Independent Lisbon: Art, Architecture & Vibrant Culture

Discover Lisbon’s multicultural roots as you delve into its history on independent excursions to churches, art galleries, World Heritage Sites, botanical gardens and so much more.
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Program No. 23269RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

The city of Lisbon is a city of immigrants and blended cultures, with Roman heritage and Arab roots. On independent explorations, weave through the maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways and historic neighborhoods in this vibrant city, from the medieval castle of São Jorge high on the hilltop to lovely Alfama, spread over the southeastern slope of the hill. Get a taste of the rich culture as you enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood or sip a cup of bicas (espresso) at a corner café. With expert-led field trips and plenty of time to venture out on your own, become a true Lisbon local as you immerse yourself in all this city full of color and culture.
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Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore a masterpiece of the Manueline Style architecture at the Jerónimos Church and discover the final resting place of Portugal's King Manuel.
  • Experience the Gulbenkian Foundation, one of the most comprehensive private art collections in Portugal.
  • Learn about the distinctly medieval and oriental influences of the Monserrate Palace and Park in Sintra.
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Isabel Neves
Isabel Neves is a certified travel professional and group leader with over 30 years of experience in the educational travel industry. She received her degree in tourism management in 1980 and has since then worked for both national and international companies in the creation and management of land and cruise programs. She has an academic background in medieval art and history, as well as an avid interest in the influence of Judaism in European culture. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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