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Hidden Portugal

8 days from £549*
Departing: August 2017 - October 2018
* Price shown: 19 October 2017 from London Luton - LTN
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

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 does the price include?

  • 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.

Hidden Portugal Tour 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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 April 2018 £589
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 April 2018 £599
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 April 2018 £619
Birmingham
Birmingham 06 May 2018 £649
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 May 2018 £659
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 May 2018 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 June 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 June 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 June 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 July 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 July 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 July 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 26 August 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 September 2018 £699
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 September 2018 £699
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 September 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 September 2018 £679
Birmingham
Birmingham 30 September 2018 £659
Birmingham
Birmingham 07 October 2018 £639
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 October 2018 £619
Birmingham
Birmingham 21 October 2018 £609
Bristol
Bristol 24 August 2017 £729
Bristol
Bristol 07 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 14 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 21 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 28 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 05 October 2017 £639
Bristol
Bristol 12 October 2017 £639
Bristol
Bristol 19 October 2017 £569
Bristol
Bristol 26 April 2018 £589
Bristol
Bristol 03 May 2018 £599
Bristol
Bristol 10 May 2018 £629
Bristol
Bristol 17 May 2018 £639
Bristol
Bristol 24 May 2018 £649
Bristol
Bristol 07 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 14 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 21 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 28 June 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 30 August 2018 £719
Bristol
Bristol 06 September 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 13 September 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 20 September 2018 £669
Bristol
Bristol 27 September 2018 £659
Bristol
Bristol 04 October 2018 £649
Bristol
Bristol 11 October 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 August 2017 £789
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2017 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2017 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 28 September 2017 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2017 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2017 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 October 2017 £549
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 April 2018 £569
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 April 2018 £579
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 April 2018 £579
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 April 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 May 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 May 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 May 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 May 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 May 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 May 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 May 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 28 June 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 July 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 July 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 July 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 August 2018 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 August 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 September 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 September 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 September 2018 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 September 2018 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 September 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 October 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 October 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 October 2018 £619
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 October 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 October 2018 £589
London Luton
London Luton 24 August 2017 £719
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 10 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 14 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 17 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 21 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 28 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 05 October 2017 £619
London Luton
London Luton 12 October 2017 £619
London Luton
London Luton 19 October 2017 £549
London Luton
London Luton 15 April 2018 £569
London Luton
London Luton 22 April 2018 £579
London Luton
London Luton 26 April 2018 £579
London Luton
London Luton 29 April 2018 £599
London Luton
London Luton 03 May 2018 £599
London Luton
London Luton 06 May 2018 £629
London Luton
London Luton 10 May 2018 £629
London Luton
London Luton 13 May 2018 £639
London Luton
London Luton 17 May 2018 £639
London Luton
London Luton 20 May 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 24 May 2018 £649
London Luton
London Luton 07 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 10 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 14 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 17 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 21 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 24 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 28 June 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 01 July 2018 £719
London Luton
London Luton 08 July 2018 £719
London Luton
London Luton 15 July 2018 £719
London Luton
London Luton 26 August 2018 £719
London Luton
London Luton 30 August 2018 £719
London Luton
London Luton 02 September 2018 £679
London Luton
London Luton 06 September 2018 £679
London Luton
London Luton 09 September 2018 £679
London Luton
London Luton 13 September 2018 £679
London Luton
London Luton 16 September 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 20 September 2018 £669
London Luton
London Luton 23 September 2018 £659
London Luton
London Luton 27 September 2018 £659
London Luton
London Luton 30 September 2018 £639
London Luton
London Luton 04 October 2018 £639
London Luton
London Luton 07 October 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 11 October 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 14 October 2018 £599
London Luton
London Luton 21 October 2018 £589
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 August 2017 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 September 2017 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 September 2017 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 28 September 2017 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 October 2017 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 12 October 2017 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 October 2017 £549
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 April 2018 £579
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 April 2018 £589
London Stansted
London Stansted 26 April 2018 £589
London Stansted
London Stansted 29 April 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 May 2018 £599
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 May 2018 £639
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 May 2018 £639
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 May 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 May 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 May 2018 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 May 2018 £659
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 28 June 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 July 2018 £729
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 July 2018 £729
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 July 2018 £729
London Stansted
London Stansted 26 August 2018 £729
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 August 2018 £729
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 September 2018 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 September 2018 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 September 2018 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 September 2018 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 September 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 September 2018 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 23 September 2018 £669
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 September 2018 £669
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 September 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 October 2018 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 October 2018 £629
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 October 2018 £629
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 October 2018 £609
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 October 2018 £599
Manchester
Manchester 24 August 2017 £759
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2017 £679
Manchester
Manchester 10 September 2017 £689
Manchester
Manchester 14 September 2017 £659
Manchester
Manchester 17 September 2017 £659
Manchester
Manchester 21 September 2017 £659
Manchester
Manchester 24 September 2017 £659
Manchester
Manchester 28 September 2017 £659
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2017 £619
Manchester
Manchester 12 October 2017 £619
Manchester
Manchester 19 October 2017 £549
Manchester
Manchester 15 April 2018 £579
Manchester
Manchester 22 April 2018 £589
Manchester
Manchester 26 April 2018 £589
Manchester
Manchester 29 April 2018 £599
Manchester
Manchester 03 May 2018 £599
Manchester
Manchester 06 May 2018 £639
Manchester
Manchester 10 May 2018 £639
Manchester
Manchester 13 May 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 17 May 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 20 May 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 24 May 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 07 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 10 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 14 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 21 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 24 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 28 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 01 July 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 08 July 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 15 July 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 26 August 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 30 August 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 02 September 2018 £689
Manchester
Manchester 06 September 2018 £689
Manchester
Manchester 09 September 2018 £689
Manchester
Manchester 13 September 2018 £689
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 20 September 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 23 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 27 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 30 September 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 04 October 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 07 October 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 11 October 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £609
Manchester
Manchester 21 October 2018 £599

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.

*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.

Hidden Portugal reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Hidden PortugalScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 314 reviews
(8 out of 10)

John

Cambridge Couple
A good insight into the more rural side of Portugal.
Confirmed traveller: 15 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

SANDRA

Hassocks Couple
The hotel was lovely. However it was isolated. We had trips every day but otherwise it would be difficult to get anywhere on public transport. Ths should have been made clear as some people were unhappy which was a shame.

This holiday was very good value and the food and accommodation was EXCELLENT!!!!!!
Confirmed traveller: 11 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

wokingham Couple
Unexpectedly windy, so cold. Unable to swim in the sea. Otherwise fine. We were lucky with the room we were given which overlooked the sea and had a large balcony. As it was on the 10th floor it did not get the strong winds which lower balconys did have.
Confirmed traveller: 08 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017