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UK by rail and self drive

Catch the train to the capital from your chosen railway station, sit back, relax and you will arrive at your destination in no time at all or get there under your own steam

UK by coach

Stay close to home and choose from a selection of UK breaks offering great value for money and itineraries to ensure you get the most out of your tour

Theatre, shows and events

Let us entertain you with a selection of shows and concerts plus a wide range of theatre breaks to the West End by rail, coach and self-drive

London

Take a trip to London and see the spectacular sights and discover what our capital city has to offer - there's something for everyone

Europe by air and coach

Do as you please on a short break or book a comprehensive escorted holiday and let your tour guide show you the best sight-seeing opportunities around

Europe by Eurostar

Pick from a selection of escorted breaks travelling by Eurostar with regional rail connections arranged on your behalf for your convenience

America and Canada

A collection of trips covering all four corners of north America including some of the world's most exciting and enthralling cities

Worldwide

If you wish to travel further afield, there's a superb selection to some very special locations. Whichever one you choose, it's sure to be a holiday of a lifetime!

River cruising

Your river cruise holiday starts as soon as you board your 'floating hotel'. Discover new landscapes, cultures and experiences

Please note:

Star Extra Travel is unable to accept bookings over the telephone.

In most cases, once you have received the brochure, you may be able to book direct with the tour operator by telephone or online - you will need a brochure or have read the tour details online beforehand in order to do this to ensure you are happy with the itinerary plus the terms and conditions.

Alternatively, booking forms, which are attached at the back of the brochures, can be completed and returned by post to the tour operator.

Payments is by cheque or debit/credit card payable to the relevant tour operator - Please do not send cash. Credit card transactions may incur a charge – see individual trip details for information.

Individual tour operator booking terms and conditions apply.

Your contract is with the tour operator.

Coach pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers. Coach pick-up points offered are Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Telford and Shrewsbury. Occasionally, tour operators are able to offer other pick-up points closer to your home - just ask the tour operator for details.

Coach routes are not necessarily the pick-up points listed in the brochures and may include extra pick-up points from other parts of the country.

Coach transfers in the UK are not available for holidays by air and Eurostar plus certain cruising holidays, unless otherwise stated.

Prices are per person and do not include single room supplements, flight supplements, optional excursions and travel insurance.

Single rooms are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Whilst the tour operators try to ensure that every break takes place, on rare occsions, cancellations my occur. Naturally, they are extremely sorry when this happens and try to ensure that passengers are notified promptly and if possible, offered as an alternative.

We strongly recommend you read the trip details in full including the terms and conditions.

Please ensure you have valid up-to-date passports and visas where necessary.

Whilst our tour operators try to ensure that every break takes place, on rare occasions, cancellations may occur. Naturally, we are extremely sorry when this happens and try to ensure that passengers are notified promptly and if possible offered an alternative.

Hidden Portugal

Length: 8 days
Operator: Newmarket Air Holidays
Various dates available

Discover a delightful corner of Portugal far removed from the Algarve’s holiday resorts and brimming with fascination and interest.

Based in a choice of excellent four-star hotels, close to the historic Costa Verde fishing town of Povoa de Varzim, this holiday includes three guided excursions.

The first is to Portugal’s second city, Oporto, for a full-day visit. Ancient, time-weathered and clinging to the hillsides above the beautiful River Douro, its the city that gave its name to the country. During the day a visit will also be made to one of the famous port wine lodges plus the opportunity to take a boat trip on the Douro (payable locally).

Head through the Vinho Verde vineyards on the second excursion, to the historic market town of Ponte de Lima, famous for its 18th century fountain and ancient Roman Bridge, before continuing to Portugal’s only National Park, Peneda Gêres, the refuge of wolves, royal eagles and home to several other endangered species.

The final excursion takes in the beautiful coastal region of the Minho including the seaside town of Viana do Castelo and its Basilica de Santa Lucia offering wonderful views over the surrounding area. Caminha, a delightful little town with an old quarter and picturesque square, plus the ancient border town of Valenca do Minho, are also on the itinerary for this tour.

Several full day optional excursions are also offered to the Douro Valley and Régua; Barcelos and Braga; plus Santiago de Compostela.

About Us

Welcome to Star Extra Travel, the travel department of the Express & Star, Shropshire Star, weekly Chronicles and Shropshire Weeklies newspapers.

We work with a number of tour operators to promote a wide range of short breaks and holidays, to destinations near and far, to suit every taste and pocket.

For your security, all our tour operators are members of ABTA – The Travel Association and hold an ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) for holidays by air.

They are proud of their reputation and offer helpful, friendly advice. When compiling tours they have you in mind and make every effort to ensure they feature interesting itineraries and are good value for money.

Wherever possible (with the exclusion of holidays by air and Eurostar plus certain cruises), coaching is offered from pick-up points in Dudley, Shrewsbury, Telford, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Occasionally, tour operators are able to offer other pick-up points closer to your home - just ask the tour operator for details.



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