Days 1 & 2 Christmas Eve, Silves, Monchique & Foia
After breakfast today we'll head off to explore Silves, the region's ancient capital. History is everywhere here, from the looming castle to the pretty white façade of the Gothic cathedral and the ancient town walls. The surrounding landscape is just as impressive, with the Rio Arade cutting through lush green hills. Next, we'll head north to the picture-perfect mountain town of Monchique. Breathe in clean air, drink in panoramic views of the countryside and sample locally made treats like Medronho, a fruit liqueur produced in the nearby hills. The day will draw to a close with dinner together back at the hotel.Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Christmas Day, Praia Armação de Perâ
It's Christmas Day and you've time to relax, so why not enjoy the facilities at your hotel or take a stroll along the coast with your fellow travellers. Later, we'll get together for a wonderful festive meal.
Day 4 Boxing Day, Vineyard Tour
Today promises to be one you'll never forget, with the afternoon spent in a peaceful winery perched at the top of Quinta do Miradouro – a breathtaking viewpoint where vineyards and ribbons of sandy coastline stretch out below. There could be no lovelier location for a wine-tasting, so let's indulge! You can share stories of your memorable day over dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 5 Alvor
The historic fishing town of Alvor, with its port straight from a postcard, will be our destination today. There are lots of different ways to spend your time here, from wandering along the pale sands of Praia de Alvor to spotting wildlife in the marshlands of the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The evening we'll get together at the hotel for another delicious dinner.Meals included: B,D
Day 6 Sagres & Cabo de Sao Vicente
For our final full day in the Algarve we'll be making our way west, where the austerely beautiful landscape offers a complete change of atmosphere. Plenty of photos are likely to be on the agenda today as we explore Sagres, where the rugged cliffs of the Cabo de São Vicente are among the star attractions.
Our farewell dinner tonight will be in a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy the region's specialties one last time.
Day 7 Praia Armação de Perâ - Salobreña
After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the Costa del Sol and to your hotel, which is located close to the Andalucian town of Salobreña. Enjoy a drink with your travelling companions before dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 8 Malaga & Mijas
This morning we're off to Malaga for a tour of its Old Town and a visit to the Picasso Museum – the celebrated artist was born in the city. Later, we'll head to the whitewashed Andalucian village of Mijas, where the cobbled streets are lined with pretty whitewashed houses decorated with brightly coloured bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine flowers.
Day 9 New Year's Eve, Frigiliana & Nerja
It's New Year's Eve and the beautiful hilltop village of Frigiliana, situated in the foothills of the Almijara Mountains, is our first stop on today's included excursion. Easily explored on foot, this picturesque village is a maze of cobbled streets and its historic centre has a distinctively Moorish appearance. Next we'll continue on to Nerja, with its lovely sandy beaches and hidden coves. Once a sleepy fishing village, its old quarter remains virtually unchanged, with narrow, winding streets lined with whitewashed houses. We'll head back to the hotel in plenty of time to get ready for this evening's New Year's Eve gala dinner.
Day 10 New Year's Day, Ronda
After last night's festivities, sit back and admire magnificent scenery as we drive to the lovely clifftop town of Ronda. Enjoying a spectacular location on a towering plateau, the town is divided by El Tajo, a precipitous gorge more than 600ft deep. On one side of the gorge stands the old Moorish town of La Ciudad, with the more modern El Mercadillo part of town on the other. El Tajo is spanned by the 18th century Puente Nuevo Bridge, we'll take in the fabulous views from here and look down to the waters of the River Guadalevin below.
Day 11 Malaga - UK
Today we'll fly back to the UK.