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Portugal New Year's Gay Tour

Portugal New Year's Gay Tour

Christmas in Portugal & New Year's Eve in Madeira!

Porto, Coimbra, Obidos, Lisbon, Funchal (Madeira) and more!

9 Days from Porto to Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

December 25, 2019 – January 02, 2020

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Lisbon Christmas Gay TourChristmas in Portugal & New Year's Eve in Madeira! You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced Madeira on New Year’s Eve. Pretty much everyone in the city takes a box of fireworks outside just before midnight to blow up the old year then party until dawn. There is nothing quite like it. There really isn’t. New Year’s in Portugal is the new ‘hot’ destination.

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Portugal – a country renowned for its fabulous beaches, excellent food & wine, historic cities and world leader for LGBT rights.

Portugal, in Southern Europe, is a beautiful country that offers an array of activities and sites to see for the LGBT traveler. Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and the most beautiful countryside. Cycling, festivals, beautiful beaches, surfing, charming hotels, restaurants, exciting nightlife, and oh the wine...you name it and you can find it in gay Portugal. Same sex marriage has been legal since 2010.

Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It is known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbor and a large New Year's fireworks show.

This is a special trip and a very special way to celebrate the New Year! Make bringing in 2020 a fabulous memory!

 

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Portugal New Year's Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 0 - Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Depart USA, Canada
Depart the USA, Canada on any regularly scheduled flight to Porto, Portugal.

 

Day 1 - Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Arrive in Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal Gay Christmas tourUpon 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.

Meals: Christmas Dinner
Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto, 5*
Room: Superior Deluxe Room

 

Day 2 - Thursday, December 26, 2019
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal gay tourAfter 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto, 5*
Room: Superior Deluxe Room

 

Day 3 - Friday, December 27, 2019
Porto - Coimbra - Obidos - Lisbon
Coimbra, Portugal gay tourLeave 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 Joa~o 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 O´bidos. 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 O´bidos, 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 O´bidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the Queens of Portugal.

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

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon, 5*
Room: Superior Deluxe Room

 

Day 4 - Saturday, December 28, 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Portugal gay tourAfter breakfast, set off for a half day of exploration of Lisbon.

We will visit Bele´m – the area of the Discoveries! Of all Lisbon, Bele´m most clearly evokes the era of the Discoveries and Portugal’s maritime expansion. It was from Bele´m 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 Jero´nimos (Hieronymos) and the Tower of Bele´m 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 Bele´m 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 Bele´m 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon, 5*
Room: Superior Deluxe Room

 

Day 5 - Sunday, December 29, 2019
Fly Lisbon to Funchal, Madeira
Gay Lisbon tourBreakfast 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 us.)

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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel, Funchal, 5*
Room: Ocean View Room

 

Day 6 - Monday, December 30, 2019
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira gay tourAfter 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 Se´ 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel, Funchal, 5*
Room: Ocean View Room

 

Day 7 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
New Year's Eve in Madeira
Madeira Gay New YearLeaving 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!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel, Funchal, 5*
Room: Ocean View Room

 

Day 8 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira Gay New YearBreakfast at the hotel. The day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or the town of Funchal.

Funchal is the capital city of Portugal's Madeira archipelago. It's backed by hills, and known for its harbor, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. The centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, which mixes Gothic and Romanesque styles, is notable for its carved wooden ceiling. Fronting the harbor is the São Tiago Fortress, built in the 1600s. It now houses the Contemporary Art Museum, with a large collection of Portuguese works.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel, Funchal, 5*
Room: Ocean View Room

 

Day 9 - Thursday, January 2, 2020
Funchal, Madeira | Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart the hotel for our return flight to Lisbon (not included in the rates.)

Bon Voyage and Happy New Year!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Madeira Gay New Year tour

 

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What's Included:

• Eight nights accommodations in 5* hotels as listed in the itinerary:
- 2 nights at The Yeatman Hotel in Porto;
- 2 nights at Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon;
- 4 nights at Savoy Palace Hotel in Funchal;
• 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

 

Madeira New Year gay tour

 

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.

Flight LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 is additional approx. $320 at the time of publishing. The flight from LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 will be booked by us.

 

Porto, Portugal Christmas gay tour

 

Tour Hotels

The Yeatman Hotel, Porto

The Yeatman Hotel, PortoThis wine hotel’s luxury spa has a large indoor pool and hot tub offering panoramic views of Oporto. Each bright room of the 5-star The Yeatman hotel opens onto a spacious, private terrace furnished with sun loungers.

Stylish, dark wood headboards and elegant ottomans are among the chic furnishings fitted in each of The Yeatman’s luxurious rooms. Rooms also include a flat-screen TV and mini-bar. Bathrooms are equipped with luxurious skincare products from the Caudalie skincare range.

The Yeatman Hotel roomThe 2-Michelin awarded Yeatman Restaurant serves Portuguese cuisine made with fresh, local produce and fine wines. Specialty Portuguese wines can be enjoyed every Thursday during the wine tasting.

Cushioned seating areas are set around the outdoor pool which overlooks the Douro River. The contemporary, well-equipped gym offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.

 

Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel, LisbonLocated in Lisbon's city center in the luxurious yet traditional Bairro Alto and Chiado districts, Bairro Alto Hotel will open in Summer 2019 fully renovated.

S. Jorge Castle is 0.9 mi from Bairro Alto Hotel, and Sé Catedral de Lisboa is 0.6 mi away. Many boutique shops, galleries, picturesque streets and restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel. Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport is 4.7 mi away.

Bairro Alto Hotel roomThis Boutique Hotel is set in an historical building from the 18th century and features 87 guestrooms. Guestrooms offer views over the Tagus River or 2 of the most iconic districts in Lisbon: Chiado and Bairro Alto.

The hotel encompasses a restaurant with an award-winning Chef and overlooks the river and Lisbon's Old Town. Guests are also offered an exclusive access to rooftop.

 

Savoy Palace Hotel, Funchal

Savoy Palace Hotel, FunchalConveniently situated in Funchal, Savoy Palace offers air-conditioned rooms, a garden, free WiFi and a fitness centre. Featuring room service, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a children's playground. The resort provides an outdoor swimming pool, indoor pool, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Savoy Palace Hotel roomAt the resort, each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. At Savoy Palace every room comes with a seating area.

Popular points of interest near Savoy Palace include Marina do Funchal, Madeira Casino and Mar Avenue. The nearest airport is Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International, 19 km from the resort, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

 

Funchal Gay New Year

 

Trip Notes:

International Airfare
Flights: You will need the following flight pattern:
• Dec 25 arriving in Porto (OPO), departure from US, Canada Dec 24
• Jan 02 FUNCHAL (FNC)/Home

The flight from LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 will be booked by us. 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.

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 Portugal for US and Canadian passport holders.

Minimums/Guarantees
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.

 

Madeira Gay New Year's tour fireworks

 

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Portugal New Year's Gay Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.
Flight LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 is additional approx. $320

$ 5995

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy.
Flight LISBON (LIS) / FUNCHAL (FNC) on Dec 29 is additional approx. $320
Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.

$ 7995

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A deposit of $750 pp is required to confirm your participation on the trip. Final payment is due not late than 60 days prior to departure. The deposit may be made by any major credit card; final payment is payable by personal check, or bank transfer. Payments by credit card are assessed the 4% credit card fee charged by the credit card company. If you would like to make arrangements to pay in installments, please inquire with us.

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