Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; standing during field trips; some uneven ground, steps, cobblestones. Extent and duration of independent exploration according to personal choice.
At the hotel, have what you like from the breakfast buffet that offers hot choices, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, cereal, fruit, bread and pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Bom Dia Lisboa! — Good Morning Lisbon! We will start the morning at the hotel with an introduction to Portuguese culture and language by a local expert. Portugal is ancient. Humans lived here hundreds of thousands of years ago. Roman legions invaded these lands in the 3rd century BCE. There were many battles between the Romans and native tribes. Little kingdoms sprang up. Later, Arab peoples from the Middle East and North Africa — called the Moors — invaded and took control. There were more struggles and battles until the Moors left. Parts of what would one day become Portugal then owed allegiance to the Kingdom of Leon, but the people wanted their own nation. Portugal achieved its independence in 1143 — more than six centuries before the U.S. Declaration of Independence! We will learn a few key words and phrases in Portuguese we can use throughout the program. Portuguese is a Romance language derived from Latin with Moorish influences. We’ll then hop on a motorcoach and head out with our Group Leader for a field trip to the Lisboa Story Centre that opened in 2012. This museum is a great place that tells the story of development from thousands of years ago through the earthquake of 1755 that destroyed almost everything, how the city was rebuilt, and on to Lisbon today. Through fun, interactive exhibits, videos, and individual audio guides, we’ll learn all this and more from myths and legends to major events and players.
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. There are restaurants and a café in the square outside the museum. The Group Leader will tell us when and where to regroup.
For our next field trip, we’ll explore Lisbon aboard an amphibious vehicle. Is it a bus? Is it a boat? It’s both! The staff will tell the story of what we see as we drive through the streets and ride on the waters of the Tagus, the longest river of the Iberian Peninsula. We’ll end the trip in the downtown area, and the rest of the afternoon is free to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will accompany those who wish to return to the hotel.
We’ll go out to a local restaurant and have a plated dinner featuring Portuguese food with mineral water and a glass of wine for adults included; other beverages available for purchase.