“ From the pick up and return to Faro airport, hotel arrangements, transport to match venues, restaurant bookings etc, were all perfect and made my job as Tour organiser a relatively simple task. He even played for our team when we were a man short due to injury, despite never having played Walking Football before - you can't ask for more than that?On behalf of our Club, very many thanks Gary for a well organised and successful Tour. ”
“ I just wanted to write to you to express our gratitude for the excellent Euro Copa 2019.The organisation from start to finish was superb and we would recommend it to anyone thinking of having a go.We were also delighted to have won the lower prize “the bowl” which was totally unexpected for us.Anyway thank again for a superb life experience that we thought was beyond us at this time in our lives ”
“ I wanted to take the opportunity to offer my sincere appreciation on behalf all the players at Fulham FC WF for all your help and assistance for our recent first entry into Eurocopa 2019.It almost goes without saying but the tournament, the organisation, the hotel transports - literally everything was first class. ”
“ First of all I would like to thank you on behalf of our sports director Marc van Hintum for the perfect training camp we had with our first team in January last. All arrangements were very well taken care of by Algarve Football Tours. For me personally it was very nice working with you as our main contact regarding the preparation of the camp as well as on location. You have proved to be very reliable and flexible! ”
“ We had a great football tour and stay in Albufeira this August. Gary arranged everything from the football matches, referees and linesmen to a trip to the waterpark! All of the accommodation and transfers was also organised for 44 parents and children. Nothing is too much and I would definitely recommend. ”
“ The feedback from our party has been incredibly positive thanks in no part to your organisation. It's been a great experience and fantastic we can can play walking football in a European tournament.We want to do it next year and wonder whether we can get a date in the diary for next year. ”
We would like to thank you for the brilliant First Albufeira Walking Football Tournament. Everything was well organised and well run. The Referees were spot on, the pitches were good, and the weather picked up after a cloudy start.
We are taking names at Manchester City for next years tournament already, with 2 teams raring to go.
Once again Gary, well done and thank you. ”
Thank you so much for all of your help and the organising of all of the tour.
I have received nothing but amazing feedback regarding the quality and organisation of the tour!
Some boys have suggested that they will be suggesting your services to other teams!!
As i say thank you so much for all that you did and i hope we will be back over in the future! ”
Thanks again for everything you did for us once more!The boys loved it, hotel was fantastic, football was a great experience for all of us on a great pitch and an amazing welcome down the tunnel plus the anthems!
Your organisation was yet again first class so a massive thanks for that too ! ”
Just like to say thank you again for everything you organised for us
It was another great tour, superb matches and venues. ”
Was just a quick email to thank you once again - the football tour was brilliant, plus we really appreciated everything you did for us the week after as well.
Please thank all the guys who gave us lifts everywhere - they were all fantastic! ”
“ First class from start to finish. Great stadiums and matches. Boys loved it. ”
“ On behalf of Guilsfield Under 15 I would like to thank Gary and his team for in the words of some of the players "an incredible experience" for organising tour of the algarve the support that was given during booking and whilst in Portugal was very professional. In fact it was so good we are looking at organising a return trip in 2017 for the teams last season in junior football. ”
Now I am back in the UK just a note to thank you so much for the fantastic week we had at Colina Verde for our pre-season training camp.
The organisation of our week was first class and Gary from Algarve Football Tours and all the staff at Colina Verde were so helpful and accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. The facilities including the pitch, the gym, the medical/kit room and the conference room were excellent and the food was of a very good quality and ideal for our nutritional requirements. All the transfers and booking in processes both at the complex and the airport were very professionally handled.
The quiet location enabled us to train in private and it proved an excellent venue for both our intense pre-season fitness programme and team bonding. The match against Farense was an ideal one in terms of competitiveness and it was nice to win in Europe!
Hopefully we go on to have a good season and we would definitely return next year. ”
“ I would just like to say a big thanks for everything , the whole experience was fantastic for our young players and one I would look at doing again . From our arrival to our departure everything was brilliant so a huge thanks to you and your staff. ”
“ Thank you Gary & Algarve Football Tours for organising another fantastic trip for our Carniny U13 boys. ”
Dr.Boys TalentTeam in Portugal 2014
From 14 untill 17 of august, the young ladies of the Dutch TalentTeam of Drachtster Boys were on tour in the Algarve. To enjoy the sun, the beaches and the city of Albufeira but most important was playing the Algarve Tournamant on Saturday.
Playing against 3 clubs of Portugal & have some fun with the Portugese girls. It was a very succesfull tournament, organized by Gary Thomas (director of the Algarve Football Tours).
The hotel & food was good, we had some great fun, the weather was splendid and the big Cup went back to Holland because the girls won!!!!Thank you Gary for this wonderfull weekend, we will come back!!!!! ”
“ I organised my ladies football tour with Algarve Football Tours, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Gary was prompt and organised and helped us to tailor a great holiday and tournament during our trip. The feedback from the whole team was brilliant and it was the best tour we have had so far. A large part of this was due to the professionalism of the football tournament, and the added special touches including a lovely BBQ with all the teams afterwards, and our great accommodation, location and transport. Everything ran smoothly and Gary was on hand all holiday to help us with anything we needed, which isn't always easy with 25 women! All in all a first class trip and we will be coming back again. Thanks Gary! ”
“ For any club wishing to go on a euro away day tour, you really won't find better than these guys. We were lucky enough to have a few days away in Portugal this year and had an absolute blast - all thanks to Gary and Algarve tours. We've played across Europe in previous years but this was by far the most well organised and enjoyable tour ever - so much so that we're still reliving the numerous funny stories and are going back next year for more! Everything was laid on for us and everything was perfectly arranged. The hotel was fantastic, transfers to and from the airport were easy and the match, opponents and facilities were absolutely spot on. Really couldn't fault it in any way. So a massive thank you to Gary on behalf of all at Black Boy Veterans FC. We'll see you next year! ”
We were well looked after in Lisbon and from an organisational perspective couldn't have gone better.
The match itself was great, as was the host team Moscavide in their sporting nature. it was a great experience, so thank you for arranging that.
We have some great memories from our tour in Lisbon thanks to your organisation's planning. ”
Thanks again for the great trip, everyone loved it and are already asking me to book next years, Go Karting was great, and crazy golf was enjoyed by all.
To top it off Ally McCoist playing was fantastic for everyone.
So a third year in the Algarve with Algarve Football Tours is in the planning. ”
“ Wealdstone Under 19s have just returned from Algarve competing in the under 19’s Albufeira cup. The tournament and trip was superbly organised by Gary and his team and would recommend Algarve tours to any team looking to compete or play friendlies in Albufeira. We will be returning next June to compete again. ”
Thanks again for the successful trip organised by Gary & Algarve Football Tours.
Our third visit to Portugal for our annual football tour, the organisation and structure was outstanding. The U19's Summer Cup was a great chance for our players to put their skills to the test, with good opposition & playing in great stadiums.
I have already put plans together to visit in 2015 to play in next years tournament.
Highly recommended tour for all ages and abilities. ”
This was our second time we had a football match arranged through Algarve Football Tours.The football game that Gary organised was first class. The stadium and the facilities were superb and made our weekend - the boys loved walking out to the CL music the lining up beforehand - such a great occasion.
What makes this whole thing special is Gary's attention to detail and its all the little touches that he does that adds to the day.
The day was superbly well organised and to anyone who is thinking of arranging a football/sporting event in Portugal then we cannot recommend Gary and Algarve FootballTours highly enough. He has become a friend to myself and all of our lads. ”
Well done to the 11 boys who played in extreme heat and gave us a fantastic performance beating Guia 4-0. A big thanks to Gary from Algarve football tours who was a brilliant host and looked after us brilliantly, truly recommended for a few days away, thanks Gary from all the boys and parents at Rothwell
Rothwell Juniors FC U16s
Hi Gary , Just a quick thank you from me as a parent for all your efforts last week. Great trip & the extras ( go-karting , meal reservations, tape for my son's boot etc.) nothing was too much trouble . Hope to see you again,cheers for everything - Craig & Tom, Rothwell Juniors FC ”
“ Gary and everyone at Algarve Football Tours created a truly memorable tour which will live long in the memories of players and parents alike. The level of preparation was incredible and resulted in everything being perfect. We did lots of research before booking and you will not get this level of service or such competitive prices elsewhere. Our thanks go to Gary and his team. ”
I would like to take the time to thank you, Pat and your drivers for making our tour run so smoothly ,from the moment we landed at Faro to the day of our departure the whole experience was special. Special thanks to Guia and Imortal Futebol Clubes for two great friendlies, played in the right spirit in superb stadia. Throw in great weather, hotel, go karting and local facilities which topped off a great week. This was to be my last season after 11 Years managing at Leigh Ramblers but the boys are beginning to talk me round to one more season, that's if I include one more tour ! So we hope to see you next season,keep up the great work and we have already recommended you to 3 other age groups at Ramblers already.
Leigh Ramblers ”
What a great 3rd year in Albufeira. Cant wait already for next year.
The Players all loved the trip, some of them didnt want to go home.
Go Karting made the trip with 2 games of Football in Memory of our Son RIPJames Staines.
Dont miss out ! come once you will be back next year too. ”
We would just like say thanks again for everything - we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend & the football experience was absolutely awesome - so many nice touches.
Think the venue made it all the more special. Loved the CL music & player introductions! Next time can we have the National Anthem as well?!!
Talking of next time, I'll let the dust settle but I'd say there was a very strong chance of it going ahead next year. Thanks again. ”
Just a quick note to say thank you for a great tour this year.
All the guys were again very impressed with the organisation and facilities.
Thank you again. ”
One word mate!!!!!
Already planning our return for 2015
Having trialled and failed to organise a tour on our own, using Algarve Football Tours was a brilliant decision. Gary worked tirelessly in the months beforehand to pick suitable opposition and organise venues that would ensure that our tour fixtures would be of the highest quality, while taking away the hassle of organising hotels and airport transfers.
Both matches were fantastic experiences for all the players and we were met with great hospitality from both sides. away from the football, Gary was on hand to organise anything from restaurants to day trips out which took away the burden for ourselves.
I'd fully recommend Algarve Football Tours to any team and we will look to return in the near future. ”
Thanks again for organise such a great day for us. Was an amazing experience despite the result & all lads still buzzing about it now.
“ Just Back from Portugal after an absolutely brilliant football tour. The organisation of the tour from the Pick up at the airport, the Hotel the recommendation for bars and restaurants was superb. Oh and the football wasn't bad either:). The football tournament arrangements worked liked clockwork, the facilities and surface we played on was first class The boys of BRAVE HEARTS FC loved it. Best four days we have ever had on a football tour. What can I say, well If you are looking to go on a football tour Gary at Algarve Football tours is the man to see. Thanks again to Gary and all the Portuguese guys for a tour we will never forget and we will definitely be back. ”
Just a quick email to thank you for the hard work and effort that you, Pat and your drivers put in to make our tour this year run smoothly.
I believe from talking to everyone that this was the best tour we have been on. Little touches like Oranges and water at the football, Buggies ready with clubs, food and drink at the Golf. The fact that you organised the Saturday evening for us at short notice, all these things added to making it a great tour.
Please also pass on our thanks to FC Armacanense for playing us in what proved to be quite a competitive game at times!
I'm sure we/I will be in the Algarve again in the future and will certainly be using your services - If you'll have us! ”
We Hate Ben FC
We Hate Ben Oldboys
Thank you Destination Football FC - for another excellent tour on our second visit. We are already looking forward to making it a third! ”
A big THANK YOU to Gary from Algarve Football Tours, for arranging the Carniny Youth under 14,s Portugal trip.
His dedication to helping and organisation was to the highest standard the boys loved the experience and had the time of their lives; playing excellent football opposition in fantastic stadiums. We would definitely recommend other teams looking to tour to consider Algarve football tours.
Gary goes above and beyond any expectation and gave the boys a absolutely fabulous time.
So again Gary thank you for all you have done and hope to speak soon about our next trip. ”
“ Thanks for our fantastic days in Albufeira again, well organised & great tournament. It was perfect, only a little bit short. ”
“ Cheers Gary for all your help in making the Go Hard or Go Home stag Do a great weekend !. I would highly recommend using Algarve Football Tours !Greg Castle. OrganiserThanks for all your help and recommendations during the stag do. All lads had a brilliant time. Tim Green . Co-Organiser ”
A BIG thank you Gary for organising the Wrenthorpe Rangers Football tour 2013 from the players and their families. We all had a fantastic time with memories and banter that will continue for a long time! Your assistance with arranging the football games which were played in stadiums with superb facilities along with organising the accommodation, transfers & trips was fantastic. Anyone considering a tour abroad then we would highly recommend Algarve Football Tours.
Sue Pretty, Wrenthorpe Rangers FC
Gillian Gorman - Was a fantastic experience wouldn't have missed it.
Claire Stephenson - Was an amazing experience for the players and their families. We enjoyed every minute. Thanks to Sue and the Coaches here in the UK for EVERYTHING you have done but special thanks to Gary for organising the matches and activities over in Portugal. I will definitely recommend Algarve Football Tours to other people. ”
A big thank you again to Gary from Algarve Football Tours, for arranging our second visit to Portugal for our annual football tour. The players had the time of their lives; playing excellent football opposition in fantastic stadiums, Go-karting and so much more. The organisation and structure was outstanding and that is why we returned this year. I have already put plans together to visit for the third time at the end of this season.
Highly recommended tour for all ages and abilities.
Thanks again,Jamie Coyle North West Kent College Curriculum Supervisor & Sports Lecturer Education and Football Scheme Manager ”
“ Thank you for organising a great football tour for Old cliftonians fc. From the accommodation to the game and everything in between your planning made taking 13 players abroad very easy for myself. ”
“ Carniny U11s visited Villamoura with Algarve Football Tours and Gary Thomas on the 1st May this year. We found the whole experience fantastic from start to finish. From our greeting at the airport to when we were going home, we found Gary to be very genuine and always willing to help. The organisation was first class which made the whole trip run like clockwork. The quality of oppostion was excellent and the kids memory of playing Benfica Academy will remain in their memories for a long time to come. Gary even managed to book the sun for our weeks stay. From myself and all at Carniny a big thank you goes out to Algarve Football Tours and Gary Thomas for his dedication and commitment in making a trip so memorable. I would recommend this trip to any football team who wants to have a great time and great experiences. ”
Slowly recovering now back home, the team would like to thank you for the effort you put in, last week.
Everyone had a great time, from what they can remember, and grounds , pitches and teams were great.
The flight home was quiet but already they want to go back next year. ”
This was the first time in many years that Barns Green FC have gone on a tour. It was made as easy as possible for us! As soon as Gary knew our flight date & times all the weight was lifted of our shoulders Algarve football tours sorted everything else we needed and more. Gary made it a unique experience playing at great grounds and making sure we we're well taken care off.
The team have all commented on what a great tour it was being able to play the game we love whilst also being able to take a short walk of an evening for a good night out.
We would definitely recommend other teams looking to tour to consider Algarve football tours. Gary pays attention to every little detail and keeps you informed of all you need to know. I know the lads are already asking to goback soon.
All the best to Gary and team we hope to see you again soon! ”
Chemico FCVeterans - Southend had another great time over in Albuferia.We had two great games of Football in a the great stadium of Guia Football Club. James Staines RIP would of been proud of eveyone that took part in his memory. We love you Gary from all of our lads that played. It was always organised in a special way. Thanks Gary we will be back every year.
I will recommend this to eveyone and every Football club dont miss out its great. ”
“ Bishops Castle Under 15's have just returned from a tour to the Algarve which will be remembered for years to come by all the youngsters who took part. The organisation from start to finish by Gary and his team made for a relaxed and stress free trip and the pitches and opposition were superb all making for an experience never to forget. If you are planning a trip abroad for any football team you should make the Algarve and Algarve Football Tours your first choice. ”
Just wanted to say thanks very much for all your help this weekend. The lads all had a brilliant time and really appreciated all of your assistance; I don't think we were too rowdy just noisy!
Hopefully we ll cross paths again, good luck with the rest of your games this season. ”
“ The Wexford U15's County representative squad thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Birmingham organised by Algarve Football Tours, this is our second trip away with Gary, the first was to the Algarve Portugal. We have found both trips to be very well organised and the Itinerary is designed right to the finest of detail. I would recommend anybody to go away with Algarve Football Tours as we will continue to do so. ”
Thank you again for all your help in arranging the football tournament! We all had a fantastic time, we were so impressed with the facilities and the organisation. The other teams made us feel really welcome and all the games were played in a friendly atmosphere. I would recommend algarve football tours to everyone.
We Hate Ben FC would like to thank Gary Thomas, Algarve Football Tours, Destination Football and Cabanas Athletic for a fantastic friendly and tournament during our recent trip to Portugal. The experience has certainly encouraged us to come again next year and try a proper match (and prepare a little better this time) with more of our club. Hope to be in contact again in the near future.
Just like to start off by saying this has undoubtably been one of the best holidays myself and the rest of the lads have ever been on! This is the second year on the trot that I've organised this trip to the Algarve, and where deciding to make it an annual event, due to the success of the previous tours.
The organisation of Gary and his team have been to the highest of standards, and there has never been a moment were we have felt it has been a let down. Everything from the football matches that have been arrange to the catering of our requests, it has been absolutely fantastic! The lads can't wait for next year as it just get s better and better each year! Thank you for the trip Gary and I'll see you next year! ”
“ Thank you Gary. We all had a great time on tour with you. The football was a perfect standard and the facilities were superb. Off the pitch, all of our requirements were met and the extras you sorted out for us at very short notice were excellent. I'd reccomend Algarve Football Tours to anybody who wants a bespoke tour! Thanks again Gary, I'm sure we'll be back someday! P.s. The only complaint was from Twiddy who is still crying about you holding him up in go-karting! That aside, he had a great time too! ”
“ All the girls had a wonderful stay, the hotel was great & the football match was a great experience for the team.See you again.Cor Kramp. CoachThanks a lot for a fantastic week.Drachtster Boys da 1 (@DFTda1) ”
“ A Huge thank you to Gary & all at Algarve Football ToursYou made our week special, each & everyone of us loved & appreciated everything you done for us.I will recommend you to everyone I know that is involved in football.Kirk Sleet. Emerson Oak FC - Captain ”
I can't thank you enough for arranging an absolutely amazing time in Albufeira, myself and all the lads really appreciated all of your help, with arranging the hotel, transfers, tournament, and last but not least, the Bayside Bombs...
All of the little touches you did made the trip that extra bit special, we've not stopped talking about it since we got back, and are already talking about returning next year. ”
Just a quick note to say a huge thanks to Gary from Algarve Football Tours, it has been by far the most organised and professional trip we have had in the last 5 years. Both training and playing facilities were outstanding along with really tough Portuguese opponents.
The attention to detail through out our trip was excellent and the feedback from the academy players has been really positive.
We will see you again for our pre-season 2013/14 tour. ”
“ Thanks again for another superbly organised football trip, we have dealt with Algarve Football Tours two years running and your attention to detail has been second to none. The teams we played against have been fairly matched and the facilities have been top class. We are seriously considering returning for athird time and Algarve Football Tours will be our first port of call, hopefully we will see you again in May 2013.Graham Easton Pencaitland Veterans FC ”
Colin Staines and all the Chemico fc players who took part in the great event you put on for us would all like to say thanks so much for a great job you done putting this event together. Everyone loved it and want to come back next year 2013 in May round about same time. Can you tell the match officials and the chairman from Ferrieras and Guia fc a big thank you to for letting us play in their great staduims,also Ondamar Hotel the Restaurant for the meal.
It was also a great tribute to James memory. ”
“ This was our third year running to the Algarve for a trip with Gary Thomas & Algarve Football Tours. Gary lined us up with two full 90 minute matches in local stadiums as alternative to the Algarve Trophy we won last year. As ever Gary's organisation was spot on, the stadiums & pitches in fantastic condition & all arrangements immaculate. So the boys had a good time on & off the ptch.Thanks go to Gary for organising such a good alternative weekend to the Trophy weekend & everyone thoroughly enjoyed it & we will be back next year.Max Herbet. Merton Fc . Tour Director ”
“ Just a quick email to say thanks again for a really great weekend. Everything about the trip from start to finish was superb and would recommend to anyone. We couldn’t have asked for more and everyone is already discussing a return trip next year. ”
Quick note to say thanks for all your help and organisation for a fantastic tour. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Thanks again and we will gladly recommend you and the company and happy for anyone wanting to speak to a satisfied customer to contact me.
All the best,
Justin and all at Glen Villa FC ”
Just a note of thanks for your part in a wonderful tour. All the guys to a man had a smashing time. And all made special comment on your professionalism and how smoothly you made things run.
The quality of the pitches was outstanding and I loved all the wee touches which made it feel special.
The quality of the opposition was perfect and it’s only with regret that we didn’t match up a bit better. I’ll blame it on our younger players
Thanks also for setting up the meal at Prazerers. Location, food, private upstairs room and service from Dario were brilliant.
To date we haven’t went back to the same place twice on tour, but I would expect we’ll break that tradition, if not next year then sometime soon. And if we do I’ll be emailing you again. Hopefully you’ll be able to sort us.
Once again thanks for your help and efforts from all at Queens Grads FC. ”
On behalf of all the lads from Staces Aces FC, I would like to record our sincere thanks for arranging our football tour package to Albufeira.
From our point of view everything went like clockwork, starting with the prompt airport transfers to the excellent hotel, which was in a great location and just perfect for our requirements. This was followed by a fabulous sports facility for the football match against a genuine friendly, evenly matched opposition. As a tour organiser over many years I’ve never had it easier and it was my most relaxing tour to date! Your attention to detail even included the provision of water & oranges at half-time and clearly demonstrates an overwhelming desire to cover all angles for the client (normally we have to remember to buy water in bulk at the local supermarket and ‘cart’ it to the match!)
If any other football teams are considering travelling to the Algarve I can wholeheartedly recommend using your services, because the all-inclusive package you put together was excellent value for money, which is so important for a tour organiser’s point of view. It can be a massive gamble when taking a large party abroad to play a friendly football match, because you never know what to expect, but your kinds efforts on our behalf took away all those worries and Albufeira 2012 was, without question, one of our most enjoyable European excursions.
I wish you all the very best in the future and hope your business model continues to develop successfully …….you’ve got a great product
Kind regards ”
We travelled with our Wexford County squad from Ireland over to the Algarve in January 2012. The experience had by all, including parents, players and coaches was immense and in every part down to the hard work and dedication shown by Gary Thomas of Algarve Football Tours. To say the least I would highly recommend any team travelling to the Algarve to get in contact with Gary, for his local knowledge and expertise is second to none. From the standard of the training facilities to the competitive games arranged we could not have asked for much more from our host. He was always at the end of a phone line, no matter what the time and treated us just as well as the 2 professional teams he was catering for at the same time when we stayed. All in all, we would hope to return under Gary’s supervision again in the near future.
Will Doyle. Trainer & organiser
Thank you so much for looking after us all so well during our trip. We had just a fantastic time. The accommodation and central location was fantastic along with the organisation and smooth running of events making it all the more enjoyable.
Liz Duffy ”
I would like to thank-you on behalf of all the boys for a fantastic tour. The hotel was lovely, your organisation of both the football and after drinks / bbq was spot on as were all our transport arrangements.
The boys are already planning trip for next year!!
I would highly recommend "Algarve Football Tours" to anyone.
All the best ”
“ What a Fantastic time we all had on tour. A big thank you to Gary from Algarve Football tours everything he organised for us was superb the go karting, the waterpark the football and the BBQ even the Transport was great. I can't tell you how much we all enjoyed our time in Portugal if 100% is the best you can get then this tour comes out @150%. We even met Steven Gerrard Again A BIG THANK YOU TO GARY AND HIS TEAM FROM ALL AT WRENTHORPE RANGERS U15'S May 2011 ”
“ This is our 7th cosecutive year in the Algarve & Gary has helped organise all our football & now with Algarve Football Tours this years tour match was fantastic, with brilliant facitilties & great organisation all the team really had a great day.See you next year,Jerry Bailey- Beacon Dynamos ”
We really enjoyed our training camp in Albufeira, I have to say you everything organised by Algarve Football Tours went well. Training facilities are great & the matches with Louletano & FC Ferreiras were great competition for our boys & nice to play in the Loule stadium.
Thanks for all your attention & organisation. ”
Hey Gary, Great time and thanks again for your professionalism.
The boys loved the trip and will have lasting memories.
The accommodations were just right, the soccer was great.
Best Regards ”
Just a brief note of thanks for all your hard work on our behalf, and of course to your team who made the whole thing run so smoothly.
Every player thoroughly enjoyed themselves and would have been more than happy if the ash cloud had caused a delay in our departure.
Thanks again for a brilliant weekend of football. ”
“ Dear Gary. I would just like to thank you on behalf of everyone from Glynneath Football Club on helping us celebrate our centenary in the best possible way. Everything from the transport, the accommodation, the facilities and standard of pitches were top class. The addition of neutral referees and linesmen at the games also shows how professional these tours are organised. It’s not easy to organise 29 Welsh lads but Gary did it superbly. Your attention to detail and personal presence at the hotel everyday was much appreciated. We would strongly recommend using Algarve Football Tours to anyone who is looking to play a few games in the sun whilst also enjoying the local sights and sounds. Thanks Mathew Berry Glynneath Town AFC, Wales.We just wanted to say a big thank you to Gary for making our Centenary tour so special, we all thoroughly enjoyed it.We had a large touring party of 29 that took a lot of planning and e-mails for over a year, but it was made easy with Gary's great response and professionalism. Once we were in Portugal he was on hand to give us his expert advice of the area and was available every day for our questions which gave it a great personal touch, he also organised a great day out for us to the water park and a bbq for us after one of the games. The two games that we played was a great experience for us and was played in a competitive manner against two very good teams and we all enjoyed the beers after the games that were well deserved! In fact In a party place like Albufeira we enjoyed the beers all week,lol. We would recommend Algarve football tours to anyone, it was the best tour we have been on and would all love to come back and do it again!Cheers Gary and all the best for the future from Glynneath Town AFCRichard Watkins Glynneath Town AFC Fitness Coach ”
“ Gary,thanks for all your help in sorting things out for me & the lads on the recent tour to the Algarve, we had a fantastic time, football was great, a little hot at times but it was thoroughly enjoyable.Tony McMullen. Frostom Over 35's FC. CaptainGreat football tour & 1st class accommodation. Well done too Gary Thomas for all his organisation.Paul Brecken ”
“ Just a short note to say thanks for everything.The boys enjoyed the game and the facilities were excellent.I thought that we had a slightly stronger squad than last year and that's how it played out.We will be back again next year at the same time. ”
Can I just say a belated thank you on behalf of the whole party for putting together another well organised, very enjoyable, football match for our 2011 tour to Albufeira. The pitch was a joy to play on and the timekeeping of the transfers was impeccable once again.
Thanks again and hopefully we will return for part 3 next year!
All the best ”
“ Thanks for organising such a fantastic tour! From the transfers, organised excursions and quality accommodation you managed every last detail superbly! The match itself was a fantastic advert to skillful fast flowing attacking football; a reward for two perfectly matched teams. We've only been back a few days and all the lads, bar none are already talking about a return trip next year!! ”
“ This was the second year we toured Portugal and Algarve Football Tours did a fantastic job. The facilities at Lagoa were first class – certainly better than anything we have ever played on in the UK. The opposition was chosen well – we were well matched and had a good competitive but sociable game. ”
Just a quick note to say thanks for helping organise one of the best football tours we've had. Top class throughout!
we put a link on the front page of our site as a thank you for your efforts! www.osfc.info
Rob Boyne - Thanks for all your help. Best tour I have been on, so thanks for all your help and hospitality
I am sure we will be back in some capacity, so will be sure to be back in touch. ”
“ After last year disappoinment we assembled a very strong squad to part in this year's competition in Albufeira on the Algarve in Portugal. It has become the essential end of season tradition & ambition to win a very competitive tournament. The facilities are great. the opposition consisting of three local amateur sides & another English team is tough.Great Tour. Brilliantly organised by Gary of Algarve Football Tours & we won against some very good teams. Everybody made a contribution to extradinary few days.see link to Merton FC site for match reports & tour programme.http://www.mertonfc.co.uk/algarve_trophy_54.html ”
“ Just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for a fantastic weekend. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the whole weekend ran like clockwork, thanks to you. It really was superb, we couldn't fault a thing. Thanks again, Stuart and the Egbertians Vets team. ”
Just wanted to thank you for putting on a fantastic tour, all the lads have mentioned how much they enjoyed it. Appreciate you being available throughout to sort things out and organise things.
Thanks for everything, hope the rest of your tours are going well and the weather is still sweltering.
Many Thanks for all your hard work over the last few months, with the organising and constant emails you had to deal with.
I know I can speak on behalf of all the children and parents who went on this tour are so very grateful for all the time and effort you put in to make it a enjoyable time. I hope the boys will always remember the trip and the experience of playing football in the Algarve. ”
Just thought I’d write and thank you for the superb tour we have just had April 2011.
Right from the first contact I had with you right back in 2010 you have always been attentive and very supportive full of good advice. As with anything that needs organising that involves a lot of different groups, adults, kids and players it hasn’t all been straight forward from our side but you’ve always been flexible and understanding.
We would thoroughly recommend you to football teams of all ages. We are a team of teenagers and thought the hotel Paraiso de Albufiera was fantastic with the ‘all inclusive’ being superb for the teenage boys who ate and drank themselves to a standstill. The adults didn’t do too bad with the drinks. It was a superb location from start to finish.The transport was spot on and we travelled around like a ‘pro’ club in top notch buses. From the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to our matches. Absolutely fantastic.On the football side we had stiff competition just like we had requested and all of our coaches were impressed with how you managed to match us up with appropriate level of ability. The facilities and pitches were far better than we are used to in our own league. This made the matches special.Gary we all enjoyed ourselves and thought you not only put on a good football tour but you helped turn it into a great holiday with your personal touch and attention to detail being the thing we will remember most.
As you know we had such a good time we are in contact already about next year.
See you then ”
Just want to say a big thanks from all the lads for another excellent tournament, (our second visit & tournament)
Thanks again ”
“ For the Thirsk Old Boys the football was the highlight of the trip, gave some old boys a chance to stretch their legs and show flashes of long gone prowess! The organisation and help was superb, from arranging the trip in the first place, to the transport, the facilities and the banter from the opposition, it really was first class. I would strongly recommend using Algarve Football Tours to anyone, for any sort of trip! The advice and local knowledge made everything easy, and i hope we can use your services again some day...maybe for a re-match having been robbed on penalties! You are a great advert for Portugal and it's something we won't forget! Cheers, Simon. ”
“ Just wanted to drop you an email and once again thank your for a fantastic tour (from what we can remember!). It ran like a dream, made my life easier and judging by the state of the guys on their return and follow-up emails everyone had a fantastic time! ”
We would highly recommend using this company for organising whatever event you are on during your visit to the Algarve. The service was first class, everything was on time from being picked up at the airport to the football match, the facilities were first class and our football game was fantastic on a superb pitch.
Not only was it well organised but Gary gave it that personal touch which made it special. His organisation and customer service all added to making our trip to Albufeira the most memorable of weekends and we would not hesitate to recommend Algarve Football Tours to organise any event you may be thinking of. He will make it happen for you. ”
“ Merton Football club plays in the Southern Amateur League and was celebrating its centenary so we decided to have a tour to Portugal and were fortunate enough to select Algarve Football Tours for the Algarve Football Tours Trophy May 2010. It was a tremendous event. Albufeira was a great location with very good accommodation, the grass pitches were superb, the games were of a good competitive standard and well refereed. All the games were played in good spirit. But the tournament and whole tour was brilliantly organised by Gary who was just so attentive to all our needs and every detail that the success of the event was assured. So I would recommend this unreservedly to any football club and book our place for next year.Max Herbet - Merton FC ”
Professionalism, enthusiasm, and attention to every detail made this year’s End of Season Tour our best so far.
Destination Football provided the ideal opposition and the facilities at the Municipal Estadio de Albufeira were 1st Class. The hospitality (including a massive barbecue) at the Stadium after the match was very much appreciated by our squad of 35. Aside from the football, Gary was “on-hand” all weekend to help us and allow us to make the most of our time in Portugal. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending the Algarve and Algarve Football Tours to other football clubs at all levels who wish to play the beautiful game overseas. ”
Ulysses FC is the representative side of the University of London graduates. We have been going on tour annually for the past 11 years, and I can safely say that this has been one of the best (if not the very best) tour for us.
The pitches were perfect, the weather was great, the accommodation was lovely, the opposition was very competitive, there was lots of food & beverage to keep us entertained and (most importantly) the organisation by Algarve Football Tours was excellent...and all with a smile. Tour costs also included referees, linesmen and photographer. We couldn't have asked for a better tour.I would recommend Algarve Football Tours to any football team looking to go on tour.
Thank you! ”
From the moment we were met from the airport by 2 of Gary's drivers we knew we were in good hands. Gary came to see us at our villa the night we arrived, and provided us with some local knowledge of Albufeira which was very helpful. The football match he organised was fantastic and played in good competitive, but friendly spirit! We were very pleased we won the match, and the BBQ and beers organised for afterwards was a fitting end. I can recommend that if you are looking for something different to do on a Stag Do then ask Gary to organise it for you. You can't go wrong!!"
We would like to say thanks for organising our tour to Albufeira. The whole trip was enjoyed by all, and on the football side of things all three games were pretty even, well balanced and some good football was played. The whole group are up for the same again next year and the ones we left behind want to come to.
Thanks again ”
“ This was our second consecutive year playing Destination Football after all the lads showed great interest in repeating what was supposed to be a one off tour. Gary's Algarve Football Tours didn't disappoint and the pre and post match arrangements from the coaches to the beers was very much appreciated. This year we were involved in a 3 team tournament that was perfectly organised without hitch. The matches were again played in great spirit and was enjoyed very much by all. See you next year!/p> ”
Algarve Football Tours (Gary Thomas) had organised a great training trip for our boys in Portugal from 6 January till 10 January.
The accommodation (hotel Paraiso de Albufeira) was absolutely perfect, training facilities were great and the most important was that Algarve Football tours had everything arranged from arrival till departure.
All the boys had a great time and they will never forget this trip.
For everyone who would like to have a great trip, Algarve football Tours is a great organisation to work with.
We enjoyed staying in Albufeira and our thanks go to Gary (Algarve Football Tours) for the great organisation.
It was great! ”
We had an unusual request in that we needed three games in three days and in different venues. We found Gary Thomas using Google, as we knew we needed a contact based near Faro Airport due to direct transfers from Newcastle. Everything was like clockwork. We arrived at the hotel welcomed by a placard showing our fixtures. Gary also used his contacts in the local press and radio to publicise our tour and the actual games and opponents were perfectly suited to our standard.A fantastic tour, the best we've had yet and probably won't be matched. Will definitely be coming again or contacting Gary for advice for any future tours.
To view video coverage of Team Sasscos football tour matches click here ”