Set off on your Lisbon day trip with a hotel pickup from the Algarve, then hop into an air-conditioned coach and head north. On your way 3-hour journey to Portugal’s capital, relax and gaze out the window at charming coastal views.
Arrive in the hilly capital of Lisbon and get ready to discover Portugal’s rich history. Tie up your laces and start your walking tour with a stroll through the Belém district situated at the mouth of the Tagus River. Observe Lisbon’s most distinguished buildings and landmarks as you explore with your expert guide.
Take a break at Belém Tower, a fortification that played a major role in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. Nearby, enter the Jerónimos Monastery which was erected in the 16th century during the rule of King Dom Manuel and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. From your audio guide learn how the monastery was dedicated to Vasco de Gama's successful voyage to India. Then, comb the monastery admiring its quintessential Gothic Manueline architecture and its unique style of ornate etched arches. Upon finishing your audio guide, continue to Alfama where Lisbon gets its cultural charge.
Weave your way along lively streets of terracotta roofed buildings and palm canopied courtyards and experience Alfama’s Roman and Moorish influences. Then, stare up at the captivating Castle of São Jorge whose imposing hillside swagger feeds the energy of this neighborhood.
Make a pitstop for lunch (own expense) and then enjoy ample time to leisurely explore Lisbon’s cobblestone corridors and squares. “When in Lisbon”- locate a bakery and taste the famous Portuguese egg tart - pastéis de nata (own expense). Continue to discover hidden gems or duck into souvenir shops before meeting your guide at a prearranged time and place. Hop back on your coach and return to your Algarve hotel where your tour ends.