Flights not included
Who would have thought that one country could offer so much!
In Portugal, old and new worlds meet in harmony, city and nature, Jewish history and modernity. This beautiful country offers a wealth of possibilities for vacationing for any taste, and we get a taste of each: the lively touristy coastal cities, magnificent protected nature reserves and of course – the highlight of the trip: getting to know the Portuguese “Jewish roots” and experiencing the tears and longing of descendants the Annusim. Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable experience.
The perfect location of the hotel midway between Porto in the north and Lisbon in the south and its proximity to the freeway makes it the ideal starting point for trips in any direction.
A boutique hotel (less than 50 rooms) that offers an exemplary hospitality experience down to the smallest details: delicious Kosher meals prepared by international chefs and confectioners, treats and refreshments throughout the day, well-designed and peaceful seating areas, comfortable spacious rooms and a fancy lobby. Facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub; a luxurious spa with a variety of health treatments; Turkish Hammam; a state-of-the-art well-equipped gym; Sports grounds and wide open grassy spaces.
Enjoy a whirlwind gastronomic experience throughout your stay with gourmet meals by international chefs and confectioners. The richness of flavors and aromas, elegant plating and endless choice will make every meal a happy memory. Tour Plus’s world-famous pancakes will also be waiting for you there…
There is a coffee room open throughout the day and night, where you can sit for a break with a hot drink and a selection of fragrant pastries.
In Portugal, many descendants of the Annusim are still alive today (a particularly high percentage of the population has Jewish roots), and some are still in the “Annusim mindset” and do not emphasize their Jewishness. During our “Jewish Journey” we will visit ancient synagogues well preserved in cities and towns, some of which are still used by members of the local community. We will meet community leaders and say together “Kaddish” in public. In each of the trips exciting and spontaneous encounters occur with local residents who come to the groups and tell, in tears (sometimes quietly and fearfully) about their ancestors who were Jewish.
One of the highlights of our trip is undoubtedly the capital of Portugal. A beautiful city that combines old and new with countless attractions for the whole family. Together, we will tour Lisbon’s ancient boroughs, mix with the locals in the magical markets and fill our baskets with sweet souvenirs. From there we will continue on a tour of the spectacular promenade along the river, visit the Central National Park with its many attractions and enjoy the wonders of nature in the Oceanarium – the largest aquarium in Europe. We will conclude by shopping ‘til we drop in one of the new shopping and entertainment centers that fill this great city.
The hotel is in the heart of the “Parka de Serra” – a beautiful national nature reserve. The reserve is Portugal’s largest ecological park and is a habitat for many species of animals and birds (some endangered) and a rich world of flora and fauna. Together we will tour the wild landscapes, encounter dormant volcanoes, breathe fresh air in the lush green orchards and forests, and enjoy the quiet of the azure lakes. The low-lying lakes are a world in their own right and there are dolphins and whales swimming their waters. Enjoy the beauty of G-d’s bountiful world!
A trip that is a form of “time travel” to the olden days. The trip includes a visit to the city of Coimbra which was established in the Middle Ages and was previously recognized as the capital of Portugal; Tours of picturesque wine trails, visits to magical vineyards and boutique family wineries; Panoramic walks across Portugal’s stunning coast and more. Here we will collect memories and adventures that will accompany us for many more years to come.