European Holidays

Hidden Portugal

8-day Air Holidays
Departing September 2012 - October 2013
From £399.00*

* Price shown: 09 Jun 2014 from Norwich - NWI

HIDDEN PORTUGAL HOLIDAYS

Unearth the treasures of Portugal

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.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK to Oporto
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
  • Included excursions to Oporto, Minho, Ponte de Lima and Peneda Geres
  • Entrance to Port Lodge in Oporto
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

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.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Oporto and transfer to your hotel.

Day Two

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 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

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 Five

Today's included tour heads through the Vinho Verde vineyards to the market town of Ponte de Lima, famous for its 18th-century fountain and Roman bridge. From here we continue to Portugal's only National Park, Peneda Geres, the spectacular refuge of the country's rare wolves and royal eagles.

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. Caminha, a delightful town boasting a picturesque square and quaint old quarter, is our next stop before we finally visit the ancient border town of Valenca do Minho.

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.

Further Information

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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible 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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