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03 May 2020Porto: Art, Culture and the British Connection

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Porto: Art, Culture and the British Connection
Sunday 03 May 2020

A five-night, six-day visit to Porto, focussing on the city’s arts and culture, as well as its historic links to Britain.

Cost £1,130.00 per person (based on two sharing a Standard double/twin room). Single Room Supplement £120.00.

Two dinners with wine are included in the price.

For the full brochure and booking form please click here. Brochures (with booking forms) will be available from the Visits table at the July, October and November lectures. 

Staying at the centrally located iconic Grande Hotel do Porto, our trip will feature Music, Theatre, Art and the centuries old trade links between the UK and this historic city.  We also include an afternoon at the vibrant waterside town of Aveiro – the 'Venice of Portugal'!

Our English speaking guide will meet us at Porto airport, and will accompany us throughout our stay.

Highlights include special access to two sites rarely available to tour groups. On Day 5 we visit St James’ Anglican Church and the British Factory House. The church has been the spiritual home to the English speaking community in Porto for more than 300 years. Over tea and biscuits we learn about the events and characters that shaped the ongoing relationship between the city of Porto and the British. The Factory House was founded around 1654 as a commercial association between merchants living in Porto who traded goods with Britain. Now closed to tourists, The Arts Society Colchester has been granted a private guided tour of this historic building, which still continues as the major hub for the city’s port companies. 

We also have guided tours of the fabulous Casa da Musica, the São João National Theatre, the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, as well as the the Serralves Villa, a unique example of 1930s Art Deco architecture. On our last evening we will visit Taylor’s Port Lodge for a guided tour, port tasting and our farewell dinner (included). 

On Tuesday, you have the choice of getting some sea air on our visit to the colourful estuary town of Veiro, with its Art Nouveau buildings and gondola like moliceiros, or having a free afternoon in Porto.

Also included are a boat trip on the River Douro, and two relaxed walking tours of Porto, taking in sights as diverse as the bookshop that inspired JK Rowling, a 1920s café and a railway station!

We have private coach transfers between Colchester and Stansted Airport, with an executive coach for our Porto airport transfers and for the rest of our stay in Porto.

Our direct flights between Stansted and Porto include 20kg of hold luggage.