Sunday 4 to Wednesday 7 October 2020
Direct flights with Brussels Airlines
Great 4* hotel in the heart of Lisbon
Lisbon is currently a green zone for Belgium authorities (18/9). We are able to travel there without any restrictions.
If you are interested in this trip, please put your name on the list. If there is enough interests, we will open it up on Monday 21 or Tuesday 22 September.
In case the region turns red or if there are mandatory quarantines involved, we will cancel the trip and you will be fully refunded.
Lisbon lies in the Southwest corner of Europe at less than three hours flying from Brussels. With a bit of good planning, which we love to do at Expat Club, one can make a perfect short trip there. For this fall seasons, when it is already getting cold and rain in Brussels, we are planning a 4 day trip to this amazing capital and explore the wider Lisbon region. Expect a private guided city tour, with visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, walks over beautiful squares and through lovely neighbourhood streets, castles and palaces, delicious meals and a tour over a former World Expo grounds. We stay 3 nights in a great 4* hotel bang in the center of Lisbon!!!
Expat Club is keen on adding Lisbon to the list of destinations and travel there with a group of fun people (max. about 25 people). If you are interested, you can now pre-reserve a spot for free and without obligations. We will then inform you whenever we have more information available. If you are a member and logged in, simply click on the RSVP button. If you are not a member, you can register first and follow these steps, or simply submit your name and email address on this page. Membership is not required for any of our trips because we only offer this online option for those who want to connect more with others.
What is included in the trip fee?
The first price indication of this trip will be €799, based on 2 person per room (single room + €125). Early-bird tickets are available, so if you book early you will enjoy the lowest fare! We have a smartly designed schedule that allows us to see the city and wider region, including Sintra Castle. This will be a worry-free trip that includes the following items:
- Flights to/from Lisbon with Brussels Airlines, including taxes
- Airport transfers
- 3 nights in a 4* hotel in downtown Lisbon
- 3x sumptuous buffet breakfast
- 2x lunches
- 2x dinners
- Local transportation by private bus / tram / metro
- Guided tour in Lisbon Old Town
- Visit to former Expo grounds
- Entrance fees cable car
- Entrance fees Oceanarium
- Entrance fees Torre Vasco da Gama
- Guided tour Sintra Palace
- Entrance fees Sintra Palace
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
What is optional for this trip?
Who can join us?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone feels comfortable.
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
Expat Club & families
Expat Club welcomes everyone, including families with children. However, due to the guided tours this trip is not meant for younger children. Contact us if you are interested so we can ensure you get the right rooms and a family/child discount. These discounts are valid on the early-bird and regular trip fees (no further discounts apply, including pre-reservation discounts).
Number of participants
On this trip we accept about 20 participants only.
As with all Expat Club trips we carefully think about the entire program to arrange a smooth trip for everyone. This includes the location of the hotel, pre-reserved entrance times, organised lunches and dinners, good local transportation etc. Still, unforeseen things can happen that may influence our program, such as traffic and road blocks, unexpected closed destinations etc. We always do our best to come up with the best possible alternative in collaboration with local guides, bus drivers, hotels and welcoming restaurants and museums. The below program gives a good indication of what you can expect, but will surely still change until we can confirm it fully.
Sunday 4 October
16h00 – Meeting Brussels Airport (Starbucks)
17h45 – Departure Brussels
19h35 – Arrival Lisbon (-1 hour!)
20h00 – Transfer to hotel
20h30 – Check-in hotel
21h00 – Welcome drink
Monday 5 October
07h30 – Breakfast
09h00 – Guided Old Town tour
11h00 – Free time
12h00 – Lunch
13h00 – Afternoon program in city
19h00 – Traditional Portuguese dinner
Tuesday 6 October
09h00 – Morning bustour Lisbon, 2 bridges, Padrāo dos Descobrimentos, Torre de Belém, Mosteiro do Geronimos
12h30 – Lunch
14h00 – Guided tour Park & National Palace of Pena, Sintra
18h00 – Cabo da Roca, Europe’s most western point
19h00 – Departure to Cascais
20h00 – Seaside dinner
22h00 – Return to hotel
Wednesday 7 October
07h30 – Breakfast
09h30 – Discovery of Barrio Alto
11h00 – Coffee time
11h30 – Transfer to Expo district
12h00 – Torre de Vasco da Gama
12h45 – Lunch
13h45 – Cable car
14h00 – Oceanarium
15h30 – Return to hotel
16h00 – Free time
17h30 – Departure to Lisbon airport
19h55 – Departure to Brussels
23h35 – Arrival Brussels
Note: For the general group we opt for the last flight of the day, because the earlier one are going too early. However, due to the late arrival time we will coordinate shared taxi / Uber rides.
Locked in between the Atlantic on the West and South, and Spain on the East and North, Portugal is Europe’s oldest country. With a size of more than 92.000 km2 it is 3 times bigger than Belgium, although it has slightly less inhabitants (10.3 million). If have a week or more to spend, you will discover a highly diverse country with beautiful old historic cities, lovely villages, amazing landscapes, unending cultural highlights, the Estrella mountains in the East that reach almost 2.000m, and the lively Algarve coast line in the South.
The autonomous archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are located in the middle of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, for this weekend trip we only have time to explore its capital Lisbon and nearby Sintra Castle and the seaside resort town Cascais, but it will be a great introduction to Portugal.
Portugal’s capital Lisbon is by far the largest city and metropolitan area of the country. Both the city itself (almost 550 thousand) and the metropolitan area (over 2.8 million) are twice as big as Porto. Being Europe’s westermost capital, and after Athens the continent’s oldest, it is located on the 1007km long Targus river that originates deep into Spain. The final part of this river is with about 15km extremely wide, and is crossed by two very large bridge, one being 17km long, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the other being 2km long, the 25 April Bridge. On a European and global scale, Lisbon is an important city because of its role in commerce, International trade, tourism and other sectors. It also has a large harbour and a relatively large airport, whereas it receive well over 3 million foreign visitors per year.
During our weekend we will discover the lively and lovely historic city center. As usual we hire a local expert guide who will show our group around will telling us about the city’s ancient history and all the way up to the current day. A few major sights are not within walking distance, but no worries, because in the afternoon we will take a private bus to take us to the Padrāo dos Descobrimentos monument and the Torre de Belém. Needless to say we’ll also cross the beautiful “Golden Gate”, the Bridge of 25 April, to see Lisbon from the other side of the Tagus river. And since we’re on the road anyway, we might as well visit some other top destinations in the area, including the incredible town of Sintra.
Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world. (Source: Unesco website)
A visit to Lisbon cannot go without a visit to the Royal Sanctuary in the charming town of Sintra. It is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Many people equate Sintra only with the colourful Pena Palace, but next to the many extravagant villas that are dotted over the pine-covered hills, there are actually 3 palaces and one castle here.
The Palácio Nacional da Pena – An amazing palace with vivid colours and restored to its 1910 status when the Portuguese nobility fled the country. We will visit this palace.
The Palácio Nacional de Sintra – Situated in the town of Sintra itself, this gothic palace has an extensive history and has beautifully painted ceilings inside.
The Quinta da Regaleira – This early 20th century residence palace is also situated in the town of Sintra and has besides an ornate gothic outside, enchanting gardens.
The Castelo dos Mouros – The ruins of a ninth century castles built by the North African Moors and overlook the wider region.
With so many spectacular architectural highlights from various eras and in several styles, as well as the incredible variety of gardens, no wonder the entire area is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Let’s discover the Sintra area together.
Cultural Landscape of Sintra In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra, created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.
After our visit to Sintra we will make a quick stop at the Cabo Da Roca, continental Europe’s most Western point. This will not only allow us to take some nice pictures, but also to see a bit more of the beautiful landscape in the Sintra area before we continue to our final destination of the day, the resort town of Cascais where we will have dinner.
On Sunday morning, after we checkout from our hotel (luggage can be left in a storage room) we are going to explore a few other great places in Lisbon itself, starting with taking tram number 28 through the Alfama district. After a short walk around, we surely will bump into a nice coffee bar to also enjoy the local hospitality, before we continue to a more modern part of town, the former Expo ’98 grounds.
In 1998 the world fair was held in Lisbon. The Expo ’98, or 1998 Lisbon World Exposition was held over the summer months with the theme “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future” as a commemoration to 500 years of Portuguese discoveries. Over 140 countries participated and 11 million visitors came to see it.
One of the conditions to build the fairgrounds was that after the event would be over that it would not slowly dilapidate. To that end plans were made to make the area also attractive for living, working and recreating after it ended. For instance, to support the transportation of large numbers of visitors during the Expo a new bridge, a new metro line and a new transportation terminal were built. Nowadays, the renamed Parque das Nações is definitely still worth a visit.
To get a good overview, we begin by going up the 145m high Torre Vasco Da Gamma. The views over the Tagus River with the 17km long bridge crossing it and the fairgrounds are just spectacular. This is yet another highlight of our weekend trip to Lisbon, and one that cannot be missed.
After a nice lunch, our final highlight in Lisbon will be the exceptionally beautiful sea aquarium, Oceanarium. This aquarium is designed by Peter Chermayeff, who also designed several other famous aquariums around the world.
The aquarium has 4 large tanks over a total exhibit area of 1000 m2. We will spend some time here to observe an amazing collection of over 450 marine species, including penguins, sharks, barracudas, stingrays, seahorse, moray eels, octopuses and even the large sunfish.
After our visit to the Oceanarium it’s time to go back to our hotel to pick up our luggage before we head back to the airport for the evening flight to Brussels. The arrival is very late, but we will coordinate shared taxi rides. The earlier flights during the day are leaving too early, which will make our Sunday rather useless to do or see anything in Lisbon.
For your comfort, convenience, and safety, we will be staying in a good 4* hotel in the centre of Lisbon. We cannot yet share which hotel, but as usual we always pick good one at a great location and with top reviews. In this hotel you can choose between the following room types:
- Single room – 1 bed for 1 person (surcharge applies)
- Double room – 1 large bed for 2 persons (a couple or parent/child)
- Twin room – 2 single beds for 2 persons (two friends sharing a room)
- Twin room – 2 single beds for 2 solo travellers who would like to share a room
- Triple/family rooms – at request
Room sharing for solo travellers
If you travel alone, you can share a “twin room” with 2 single beds (male or female rooms). We introduce you to the other travellers who also want to share a room. This means you don’t have to search for a friend who wants to join. We also do not assign you to a room, but you choose who you want to share the room with. You can select this room sharing option during the reservation processs. It is a perfect way to lower your costs and to meet another friendly expat.
We will be flying Brussels Airlines. Taking luggage is optional.
- > Brussels 17h00 – Lisbon 18h50
- < Lisbon 19h45 – Brussels 23h30
- The trip will be carried out by Brussels Airlines
- The trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
- The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know.
- You are personally responsible for getting good cancellation and/or travel insurance that covers you for unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses before or during the trip.
- You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for unforeseen delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, weather etc.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the guided tours. Joining this trip is safe but still at your own risk.
- If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). During the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
- If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement or share a room with another person (if available).