Rock Art of Portugal

7 days

From £2,325

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Open air rock art preserved in Portugal

In the world of Ice Age rock art, caves such as Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain are well known and documented. Portugal, however, has its own equally early rock art, which is exposed to the elements year-round. Set within the peaceful valley of the Côa river, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and local fauna, lie around five thousand engravings, including a few of human figures.  The archaeological impact of Foz Côa was initially controversial, but it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and new discoveries still being made today. We will explore the valley and its secrets, studying the art that has been in situ for thousands of years.

Our tour begins and ends in Porto, an atmospheric riverside city, whose old docks are also a UNESCO Heritage Site. Staying centrally, we will be able to see the contrast between the busy town and the peaceful Douro countryside, before travelling by train to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, our base for the rest of the week. 

Certain rock art can only be seen in certain light at different times of day. Although we have tried to fit the tour to match this, there may be slight alterations.

Tour highlights:

  • A guided tour of Porto, enjoying its old-world charm
  • Visit Penascosa in the evening to see the rock art by artificial light
  • Take a tour of the Foz Côa museum, enjoying views across the Douro and Côa Valleys
  • See the Man of Piscos, a rare human figure from the Palaeolithic

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Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £500.

Single supplement: £395

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Paul Bahn

Guide Lecturer

Dr Paul Bahn is the leading expert on prehistoric rock art worldwide, and is certainly one of our best-known archaeologists.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
19 April 2021 APOR210419 19 April 2021 (Monday) 25 April 2021 (Sunday) Dr Paul Bahn £2,325
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