Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Begin your visit to Belém District famous for its landmark tower on the bank of the Tagus River, from where explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery. Visit the Jeronimos Church, a 16th century architectural masterpiece designed in Gothic Manueline style. Tour continues past statue of Pombal , Avenida de Liberdade to Rossio, the heart of Lisbon's downtown. Next visit Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon, for a quick walk through its cobbled labyrinth of narrow twisting alleys honeycombed with steps and archways. Note: Must walk about 0.45 mile over rough, uneven, and cobblestone surfaces with 40 steps. Tour order may vary. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
Embark on cruise along Tagus River to view highlights of Praça do Comércio Square, & Alfama. View 25th of April Bridge, Belém Area where you can see Belém Tower & Monument to Discoveries. Tour continues with panoramic drive through the heart of Lisbon, during route see Basilica of Estrela. At top of Eduardo VII's Park, you will make a stop. Continue in direction to Rossio Square. Note: must walk approx 250 yards over flat surfaces, 10/20 steps. Sights passed/visited during trip are subject to change due to weather, high water or rough seas. Captain has right to cancel, change, shorten or abort tour at anytime. Departure times are subject to weather & navigability conditions.
Tour designed to allow visit of Fatima village on your own schedule. On May 13, 1917, 3 shepherds were tending their sheep at Cova da Iria & the Virgin appeared before them in an oak tree, spoke Her message, which was repeated at each appearance on 13th day of each subsequent six months. You have approx 2 hrs at leisure to pray, reflect & explore shrine on your own. Note: Walking is at guests' discretion over even surfaces. Dress code is enforced in basilica. Escort is on coach to/from Lisbon for questions. Drive to/from Lisbon is approx 2 hrs each way. Lunch not included. If guests should miss return coach, transportation back is own responsibility & expense.
On tour you will pass by principal gardens of Lisbon. Proceed along river front towards Belém area to see Monument to the Discoveries. Continue to Belém Tower. Travel past Jeronimos Monastery Church. Before returning to ship, admire Ponte Salazar. Lisbon's suspension bridge was renamed to commemorate the revolution of April 25, 1974, which restored democracy to Portugal. Nearby on the south bank of the Tagus River is the impressive statute of Christ the King looking over the city. Note: must walk approx 100 yards over even surfaces with steps to enter/exit the coach. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered. This excursion includes a comfort stop in Belém Tower.
Travel by coach to Baixa to begin walk to center of Lisbon. Walk will take you from Praca da Figueira to Elevador da Gloria or Santa Justa Lift. Funicular is connection between Praca dos Restauradores & Bairro Alto or High Quarter. Ride spans 265 m & takes approx 5 mins, taking you to Sao Pedro de Alcantara Belvedere. Afterwards, enjoy glass of Port wine at solar do Vinho do Porto (interior vist) located next door to the Belveder. Short walk takes you to Sao Roque Church for interior visit. Note: must walk approx 1.5 miles over asphalt & cobblestone surfaces, inclines & 50+ steps. See full description for important & complete notes.
Take a short ride to Estrela Square, where a tram will be waiting to take you on a ride up the hills of Lisbon. Pass thru Commerce Square to Alfama where will have a glimpse of oldest section of Lisbon. On board tram, refreshments & pastries will be served. Proceed to Belem Area for a visit Jeronimos Monastery Church, considered jewel of Manueline art. Return to ship. Note: must walk approx 600 yards over even and cobblestone surfaces with 6 - 15 steps. Tour not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
Enjoy drive thru countryside leading to medieval town of Obidos. You will feel as if you are travelling back in time as you explore the picturesque streets. Visit 17th century Parish Church of Santa Maria. From Pillory Square, continue exploring narrow lanes at your leisure. There are fine shops to browse, or you may want to hike up to the castle (now a hotel), or explore the old lookout path on top of the wall encircling the city. This is truly an off the beaten path experience. Note: Must walk about 0.5 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with steps. Guests have about 45 mins for self exploration. Not recommended for walkers or wheelchairs.
Tour takes you to Village of Sintra and resort town of Cascais. Pass by Belém Tower as you leave Lisbon. En route to Sintra, travel thru countryside. Stopping in Sintra, you'll see outside of Royal Palace. There will be short stop in the Town Square to shop. In village of Cascais, you'll have time to stroll through its plaza and enjoy its colorful setting and shopping opportunities. After leaving Cascais, your coach will head for the coast and drive along the shores that make up the famous resort areas of the Portuguese Riviera. Note: must walk approx 0.5 mile over cobblestone surfaces with 20 to 35 steps. Tour order may vary but all listed sights will be covered.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.