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The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Escorted Tours -

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.

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