21 Nov Cultural Trip to Portugal
We invite you to discover Portugal in a 10 day trip through some of the most interesting cities.
With this itinerary, our main focus is the decorative art, mainly ceramics and tiles, which are so typical of the Portuguese art and culture.
In Portugal, tiles decorate facades or interior spaces, totally or partially covering the spaces, telling stories or the History or are simply decorative.
Via Decorative Arts, we shall travel through the universal history.
In the 15th century, the Portuguese expansion started with the conquest of cities in the North of Africa. In the 16th century, the arrival of the Portuguese in the East with their huge ships [Naus], which came back loaded with rich and exotic products, made Lisbon the major commercial depot of Europe.
And this is the reason why Portugal has rich and original examples of Decorative Arts.
Our itinerary includes the finest museums and foundations with guided tours with their curators, meals in restaurants outside the tourist circuit, always with the intent of providing unique and genuine experiences.
We shall always stay at 4 star hotels in the centre of each city.
The trip shall begin in Lisbon and end in Oporto.
Individual arrivals to Lisbon during the morning. Overnight in Lisbon for 7 nights.
Group meeting at the hotel around 14h00 for a trip introduction.
This evening will be dedicated to the most important Portuguese ceramic element – the Azulejo – its origin and influences and its importance in Portuguese art and architecture.
This day we shall focus on Eastern art. We shall visit 2 important spots where you can see some fine items. We will also focus on how the open commerce between Portugal and the East influenced Portuguese and Eastern art.
In the evening we shall have time to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon.
Another day related to the East but day 3 we shall focus on the relations between Portugal and the Far East.
The first thing we have to learn is how we got there, so our morning will be spent in Belém area, learning about the ships that took these great men far away and the place from where they left.
In the afternoon we shall learn how they influenced the countries they visited and vice-versa.
And that night we shall visit a traditional Fado house, and listen to the Portuguese folk music, now added to Unesco’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The origin of Fado is unknown, but there is the thesis that it comes from a mix of African and Arab music. Anyway, it is strongly connected to the discoveries and that homesickness that seamen felt and which they had to leave behind.
To the city of Lisbon arrived shipments of gold, spices, treasures and eccentricities. These novelties strongly influenced the city and its society, and this is what we shall see day 4 by visiting the National Museum of Ancient Art and the capital’s main churches.
Let’s move ahead in time! Leave Lisbon for a day tour to the beautiful palaces of Queluz and Sintra and the gardens of Marquês de Fronteira Palace.
We picked up 3 of the most interesting small and private museums of Lisbon, for a more intimate approach.
Day 7 we head north, towards Oporto. After a 3 hour drive, we shall stop in Coimbra for a couple of visits: the University, with its fantastic Library and the Museum Machado de Castro.
And we shall continue towards Oporto.
We shall explore Oporto and, at the end of the day, we shall visit one of the old Port Wine Lodges.
Oporto is now a vibrant city, with excellent restaurants, beautiful granite buildings and close to one of Portugal’s most beautiful and iconic regions: the Douro Valley.
Departure for a full day of relaxation. Discover the River Douro Valley and the wines and gastronomy of this region, UNESCO HERITAGE. You will have the opportunity to tour the valley. Enjoy a 1 hour private cruise and a gourmet lunch with wine tasting.
Breakfast at your hotel.
End of tour.