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Lisbon & surrounds

A region vibrant with colour & history

Tailor-made holidays to Lisbon & surrounds

Introduction

Portugal’s centuries-long Age of Discovery put Lisbon at the centre of the world, inspiring a rich cultural diversity keenly felt to this day in everything from its unique gastronomy to its sheer wealth of architecture. Discover the very best of Portugal's capital and its surrounds with our curated range of tailor-made holidays, all chosen by our specialists. Call us today to start planning your trip.

Lisbon's art and architecture

It’s the likes of Brazil’s gold, Africa’s ivory and the Far East’s spices that have gilded and funded the city’s distinctive Manueline sights. Indeed, the intricately carved cloisters of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – and the Belém Tower’s island-stranded battlements – reveal maritime flourishes perched among architectural extravagance borrowed from both Spain and Italy. It’s all watched over by the imperious Castelo de São Jorge – a towering medieval fortress whose lofty battlements command sweeping views over the city’s terracotta rooftops.  


Lisbon's historic centre

Lisbon eats: a heaven for foodies

In among the grandeur, there’s a certain unpretentious charm. Monument-studded squares are linked by winding alleyways, themselves host to homely tabernas and hidden tasca restaurants. It’s here that you’ll be treated to the city’s famed cuisine; as Europe’s only Atlantic capital, expect everything from juicy shrimp to the city’s famous cod, served dried and salted. However it’s the bakeries that often excite the most; those oh-so gooey custard tarts are best taken with a bica espresso.


Portuguese custard tarts

Around Lisbon: Estoril, Cascais & Sintra

Lisbon has also been gifted with truly delightful natural surrounds. Those that make the short, 15-minute drive down the coast are rewarded with the white sands of Estoril and Cascais, once the preserve of Europe’s exiled nobility. From here, turn inland to Sintra. This is the place fairytales are made of, with great carpeted mountains host to thousand-year-old castles and colourful, neoclassic palaces. It comes as no surprise, then, that one Hans Christian Andersen termed it “the most beautiful and celebrated part of Portugal”.


Sintra, Portugal

 

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Special offers in Lisbon & surrounds

Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,245 pp incl. flights

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offer

Winter Early booking discount - Tivoli Avenida Liberdade – Save up to £30 pp
Book by: 28 February 2020

Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.

Club suite with double bed at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

3-night luxury holiday from £595 pp incl. flights & transfers

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offer

Early booking discount - must book 60 days prior to arrival – Save up to £80 pp
Book by: 28 February 2020

Matching its privileged setting, this city centre offering features a contemporary style that’s as welcoming as its exclusive rooftop bar.

Sagres, portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: Alentejo & the Algarve

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £450 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free car hire – Save up to £255 pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

This unique road trip will see you along dramatic coasts and a rolling interior, all the while staying in unique pousada hotels, from grand castles to historic convents.

Lounge Deck, Seven Seas Voyager, Regent Seven Seas

Iberia & The Ivory Coast on Regent Seven Seas

25-day cruise from £14,125 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 29 February 2020

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Top itineraries in Lisbon & surrounds

Pousada Castelo de Óbidos

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £445 pp incl. flights

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

Lisbon

Lisbon & Porto in Style

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,085 pp incl. flights

Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.

Pena National Palace, Sintra

Lisbon, Porto & Madeira

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,475 pp incl. flights

Let private, tailor-made tours, stays in three of the country’s finest hotels, First Class rail travel and private drivers show you the best of Portugal. Alongside Porto and Lisbon’s heritage, you’ll also take in the Douro Valley’s wines, Sintra’s regal-rural beauty and Madeira’s endless sun.

Vila Vicçsa Ducal Palace in Alentejo, Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: The Heart of Portugal

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £620 pp incl. flights

Explore the history and beauty of Portugal's Alentejo region with stays in characterful pousadas, heritage hotels converted from palaces, castles, convents and forts.

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Top places to stay in Lisbon & surrounds

Club suite with double bed at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa, Lisbon

3-night luxury holiday from £595 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

Early booking discount - must book 60 days prior to arrival – Save up to £80 pp
Book by: 28 February 2020

Matching its privileged setting, this city centre offering features a contemporary style that’s as welcoming as its exclusive rooftop bar.

Hotel Palacio Estoril

Hotel Palacio Estoril, Lisbon

Guide price from £1,020 pp incl. flights

Everyone from James Bond to Europe’s royal families have found a quantum of solace here, with guests welcomed by stately grandeur, a golf course, gourmet restaurants and an excellent spa.

Detail, diplomatic double suite, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Guide price from £935 pp

Step back to the indulgence of Portugal’s aristocratic past with the Tivoli Palácio’s fresco-framed ballrooms, tapestry-furnished rooms and stunning grounds, complete with mazes and swimming pools.

Exterior, Penha Longa

Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

Guide price from £600 pp incl. flights

A sleek and contemporary resort with a fine-dining restaurant and a host of leisure facilities set amid 300 acres of lush gardens near Portugal's Estoril coast.

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Where to go in Lisbon & surrounds

Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Sintra

Sintra, located further inland, is named after the mountainous range that stretches away behind the town. Standing proud on a outcropping of these slopes, Sintra's most famous landmark, Palácio da Pena, makes its majesty felt.

Cascais

Cascais

The Algarve is the most popular beach destination in Portugal, but those looking for a more exclusive seaside retreat often head for Cascais, only a short distance from Lisbon. This coastal town has long been popular with the region's elite and in its glory days drew many of Europe's royals.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon manages to combine centuries of charm with the metropolitan feel of a modern day capital city. Bairro Alto, the higher city, is a region buzzing with vibrant bars and restaurants linked to the lower town by the stunning Elevador de Santa Justa.

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When to go to Lisbon & surrounds

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