Portugal is one of Europe’s most picturesque countries –
colorful landscapes bursting with bougainvillea, stunning coastal cliffs, golden beaches, beautiful rivers, and remarkable historic architecture. There is a warm and creative
energy here that is brought to life by the hospitality and welcoming spirit of the people, the love of design and culinary arts, and the obvious zest for outdoor adventure.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Portugal special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
HIGH SPEED RIDE IN A RIB
ON THE TAGUS RIVER
Enjoy a high-speed ride along the Tagus River in a RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat). Hold on tight as you motor past Lisbon’s waterfront neighborhoods. You’ll even have the opportunity to stop and view of the
city’s most notable landmarks.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
WINE TASTING AND VISIT TO
Madaba known as the ‘City of Mosaics’
for its wealth of beautiful Byzantine
mosaics is one of the most memorable places in the holy land; it is located south of Amman. Dubbed “the city of mosaics”,
Madaba offers many sites to explore. Amongst them the chief attraction – in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George – is a wonderfully vivid, 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. With two million pieces of colored stone, and a full 25x25 meters in its original state.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
CABLE CAR RIDE ALONG
IN PARQUE DAS NAÇOES
Visit the family-friendly Parque das Nações (Park of Nations), site of the 1998 World Exposition. Located on the riverbank, this park attracts musicians and vendors – as well as diners visiting its restaurants.
You can visit the excellent Pavilion of Knowledge, Oceanário de Lisboa (Europe’s largest aquarium) and admire the view from the Torre Vasco de Gama. Enjoy a cable ride along the river at a height of 80 meters, affording excellent views of Lisbon, the Tagus and the Vasco de Gama Bridge, the third longest bridge in the world. Early this evening, view Lisbon from a private Tuk Tuk!
GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
• Visit Fundação Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva, where you will visit the Azurara Palace. Here you will be able to experience how nobles lived in 18th century Portugal. The foundation also contributes to the conservation and restoration of art pieces. Visit the Craft Center to observe their restoration projects at work.
• Re-food is a local organization in Lisbon whose mission is to eliminate food waste and end hunger, involving the full community, in common cause. They take excess food from restaurants, cafes and markets around town, repackage them and deliver to those in need. You are welcome to help in one of the three phases – collection, packaging or distribution.
• In the heart of Bairro Alto neighborhood sits the Convento dos Cardaes, a hidden secret old Convent with a beautiful history and a small, but beautiful, cloister. The nuns take care of the house, but mainly take care of 30 handicapped girls that have been abandoned by their families. Known for their famous for their jams (shhh – it’s a secret recipe), today you will join one of the nuns with a trip to the market to buy supplies, followed by a fun couple of hours making their exquisite jam. The jams are
then sold by the nuns to help take care of the girls and their Convent.
Ages to Travel
Portugal is ideal for children of all ages. Lisbon offers much in terms of fun activities (boat rides, visit to the Oceanarium, etc.). The beaches in the south are filled with family resorts perfect for a few days in the sun.
Time of Year to Travel
Spring and fall are the best times to visit weather-wise (although September is very busy, especially in the Douro Valley for the grape harvest). The summer is also very good weather, however the crowds are much larger.
Travel Documents Required
A valid passport is required with six months before expiration for entry into Portugal. To apply for a visa or passport click this link: www.cibtvisas.com/departurelounge