While so many visits concentrate on Portugal’s north or south, this itinerary goes straight to the heart of the country. Running every two years (next departure in 2018), this eight-day tour will fill up fast so it is worth registering interest now to ensure a place. The first night is spent at the wild, Manueline, Gothic fantasy Palace of Bucaco, set within a forest and once a retreat for the royal family. Then it’s on to Coimbra, seat of learning and capital of Portugal from 1139 to 1385. Next is Tomar, with its octagonal, R Romanesque, Templar church and the architec architectural delights of the AlentejoA before return returning from Lisbon. ● PleasePleas contact Martin RandallRan (020 8742 3355; martinrandall.com)ma for 2018 availability.