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Art & Opera in Lisbon

Lisbon 4 nights Price from £2,376 per person
Departs: 08 May 2024
Departs: 08 May 2024

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Lisbon, ‘City of the Navigators’, was once the heart of Europe’s maritime power and memories of this Golden Age are still clearly evident today. Our four-night tour will uncover the city’s glittering,
powerful history hidden beneath its friendly façade. In addition to exploring the Portuguese capital, one of Europe’s liveliest cities, we shall also make excursions to the nearby towns of Sintra and Queluz. A performance of ‘Falstaff’ at Lisbon’s wonderful 18th century opera house, the Teatro Nacional De São Carlos, will be a highlight of this tour.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return Flights
  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners and three lunches
  • First category ticket for ‘Falstaff’
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and a Local Guide


  • Day 1 - Arrival in Lisbon & Botanical Gardens

    On arrival at Lisbon airport, we will be transferred to the 4* Hotel Lisboa Plaza, set back just 50 yards from the Avenida da Liberdade, and immediately below the historic Bairro Alto. Time permitting, we will visit the Botanical Gardens, notable for not only its collection of plants and trees but also for the ingenious greenhouses known as the Estufa Fria.
  • Day 2 - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga & the Gulbenkian

    This morning we will visit the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, a glorious collection of Portuguese and other European art, illuminated manuscripts, silver and ceramics. We spend the afternoon at the Gulbenkian Foundation where the fabulous collection of fine and decorative arts built up by industrialist Calouste Gulbenkian is displayed. We will learn why this magnificent collection of art, ceramics, and porcelain – one of the world’s most important in private hands – ended up in Lisbon.
  • Day 3 - Belém and the Museo Nacional do Azulejo

    We drive to the Belém area of Lisbon overlooking the River Tagus. This is the historic heart of the city where we find a collection of the most important historic buildings including the Torre del Belém and Monastery of San Jeronimos, both excellent examples of the decorative Manuelline style of architecture. Next we visit the Museo Nacional do Azulejo where we will see the finest display of iconic blue and white tiles in the world and stop for a traditional pastry and coffee in the most historic café in Lisbon. Before returning to the hotel, we will go to the Monument of the Navigators which recalls Portugal’s glorious maritime history.
  • Day 4 - Sintra

    Today we shall visit nearby Sintra, a beautiful town high in the wooded hills above Lisbon. This was the chosen place for aristocratic families, exiles and members of a number of deposed monarchies to reside. We will visit the flamboyant Pena Palace used as a summer retreat by the Portuguese Royal Family and then continue to Monserrate which was once the home of the aesthete, William Beckford, who came to Sintra in the 18th century to live his chosen way of life away from the censorious eyes of British society. Lunch is included at the magnificent Palacio Seteais. This evening, we will go to a performance of Falstaff at the Teatro Nacional De São Carlos.
  • Day 5 - Queluz

    We head out of town to Queluz which was built for King Pedro II, first as a manor house and then transformed into the pink, glittering rococo palace we see today. There are splendid and opulent rooms including the Music Room and the Throne Room and much French and English furniture of the period. The garden surrounding the palace is a magnificent French-inspired creation but with quintessentially Portuguese touches such as the tiled bridges and canals which run through the park. After our farewell lunch, we go directly to the airport for our return flight.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow 12:50, arrive Lisbon 15:35
Depart Lisbon 17:20, arrive Heathrow 20:05

Flight times subject to change – regional departures available on request.

Departure Dates and Prices

08 May 2024

Status Available

Price from£2376

Single Supp.£280

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Included Hotels


Lisboa Plaza
Lisbon, Portugal, Europe

This is our most popular hotel – and with good reason. The service is really exceptional; nothing is too much trouble for the management and staff, who have been looking after Kirker clients now for many years.

Music Programme

Teatro Nacional De São Carlos
Falstaff by Verdi

We have included a performance of Verdi’s last opera and his only comedy, Falstaff. The opera was first performed at La Scala, Milan on 9 March 1893 and although it was neglected for 20 years after the premiere, it is now one of Verdi’s most frequently performed operas. The Teatro Sao Carlos is one of Europe’s most delightful and intimate opera houses. Tucked away in the Chiado district, its highly decorated auditorium was opened by the Queen of Portugal in 1793. The opera has its own resident company of mainly Portuguese singers, many of whom perform regularly overseas and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra plays at all the performances. Antonio Piralli conducts the performance and Josè Fardilha sings the title role.

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