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From Coimbra to Lisbon: Palaces of the Portuguese Kings

6 Jun — 13 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Christopher Catling

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Christopher Catling, MA, FSA, MCIfA

an archaeologist who has worked on sites in Portugal and in the Portuguese African islands of Cape Verde

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1300 on TAP Portugal, arriving Porto 1515. Transfer to Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel for three nights. Introductory lecture.

Day

2

Morning: excursion to Serralves (1930s park and gardens) followed by tour of the 19th century Stock Exchange Palace and church of St Francis in Porto. Afternoon: Ferreira Port Wine Lodge (guided tour and tasting).

Day

3

Whole day excursion to Guimarães (medieval castle and Ducal Palace), visiting Braga (Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte) en route. Evening lecture.

Day

4

Drive south to Coimbra: short walking tour with visit to Coimbra University (Joanina Library). Overnight stay at Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas. Evening lecture.

Day

5

Morning: Monastery of Batalha and Monastery of Alcobaça (UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art). Afternoon: Queluz Palace ( ‘Portuguese Versailles’ for its rich interiors and extensive gardens). Three nights at Hotel Pousada de Lisboa.

Day

6

Whole day excursion to Sintra including Monserrate Palace (19th century palace with eclectic architecture and landscaped park), Pena National Palace (flamboyant creation of King Ferdinand II) and Sintra National Palace. Free evening.

Day

7

Lisbon: waterfront Belém district followed by exploration of the castle area of Lisbon, including an afternoon visit to the Castle and archaeological area. Evening of traditional Fado music with dinner.

Day

8

Morning visit to Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira, with Italianate gardens famous for their azulejos (blue and white tiles) depicting the arts and mythological scenes. Depart Lisbon 1305, arriving Gatwick 1540.

Tour Dates

6 Jun — 13 Jun 2018

Days

8

Cost

£2595

Tour Code

CLPK-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £575.

 
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