André Rieu in Lisbon, 19 November 2019
Discover stunning Lisbon on this enthralling André Rieu Concert Break. André Rieu is coming to Portugal with a brand new show! Together with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many soloist André Rieu will give you what you’ve come to expect from his performances: the maestro conducting his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and playing his world-famous Stradivarius violin to create a colourful concert full of surprises. The repertoire ranges from romantic, emotional ballads to the most gorgeous and celebrated waltzes. Experience the magic of André Rieu at a festive and memorable evening and come see in person why André Rieu is one of the most popular live acts in the world! Explore the vibrant capital of Portugal on this Lisbon Andre Rieu. Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and offers a myrid of things to see and do. Discover the wonders of this city on a guided sightseeing tour - see the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery.
Your tour will start with a morning flight to Lisbon. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin at 07:20 and arrives in Lisbon at 10:05 (flight times subject to change). On arrival in Lisbon, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour to start your Lisbon experience. Your Lisbon experience starts with visits to downtown Rossio and the Praca do Commercio. You will see the historic old town district "Alfama" with its typical narrow streets and the precious Cathedral Sé Velha (Old Cathedral), one of the country's most beautiful and oldest Romanesque monuments, dating from the time of Portugal's foundation. We take a short walking tour in this area before heading to the hotel for check-in. Your hotel: 4* Hotel Olissippo Marques da Sa in Lisbon The Olissippo Marquês de Sá is located a short metro ride away from the historic centre and just a 5-minute walk away from the El Corte Inglês Mall. São Sebastião Metro Station is a 2-minute walk which provides easy access to historic centre areas such as Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama. Guests can enjoy a variety of international and Portuguese dishes in the hotel’s Varanda do Marquês Restaurant while the hotel bar offers a trendy setting for an end of day drink. Arrival time at your hotel is approximately 1:30pm A welcome dinner will be served in the hotel in the evening (including glass of wine and tea/coffee).
Buffet breakfast in the hotel Meet your local guide for a morning sighteeing tour of Lisbon. Visit the Belem quarter, famous for its monuments dedicated to expeditions of sailors. See Belem Tower (photo stop) - from where the ships went to sea to India at the time of the discoveries: its construction was ordered by king Manuel I (1495-1521) and it was built by Francisco de Arruda between 1514 and 1521. The tower was built on a basalt island that was close to the right bank of the Tagus. However, with the gradual change in the course of the river, the tower has ended practically swallowed up by the bank. The tower takes on a quadrangular shape reminiscent of medieval castles and has a polygon bulwark, a defensive feature that meant it could withstand heavy bombardment from those at sea. The watch posts, complete with burgeoning cupolas and located on each corner, demonstrate the influence of Moroccan fortifications. Apart from such Moorish influences, the decoration otherwise takes on the Manueline style in the surrounding stone layouts, the heraldic designs and even the famous rhinoceros, the first stone statue of the animal in Europe. The most highly decorated side of the Tower is south facing, with its narrow balcony. On the cloistral wall that rises above the bulwark, there is a sculptured image of the Virgin with Child dating back to the 18th century, forming the prow of the tower. The interior is worth a visit simply to get up to the top floor with the effort paid back many times over by wonderful views over the river Tagus estuary and the western side of a city that is still able to evoke the Era of Discovery in Portuguese history. In 1983, the Tower of Belém was classified World Heritage by UNESCO. The tour then continues to the Jeronimos Monastery with a visit to the church and the cloister. Built in the 16th century, the Monastery of Jerónimos is an impressive example of Manueline architecture and is also a World Heritage site. A small chapel - Saint Mary of Bethlehem - was built on the orders of the Prince Henry on the site of what is now the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. It was king Manuel I who ordered the construction of the Monastery. The sheer magnificence of the building reflects the universal vision of its founder and the scale of the wealth available to the Crown. The construction began in 1502 with its initial outline the work of architect Boytac. The project would be continued by others, specifically João de Castilho and towards the middle of the century, by Diogo de Torralva. In the Monastery, classified World Heritage in 1983, your attention is inevitably drawn to the facades, the Church and the Cloisters. Afternoon at leisure. This evening, attend the highlight of your stay in Krakow – a concert performance by the wonderful André Rieu with VIP category tickets. Your evening will begin with pre-concert dinner in your hotel followed by coach transfer to the Atice Arena at Expo Ground for an evening with Andre Rieu. At the end of the evening, private coach transfer back to hotel with your local guide.
Day at leisure to explore Lisbon at your own pace.
Today, you have the day free in Lisbon for any last minute sightseeing or shopping. In the early evening, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Lisbon at 18:45 and arrives Dublin 21:45
Your hotel: 4* Hotel Olissippo Marques da Sa in Lisbon
The Olissippo Marquês de Sá is located a short metro ride away from the historic centre and just a 5-minute walk away from the El Corte Inglês Mall. São Sebastião Metro Station is a 2-minute walk which provides easy access to historic centre areas such as Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama. Guests can enjoy a variety of international and Portuguese dishes in the hotel’s Varanda do Marquês Restaurant while the hotel bar offers a trendy setting for an end of day drink.