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Holidays in Portugal, featuring New Year’s Eve in Madeira

  • Destination: Europe, Portugal
  • Start: 12/24/2019
  • End: 01/02/2020

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  • Double Occupancy $5995 | Single Occupancy $7995
  • 10 days/09 nights in Portugal & Madeira, including Porto, Lisbon & Funchal
  • Deluxe (5★) accommodation
  • Activity level: Easy
  • ADDITIONAL: International Air Routing: USA – Porto (OPO) … Funchal (FNC) – USA

The tradition of Madeira Island Fireworks dates back to the seventeenth century, marked by bonfires that were lit, illuminating and filling Madeiran homes with color and brightness. Later in the eighteenth century, the English community living on the island introduced the launch of rockets to mark the beginning of the New Year.

A century later, the banker Madeiran João José Rodrigues Leitão chose to recreate this tradition, and the wealthy families of the island began to compete with each other in the launch of rockets, promoting a spectacle of fireworks that spread to the higher areas of the city. At the time, the pyrotechnics were followed by celebrations in ballrooms.

Nowadays, the New Year’s Eve firework show lasts approximately eight minutes and is spread out over more than 30 burning fire stations located in the amphitheatre of Funchal, on the waterfront and down town area.

Madeira holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Pyrotechnic Performance in the world. This record was achieved in 2006 and topped in 2010. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks celebration is the largest tourist attraction in the region.

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Day 1

TUES DEC 24, 2019 • Depart USA


Depart on any regularly scheduled flight from the USA to Porto, Portugal.

Day 2

WED DEC 25 • Arrive Porto, Portugal

Upon arrival in Porto, transfer to The Yeatman Hotel. Conveniently located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Yeatman Hotel offers a magnificent view over the Douro river and the historic center of Porto.

The afternoon is at leisure to relax after the flight. This evening we will depart for a local restaurant for a Christmas Dinner. Our restaurant this evening is in the Palace of Arts-Talent Factory, in the historic center, now classified as World Heritage.

Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Dinner

Day 3

THU DEC 26 • Porto

After breakfast, begin with a Porto city tour.

Passing by Avenida dos Aliados, famous for its banks and trendy shops, we will head towards Santa Catarina street to get a feel of the city and its people. We will make a visit to the Stock Exchange Palace with incredible granite work and magnificent neo-Arab influences and then to the San Francisco church, also called the Golden Church. A view of the famous Clérigos Church and Lello Bookshop is also on the program.

Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

FRI DEC 27 • Porto-Coimbra-Obidos-Lisbon

Leave Porto and head to the mystical city of Coimbra.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages, but it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge, when Dom João III (1521-57) decided to move the University to the city on a definitive basis.

A center of learning, par excellence, the University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest in Europe and was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO; this classification includes also the Uptown and Sofia Street.

Enjoy lunch in Coimbra before we continue to the medieval town of Óbidos. Prepare for a very traditional, succulent lunch, Portuguese-style! Be sure to let us know if you are not a meat eater.

The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. Denis of Portugal, son of Afonso III, later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the Queens of Portugal.

Afterwards, drive to Lisbon and check in to Bairro Alto Hotel.

Hotel: Bairro Alto Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

SAT DEC 28 • Lisbon

After breakfast, set off for a half day of exploration of Lisbon.

We will visit Belém – the area of the Discoveries! Of all Lisbon, Belém most clearly evokes the era of the Discoveries and Portugal’s maritime expansion. It was from Belém that caravels (Portuguese sailing ships) would depart and arrive throughout the 15th and the 16th centuries. King Manuel I ordered the construction of the Monastery of Jerónimos (Hieronymos) and the Tower of Belém as symbols of the wealth and splendor of the times. Classified as World Heritage, these are among the very best examples of the “Manueline” architectural style: a Portuguese interpretation of the Gothic. No visit to Lisbon is complete without trying Belém Pastries. These are the famous cream cakes made from puff pastry filled with milk, cream, vanilla and… nobody quite knows what all. That is just how it is. The recipe for Belém Pastries is one of the best kept secrets in Portuguese gastronomy.

This evening we dine in the Chiado neighborhood, which is atypical of Lisbon and holds a surprise on every corner. Our restaurant is not so much an address as it is an entire universe devoted to creativity. This is truly something different.

Hotel: Bairro Alto Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Ocean View Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

SUN DEC 29 • Fly Lisbon to Funchal

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at leisure. You may wish to visit the world-famous Museo Calouste Gulbenkian Museum or the National Museum of Tiles. After lunch on your own, we will check out and transfer the airport for our flight to Funchal, Madeira. (Flight is quoted separately and handled by Coda Tours.)

In Madeira, we check in to the newly renovated superior 5* Savoy Palace Hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Ocean View Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

MON DEC 30 • Funchal

After breakfast, we are introduced to the island’s capital – Funchal.

We start with a stroll through Santa Catarina Park with its lawn surrounded by flower beds. Passing by the Sé Cathedral, built by Gil Eanes in Manueline style, we will carry on walking toward the hustle and bustle of the Farmers Market. Discover the display of sub-tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish.

Afterwards, we will drive up to the Botanical Garden, where we walk through its cobbled pathways, admiring the flora variety and taking in the fabulous view over the town. To finish this tour in style, we will have a tasting of Madeira Wine in a Wine Cellar.

Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Ocean View Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

TUES DEC 31 • Funchal

Leaving the hotel, we ascend to Pico dos Barcelos, a belvedere overlooking the city of Funchal. Continue to Eira do Serrado, from where we can overlook the Curral das Freiras – a settlement that grew up after the 16th century, when Madeira was attacked by the French pirates. It is located in a deep valley and has one of the island’s most spectacular landscapes.

A stop will be made at the Palheiro Gardens, home to spacious lawns and ponds boasting some of the rarest and most exotic plants in the world. Spend some time walking through a Levada (an aqueduct specific to Madeira), which was only completed in 1970 after an important project was commissioned by the Portuguese Government to provide hydroelectric power.

Afterwards, we stop to relax and enjoy refreshments at the Hortensia Tea House, featuring a delightful tropical garden and a great view over southeast Funchal Bay.

Return to the hotel. Prepare for a festive New Year’s dinner and celebration at the hotel to ring in 2020!

Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

WED JAN 01 • Funchal

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or the town of Funchal.

Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

THU JAN 02 • Funchal-USA

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart the hotel for our return to flight to Lisbon (not included in the rates.)

Bon Voyage and Happy New Year!

Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
Room: Superior Deluxe Room
Meals: Breakfast

Rates & Facts

Rates Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Per Person $5995 $7995

Flights: You will need the following flight pattern:

    • Dec 24 USA/PORTO (OPO), arriving Dec 25
    • Jan 02 FUNCHAL (FNC)/USA
    • Flight LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 is approx. $320 at the time of printing.The flight from LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 will be booked by Coda Tours.
    It may be possible to include this flight on your international ticket, but please check with us first and we will

    • give you the exact flight details to book.
    • There is a separate charge for it

 

Inclusions
        • Accommodations in 5* hotels as listed in the itinerary
        • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 2 dinners and 1 Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner
        • Excellent local guide services as per program
        • Entrances to all sites listed in the itinerary
        • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
        • Coda representative on minimum participation
        • Pre-departure assistance and travel Portfolio
Not Included
        • International airfare
        • Trip cancellation & Interruption insurance
        • Drinks with meals (unless specified)
        • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
        • Passport & visa expenses if required
        • items of a personal nature
        • gratuities to guide and driver and misc. tips.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE

Flights: You will need the following flight pattern:

 

    • Dec 24 USA/PORTO (OPO), arriving Dec 25
    • Jan 02 FUNCHAL (FNC)/USA
      • The flight from LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 will be booked by Coda Tours. There is a separate charge for it. It may be possible to include this flight on your international ticket, but please check with us first and we will give you the exact flight details to book.
      • Flight LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 is approx. $320 at the time of printing.
      • We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel and must have at least two blank pages. No visa is required for entry into Colombia for US and Canadian passport holders.

HEALTH

No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
The CDC also suggests that most travelers get a vaccine for hepatitis A because it can be contracted through contaminated food or water in all three destination countries, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

MINIMUMS

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.