Dates: 30th December 2012 to 2nd January
Itinerary: New Year’s Eve in Portugal
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
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Marta Ribeirinho dos Santos
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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