Portugal Long Stay Winter 2023

Public Tours / by Air and Land
29 Day
  • Itinerary

    PORTUGAL LONG STAY  WINTER 2023 – ALFAGAR VILLAGE (in Algarve Region)
    Date: Feb 07 - Mar 08, 2023 (29 days / 28 nights)
    Fixed Departure – this is a tour package with a fixed departure date, and fixed inclusions.

    Group size: Maximum 20 participants 
    The package includes Airfare, Transfers, Accommodation, 2 sightseeing tours, and all taxes.
    Your tour conductor will travel with you from Toronto. He will be your host during your entire stay.  
     
    Portugal has one of the world's highest vaccination rates against the coronavirus and almost all its adults are fully vaccinated.
     
    The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars, and restaurants.
     
    BRIEF ITINERARY
    * TUE 07 FEB 2023: Flight from Toronto Pearson Airport to Faro (Algarve in southern Portugal)
    Departs Toronto 21:40 Arrives Faro 09:40+1 (Flight arrives next day) Flight TS232, Duration7h, Aircraft A330-200
    Your tour conductor “Sean” will meet you at Toronto Person International Airport 1 hour prior to departure at the gate. He will travel with you from Toronto and will be your host during your entire stay.

    * WED 08 FEB 2023:
    Arrive at Faro Airport at 9:30 AM. Transfer to the resort "Alfagar Village" - 38 min drive.
    During your 28-night stay at the resort, you will have 2 sightseeing tours included in your package. Also, your tour conductor will help to arrange some optional activities for the group. The Apartments Facilities are mentioned at the bottom of this page* 

    * WED 08 MAR 2023: Flight from Faro to Toronto
    Transfer to Faro Airport at 8.00 AM. The flight departs Faro 11:25 Arrives Toronto 14:45 Flight TS233, Duration 8h 20m, Aircraft A330-200 

    Price & Inclusions

    PRICES  
    Accommodation Type  Per person in Double Occupancy  One person in Single Occupancy Availability
    One-bedroom Garden View Apartment  $3160 $3950 Available
    One-bedroom Partial Sea View Apartment $3680 $4630 Sold out
    Two-bedroom Garden View Apartment   $3500 ----- Available
    Two-bedroom Partial Sea View Apartment $3940 ----- Sold out
    >> Prices are in CA$
    >> Taxes are included
    >> If you need a roommate, please ask.
    >> Prices are subject to change without notice
     
    PAYMENT
    Pay a CA$300 deposit to secure your spot. Your deposit is refundable until OCT 5, 2022.

    The FINAL payment is due on OCT 5, 2022.

    NOTE:
    >> The 1-bedroom apartment has 2 single beds inside the room. In the living room, there is a sofa bed, with a pull-out.
    >> Alfagar Village has no elevators. All 1-bedroom apartments are either on the ground floor /OR/ on the first floor. You can choose your desired floor at the time of booking. We will request it, and the resort will try to accommodate it, BUT they never guarantee the floor. 
    >> The number of FULL Sea view apartments in Alfagar Village is very limited. That's why they only guarantee the PARTIAL Sea view.
    >> If you need a roommate, please ask. Not guaranteed. If we couldn't find a roommate for you, you will be notified before OCT 5, 2022.
    >> If you are a family of 3 or 4 people, and need to stay in 1 apartment, please contact us to get the quote.
     
    Cancellation Schedule:
    No Penalty if canceled before 5 OCT 2022
    50% Penalty if canceled between 6 OCT 2022 and 5 DEC 2022
    100% Penalty if canceled between 6 DEC 2022 and the departure date
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    What’s Included:
    o Round-trip airfare (Direct Flights on Air Transat, Toronto-Faro-Toronto) - Standard seat
    o Airport Transfers
    o 28 nights in a one-bedroom apartment with a kitchen, balcony, or terrace at the Alfagar Village, in the Algarve region - Resort Facilities are listed under "Tour Attractions"
    o Housekeeping three times weekly, linens changed once per week, towels twice weekly
    o Free internet in your room, the bar, and the reception area 
    o A HALF-DAY TOUR: Loulé Market  
    o A FULL-DAY TOUR: BY LAND & BY SEA (7 HANGING VALLEYS TRAIL + 2 HOURS CRUISE)
    o All Airport taxes
    o Tour Host  
     
    Your Tour Host will travel with you from Toronto. He will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly, create experiences, answer questions, and more. The primary role of the host during a long stay is a point of contact for assistance. Due to the number of participants in the group, the host will be located mainly in the resort to be available to provide assistance. If the host is unavailable on a day, a local representative will be appointed.
    Here is a list of his responsibilities during your stay:
    1) Travel with the group to the resort and make sure everyone has the appropriate room
    2) Give a tour of the resort
    3) Provide sim cards to those interested
    4) Suggest day trips around the Algarve
    5) Assist in booking Excursions, Air, Train, Bus, and car rentals
    6) Present different optional tours
    7) Provide information on nearby shopping, grocery stores, entertainment
    8) Assist in drafting itineraries for trips outside the resort
     
    What’s NOT Included:
      Meals
      Breakfast (Buffet) 12.00€ per Adult per day. children under 3 years free, 03-13 years: 50%
      Dinner (3-course Meal or buffet, depending on occupancy, drinks not included) 23,00€ per adult. Children under years free, 03-13 years: 50% discount
      You can decide later about your meals and pay on the spot.
      OPTIONAL Tours and activities
     
    *********************** FLIGHT INFORMATION *************************
    Direct flights on Air Transat 
    07-FEB-2023: Toronto (YYZ) - Faro (FAO) by TS232 21:40 09:40 +1 (duration: 7hr) - Flight arrives next day
    08-MAR-2023: Faro (FAO) - Toronto (YYZ) by TS233 11.25 14:45 (duration: 8hr 20min)  
    THE AIRCRAFT IS: A330-200  - SEATING PLAN
     
    Our Group booking includes 1st Checked bag FREE
    Max. weight per bag: 23kg (50lb)
    Max. linear dimensions per bag: 158 cm (62in)
    If you have any questions about baggage allowance (Fees, Weight, and Dimensions), please check Air Transat’s baggage allowance

    **We need the following information from each participant before NOV 28th, 2022. BASED ON PASSPORT DETAILS.
    Please email the information to: info@FunTours.ca
    LAST NAME // FIRST NAME // MIDDLE NAME // TITLE (Mr. Ms, Mrs...) // GENDER // DATE OF BIRTH
    CHECK-IN: You will be able to check in individually 24 hours before the departure.
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    Wearing a mask: 
    As of October 1, 2022, masks are no longer mandatory at the airport, throughout the flight, during transfers, and on excursions.
    The choice to wear a mask or not is at your discretion.
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    NOTE: A STANDARD SEAT WILL BE ASSIGNED AUTOMATICALLY FOR EVERYONE IN OUR GROUP 45 days before the tour. BUT (ONLY if you need to upgrade your seat), please see the following fees and information.
     
    If you would like to select/upgrade your seat, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
     
    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT UPGRADING YOUR SEAT
    • o A standard seat will be assigned for you automatically by Air Transat 45 days prior to departure. It means we don't know what seat you will get until that time. Therefore, if you would like to guarantee a specific seat (Aisle/Window/more Legroom or Exit row), you must let us know ASAP and be ready to pay up-front. Please refer to the above link/table for the rates 
    • o The Group seat block is located in the middle to the back of the aircraft typically over the wing. The block does not include any exit row or special request seating.   
    • o Changes can be made within the assigned block to families that are not seated together (for free), but all other changes will incur a charge.  
    • o 45 days prior to departure you will know what type of standard seat you will be getting (Aisle/Middle/Window). But you may not be able to upgrade it at that time since your preferred seats may not be available at that time. That's why we suggest upgrading ASAP if you really like to guarantee a specific seat (Aisle/Window/more Legroom or Exit row). 

    Pickup

    You will see "Sean" (your tour conductor) at Pearson Airport, at the departure gate, one hour before the flight. He will travel with you from Toronto. He will be your host during your entire stay.  

    Tour Attractions

    ALFAGAR VILLAGE (3 Star)
    Albufeira, Algarve
    This popular, centrally located resort is set in a protected area of natural beauty made up of 11 hectares of gardens, within the Algarve Region. The Algarve is one of the best-kept secrets in Europe known for its spectacular coastline and sandy beaches bound by golden cliffs in small bays and nestling between rocks providing many stunning backdrops for an unforgettable holiday. Enjoy a stunning cliff-top location overlooking the sea, with direct access to Santa Eulalia beach via private steps and just a five-minute drive from Areias de São João’s shopping and entertainment areas. The Alfagar Village is located within the exclusive Balaia area, just 40-minutes from the Faro International Airport.


    Resort Facilities:
     Private access to Santa Eulalia Beach via path and steps.
     2 Outdoor Pools for adults and 1 for Children, sunbeds, parasols, modern Playground, transport to the centre of Albufeira, Bar, Restaurant, Supermarket, Tennis courts, Football, Game room, daytime and evening entertainment, free Wifi in bar...
     Clients are free to use all the facilities of Alfagar II Aparthotel (Bars, Restaurants, Swimming pools, Sunbeds, Parasols, Indoor Heated pool, sauna*, Turkish bath*, Fitness room, Supermarket, Tennis courts*, Game Room*, Self-serve Laundry machines*, etc...).
    *Some facilities are seasonal and with charge. PETS are NOT allowed. 


    * Apartments Facilities:
    All apartments are composed of a living room with:
     Convertible sofa bed for 2 persons
     Dining area; Open kitchen (4 electric rings, oven, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, coffee machine, fridge)
     and all kitchen tools/utensils;
     All have a balcony or terrace,
     Safety deposit box*
     Satellite TV (With deposit for remote control at reception)
     All the bedrooms have twin beds and a wardrobe;
     All one-bedroom apartments have one large bathroom with a hairdryer
     air conditioning/heating.
     A simple internet is free in all apartments. You can pay extra for premium speed: 3€ euro per night per device

    Turismo de Portugal

    Clean & Safe
    In tourism, the “Clean & Safe” seal was implemented allowing tourists to have increased security and confidence in the use of accommodation establishments, in the various tourist services, and tourist attractions.

    Notes for you to keep in mind during your stay.
    o Accommodations: One-bedroom garden view unit with twin beds in bedroom plus a sofa bed in living-room, balcony or terrace, dining area, complete kitchenette including refrigerator, four-electric rings, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine and utensils.
    o You will have access to satellite TV, radio, in-room safe box (€40 for 28-day stay, credit card deposit is required), mini-bar, air-conditioning, WiFi, and a bathroom with hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Please bring your own supply of toiletries, we suggest that you consider packing your favourite necessities such as tea towels, face towels, your favourite soap, shampoo etc.
    o  Amenities & Services: Self-service laundry at €5 for each load wash or dry. Alternatively, public laundromats are available in the centre of Albufeira. There is free access to the indoor heated pool, however, a Turkish bath and sauna is €6 p.p. for 25 minutes of use. Please note a swimming cap is mandatory if you want to use the indoor swimming pool. Beach towels are available at €5 each (€2.50 for a refresh), plus a €20 refundable deposit. The outdoor tennis court is €5 per hour/court, racket hire is €2 each and €1 for balls. Shuttle service to Albufeira (€1 each way).

    SUPERMARKET: There is also a supermarket inside the village. Also, an "Intermarche Supermarket" is outside the village 1.3 km = 15 min walk from Alfagar Aparthotel 

    WATCH THE VIDEOCLIP OF THE RESORT HERE:

    HALF DAY TOUR: LOULÉ MARKET (ALGARVE REGION) - included in your package
    A visit to this beautiful inland town to get involved with the locals at the weekly Markets. Plenty of free time to visit the Moorish castle, browse around the quaint narrow shopping streets or hustle and bustle with the locals in the gypsy market. This is for those who love a bargain!!

    FULL DAY TOUR: BY LAND & BY SEA (7 HANGING VALLEYS TRAIL + 2 HOURS CRUISE) - included in your package
    The Algarve is not all golden beaches and sparkling seas – there is much, much more!
    Duration: 7 hours
    If you want to get closer to nature join us on a walking tour through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Algarve – the 7 hanging valleys trail, followed by a fantastic cruise to visit the famous Benagil grottoes.
    Elected as the best hiking trail in Europe by European Best Destinations based on votes from over 28.000 travelers from 153 countries, it is described as “breathtaking & unforgettable”. This scenic route is situated in Carvoeiro area and offers a string of notable stops at Benagil and Carvalho beaches, among others. The walk takes place along the top of coastal cliffs defined by deeply sculpted shapes and beautiful ocher and golden Cliffs. Crowning the cliffs near Praia da Marinha, the dense juniper and mastic undergrowth provides shelter to a variety of animals that include rabbits and several species of birds and butterflies. All this greenery bursts into flower in early spring, making for an especially perfumed and colourful ambiance.
    The walk is led by an experienced guide. A light snack is served at the end of the walk, for you to enjoy as you marvel at the beautiful surroundings. This walk is of moderate/medium-high difficulty; some stretches can be more difficult for elderly or very young visitors. Length: 5,7 kms; Average Completion Time: up to 3 hours.
    Our next Experience is the visit to the beautiful grottoes of the Algarve in our comfortable boats! We depart from Ferragudo and cruise at ease towards east to Carvoeiro, passing by beautiful secluded beaches. Relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery along the way…
    Cruising towards Algar Seco and Benagil we will take you into different grottoes, where you will find natural rock formations that have been formed due to the sea and wind erosion to amaze us with their beauty. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Don’t miss this magical experience!

    ** Recommended to bring: **
    • Comfortable clothing and hiking shoes, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
    • This route/activity is moderately arduous. Good physical condition is necessary.
    • The boat trips will run throughout the Winter. Please bring a good coat. The average temperature in Algarve is 13*C in February.
    ** This activity is not recommended for pregnant women/people with heart problems and other sensitive conditions. **
    Tour includes a light snack at the end of the walk and 2 hours cruise.

    By Land & By Sea – 7 Hanging Valleys Trail + 2-hour Benagil Grottoes Cruise – including:
    - transport of the group in exclusive from Hotel Alfagar to the start of the Trail and back
    - guide walk with our specialized guides
    - snack at the end of the trail including 1 sandwich, 1 drink, and 1 fruit
    - the Benagil grottoes cruise with the approx. duration of 1,5 to 2 hours
    NOTE
    1) The tour starts from your hotel at 9:00 AM and ends around 4:00 PM.
    2) For the non-hikers, we would suggest doing only the last part of the tour (the Benagil grottoes cruise 2 hours). We can pick you up at the Hotel at 01:45 pm. and transfer you to the Harbour to meet the rest of the group.
     
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    Optional Guided Tours from Algarve
    Attention: Optional tours (payable locally in cash – EURO only) – ATM machines available near the hotel.
    Tours can be multilingual, English speaking language guaranteed. 3 weeks prior to departure you will be receiving the Activity calendar in your travel documents.
     
    List of REGULAR SHARED GUIDED TOURS FROM ALGARVE REGION
    HALF DAY TOUR: LOULÉ MARKET (ALGARVE REGION) - included in your package
    HALF DAY TOUR: QUARTEIRA MARKET & VILAMOURA (ALGARVE REGION)
    HALF DAY TOUR: FARO SHOPPING
    HALF DAY TOUR: LAGOS & CAPE ST. VICENT (ALGARVE REGION)
    HALF DAY TOUR: SILVES & MONCHIQUE (ALGARVE REGION)
    FULL DAY TOUR: HISTORICAL WEST ALGARVE (Silves/Monchique/Lagos/Sagres)
    FULL DAY TOUR: WESTERN ALGARVE (LAGOS & SAGRES)
    FULL DAY TOUR: BEST OF THE EAST ALGARVE
    FULL DAY TOUR: SECRETS OF THE EAST ALGARVE WITH LUNCH (SALT PLAN & OLIVE OIL)
    FULL DAY TOUR: ALGARVE LANDSCAPES & WINERY
    FULL DAY TOUR: FLAVOURS & TRADITIONS OF THE ALGARVE (CORK)
    FULL DAY TOUR: BY LAND & BY SEA (7 HANGING VALLEYS TRAIL + 2 HOURS CRUISE) - included in your package
    FULL DAY TOUR: ÉVORA (ALENTEJO REGION)
    FULL DAY TOUR: FÁTIMA
    FULL DAY TOUR: SEVILLA CITY TOUR & SHOPPING (SPAIN)
    FULL DAY TOUR: GIBRALTAR
    FULL DAY TOUR: LISBOA CITY TOUR & SHOPPING
    Suggestion: Lisbon is a gorgeous city. You can consider taking an overnight trip there. It would allow you to see more of the city and of course, - shop

    Note

    Please READ the itinerary and make sure it suits your interests before making any booking

    WEATHER in Algarve, Southern Portugal in February
     
    TRAVEL PROTECTION PLANS
    For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance with Emergency Medical, Trip Cancellation, and interruption (and ask them about their COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Plans). Here is a list of some Travel Insurance companies for Canadian Travellers:
     
    Travel Insurance Coverage on your credit card
    If you have travel insurance on your credit card, please make sure about the details of their insurance coverage.
     
    Entry requirements
    You don't need a visa for Portugal if you have a Canadian passport
    No proof of vaccination is required for Portugal 
    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results required