Escape to the Algarve and let us take care of the Christmas preparations. Known for its year round mild climate and beautiful scenery, the Algarve is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Stretching across the southernmost tip of mainland Portugal, the Algarve is famous for its fantastic beaches, dramatic landscape and quaint villages. We'll visit historic whitewashed towns and fishing ports on three great excursions, discover the local traditions and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. A visit to the most western point of Europe, known as ‘the Edge of the World’ is a highlight for many of our customers. We'll also enjoy an excursion to Seville, the stunning capital of Andalucía. This trip also includes plenty of leisure time to visit the abundance of great beaches, bars, shops, restaurants and local markets near your resort, with personalised recommendations from our local guide.
Please Note: Some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.
Travel Department is Ireland’s leading escorted tour operator, with multiple departure airports across the UK. In Scotland these depart from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In Northern Ireland they fly from Belfast (plus Dublin and Cork) and for passengers from the South they depart from Bristol and a range of London airports. They have over 23 years’ experience of crafting beautifully curated, inspirational itineraries to worldwide destinations, all accompanied by expert local guides. With many Irish nationals travelling on their tours, the mood is upbeat, friendly and light-hearted, with conversations, story-telling, and sometimes even a little singing and dancing extending late into the evening. It makes for a fun, inclusive group where everyone feels welcome.
They are experienced and passionate about what they do, recruiting the very best guides and holiday planners, who work meticulously to perfect every detail, constantly checking the quality of everything they offer from hotels, airports and cruise ports to excursion destinations. Travel Department work closely with their friendly, local guides who impart their insight and knowledge of each destination in the programme. The guides are passionate about sharing that knowledge and work hard to enhance each holiday, from pointing out the best tapas bars and shops, to restaurants known only to the locals. Their advice can make independent days just as memorable as the ones with an included excursion.
They also recognise that service is everything, so they encourage customer feedback to continually develop and improve what they offer you. That’s also why customers come back to book with them again and again. They love the camaraderie of being with like-minded people and the ‘Craic’ of joining their Irish groups, knowing they’ll see and experience the best of the world and have plenty of fun along the way.
All Travel Department holidays are ATOL protected. Travel Department is also a member of AITO, the Specialist Travel Association. AITO checks that all its members are professionals, so you don’t have to, and all AITO members sign up to a Quality Charter ensuring the highest standards.