Meet your local guide in central Lisbon and get a good overview of the city as you ride a local tram to the riverside Belém district, and listen to stories about the area’s remarkable art and culture.
Enter the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to discover graceful columns and stonework, then learn about the monks that prayed and worked here for 400 years. Hear stories about the powerful spice trader who built the monastery and church to celebrate the discoveries of Vasco da Gama, then visit the grave of the Portuguese explorer. Trace a route through Belém’s distinctive Manueline architecture, also known as Portuguese late Gothic, and take in the geometric beauty of the formal Gardens of Belém.
Enjoy time beside the Tagus River, where generations of Portuguese sailors set sail for unfamiliar oceans, and see the country’s most iconic figures set into the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a white stone monument at the river’s edge. Take in the UNESCO-listed Belém Tower, another Vasco da Gama tribute, then get a taste of Belém’s sweetest heritage at Pastéis de Belém, a historic bakery that’s famed for creating Portugal's famous Pastel de Nata.