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Northern Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Northern Portugal is often bypassed by the crowds in favour of popular resorts in the Algarve, however this beautiful, if overlooked region has plenty to merit an inclusion in any Portuguese guidebook. The coastal town of Porto with its world-renowned old town is particularly stunning.

Running out of Porto, all the way from the coast to the Spanish border is the Douro River Valley, fringed on either side by stunning mountainous scenery, this river passes through some of the most important port grape vineyards in the world. Interrupting these agricultural terraces, castles rise behind the region's small hill villages, where the modern world has intruded very little.

Large areas of the inland woods fall within Peneda Geres National Park. One of the last places on the continent where wolves still roam among the hills, this park is also littered with evidence of ancient human habitation, with megaliths and old dolmen graves haunting the atmospheric forest.

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Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £330 pp

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From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

The Presidential‬, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,775 pp

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From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.

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Top itineraries in Northern Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £330 pp

Special
offer

Free car hire

60 Day Advance Purchase – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 23 April 2018

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £490 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Palacio Do Freixo (Pousada do Porto) – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights at the luxurious Douro Royal Valley Hotel and Spa.

Porto & Madeira

8-day tailor-made journey from £890 pp incl. flights

Famous for its friendly people, wonderful local flora, and year-round mild climate, Madeira must be one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It makes a perfect pairing with Portugal's second city, Porto. Overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, UNESCO-listed Porto has a rich and varied history.

Lisbon & Porto in Style

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £820 pp incl. flights

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Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.

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Top places to stay in Northern Portugal

Douro Royal Valley Hotel

Contemporary hotel from £390 pp incl. flights

Lining the banks of the Douro River, the Royal Valley enjoys privileged views from its designer rooms, spa and bar terraces. It’s delightfully accessible seclusion.

Palacio das Cardosas, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel

In fine dining, chandelier-lit rooms and a spectacular location, this is among Porto’s finest properties; it truly deserves its palace moniker.

Douro Palace, Douro Valley

Contemporary hotel

In architect-led design, the Douro Palace spills down onto its eponymous river in a chic tumble of indulgent bars, spas and glass-framed rooms.

Vidago Palace

Historic hotel

With a whole suite of awards recognising everything from its golf course to its thermal spa, this grand Belle Époque dame is a gem hidden among the forests of northern Portugal.

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Where to go in Northern Portugal

Douro River

The Douro River Valley abounds with natural beauty, making it a popular spot for river cruises. Many of these cruises start out in the historic city of Porto, taking you past Gustave Eiffel's Dom Luis Bridge, before heading out into the countryside. From here you can travel the breadth of Portugal …

Porto

Porto's claim to fame as the second largest city in Portugal and the ancestral home of port have earned it a place on the tourism map, but it is the city's historical legacy that really engages visitors. The 400 kg of pure gold decoration in São Francisco Church make this Porto's most impressive hi…

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When to go to Northern Portugal

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