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Apr 3rd to Apr 6th, Algarve, Portugal

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"We had a fabulous time at the 2007 Rally Portugal. The trip was extremely well organised and all ..." Sharon McCormack describes their experience of this rally. Click here to read feedback on our services

The Rally Portugal stages are stunning, with plenty of good open viewing across the hillsides and we know of several spectacular places where the cars can be seen on short stretches of asphalt on this otherwise gravel based event. 

Our self-catering and hotel accommodation is located in the team's unofficial rally base at Vilamoura, which once again is ideally placed for the Rally HQ, Service Area and Stages.

For 2014 we have Self-Drive packages including our renowned Rally Info Packs & Maps (essential as there is so little info available elsewhere!) and an Escorted Tour for those Fans who prefer Rally Travel to take care of all the transport to and from the rally stages. 

Please click on the 'tours' buttons below for more information & to book online, or click here to see images from our 2013 photo album!

Self Drive Tours

Portugal - Self Drive Tour Inclusions

- Accommodation in Vilamoura (the 'unofficial' Rally HQ resort!)

- Hire Car (unlimited mileage, CDW etc)*

- Exclusive Rally Info Pack (GPS CoOrds, directions, viewing tips)*
   (The only detailed information available in advance!)

- Stage Maps*
- Spectator Briefing by our experienced Tour Manager
- Services of our on-event staff
- Rally News & Results service keeping you up to date

*one per booking.

PRT005 - 5 nights Self-Catering with Hire Car from £169 per person!

Wednesday 2nd - Monday 7th April 2014

Our 'Self-Drive' package is perfect for those wanting the flexibility of choosing their own viewing itineraries/stages, but wishing to have at their fingertips the back-up, advice & experience of our 13 years as the No1 Tour Operator in the WRC!

Our 'Self Drive' PRT005 package includes Apartments close to Vilamoura Marina, Hire Car from Faro airport, and our exclusive Rally Information Pack & Map Book.

There is also the opportunity to meet with our experienced Tour Guides in the resort to ensure you have all the latest Spectating tips and advice to hand!

The 2014 rally begins with the Shakedown stage at 14:30 on Wednesday 2nd April close to Vilamoura. The competitive section of the rally starts with a Super-Special in Lisbon at 18:00 on Thursday 3rd. The action then returns to the Vilamoura area & the main rally stages which run from Friday morning to a 'lunchtime' finish on Sunday 6th April.

Please click on the Red Button or call our Reservations Team on 01765 640055 to book your package. 

For groups of 5 or more please email us or call for a tailor-made quote/booking.

Please click here to contact us for stays of a shorter or longer duration.
Rally Travel - 5 nights Self-Catering with Hire Car from £169 per person!
Upgrade - 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel from just £25pppn!

If you would prefer a 4 star hotel in Vilamoura please select the '4 star Vila Gale Ampalius' hotel option during the booking process.

2 people sharing: Upgrade for £25pppn

3 people sharing: Upgrade for £37pppn

4 people sharing: Upgrade for £31pppn

Rally Travel - 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel from just £25pppn!

Escorted Tours

Portugal 2014 - Escorted Tour Inclusions

- Airport & Stage Transfers (Stages, Service Area & Shakedown*)

- 5 nights in Self-Catering apartments, Vilamoura Marina
  (option to Upgrade to 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel)

- Spectator Passes (if required)

- Souvenir Rally Information

- Spectator Briefing by our experienced Tour Manager

- Rally Travel Guide on-hand to assist throughout the tour

- News & Results service keeping you up to date with the rally

*To join us for the Shakedown stage your flight must arrive into Faro airport no later than 12:00 noon on the 2nd April.

PRTGOLD - 5 night Escorted Tour from just £549pp!

Wednesday 2nd April - 7th April 2014

Our package includes Self-Catering apartments within walking distance of the Marina in Vilamoura - Upgrades to the 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius hotel also available during the booking process!

We operate a 'free airport transfer' policy on this tour - guests can arrive Wednesday & depart Monday from Faro airport at any time, & we will arrange for a transfer.

Please note if you wish to join us for the Shakedown stage on Wednesday your flight will need to arrive into Faro no later than 12:00!

Extra nights are available on request from just £28pp including airport transfers.

Please click on the Red Button or call our Reservations Team on 01765 640055 to book your package. 

For groups of 5 or more please email us or call for a tailor-made quote/booking.

Rally Travel - 5 night Escorted Tour from just £549pp!
Upgrade - 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel from £15 per person per night!

We have used several 4 star hotels in Vilamoura since the rally returned to the WRC in 2007, and the Vila Gale Ampalius (see photo) has proved the most popular with our guests as it is located close to the marina and the beach in Vilamoura. 

It has also been used by several of the WRC rally teams in the past.

The hotel is to a good 4 star standard with comfortable air-conditioned rooms, bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

1 person (single): Upgrade for £29 per person per night including breakfast

2 people sharing: 
Upgrade for £15pppn        "

3 people sharing: 
Upgrade for £27pppn        "

4 people sharing: 
Upgrade for £21pppn         "

To Upgrade simply choose the '4 star Hotel' option during the booking process...
Rally Travel - 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel from £15 per person per night!
PRTGOLD - Itinerary from 2013...

As soon as the 2014 Rally Route is confirmed we will post our provisional tour itinerary... in the mean time please find below information from our 2013 tour...

Thursday in 2013

Our Tour began with a Spectator Briefing on Wednesday evening before a visit to the WRC Shakedown & Qualifying Stages on Thursday morning.

There was time in the afternoon for us to visit the WRC Service Area at the Algarve Stadium for the Road Position Selection by the WRC Drivers, and then in the evening a stroll down to the Marina in Vilamoura for the Ceremonial Start!

Rally Travel - Itinerary from 2013...
PRTGOLD - Itinerary from 2013...

Friday in 2013

After a drive up through the hills amongst some stunning scenery, still shrouded in the early morning mist and low cloud our Tour reached the 1st stage (SS1 Mu1) of the rally. Here the cars could be seen (& heard!) for some time across the top of the hills, followed by plumes of dust & gravel.

After a stop en-route for lunch our Tour visited SS Ourique 2 and joined the crowds surrounding a tight hairpin, approached at high speed through the fields and cork trees (see photo-right!)
Rally Travel - Itinerary from 2013...
PRTGOLD - Itinerary from 2013...

Saturday in 2013

A visit to a section of the Santa da Serra stage (SS6) in the morning, where the gravel stage swept down to the outskirts of the village, with viewing from the surrounding hillsides, and then there was time for a visit to the WRC Service Area for the 'lunchtime' service.

In the afternoon we headed up into the hills behind Faro to 
SS 11 Loule 2 for a difficult downhill approach to a spectacular & tight hairpin-right, where the cars slid sideways as they powered from gravel onto a stretch of asphalt. (see photo-right)
Rally Travel - Itinerary from 2013...
PRTGOLD - Itinerary from 2013...

Sunday in 2013

The final day of the rally saw us visit the challenging Almodovar Stage (SS13) in the morning, and then at lunch time one of our favourite areas in the WRC -  the Silves Stage, where the cars are visible for around 1km as they speed downhill under a motorway bridge through some fast sweeping beds to a tight junction at the viewing area.

(Click Here to see a short YouTube video by a Portuguese Rally Fan of the view from the hillside)

Finally, we made it back to the WRC Service Area for the final service and the Podium celebrations!

Rally Travel - Itinerary from 2013...

prices (flights not included)

Tour Price per person (Flights not included)

No of persons in group
Hire Car
Extra Night
3dr Clio
3dr Clio
3dr Clio
3dr Clio
3dr Clio
N/A Escorted Tour

3 person Escorted Tour prices (PRTGOLD) based on the 3rd person using a sofa bed in the living area of the 'suite'.

Minimum Driver Age: 19 (23 for some larger vehicles)

Driver must have held full driving licence for minimum 1 year and hold a valid credit card.

Car Hire Upgrade: £84 per vehicle for Volkswagon Golf sized car.
Other car upgrades available on request.

There is currently a 22E local tax payable for each hire car at Faro airport upon collection.

Tickets to the Super-Special stage not included in Self-Drive packages. 2010 Ticket prices TBA shortly...

rally info pack

Rally Travel -

Those customers booking a self-drive package with us to Rally Portugal will receive one of our much sought after Rally Information Packs which will contain the following:

- Review of the WRC season to date
- List of previous event winners
- 2 page history of the rally and past events
- Full Entry List
- Detailed Rally Itinerary
- General Information about the country, resort, hotel, and excursions
- Information on Driving abroad
- General Information about the rally service area, Parc-Ferme, Rules & Regs etc.
- GPS SatNav Co-ordinates of ALL the Spectator Areas
Spectating Information on ALL of the viewing areas on the stages.
- Colour A3 Overview map showing all the rally stages (as used by the WRC teams)

- Accommodation Voucher
- Detailed directions from the airport to your accommodation
- 10% On-event Merchandising Discount Card (
- Souvenir Copy of the official Rally Programme (one per hire car)

Please don't confuse our Info Packs with others available - we are the only company to send staff out to drive over the actual rally stages in the weeks prior to the rally to make detailed notes and directions for you.

Please see below an excerpt from our 2007 Info Pack which demonstrates the detail we include:

SS2 & 5 Tavira 1 & 2 19.92km

Spectator Area ZE2 - Recommended

Directions from Vilamoura

At the ‘McDonalds’ junction highlighted on the enclosed Vilamoura street-map, turn right at the junction signed to ‘Lusart & Centro Medico’ & ‘Quarteira’ onto the ‘Rua de Sol’.

RESET TRIP at this turning & check that ‘Chicos’ restaurant is on your left after 0.1km…

0.5km Turn Right at T-junction signed ‘Loule’ & ‘Quarteira’

0.7km (Stadium on right)

0.8km Into left-hand lane & straight-on a traffic lights to ‘Qutros Destinos’

2.0km Straight-on at roundabout

2.3km Left at roundabout / 3rd Exit signed ‘Faro Airport’ & ‘A22’ (BP garage)

3.8km Straight-on at roundabout to ‘N396’ & ‘Loule’

6.5km Straight-on at traffic lights (across the N125) to ‘N396 Loule / A2 Lisboa'

7.3km (Over railway bridge)

8.8km Turn Right for ‘N396 Loule / A22’

9.2km Get into right-hand lane for ‘Lisboa / Faro / A22’

9.5km Turn off right for ‘Faro/Espanha’ & join M’way (A22) – RESET TRIP to ZERO

4.9km Ignore the turn off at Junction 13 to ‘N125 Faro Airport + Estadio (Stadium)’

12.0km Ignore the turn off at Junction 14 to ‘N2 / Faro’

23.9km Ignore the turn off at Junction 15 to ‘N125 / Olhao’ & keep following ‘Espanha / A22 Tavira’.

34.8km Turn Off at Junction 16 for ‘N270 Tavira’

35.3km Straight-on at roundabout (3rd exit) to ‘N270 Tavira’

39.0km Turn Left at roundabout (3rd exit) to ‘N125 VRS to Antonio’

40.0km Straight-on over river

40.4km Immediate after bridge Turn Left to ‘Tavira / Cachopo’

40.6km Turn Right at T-junction to ‘Cachopo’

43.4km Keep left to ‘Cachopo’

44.1km Under Motorway bridge

60.0km Keep left and ignore the right turn to ‘Tafe / Beliche’ (used to access SS3)

63.7km Turn Left to ‘Alcaria do Cume’

Then 1.2km to stage along the tarmac road (fairly level walk if required) with a bar/café on
the left at 0.8km. Approaching the stage from the bar/café mentioned above there is a right-hand bend (see photo left) on the main tarmac road with a gravel track off to the left which leads directly to the stage (50m) at a Hairpin-Left.

At the hairpin-left (see photo below), which was used on the rally last year and features on the Rally Portugal page of our website (white Subaru), the cars come along the edge of the valley and are visible for quite a distance before they turn through the hairpin and then climb steep uphill to the next section. There is some banking around the hairpin and other places to watch from before and after the corner. The views from the hillside shown below before the hairpin should be quite dramatic as the cars come up from area ZE1.

flight information

By clicking on the images below you can book affordable flights direct with the airlines to the event destination. For any other flight related queries please contact our Reservations Team on 01765 64 00 55 and we will assist you in finding the best deals available.

Rally Travel - Monarch

Flights to Faro from Birmingham, Manchester, Gatwick and East Midlands.

Rally Travel - BA

Direct flights to Faro from Gatwick

Rally Travel - EasyJet

Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton & Newcastle direct to Faro.

BMI Baby
Rally Travel - BMI Baby

Birmingham, Cardiff, & East Midlands direct to Faro.

Rally Travel - Jet2

Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, East Midlands, Edinburgh & Glasgow, direct to Faro.

Rally Travel - AerLingus

Dublin, & Belfast direct to Faro.

Rally Travel - Ryanair

Dublin, Shannon, Liverpool, Bournmouth, Gatwick, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Prestwick direct to Faro.

Rally Travel - Flybe

Exeter and Southampton direct to Faro

WRC team VIP access

VIP access to a WRC Team for just £45pp!!
Rally Travel - VIP access to a WRC Team for just £45pp!!

Rally Travel are pleased to announce that we have an exclusive arrangement with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team on WRC rounds to allow our guests exclusive access behind the scenes, and the chance to meet the World Rally Drivers such as Mikko Hirvonen, Jarri-Matti Latvala, Gigi Galli, and Matthew Wilson.

The package includes access to the team's Hospitality area, where complimentary drinks are available during the final 45 minute service of the day, and the VIP viewing area where you can watch the Ford Focus WRC's being serviced just a few cm's away!

The tour lasts for approx.2 hours and a Ford Team member will give a brief talk to the group and answer any technical questions which may be of interest. Guests will receive a souvenir VIP pass & Lanyard.

Price per person: £45 (available on all rounds of the WRC)

Please note - You will have access to the VIP area directly next to the cars and one which is normally reserved for team and driver guests. For this reason we have to limit the number of places to just 20 per day (Friday-Sunday) for each rally, and they are on a strictly 'first come first served' basis.

Please contact our reservations team on 01765 640055 if you would like to make a booking, or to discuss the package in more detail.

how to book

Book online or Tel. 01765 640055
Book online or Tel. 01765 640055

You can either book online, or if you prefer to, make contact with our friendly and informative Reservations Team either by clicking here to email the team, or by telephone on 01765 640055.

As most of our tours sell out many weeks before the Rallies
themselves it is important that you
contact our Reservations Team
on 01765 640055 (0044 1765 640055 from outside UK) to
check the availability of your selected Tour.

2. After confirming the price of your tour, our Reservations Team will advise on your flight options, which you can then book yourself, or we can assist you with.
(Transaction is between you & the airline - We do not buy/sell flights)

3. For bookings made more than 12 weeks before the tour a deposit of £100pp will be required to secure your booking (£50pp deposit if tour cost<£150pp). For bookings made less than 12 weeks prior to the tour, payment will be in full.

4. Payment is taken by VISA, Mastercard, Delta or Switch/Solo
cards. To confirm your booking Rally Travel will issue a 'Confirmation Number’ & send out a booking form which needs to be returned to Rally Travel within 14 days of the booking.

5. Your Rally Info Pack will be sent by post approx. 5-7 days prior to your departure.