School Music Tour to Lisbon
We think you will be delighted with what this beautiful city has to offer. There are some excellent venues where performances can be arranged and in addition you can you can explore Portuguese culture and hear traditional Portuguese Fado music being played in the historic Bairro Alto district.
School Music Trip to Lisbon
Lisbon is not a destination naturally associated with a music tour, but we think you will be delighted with what this beautiful city has to offer. There are some excellent venues where performances can be arranged including the historic monastery of Jeronimos and in the spectacular settings of St Georges Castle. We can also arrange for you to perform in Lisbon’s impressive Cathedral. Whilst in the city you can explore the culture and traditions of Portuguese fado music, a soulful and nostalgic vocal style accompanied by guitar that wafts out of the bars and restaurants of the Bairro Alto district.
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.
Flight to Lisbon. Rehearsal time and dinner in the historic Bairro Alto District
Flight to Lisbon: On arrival you are met by your guide and private coach and transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city. Activities for today will depend on your flight timings, and there will be time set aside for rehearsal, either at the hotel or at a pre-booked hall.
Evening: Dinner will be at a traditional city restaurant in the historic Bairro Alto district.
First performance at St. Georges Castle. Explore the Alfama district and evening Fado Show
First Performance at St. Georges Castle: This morning you explore the Alfama district where you see St George’s Castle. From its lofty position there is a superb view over the River Tagus, spanned by a huge suspension bridge which is reminiscent of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. Your first performance is at the openair courtyard at the Castle where there are always numerous tourists passing by.
Lunch and exploring Lisbon: There will be time for lunch in the characterful Alfama district and in the afternoon free time to explore and shop.
Fado Show and Dinner: In the early evening you attend a Fado Show (traditional Portuguese guitar music and singing) before dinner at a city restaurant.
Second Performance at Jeronimos Monastery. Belem and Christ the King Statue
Second Performance at Jeronimos Monastery: In the morning you have your second performance at Jeronimos Monastery in Belem. The monastery was founded in 1501 and was funded by the profitable Portuguese voyages of discovery around the world, with a blend of Gothic, Moorish, and early Renaissance influences. The tomb of explorer Vasco da Gama can be seen in the adjacent cathedral.
Belem: After your performance, have lunch in Belem. Being a port, the area has many excellent and economical fish restaurants. You can also see the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument which commemorates the achievements of Portugal’s maritime explorers.
Christ the King: In the afternoon you drive across the spectacular suspension bridge to the Christ the King statue which looks over the river and city and from where you get a spectacular view
Evening: Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant by the River.
Full Day to Sintra and Cascais
Sintra: This morning you travel to 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 visit the Pena Palace and have time to browse the shops in the old town before lunch.
Cascais: In the afternoon you travel to the coastal town of Cascais, famous for its sheltered golden sandy beach. You can have a paddle in the sea and enjoy shopping in the market. Before we return to Lisbon, we visit the Boca d’Inferno, a coastal cave which translates rather dramatically as Hell’s Mouth. It’s a dramatic enough place on any day, with a purpose-built viewpoint and natural arch, but if the sea is rough the show can be spectacular.
Evening: This evening you visit the the Chiado district, an elegant and bohemian neighbourhood often compared to Montmartre in Paris. You can walk the cobbled streets with its many shops, restaurants and bars, many playing traditional Fado Music.
Third Performance in Lisbon Cathedral. Free time and flight home.
Third Performance in Lisbon Cathedral: This morning you have your final performance in Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in the city.
Free time: There will be free time for final souvenir shopping and lunch.
Flight Home: In the afternoon you transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Lisbon Music Gallery
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