Straight after breakfast at your hotel we will start our tour to Lisbon with visit of the area Belem Lisbon's most monumental and historical area is Belem. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery: Prince Henry the Navigator and the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, Bartholomeu Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope, the first voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India, and Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way back to Europe after discovering the New World.
We will visit the monastery of Jerónimos (visit included), whose construction have begun in 1501 at the request of D. Manuel I and will end one hundred years later. It was built in the middle of the Imperial, this monument of architecture and one of the final decorative Gothic elements and renaissance, it is one of the most beautiful monuments of Lisbon.
For a short break we will stop at cafe housed in attractive traditional houses with terraces along Rua Vieira Portuense next to the garden in front of Belem Palace. This is the best place for a drink or pastries which is called the cafe Antiga Confeitaria de Belem. It has been serving delicious custard tarts in its rooms adorned with tiles since 1841. You can have one with coffee inside. (Degustation Included)
Near the River Tagus, we will visit another wonderful monument the Tower of Belem. Built in the 16th century under the project of Francisco Arruda, the Belem Tower consists of a square tower with a polygonal bastion, oriented along the axis of the Tagus (outside visit).
We are going to see the Ajuda Palace and its ostentatious interior, which is often overlooked, but combined with the opulence of the popular Coaches Museum (visit included), it's the best place to see the regal grandeur of 18th century Lisbon and of the European royal families.
Our day continue with lunch in local Portuguese restaurant with exceptional local kitchen at famous area of Bairro Alto - one of the most charming place.
BAIRRO ALTO is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city's bohemian haunt of artists and writers. This typical and popular district has many examples of modernity, with its boutiques, design and its multiple bars. We will also discover a variety of traditional and international restaurants alongside of intimate bookshops, where tea rooms and lounges can always be found. This is an exciting area, full of charm, combining boldness and sophistication with tradition and history of Bairro Alto.
After the Bairro Alto, descent by the Chiado, here you will discover an atmosphere even more sophisticated than before. It is a beautiful meeting place for young people, artists and intellectuals; Chiado is the emblematic area of cafes, for example "A Brasileira", schools of fine arts, theatres and history.
The main commercial streets are Rua do Norte, Rua da Atalaia, and Rua do Diario de Noticias, from where it is easy to reach Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (a garden-terrace with a panoramic view over the city), and two of the city's most interesting churches: São Roque with its magnificent baroque interior and the romantic Gothic ruins of Carmo Church, continuation towards the next District of the romantic Gothic ruins of Carmo Church.
The link between the Carmo district and the Baixa is done through another magnificent monument of the city, the irresistible elevator of Santa Justa (visit including), it is in a particular architectural style, designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, it has an exceptional view of the Baixa Pombalina. The discovery of the attractive Place of Rossio was by D. Pedro IV.
We are going to continue towards the Alfama- its breathtaking views and a medieval maze; the village within a city; the historical soul of Lisbon. Because its foundation is dense bedrock, it survived the 1755 earthquake, and a walk through this old-fashioned residential neighborhood is now a step back in time. It is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds.
It was settled by the Romans and Visigoths (it was also an important Jewish quarter in the 15th century), but it was the Moors who gave the district its atmosphere and name (alhama means springs or bath, a reference to the hot springs found in the area). They were also responsible for its web of streets created as a defense system, while at the same time enabling their homes to remain cool in the summer.
Transfer back to your hotel. Later on will be group diner at your hotel.