Lisbon School Art Trip

Our Lisbon School Art Trip visits this vibrant city with its atmospheric cobblestone streets and beautiful red tiled buildings, Lisbon is known as one of Europe’s most picturesque cities and its flamboyant art world is centred on the renown Gulbenkian Museum which spans a period from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Lisbon School Art Trip

School Art Trip To Lisbon

Lisbon is known as one of Europe’s most picturesque cities with vibrant neighbourhoods, atmospheric cobblestone streets and beautiful red tiled buildings. Historic yellow trams ascend the steep streets of the Alfama district and traditional Fado music spills out from cafés in the Bairro Alto.  In the sixteenth century Portugal was at the forefront of European exploration and much of the city developed on the proceeds of the lucrative spice trade with the East Indies.  Today that can be seen at the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery, said to have been built with the tax on pepper. Lisbon's flamboyant art world is centred on the world famous Gulbenkian Museum which spans a period from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Suggested Itinerary

The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.

Day 1

Flight to Lisbon, Museum of Contemporary Art and Bairro Alto District

Flight Lisbon: On arrival you are met by your private coach and transfer to the lively Chiado district, adjacent to the historic Bairro Alto. Hotel check-in and time for lunch.

Museum of Contemporary Art: In the afternoon you visit the Museum of Contemporary Art which has a fantastic collection of modern art and sculpture as well as a contemporary mixed media art exhibition.

Evening: Dinner will be at a city centre restaurant located in the historic Bairro Alto District. From the central Rossio Square which is at the heart of the city, you can walk up the cobbled streets which climb steeply to the vibrant Bairro Alto with its many shops, restaurants and bars, many playing traditional Portuguese Fado music.

Lisbon School Art Trip

Day 2

Belem, Berado Museum and Jeronimos Monastery

Berado Museum: Your first visit today will be to the Berardo Museum in Belem which was founded by the Portuguese philanthropist and art collector José Manuel Berardo. The two permanent exhibits feature his private collection of modern and contemporary art. They begin in the early 1900’s with artists such as Picasso and Dalí and you can follow the transition from Impressionism to Abstract, Cubism and Surrealism. The collection also includes Pop Art by Andy Warhol and contemporaries.

Lunch in Belem: Belem is situated on the estuary of the River Tagus, one of the finest harbours in all of Europe and the river is spanned by a suspension bridge which is reminiscent of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. Being a port, Belem is famous for its sea food and there are many excellent restaurants serving grilled fish for lunch.

Jeronimos Monastery: In the afternoon there is a tour of the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery. The monastery is one of the most important buildings in the city and was founded in 1501. Its construction was funded by the successful and profitable Portuguese voyages of discovery around the world, with a blend of Gothic, Moorish, and early Renaissance influences. The tomb of Vasca de Gama can be seen in the main Cathedral. By the river there is a monument to the many explorers who sailed from this port to expand Portugal’s dominions in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Lisbon School Art Trip

Day 3

Gulbenkian Museum and Sintra

Gulbenkian Museum:  This morning you visit the Gulbenkian Museum.   The collection ranges from Egyptian and Greco-Roman art to the works of Rembrandt and Manet. Of particular interest is the Centre of Modern Art which displays works by some of Portugal’s best known contemporary artists. There are also works by British artists such as David Hockney, Anthony Gormley and Bill Woodrow, and there is a Henry Moore sculpture in the garden.

Sintra:  After the museum visit you travel by coach 15 miles northwest of Lisbon to the royal sanctuary of Sintra, its forested terrain studded with pastel-coloured villas and turreted palaces. Lying in the wooded hills of the Serra Mountains, Sintra’s cooler temperatures were a welcome retreat from Lisbon’s summer heat for the wealthy. You have time for lunch in the charming old town before you travel into the beautiful Parque da Pena where you visit the Pena Palace, a fairly-tale castle dating from the nineteenth century with turrets and crenelated walls, all painted in bright shades of yellow and red.

Lisbon School Art Trip

Day 4

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Alfama District and Flight Home

MAAT Museum: This morning you transfer to Belem where you visit the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. The museum is housed in two separate buildings on the banks of the Tagus River, one of which is a repurposed power station and the other a spectacular new contemporary building with stunning design and where you can walk on the roof! The power station is an interesting visit and the art gallery exhibits modernist art in a minimalist space.

Alfama District: Your coach will return you to the city for lunch and in the afternoon, you can spend time exploring the historic Alfama District including Castle St. George. Overlooking the city and the River Tagus, the fortified castle dates from the medieval period and is one of Lisbon’s most famous attractions and has a spectacular view across the city and river.

Flight Home: In the early evening you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.



Gulbenkian Museum


MAAT Museum

Lisbon Choir Tour

Jeronimos Monastery


Berardo Museum


National Museum of Contemporary Art

Lisbon School Art Trip





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