7 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £669.00.
Enjoy a Portugal far removed from the resorts and golf courses of the Algarve. Away from that package-holiday haven, you'll find a country of rugged coastline and mountains, of vineyards and hilltop villages, historic cities and reserved locals, that remains largely untouched by the more extreme excesses of modern tourism.
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 as a holiday resort.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsDiscover Portugal's vibrant second city, Oporto, in its splendid setting above the River Douro
Visit a Port wine lodge
Journey along the scenic Costa Verde
Explore the Vinho Verde vineyards and discover historic Ponte de Lima's ancient Roman bridge
Explore the fishing towns of Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde
Guided visits to Viana do Castelo and Valenca do Minho are highlights of a day in the northern Minho region
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Estalagem Santo Andre, Povoa de Varzim (upgrades available)
Return flights to Oporto
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Oporto and transfer to your hotel.
Day TwoOur first included excursion takes us to Oporto. The ancient, time-weathered city clings haphazardly to the hillsides above the beautiful River Douro. During the day there will also be a visit to one of the famous wine lodges, and an optional boat trip will also be available.
Day ThreeCome with us along the Douro River Valley on today's optional excursion. Visit romantic Amarante and picturesque Mesao Frio en route to the port of Regua, the home of Port wine. We'll visit a working quinta, and have the opportunity to stroll through the estate's vineyards.
Day FourDiscover the delightful and historic fishing towns Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde on today's included excursion.
In summer, Povoa's population is swollen by visitors drawn to the sea air and beautiful beaches. A selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants - most serving freshly caught seafood - as well as the well-known Monumental Casino, ensure the town's reputation as a pleasant holiday resort.
After time to explore Vila's colourful market, we'll continue to Esposende, famous for its wide beaches and the 17th-century Fort of Sao Joao Baptista.
Day FiveJoin our full-day, optional tour to Barcelos, home to Europe's largest open-air market: a colourful hive of activity offering a huge range of local goods. From there we continue to historic Braga, former Catholic capital of Portugal, to see the fabled Bom Jesus shrine and its marvellous views.
Day SixThe last of the optional excursions takes us across the border into Spain to visit historic and beautiful Santiago de Compostela. At the city's heart is the marvellously preserved Romanesque cathedral - perhaps the first-ever tourist destination for the millions of medieval pilgrims who visited the shrine.
Day SevenOur included tour of the Minho region takes us to Viana do Castelo, on the River Lima, to see the Basilica de Santa Lucia. From here we'll continue to the historic market town of Ponte de Lima, famous for its 18th-century fountain and Roman bridge.
Day EightTransfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home. Back to top
AccommodationEstalagem 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.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.Back to top
Market opening timesThe 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 timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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 requirementsIf 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 accessThe 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 changesOccasionally, 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 AdviceVisit 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.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information. Back to top