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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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 Burnay
Isabel Burnay is an experienced leader with over 25 years in the educational travel industry, leading groups in Portugal and beyond. In addition to her specialized education in tourism, Isabel is constantly taking culture, history and tourism courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the travel world. She has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

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

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