Half-Day Lisbon Architectural Highlights Tour

  • Thursday, June 21, 2017
  • Tour hours: 09:30 - 13:00
  • Tour price per person: €30,00

Spouses and guests only

Lisbon has an extraordinary mix of architectural styles. Although much of the city was laid to ruins by the Great Earthquake in 1755, it escaped the WWII bombings. As a result, it is possible to find examples of architecture from almost every period of the city's history.

The most famous and most common architectural style in Lisbon is the neo-classical "Pombaline" design which was used for post 1755 earthquake reconstruction work. It is a style with simple classical features and little exterior decor. With its Rossio and São Paulo squares, downtown Lisbon is a "Pombaline" masterpiece.

The most important recent urban project is the rebirth of the eastern waterfront district known as Parque das Nações. The Park of the Nations (Parque das Naçes) is a Lisbon neighborhood constructed for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition. It is located on the northeastern part of the city. This modern part of Lisbon has numerous restaurants, bars, theatres, parks, pedestrian areas and a large shopping malls.

One of the most surprising sights in this district is the Oriente Train Station designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This modernist station has a bright glass and steel structure in the form of a tree.

The parish houses the second largest aquarium in Europe, the Oceanário de Lisboa. The Vasco da Gama Tower (Torre Vasco da Gama) perhaps one of Lisbon's most recognizable landmarks, offers an excellent observation deck with stunning views over Lisbon and the ocean. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is extremely impressive. It measures 11 miles (18 km) long and is the longest overpass in Europe.

This guided bus/walking tour begins with a bus transfer from the Pestana Palace to downtown Lisbon where there is a great diversity of buildings in several classic and historical architectonic styles. The tour also visits the oriental part of Lisbon (Parque das Nações), where the avant garde/ futuristic Lisbon can be seen.

Full Day Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça and Batalha Tour

  • Friday, June 22, 2017
  • Tour hours: 08:30 – 18:00
  • Tour price per person: €65,00 (lunch on own)

Spouses and guests only

Transfer from the Pestana Palace to the village of Óbidos. This village played an important role in the defensive pentagon of five castles within the kingdom centre designed by the Templars. It was also given as a wedding gift to Queen D. Isabel, by King D. Dinis. The original layout suffered some major changes due to the 1755 earthquake. These days, visitors will surely lose themselves in its quaint narrow streets with whitewashed houses reminiscent of the Arab presence. The most emblematic sights are the Castle of Óbidos, the Parish Museum, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Portal of the Town of Óbidos and the Church of Mercy. The Óbidos castle was built on a small lot of 79 meters above sea level, mixing elements of Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline and Baroque architecture. The Portal of the Town of Óbidos, built in the 17th century, is garnished by 18th-century tiles, situated on the door and in the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, the patron saint of the village. The village is famous for its handicrafts and unique ceramics.

From Óbidos, continue to Nazaré, a fishing village that had its origin in the cult around the Our Lady of Nazaré. It is a much-appreciated place visited by 1,000,000 tourists every year for its beach, its local crafts, its gastronomy and the cult of Our Lady of Nazaré. It more recently became known worldwide for its world record surfing waves.

The city of Alcobaça, the next stop for the day, is surrounded by hills. The settlement of Alcobaça dates back to Roman period, and its development is noted on the perimeter surrounding the 13th century Monastery of Alcobaça. With the donation of the land by King D. Afonso Henriques to the religious Cistercian order, Alcobaça experienced tremendous growth over a period of 700 years. Buried here are D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro, a couple who who lived a love story with a tragic ending.

The last stop of the day before returning to Lisbon is the city of Batalha. Owing its origins to the building of the Monastery of St. Mary of the Victory, this construction resulted from the outcome of the Battle of Aljubarrota between the Portuguese army commanded by D. João I, Master of Avis and Nuno Álvares Pereira, against the Spanish army under the command of King John I of Castile. The battle took place on St. George's field on the outskirts of the village of Aljubarrota between the municipalities of Porto de Mós and Alcobaça. In thanks to the Virgin Mary for the victory over the Castilians, D. João I ordered the construction of the Monastery of St. Mary of the Victory. The Dominican Monastery, built in honor of the Virgin Mary in 1386 by D. João I, is one of the most significant buildings of the Portuguese Gothic and Manueline styles. In the Monastery of Batalha, there is a display of some of the most important Portuguese medieval stained-glass windows in the country. Also housed here are the magnificent tombs of King John I and Filipa de Lencastre and other tombs of the Portuguese Royal House.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos & MAAT Museum

  • Saturday, June 23, 2017
  • Tour hours: 09:30 – 13:00
  • Tour price per person: €50,00 (entrance to the monastery and museum included)

Spouses and guests only

The excursion departs from the Pestana Palace for a visit to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. In the 15th century, King Manuel I had the idea to build a large monastery close to the site where Henry the Navigator had built a church dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém in the 15th century. With a view towards perpetuating the memory of Henry and acknowledging his own great devotion, Manuel I chose to establish the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém on a site just outside Lisbon on the banks of the River Tagus. The monastery was given to the Order of St. Jerome, which is why it was given the name Jerónimos (or Hieronymite) Monastery. The Monastery is a cultural reference point that has attracted artists, chroniclers and travelers over the course of its five centuries of existence. It received, and became a burial place, for kings, and later poets. Today it is admired by one and all, not only as a remarkable piece of architecture, but also as integral part of Portuguese culture and identity. The monastery was declared a National Monument in 1907, and in 1983, UNESCO classified it as a "World Heritage" site.

The tour continues with a visit to the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology). Presenting itself as a new cultural center in the city of Lisbon, the MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects and thinkers. It creates space for debate, critical thinking and international dialogue, and offers an intense and diverse program conceived for all audiences and ages.

Full Day Post-Workshop Azeitão, Arrábida, Setubal and Palmela Tour

  • Sunday, June 24, 2017
  • Tour hours: 09:30 – 18:00
  • Tour price per person: €45,00 (winetasting included, lunch on own)

Delegates, spouses and guests

The tour begins in Azeitão at the Vila Fresca de Azeitão. Known for its excellent wines produced by José Maria da Fonseca. The "Periquita" and the famous Moscatel de Setúbal wines are perhaps their best known. Discover their production methods and do a bit of wine tasting here. This village is also renowned for its St. Simão tiles produced in the traditional way and hand-painted. View the artisans at work and the taste the Azeitão roll (egg cream-filled), a typical sweet of the region. The family business has been operating for almost two centuries and is the oldest Portuguese company producing table wines and Moscatel of Setúbal. This is a wonderful place to stop for lunch.

Continuing on to Arrábida, you can enjoy a wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Tróia Península, the long stretch of sand that spreads through the Sado Estuary. The mountain is protected for its diversity of fauna and flora and renowned for its famous beach of fine white sand with clear and bright waters.

The next stop is Setúbal, a place born from the river and the sea that has existed since the time of the Romans. There are numerous traces of its history including those of the Neolithic period and the Phoenician and Greek civilizations. It is fishing port and the typical gastronomy of the city is fresh fish and seafood. The Castle of St. Philip, often referred to as the fort or fortress, dates back to the 17th century and played a tactical role in strengthening the defense line of the Portuguese coast which was often ravaged by pirates from Northern Europe and Africa.

The last stop is the city of Palmela that dates back to the Roman period, having been conquered by D. Afonso Henriques from the Moors in 1147. Highlighted is the Palmela Guesthouse and its imposing castle, built in the 9th century and located 240 meters above sea level. This castle has a magnificent view over the plain of the Tagus and Sado estuary, as well as the Arrábida Mountains. Raised by the Moors, it was donated to the Order of Santiago who settled in Pamela permanently in 1210.

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Sedan (3 passengers) - €40,00
Minivan (6 passengers) - €55,00
Minibus (16 passengers) - €175,00

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