22975
Portugal
City Walks: Exploring Lisbon’s Neighborhoods
Discover the multicultural roots of Lisbon as you delve into history of royals and everyday citizens in the historic center and at monasteries and palaces in and just outside the city.
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Program No. 22975RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,699
Flights start at
875
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8 days
7 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Lisbon – Portugal, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lisbon
D
Eurostars Lisboa Parque

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After transferring from the airport to the hotel, check in and take some time to unpack and relax before orientation where the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. This is a Road Scholar FLEX program. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs with ample time for personal independent exploration and several meals on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel enjoy a welcome dinner comprised of a 3-course plated meal, plus water and complimentary glass of wine; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Intro to Lisbon, Castelo-Alfama District
Lisbon
B,L
Eurostars Lisboa Parque

Activity note: Walking about five miles throughout the day, plus additional standing at monuments. The ascent to the castle includes steep staircases, inclined, paved walkways and cobblestones. Use of public transportation.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet will offer choices including hot and cold dishes, bread and pastries, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, jams, and cereals, plus juices, milk, tea and coffee; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Begin the day at the hotel with an introductory lecture on the history of Lisbon given by a local historian. Later, join your Group Leader and set out on a walk through some of the oldest areas of Lisbon including Mouraria, once a ghetto of Moors (and literally meaning Moorish quarter); the medieval castle of S. Jorge, occupying a commanding hilltop position overlooking the historic center of the Portuguese Capital; and the pretty Alfama, which is spread over the southeastern slope of the hill. These neighborhoods are composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps that can only be discovered by seasoned walkers. Our walk will end at the Tagus River.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Portugal Today, Belém & Jeronimos Church
Lisbon
B,D
Eurostars Lisboa Parque

Activity note: Walking about four miles throughout the day; mainly flat ground; periods of standing on sites. Use of public transportation.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Starting out with a lecture given by an expert we’ll focus on contemporary Portugal and learn about the nation as it is today. Then we’ll set out for a full day walking field trip in the Belém quarter, from where the Portuguese navigators sailed in the 15th Century. Our walk will begin with a brief visit to the fresh food market before we head to the local railway station where we will catch a train to Belém. Once there, we will enjoy an expert-led visit to the Royal Coach Museum while learning about the wealth and history of Portugal's royal family. The museum contains the largest, most diverse collection of royal coaches in the world.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the Belem district.

Afternoon: We will continue to Jeronimos Monastery where Vasco da Gama and Camões are buried, as well as King Manuel I. This church is a masterpiece of the Manueline architectural style. Our visit to Belém will end at the Navy Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of Portugal's pioneering role in world exploration at sea. The museum includes model ships from the Age of Discovery onward and the oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India. We will then return to the hotel by tram.

Dinner: After walking the short way to a characteristic restaurant in downtown Lisbon, originally frequented by artists and intellectuals, we will enjoy a tapas meal with a glass of wine, soft drinks, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Back at the hotel, we will meet with local people from Lisbon and learn about their daily lives.

DAY
5
Mafra, Sintra, Lisbon Coast, Fado Performance
Lisbon
B,D
Eurostars Lisboa Parque

Activity note: Walking up to four miles throughout the day; periods of standing; staircases (84 steps) and long corridors at the Monastery of Mafra; inclined paved walkways and very uneven terrain in Sintra and Monserrate. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving approx. 38 miles (61 km) throughout the day; about 1.5 hours total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board a private motorcoach to visit Mafra, an architectural project designed to be a Convent, Palace and Basilica. This building houses one of the most important libraries in Europe and boasts a large range of thematic collections (15th-18th centuries) representing different fields of knowledge. Later, we will board our motorcoach again and continue on a short drive to Sintra where we will enjoy some time for independent exploration in this old village and its narrow, cobbled streets.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Sintra.

Afternoon: Once regrouped, we will drive through the forest of Sintra, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1995, to the Park of Monserrate about four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center. Containing some of the most impressive botanical gardens in all of Portugal, the Palace and Park of Monserrate has won distinguishing awards and displays various influences in its decoration, from medieval motifs to those representing regions of the Orient. As an important example of Portugal’s Romantic architecture, the estate’s appearance was a source of inspiration for the poet Lord Byron, who sang of the beauty of Monserrate in his poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.” After a walking visit of the park and palace led by our local expert, we will then drive to Cascais where our Group Leader will take us on a relaxing stroll through its historic center. The promotion of Cascais as a Royal Beach dates back to 1870, when it was known as the Riviera of Portugal and used by the Monarchs for sea salt baths. We will return to the hotel by motorcoach in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At a traditional Fado house in the Alfama quarter, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal as we discover this time-honored genre of Portuguese music, recognized in 2011 by UNESCO on the Representative Lost of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Wine, coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: Enjoy the performance of Fado music.

DAY
6
Chiado & Bairro Alto Districts
Lisbon
B,L
Eurostars Lisboa Parque

Activity note: Walking about four miles throughout the day; many inclines and uneven walkways; Bairro Alto is accessed by a steep uphill climb.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out with our Group Leader from the hotel, we will explore the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts on a walking field trip. At the dawn of the 16th century, this was the last hill to be settled in the center of Lisbon and the first one to be constructed with a real urban plan. Larger streets and abundant space have made it an elite area and home to the new palaces of the emerging bourgeoisie. To this day the history of this hill is one of modernity and cosmopolitanism. Get to know its importance in the literary and bohemian life of the city of Lisbon during our walk through the bustling streets.

Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Meet with your Group Leader at the hotel for a final wrap-up meeting. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
7
Tiles Museum
Lisbon
B,D

Activity note: Walking about four miles throughout the day; mainly flat ground; periods of standing on sites.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, enjoy an expert-led field trip through the Portuguese National Tile Museum, which is inside the historic monastic campus of the Madre de Deus Convent. Damaged during the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, these buildings were eventually renovated to reflect their original magnificence. The collection in the museum showcases over 500 years of “azulejos,” decorative ceramic tiles, which illustrate the evolution of the art form. One of the most impressive works is the 1,300 tile piece from 1738 (which measures 75 feet/23 meters long) showing Lisbon’s cityscape in blue and white.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy the local cuisine.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to relax, explore the area, or prepare for tomorrow's departure.

Dinner: At the hotel’s panoramic restaurant, enjoy a plated 3-course farewell dinner, plus wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Meet with your Group Leader at the hotel for a final wrap-up meeting. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet at the hotel if flight time permits. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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