5 – 10 June 2019
Lisbon and Sintra


Europe’s westernmost capital city, Lisbon was founded by the Phoenicians; it had become a crucial trading port and centre for Portuguese exploration by the 15th century.

The city’s appearance was determined by its seafaring history and the rebuilding of Baiza, its centre, following the 1755 earthquake.

The richness and diversity of Lisbon’s art and architecture will be the focus of the study tour: from the Moorish Alfama district, the Romanesque cathedral and the Castle of Saint George to the Chiado museum with its outstanding collection of modern art and the Calouste Gulbenkian museum, one of the largest private art collections in the world. The Belem district is the setting of  many of the city’s iconic sites: the Jeronimus Museum, the Discovery Monument and the Ajuda Palace. The Azulejos museum is one of the most important national museums: we shall examine its collection of uniquely Portuguese tiles and admire its location within a 16th century convent.

The tour will include a visit to the nearby town of Sintra, which according to UNesco is the first centre of European Romantic architecture: among the palaces worth visiting are the  Royal Palace famous for its facing with Azulejos, the Pena palace (image on the left) in which Moorish Gothic and Renaissance features combine and the 19th Monserrate Palace built for the English merchant and art collector Sir Francis Cook in an eclectic style.



Other Details



5 nights at the Hotel Convento do Salvador***, set in a former convent and located in the historical neighbourhood of Alfama. Bed and Breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities.


Course Cost

£688, inclusive of tuition, airport transfers, day visit to Sintra, accommodation and breakfast.


Single Room Supplement



Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and flights are booked please make sure you book your travel insurance. If we have booked flights on your behalf through Travelpack then you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008,  Mon – Fri 9 – 4 ,  for an immediate quote  (up to the age of 84).



Ca. £200 scheduled flights from London to Lisbon.   Note that this is an estimate (if it is less you play less), please see Booking Conditions for more information concerning nominated flights.


Local Transport

Airport transfers and visit the UNesco site of of Sintra by private minibus.


Group Size




Dalila Castelijn has a degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Trieste, Italy and BA in history of art and architecture from Birkbeck College, London. She specializes in art and architecture of the Renaissance in Europe and has taught for the OU and the WEA. Courses taught for the OU include A216, A354 , A424 and, currently, AA315.  She has led art study tours to Italy with the School of Continuing Education, Reading University.


Related OU Courses

A226/General interest


Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, Wednesday 5th June 2019

Arrival and Orientation


Day 2, Thursday 6th June 2019

Am: St George’s Castle, Se Cathedral and National Pantheon

Pm: Baixa District squares and avenues ; Chiado Museum


Day 3, Friday 7th June 2017

Am: Jeronimos Monastery, Discovery Monument, Belem Tower

Pm: Berardo Collection Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art


Day 4, Saturday 8th June 2019

Visit to the UNESCO Site of Sintra: National Palace and Pena Palace


Day 5: Sunday 9th June 2019

Am: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Pm: Azulejos Museum


Day 6, Monday 10th June 2019

Free time and departure


This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions