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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Portugal

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels
7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide
Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners
Porterage at the hotels
 
 

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN PORTO 

  • Arrive at Porto International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Begin with a panoramic tour of Porto, recognized as one of Europe's best destinations. Also known as Oporto, it is the capital of port wine and a fascinating mix of Baroque and modern art and architecture.
  • Romanesque to Romanticism: View the main sites of the city, including: Avenida dos Aliados, Clerigos Tower, which is known as the symbol of the city, Sao Bento train station, decorated with 20,000 tiles depicting the history of Portugal, the Stock Exchange Palace (Palacia da Bolsa), known for its uniquely designed rooms and located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical center of Porto, and the Ribeira neighborhood near the river front, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Portugal - Small Country, Great Nation: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator at a restaurant. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Porto


Day Three: Tuesday
PORTO - PLANTED GARDENS AND JEWISH ROOTS            

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Crystal Palace Gardens for fantastic views overlooking the Douro River.
  • Stroll through the trendy art gallery district around Rua De Miguel Bombardafor a refreshing and lively insight into Porto's contemporary art scene.
  • Visit the Kadoorie Synagogue Mekor Haim. Inaugurated in 1938, it stands as the largest synagogue in the Iberian Peninsula. Walk through the museum housed within to learn more about the Jewish community of Porto.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit one of the port cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river, where famous Port wines are stored and aged, including port wine tasting.
  • Remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore on your own.

Overnight: Porto


Day Four: Wednesday
DISCOVERING JEWISH IDENTITY (WITH GOOD PORT ALONG THE WAY)  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Porto.
  • Drive through the Douro Valley, famous as the only authentic producer of port wine.
  • Visit Vila Real, including the Mateus Palace built in Baroque-style, and which serves as a vineyard, producing the famous Portuguese wine Mattheus.
  • Drive south and visit the old city of Peso da Regua, situated on the banks of the Douro River.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue with a port wine tasting at a local farm.
  • LaDa'at Focus A History Tunnel into the Jewish Communities of Portugal - from Inquisition to Rediscovery with your tour educator.
  • First Mezuzah in 500 years: Stop in Trancoso and visit the Isaac Cardoso Interpretation Center of Jewish Culture, commemorating the Jewish community that existed in this small town.
  • Behind the Veil: Continue to Belmonte, where a small Jewish community survived in secrecy for hundreds of years by hiding all the external signs of their faith.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Belmonte


Day Five: Thursday
HISTORIC CROSSROADS AND THE JEWS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • People of the Book: Visit the Jewish Museum, which reflects the history of the Belmonte Jewish community from the time of the Middle Ages.
  • LaDa'at Focus Visit the Synagogue in Belmonte and meet with a representative of the local Jewish community for a conversation on the Anussim of Portugal.
  • Depart Belmonte and drive to Coimbra, home to one of the world's first universities.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city upon arrival.
  • Building of the Book(s): Visit the University of Coimbra, including its impressive library, built in the early 18th century with rooms rich in gilt and exotic wood, and lined with 300,000 books. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Coimbra


Day Six: Friday
MEDIEVAL MONOTHEISTS AND THEIR HOUSES OF WORSHIP 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to the historic Tomar, including a visit to the famous, ancient Jewish synagogue which dates back to the 15th
  • Visit the Convent of the Order of Christ, originally a Templarstronghold built in the 12th century and one of Portugal's most important historical and artistic monuments. The Convent is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Time permitting: Fortified Antiquity: Visit the well preserved whitewashed village Obidos.
  • Continue to Lisbon.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Lisbon


Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT IN LISBON - DOMES AND ROMANS, MARKETS AND MOORS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walking tour in the Alfama Quarter, which still shows signs of the Moorish presence in the city. Explore the neighborhood's steep winding alleys, hidden landmark churches, and breath-taking views of the Tagus River.
  • LaDa'at Focus Portugal in the 21st Century - the Tension between Tradition and Modernity with your tour educator.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue with a tour of the center of Lisbon, including Rossio Square, Baixa (the downtown area) and Praça do Comércio, an impressive plaza facing the Tagus River.
  • Free time for last-minute shopping, packing or to explore on your own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Lisbon


Day Eight: Sunday
THE MAGIC OF SINTRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Excursion to the city of Sintra, the resort town of Portugal kings, perched high in the mountains. The town's picturesque romantic monuments and mountainous vistas, serve as the backdrop for unparalleled architectural and natural beauty. These have coupled to allow it to become a compelling and enduring centerpiece recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Role of Fado Music in Portuguese Culture with your tour educator.
  • Moorish Roots, Portuguese Royalty: Visit the National Palace, the former royal palace of Sintra which has its origins in the Moorish period. After the Reconquista, it became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, who extended and embellished the building. The current palace still looks very much like it must have looked in the 16th century.
  • Visit the Regaleira Palace and Gardens, which consist of a Romanticpalace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Pena Palace and the surrounding Pena Park. Pena Palace is a unique architectural structure built in the mid-19th century on the site of a former monastery by the Portuguese King-Consort Dom Fernando II as a summer palace for the royal family.
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: Depart Sintra and stop at Cabo da Roca. Overlooking the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean, stand at the western-most extentof mainland Portugal and continental Europe.
  • Return to Lisbon.
  • Farewell dinner with Fado music, the traditional Portuguese music.

Overnight: Lisbon


Day Nine: Monday
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Lisbon International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Crowne Plaza
Porto

On the Avenida da Boavista, in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, the modern Crowne Plaza Porto exudes pure luxury and comfort. This 5-star hotel is half a kilometer from Casa da Música.

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Convento de Belmonte
Belmonte

Set amid the Esperança mountains and countryside, this hotel in a restored stone convent is 2.3 km from both Belmonte and Castelo de Belmonte.

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Quinta das Lagrimas
Coimbra

This high-end hotel in an 18th-century palace with landscaped gardens is 8 minutes' walk from Portugal dos Pequenitos amusement park and 2 km from Old Cathedral of Coimbra.

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Altis Grand
Lisbon

Featuring a free heated indoor pool, spa and a gym, this recently refurbished 5-star hotel is set in Lisbon’s business district. Altis Grand Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Avenida da Liberdade's fashionable boutiques, and 700 m from Príncipe Real.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.