Nathan David Rabinowich Shared Portugal Travel Experience
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Glorious Portugal – November 4-13
Nov.4 (Tuesday): After voting for ???? ,we leave Newark Airport on TAP, flight 104k @ 6:15 pm.
directly to Lisbon arriving @ 6:05 am. We will daven @ the airport and then have some breakfast.
Program in a glance:
Date Itinerary Overnight
11/5 Wednesday Arrival to Lisbon. Tomar, Castelo de Vida,
Castelo de Vida
11/6 Thursday Castel Branco, Sierra de Estrela, Belmonte,
11/7 Friday Peso de Regua, Vila Real, Porto Porto
11/8 Saturday Shabbat in Porto Porto
11/9 Sunday Porto, Busaco Forest, Coimbra Coimbra
11/10 Monday Batalha, Nazare', Obidos, Lisbon Lisbon
11/11 Tuesday Lisbon Lisbon
11/12 Wednesday Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo de Roca, Cascais Lisbon
11/13 Thursday Departure from Lisbon Airport
Day - Nov. 5th (Wed.) Arrive Lisbon, Tomar, Castelo de Vida
On arrival at the Lisbon International airport, our local representative will meet the group in the arrival
lounge and. Drive to Tomar, one of the oldest and most charming towns in Portugal, founded by the
Knights Templar. Here we'll visit (if possible) the ancient synagogue, now the “Museu Luso-Hebraico
Abraham Zacuto”, located on Rua da Judiaria (Jewry Street, the only remnant of what was one of the
greatest Jewish communities of Europe). One of the two surviving monuments of medieval Jewry in
Portugal, and now classified as a national monument, the small, cell-like structure, with Gothic vaults
uphelp by four central columns, contains mouldings of funerary gravestones assembled on the old
synagogue, dating from the 14th
century; and the cornerstone of a 13th
century synagogue in Belmonte;
as well as other historic remains of Tomar’s medieval Jewish community. Proceed to the well known
and impressive Templar fortress, where there was the headquarters of the Order of the Knights
Templar in Portugal until the 14th
century. Our next destination will be the town of Castelo da Vide.
Here we will see perhaps the only authentic and original medieval Jewish quarter found on the
European continent. Start at the foot of the 13th
century castle and walk along the narrow alleyways
bordered by small houses. The restored synagogue with its original architectural lines intact, stands in
the middle of the quarter. Also visible are the Rabbi’s house, the village fountain and the oven for
baking bread. Proceed to Marvao Castle. It has a 360° spectacular panorama from the perferctly
preserved medieval village where dominates it a 700 years old castle. Proceed to our hotel in Castelo
de Vide. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Castelo De Vida
day :11/6 : Castelo Branco, Sierra de Estrela, Belmonte, Guarda
A morning visit of the town of Castelo De Vida . Proceed our journey through the Natural Reserve of Serra de
Estrela. The montain range dominates the Portugal mainland. A short hike through its popular paths, beneath
dramatic slopes, overviewing the beautiful Zezere Valley. Continue our drive through the Zezere river towards
famous Belmonte, where a community of about 450 Jews was forced to convert into Catholicism at the end of
Belmonte has retained its medieval atmosphere and among its most interesting sights that we'll visit are: a
century castle, a Romanesque-Gothic church and the Cabral family Pantheon. The Jewish Quarter was
situated outside the castle walls at the easternmost end of the town. Houses with crosses engraved in the
stone close to the doors were inhabited by New Christians, Jews who had been unable to leave Portugal and
were baptized. These “Crypto-Jews” publicly followed Catholic rituals but in the privacy of their own homes
maintained their religion and culture and celebrated Hebrew rites on Holy Days. In 1993, the community
began building a new synagogue, as part of a very interesting revival.Proceed to an evening visit of Viseu.
Guarda, the highest town in Portugal, where there are still remains of a Jewish Quarter. Dinner at hotel
Overnight at Viseu
3rd day – 11/7 (Friday ,Erev shabbos) : Peso de Regua, Vila Real
A very early morning departure. Drive on hilly road beneath orchards of apples and pears towards Peso de
Regua, the regional centre of the Port wine, named after the city of Port, where we'll spend our entire Shabbat.
Proceed to Vila Real. Visit the Baroque Mateus Palace, "The most fantastic country house in Portugal" as to
Sacheverell Sitwell which represents the aristocracy lives of the Portugese. The famous Mateus Rose' wine is
named after it. Walk through its magnificent gardens, hosting a unique beauty of its kind. Proceed for Shabbat
rest to Porto with enough time for Shabbat preparation. Shabbat services at the quaint local synagogue
followed by special dinner with the local community members.
Friday, October 31, 2008 Light Candles at: 5:13 pm
Shabbat, November 1, 2008 Shabbat Ends: 6:12 pm
4th day :11/8 (Shabbat Kodesh):, Porto
Shabbat services followed by Kiddusha Rabba. Our walking tour today will depend on Shabbat shcdule.
We'll walk through the streets of this important northern port city. Porto was well known among the
Jewish Traders during the Middle Ages. From the flourishing community once, not much has remained.
Here are remains of a synagogue, there those of a cemetery. The city has remains of what was once a
Jewish Quarter in the Middle Ages, where there are steps, narrow streets and balconied houses similar
to those in Lisbon’s Alfama district. Streets have names such as “Rua Monte Judeus”, “Escadinhas do
Monte dos Judeus”, “Pátio das Escadinhas do Monte dos Judeus” and “Escadas da Esnoga”, which is
believed to mean “stairway to the Synagogue”. There is the Kahal Kodosh Mekor Haim Synagogue, the
first synagogue built in Portugal for native Portuguese Jews in over 400 years; the Dona Maria Bridge,
built by Eiffel and, finally, the picturesque riverside area. Shabbat afternoon – free time to take a rest
and enjoy Rabbi Rabinowich’s Parsha shiur and history lecture ; Seuda Shlishit at Porto’s only active
synagogue. Exciting Motzoei Shabbat program planned. Overnight : Porto
day -11/9 (Sunday) Porto, Busaco forest, Coimbra
Morning visit of Palácio da Bolsa, the exuberant interior of the former Stock Exchange and the Torre dos
Clérigos, a baroque church with a granite tower, the landmark of Porto. This tower for its altitude used to lead
the ships towards the port. It is worth climbing its 240 steps up to the top to overview the city. Leave the city
for the favour of the Busaco forest, which will lead us to the university town of Coimbra. Visit its famous
university, founded In Lisbon at 1290. the town is well known for its New Cristians, or Crypto Jews, who
contributed significally and scientifically to its university. Visit the Baroque styled library which contains more
than 150,000 volumes. Proceed for a walking tour of the old town which once hosted three Jewish quarters.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Coimbra
day – 11/10 (Monday) : Batalha, Nazare', Obidos, Lisbon
Morning departure to the village of Batalha. Batalha's abbey is one of Europe's greatest Gothic masterpieces
and is protected as a World Heritage monument. It is famous for its unfinished chapels and the beautiful
stained glass windows of the Founders' Chapel, which houses the tomb of Prince Henry the Navigator, who had
such a close and open relationship with the Jewish community.Proceed to Nazare', probably taking its name
from the city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Nazare' is popularly known for its atlantic beach and atmosphere.
The village has a long fishing tradition, with very characteristic costumes. We may climb up to take an
overview of the village from Sitio (360 ft above sea level). Proceed to Obidos, starting with a romantic walking
tour surrounding its very high (45ft) medieval walls. Continue for a walk beneath its cobblestones streets and
colourful houses. Near Rua Dirieta was once the Jewish quarter, hosting traders, artists and scientists. Proceed
to Lisbon. Dinner at the jewish community.
Overnight at Lisbon
day – 11/11 (Tue) Lisbon
A day dedicated to the city of Lisbon. Start with a walking tour of Alfama quarter alleys, the oldest one of the
city. Learn about the important Jewish community of the city, enlarged numerously by Sephardic jews expelled
at the end of the 15th
century. Visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue (if open) ; the Sephardic Synagogue (a Moorish
type structure in the centre of a courtyard); the Jewish Community Centre, opened in 1948 as a cultural centre
and the “Rua da Judiaria”. We then Climb up to the Castle of Sao Jorge, dominating the city view, on its seven
hills. Walk downhill towards the Rossio square, where the inquisition court was held in the Palacio dos Estaus,
at the site where the Dona Maria national theatre now stands, built in the 19th century. Proceed to Parque dos
Nacoes, where the Expo of 1998 took place. The rest of the day: free time to visit one of the interesting
museums, as the Coach Museum, the largest in the world of its kind, the National Museum of Ancient Art (Arte
Antiga), shopping, especially for native handicrafts such as ceramics, gold and silver filigree jewellery, leather
goods, copperware and embroidered items. After dinner – joining a unique experience of a Fado music show,
the most characteristic music of Portugal.
Overnight : Lisbon
day – 11/12 (Wed) Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo de Roca, Cascais
Start our day with a walking tour of Belem quarter, dedicated to the “discoveries”. See the Padrão dos
Descobrimentos, the “discoverer’s monument” dominating the promenade along the Tagus river which,
incidentally , begins in Toledo. Continue with a visit of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a World Heritage, which is
another masterpiece from the Manueline period of architecture. This is also the burial place of famous Vasco
de Gama. Proceed to visit the splendours of aristocratic Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. The town is
known to be the summer resort of Portugal kings. Its mountains are dominated by luxuriant vegetation
structures. Visit the Moorish styled Village Palace, known for its conic - form chimneys and manueline
windows. Proceed to Cabo de Roca, the most western point of continental Europe, a sheer headland which falls
dramatically into the sea. Then to Cascais, a famous seaside resort out of Lisbon. Back to our hotel.
Farewell banquet and overnight in Lisbon
9th day – 11/13 (Thu.) Departure
Transfer to Lisbon airport for our 11:50 am TAP flight # 103k to Newark Airport arriving @ 1:55pm.
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