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The Azores – the green island of São Miguel
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The Azores – the green island of São Miguel

12.09.2018 - 26.09.2018 Albufeira

offer number s102r460

The Azores – the green island of São Miguel
  • offer number s102r460

  • 12.09.2018 - 26.09.2018
  • Albufeira
  • Tours
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The Azores – the green island of São Miguel

Everyone has heard the Azores mentioned in weather forecasts, but what do you really know about these green islands in the mid-Atlantic? Originally formed through volcanic activity, the group of islands now offers a unique environment. Lush green crater walls, glistening lakes and hot thermal springs await you during diverse excursions in this natural paradise.

A tour of the Azorean island of São Miguel with an extended stay in the Algarve

Programme

Day 1: Individual arrival in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel, the main island in the Azores. Transfer to the hotel in Povoação and welcome dinner at 19.30.

Day 2: Today, you will explore the eastern part of the island and visit the small town of Nordeste, with a number of short walks and many breathtaking viewpoints along the way. After a picnic, you will go on a trip to the island’s interior. Dinner will be with your tour guide’s family.

Day 3: Vila Franca do Campo in the south is the first destination today. You will visit a pilgrims’ centre, which is also a beautiful vantage point. After a picnic, you will see a volcanic centre and a lava cave that formed in primeval times. Later, at a pineapple plantation, you will have the chance to try the sweetest pineapples you’ve ever eaten. Dinner in Povoação.

Day 4: With your tour guide’s family, who you have already met, you will prepare a very special meal: cozido, a hearty country dish. After a snack, the cozido will be taken to Furnas, where it will be cooked for about 6 hours in the hot earth at the Furnas Lake. Meanwhile, you can explore the area on foot, with time to stroll around the spa gardens in Furnas and bathe in the thermal sulphur pool. In the evening, you will help retrieve the cozido, then enjoy it with a local wine.

Day 5: Free time. Here, you have the opportunity to book a dolphin and whale-watching tour.

Day 6: Even the name of the most beautiful countryside in the west of the island is mysterious: Sete Cidades, which means seven cities. There are many myths and legends around the two wonderful crater lakes. A visit to this special spot will surely be one of the highlights of the trip. After a snack, you will visit the capital, Ponta Delgada.

Day 7: Europe’s only tea-growing region is in Gorreana. You will visit the plantation and try various types of tea. Ribeira Grande, the island’s second-largest town, is the next destination. After a snack, you will walk to the hot springs and visit the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake. Farewell dinner.

Day 8: Return flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon. Transfer by bus to Hapimag Resort Albufeira.

Days 9 – 14: Make your own plans at the Hapimag resort.

Day 15: Transfer to Faro Airport to make your own way home.
Hotel
Povoaçao/São Miguel for 7 nights ****

Services included

  • Transfer from Ponta Delgada Airport
  • Transfer to Faro Airport
  • 6 excursion days with a tour guide
  • Comfortable coach during tour
  • 7 x nights in a double room in 4-star hotels in Povoação/São Miguel with breakfast
  • 6 x dinner, including drinks
  • 5 x snack/picnic
  • Domestic flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon
  • Bus transfer from Lisbon to Albufeira
  • 1 x dinner at the Hapimag resort
  • Admissions and tours

Services not included

  • Flight to Ponta Delgada/from Faro
  • Single room surcharge
  • Individual stay at the Hapimag Resort
Important information
Dates and prices
12.09 – 26.09.2018 (Fully booked)
  • CHF 1625.00 per person (approx. EUR 1490.00 per person*)
  • CHF 170.00 single room surcharge per person for 7 nights (approx. EUR 155.00*)

Residence points and local charges as stipulated in the current Booking Information.

*Prices in euro are guide prices. The daily exchange rate on booking applies. 

Information and booking
Deadline for registration:
  • Two months prior to arrival
Number of guests:
  • Min. no. of persons: 10
  • Max. no. of persons: 29
Please note:
  • Programme alterations may be necessary if the weather changes suddenly.
  • You will be staying in 4-star hotels. The stated hotel category is based on the rating system used in the destination country. This may differ from our standards
Language:
  • German
Algarve – hiking for aficionados
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Algarve – hiking for aficionados

07.10.2018 - 13.10.2019 Albufeira

offer number s104r460

  • offer number s104r460

  • 07.10.2018 - 13.10.2019
  • Albufeira
  • Hiking & nature
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Algarve – hiking for aficionados

The south of Portugal impresses with its curiously eroded bays, gleaming beaches and secluded mountains further inland. You will hike through Mediterranean landscapes with almond and olive trees, through the Serra mountain range and along miles of beautiful sand beaches. En route, you will find many opportunities to enjoy culinary specialities from the region.

A week’s hiking in the glorious Algarve: explore the stunning beaches and serene mountains around Albufeira

Programme

Day 1: Individual travel to Faro. Transfer from Faro Airport to the Hapimag resort in Albufeira. Welcome cocktail at 18.00 followed by an evening meal.

Day 2: The hike takes you to the Costa Vicentina National Park with secluded sandy beaches and rugged rock formations. After lunch we will visit Cabo de São Vicente – the most south-westerly point in Europe. (Hiking time: Approx. 3 hours).

Day 3: In the fertile hinterland, olive, fig and orange trees, as well as wine and olives, delight the senses. Old bucket wheels, water pipes and tanks are a reminder of the skills of the Moors in bringing water to every desired location. In Benafim we recharge our batteries with a rustic lunch. (Hiking time: Approx. 4½ hours).

Day 4: Kilometres of sandy beaches, islands located off the coast and fishing villages characterise the eastern Algarve. In the morning we take a walk along the beach and go on a guided tour of one of the beautiful fishing villages. After lunch we get to know Tavira, which is one of the most charming little towns of the eastern Algarve thanks to its location and the special architecture. (Hiking time: Approx. 4 hours).

Day 5: Day at leisure

Day 6: Today we set off directly from the resort on foot on a somewhat more challenging tour towards the west. First along the rugged rocky coast, then over a long beach. We will reach our destination on new boardwalks: the nature reserve near Salgados. We will stop nearby at a beautiful spot and enjoy a picnic. (Hiking time: Approx. 5 hours).

Day 7: "Rocha da Pena" is the almost 500 m high rock, which we will climb on our final hike. From here we have a panoramic view over the Algarve as far as the Atlantic. We round off the week with lunch in Sarnadas, a mountain village surrounded by cork trees. Afternoon at our free disposal. (Hiking time: Approx. 2½ hours).

Day 8: Extension of stay or transfer to Faro Airport and individual return travel.

Services included

  • Transfers from / to Faro Airport
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 5 days of hiking with a guide
  • Comfortable coach
  • 4 x lunch
  • 1 x picnic
  • 1 x evening meal
  • Entrance fees and guided tours

 

Important information

Hiking difficulty

1 shoe: 1 – 2 hours, gentle

2 shoes: 2 – 3 hours, medium, some climbs and descents, stony paths

3 shoes: 2 – 5 hours, larger climbs and descents, stony paths, steady footing required, telescopic walking stick recommended

4 shoes: 5 – 7 hours, challenging climbs and descents, previous hiking experience necessary, very steady footing required, telescopic walking stick highly recommended

Note: a small shoe stands for an intermediate level of hiking difficulty

Dates and prices
07.10. – 14.10.2018
17.03. – 24.03.2019
06.10. – 13.10.2019
  • EUR 499.– per person
    (approx. CHF 575.– per person*)

Residence points and local charges as stipulated in the current Booking Information.

*Prices in CHF are guide prices. Calculations are based on the current exchange rate.

Information and booking
Closing date for registration:
  • Four weeks before the respective date of arrival
Number of participants:
  • Min. no. of persons: 12
  • Max. no. of persons: 24
Important information:
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
    Hiking time: 2½ to 4½ hours, no huge climbs or descents. Hiking shoes, small rucksack, wind/rain jacket and hiking sticks if required are recommended
  • Would you be interested in combining the offer with a stay in the new resort in Lisbon? If so, please contact the resort in Lisbon or Albufeira directly, we would be pleased to help you arrange it.
Languages used:
  • German
  • English
On Europe's southwesternmost point
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On Europe's southwesternmost point

21.10.2018 - 27.10.2019 Albufeira

offer number s105r460

  • offer number s105r460

  • 21.10.2018 - 27.10.2019
  • Albufeira
  • BicycleSport & activities
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On Europe's southwesternmost point

The varied and sunny region of the Algarve is just waiting be discovered by us on our bikes! We cycle around Albufeira with professional cyclist and tour guide Daniel Pürro. On the way, we discover the picturesque, unspoiled Algarve off the beaten track. The crowning stage on the last day even takes us to the southwesternmost point on the European continent.

Cycling week in Portugal: Discover the Algarve on guided bicycle tours with an overnight stay in Albufeira

Programme

Day 1: Individual travel to Faro. Transfer from Faro Airport to the Hapimag resort in Albufeira. We then meet our tour guide, Daniel Pürro, and hand out the equipment. Dinner with the group in the resort.

Day 2: Today we meet at 9.00 in the resort lobby and set out on the first of our bicycle tours. This one takes us inland from the coast into the wonderful “Vale de Parra”. We return to the resort for around 14.00. There is then an opportunity to have a bite to eat and a drink with our tour guide on the terrace of the “Vista Mar” restaurant. The afternoon and evening are otherwise free for you to spend as you wish. (Distance: 40-50 km; +/- 600m).

Day 3: The early bird catches the worm – so today we meet at 7.00 and head off in the direction of Faro. This route takes us along the coast, delighting with stunning views of the glittering ocean again and again. Our destination for today – Faro – is a captivating, relaxed old town with a distinctive Portuguese flair. After a short visit to the town, we head back to the resort. (Distance: 60-70 km; +/- 800m).

Day 4: We meet at 9.00 in the lobby. Today’s tour takes us to Ferragudo, an old fishing village perched right by the sea and across the water from the town of Portimão. On the way back we stop off in Algar Seco. This rock formation, formed over thousands of years by the wind and waves, offers a truly picturesque vista. We stay here for lunch before returning to the resort. (Distance: 60-70 km; +/- 800m).

Day 5: Today is a day of rest and a chance for a relaxing 30-minute sports massage. At 19.00 we all meet for a special cyclist's dinner, put together by professional cyclist and tour guide Daniel Pürro, to ensure that our bodies are perfectly prepared for tomorrow’s crowning stage.

Day 6: Today’s tour is definitely the crowning stage and the highlight of the week. We cycle to Cabo São Vicente, the southwesternmost point on the European continent. We meet at 6.45 and ride to the station at Albufeira-Ferreiras. From there, the train takes us to Lagos, where the real tour starts. The craggy scenery we pass through is breathtakingly beautiful and the route is perfect for mountain biking. We cycle through secret, hidden fishing villages and unspoiled countryside. On our arrival in Cabo São Vicente, the Atlantic Ocean stretches out in front of us on all sides. We take some time to enjoy the view and then return to the resort on the minibus. At 19.30 we meet for a farewell dinner in the resort’s own restaurant, the “Vista Mar”, and take a look back at our eventful week. (Distance: 75-85 km; +/- 1200m).

Day 7: Option to extend stay or make your own way home.

Services included

  • Transfers to and from Faro Airport
  • Professional guide
  • Bicycles and accessories
  • Transfer from Cabo São Vicente to the Hapimag Resort Albufeira
  • 2 x lunch, including drinks
  • 3 x dinner, including drinks
  • Train tickets
  • 1 x sports massage (30 minutes)
Important information
Dates and prices
21.10. – 28.10.2018
07.04. – 14.04.2019
20.10. – 27.10.2019
  • EUR 450.– per person
    (approx. CHF 520.– per person*)

Residence points and local charges as stipulated in the current Booking Information.

*Prices in swiss franc are guide prices. Calculations are based on the current exchange rate.

Information and booking
Deadline for registration:
  • Four weeks before arrival
Number of guests:
  • Min. no. of persons: 2
  • Max. no. of persons: 9
Please note:
  • Level of difficulty: medium
    Distances up to 85 km, with ascents and descents of up to 1200 metres. A good level of fitness and confidence when cycling are required. A small rucksack and a wind/rain jacket are recommended.
Languages:
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
Senior citizen holidays in Albufeira
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Senior citizen holidays in Albufeira

18.11.2018 - 07.04.2019 Albufeira

offer number S101R460

  • offer number S101R460

  • 18.11.2018 - 07.04.2019
  • Albufeira
  • Art & cultureSeniors
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Senior citizen holidays in Albufeira

In spring, the blooming mimosa and fragrant orange blossoms transform the countryside into a colourful landscape. And in November, you can enjoy St Martin’s Summer in the south of Portugal. Medlar shrubs and carob trees are in full bloom as far as the eye can see. Enjoy the sunny Algarve and discover the spectacular coasts, bustling markets and lively fishing villages.

Varied two-week senior citizen holiday in the sunny Algarve

Programme

Day 1: Individual travel to Faro. Transfer from Faro Airport to the Hapimag resort. Evening meal in the "Vista Mar" restaurant.

Day 2: Welcome aperitif in the morning following by a tour of the resort. Lunch in the resort. Afternoon at your free disposal.

Day 3: Trip to Sagres, where we visit the small fishing port. Henry the Navigator prepared for his expeditions here. Followed by a walk to the most south-westerly point in Europe, the Cabo de São Vicente. Lunch in Sagres. In the afternoon we head to the Monchique mountains in the small spa resort Caldas de Monchique, where the Romans once went for spa treatments.

Day 4: At your free disposal. Evening meal in the resort.

Day 5: Together we visit Lagos, one of the prettiest towns of the Algarve region. We travel along the spectacular coast on a historical gaff sailing ship. After lunch we take a walk through Lagos.

Day 6: Today we travel through the wonderful countryside of the inland areas. We visit the white-washed village of Alte, where lunch is served. Afterwards we walk through one of the beautiful cork oak groves.

Day 7: Trip to Loulé, where we visit the farmer's market and gypsy market. In Almancil we visit the tiled Church of São Lourenço, which is decorated with 17 352 tiles. Return to the resort around midday. Evening meal in the resort.

Day 8: At your free disposal.

Day 9: In Ria Formosa we walk through the nature conservation area. We visit the small fishing village of St. Lucia, famous for its octopus. After lunch we visit the small town of Tavira. (Hiking time: Approx. 1½ hours)

Day 10: At your free disposal. Evening meal in the resort.

Day 11: Visit a vineyard with tasting and a small snack. Walk through the garden of Quinta, which is adorned with many works of art. Return to the resort. Afternoon at your free disposal.

Day 12: At your free disposal. Lunch in the resort.

Day 13: In the morning we visit the largest market halls of the Algarve in Olhão. The market is famous for its exceptional variety of fresh fish. After a short stroll through the halls we visit a restored baroque castle with picturesque gardens and a panoramic terrace in Estoi. In São Brás de Alportel we visit a museum, which tells us more about the art of cork manufacturing. Because the best cork in the world originates from here. Midday snack in the museum. In the afternoon we visit a special pastelaria and enjoy coffee and cake.

Day 14: At your free disposal. Farewell dinner at the resort in the evening.

Day 15: Extension of stay or transfer to Faro Airport and individual return travel.

Services included

  • Transfer from / to Faro Airport
  • 8 programme days with tour guide / assistance for senior citizens
  • Comfortable coach on excursion days
  • 5 x lunch including drinks
  • 3 x lunchtime snack
  • 1 x coffee and cake
  • 5 x evening meal including drinks
  • 1 x sailing trip along the coast
  • Entrance fees and guided tours
Important information
Dates and prices
18.11. – 02.12.2018
24.03. – 07.04.2019
  • EUR 899.– per person
    (approx. CHF 1035.– per person*)

Residence points and local charges as stipulated in the current Booking Information.

*Prices in CHF are guide prices. Calculations are based on the current exchange rate.

Information and booking
Closing date for registration:
  • Six weeks before arrival
Number of participants:
  • Min. no. of persons: 7
  • Max. no of persons: 30
Important information:
  • Would you be interested in combining the offer with a stay in the new resort in Lisbon? If so, please contact the resort in Lisbon or Albufeira directly, we would be pleased to help you arrange it.
Languages used:
  • German
  • English