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Destination:  Portugal
Travel Style: Classic Expedition
Activity Level:  3 - Medium
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Trip Highlights
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  • Walk along the mosaic walkways and cobblestoned streets of Lisbon.
  • Visit famous museums and castles in Portugal’s capital.
  • Ride the famous yellow tram up and down the “city of seven hills”
  • Experience a Casa de Fado (traditional Portuguese music house), and enjoy a delicious dinner consisting of tapas and famous Portuguese wine.
  • Tour a vineyard in Palmela.
  • Taste delicious Portuguese delights and savor the flavors of one of Europe's most diverse cuisine.

Journey Overview
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Welcome to the beautiful Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Lisbon is full of vibrant colors, rich architecture, and a perfect year-round climate. It comes as no surprise that it’s one of Europe’s most prominent tourist destinations. When visiting the “City of Seven Hills,” you are sure to take a journey through history. From exploring the cobblestone streets to relaxing along the Portuguese coastline, this tour will fully immerse you into the Iberian culture.

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
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Arrival Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

We will start off our afternoon by settling into the charming capital where we’ll begin our stay with an introductory Portuguese language lesson. Afterwards, we’ll explore the narrow cobblestoned streets and small boutiques situated around our hotel. We will conclude our night with a traditional welcome dinner at a Casa do Fado (Portuguese Music House) within walking distance or a short tram ride from the hotel.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 2: Baixa District Tour
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We will spend the morning exploring Baixa, Lisbon’s central and dynamic district, on our own. Ravished by an earthquake in 1755, Lisbon’s city center is a mixture of modern-day amenities and traditional neoclassical architecture. Connecting all of Lisbon’s historical districts, this is the perfect place to get a sense of what Lisbon is all about. We will start off our morning by exploring all the boutique shops and vendors that cover the plazas. In the evening, we will take a ride up the Elevador Santa Justa, an industrial-styled lift, or the Gloria funicular, where we’ll get a breathtaking view of the city. After, we will make our way down to the Tagus riverfront, where will hop on a two-hour sunset cruise provided with drinks and picturesque views.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 3: Alfama District Tour
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After breakfast, we will set out to explore the oldest and arguably the most charming district in Lisbon: Alfama. Alfama is known for its winding cobblestone streets, ancient cathedrals, and terracotta decorated homes. Travelers come in droves to bear witness to the neighborhood's famed charm and its street art. During our stroll through the Alfama district, we will try the delicious local cuisine offered by a variety of food vendors or from the many cafes and restaurants along the streets.

In the evening, we will pay a visit to Lisbon’s ancient Sao Jorge Castelo (castle), a landmark that has stood since the 11th century and offers a beautiful overlook of the city. There, we will hopefully catch a glimpse of sunset before we make our way down on the yellow tram to enjoy an evening out on the town, returning to our hotel later on.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 4: Bairro Alto and Chiado District Tours
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A close walking distance from our hotel, today we will set out for Lisbon’s bohemian quarter, Bairro Alto. Dating back to Roman and Arabic times, it is home to some of the best architecture in the city. In this beautiful secluded corridor, you will find the Church Of Sao Roque and see a variety of Portuguese artisan vendors along the streets. As we stroll by the street vendors, we will be greeted with a vast assortment of traditional Portuguese food. We will grab our lunch here before spending our second half of the day in a nearby district. Make sure to grab some Portugual's famous vanilla basil gelato! Our evening will be filled with a visit to the downtown Chiado district, located right next to Bairro Alto, a region studded with delicious eateries and some of the best boutique shopping in the country. Here, you will have the opportunity to shop and dine on some of the best food and wine in the city, and possibly even take the traditional yellow tram on an evening tour of the country’s capital.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 5: Beach Day in Caiscas and Belem
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Leaving the cityscape behind, today we will spend the day relaxing among one of Portugal’s most famous coastline cities. Cascais is home to beautiful beaches and stunning architecture. We will spend our day here exploring the variety of historical landmarks, such as the Santa Marta Lighthouse and the bustling city center that is filled with shops and vendors. We will find a tranquil beach spot, where we will relax for the day, following the beach promenades and exploring the cliffs that act as canopies along the ocean. During our day, we will enjoy some delicious Portuguese delicacies such as the famous Pasteis de Natas in Belem. After a full day at the beach, we will return to the hotel in Lisbon to relax.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 6: Day Trip to the Countryside of Palmela
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Today, we once again escape the city life to visit the beautiful countryside surrounding Lisbon, visiting the beautiful walled township of Palmela. Palmela is built up around one of Portugal’s 200 ancient castles and is home to some of the best bread, cheese, and wine in the region.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to further explore the winelands, sampling the delicious bread, cheeses, and wines as we come together for a traditional goodbye dinner hosted at a vineyard owned and operated by a local Portuguese family.

Accommodation: Lx Boutique Hotel Lisbon

Day 7: Departure or Optional Porto Extension.
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Today we say goodbye to Portugal as we board our flights from the local airport to our home destinations, or embark on the optional four-day extension to Porto and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Departure Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

Ask about our four-day extension to Porto, Portugal, and Santiago De Compostela, Spain.


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 This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


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From $3,600 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides; all activities; and two meals per day. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.


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