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Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 6-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-33834
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Faro, Portugal
  • Ends Faro, Portugal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Faro: capital of Algarve, a gateway to this northwestern region of Portugal with a fascinating history.
  • Silves: small picturesque town, with cobbled streets an impression that the time stopped here. The town is famous for having the most wellpreserved castle of the Algarve.
  • Évora: book of Portuguese art history, city written in the UNESCO World Heritage, perceiving the loving spirit of the local poets and art lovers.
  • Mertola: museum village. The highlight points are Mertola Museum, Shield Tower, Convent S. Francisco, Castle of Mertola, Main Church of Mertola.
The trip "Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive" starts and ends in Faro. It is a self-drive or vehicle rental trip that takes 8 days taking you through Silves, Beja, Mértola and 3 other destinations in Portugal. "Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive" is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Choose this self-drive tour around the Algarve & Alentejo region and spend seven days exploring the culture and landscapes of this country. Visit the inspiring, lively towns and historical villages. Stroll through beautifully arranged streets of Faro admiring the picturesque location, walk through the Roman towns of Silves and Beja, enjoy the romantic spirit in the most beautiful town of the Alentejo, Évora. Admire the architectural mixture of the Moorish and Portuguese elements on the city centre´s frameworks and enjoy the local gastronomy and wine. This trip will touch all your senses and will leave great memories for the lifetime.
  • Day 1: Arrival Faro / Car Pick-up
  • Day 2: Faro – Silves (65km – 1hr)
  • Day 3: Silves – Beja (125km – 1.5hrs)
  • Day 4: Beja – Evora (80km – 1hr)
  • Day 5: Evora
  • Day 6: Evora – Mertola (140km – 1.5hrs)
  • Day 7: Mertola – Tavira (100km – 1hr)
  • Day 8: Departure Faro / Car Drop-off
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Dom Bernardo or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Colina dos Mouros or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Beja Parque or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Dom Fernando or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Alentejo Star Hotel or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Vila Gale Tavira or similar 3*
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Pick-up & drop-off at Faro Airport
  • Day 1 Faro
  • Day 2 Silves
  • Day 3 Beja
  • Vora
  • Day 6 Mertola
  • Day 7 Tavira
  • Car Group C = Car type Seat Ibiza ac or similar
  • 7 days car rental
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Theft Protection
  • 24h Road Assistance
  • Road Tax and Vat
  • Meet & Greet
  • Visa fees
  • Domestic flights
  • International flights
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • Optional tours (if any)
  • City tax not included, payable on the spot
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Please note that this tour is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
  • All extra services with extra costs need to be ordered in advance and will be paid by the client upon pick up of the car on arrival day: additional driver, additional insurances, child seat, booster, smartphone, etc.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 31 October 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 31 October 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Driving By Algarve & Alentejo Roots, Self-drive tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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