: Eastern Algarve Minivan Tour

Product ID: 150821
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Discover the lovely towns and cities of the eastern Algarve on a full-day minivan tour of Faro, Tavira and Castro Marim. Get back to nature on an optional boat cruise across the Ria Formosa lagoon.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the beautiful village and castle of Castro Marim
  • Stroll around the historic city of Vila Nova Real de Santo António
  • Admire the pretty houses and Roman bridge of Tavira
  • Taste the regional flavors and fish at lunch
  • Explore the Chapel of Bones in Faro or cruise the Ria Formosa lagoon
Full description
Climb aboard a comfortable minivan and journey to the quaint village of Castro Marim in the eastern Algarve to see its majestic castle and archaeological museum. Continue to the historic city of Vila Real de Santo António, known for its beautiful beaches and the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa lagoon. Stroll through the city center to admire the important architecture from the days of the Marquis of Pombal.

Visit the pretty town of Tavira to look at the typical houses and Roman bridge that connects the banks of the River Gilão. Taste the regional food at lunch in nearby Santa Luzia before going to the old city of Olhão to soak up the lively atmosphere of the market.

End with a visit to the capital city of Faro, where you can choose to explore the historic city center on foot to discover the amazing Chapel of Bones in the 18th-century Igreja do Carmo, or get back to nature and cruise around the barrier islands of the Ria Formosa lagoon for 1 hour.
  • Pick-up and drop off at designated areas
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Wi-Fi on board the minivan
  • Driver/guide with live commentary
  • Small group tour of no more than 8 people
  • 1-hour boat cruise, if option booked
  • Entrance fee to Faro Cathedral and the Chapel of Bones for tours without the boat cruise
  • Traditional local pastry
  • Guided walking tour of Faro (if selected over the boat trip)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch, or any other meal unless specified
  • 1-Hour Boat Tour from Faro (if selected). It has a cost of 20€, to be paid directly to the guide, in the day of the tour.
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking in the vehicle
Know before you go
• The optional boat cruise of the Ria Formosa lagoon is only available from May to October and subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to bad weather, you will get a full refund
• The optional walking tour of Faro will mainly be inside the medieval walls, where the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) is located
• Wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear and bring a bottle of water
• Sunscreen is recommended in the summer and a jacket is advised in winter, as it can get quite cold
• Boat tour option is subject to favorable weather conditions. A walking tour in the city center of Faro will be given as an alternative if the boat ride cannot be performed.
• Boat tour only available from May to October.
• A moderate amount of walking is involved. Beware that some areas can be physically challenging (steep ascent)
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From US$ 67.55 US$ 54.04 per person

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Product ID: 150821