- Blessed with exceptional weather. Mary-Anne was a brilliant tour guide. Hotel location & food great - some nice tours.
Published on: 15 November 2016
See a different side: Discover hidden Portugal.
For many, a Portugal holiday might mean a package trip to the Algarve, but head north and you'll discover a very different Portugal: a world that's far removed from manicured golf courses, packed resorts and tourist traps.
Based in a choice of excellent hotels, close to the historic Costa Verde fishing town of Povoa de Varzim, this revealing, relaxing holiday includes three expertly-guided excursions: one to Oporto, one along the Costa Verde and one into the northern Minho region.
Take full advantage of the further optional tours and you'll also have the opportunity to explore the vineyards of the Douro Valley, visit the former capital, Braga, and see with your own eyes the famed pilgrimage shrine at Santiago de Compostela.
Get a different view; book your Hidden Portugal holiday today.
Single rooms available for a supplement
Must try: A refreshing glass of Port with delicious swordfish entradas upon the banks of the River Douro, just by the The Dom Lu?I Bridge in Oporto.
Fascinating fact: The funicular railway, connecting the Bom Jesus shrine to Braga, is powered by water, and is the oldest such kind in the world.
You say: "So many hidden places which you never knew existed. Really, I'd like to come back again."
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.
Every day a new experience
Fly to Oporto and transfer to your hotel.
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, there will also be a visit to one of the famous wine lodges, plus an optional boat trip will also be available.
On today's optional excursion you can 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, and have the opportunity to stroll through the estate's vineyards.
With its sea air and beautiful beaches, a selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants (most serving freshly caught seafood), plus the well-known Monumental Casino, you'll quickly see why Povoa is such a popular and much-loved resort.
From there, you'll have time to explore Vila's colourful market, before continuing to Esposende, famous for its wide beaches and the 17th-century Fort of Sao Joao Baptista.
Join our full-day, optional tour to discover Barcelos, home to Europe's largest open-air market. And, from there, continue to historic Braga, former Catholic capital of Portugal, to see the fabled Bom Jesus shrine and its marvellous views.
The last of the optional excursions takes you across the border into Spain to visit historic and beautiful Santiago de Compostela. At the city's heart is the superbly preserved Romanesque cathedral, perhaps the first-ever tourist destination for the millions of medieval pilgrims who visited the shrine.
Your included tour of the Minho region takes you to Viana do Castelo, on the River Lima, to see the Basilica de Santa Lucia. From here, you'll continue to the historic market town of Ponte de Lima, famous for its 18th-century fountain and Roman bridge.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Birmingham||16 Apr 2017||£569.00|
|Birmingham||30 Apr 2017||£609.00|
|Birmingham||14 May 2017||£619.00|
|Birmingham||11 Jun 2017||£669.00|
|Birmingham||25 Jun 2017||£669.00|
|Birmingham||03 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Birmingham||10 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Birmingham||17 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Birmingham||24 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Bristol||20 Apr 2017||£599.00|
|Bristol||27 Apr 2017||£599.00|
|Bristol||04 May 2017||£619.00|
|Bristol||11 May 2017||£619.00|
|Bristol||18 May 2017||£619.00|
|Bristol||25 May 2017||£619.00|
|Bristol||01 Jun 2017||£659.00|
|Bristol||08 Jun 2017||£659.00|
|Bristol||29 Jun 2017||£659.00|
|Bristol||24 Aug 2017||£729.00|
|Bristol||31 Aug 2017||£729.00|
|Bristol||07 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Bristol||14 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Bristol||21 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Bristol||28 Sep 2017||£669.00|
|Bristol||05 Oct 2017||£639.00|
|Bristol||12 Oct 2017||£639.00|
|Bristol||19 Oct 2017||£569.00|
|London Gatwick||16 Apr 2017||£539.00|
|London Gatwick||20 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Gatwick||27 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Gatwick||30 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Gatwick||04 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||11 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||14 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||18 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||21 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||25 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||01 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||04 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||08 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||11 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||18 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||25 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||29 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Jul 2017||£719.00|
|London Gatwick||24 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|London Gatwick||31 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|London Gatwick||03 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||07 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||10 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||14 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||17 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||21 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||24 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||28 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Gatwick||05 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||12 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Gatwick||19 Oct 2017||£549.00|
|London Luton||16 Apr 2017||£539.00|
|London Luton||20 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Luton||27 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Luton||30 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Luton||04 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||07 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||11 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||14 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||18 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||21 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||25 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||01 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||04 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||08 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||11 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||18 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||25 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||29 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Luton||02 Jul 2017||£719.00|
|London Luton||24 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|London Luton||31 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|London Luton||03 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||07 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||10 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||14 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||17 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||21 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||24 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||28 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Luton||05 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||12 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Luton||19 Oct 2017||£549.00|
|London Stansted||16 Apr 2017||£609.00|
|London Stansted||20 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Stansted||27 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Stansted||30 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|London Stansted||04 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||07 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||11 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||14 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||18 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||21 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||25 May 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||01 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||04 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||08 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||11 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||18 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||25 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||29 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|London Stansted||02 Jul 2017||£719.00|
|London Stansted||24 Aug 2017||£749.00|
|London Stansted||31 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|London Stansted||03 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||07 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||10 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||14 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||17 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||21 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||24 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||28 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|London Stansted||05 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||12 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|London Stansted||19 Oct 2017||£549.00|
|Manchester||16 Apr 2017||£559.00|
|Manchester||20 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|Manchester||27 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|Manchester||30 Apr 2017||£579.00|
|Manchester||04 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||07 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||11 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||14 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||18 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||21 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||25 May 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||01 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||04 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||08 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||11 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||18 Jun 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||25 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||29 Jun 2017||£649.00|
|Manchester||02 Jul 2017||£719.00|
|Manchester||24 Aug 2017||£739.00|
|Manchester||31 Aug 2017||£719.00|
|Manchester||03 Sep 2017||£679.00|
|Manchester||07 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||10 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||14 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||17 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||21 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||24 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||28 Sep 2017||£659.00|
|Manchester||05 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||12 Oct 2017||£619.00|
|Manchester||19 Oct 2017||£549.00|
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.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.