Your morning starts with a pick-up from your centrally-located Lisbon hotel. Get a new perspective of the city while riding over the Tagus River to Almada on the 25th of April Bridge. Visit Christ the King statue, inspired by Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, and admire stunning views of Lisbon. Though not completed until 1969, plans for the monument were approved in 1940, as a plea to God to keep Portugal out of World War II.
Next, make your way to Azeitão parish, and taste the area’s wine and cheese. Sample Azeitão cheese, made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk with a semi-soft consistency similar to brie. Then visit a wine cellar to learn about the winemaking process and sample the results. Stop to observe the manufacture of Portuguese tiles on your way to beautiful Arrábida Natural Park. Enjoy free time exploring the area’s beaches and savoring lunch (own expense). One of only 30 areas officially under protection in Portugal, the park offers stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.
On your return to Lisbon, pass through the fishing village of Setúbal, and stop at Palmela Castle. Human occupation in the area dates back to the Neolithic period, when a settlement and fortification began as early as 301 BC. Enjoy beautiful views over Lisbon and the river from your elevated vantage point. Cross Vasco de Gama Bridge on the return to your Lisbon hotel in the afternoon.
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.