Lisbon, Sintra & Arrábida
7 days trip. 3 days urban walking. Accommodation in hotels.
Description

Destination
Lisbon area
Type
Cultural Nature
Days
7 days
Difficulty
Level 1

 

Lisbon has charm. Lisbon has light. Lisbon has life. Visiting Portugal is an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, so we believe Lisbon is definitely the place where you have to start.
The Lisbon of the Romans and the Moors leads us all the way to the Lisbon of the Discoveries and the adventurers who gave new worlds to the world; to the Lisbon of the river Tagus and the waters which have always brought life to this city. It is this living and exciting city that we will show you with some fantastic hikes.
After visiting Lisbon, we’ll look out for the beauty that surrounds it: Sintra, a village which has been declared World Heritage, and has been a source of passion for kings and writers with its beauty, and in the south bank of river Tagus we’ll discover Arrábida, a magnificent hill that meets the ocean, creating some of the most beautiful bays of the rugged Portuguese coastline.
Come and experience the true jewels of Portugal.
 

Itinerary

  Day   Itinerary  Overnight   Meals 
1 Flight to Lisbon Hotel 4*  
2 Old Lisbon Hotel 4*   Breakfast, Lunch
3 Lisbon, the city of discoveries and oceans Hotel 4*   Breakfast, Lunch
4 Waters of Lisbon Hotel 4*   Breakfast, Lunch
5 Sintra Hotel 4*   Breakfast
6 Arrabida Hotel 4*   Breakfast, Dinner
7 Departure from Lisbon    Breakfast
Day-by-Day

1: Flight to Lisbon

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals:

When you arrive in Lisbon, you should take a taxi to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
 
Built over the centuries upon the right bank of the estuary of the river Tagus («Tejo»), the capital of Portugal grew around lovely hills and enjoys an outstanding geographic condition, which makes it a destination of choice. The exceptional light of the city, which has been the delight of writers, photographers and filmmakers; the numerous white houses that climb up the steep hills with their ochre roofs; the polychromic nature of the tiles that decorate the facades and the tortuous streets of the old quarters offer it the peculiar atmosphere of a city where Northern Europe meets South Mediterranean.
The long history of Lisbon, which has always been a destination of choice for commercial trade with ancient people of merchants and sailors, starts as Phoenician Alis-Ubbo, to become, in the second century, the roman Felicita Julia Olisipo; the Arab Aschbouna in the eighth century; a Portuguese city in the year of 1147, when it was conquered by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and, finally, the country’s capital in 1255.
Walking through the typical areas, travelling by tram through the old quarters, going up or down the hills in centuries’ old elevators, on a boat along the river, or even on the metro, which is nowadays a real underground museum of Portuguese contemporary art, all means are good to discover the fascinating cultural diversity that Lisbon has to offer.
To the west, on the way to Tagus’ mouth, visit the area of Belém, with its beautiful gardens and majestic monuments which have been elected UNESCO’s World Heritage – this is the Lisbon of the Discoveries era.
Out of the capital’s reconstruction right after the earthquake in 1755, a different city emerged, with the symmetrical and linear outline typical of the Enlightenment period, wide open to the river. That is Lisbon’s downtown («Baixa de Lisboa»), an area full of traditional shops. In Chiado, a highly seductive quarter, the bourgeois charm of nineteenth century Lisbon still lingers on. The «Parque das Nações» (Nation’s Park) offers many leisure options, including the «Oceanário» (Aquarium).
At night, in the old quarters of Lisbon you’ll still hear the voices of Fado, while the younger generations get together in the fashionable bars of Docas, near the river, or Bairro Alto, next to Chiado.
 


2: Old Lisbon

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Meeting with the group at the hotel and beginning the hike to Praça do Comércio, near the statue of D. José.
We’ll continue walking, climbing up one of Lisbon’s hills. Guided visit to S. António’s Church and Sé de Lisboa (Cathedral). We’ll proceed to the stunning viewpoints of Santa Luzia and Portas do Sol.
Visit to S. Jorge’s Castle, from where you can enjoy one of the best views of medieval Lisbon.
We’ll go up to the viewpoint of Graça and then down to Feira da Ladra (which only takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays). We’ll pass by the Panteão Nacional and the Monastery of S. Vicente de Fora.
We’ll walk through the narrow streets of Alfama, to Chafariz de Fora, Casa dos Bicos and Rua Augusta.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In Chiado, we’ll take tram 28 to travel to Estrela. We’ll visit the garden and Church of Estrela.
Return to Largo de Camões (Chiado) in tram 28.
We’ll experience S. Justa’s Elevator and the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcântara.
Restauradores, Rossio’s train station, D. Pedro IV’s Square and finally we’ll get back to the hotel.
 


3: Lisbon, the city of discoveries and oceans

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Meeting with the group at the hotel and short hike to Praça do Comércio, near the statue of D. José, where we’ll get tram nº 15 towards Belém. Stop at Pastéis de Belém.
Guided visit to the church of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Walking to the Tower of Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
We’ll take the bus or tram 15 to Cais do Sodré, where we’ll get the boat to Cacilhas.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Return to Lisbon (Terreiro do Paço) to catch the bus towards Parque das Nações (the modern area of the city). Walking through the Expo area, starting at the Oceanário (Aquarium) in the south area, passing near the Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal’s Pavillion), Pavilhão Atlântico (Atlantic Pavillion), Gardens Garcia da Horta and, finally, arriving at Tower Vasco da Gama.
Return to Orient station to admire the work of architect Santiago Calatrava; after that we’ll take the metro to Baixa (Downtown) and from there we’ll walk to the hotel.
The rest of the day is free.
 


4: Waters of Lisbon

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Meeting with the group at the hotel and walking to Marquês de Pombal. We’ll start the tour with a visit to the Aqueduct («Águas Livres») and we’ll walk to Palace Marquês da Fronteira. Guided visit to the Palace.
Return to Lisbon and walking to the top of Eduardo VII Park.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Marquês de Pombal roundabout, Av. da Liberdade (an old public sidewalk) and return to the hotel.
 


5: Sintra

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals: Breakfast

Meeting with the guide at the hotel and departure towards Sintra.
Guided visit to Sintra’s National Palace, which dates back to the fifteenth century and is one of Portugal’s most important historical and architectural monuments.
Guided visit to Pena’s Palace, the most exemplary monument of Romanticism in Portugal.
Hiking in the magnificent Pena’s Park. This was originally the royal garden of the Palace and was designed according to the orders of D. Fernando de Saxburgo-Gotha. We’ll then walk in the urban area to discover the narrow streets and small corners of the town.
Free lunch at a local restaurant.
We’ll continue our tour with a hike from Sintra’s Hill to Cabo da Roca, the western most point of continental Europe and a place immortalized by the poet Luís de Camões. Our tour will then take us through the hill to Cascais, a city near the Atlantic where the Portuguese and foreign aristocracy could be found living in the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. We’ll pass by Estoril on our way to Lisbon through the seaside road till the river mouth.
We’ll arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon.
 


6: Arrabida

Overnight: Hotel 4*  
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 Meeting with the guide at the hotel and departure towards Azeitão through the Bridge 25 de Abril. Stopping at Cristo-Rei.
Guided visit to the Caves José Maria da Fonseca, the place where the famous liqueur wine Moscatel is produced.
Travelling ahead, we’ll have the opportunity of trying the famous Tortas de Azeitão.
We continue our journey through Serra da Arrábida, a natural park where one can still find unique specimens of the Mediterranean Forest.
We’ll stop in viewpoints over the cliffs, where you can catch a glimpse of the Tróia Peninsula and the Convent of Arrábida.
Lunch in a local restaurant near the port of Setúbal.
We’ll then proceed with the tour, with a visit to the Castle of Palmela. Located on the top of an elevation, its occupation dates back to Pre-History, and it has since been a home to such diverse people as the Romans, Celts and Muslims, until it was re-conquered by the Christians in the twelfth century.
Return to Lisbon, crossing the bridge Vasco da Gama over the wide estuary of river Tagus.
Resting at the hotel and going out for a traditional dinner in a house of Fado («Casa do Fado»).
 


7: Departure from Lisbon

Overnight:   
Meals: Breakfast

The day is free. Those with a return flight scheduled for this day should be at the airport at least two hours before the time scheduled for departure (in Europe) or three hours (Intercontinental flights).
 

Dates & Prices
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Notes

Included

  • 09ºWest guide,english speaking, throughout the itinerary;
  • Accommodation in hotels in double room basis;
  • Meals as described in itinerary;  
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary;
Excluded

  • International flights;
  • Transfers to and from the airport;
  • Personal equipment;
  • Personal Travel insurance;  
  • Tips and other personal expenses;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Any other item not indicated as included;
Equipment

Travelling bag (avoid hard suitcases);
Comfortable trousers;
Hiking boots;
Hiking socks;
Hat or cap;
Backpack (20 to 30 lt. approximately);
Waterproof backpack cover;
Sunglasses;
Sunscreen SPF 30+;
Bottle;
Insect repellent;
Shorts (optional);
Headlamp with substitute lamp or flashlight (optional);
Walking sticks (optional);
Thermal underwear (if you’re travelling during Autumn/Winter);
Polar fleece 100 and 200 (if you’re travelling during Autumn/Winter);
Raincoat or anorak gore-tex or similar (if you’re travelling during Autumn/Winter);
Waterproof pants (if you’re travelling during Autumn/Winter);
Gloves and woollen hat (if you’re travelling during Autumn/Winter);
 



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