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Emeriti Philharmonic - international travel with a musical purpose - Cuba March 24-April 8 2017

TRIP ITINERARY

MUSIC, culture, food & fun tour of portugal! 

Wednesday 10 JUNE TO SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2020

14 is the maximum number of participants Mr. Kepl can accommodate for this 12-day music, culture, food 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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Bucket list of ten must see places in Lisbon


 

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, 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 Restaurant Café Central. 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 Sardine Festival holiday.
    the National Theater São Carlos and an afternoon wine tasting with cheeses, breads and olives at Carinho do Vinho wine bar. The rest of the afternoon is free (without guide). We will walk the short distance to our welcome dinner at Restaurant Cozinha da Estaçäo which is near the hotel, next to the historic Rossio train station

  • Saturday 8 June 2019 - after breakfast at the hotel, a day trip with our tour guide by minibus over the broad and historic Tagus River to the World Heritage UNESCO city of Évora "City of Light." With its ancient monuments; defensive walls built by Romans, Goths and Moors and a third century Roman temple near an early Gothic cathedral Évora is an archetype of Portugal's long and diverse history. We'll have lunch at the Restaurant Dom Joaquim followed by a visit to the wine estate Adega da Cartuxa  a popular destination for wine connoisseurs for a wine tasting before returning to Lisbon

Three nights in Porto

  • Sunday 9 June 2019 - after breakfast at the hotel we will depart Lisbon with our tour guide by minibus for Porto with a stop in Coimbra to walk it’s ancient stairways and see the statue dedicated to the city’s unique style of Fado. We will visit Coimbra’s Casa da Guitarra to see the vast array of traditional Portuguese guitars archived there and have lunch at Restaurant O Trovador where we will be serenaded by some of the city’s finest Fado musicians. Arriving at the Hotel ABC Casa da Música in Porto later in the day, the evening will be free

  • Monday 10 June 2019 - after breakfast at the hotel we will enjoy a day trip with our tour guide by minibus to Portugal's most famous wine-growing region, the Douro River Valley, including a visit and lunch at Quinta da Avessada winery featuring the typical cuisine of the area, serenaded by the traditional concertina music of the region, followed by and a two hour late afternoon river cruise on the Douro before returning to Porto

  • Tuesday 11 June 2019 - after breakfast at the hotel, a Metro ride with our tour guide to the center of the city for a walkabout including a tour of the National Theater São João and lunch at Restaurant Chez Lapin in the old Ribeira district of Porto, close to the river Douro piers. We will take the Metro back to the hotel in time for a visit to the Casa da Música where discounted tickets will be available for a one hour concert at 4pm (16h00). The rest of the evening is free to visit other sites near the hotel and sample the night life of the city

Last four nights in Lisbon

  • Wednesday 12 June 2019 - after breakfast we will return to Lisbon by minibus, staying again at Hotel My Story Tejo. The afternoon and evening will be free to explore Lisbon's shops and restaurants

  • Thursday 13 June 2019 - after breakfast, we will take a tram from Praça da Figueira near the hotel for a half-day walking tour with our guide of Lisbon’s Belém district, visiting the followed by lunch at Restaurant Clube Naval de Lisboa on the Belém dock before returning to the hotel. The late afternoon and evening will be free

  • Friday 14 June 2019 - after breakfast, a day trip with our tour guide to Sintra by minibus for an early lunch at Restaurant O Apeadeiro. We’ll take the tourist train to visit Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors before returning to Lisbon by minibus

  • Saturday 15 June 2019 - after breakfast, we will travel by train from the São Pedro do Estoril Station in Lisbon to Cascais for a leisurely day with our tour guide. We will enjoy Lunch in the neighboring city of Estoril at the Restaurant Choupana Gordinni and return to the hotel to relax a bit before our farewell dinner with our tour guide at a typical Fado house Adega Machado

  • Sunday 21 June 2020 - departure day. Participants transfer from the hotel to the airport by taxi or Metro

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The clock is ticking toward summer 2020. The total land package cost per participant for this trip is US $2,950/€ 2,615. Make your deposit of US $180/€ 160* per participant early to secure your hotel room (double occupancy), meals, train, minibus and river cruise reservations. Daniel Kepl 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 $2,770/€ 2,455* 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 $3,950/€3,502). Contact Daniel Kepl 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

14 is the maximum number of participants Mr. Kepl can accommodate for this 12-day music, culture, food 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!


SCROLL DOWN FOR AN INTIMATE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHIC VIRTUAL TOUR OF PORTUGAL and THE CITIES WE WILL BE VISITING

initial three nights in LISBON 6-8 JUNE

Musicians, music lovers, family and friends from around the world will arrive in Lisbon throughout the day on Thursday 6 June for four nights in the capital. Underground from the airport to the stop nearest the hotel - cost € 1.45 per person, about 28 minutes : Red Line towards S. Sebastião From the Airport. At the Alameda exchange transfer from Red Line to Green Line towards Cais do Sodré and exit subway at Martim Moniz Station – walk about 300 meters towards your hotel    

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AeroBus service from the airport – Cost € 4.00 per person, about 21 Minutes -  Line 1 (every 20 minutes) Exit in Praça da Figueirawalk about 240 meters towards your Hotel

10 is the maximum number of participants Mr. Kepl can accommodate for this 11 day music, culture, food and fun tour of the friendliest country in Europe. Deadline to pay in full and join this trip is Friday 22 February 2019. Make your deposit now to secure your place!


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day trip to Évora

8 June

UNESCO  World Heritage Site and part of the Most Ancient European Towns Network


porto 9-11 JUNE

Three nights in Portugal's second largest city. Known for its stately bridges, port wine production, Medieval cathedrals, Baroque organs and famous Ribeira (riverside) district, the city’s ancient narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes near the 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa. Porto will be the base from which Emeriti Philharmonic participants will take a day trip by minibus to the Douro River Valley for lunch and an afternoon river cruise after tasting some of Portugal’s finest wines in the village of Pinhão.

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 won the European title three times - 2012, 2014, 2017.

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A tram ride around Lisbon (Lisboa), the capital and largest city of Portugal.


day trip to the douro river valley

10 June

The Douro Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where wine has been produced for over 2,000 years.

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A sample of the art of Fado, the beloved national music of Portugal. Emeriti Philharmmonic participants will be able to experience this unique art form in Fado clubs and bars throughout Portugal

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back IN LISBOn 12-15 june


DAY TRIP TO CASCAIS

15 June

Panorama of   Cascais     which we will visit, together with it's neighbor   Estoril   during a day trip from Lisbon on Saturday 15 June

Panorama of Cascais which we will visit, together with it's neighbor Estoril during a day trip from Lisbon on Saturday 15 June


half-day trip to belém

13 June


day trip to sintra

14 June

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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

Parque Eduardo VII is named in honor of England’s King Edward VII who made a state visit to Portugal in 1902 - no doubt to check the Port wine stocks

Parque Eduardo VII is named in honor of England’s King Edward VII who made a state visit to Portugal in 1902 - no doubt to check the Port wine stocks

Typical double occupancy room

Typical double occupancy room

Buffet breakfast every morning

Buffet breakfast every morning

Hotel restaurant

Hotel restaurant

Hotel bar

Hotel bar




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ABC Hotel Casa da Música

Typical double occupancy room at ABC Hotel Casa da Música

14 is the maximum number of participants Mr. Kepl can accommodate for this 12-day music, culture, food 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!