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11 May 2020Holiday - The Art, History & Palaces of Lisbon 11th - 15th May 2020

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Holiday - The Art, History & Palaces of Lisbon
11th - 15th May 2020

Monday 11 May 2020

5 days from £999 Departing 11th May 2020

• Insurance £38
• Single room supplement £134

Day 1
We meet at our designated pick up points and transfer by private coach to
Heathrow Airport for our direct scheduled flight to Lisbon. On arrival in Lisbon
we are met by our professional guide who will accompany us on all transfers
and included daily excursions. We transfer by private executive coach to the
centrally located 4* Turim Europa Hotel in Lisbon for a four night stay. A set
three course dinner without drinks is included in our hotel on Days 1, 2 and 4,
whilst Day 3 is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2
Our full day in Lisbon begins with a guided city tour taking in sights such as
the Belem Tower, Pedro Square, the Medieval Quarter of Alfama and the
Hieronymite Cathedral. During our tour we visit the beautiful 16th century
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power
and wealth during the Age of Discovery which was constructed in 1502 to
commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. We then visit the Palácio
dos Marqueses de Fronteira, one of the most beautiful residences in Lisbon,
and its Room of the Battles is adorned with glazed tiles representing scenes
of the Portuguese Restoration War while the stunning gardens boast some of
the country's finest tiles depicting hunting, battles and religious scenes. We
finally visit the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, housing works by artists such
as Hans Memling, Raphael and Tintoretto, and its chapel is a fine example of
18th century Portuguese Baroque art and architecture.
Day 3
Palácio Nacional de Queluz is our destination this morning. Commissioned in
1747, the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira transformed Prince Dom
Pedro’s occasional hunting lodge into a special summer palace now known
as the ‘Portuguese Versailles’. Travelling along the picturesque Atlantic
coastline and passing the cosmopolitan village of Estoril, we stop at the
fishing village of Cascais before heading inland to the idyllic mountain town
of Sintra, adored by artists and writers from all over the world, where we have
time at leisure for lunch. This afternoon we visit the UNESCO listed Palácio
Nacional da Pena at Sintra, one of the best examples of 19th century
Romanticism in the world.
Day 4
Our first stop this morning is Sesimbra, a picturesque fishing village once
occupied by the Romans and later the Moors until King Sancho II conquered
its heavily defended forts in 1236. Here we visit the Moorish castle, offering
wonderful panoramic views from the ramparts. We continue to the small hill
town of Palmela where you have time at leisure to explore sights such as the
Church of São Pedro with its 18th century tiles depicting scenes from the life
of St Peter. We return to Lisbon this afternoon via the scenic Parque Natural
da Arrábida, established to protect the wild, beautiful landscape.
Day 5
This morning we have a guided tour at the Museu Gulbenkian in Lisbon. One
of Europe's unsung treasures, it houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian,
Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art. Our guided tour introduces
us to masterpieces by Frans Hals, Rubens, Rembrandt, Fragonard and
Gainsborough. We return to Lisbon Airport for our direct scheduled flight to
Heathrow, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.

To ask about booking please contact Katrina Warne on 01483 474303 or kwarne12@gmail.com