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Hidden Portugal

8 days from £519*
Departing: October 2016 - October 2017
* Price shown: 16 April 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW - GGO
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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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover 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

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 as a holiday resort.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Oporto and transfer to your hotel.

Day Two

Our first included excursion takes in delightful and historic fishing towns Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde.

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 Three

Come with us along the Douro River Valley on today's optional excursion through the romantic Amarante, and scenic Mesao Frio, 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 Four

Today's included, full-day tour 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 Five

Join 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 Six

Our 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 Seven

Our third optional excursion crosses 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 Eight

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Bristol
Bristol 06 October 2016 £599.00 NF6UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 20 October 2016 £549.00 NF6UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 27 October 2016 £549.00 NF6UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 20 April 2017 £579.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 27 April 2017 £579.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 04 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 11 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 18 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 01 June 2017 £639.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 08 June 2017 £639.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 15 June 2017 £639.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 22 June 2017 £639.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 29 June 2017 £639.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 06 July 2017 £659.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 24 August 2017 £659.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 31 August 2017 £659.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 07 September 2017 £649.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 14 September 2017 £649.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 21 September 2017 £649.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 28 September 2017 £649.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 05 October 2017 £619.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 12 October 2017 £619.00 NF7UIV12
Bristol
Bristol 19 October 2017 £549.00 NF7UIV12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 October 2016 £579.00 NF6GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 October 2016 £559.00 NF6GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 October 2016 £529.00 NF6GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 October 2016 £519.00 NF6GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 April 2017 £519.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 April 2017 £559.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 April 2017 £559.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 April 2017 £559.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 28 May 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 June 2017 £629.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 July 2017 £649.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 July 2017 £649.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 August 2017 £649.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 31 August 2017 £649.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 28 September 2017 £639.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2017 £599.00 NF7GGO12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 October 2017 £529.00 NF7GGO12
London Luton
London Luton 02 October 2016 £619.00 NF6UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 06 October 2016 £579.00 NF6UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 16 October 2016 £559.00 NF6UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 20 October 2016 £529.00 NF6UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 27 October 2016 £519.00 NF6UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 16 April 2017 £519.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 20 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 27 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 30 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 04 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 07 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 11 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 14 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 18 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 21 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 28 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 01 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 04 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 08 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 11 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 15 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 18 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 22 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 25 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 29 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 02 July 2017 £649.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 06 July 2017 £649.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 24 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 31 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 07 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 10 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 14 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 17 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 21 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 28 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 05 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 12 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIW12
London Luton
London Luton 19 October 2017 £529.00 NF7UIW12
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 October 2016 £559.00 NF6UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 October 2016 £529.00 NF6UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 October 2016 £519.00 NF6UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 April 2017 £589.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 18 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 28 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 18 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 25 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 29 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 July 2017 £649.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 31 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 28 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 12 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIY12
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 October 2017 £529.00 NF7UIY12
Manchester
Manchester 02 October 2016 £629.00 NF6UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 06 October 2016 £589.00 NF6UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 16 October 2016 £569.00 NF6UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 20 October 2016 £599.00 NF6UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 27 October 2016 £529.00 NF6UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 16 April 2017 £519.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 20 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 27 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 30 April 2017 £559.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 04 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 07 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 11 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 14 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 18 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 21 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 28 May 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 01 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 04 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 08 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 11 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 15 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 18 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 22 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 25 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 29 June 2017 £629.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 02 July 2017 £649.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 06 July 2017 £649.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 24 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 31 August 2017 £649.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 07 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 14 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 21 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 24 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 28 September 2017 £639.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 12 October 2017 £599.00 NF7UIX12
Manchester
Manchester 19 October 2017 £529.00 NF7UIX12

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.

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.

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.

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Hidden Portugal reviews verified by Reevoo

Hidden PortugalScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 66 reviews
(9 out of 10)

RICHARD

Oldham Single traveller
I have marked the overall rating and the hotel at 9 rather than 10 for two reasons. The hotel was fine but I and other fellow guests had thought the hotel was going to be in Porto which indicates your information was not clear. I can understand why as the cost would be much higher. I suggest you not only mention that the hotel is some distance north of Porto but also there is a metro line into Porto for those who want to visit separately from the coach trips.
The other reason for the 9 was that it was a pity we were sat at separate tables for our meals while other tour groups sat at large round tables. This was particularly unfortunate for singles like me. No fault of the hotel which from my point of view could not have been better. Nor could they do anything about bands playing through the night from a hut just across the beach road from the hotel but fortunately my room was round the corner so it did not disturb me too much.
Also I marked the coach at 9 because one of the coaches we had only had lap safety belts and not diagonal and lap belts. Otherwise they were very comfortable.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 26 July 2016
(6 out of 10)

BRENDA

nailsea bristol Couple
the hotel was good inside although it is a good thing we arrived in the dark as the outside
was terrible. The decor and rooms inside were good but we did not have a seaview or balcony
as nearly everyone else seemed to. The food was passable but not different enough.
The tour guide was very good but some of the distances travelled were too much. The hotel
was very isolated and not much around at all.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 26 July 2016
(7 out of 10)

RONALD

Stratford-upon-Avon Couple
Communal eating not for everyone. Drink prices very acceptable. The remoteness of the hotel was not to everyone's liking. The staff generally were pretty good.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 22 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

DIANE

Leicestershire Couple
We went on our first newmarket holiday last year to Italy and were so impressed with everything we booked again for portugal this year - yet again we were not disappointed!!! A top class company providing top class organised and fantastic value for money holiday adventures.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 20 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

WENDY

Bude Family
A wonderful holiday. We enjoyed seeing the scenic countryside: vineyards, fruit trees, vegetation, hillsides, valleys, forests, rivers and seasides. The residents are friendly. The local dishes so tasty, not expensive either. Loved the excursions, so interesting. Exquisite architecture, cobbled streets, beautiful cathedrals and churches, interesting markets, crafts, and traditional dancing ( just had to participate). Hotel right by The Atlantic. Perfect. Thank you Newmarket for a phenomenal holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 20 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

TERENCE

Sheffield Couple
Almost everything was good. Helene the person who cared for us most of the time was delightful and gave us the right amount of information. There were some problems with the hotel but these were dealt with well. We did have a serious complaint about lift safety and reported this to the reception staff and to Helene; she was concerned and said to us that she would comment on this in her report. The optional visit to Santiago was disappointing but this was simply because the town was disappointing (although we did have an excellent lunch!)
All in all, a nice holiday with nice people.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

DAVID

Ormskirk Couple
Hotel room was fine although aircon was not initially working well. Nice pool setting - but pool was cold . What really spoiled it was that the "hot food" was not hot . Even when Newmarket clients were allowed in 15 min early it was rarely hot and meats were often overcooked . Cold buffets and sweets were good .
Although the hotel was sited right on the long promenade there was not much choice of local activities . Bathing in the sea was not a safe option .
Tours were good and our driver and courier (Helena) excellent .
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016