Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; standing during field trips; some uneven ground, steps, cobblestones.
At the hotel, have what you like from the breakfast buffet that offers a hot choice, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, cereal, fruit, bread and pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll be joined by a local historian who will give us an overview of Lisbon and its people. We’ll then board a motorcoach and ride to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo — the National Tile Museum — housed in an ancient monastery. In Portugal, “azulejo” is an important art form and an expression of national culture. A member of the museum staff will tell us how the art began and how it developed. We will also see beautiful examples of tiles from the 16th century through today. Next, we’ll head to the fascinating Alfama district. These historic neighborhoods are known for their maze of steep, narrow streets, winding alleyways, and ancient buildings. A local expert will lead our walking field trip through the southeastern slope of the hill where we can see St. George's Castle.
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.
Our Group Leader will show the way on a walking field trip to the city's Bairro Alto, an area that developed outside the old city walls in the 15th century. You are also welcome to take this time for personal independent exploration. Late afternoon, we will gather in the hotel lounge with our Group Leader for a drink and an opportunity to share experiences of the day in a relaxed atmosphere.
On your own to enjoy local fare.