PORTO – LISSABON PRETOUR & MARATHON

Fri. 02.10.- Mon. 12.10.2020

INTERNATIONAL MARATHON FELLOWSHIP OF ROTARIANS

 

On our journey through Portugal’s cities of Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon we will discover the many facets of a former naval power, trace the sound of Fado and discover a rich cultural heritage.
Lisbon is probably the most fascinating city in Europe, famous for its light, ambience, blue skies and mild climate. It is an exciting city with a river panorama and a picturesque neighborhood of electric trams that wind their way through the narrow cobblestone streets into wide boulevards to combine old – fashioned and modern – day 21st century city – a city of landscapes, faces and people.
The Lisbon Marathon will take place Sun, October 11th and is always competed for against a backdrop of panoramic views by the river or seaside.
The 42 kms distance Marathon sets off from Cascais and follows the Coastal Road (Estrada Marginal), firstly by the sea and then along the river until the finish line at Lisbon’s Parque das Nações.
The event also includes two shorter distance races which are within the reach of all those taking part. The Half Marathon sets off from the Vasco da Gama Bridge and charts a 21kms course that also finishes up at the Parque das Nações. It provides the opportunity to cross one of the longest bridges in Europe on foot on the one day when cars have to give precedence to people.
At the same time there is the Mini Marathon which is about 8kms and corresponds to the last stretch of the two races. Very popular with the locals in general, the Mini Marathon is taken by each one in their own stride, whether running or walking, since the main objective is taking part and meeting people.

PROGRAM

IMFR GUIDED BUS TOUR AND RUNNING EVENT
OR
MARATHON WEEKEND ONLY

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Fri. 02.10.) Porto

Individual arrivals at Porto airport and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Porto.

Day 2 (Sat. 03.10.) Explore Porto

Half-day city tour of Porto.
Porto is one of the oldest cities of the Iberian Peninsula and lies at the mouth of the Douro River. It has its origins in the settlements “Porto” and “Cale”. From the composition Porto et Cale was after the era Portocale – the original form of “Portugal”.
In the 12th century, Porto developed into a major commercial and port city. The gray houses that stretch up to the river, the typical market and the inhabitants stick to the tradition of the old Porto and show a lively difference to today’s Porto with the skyscrapers, the wide avenues and the green parks.
Also interesting is the Ribeira district on the banks of the Douro River, where the typical Porto of the “small” people, the workers, fishermen, market women and fish vendors can be found.
You will visit the Exchange Palace, where, amazingly, behind a neo-classical façade is an enormous Arab hall, which, in the glitter of hundreds of chandeliers, is a splendid rendering of the Alhambra.

When visiting the city, of course, the visit of a port wine cellar with a small wine tasting should not be missed.

Afternoon at leisure. Have a coffee in the famous “Café Majestic”or visit the Livraria Lello.

Day 3 (Sun 04.10.) Porto and Minho

In the morning we will do a half-day trip to Minho province. Historically, the Minho, as a former part of Castile, forms an ethnic and cultural entity with Galicia, which is still recognizable today in linguistic commonality as well as in the similar gastronomy. This area is the land of “Vinho Verde”, a tasty and digestible wine with low sugar and alcoholic content. We visit Guimarães, the cradle of the Portuguese nation, where we visit the Palace of the Dukes of Brangança, a grand feudal building in gothic-norman style stands.
Return to Porto.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Porto. Treasurer Jo would like you to celebrate his birthday with him in the evening – drinks on him.

Day 4 (Mon 05.10.) Dourocruise and train journey

Train and boat Régua – Porto with lunch on board.Departure from the hotel to the train station São Bento.
09.00 hrs departure by train along the Douro River – arrival in Régua at 11.10am
11.30 am – Embarkation and start of navigation on the river along the fascinating river landscape of the Rio Douro. During the journey, lunch will be served. You pass the barrages Carrapatelo (35 m) and Crestuma-Lever (14 m).
Arrive in Porto at 18.30 and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Porto.

Day 5 (Tue 06.10.) Aveiro, Winery Alianca and Coimbra

Today you leave Porto and first visit the lagoon city of Aveiro. We will continue to Anadia to visit the Aliança winery and its Underground Museum; Wine tasting and lecture.
Continue to Coimbra.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Coimbra

Day 6 (Wed. 07.10.) University of Coimbra and Tomar

Today you will visit the city of Coimbra. It was founded by the Romans, resisted barbarian invasions, reconquered by the Christians in the 11th century, then resurrected. In the first period of the monarchy, it became the capital of the kingdom, with the university, founded in 1290, making it one of the oldest universities in Europe, making it world famous.
You will first visit the university with its historical library. In three baroque and interconnected main halls, you can admire the approximately 120,000 volumes on the shelves.
Followed by a drive to Tomar. When the Knights Templar excelled during the Reconquista and especially in the conquest of Santarém, King Afonso Henriques in 1159 gave them the Castelo de Ceras on Nabão. A year later, the construction of the church of the Mount of Olives, Santa Maria do Olival, the mother church of all the Portuguese temple churches, began there. Here was the seat of the great chapter of the Order.
Next is a visit to the Christite castle. The east gate leads through a garden over a broad staircase to the platform in front of the church portal in Salamanca style. There one stands in the oldest part of the monastery of Gualdim Pais. Here is the greatest treasure of Manueline art: the famous chapter window. The Jewish quarter of Tomar is also visited.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tomar.

Day 7 (Thur 08.10.) Batalha – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lissabon

Leaving Tomar, we will travel to Batalha, where you will visit the 14th-century Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, one of the most important monuments of the Gothic style in Portugal. The most famous is the unfinished chapel, which takes its name from the condition – incomplete.
Then drive to Nazaré, a typical fishing village also known and popular as a seaside resort. At the beautiful beach we can still see fishermen laying out their nets to dry. Located at the foot of a cliff, the town consists of two parts: Pederneira, the old town and Sítio, located on the 100 m high cliff, from whose vantage point you have a wonderful view of the town and the beach, you can either take a cable car or walk along the street.
Before you reach Lisbon, visit Óbidos, a listed town. The town is dominated by the medieval castle and today it is a small town with pretty, picturesque houses in the midst of a magical landscape. At every corner you will find an architectural jewel: arches, clear facades, strangely designed windows and doors, Manueline arcades and countless details reminiscent of the past. From here we go directly to Lisbon.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Lisbon

Day 8 (Fri 09.10.) Lisbon with Belèm

In the morning we will visit the capital of Portugal, built on seven hills. It has a privileged location in the western part of Europe on the Tejo estuary, Portugal’s largest river. Lisbon is a city of contrasts, where old and new meet. You will start the city tour by visiting the São Jorge Castle, located on the highest of the eastern city hills and offering a beautiful view of Lisbon. In the castle you will find battlements, old cannons and fountains with running water. Afterwards, a short walk through the old town of Lisbon, the Alfama, will be made. Here the clocks seem to have stopped for centuries.
Continue to Belém, where you will visit the church of the imposing Jerónimos Monastery, which is one of the most remarkable religious buildings in the world. It was begun in 1502 in the Renaissance style and finally finished as one of the most important buildings of Manueline. Here are the tombs of the poet Camões and the sailor Vasco da Gama. The Tower of Belém is one of the masterpieces of Manueline. It was built at the behest of King Manuel I in the years 1515 to 1521 as a fortress. Today, the tower is the landmark of Lisbon.
The discovery monument (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) is the prow of a caravel (designation for a former Portuguese sailing ship) recreated. The personalities pictured on the monument have rendered outstanding service to the Portuguese Empire. Among them are sailors, cartographers, conquerors and governors. At its head is “Henry the Navigator”, who is considered one of the most important leaders of the glorious discovery voyages in the 15th century.
In the evening, take a walk with the tour guide to the authentic restaurant Leão D’Ouro, where we have the farewell touring group dinner together.
Overnight at hotel in Lisbon.

Day 9 (Sat. 10.10.) Half day trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais & Estoril

Visit the royal palace of the dynasty (Palácio Real de Sintra) with its splendid halls. The castle can be seen from far due to the two huge kitchen chimneys, which are both the landmark of the castle and of Sintra. With its lush vegetation, unusually mild climate and magnificent gardens, this place owes its existence to the fact that kings and nobility use to spend their summers there and even settled there.
After the sightseeing we will drive to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, where we will take a short photo stop. On your way to Cascais you pass Guincho, where you will find one of the most beautiful and windiest beaches in Portugal. Cascais and Estoril are internationally known as “modern fishing villages”. Today, however, both beaches have the image of being well-known and popular resorts. The return to Lisbon is via the coastal road. On the way back, stop to grab the entries for the marathon.
Pasta Party plannedto be organized by Rotarian friends from Lissabon.
Overnight at hotel in Lisbon.

Day 10 (Sun 11.10.) Marathon Day

Marathon runners and, if seats available, supporters will have the opportunity to take the bus to Cascais. Marathon runners will have to run, supporters may take the bus back to Lisbon.
Farewell dinner in Lisbon  – deatils to be communcated at a later stage.
Overnight at hotel in Lisbon.

Day 11 (Mon 12.10.) Departure

HOTELS

Hotel HF Fénix Porto****, 02. – 06.10.20

Located in Porto’s Boavista district, HF Fénix Porto is 400 m from Casa da Musica concert hall. It features free Wi-Fi throughout and spacious rooms with cable TV.
All rooms at the HF Fénix Porto are air conditioned and include a private bathroom with hairdryer. Rooms on the upper floors offer full views of the Douro River.
A varied buffet breakfast consisting of pastries, breads, cereals, eggs, fruits and juices is served each morning in Fénix’s dining room, which boasts stained-glass features in the ceiling. There is a bar and an outdoor terrace with parasols.
City Tax Porto 2, – € p.P./day, payable directly at the hotel.

Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra****, 06. – 07.10.20

Located in Coimbra on the Mondego River, Villa Galé offers warmly decorated rooms inspired by the theme of dance. Free Wi-Fi here. There are also indoor and outdoor pools and a variety of spa facilities.
The modern, soft-colored rooms feature luxurious fabrics. All rooms are air-conditioned, and some have river views. There is a private bathroom with a bath.
In the mornings, a buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant. The bar offers a wide selection of cocktails and other drinks. Vila Galé Coimbra is less than a 10-minute walk from Coimbra Train Station. The Universidade de Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is within a 20-minute walk of the Romanesque Sé Velha Cathedral and the Botanical Garden.

Hotel dos Templarios****, Tomar, 07. – 08.10.20

Surrounded by lush gardens, Hotel Templarios offers spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the Nabão River and Mouchão Park. There is also a spa and a lagoon-style pool overlooking Tomar Citadel.
All rooms of the hotel are decorated with light, elegant wooden furniture. Extras include a minibar and cable TV. Guests can enjoy the classic-style spa at Hotel Dos Templarios, featuring dry and wet saunas and an indoor pool. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.
Enjoy billiards in the games room. There is also a gym and a tennis court on site.
Convento de Cristo Convent, once the stronghold of the Medieval Order of the Knights Templar, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The historic center of Tomar is only 200 meters away.

 

Hotel My Story Tejo***+, 08. – 12.10.20

This popular hotel is just a few steps from Rossio Square, on the corner of Praça da Figueira. It is housed in a beautiful building from the last century with original interiors (including a historic foyer in the lobby). Since its renovation in recent years, it presents itself in a new guise. Public transport is very convenient: all lines stop just a stone’s throw away, including the famous “Eléctrico” 28, the hop-on / hop-off buses for sightseeing and the metro.

Due to the exclusive location, it is not possible that our coach can drive directly to the hotel. Bus will let us off “Martim Moniz” from where we have to walk and carry our luggage about 200 m to the hotel.

City Tax Lisbon 2, – € p.P./day, payable directly at the hotel.

PRICES

Pre tour and marathon weekend from Porto to Lisbon, 02. – 12.10.2020

2191,00 € p. P. min 20 participants

826,50 € single surcharge. Shared dbl on request if available. If not available single surcharge will apply.

Flights

from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on request.

Services included:

– English speaking tour guide

– Fully air-conditioned coach

– 4 nights half board at Hotel HF Fenix Porto

– 1 night half board at Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra

– 1 night half board at Hotel dos Templarios in Tomar

– 4 nights (first with half board others with breakfast) in Hotel My Story Tejo in Lisbon

– Entrances & tours:

– Porto: Exchange Palace and port wine cellar with a small wine tasting

– Guimaraes: Ducal Palace

– Douro train and river cruise with lunch

– Winery Alianca and Underground Museum

– University of Coimbra (confirmation library still pending)

– Christ Knight Castle Tomar

– Batalha Monastery

– whole guided day excursion Lisbon incl. Castelo de São Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

– Dinner Restaurant Leao D’Ouro (3-Gang-course inc. drinks)

– half day guided excursion Sintra incl. entrance fee Palácio Nacional

 

Lisbon Marathon only 09.10.-12.10.2020

95,00- € p. P./night in double room / breakfast at the hotel My Story Tejo

169, – € p. p / night in single room / breakfast at the hotel My Story Tejo

Extension nights on request.

Optional costs for participants of Lisbon Marathon only, 09.10. -12.10.20 (already included in pre tour)

09.10. Full day excursion Lisbon with castle and monastery entrance 73.50 € p. p. min 20 participants

09.10. Dinner at Restaurant Leao D’Ouro 48,50 € p. P.

10.10.20 half day trip with entrance to National Palace Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais & Estoril
52,00 € p. p. min 20 participants

 

Optional any tour:

11.10. – Sunday, Marathon

Transfer one way (runners) or roundtrip (supporters) to Marathon start at Cascais 39,50 € p. p. min 20 participants

Lunch with exception Douro River Cruise

11.10. farewell dinner 

 

Services not included:

Transfers from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport due to excellent public transport and cheap taxi prices – additional info on request

lunch during the touring

dinner in Lisbon if not mentioned in itinerary

other excursions or admission fees

drinks other than water, coffee/tea with included meals

marathon Entry, official IMFR Marathon Shirt, donation

pasta and Farewell Party in Lisbon (see optional costs)

international flights

optional activities

tips and other personal expenses

Insurance: We strongly recommend insurance which covers cancellation fees in case of sickness (doctor’s certificate will be needed). We also strongly recommend private health insurance.

As agreed on our former trips, friends of IMFR members are welcome to join. Bookings for friends will be confirmed after the deadline of 28st February 2020 if still seats available, up to this date IMFR members do have the exclusive right of booking.

Bookings will be handled on a first come first served basis.

The traveller is responsible for the adherence of the respective entry requirements, tax and health regulations.

Booking form (PDF) is online  – see attachment. Please no handwriting on booking form – only signature. Please save form on PC in, fill out – scan and mail to info@rotarianrun.org.

Terms and conditions may be downloaded from the bottom of this site.

There is a minimum number of 20 paying participants for the tour to take place. If this minimum will not be reached the tour may be cancelled by Olimar until 4 weeks before departure.

Customers can withdraw from the trip after booking with a cancellation fee see T* C for details. We recommend the conclusion of a travel cancellation insurance.

This trip is restricted for people with reduced mobility. Please ask for more details if accommodates are needed.

Legal Tour Operator and Organizer: OLIMAR – an organizer brand of lth AG – link to hotel AG, Bürglistr. 8, CH-8002 Zurich

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