Heritage Tours

Explore the Algarve in a Vintage VW van

In our Heritage Tours, we will show our past and its influence on who we are today, visiting our vast historical, architectural and archeological patrimony.
Happy Van experiences are shared in a family way (maximum people 7 people per van, 21 total per trip). You can join us with a group, or book your own private tour. Choosing from our suggestions, or go on a trip custom made to your liking (Tailor-made Tours).
Our itineraries always include a trip in a Vintage Van, with an experienced driver / guide, accompanied by good music and a lot of joy and excitement.

ALBUFEIRA

The Portuguese people are essentially cosmopolitan. Never a true Portuguese was Portuguese: they were always everything.

Fernando Pessoa

Morning 8.30am

(Duration: 4h)

-> Sanctuary of Nossa Sra. da Piedade -> Castle, Museum and Traditional Cuisine of Loulé

-> Roman Ruins of Cerro da Vila -> Windmill of Leitão

Afternoon 1.45pm

(Duration: 4h)

-> Castle of Silves -> Museum of Local Clothing and Traditions of S. B. Messines, or Local Museum of Custódio Bartolomeu -> The Tinsmith Route of the streets of S. B. Messines or the Chapel of Porches -> Bone Chapel of Alcantarilha

Price Adults: 60€  

Price Children < 10 years old: 36€

Free Pick-up and Drop-off in Albufeira and Olhos de Água

It is possible that programs may have to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for various reasons such as force of nature, which will not alter the experiences we have proposed.

Albufeira Bookings

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PORTIMÃO

You are my white and golden sun your light seduces me, unconquered paradise, my Algarve, my light.

Maria José Fraqueza

Morning 8.30am

(Duration: 4h)

->Route through the old streets of Ferragudo -> Castle of Silves

->Archaeological Museum of Silves -> Megalithic Ruins of Alcalar 

Afternoon 1.45pm

(Duration: 4h)

-> Museum of Portimão -> Portuguese Cross

-> Museum of Local Clothing and Traditions of S. B. Messines

-> The Tinsmith Route of the streets of S. B. Messines

Price Adults: 60€  

Price Children < 10 years old: 36€

Free Pick-up and Drop-off in Portimão and Alvor

It is possible that programs may have to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for various reasons such as force of nature, which will not alter the experiences we have proposed.

Portimão Bookings

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LAGOS

Here at the helm I am more than I: I am a people who want the sea that is yours.

Fernando Pessoa

Morning 8.30am 

(Duration: 4h)

-> Menhirs of Padrão and Milrei -> Promontory of Sagres

-> Cape of S. Vicente -> Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Afternoon 1.45pm

(Duration: 4h)

-> Salema Beach – Dinossaur Footprints -> Estela of Bensafrim -> Menhir of Cabeça do Rochedo -> Old Slave Market -> Church of Santo António in Lagos 

Price Adults: 60€  

Price Children < 10 years old: 36€

Free Pick-up and Drop-off in Lagos

It is possible that programs may have to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for various reasons such as force of nature, which will not alter the experiences we have proposed.

Lagos Bookings

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"Highlight Of Our Holiday!!! A beautiful experience! This tour was definitely the highlight of my holiday! We embarked on this tour the day before our flight home. Despite being in Portugal for 5 days prior to the experience, it felt like we were seeing it through a different set of lenses. Paulo and Joao tailor the tour to the type of experience the passengers want to have, whether it’s a night time tour along the beach or a day time tour in a smaller neighbouring city. This experience really opened up my eyes to the beauty of taking joy in the simple things of life. Months later and I still remember the tour like it was yesterday!! Paulo and Joao are such beautiful souls and it was a true pleasure having them guide us through the various sites, explaining the history and patiently answer all our questions. If you are considering going on the Happy Van Tour do not hesitate to do so!!"

Book your tour and travel with ‘Happy Van’

Experience the rich heritage of the Algarve, travelling in our Vintage VW vans. Your guides are Portuguese (English speaking too!), super fun and friendly. There’s no better way to learn about the region other than from the natives. Book your adventure today!

Safety

Our programs are planned with careful detail, so that you feel safe and secure wherever we go.

Comfort

Our vehicles are named Mary. They are Vintage VW vans with a maximum capacity of 7 passengers. Comfortable seats, curtains and customised ambient lighting all add a happy ‘feel good’ atmosphere to make sure you enjoy your adventure.

Quality

We strive to excel in our service, quality and innovation. In order to achieve this, we are 100% committed to customer satisfaction at all times.

Staff

Our esteemed employees are trained in several areas. This includes the maintenance of the vehicles and the animation of the tours. In order for us to give the best of ourselves to our customers, we are considered as ‘friends’ and not just drivers and guides. It’s rather like going on a family trip.

A Unique Experience

We hope that you will reflect on our tours as, simple, unique, and enriching. After all, it is only worth travelling, if we return enlightened! Our greatest achievement will be to recognise, even for a single moment, that you were happy in our company.

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Departure and Arrival Locations

Albufeira

Portimão

Lagos

Every Day:

Morning: 8.30am - 12.30pm

Afternoon: 1.45pm - 5.45pm

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