• Explore one of the world's finest libraries at Coimbra University
• Spend a day discovering the stunning palaces of the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra, favourite summer retreat of the kings of Portugal
• Delve into the 15th century Ducal Palace in Guimarães, with its sumptuous interiors resulting from historical trading success
MA, FSA, MCIfA
an archaeologist who has worked on sites in Portugal and in the Portuguese African islands of Cape Verde
Depart Gatwick 1300 on TAP Portugal, arriving Porto 1515. Transfer to Pestana Palácio do Freixo Hotel for three nights. Introductory lecture.
Morning: walking tour of Porto including Sao Bento railway station, the Museu da Misericórdia, the 19th century Stock Exchange Palace and church of St Francis. Afternoon: cathedral followed by Ferreira Port Wine Lodge (guided tour and tasting).
Whole day excursion to Guimarães (medieval castle and Ducal Palace), visiting Braga (Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte) en route. Evening lecture.
Drive south to Coimbra: short walking tour with visit to Coimbra University (Joanina Library). Overnight stay at Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas. Evening lecture.
Morning: Monastery of Batalha and Monastery of Alcobaça (UNESCO World Heritage site and masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art). Afternoon: Queluz Palace (‘Portuguese Versailles’ for its rich interiors and extensive gardens). Three nights at Hotel Pousada de Lisboa.
Whole day excursion to Sintra including Monserrate Palace (19th century palace with eclectic architecture and landscaped park), Quinta da Reguleira (garden design reflecting Freemason rituals), and Sintra National Palace. Free evening.
Morning: Lisbon’s waterfront Belém district, including the Jerónimos Monastery. Afternoon excursion to the Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira, with Italianate gardens famous for the azulejos (blue and white tiles) depicting the arts and mythological scenes.
Optional early morning walk to the castle (exterior). Depart Lisbon 1245, arriving Heathrow 1530.
21 Mar — 28 Mar 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £560.