PROMO-PRE LUXURIOUS LANDSCAPES & LISBON
Immerse yourself in the glorious architecture and culture of Lisbon and the surrounding area by visiting a castle and UNESCO-recognized city, dining on traditional cuisine and sampling wines characteristic of the region.
After flying into the Lisbon airport, you will be met outside of Customs and transferred to the Lapa Palace Hotel, an urban oasis tucked away on a hilltop in one of Lisbon’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Check in is 3pm, and while every effort will be made to have rooms available earlier, this cannot be guaranteed.
You will spend the remainder of the day settling in and enjoying the amenities of this luxurious resort, which was once the private residence of the Count of Valencas. Lapa Palace Hotel is conveniently located within easy reach of Lisbon’s attractions, if you wish to explore the city or shop before retiring for the evening at the hotel.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will begin touring many of the cultural and architectural highlights of Lisbon, the second-oldest capital in Europe. Your first stop will be Belem, a historical suburb where you will enjoy a tasting of traditional Portuguese pastries. These small egg tarts are often stuffed or sprinkled with cinnamon and have become synonymous with Lisbon.
Continuing on to the Alfama neighborhood, you will have the opportunity to stroll the narrow, winding streets lined with compact houses. Alfama’s most famed attraction is the Castle of St. George, where you will have a close-up view of this hilltop citadel. The restored stone ramparts are particularly fascinating.
Then at the wonderfully atmospheric Port Wine Institute, you will enjoy a sampling of various ports, which are sweet wines usually fortified with brandy. Each port will impart its own characteristics and flavors, which you can rate according to your own personal preferences.
Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to relax before the evening’s entertainment—a traditional Portuguese dinner at a Fado restaurant. Fado is Portuguese folk music that is melancholy by nature and usually played on guitars and mandolins. The lyrics tend to be poetic and involve themes such as love and sadness.
Following this authentic cultural experience, you will return to the hotel for the evening.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive inland to Sintra, a beautiful city that pioneered European Romantic architecture in the 19th century. In fact, Sintra is so important architecturally that UNESCO has recognized it as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape. The highlight here is the National Palace, or Royal Palace as it is sometimes called. While its colossal 14th-century chimneys are often the first feature seen, there are many other noteworthy details such as the centuries-old Portuguese tiles with Moorish designs that decorate the interior.
Continuing on, you will soon arrive at the neoclassical Seteais Palace, which is now a luxury hotel. After a delightful coffee break here, you will drive toward Guincho Beach, pausing for photos at Cabo da Roca, an elevated lookout that offers a spectacular view of the surrounding national park and Atlantic Ocean.
Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows, after which you will head toward the coastal city of Cascais. On the way, you will pass Boca Do Inferno, or Hell’s Mouth, where the ceaseless pounding of the sea has carved a jagged cave out of the rocks.
During free time in Cascais, you might enjoy shopping in the designer boutiques, meandering the winding lanes or simply gazing out to sea while sitting in the cool shade of a palm. On the return drive to Lisbon, you will pass beach-blessed Estoril, another popular resort city.
Back at the hotel, you will have the remainder of the evening to enjoy as you please, with dinner on you own.
Following breakfast and check out from the hotel, you will be transferred to the port for embarkation on the cruise ship.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and privately transferred to your hotel. Check in is from 3:00 pm. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details so a transfer can be arranged accordingly. Activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.
Arrive at the Lisbon airport
Transfer to the hotel and spend remainder of the day at your leisure
Check in at the hotel is from 3:00 pm
Overnight at the Lapa Palace Hotel or similar
8:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel
9:30am Depart for tour of Lisbon highlights
10:00am Visit the Belém quarter and sample traditional pastries
10:45am Proceed to the Alfama quarter and view Saint George Castle
12:00pm Wine tasting at the Port Wine Institute
12:30pm Return to the hotel for leisure time
8:00pm Depart for dinner and a show at a Fado restaurant
11:00pm Return to the hotel
Overnight at the Lapa Palace Hotel or similar
7:30am Buffet breakfast at the hotel
9:00am Depart for Sintra to visit the National Palace
10:30am Coffee break at Seteais Palace
11:30am Photo stop at Cabo da Roca
11:45am Proceed along the coast towards Guincho
12:45pm Lunch at Mar do Guincho restaurant or similar
2:30pm Drive on past Boca do Inferno and arrive in Cascais
2:45pm Free time and photo stop
3:15pm Scenic drive along the coastline passing by Estoril
4:30pm Arrive at the hotel
8:00pm Dinner on your own
Overnight at the Lapa Palace Hotel or similar
7:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel
12:00pm Hotel check out
TBA Transfer to the ship for embarkation
Expected Weather: Average temperature is usually 68 Fahrenheit or 20 Celsius
What to Bring: Comfortable shoes and a jacket or sweater for cooler temperatures. Casual smart dress for dinners.
Local Currency: The Euro
Documents and Visa Requirements: A valid passport is required
Lapa Palace Hotel
Rua do Pau da Bandeira, nº 4. ZIP Code: 1249-021
We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified in advance. If you are not notified of changes before departure, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in this program.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, 24 hours a day. You may also enjoy the indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and steam bath free of charge
•Hotel stay per the itinerary —Garden Room, King or Twin beds
•Breakfast daily at the hotel
•Dinner on Day 2 at a typical Fado restaurant. Beverages include ½ bottle of white or red wine, mineral water, soft drinks, tea or coffee (espresso)
•Lunch on Day 3 at a sea-view restaurant. Beverages include ½ bottle of white or red wine, mineral water, soft drinks, tea or coffee (espresso)
•Touring and entrances per the itinerary
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.
•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
•Meals or beverages not mentioned in the program details
Please Note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces that may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.