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MUSIC, culture, fooD, WINE & fun tour of portugal! 

Wednesday 10 JUNE TO SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2020

14 is the maximum number of participants I can accommodate for this 12-day music, culture, food, wine and fun tour of the friendliest country in Europe. Deadline to pay in full and join this trip is Friday 20 March 2020. Make your deposit now to secure your place!

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Lisbon

  • Wednesday 10 June 2020 - arrival day. Performing Arts Review Travel participants arrive throughout the day and transfer individually by underground, Aerobus or taxi (not included in land package) from Lisbon International Airport or train/bus stations to Hotel Expo Astória.

  • Thursday 11 June 2020 - full day in Lisbon. Orientation breakfast at the hotel with our English speaking tour guide will be followed by a visit to the “Baixa” (downtown) heart of the city. Almost completely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami of 1755, it was later rebuilt by Marquis de Pombal, the man whose statue dominates Parque Eduardo VII near the Hotel. This visionary conceived a uniform and rectilinear architecture for the city center which can still be seen today. We will walk through Alfama, one of the oldest quarters of the city, observing its architecture as well as the sounds and smells of old Lisbon. Adjoining Alfama are the old quarters of Mouraria and Castelo, where we will visit the Castelo de São Jorge, one of the most emblematic monuments of Lisbon, situated on the city’s highest hill. The castle was built in the 10th and 11th centuries, when Lisbon was an important Moorish port. In 1147, the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, conquered both the castle and the city from the Moors. Our walk will continue to Chiado an elegant trading area these days, but once a famous meeting place for intellectuals such as Fernando Pessoa, Almada Negreiros and Eça de Queiroz at the end of the 19th century.

    The Carmo area of Lisbon, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, including the Convent and Church of Carmo and Largo do Carmo which was the site of important events in the 1974 revolution. We will visit the Basilica Nossa Senhora dos Mártires where we have permission to play the pipe organ built in 1791 by António Xavier Machado e Cerveira, considered one of the most remarkable of several Portuguese Baroque organ builders. We will continue to S. Pedro de Alcantara. This 'miradouro' in Portuguese is located at the top of the Glória funicular route close to one of the many entrances to Bairro Alto. From here, we will be able to see magnificent views of Lisbon, especially St. George's Castle and the Graça area. We will enjoy our welcome dinner together at the fascinating Restaurant Can the Can which is a short walk from the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Expo Astória in Lisbon.

  • Friday 12 June 2020 - a half day in Bélem. We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a half-Day Trip to the Bélem district of Lisbon with our English speaking tour guide to visit the Jerónimos Monastery, Navy Museum and Carriage Museum. We will have lunch at Restaurant Espelho de Água. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to enjoy the Sardine Festival. Overnight at the hotel in Lisbon.

  • Saturday 13 June 2020 - a free day to explore Lisbon and enjoy the parades, music, food and fun of the Sardine Festival holiday. After breakfast at the hotel the day is free. Today is a holiday in Lisbon, many monuments and businesses are closed. Enjoy a walk through the city and breathe the celebrating atmosphere that is lived here. People from every neighborhood parade down Avenida da Liberdade a short walk of the hotel, filling this major boulevard with colorful characters in costume, Portuguese folk music ensembles and throngs of spectators spilling into the narrow back streets particularly in Alfama, but also Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa. In the Mediaeval squares and alleyways, people eat cabbage soup and grilled sardines, singing and dancing the whole nightlong. Another highlight is the Procession of St. Anthony, which leaves on the 13th from the Church of Santo António in Alfama, near the Cathedral where the saint was born in 1193. Overnight at the hotel in Lisbon.

  • Sunday 14 June 2020 - a free day to recuperate from Saturday’s partying and rest up for the journey to Porto on Monday. Overnight at the hotel in Lisbon.

Porto

  • Monday 15 June 2020 - travel by minibus to Porto with a stop in Coimbra. After breakfast at the hotel in Lisbon we depart by minibus with our Portuguese-speaking tour guide for Lisbon’s second largest city Porto, with a side trip to the historic city of Coimbra, where we will have time to explore the town including it’s statue dedicated to the city’s unique version of Fado. We will enjoy lunch at Restaurant O Trovador where we will be serenaded by some of the city’s finest Fado musicians and visit the Church and Monastery of Santa Cruz, one of the most beautiful buildings in the country where we will have a close look at its stunning Baroque organ. We will visit Casa da Guitarra to see the vast array of traditional Portuguese guitars archived there and explore the splendid and historic library and auditorium at the University of Coimbra before continuing to Porto. Overnight at Hotel Boa Vista in Porto.

  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 - full day in Porto. After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a walking tour of the ancient city, taking the subway to the historic center with our English-speaking tour guide. During our walk we will experience the narrow Medieval streets of this UNESCO World Heritage City on the Douro River first hand and discover not only the classic highlights of the metropolis, but also its hidden beauties. At noon we will hear the Baroque pipe organ at the Clérigos Church with its magnificent Baroque tower. We will have the opportunity to chat with the organist who might allow one or two qualified participants to play the instrument. We will enjoy lunch afterward at Restaurant Chez Lapin in the oldest Ribeira District, close to the river Douro. After taking the subway back to our hotel, some participants may enjoy taking advantage of a ticket discount for a 4pm performance at Porto’s Casa da Música. The evening will be free. Overnight at the hotel in Porto.

  • Wednesday 17 June 2020 - day trip and cruise in the Douro River Valley. After breakfast at the hotel in Porto, we start a day trip to the Douro River Valley with our English-speaking tour guide. We will enjoy a late lunch at the Quinta da Avessada Winery with typical food and wines from this area followed by a two hour cruise on the Douro River between the villages of Pinhão and Tua and return to Porto. Overnight at hotel in Porto.

  • Thursday 18 June 2020 - day trip to Guimarães and Braga. After breakfast at the hotel in Porto we will travel by minibus to visit the historic city of Guimarães, which is also known as the cradle of Portugal and holds a special place in Portuguese hearts. It was here, from the castle’s high walls that Alfonso Henriques (Alfonso I) defeated the armies of his mother Theresa Countess of Portugal in 1128 and became the first king of Portugal. We will visit the historic center of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptionally well-preserved buildings. We will visit the Dukes Palace (Palácio dos Duques) and the Castle São Mamede. Afterwards we will have a walk through the Medieval streets. In the afternoon, we will continue towards Braga, an important religious center dating from the fourth century CE where we will have lunch at Restaurant Cozinha da Sé. We will visit the imposing Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga where those seeking their exercise for the day can climb the stairway which leads to the impressive sanctuary - 17 levels, adorned with symbolic fountains, allegoric statues and other decorations in Baroque style. At the top, a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Braga before returning to Porto. Overnight at hotel in Porto.

Lisbon

  • Friday, 19 June 2020 - Travel by minibus from Porto to Lisbon with stops in Tomar and Fátima. After breakfast at our hotel in Porto we will leave this unforgettably beautiful and historic city for our return journey to Lisbon. Our first stop on the way will be the Knights Templar city of Tomar, where we will visit the Convent of the Knights of Christ. Continuing to Fátima for a short sightseeing tour of one of Europe’s most important religious sites, we will see the pilgrimage chapel and the Fátima Basilica. Back in Lisbon we will stay at our familiar home, the Hotel Expo Astória in Lisbon.

  • Saturday, 20 June 2020 - Full day in Sintra. After breakfast at our hotel in Lisbon we will embark by minibus on a day-long visit to the fairy tale palaces and gardens of Sintra. Enjoying a light lunch in Sintra at Restaurant Tira-tapas we will take the tourist train to visit Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors. We will return to Lisbon later in the day for our farewell dinner at a typical Fado club Adega do Machado.

  • Sunday 21 June 2020 - departure day. After breakfast at the hotel participants transfer from the hotel to the airport/train by taxi or Metro.

 

June in Lisbon

Food spots in Lisbon

Never has the choice of the winning city been so unanimous among travelers from all over the world. It was with the votes of worldwide travelers from 174 countries that Porto has won the European title four times - 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018

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The clock is ticking toward summer 2020. The total land package cost per participant for this trip is US $2,800/€ 2,534 double occupancy. Make your deposit of US $180/€ 163* per participant early to secure your hotel room (double occupancy), meals, train, minibus and river cruise reservations. I can take no more than 14 participants, double-occupancy. June is Festival month throughout Portugal and hotel accommodation must be secured well in advance. The remainder of your total land package cost is US $2,620/€ 2,371* due by midnight Pacific FRIDAY 20 March 2020. You may cancel your trip in writing any time before midnight Pacific Friday 20 March 2020 to receive a full refund. If you cancel your trip in writing after 20 March 2020 you will receive no refund. If Performing Arts Review Travel cancels the Portugal trip for any reason before 20 March 2020 all participants still booked for the trip will receive a full refund, including deposit. If you prefer a private room your total land package cost will be (US $3,700/€3,347). Contact me to make private room arrangements: dankepl@gmail.com. Your payments are deposited directly into a secure Trust Account audited by the California Attorney General's office.

*International exchange rates vary day to day

Lisbon Airport is one of the most modern in the world: a 2-terminal, 2-runway international airport with underground trains & buses to the city center 

airfare is not included in the land package      CLICK HERE     to find competitive flights from your part of the world to Portugal

airfare is not included in the land package

CLICK HERE to find competitive flights from your part of the world to Portugal


our hotels

Hotel Expo Astória  in the heart of downtown Lisbon near Parque Eduardo VII is an eight story Art Deco classic that was completely refurbished and modernized in 2015

Hotel Expo Astória in the heart of downtown Lisbon near Parque Eduardo VII is an eight story Art Deco classic that was completely refurbished and modernized in 2015

Statue of Marquis de Pombal who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake and tidal wave as seen from Hotel Expo Astória’s main entrance

Statue of Marquis de Pombal who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake and tidal wave as seen from Hotel Expo Astória’s main entrance

Typical double occupancy room

Typical double occupancy room

Hotel restaurant

Hotel restaurant

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flag of Lisbon

Hotel Boa Vista  is in the Figueira da  Foz  district of Porto on the seashore where the Douro River meets the Atlantic. The Line 1 tram runs from Foz to Porto (about 15 minutes) along the Douro River and the historic and ancient port district of the city

Hotel Boa Vista is in the Figueira da Foz district of Porto on the seashore where the Douro River meets the Atlantic. The Line 1 tram runs from Foz to Porto (about 15 minutes) along the Douro River and the historic and ancient port district of the city

The 15th century fortress that protected the entrance to the Douro River is right across the street from our hotel

The 15th century fortress that protected the entrance to the Douro River is right across the street from our hotel

Typical double occupancy room

Typical double occupancy room

Rooftop restaurant

Rooftop restaurant

flag of Porto

flag of Porto

14 is the maximum number of participants I can accommodate for this 12-day music, culture, food, wine and fun tour of the friendliest country in Europe. Deadline to pay in full and join this trip is Friday 20 March 2020. Make your deposit now to secure your place!

land package

11 breakfasts

9 lunches, dinners or tastings

Entries: Casa da Música, Jerónimos Monastery, Navy Museum and Carriage Museum, Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Convent of the Knights of Christ, University of Coimbra, Church of St.Cruz

Qualified English-speaking guide

Modern coach with air conditioning

Concert discount at Casa da Música in Porto

Chance to play the Baroque pipe organ in Lisbon – Igreja dos Mártires Lisboa - and other venues including so far, the pipe organ in Clérigos Church, Porto

Audio guides

Tourist Sintra Train

2 hour cruise Pinhão-Tua