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Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal

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Discover this fascinating land in the most beautiful time of the year, Christmas and experience the traditions linked to the magical night of Christmas Eve as a protagonist: the Portuguese exchange gifts near the Nativity scene, where the children leave their slippers to find them full of presents.


Departure date: 12/22

Return Date: 12/29

Necessary documents: Identity card


Single room: €320

Admissions package to be paid locally €71

Compulsory supplementary insurance €30

Registration fee 30€

AIRPORT TAXES €160 (indicative)


Shared departure airport transfers A/R - Scheduled flight A/R - Airport/hotel transfers and vice versa - Coach travel - Hotel ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ - Half board - Local escort and guides - Visits and Excursions - Medical insurance and cancellation.



Day 1: Departure - Lisbon

Shared transfer to departure airport (if applicable), Check-in and boarding flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, in the evening meeting with the guide, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Lisbon

Breakfast and full day city tour with guide: the Belem district with its tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, the church of the Los Jeronimos Monastery (church and cloister) a masterpiece of "Manueline" Gothic. Continuation of the panoramic visit of the city passing by the Parliament and the splendid view of the park of Eduardo VII. Free lunch. Afternoon visit the historic center full of squares and avenues. Visit the 12th century Cathedral and the Church of Santo Antonio built on the birthplace of the Saint, the central district of the Baixa Pomballina and the Praca do Comercio, with splendid views of the majestic mouth of the Tagus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Lisbon - Obidos - Nazare - Alcobaca - Bathala - Fatima

Breakfast and departure for Obidos, visit to the medieval village with its perfectly preserved walls. Continuation to Nazarè, a typical fishing village where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Atlantic and to Alcobaca, an important Cistercian monastery. Inside the church we will see the spectacular tombs of the Portuguese Romeo and Juliet, King Pedro I and his mistress Ines de Castro, (appointed queen after her death). Free lunch. Departure for Batalha, a magnificent 14th century monastery. In the evening arrival in Fatima, orientation visit of the Marian Sanctuary, and possibility to attend the evening torchlight procession. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Fatima - Tomar - Braga - Guimaraes

Breakfast and departure for Tomar, visit of the Convent of Christ which was originally a fortress belonging to the Knights Templar. Continuation to Braga. View of the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, famous for its spectacular Baroque staircase, and of the historic center with the ancient Cathedral (exterior). Free lunch. Continuation to Guimaraes, the cradle of Portuguese civilization. It was the first capital of the independent country in the XII century. Visit of the historical centre. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Guimaraes - Porto - Coimbra

Breakfast and departure for Porto. Guided tour of the city: the Ribeira district, with its colorful facades, the Dom Henrique square, optional entrance to the Church of San Francisco. Visit to a cellar. Free lunch and continuation to Coimbra, capital of the country for over 100 years in medieval times. We will visit the historic center and the famous university. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Coimbra - Castello de Vide - Marvao - Evora

Breakfast and departure for Castelo de Vide, dominated by a wonderful castle, it seems to take a leap into the Middle Ages, with the intertwining of narrow alleys, the whitewashed houses and the Gothic frames of the portals. Continuation to Marvao, the village presents itself with its houses all painted white, it is placed on the top of a mountain and completely surrounded by the walls of a castle, from whose walls a wonderful view is possible. In the evening arrival in Evora, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Evora - Sindra - Cabo da Roca - Lisbon

Breakfast and visit of Evora: the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, the main square. Continuation to Sintra, a beautiful village which owes its notoriety largely to the fact that it was the summer residence of the Portuguese sovereigns starting from the 19th century. Free lunch. Departure for Cabo de Roca from where you can admire a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening arrival in Lisbon, hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Lisbon - Return

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for check-in. Upon arrival, continuation for the return with shared transfer (if provided).


Following tradition, Portuguese families gather for dinner on December 24, where cod dishes are served, although roast turkey and other meat dishes - which are normally enjoyed in the following days - have started to be included in the menus. As a dessert you can't miss the Bolo-Rei (King's Cake) stuffed with candied fruit and dried fruit, as well as other typical seasonal sweets such as broas castelares and the traditional fried filhós, dreams and pancakes.
At midnight the Missa do Galo (Mass of the Rooster) is celebrated and in churches as in homes there is a special space dedicated to the crib, where the environment in which Jesus was born is recreated, as conceived by St. Francis of Assisi in XIII century. The crib is very popular in Portugal. Christmas presents are exchanged after midnight or on the morning of December 25, depending on the habits of each family. In the past, before in Portuguese Christmas it was Santa Claus who left the gifts under the tree, it was the Child Jesus who brought them. Before going to sleep the children left their slippers on the fireplace and, in the morning, once they woke up, they discovered what surprises he had left for them. Assuming they've done well during the year, of course...
On the night of December 24, in cities such as Bragança, Guarda, Castelo Branco and other small towns, a large bonfire is organized in the churchyard. It is a meeting point for exchanging Merry Christmas wishes between friends and neighbours.
The transfer service at Rome Fiumicino airport is provided for departures from the following locations:
Arezzo, Valdichiana, Orvieto, Orte, Città di Castello, Perugia, Todi, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Foligno, Spoleto, Terni, Viterbo.
New: the transfer service to Fiumicino airport is also operational from Rome (within the GRA) with pickup from home (valid for a minimum of 2 people, even from different addresses)

If not foreseen or not requested, a reduction of € 90 per person will be applied

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