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Handcrafted to provide seniors with an authentic immersion into Lisbon, this one-week itinerary is an escape into culture and tradition. Lisbon is a stunning destination for senior travelers. History seeps from colorful neighborhoods, an omnipresent culture sweeps across the city, and the laid-back atmosphere encourages everybody to travel slow. Easy day trips showcase Portugal, and intimate city tours reveal a millennium of secrets, from fado music to Muscat wine.
Lisbon – The Rhythm of Fado
Fado is not a sad style of music; it is an expression of loss crafted with exceptional beauty. Fado has its origins in Alfama, which is a neighborhood in central Lisbon. After being greeted at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Baixa, which is a central and convenient location to enjoy your time in the city. The afternoon will be at your leisure before a guide accompanies you to a fado dinner and performance in one of Lisbon’s oldest music venues. Listening to the artistic tones will be the perfect way to start your immersion in the city’s culture and tradition.
Lisbon – Sintra, Byron’s Poetry, and Cascais
More words and more art will be in store for this morning. Byron’s poetry effortlessly melts into Sintra’s old-world atmosphere. On a private tour, you will explore Sintra’s streets and palaces before having lunch at a decadent venue that was once favored by Lord Byron himself. Other palaces hide in the area, and these can be visited in the early afternoon in addition to a small beach that looks out to the Atlantic and America. You will then travel a little further along the coast to find Cascais, which is a decadent resort town from the late 19th century.
Lisbon – Immersed in Lisbon’s History
Jeronimos Monastery covers four city blocks. It is an enormous structure that appears simple on the outside then opens into an intricate collection of artistic lines and flourishes. This monastery is just one highlight in Belem. After your tour of Belem, you will take the tram into the old city. Baixa was built in the 18th century following a devastating earthquake. Throughout the day, you will enjoy a complete tale that covers the years 1400 to 2020 before an evening in one of Lisbon central plazas.
Lisbon – The Home of Muscat
Setubal immerses all its visitors in the old world. This small town and its surrounding area have always been the upscale side of Lisbon and the place where Muscat wine was born. They have been making it for centuries, and you will learn of Muscat’s history with the cellar-master of Jose Maria da Fonseca, which is the world’s most renowned Muscat producer. This will provide a stunning overview of the grape and its definitive wines before the smaller Quinta da Bacalhoa winery reveals a lesser-known Setubal history. Here, you will meet the winemakers for a tasting in the expansive gardens. With this private tour, you will have most of the afternoon free in Lisbon.
Lisbon – Fishing Village Life
Traditional life dominates the road north from Lisbon. Here colorful shacks stand on the sand in Nazare, and women wait in traditional dress for the fishing boats to return. You will venture to this fishing village today. Afterward, you will transfer to Obidos, which is the premier highlight north of Lisbon. It is also a hilltop town that is hidden behind thick medieval walls. An afternoon here is a wonderful escape from central Lisbon, and you can stay into the evening because Obidos has superb restaurants and a wine bar inside its castle. From here, it will be only about an hour back to your hotel in Lisbon.
Lisbon – Intimate Food Tour of Lisbon
One of the best ways to get to know Lisbon’s backstreets is through its food. After exploring the core historical highlights, today’s tour will lead you off the beaten track into charming neighborhoods that are laden with Azulejo tiles and hole-in-the-wall eateries. Traveling by tram will allow you to explore three different Lisbon neighborhoods, each with its own culinary specialty. Obviously, the food you eat is a highlight, but this tour is also about the people you can meet. Led by a local chef, this will be a journey into market traders, cafe owners, chic boutiques, and traditional dishes that have never made the mainstream. You will even visit a Michelin-star chef’s hidden eatery.
Lisbon – Departure
This final day will allow some time for shopping or to ride the tram to Sao George Castle for a final panorama of the city. Late checkout will be arranged, and as with almost everything on your one-week itinerary, the airport transfer will be private.
- Feel the elegant rhythm of fado with an intimate performance in the Alfama neighborhood
- Uncover Lisbon’s artistic secrets during a vibrant historical tour through Belem and Baixa
- Follow the lines of Byron on a poetry tour through Sintra, where Moorish palaces dazzle the imagination
- Immerse yourself in the delights of Obidos, which is a hilltop town that seems frozen in the medieval ages
- Feast on the finest Lisbon traditions during an enchanting tour through the city’s colorful neighborhoods
- Explore the history of Muscat by meeting winemakers and cellar-masters during a private day trip to Setubal
- Lay back on the Lisbon coast during an afternoon of charm in Cascais, which is a favorite old-world locale of senior travelers
- Discover the enchantment of Portuguese fishing village life and follow a storyline from apparitions to monasteries
Lisbon is great for senior travelers because it is such an immersive travel destination. History and culture is not something to read about in a museum. Rather, it is something to live out along cobblestone streets. Lisbon is a city that holds many secrets, reserving its best for those who are willing to look beyond the standard route. Exceptional food and wine are part of the everyday schedule, especially when local guides know where to take you. With a full week, you can really uncover Lisbon’s style and highlights.
This one-week Lisbon itinerary is handcrafted for senior travelers with a leisurely pace and minimal walking. Private guides will lead your journey each day. All of them are specialists, so somebody who loves Byron will guide you in Sintra, and a local chef will show you the city’s food scene. From Muscat wine to Portuguese fishing villages, easy day trips will reveal more of the country. Over seven days, you will feel completely immersed in Lisbon’s atmosphere. You will find a city that is safe and easy to maneuver that loves it when visitors seek to look a little beyond the tourist track.
After landing in Lisbon, the first day will be at your leisure before an evening of fado music in the neighborhood in which it originated. You will spend day two with Byron and the Moors in Sintra before enjoying the leisurely tones of Cascais. A historical tour will have you exploring Belem and Baixa on day three. Day four will be very relaxed and will include a leisurely trip to Setubal and the home of Muscat. Here, you can meet with winemakers and explore the distinctive dessert wine. Obidos, Nazare, and tradition dining at a Portuguese fishing village are just a few of the immersive highlights of day five. Then, food will carry you away and complete your one week in Lisbon. Food is just one of the many reasons that you will want to return to this wonderful city.
$1,395 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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