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Dates: 30th December 2012 to 2nd January

2013

Itinerary: New Year’s Eve in Portugal

Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Amusing and Curious People

Marta Ribeirinho dos Santos

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One of the most famous luxury historic hotels in Portugal, the

Vidago Palace is impressive and inviting, combining the

grandeur of a Palace with the warm atmosphere of a country

house. Surrounded by mountains and 100 acres of parkland

and woodland, Vidago Palace invites tranquillity and the

perfect place for a relaxing and revitalising stay. The fresh

country air and the magnificent park, endowed with mineral

water pavilions artistically decorated, offer an antidote to the

hustle and bustle of modern life. Come and spend a few days

of pure romanticism at this wonderful location as desired by

many and enjoy an equal stay!


The grandiose proportions and the Golden panels of the

former ballroom of the hotel are a spectacular site for the

gourmet restaurant in the Vidago Palace at the great Hall.

Using local organic products, the refined cuisine of the Hall

features traditional dishes from the North of Portugal that

have been reinterpreted to offer a sophisticated sample of

the best regional cuisine. At the turn of the year return to

roaring 20! Feel the magic of this glorious time and

incorporate the spirit of the Belle Époque in this endless

and fun night!


The Yeatman is an extraordinary hotel and the first wine

hotel in Portugal!

Situated in the historical area of the port wine cellars in

Vila Nova de Gaia, offers great rooms with balconies and

private gardens with panoramic views over the Douro

River and the port-area classified UNESCO World

Heritage. It has a Gastronomic restaurant, Wine Bar,

Lounge Bar, Wine Spa, outdoor and indoor heated

swimming-pool, Gym, Kid’s Club.


The celebration of New Year's Eve at The Yeatman is

wonderful where you will surely remember, either because

of the fine wine list or the panoramic view over the Douro

River. The dinner is very special one prepared by the awardwinning

Chef Ricardo Costa, who will present a cocktail, five

dishes, dessert and drinks in a unique and delicious food

experience. You can expect live music to enjoy the meal ...

and lots of fun!


This historic hotel, located in the heart of the city, was

inaugurated shortly after the remodel of the palace of the

18th century.

Avenida dos Aliados, where the hotel is located, is close to

the major points of interest of Oporto, such as the city

market Bolhão, the Tower of Clérigos and Ribeira

headquarter. Intercontinental has a restaurant Café

Astória, the Bar of Cardosas and the Wellness Centre of

Pevonia.


Welcome the Year 2013 with this unique program,

including a gala dinner accompanied by a special Menu

and live music. Celebrate the new year in the best hotel

in the city. You may enjoy this evening with the best

dishes in the hotel, right in the heart of the city! Climb to

the top of the roof to appreciate the wonderful fireworks.

Enjoy and pass by the large bustling streets of the city

and see how the Portuguese people celebrate a real

new year's Eve as in the harbour ... animation, music

and champagne!


Long considered Lisbon’s premier hotel and located right in

the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

provides a glorious bird’s-eye view of the city's stunning

historic sites – and makes the perfect starting point for

exploring its unique architecture.

Designed with the intention of marking Lisbon’s name

internationally and adding to the prestige of the Portuguese

hotel industry, the Hotel is truly a landmark establishment in

all senses of the word.


Spend a unique night in the company of your family and

friends on a delicious dinner of new year's Eve. Specially

prepared for you, this dinner already brings a bit of the

near future ... a Menu full of glamour and refinement. The

sound of a famous pianist and the dishes specially

prepared by Chef Pascal Meynard will make you enter in

2013 with the right foot. Enjoy watching the wonderful

spectacle of fireworks from the hotel terrace and toast to

the sound of chimes, of champagne and plenty of party!


Located in the area of Belem, by the river Tagus.

The ideal luxury accommodation with 45 rooms and 5

suites.

It features the Michelin Awarded “Feitoria & Wine” with

sophisticated cuisine, the restaurant and the “Oyster &

Sushi Bar” and meeting rooms up to 140 people.

The Bspa is a modern space, designed for relaxation and

well-being, with 3 comfortable natural light treatment rooms.


In this elegant and modern environment, join the family and

friends and spend an unforgettable turn of year! In a

relaxed atmosphere of the Message restaurant at the Altis

Belém Hotel, you will be served with a star-Michelin Menu

will be presented by Chef Cordeiro. Enjoy this wonderful

dinner, admiring rich flavours while enjoying a breath-taking

background to the Tagus River and the Tagus Bridge.

Spend a remarkable New Year’s Eve with the most tasty

view of Lisbon... absolutely unique!


Between the 50’s and 80’s, King Umberto II of Italy lived in

exile in Portugal, more precisely in Cascais. The Hotel

Grande Real Villa Italy resulting from the recovery of the

Palace where the King lived, showing excellence in design

that results in a sophisticated and comfortable hotel.

On the terrace of the hotel you can take advantage of the

Sun and the good weather. For lunch you can enjoy the

restaurants and in the afternoon, how about a massage at

the Spa? Lisbon is only a few minutes away! Let yourself

be enchanted by this true palace transformed into a Hotel!


In Cascais, the Grande Real Villa Italia, joins the M80 Radio

to provide an unforgettable evening by the sound of the best

songs of the 70´s , 80´s and 90´s . On the 31 st of

December, the Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa offers a

new year's Eve 80 's program, where it will be served a

welcome cocktail, followed by a dinner by Chef Paulo Pinto.

The turn-of-the-year celebration begins, with champagne

and many other surprises ... This experience is unique and

fantastic! You can't miss this wonderful opportunity!


Welcome the year 2013 with this unique program,

including gala dinner accompanied by a special Menu and

live music. In a magnificent room of the Casino do Estoril,

in the Lisbon Coast, enjoy a glamorous night with music

accompanied by a wonderful signature dining and good

wines. Here you will have for sure a huge feast waiting for

you, full of elegance and perfection, accompanied by

renowned Portuguese singer Rui Veloso.


Situated on the Atlantic coast in the southernmost region of

Portugal, the Algarve is the first Conrad Hotel Conrad

Resort and is located in one of the world's most enticing

destinations, Quinta do Lago. Discover world-class golf

courses, fantastic beaches and idyllic scenery of Ria

Formosa Natural Park. Located just 20 minutes from Faro

airport, this luxurious hotel contains one of the most

exceptional and glamorous Spas of Europe. Enjoy the

wonderful opportunity to explore the local culture, given the

excellent location of the hotel.


The T-Club is one of the most famous bars and clubs in

Portugal, located in the Quinta do Lago resort.

Offering a specific and unique environment for your new

year's Eve with a private exquisite party!

We recommend the gala dinner in the beautiful and superb T-

Club space and delight with the excellent dinner which will be

served. Near midnight move to the area of the dance floor ...

where you can have fun and dance until dawn!


The classic Reid's Palace is located on a cliff top overlooking

the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Funchal. Extends over 4

hectares of subtropical gardens where, vineyards,

Geraniums, hibiscus and salvias are melted in a glorious

spectacle. Icon of luxury hotels in Madeira, is considered one

of the best hotels in the world. This hotel of sumptuous decor

and a unique ambiance, a thousand stories of spies, Kings

and Queens and many other distinguished guests. Is the

perfect place to relax and discover the beauty of lush

greenery and many species of birds that make wood a

magical place.


Spend the New Year's Eve watching the biggest firework

in Portugal! In this five-star hotel there is prepared for you

a wonderful dinner, followed by a really fun party! We

suggest that you take this opportunity, boarding towards

Madeira Bay on a private boat that will take you off the

island so that you can appreciate the biggest firework in

the country. Right in the Centre of the Bay you will be able

to attend the launching of the fire along the whole island

of Madeira... An unforgettable moment that you cannot

miss!


We offer a wide range of transports to your program, all equipped with air conditioning and fresh water.

Our fleet is operated by English speaking professional drivers, uniformed and cars with less than 5

years.

For this experience, we suggest a Mercedes E-Class or similar, which will transport them by Lisbon.


Go to the Marquês de Pombal and then go down the

Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most exciting sites of

the city and with the best designer shops. Upon arriving

at the end of this Avenue, stop in one of its kiosks to take

a refreshment and rest a little.

Continuing the descent, will find the restorers and then

the Rossio with its beautiful train station and the castle of

St. George at the top of one of the 7 hills of the city!


From Rossio take the tram number 28 and enjoy the ride!

Leave near the Cathedral and visit not only this beautiful

monument as well as the Church of Santo António.

You can now go up to the castle of São Jorge! Take again

the 28 tram or try to go by foot, go down and contact with

all the splendour of this city.

Don't forget to look around ... The view is beautiful!


St. George's Castle is the most emblematic monument of

the city of Lisbon and a testimony of several crucial

episodes in the history of Portugal. This castle is classified

as National Heritage and offers a wonderful view over

Lisbon. Take advantage of to hit lots of photos!

Follow then to Alfama, a traditional neighbourhood of Arab

origins, with narrow streets and inner courtyards, known

for being the site of the best Fado houses in the city. Let's

get lost by these streets-it will be worth it!


Start the day by visiting Belem. A location closely

associated at the time of discovery, known as the maritime

part of the city.

You may visit the Jerónimos Monastery, built in Manueline

style – a 16 th century style adapted to the Gothic style –

which gives this monument its individualism.

Can't help visiting the famous Pastéis de Belém, to taste

the famous Pastéis de Belém (Belém Custards) whose

recipe dates back to 1837 and still remains the same!


Climb the mountains and visit Sintra. A mandatory

passage region! Sintra is one of the most pleasant and

privileged locations existing in Portugal – a true paradise

on Earth! Upon arrival, you will be able to visit and explore

this beautiful town and visit the beautiful Pena Palace.

Don't miss out on the traditional sweets such as queijadas

de Sintra or travesseiros! The guide that will accompany

you can show you where to find the best pastry in

Piriquita!


Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of Europe and has

a breath-taking view to the sea.

While returning you will pass through Cascais which has a

large area with sandy beaches that hug the Atlantic

Ocean.

Cascais is luxury, glamour and an idyllic place of the

Portuguese coast. Here you can find several traditional

shops with handcrafted products!


Braga is known as the "Heart of Minho, as it is located in

the Centre of this province.

You can visit the Palace of Raios, which is one of the most

remarkable buildings of civil architecture from the city of

Braga. Johannine Baroque style. According to the

Cathedral of Braga, who is a church that cannot fail in your

visit.

You should also visit the historical centre and stroll the

cobbled streets and live like a true point and experience

the very best in this city.


The charm of the coastal road leads to these two delighted

locations. The village of Caminha is charming with its

Baroque architecture and houses in granite with beautiful

coats in the facades! Try out the traditional sweets called

Caminhenses, in Docelândia which is right in the heart of

the city. Explore Vila Nova de Cerveira. Your trade is rich in

linens and hand-made embroidery work. The main square is

lovely and the baroque churches worth visiting. Don't miss

the opportunity to visit these sites!


The Douro is known for the production of the famous port

wine.

To visit the Douro, we suggest not only that you enjoy all

the surrounding beauty of the vineyards, but also visit the

wineries and wine cellars to learn all about this nectar of

the gods!

Cultural heritage, the Douro is obligatory passage for

those visiting Northern Portugal!


We suggest a visit to Guimarães, one of the most

important historical cities in the country, with its historic

Cultural heritage of mankind.

Its streets and monuments are steeped in history and

charm its visitors. Guimarães is an emblematic and

archaic city, currently the European Capital of culture.

Imposing and powerful, this place has a lot of story to tell

and to discover. Here you may visit the Palace of the

Dukes of Bragança - a great value for Portugal.


On this day visit a demarcated Douro region where they

produce the so famous wine of "Port" and "Douro“.

Covering an area comprised by several municipalities,

including the municipality of Lamego. Here, where the taste

and tradition are a source of pride and delight in

experiencing allowing reunion of cultures, you will be able

to live the true story and marvel at the surrounding

landscapes! We suggest a visit to Lamego Museum, the

sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the

Cathedral of Lamego. Major landmarks of the city that are

worth visiting!


To get to know the city and enjy it better during your stay,

we suggest that you begin this day with this tour, where

you will have the opportunity to discover the city! When

leaving the Hotel, drive to the Stoxk Exchange Palace,

headquarters of Commercial Association of Oporto that

has more than 200 years. It is a symbol of the city for its

importance and grandeur historical and architectural, being

an active and living space. Follow then to Porto Cathedral

that is a building of Gothic romance, structure of the 20th

century.


Nothing better for the arrival at Oporto than a cruise along

the Douro River, through the six bridges that accompany the

margins of this city. This experience is unforgettable

because you can see the city from a different perspective ...

View from the River! Soak up the Sun and enjoy this

phenomenal tour and record the moments with some

photographs for later memories. At the end of the boat ride

will make a private visit to the port wine cellars with wine

tastings. Let yourself go with the current flavour and learn

about the centuries-old bridges and World Heritage.


You can choose to pay a visit to Taylor's Cellars! This is

the only independent company that exports port wine for

more than 300 years. Still maintains a traditional family

business, and produces high-quality port wine. The Taylor

Fladgate and Yeatman, brands were awarded with

international prizes for excellence and are distributed in

more than 54 countries worldwide. You expect a visit that

will end with a tasting of two wines: Late Bottled Vintage

and Tawny.


To begin your visit to the Algarve, nothing better than to see

the two of the most emblematic areas, Sagres and Lagos.

Come to Sagres region and enter a mystical atmosphere,

where the sea and the hills are joined forming a natural

heritage. The magnificence of the place has always messed

with the human being, and the reports of a mystical attraction

(religious or esoteric) are many. This region is also closely

linked to the era of Portuguese discoveries where, in

caravelas, they unveiled the first secrets of the oceans. A visit

not to be missed!


To know the wonderful island of Madeira, start by going

through the city of Funchal, the capital of the autonomous

region of Madeira, where ypu can pass by the Funchal

Cathedral or stroll along the Levadas. Follow the roads to the

eastern end of the island, arriving to Santana, where you can

see the traditional Houses of Santana, with a very own

traditional architecture. On your way back to Funchal, visit

the Pico do Areeiro, at 1818 meters high. From the top of the

Peak you can see other places on the island, such as the

Ponta de São Lourenço, Curral das Freiras and even the

island of Porto Santo (if weather conditions are favourable).


Lavradores Market in Funchal, is situated in the city centre

on the historic core of Santa Maria, the Lavradores Market

is one of the landmarks that the capital of Madeira has to

offer, where the colours, the scents and traditions come

together to toast and Marvel who seeks. Built in the 30 th

century, it combines art deco and modernism. Here you

can find all the best that the island has to offer! This

market is one of the postcards of Madeira, due to its

traditional aspect and live and is a compulsory passage for

those who visit the island!


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