Architecture (on the prints of Siza Vieira)
1st Day

Arrival at Lisbon airport, meet with the guide and transfer in private coach to the hotel. Check-in (free dinner). Overnight at the hotel.

2nd Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to the visit of Lisbon, the city of blue sky, mild weather and narrow medieval streets where, sometimes, happens to hear the melancholic notes of a guitar that waves a Fado. Beginning at Belém quarters to admire S. Vicente de Belém Tower (the city’s symbol), the Padrão (monument to the Discoveries) and the Jerónimos Monastery, prime example of the singular portuguese architectural Manueline style. Stop at the Antiga Fábrica de Pasteis de Belém to taste the most famous amongst local pastry and proceed to S. Pedro de Alcântara Garden (magnificent view over S. Jorge Castle). Promenade through the typical quarters Bairro Alto and Chiado: coffee stop at the A Brasileira, coffee shop once often visited by the renowned portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, immortalized with a statue by its entrance. Arrival at Rossio Square to explore the hidden narrow streets around the elegant avenues of the Pombaline downtown that lead to the monumental Comércio Square, departing point of the typical ferryboats (free lunch). Afternoon at disposal for individual activities (free dinner). Overnight at the hotel.

Siza Vieira in Lisbon:

- Hydrographic Institute of the Convento dos Trina
- Carvalho Araújo Gallery
- Baixa / Chiado subway station
- Pavilion of Portugal (Parque das Nações)

3rd Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning departure to Coimbra, charming historic city of secular university studying tradition, known for its eight majors: Psichology, Law, Literature, Science and Technology, Medicine, Economy, Physical Education and Pharmacy. Panoramic tour starting at the University, that houses the Joanina Library (amongst the most beautiful libraries in the world, in Baroque style with ceilings and walls with frescos and engraved furniture), the S. Michael Chapel, the Academic Dungeon and the Capelos Hall. From the university complex depart the alleyways that form the uptown and that lead to downtown, aside Santa Clara Bridge, where the city’s activity mainly lies. Stop at the Holy Cross Monastery, where the Augustinian canonical Fernando de Bulhões from Lisbon becomes Antonio, worshiped today as St. Anthony of Padua (free lunch). In the afternoon, proceed to Aveiro, the charming town intersected by picturesque canals, in the large lagoon where the boatmen push with a pole their colorful swan-necked boats, called Moliceiros. A short stroll along the canals and visit of the University Campus and its known library. Continuation to Porto and accommodation at the hotel (free dinner). Overnight.

Siza Vieira in Coimbra:

1967 - hotel (Vale de Canas project)

Siza Vieira in Aveiro:

- University’s Water Tank
- University’s Library

4th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
The morning starts at Leça da Palmeira (free visit). Return to Porto and stop at the mouth of the Douro River (free lunch). In the afternoon, time at disposal to visit the School of Architecture, the University of Porto and the House of Music (imponent work projected by the dutch architect Rem Koolhaas). Return to the hotel.

Dinner at the restaurant "O Comercial" in the Stock Exchange Palace.

Overnight at the hotel.

Siza Vieira in Leça da Palmeira:


- Tea House
- Tide Pools
- monument to the poet António Nobre

Siza Vieira in Porto:


- external staircase and reshuffling at the House of Calém in Foz do Douro
- Nina coffee shop
- School of Architecture at the University of Porto
- Boavista building
- Museum of Contemporary Art at the Serralves Foundation
- Siza Vieira office building

5th Day

Breakfast at the hotel.
In due time, transfer to Porto airport, assistance in the check-in procedures and departure.