optional post cruise package
JUNE 22 thru 26, 2022
Coimbra, Sintra & Arraial Lisboa Pride
|Wednesday, June 22||Transfer to Lisbon|
|Thursday, June 18||Touring Sintra|
|Friday, June 19||Lisbon On Your Own|
|Saturday, June 20||Arraial Lisboa Pride|
|Sunday, June 21||Leave for Home|
This morning we’re OUTbound from Porto to Lisbon. Along the way we’ll stop in Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Stroll through old-timey shops, cafés and bakeries all under the watchful eye of Coimbra’s historic university, capping the hill above town. After lunch, we’ll continue south and arrive at our host hotel in Lisbon, Portugal’s old world capital city. Once settled into your room at the Brown’s Central Hotel, spend the evening on your own exploring Lisbon and all this charming city has to offer.
Bem vindo a Lisboa! Enjoy a relaxing day on your own in Lisbon, or join us for an optional tour of Sintra. For centuries, Portugal’s aristocracy considered Sintra the perfect place to escape from city life. Sintra is a mix of natural and man-made beauty, with fantasy castles set amid exotic tropical plants, lush green valleys and craggy hilltops providing stunning views of Lisbon down below. We’ll see The Sintra National Palace, distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework and visit the hilltop Pena National Palace, known for its whimsical design, colorful façade, and sweeping views.
Lisbon is a trendy and charming mix of now and then. Vintage trolleys shiver up and down its hills, centuries-old statues mark grand squares, and Art Nouveau cafés are alive with energy. It’s a city of ironwork balconies, mosaic sidewalks, red-tiled roofs, and stunning vistas. Explore the LGBTQ+ businesses around our host hotel, the Brown’s Central, located in the very heart of the Historic Baixa and Chiado district of Lisbon. Discover elegant outdoor cafés, exciting art, fun-to-browse shops, stunning vistas, delicious food, entertaining museums and a sailors’ quarter with a hill-capping castle. Tonight, get a front-row seat as Lisbon gears up for Arraial Lisboa Pride!
Today, show your pride in Portugal’s charming capital city by the sea, as the Arraial Lisboa Pride party starts in Terreiro do Paço, one of the most amazing squares in Europe. Here you will find countless gay bars, food stalls and an impressive stage lineup featuring live music, dance acts, vendor booths and special international guest appearances. Highlights not to miss are the massive street festival, a vibrant parade, and all the club parties, along with plenty of other more cultural events too! The celebrations center around the themes of freedom, diversity and equality... so be prepared to share a whole lot of alfresco fun!
This morning we say “Obrigado” to the city of Lisbon and our fantastic OUTbound Portugal Pride experience. Spend your final hours in Lisbon exploring more of Bairro Alto, our surrounding bohemian neighborhood and its bright colors and romantic streets. Take one last stroll through Rossio Square in the heart of Lisbon, perfect for relaxing and people watching. We’ll check out of the Browns Central Hotel this morning and transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for our flights home.
Located in the center of Lisbon, the Brown’s Central Hotel is set in an 18th-century building, recently renovated to reflect Lisbon’s new design trends. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Each air-conditioned room offers a unique decoration and features elements from renowned world-class designers like Charles and Ray Eames, BestLite, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and Artemide. The rooms include wooden floors, contemporary furniture and private marble bathrooms. All come with a Nespresso coffee machine, Smeg kettle, a Bluetooth MediaHub system and flat-screen Smart TV.
Our host Brown's Central is a boutique hotel ideally located in the center of the city, near Lisbon’s gay district found in the old Bairro Alto and neighboring trendy Principe Real area. During Lisbon Pride weekend you'll find huge all-night club events, trendy cocktail bars, drag shows and go-go boys galore tempting those who are out exploring during pride weekend, though there are also plenty cafés and beaches to see along with the main pride events.
5 Day/4 Night Package
for 2 People
*Prices based on Brown Central’s Charming Deluxe room, double occupancy. Upgrades to Stylish Attic, Junior Suite or Grand Glamour Suite available for an additional cost.
It’s hard to believe gay Lisbon has flown under-the-radar for so long. By day this capital city offers twisting alleyways, world-class museums, world-class dining, and understated glamour, all served with idyllic views thanks to the city’s seven hills setting. But it’s after the sun goes down that gay Lisbon really comes alive, made even better by the pleasant Mediterranean climate and warm summer nights!
Portugal has some of the most progressive gay rights legislation in the world with gay marriage, same-sex adoption, a simplified process of legal gender identification and even a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation enshrined in its Constitution. All this means you will find plenty of LGBTQ+ people wandering the streets of Lisbon, getting cozy in any one of the countless delightful cafés and just generally making the most of life. Throw in all those boutique fashion stores and art galleries, plenty of sunshine and various day-trips to vineyards, beaches and castles and you begin to understand why so many in our LGBTQ+ community are flocking to Lisbon.