Hidden Portugal

8-days by Air Holiday

DepartingApril - October 2018
From£599.00*
* Price shown: 15 April 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
Hidden Portugal

A holiday to Portugal's undiscovered treasures

Discover a Portugal far removed from the Algarve's manicured golf courses and holiday resorts. Stay in a choice of excellent hotels in and close to the Costa Verde fishing town of Povoa de Varzim, and explore this little-known but lovely region on three fascinating included guided excursions: one to Oporto, one along the Costa Verde and one into the Minho region just north of Povoa. Hugely popular with our customers, this Portugal holiday will reveal a land of rugged coastlines and mountains, sweeping vineyards, hilltop villages, historic cities and gentle people keen to share their beautiful homeland with you.

Hidden Portugal Tour Highlights
  • Discovering Portugal's most romantic city, Oporto, in its striking setting above the River Douro
  • Visiting a Port wine lodge
  • A journey along the scenic Costa Verde
  • Exploring the Vinho Verde's vineyards and discovering the ancient Roman bridge at Ponte de Lima
  • The fishing towns of Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde
  • Enjoying guided visits to Viana do Castelo and Valenca do Minho, highlights of a day spent in the northern Minho region.

What The Price Includes

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Estalagem Santo Andre, Povoa de Varzim (upgrades available)
  • Return flights from the UK to Oporto
  • Tours of Oporto, the Costa Verde and the Minho region
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Must try: A glass of port and a plate of delicious swordfish entradas by the Dom Luis Bridge on the banks of the River Douro in Oporto.

Fascinating fact: The funicular railway that connects the Bom Jesus shrine to Braga is powered by water. Water is loaded into the car at the top of the hill and emptied out of the car at the bottom so that the difference in weight causes the heavier car to descend, pulling the lighter car up the hill at the same time.

You say: "So many hidden places which you never knew existed. Really, I'd like to come back again."

Your Base: Costa Verde Hotels in Povoa de Varzim
A few miles north of Oporto, on Portugal's Costa Verde, Povoa de Varzim is a traditional fishing town perhaps best known for its historic Casino da Povoa and golf course, but its real treasures are its beautiful sandy beaches and clean sea air. Discover a town boasting a pleasant selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants - many selling freshly caught seafood.
Itinerary

Day One : Fly to Portugal


Arrive in Oporto, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel.

Day Two :Included Oporto tour


Our first included excursion is a full-day visit to Oporto, the ancient, time-weathered city that clings to the hillsides above the beautiful River Douro. During the day, you will also visit one of the city's famous port wine lodges, and have the chance to take in the views of the river and its surroundings on an optional boat trip.

Day Three : Optional Douro River Valley excursion


Relax in your hotel in Povoa de Varzim, today, or join our optional excursion and travel along the Douro River Valley, through the romantic Amarante and scenic Mesao Frio, to the port of Regua, the home of Port wine. You'll visit a working quinta (a Portuguese term that means 'farm' but is often used to describe a traditional vineyard), where you'll have the opportunity to stroll around the estate and learn about the history of port production.

Day Four : Included Costa Verde tour


North of Oporto, Portugal's Costa Verde is a protected region of outstanding natural beauty. Today's tour of the area will begin with more time to explore Povoa de Varzim, before we continue to neighbouring Vila do Conde. Explore Vila's colourful market, and then round off your Costa Verde trip with a visit to Esposende, famous for its wide beaches and the 17th-century Fort of Sao Joao Baptista.

Day Five : Optional Barcelos and Braga excursion


Relax and enjoy the surroundings of your hotel, or join today's full-day optional tour to Barcelos and Braga. Barcelos is the home of Europe's largest open-air market, an astonishing hive of activity that offers a huge range of local goods.


From there we continue to Braga, the former catholic capital of Portugal. Explore the verdant acres of Bom Jesus park and the Escadaria (Baroque staircases) which climbs through it, past chapels, fountains and statues, to the hill-top church. Admire the magnificent Se Cathedral, and the bustling Praca del Republica, where the cafes are famous for their coffee and their atmosphere.

Day Six : Optional Santiago de Compostela excursion


Today's optional excursion will cross into Spain and bring to life ancient Santiago de Compostela, one of Spain's most beautiful cities. Famous as the end of the 1000-year-old Camino pilgrimage trail, the city's heart is the (marvellously preserved) Romanesque cathedral - possibly one of the world's earliest tourist destinations - to which medieval pilgrims once flocked in their thousands.

Day Seven : Included tour of the Minho region


Your final included tour will reveal the Minho region. Your first stop will be colourful, elegant Viana do Castelo, a coastal resort set on the northern bank of the Rio Lima. See its Renaissance houses and palaces, fine beaches, beautifully preserved old town and Basilica de Santa Lucia before continuing to the historic market town of Ponte de Lima, famous for its 18th-century fountain and Roman bridge.

Day Eight : Fly home to the UK


Transfer back to the airport and check in for your flight home at the end of a wonderfully different holiday to Portugal.

Further Information


Market opening times

The market in Vila do Conde will only be open for tours that depart the UK on a Thursday. The market in Barcelos will only be open for tours that depart the UK on a Sunday.


Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.


Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.


Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.


Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.


Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Hotel Information 
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Estalagem Santo Andre ★★★
Estalagem Santo Andre ★★★
The family-run Santo Andre enjoys a great location right beside a beautiful beach, making it the ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to spend some lazy days in the sun.
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Hotel Description
The family-run Santo Andre enjoys a great location right beside a beautiful beach, making it the ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to spend some lazy days in the sun.

Star-rating
Three-star superior

Location
Situated beside a long sandy beach
Approximately two miles from the centre of Povoa
Public bus service from close to the hotel to the centre of Povoa
Seaside Atlantic pathway from outside the hotel to the centre of Povoa

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
The public rooms include a restaurant, serving traditional Portuguese cuisine, with beautiful panoramic views over Santo Andre beach. Guests can also relax on the terrace outside, and enjoy a drink at the bar indoors.

  • Swimming Pool and Activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sunbathing terrace
  • Dining and Entertainment
  • Restaurant
  • Bar and lounge area
  • Occasional live music with dinner
  • Other Amenities
  • Reception
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby area
  • Rooms
  • This hotel has 70 rooms.
  • Room facilities
  • Private facilities
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Safe

Axis Vermar Beach Hotel ★★★★
Axis Vermar Beach Hotel ★★★★
Boasting a fantastic location next to the beach, the four-star Axis Vermar Beach Hotel provides a relaxing home-from-home for guests wishing to soak up the sun. The hotel offers a wonderful range of amenities, including two tennis courts.
Hotel Description
Boasting a fantastic location next to the beach, the four-star Axis Vermar Beach Hotel provides a relaxing home-from-home for guests wishing to soak up the sun. The hotel offers a wonderful range of amenities, including two tennis courts.

Star-rating
Four-star

Location
Excellent beach-side location
Close to the centre of Povoa de Varzim

Resort Information
The historic fishing town of Povoa de Varzim, situated north of Oporto on the Costa Verde, is blessed with beautiful beaches and clean sea air. A selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as the well-known Monumental Casino and a golf course, ensure Povoa's good reputation.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has a good range of leisure facilities for guests wishing to indulge in active pursuits. A comfortable indoor area provides a place for guests to relax after sampling the activities on offer.

  • Swimming Pool and Activities
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools
  • Wellness centre
  • Two tennis courts
  • Table-tennis room
  • Dining and Entertainment
  • Restaurant
  • Bar and lounge area
  • Other Amenities
  • Reception
  • Rooms
  • Room facilities
  • Private facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning

 
Departure Airport
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Bristol
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Manchester
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