Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon spreads across seven hills and overlooks the banks of the Tagus River as it inches close to the Atlantic Coast. Trams circumvent the cobblestone streets as funiculars ascend the slopes between the lavish homes and the charming cafes that are adorned with clear views to passersby as they traverse the bustling streets. The aroma of salted cod cooked with onions and potatoes emanates from the traditional taverns that fill the antique neighborhoods. In the afternoon, the ruby hues of Portuguese wines cast glowing shadows against the walls and tablecloths of hidden bars and quiet restaurants.
Your flight will land at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, where your private transfer will meet you upon arrival. Settle into the comforts of your glamorous hotel that offers Art Deco décor and overlooks the cobblestone streets. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby eager to lead you through an engaging introduction to the city’s remarkable past that has continued to inform present culture. Your guide will point down to the ground along the Calçada Portuguesa to view one of the city’s lavish mosaic streets. Part of Lisbon’s exuberant and welcoming atmosphere emanates from the gorgeous white and blue limestone tiles that have been placed in geometric shapes by skilled artisans.
The symmetry offers a beautiful path to walk down and allows for you to backtrack through the city and never have the same view twice. The Elevador da Bica is a charming funicular that connects Largo do Calhariz to Rua de São Paulo. The undulating street provides a stunning panorama of daily life that is framed by colorful houses, verandas decorated with flowerpots, and a backdrop of riverbanks. After strolling along the city streets, your guide will lead you to the captivating Jerónimos Monastery, home to the tomb of celebrated Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama.