Passover Program in Cascais Portugal

The most luxurious 5 star Pesach program 2023 in Portugal with Motsi Holiday.

Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport to the hotel (only 40 minutes drive) included in the rates.

On Chol Hamoed daily excursions in Lisbon  In the footsteps of Portuguese Judaism.

Daily Shiurim English, Hebrew and French. Scholar in residence Rav Ethan Fiszon.

Special shiurim and sport for ladies only by Ruty Fiszon.

Spend an amazing Passover holiday in Cascais, at the Grande Real Italia hotel & Spa 5*.
In the past it was the former residence of king Humberto II of Italy.
This magnificence hotel is facing the bay and the beaches of  Lisbon.

Cascais, a fishing town, has also the most beautiful beaches in the north of the capital. All year around they offer the possibility to enjoy the sun while bathing in calm and refreshing water. The charms of the old town centre do not leave indifferent. It is home of many historical monuments and many museums such as, « Museu do Mar »
Find out the whole history of Cascais in the Museum of the sea. This place offers a wealth of information about the city, its fishing activity, archeologic discoveries and the wrecks found offshore. The municipal Park of Gandarinha is a meeting point with culture. This sets of gardens located in the centre of the city is appreciated for its magnificent flowers, its shrub-lined trails, and its numerous fountains. Around the Park you will find the Condes Castro Guimarães Museum, a palace full of magnificent art collections, It also houses an impressive library of 25,000 references. During Chol Hamoed you will be able to visit Lisbon just 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel:

GRANDE REAL VILLA ITÁLIA HOTEL & SPA

The best  5-star hotel in Cascais

Be ready for a new exclusive experience in the ancient royal residence. The Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel in Cascais, this magnificent hotel overlooks the beach and is an 8-minute walk away from « Boca do Inferno »– the mouth of hell– which offers an amazing natural spectacle. In this arch-shaped abyss under the effect of erosion, the sound of the powerful waves is amplified and resonates in the surroundings. It is the ideal haven of peace for an unforgettable stay. In an environment where classical and contemporary blend into a single setting, the Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa is born from the recovery of the former residences of the last King of Italy – Humberto II.
With an atmosphere between the classic and the contemporary, merged in one scenario, the Grande Real Villa Italia has a total of 124 rooms including sophisticated suites and family penthouses. We invite you to a unique sensory experience in the Real Spa Therapy, a Spa where pleasure promotes health, with exclusive thalassotherapy treatments, based on proven Portuguese ingredients. Start your day with a breakfast worth of a King, at Restaurante Navegantes. Here you will find the best selection of kosher Lepesach pastries, variety of matsot , hugged cheese board , yoghurts, cottage cheese, Israeli salads, omelette, scrambled eggs, Portuguese omelette, “Matzebrei”, latkes, “gratin dauphinois” Smoked salmon, Gravad Lax, mushroom salad, exotic fruit salad and fruit, as well as a wide variety of drinks. Lunch and dinner will be served in the conference centre where daylight and sea views are dominant. Have a free drink for tea breaks at the Terraza bar or at any time of the day a “mezonot” snack or a refreshing drink, by the pool Bar Mare
Enjoy an unforgettable stay, discover the secrets of the royal residence and bring royalty into your story.

Kosher gastronomy

Organized by Henry LIPPMANN, Head chef and specialist for 37 years of high-level Passover holidays.

Our slogan:

The best, the freshest, the most beautiful, the highest quality, without any compromise.

We intend to serve you a maximum of authentic and fresh products (vegetables, fruit, fish…) according to the daily local arrivals. Cooked products preserving their natural, without fat or useless cooking oil, just the delicacy of olive oil, a privilege of the Mediterranean countries. Glatt Kosher premium quality meat, conceived and prepared on site in kitchens with a high sanitary level, under supervision of the Mashgi`him of Rabbi Belinow.
Independent Halavi and Bassari kitchen without kitniyos, each one with its own restaurant, and parve pastry. (Guests who leave the hotel for sightseeing and trips will be given pack lunches to go).

Our challenge: Something traditional, something regional, something new.

To make you appreciate the ancestral dishes of the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish cuisine, let you discover new recipes developed by famous international chefs, allying originality of presentations and tastes.

A gastronomical journey that invites you to taste different dishes for each meal. From breakfast to dinner, our chefs will spoil you with finest food, influenced by Portuguese/Spanish and international cuisine.

In addition, as the marriage between food and wine is not some little thing, we shall titillate your taste buds with vintage wines, and that will make each meal an unforgettable moment.

  • In both synagogues, our `chazanim will entertain you with the tunes of the Ashkenazi and Sephardi liturgies.
  • For each Seder meal we offer you 3 options:
    • 1-Join the communal Seder lead by one of our `chazanim
    • 2- Having your own family Seder in a private lounge
    • 3- Having the meal delivered in your Penthouse or in your suite.
  • The whole place is under supervision of Rabbi Y.Belinow Av Beth Din Milano (Glatt Kosher meat; no kitnyos)
  • Lectures and Shiurim will be lead either in English, French or Hebrew by Rabbi Eytan Fiszon, Thora scholar and his wife
  • `Hazanim: Yona Hoenel, Eytan Fyzson, Rahamim Azoulay
  •  The indoor swimming pool is part of the spa and the fitness club and is under restricted access due to covid procedures.
  • For Shabbat convenience, an eruv will enclose the whole complex.

Entertainment:

  • Kids-club for 3 to 16 year-olds will be organised by qualified instructors.
  • Every `Hol Hamoed evening, do not miss Sydney his Israeli band  for amazing entertainment.
  • Express yourself on our karaoke night
  • Evening shows with Portuguese folkloric shows: Fado concert and Tuna Academia concert,
  • Oriental night “Mimouna”

From the hotel in Cascais, you will be able to book a one-day excursion to Lisbon and visit the most famous part of it, such as:
The Fado, the Chiado neighbourhood. Climb up to the Alfama where stand the Castelo de São Jorge (the castle of Saint-Georges) and admire the city and its monuments from the Miradouros
(« belvederes »), such as the one of Santa Luzia.
Invest the Belem district and if it contains some historical sites, at first, the Tower of Belem, it is today in complete mutation with the Centro Cultural, a complex that includes several exhibition sites such as the Museu Coleção Berardo.

Flights:

From New York : direct flight to Lisbon  with TAP (in 6h55) departure 10.00 pm arrival 9.55 am for $800.

From Amsterdam: direct Easyjet flight (in 3h10)

From Basel-Mulhouse direct Easyjet flight  (in 2h50)

From Brussels direct Brussel Airlines flight (in 2h.40)

From Bordeaux, direct Easyjet flight (in 1h50)

From Dublin, direct Ryanair flight (in 2h40)

From London Gatwick direct flight Easyjet (in 2h40)

From London Stansted, direct Ryanair flight (in 2h40)

From Paris  ORLY, direct Vueling flight (in 2h30)

From Strasbourg / Frankfurt, direct Lufthansa flight (in 3 hours)

From Zurich, direct TAP  flight (in 2h50)

From Geneva, direct Easyjet flight (in 2h30)

From Tel Aviv to Lisbon Direct flights with TAP & EL-AL (4.30h)

From Tel Aviv to Lisbon cheap flights with Turkish Airlines  (7.30h)

Q How far is the hotel from Lisbon Airport

38 km which is about 40 minutes drive depending of the traffic

Q What is the minimum size of the rooms

The minimum size of a Deluxe room is 37 sqm

Q Is the catering Ashkenazy or Sephardi?

The food served is mostly Ashkenazy style but also a mixture of local cuisine and gourmet cuisine

Q Will you organize excursions for Chol Hamoed?

Yes we are organizing excursions in Lisbon and in the whole area each day of Chol Hamoed.

9 Reviews for Motsi Holiday the most luxurious Passover Program 2023 in Cascais Portugal

Caroline

1 Reviews

Henry strikes again!!!

5.0/ 5

Wow, I’ve been knowing Henry for more than 20 years and have been following him for his amazing Passover holidays. He is completely devoted to his guests (please, don’t consider yourself as a client) and their desires. Meals are great experiences with fresh and savory products. We (my hsuband and I) already signed up for Portugal : really looking forward

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Lior

1 Reviews

Best pessach you can ask for

5.0/ 5

After many times of being with me Lippmann I couldn’t ask for a better pessach vacation Extraordinary French cuisine amazing ambiance and all what you can ask for!

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WINTER Charlotte

1 Reviews

Découverte de la gastronomie dans une ambiance juive et feutrée

5.0/ 5

Dès l’arrivée, vous êtes accueillis avec sourire, et chaleur. Les buffets – comme les kidoush – sont sans fin, du matin au soir. Les menus toujours différents alliant tradition et novation, accompagnés de vins de tous cépages et de toutes origines. Les offices sont chantés agréablement, les sédarim participatifs, instructifs et familiaux. Les excursions nous mènent dans des lieux fréquentés dans des temps immémoriaux par nos ancêtres et mis à jour récemment. Venez vous joindre à nous!

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eric fiszon

1 Reviews

great pessah in Dubrovnik

5.0/ 5

I know Cascai thé place is very nice last pessach in 2019 we went to Dubrownik with Henry Lippmann the food was excellent , Henry knows how to accommodate all kind of products for the best we had à very pleasant stay

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Dvora

1 Reviews

It was an awesome experience

5.0/ 5

Henry is the most amazing chef. The food is delicious and each dish is a work of art. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The programme is interesting and there is plenty to do both for adults and children. Henry gives personal attention to each person, and makes sure that everyone is happy and comfortable. I’m looking forward to coming again this year.

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Avigail

1 Reviews

Absolutely fantastic as always!

5.0/ 5

We stayed few times and it was absolutely amazing and wonderful! High class French cousine, fantastic services and care. Lots of attention to children which is very important, great program. We stayed in many hotels for pesach but pesach with Mr. Lippman is forever in out top list! U can’t find anywhere this kind of care and services for families with kids. Absolutely amazing! From A to Z you will receive the best of the best, no doubt of it Highly recommended

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Rene stein

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Mr.

5.0/ 5

Dear Mr Henry I remember coming to you for pessah when my children were you provided them with their own child’s restaurant wich they loved Now they have children of their own and of course I remember the fantastic choice of food from breakfast right through to dinner and the kiddoush were absolutely amazing all served by professional staff who spoke many languages including English . So can you please book 4 double rooms for your next pessah 2022 thank you

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MYERS

1 Reviews

Exceptional and professional gourmet cuisine with Motsi Holiday

5.0/ 5

With Henry lippmann we have had the pleasure of celebrating pessah in the past a few times and never been disappointed the cuisine is second to none exceptional with something different on the menu each day and your appertives just mouth watering it is amazing and the hotels you choose are fabulous in beautiful surroundings and of course many languages spoken by your professional staff we will book again 2 double rooms for next pessah you’re sincerely B Meyer

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Daniele Maurel

1 Reviews

Amazing experience!

5.0/ 5

Henry is an amazing chef! From past experience a wonderful experience is guaranteed for all. !

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  • Pesach Program Features:Warm Destination, Beach Front, Takes Over Entire Hotel, Gebruchts, Shmurah Matzo, Modern Orthodox Crowd, Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Center, Spa, 5 Star hotel
  • Entertainment on your Passover Vacation:PASSOVER PORTUGAL - MOTSI TOURS 18th April – Monday Full day Tour of Lisbon: From 09h00-13h00 Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Tagus river. Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Tagus river. Lisbon is the city of the fado, of the palaces covered by the azulejos (the characteristic painted tiles) and of the winding alleys crossed by tram. We will start by Belem Quarter: This city is linked with the heroic deeds of the Portuguese maritime exploration, in the 15th and 16th centuries. This was the Age of Discoveries and the Golden Era of Portugal, transforming Lisbon into the opulent centre of a vast empire. Part of the wealth from these expeditions was used to build magnificent monuments in a unique Portuguese style: the extravagant Manueline architectural style, best typified in Jerónimos Monastery and Tower of Belém Lunch break in the city center After lunch, visit Alfama, Lisbon's oldest quarter and admire the Castle of St. George. It was by Alfama that the Judiaria (Jewish Quarter) of Lisbon used to be located. In the central area of the city you will also find the Jewish presence in the Commerce Square, where thousands of Jews were baptized against their own will and Rossio Square, where the Inquisition would make the terrifying “Acts of Faith”, the public ritual of punishing the herectics, during the Portuguese inquisition. Nowadays, a memorial pays homage to all those who suffered because of the intolerance and religious fanatism, in the most multi racial and multi-cultural place of Downtown Lisbon – Rossio Square. We will end the day with a visit to the Synagogue of Lisbon. With its hidden façade (because of the strict rules that were imposed on the Jewish buildings in the past) it still is the meeting point of the Jewish community of Lisbon. Note: the order of the visits may be changed according to the better logistics for the group Entrance fees not included 19th April – Tuesday Half day visit to Mafra and Ericeira From 09h00 – 13h00 National Palace and Convent of Mafra: Located in Mafra, (about 35kms from Lisbon and 30kms from Cascais), it was made built by our Kind D. Fernando V as a consequence of a vow the king made in 1711 if his wife D Maria would give him offspring. A magnificent testimony to the opulence of the court of D. João V (1707-1750), who benefitted from the richness of Portuguese overseas colonies – especially from Brazil, from where the Gold and Diamonds would come. This is the most important Portuguese Baroque monument and classified as National Monument since 1910. In 2019, the Royal Building of Mafra (Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park) Having been the summer residence of the royal family, the Palace has various collections of Portuguese, Italian and French origin made by royal commission. The Basilica features a set of six organs, unique in the world, and the two chimes of 114 bells - 57 on each of the towers, made in Antwerp in the 18th century, also the largest in the world. Even today there are organ concerts in Mafra (on festive dates) But the great masterpiece of this palace is the Rococo-style library: It is the most important monastic-royal library of the 18th century, existing in Portugal. It was the “Arrábidos” monks (Arrábida Order) who in the 17th and 19th centuries organized the 40,000 precious volumes in a systematic way maintained until today, and who developed the onomastic catalog, where all existing works until 1819 are recorded. Among this inestimable treasure stand out the national and foreign works, printed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, some of which are very rare, such as the 22 foreign incunabula and 41 geographical maps. The Convent was initially though off just for 13 friars but ended lodging about 300 in a convent with about 40000m2. Here lived and worked the friars of the Order of St. Francis, the “Franciscanos” who managed also the “Enfermary” where the population would be attended and that we can also nowadays visit. Continue to Ericeira, a charming fishermen’s village north of Lisbon Ericeira is a fishing village located on the north coast and about 38 km from Lisbon. It is said that Ericeira comes from Ouriceira (Ouriço = hedgehog in Portuguese) owes its name to the abundance of hedgehogs that could be found here in the past.Small charming village and known not only for the fish and seafood of its restaurants but because of the beauty, beautiful beaches and above all the surfing: Ericeira is a World Surf Reserve (the first European level and the 2nd in the world ). Ribeira’Ilhas Beach is sought after by surfers from all over the world.It was from Ericeira that our last king D. Manuel, left, on October 5, 1910, with his mother, Queen Amélie d'Orleans, after the murder of King D. Carlos and the eldest son D. Luis, in the hands of the revolutionaries who established the Republic in Portugal. Note: the order of the visits may be changed according to the better logistics for the group / Entrance fees not included 20th April – Wednesday Fulll day Óbidos / Tomar / Nazaré From 09h00 – 18h00 Leave Cascais in deluxe motorcoach towards ÓBIDOS: The day begins with the visit to Óbidos. Once the wedding present of a queen, the preserved medieval town of Óbidos is without doubt one of Portugal’s most classic walled settlements. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. The village resembles an open-air museum; this walled medieval town has been preserved to look like a picture-postcard, with its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers. After free time continue to TOMAR: Portugal has an entire city responding to an esoteric plan. It is called Tomar and was designed by Gualdim Pais, the most famous master of the Order of the Temple and founded in 116., On the top of the hill it's located the Convent of Christ, World Heritage by UNESCO, which is the bastion of one of the most important religious orders in Portugal: the Order of Christ. In Tomar we can find one of the most important Synagogues of Portugal. The Tomar Synagogue, founded in the 15th c. is the only proto-Renaissance Hebrew temple in our country. The Jewish Museum Abraham Zacuto will allow you to understand the importance of the Jewish population in this city. The Synagogue of Tomar is located in the old Jewish quarter, in the historic center of the city. Built between 1430 and 1460 by order of Infante D. Henrique, the synagogue of Tomar testifies to the importance that the Jewish community has had in the city since the 14th century, first at the service of the Order of the Temple, and then of the Order of Christ. Its existence as a temple would, however, be ephemeral, an effect of the forced conversion of Jews to Christianity decreed by King Manuel I. Lunch break in Tomar On the way to Lisbon, pass by Nazaré, a charming fisherman’s village made known lately by the giant waves surfed by surfers like Macnamara. The name Nazaré is the Portuguese version of Nazareth: According to the legend it’s name derives from a Statue of Our Lady brought from Nazareth, Holy Land, on the 4th c. to Mérida in Spain. Later, a monk brought it to Nazaré, where he lived and died as a hermit and the statue of Our Lady remained there, in a grotto on an altar. Enjoyna wonderful view of the ocean and the village in Sitio, the upper part of the village, over cliffs hanging over the ocean. Note: the order of the visits may be changed according to the better logistics for the group 21st April – Thursday Half day visit to Sintra From 09h00 – 13h00 Pick up clients at the hotel in Cascais by deluxe motorcoach and departure towards Cape Roca, passing by the beautiful coastal road, enjoying the sights of the Portuguese “Riviera” Stop at Cape Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent, with impressive cliffs and the ocean to lose sight of. Continue to Sintra: Described by Lord Byron as “GloriousÉden
  • Kashrus / Pesach Hotel Kosher Certified by:Rabbi Ytzhak Belinow Av Beth din Milano
  • Nearest Airports to your Passover Hotel:LISBON INTERNATIONAL 35 minutes drive
  • Passover Programs Catering / Chef:Henry LiPPMANN head chef in French cuisine
  • Pesach Program Scholar in Residence:Rabbi Eythan Fiszon
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  • Passover Vacations Nearby Attractions:Marina , Museum, old citadel 10 minutes walk,
  • Passover Program Covid-19 Precautions:Vaccination , PCR on arrival & masks

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