LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
A holiday to Portugal's undiscovered treasures
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
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.
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.
Your Base: Costa Verde Hotels in Povoa de Varzim
Fly to Oporto and transfer to your hotel.
Our 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.
Come 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.
Discover 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
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.
Market opening times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.