Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our frequently asked questions to help you plan your festival:

Where is Tomar?

Tomar is about 140KM North of Lisbon, located in the municipality of Santarem, between Lisbon and Coimbra. It is easily accessed by main transport routes. There is a good intercity motorway between main cities. Here is a link to the Tomar website….

To which airport should I travel?

Tomar can be accessed from either Lisbon or Porto airports, However the fastest way to get to Tomar is via Lisbon airport. There is a direct metro link from the airport into Lisbon city, where you can pick up a regional train from Oriente station direct to Tomar. The train from Oriente to Tomar takes about 2 hours. If you choose to travel from Porto airport the train journey is about 4-5 hours.

How do I get to Tomar from Lisbon airport?

To get to Tomar from Lisbon airport take the metro to Oriente Train Station. There is a frequent regional train service to Tomar. The train journey from Oriente is approximately 2 hours. For all train times, prices and route planning, please consult www.cp.pt

How do I get to Tomar from Porto airport?

From Porto airport, take the metro to São Bento or Campanhã train station. From there, catch an Alfa or Intercidades train to Entroncamento and from there a regional train to Tomar.  The train journey is approximately 4-5 hours. For all train times, prices and route planning, please consult www.cp.pt

How do I get to Tomar from Faro airport?

From Faro Airport, take a taxi to Faro train station (approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic). From there, you can either take a train north to Lisbon's Oriente train station and change to a regional service to get to Tomar, or take a train north to Entroncamento and from there change to the regional train to Tomar. The train journey is approximately 7-8 hours. For all train times, prices and route planning, please consult www.cp.pt

How do I get to my hotel from Tomar train station?

There is a taxi rank in front of the train station, and it is a short trip to any of the hotels. For those traveling light and prefer to walk, the hotels listed on our site are within a 15 minute walk from the train station.

What day should arrive?

You should aim to arrive in Tomar no later than 2pm on Saturday, July 13th in order to be on time for registration and the first rehearsal.

What time is the first rehearsal?

The first rehearsal will begin at 3pm sharp on Saturday, July 13th at the xyz building.

How busy will I be? Will there be any free time?

Festival choir participants generally have an average of six hours of rehearsal per day, in the morning (10am - 1pm) and in the afternoon/evening (4 - 7pm) with coffee breaks. The long lunch-break allows time for a swim, a siesta or for exploring Tomar’s many interesting sights.

On concert days, the afternoon rehearsal is altered according to the dress rehearsal schedule of each concert venue and/or to allow for travel. The concert schedule is available here http://www.zezerearts.com/festival-programme.

Is there a timetable available?

A detailed daily timetable will be displayed in the main rehearsal venue and sent by email to each participant in advance. For those who booked for singing lessons, you will be introduced to your teacher during the first rehearsal and will schedule your 3 lessons directly with your teacher.

Chamber music participants will also be introduced to their tutors during the first rehearsal. The timetable will indicate the time/day of the chamber music sessions, although your tutor may decide to alter this schedule according to the group's rehearsal needs.

What do I wear for concerts?

Concert dress is being reviewed for 2019 - please watch this space!

How do we travel to events during the festival?

Bus transport will be provided to ZêzereArts events as required. Some events will be within walking distance of the hotel.

Where do we eat?

Tomar has a range of dining options, from cheap and cheerful cafes offering soups, sandwiches and salads and traditional, family-owned restaurants offering lunchtime specials to more international restaurants.

What is a typical cost for a meal?

While you can eat very well for €5 - €8, a substantial meal with drinks can typically cost around €15.

Do I book my own accommodation?

If you have not already booked with us, then Yes, you need to book your own accommodation.. Our accommodation page lists our recommended hotels. We advise that you should book directly with the hotels and quote ZezereArts festival to avail of special ZêzereArts rates instead of booking via third-party sites.

Where do I find the Music scores?

Your music scores will be sent to you in advance, tailored to your choir allocation.

Do I need to bring a folder for my music?

You should bring a black folder to hold the unbound music for concerts.

Where do Rehearsals take place?

Rehearsals take place in the xyz building in the centre of Tomar old town, along the river. It is a few minutes walk from any of the hotels listed on our website.

Where can I buy tickets for concerts?

All concerts are free, and no advance booking is required. Your visitors may wish to arrive early to ensure a seat in some of the smaller venues.