FRIDAY MAY 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. Luggage will be collected in rooms. Check-out of the hotel.
8:00 a.m. Depart by coach to the pottery of Caldas da Ranha.
10:00 a.m. Visit the Bordalo Pinheiro pottery workshop. Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro was one of the most influential people of 19th century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production particularly in the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation. In 1884 Bordallo began his ceramics production at the Fábrica de Faianças in Caldas, revealing pieces of great technical, artistic and creative quality. He produced azulejos (blue tiles), panels, pots, table centerpieces, vase busts, fountain basins, pitchers, plates, perfume bottles, vases and gigantic animals, and more. His remarkable work with ceramics was awarded the gold medal in international exhibitions (Madrid, Antwerp, Paris and St. Louis, United States).
11:30 a.m. We continue to the romantic hill town of Sintra. Its surrounding landscape has attracted kings, nobles, writers and artists since the 19th Century. Its palaces and villas are unique.
1:00 p.m. Arrival in Sintra. Lunch at the Quinta de San Sebastian, the private home of the Countess of Asseca. We will be welcomed by her son Sebastian Taborda. The house has a magnificent 18th century fresco painted dining room by French artist and traveller Jean-Baptiste Pillement (Lyon, 1728 – 1808).
4:00 p.m. Drive to Cascais. Visit the Paula Rego Museum: Casas das Historias in a spectacular building by Portuguese architect Eduardo Soto de Moura. www.casadashistoriaspaularego.com
6:00 p.m. Drive to the beautiful city of Lisbon, located on several hills overlooking the silver Tagus River. Its buildings are painted with an exquisite color palette of pinks, blue and greens, with painted tiles decorating palaces and churches. Great museums and foundations, together with good restaurants. Its contemporary art scene has become very lively in the last several years.
7:00 p.m. Check into the Four Season Ritz Lisboa hotel for 3 nights. The hotel has a lovely indoor pool. Dinner in a typical Portuguese restaurant.
SATURDAY MAY 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. Depart by coach for a special visit to MAAT, Lisbon´s new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Located at the Tajo Power Station, the new building by English architect Amanda Levete.
12:00 p.m. Visit the Monastery of Jeronimos, the jewel of Manueline architecture.
1:30 pm. Lunch at Darwin Restaurant located in the impressive building of the Champalimaud foundation premises, and the new place in town with excellent food and views of the Tagus.
3:30 p.m. Drive to the Principe Real quarter famous for its antiques and fashion designers.
Free time for shopping.
Optional antique and design shopping where we also will visit the famous ceramic store of Vista Alegre.
Free time in the evening. In the information packet, you will find shopping tips and restaurants.
SUNDAY MAY 27, 2018
9:45 a.m. Depart by coach. Visit the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation donated to Portugal by the Armenian businessman and philanthropist. It houses a fine collection that ranges from Ancient Art, Izsnik tiles and Persian carpets to top French furniture and silver. Its painting collection has masterpieces by top European artists from the Renaissance to Impressionism. A special highlight is its Lalique collection. Temporary exhibition to be announced.
12:00 p.m. Continue to the Tile Museum, located in the Convent of Madre de Deus. Visit the highlights of the Tile Museum.
1:30 p.m. Lunch at the museum.
3:00 p.m. Return to the hotel.
7:30 p.m. Depart by coach for dinner and Fado performance at El Clube do Fado in the Alfama Quarter.
10:00 p.m. Return by taxis.
MONDAY MAY 28, 2018
9:45 a.m. Departure on foot to Novo Banco Art Collection, the most important photography collection in Portugal. Welcome by director Alexandra Conde. www.iaccca.com/collection-contemporary_art-11.html
11:00 a.m. Continue by coach to the Cathedral (Sé) and walk up to the Ricardo Espiritu Santo Foundation, where all the Portuguese arts and crafts traditions are preserved and continue to be made. We will visit its workshops on bookbinding, furniture making, tussles, gold leaf, pewter and more. www.fress.pt
1:30 p.m. Light lunch at the foundation followed by a visit to a palace that boasts a beautiful collection of Portuguese decorative arts.
4:00 p.m. Return to the Ritz.
6:00 p.m. Depart by coach to the Palace of the Marquis of Fronteira. Its extraordinary gardens and tiles make it one of Portugal´s jewels and best preserved landmarks. Visit the garden and palace followed by our farewell dinner.
9:30 p.m. Return to the hotel by coach.
TUESDAY MAY 29, 2018
Independent or group taxi transfers to the airport.