Program Overview
Country: Portugal
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Moderate

You will head to the Belém area where you will visit the Jeronimos Monastery. This monument, designed in the Manueline style, was built in the 16th century, under the orders of Manuel I, to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s successful return from India. Next, you will visit the Maritime Museum, just next door. This is one of the most important museums in Europe, evoking Portugal’s domination of the seas. It houses model ships from the Age of Discovery to present day. Next, you will visit Confeitaria Nacional to taste the famous Pastel de Belém.  Across the street, you will visit the Belém Tower and the Monument to Discoveries. The Belem Toward was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. It was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and was the last sight sailors had of their homeland. The Monument to Discoveries was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures. “Great tour that hit all the highlights!” — Fall 2012 Voyager “I thoroughly enjoyed the pastries and coffee.” – Fall 2012 Voyager

Belem Tower