48 Hour Power Jaunt: Perfectly Portugal

by Gabriella Ribeiro
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A western European gem, sitting majestically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, enchanting visitors with an easy pace of life, understated charm, beautiful architectural works, and world-class beaches. You’ve got Lisbon, the lively luminous classical capital that continues to maintain a feeling of splendid timelessness, even with its fabulous continuous cosmopolitan enhancements. Shopping along the Avenida de Liberdade is fantastic, definitely, a street to amble down en route to fabulous neighborhoods like the Moorish-styled Alfama, with its signature winding alleyways and azulejo-covered walls. For nightlife and dining, the fascinating Bairro Alto takes the crown. Be sure to enjoy a galao in a charming café and don’t miss taking in an authentic Fado performance, the traditional mournful yet hauntingly beautiful traditional Portuguese music that can be found at so many restaurants around as proudly Portuguese as it is magically majestic. Wine enthusiasts quickly become obsessed with the riches of the Douro Valley and if beach luxe is your thing, Portugal along with the islands of the Azores and Madeira, are all blessed with pitch-perfect weather, glimmering beaches, crystalline waters and a wealth of nature and adventure prospects.

Day 1:
Welcome to Lisbon! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your transfer driver who will take you to your hotel to relax, and recharge.

At the hotel, you will be met by our special assistant representative on the ground who will brief you on the best places to visit, shop and eat in Lisbon!

Your hotel base for Lisbon will be the Valverde, a gorgeous boutique property in an ultra-privileged location right on Avenida da Liberdade

Today get a true slice of Lisbon with a private city tour. Begin in the direction of the city centre, the Pombaline Downtown “Baixa Pombalina”, thus called because it was reconstructed in the 18th centre by the Marquis of Pombal, prime minister of King D. José I, after the earthquake of 1755. The Commerce Square (also known as Black Horse Square, due to the statue in the middle of the square), with its grand triumphal arch, is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe facing a river and served as the entrance “door” of the city for those who arrived by boat/caravel. Chiado is the name of a quarter located between the quarters of Bairro Alto and BaixaPombalina (downtown area). Chiado is a traditional shopping area that mixes old and modern commercial establishments, concentrated especially in Carmo and Garrett Streets. Locals, as well as tourists, visit the Chiado to buy books, garments, pottery as well as to have a cup of coffee. The most famous café of Chiado is "A Brasileira" (an expresso coffee – “bica” as we say – is included), famous for having had poet Fernando Pessoa among its customers, shown by his statue in the terrace. Chiado is also an important cultural area, with several museums and theatres. It also has very exclusive stores, such as Portuguese designer shops.

Several buildings of the Chiado were destroyed in a terrible fire in 1988. Thanks to a renovation project that lasted more than 10 years, coordinated by celebrated architect Siza Vieira, the affected area is now beautifully recovered.
Afterwards, pop in one of the most typical means of transportation of Lisbon – the traditional tram (20 seats each). Departing from downtown this tram will drive you through some of the hills of Lisbon (taking you through some of the most picturesque sites in medieval Lisbon) ending in the Belvedere of Portas do Sol, the
closest tram point to the Castle.

During the tram ride, enjoy also some salty appetizers along with a glass of white wine, served by a lady dressed in a traditional costume of the North of Portugal. Then consider an option to go up to St. George Castle, where you can enjoy one of the most magnificent viewpoints of the city.


Today, embark on a half day dedicated to vintage shopping. Lisboans typically do not value second-hand items as much as new designer fashions. There are, however, a couple of vintage store gems dotted around the city centre, which are really worth a dig around when shopping in Lisbon.

The most famous and most central, is “A Outra Face da Lua”. Located in Baixa Pombalina, this extensive
vintage store concentrates on high-quality vintage gear, with second-hand dresses, shoes and unique garments through the decades. What's more, its fun 70's style café is the epitome of pretty. With a mouth-watering selection of accessories and fabrics to match, A Outra Face da Lua really does itself proud as the principal outlet for vintage wear in Lisbon.

Another shop worth visiting is “A Vida Portuguesa” (Portuguese Life), full of local nostalgia in classic designs. For locals, a visit to the shop constitutes a wallow in nostalgia amid scented Ach Brito soaps, Encerite floor wax and Dr. Bayard throat lozenges, but it also makes for enjoyable browsing for foreign visitors, since many of the products are beautifully packaged.

Also, a must is the famous Conserveira de Lisboa (The Lisbon Cannery store), which has been covered in many newspapers, TV-programs and on the internet, never paid for any promotion but is listed by many touristic guides. Why? Because this is a wonderful preserved-fish store with hundreds of colorful tins of the Portuguese favorite fish. It’s been open for 80 years and well worth a visit, even if you don’t like fish!

Later today, indulge in an authentic cooking class! Learn all the secrets and tips from the best. Could be the ethnic food, nutrition or a workshop with your friends, maybe a good Italian flavor, the classic French cuisine or the Portuguese traditional flavours, the masterclasses are always given by excellent specialists. These classes are true culinary knowledge, with all the tricks and techniques at your fingertips.

This thematic workshop includes all the ingredients you need to prepare a nice meal.
This evening, you’ll be treated to an authentic Fado experience at Senhor Vinho, a restaurant that is both elegant and traditional, fado springs forth from beautiful voices that pay homage to this typical Lisbon
song, casting its spell on lovers of Old Lisbon. The esteemed Lapa quarter is the setting for Sr. Vinho and its magnificent atmosphere, where Portuguese specialties and an impressive wine list delight well- known members of Lisbon society. A stop at Sr. Vinho is considered a must on anyone's itinerary, and rightly so because it offers guaranteed memories of an unforgettable evening in Lisbon. Includes transfer from your hotel and 3-course meal with coffee (beverages additional)

Overnight Valverde- Double room classic, breakfast included


After breakfast, check out and you’ll be collected by your driver who will transfer you to the Lisbon airport for your international flight home.

Pricing subject to availability and dates of travel requested- we can customize depending on your desired dates

(airfare not included)

The Program Includes: 

  • Hotels and Tours as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Rail tickets as listed
  • The Program does NOT Include: 
  • Services not detailed in our proposal
  • International and domestic airfares
  • City hotel taxes payable onsite
  • Meals and beverages that are not detailed in the Program.
  • Tips at Restaurants.
  • Early Check-In or Late Check-Out at Hotels.
  • Tips for Guides.
  • Extra expenses during tours or at hotels.
  • Airport taxes. If required, please add corresponding additional supplement costs.- airport taxes due at several points of entry and departure
  • Expenses of personal nature- additional food, tips/gratuities, etc
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that each passenger carry a travel insurance)

Gabriella Ribeiro