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.
Portugal's capital is an 18th century city but was probably originally settled by the Phoenicians, then the Romans, Visigoths and the Moors. In 1755, a great earthquake destroyed the city. In the old Moorish section, which survived the quake, there are still remains of pre-quake Lisbon.
You will begin your visit with a photo stop in the Belem District that is famous for its landmark tower on the bank of the Tagus River, from where many explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery. You will continue to the Monument of the Discoveries, a slab of concrete jutting out from the Tagus riverbank, erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. He was the mastermind navigator behind Portugal's voyages of exploration. The Jeronimos Monastery Church is a 16th century architectural masterpiece designed in Gothic Manueline style. The riches brought back by Portuguese explorers paid for the splendid religious monument.
Lisbon is a hilly city paved with cobblestones offering magnificent views, especially from Alto Do Parque Belvedere. Rossio Square, in the heart of the city, is one of the busiest. From there the mile-long Avenida de Liberdade leads to the statue of Pombal who re-planned the city after the earthquake. You will visit the Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon, for a quick walk through its cobbled labyrinth of narrow twisting alleys, honeycombed with steps and archways. The houses, with their brilliant whitewashed or painted facades, are decorated with wrought iron balconies and panels of azulejos. On the return drive to the ship, see the April 25th Bridge, sister to the Golden Gate Bridge, stretching across the River Tagus and the towering statue of Christ the King on the far bank.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.45 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 40 steps. On Sunday mornings the Jerónimos Church is closed for religious ceremonies and Mondays during all day, on these dates there will be an alternative visit to Lisbon´s Cathedral. Visits to Jeronimos Church are conditioned to religious ceremonies that may occur without prior notice. This is beyond the control of the local agent and Royal Caribbean International. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sites will be covered.