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Hidden Portugal

8 days from £549*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 19 October 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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A holiday to Portugal's undiscovered treasures

Discover a Portugal far removed from the Algarve's manicured golf courses and holiday resports. 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 04 June 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 June 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 September 2017 £669
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 September 2017 £669
Bristol
Bristol 01 June 2017 £659
Bristol
Bristol 08 June 2017 £659
Bristol
Bristol 29 June 2017 £659
Bristol
Bristol 24 August 2017 £729
Bristol
Bristol 31 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
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 June 2017 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 June 2017 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 June 2017 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 June 2017 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 June 2017 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 June 2017 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 July 2017 £789
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 August 2017 £789
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 31 August 2017 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 September 2017 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 September 2017 £659
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 Luton
London Luton 01 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 04 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 08 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 18 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 25 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 29 June 2017 £649
London Luton
London Luton 02 July 2017 £719
London Luton
London Luton 24 August 2017 £719
London Luton
London Luton 31 August 2017 £719
London Luton
London Luton 03 September 2017 £659
London Luton
London Luton 07 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 Stansted
London Stansted 04 June 2017 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 June 2017 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 18 June 2017 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 25 June 2017 £679
London Stansted
London Stansted 29 June 2017 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 July 2017 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 August 2017 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 31 August 2017 £719
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 September 2017 £689
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 September 2017 £659
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
Manchester
Manchester 01 June 2017 £649
Manchester
Manchester 04 June 2017 £649
Manchester
Manchester 08 June 2017 £649
Manchester
Manchester 18 June 2017 £689
Manchester
Manchester 25 June 2017 £649
Manchester
Manchester 29 June 2017 £649
Manchester
Manchester 02 July 2017 £719
Manchester
Manchester 24 August 2017 £759
Manchester
Manchester 31 August 2017 £719
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2017 £679
Manchester
Manchester 07 September 2017 £659
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

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.

Hidden Portugal reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Hidden PortugalScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 229 reviews
(9 out of 10)

PAUL

Penrith Couple
Blessed with exceptional weather. Mary-Anne was a brilliant tour guide. Hotel location & food great - some nice tours.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2016
Published on: 15 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

JANIS

Derbyshire Single traveller
A most enjoyable holiday, stayed at the Esteglem Santo Andre. A small and homely hotel about 10 minutes drive from Povoa. This was not an issue as I went out every day. If you did not participate in the excursions this could be a bit remote as there is nothing to do nearby. The food was good , served at the table which encouraged people to mix. There is plenty of food and it is hot. The rooms were spacious and comfortable with plenty of clean towels and a very good shower. Staff were helpful, no complaints . The guide Marianne was very cheerful and helpful too.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2016
Published on: 14 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

JANET

Broadstairs, Kent Couple
A very interesting holiday both physically & intellectually.

All the historical etc. information given by MaryAnn and the beauty of the countryside
especially as we were so fortunate to enjoy warm sunshine.

The Axis Vermar hotel was in a really good position as we could walk into town or the other way along by the beach and enjoy a good coffee at one of the cafes.

The only problem can be regarding booking Optional Tours if the other members of the group are a bit 'stick in the mud'! Fortunately MaryAnn was able to arrange a mini-bus for 2 trips so we only lost out on one and we spent that day discovering more about Porto made easier by the fact that the Porto Metro goes as far as Povoa de Varzim.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2016
Published on: 13 November 2016