Lisbon is a city of water and knolls that spread along the banks of the River Tagus, and perch on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean along a set of seven hills. The sunlight casts a golden shadow over the 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery, which was erected in honor of the country’s Age of Discovery. The structure represents wealth and exploration, and remains a symbol of Vasco de Gama’s voyage to India in 1498, as the spices brought back by da Gama funded the construction.
Whitewashed homes with red-tiled roofs ascend the hills beneath the dramatic crenulated towers and battlements of St. George’s Castle. Moors erected the castle over the foundations of an Iron Age stronghold in the 12th century, and the edifice continues to offer an unparalleled panorama of the city. Your private transfer will greet you at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport upon your arrival and escort you to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter. The narrow lanes of cobblestone create a welcoming maze of shops, homes, cafes, and restaurants.
As you wander, the aroma of simmering, slow-cooked meat will blend with the enticing scent of prawns cooked over an open grill and dressed with citrus. The chalk-white dome of the Church of Santa Engrácia soars above the rooftops of the Alfama neighborhood filling your view. Construction began on the edifice in the 17th century but was not completed until nearly 285 years later. The church gallery contains monuments to the heroes of the country, such as Henry the Navigator and Pedro Álvares Cabral. Tombs of contemporary political and cultural heroes stand beneath the marvelous cupola.