Sample Itinerary

Falamos Português!: Authentic Language and Cultural Immersion Experience in Portugal

 

Activity Key:

·      Light: Less than 4 miles of easy walking. 

·      Moderate: 1 - 6 miles of walking with some hills. 

·      Strenuous: 1 - 6 miles of walking with many hills and possibly some uneven terrain. 

 

Day 1/10 Friday:  Welcome to Portugal!

All participants will arrive in Lisbon and complete hotel check in by 16:00hrs.  Promptly at 17:00hrs, we will gather as a group to meet as well as review this week’s schedule.  Immediately following, we’ll have wine and small bites at our first networking event with our local Lisbon-based colleagues. 

Group Transportation: Airport-hotel transfers

Walking: Light

Dress: Business casual

Meal included: Some drinks & appetizers    

 

Day 2/10 Saturday:  Lisbon: Love at first sight!  

Today you’ll spend the entire day exploring Portugal’s magical capital city the best way possible, on foot!  In addition to the “must see” historical sites, our private tour guide will show us where the Lisbonites eat and hang out.  We will also learn how to get around Lisbon like a pro (very helpful information for the rest of the week)!  At the end of the day, we’ll enjoy a beautiful Portuguese wine tasting together in one of Lisbon’s most iconic plazas. 

Group Transportation: None

Walking: Strenuous

Dress: Smart tourist casual with comfortable shoes

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel & wine tasting  

 

Day 3/10 Sunday:  A Magical Day of Food and Castles!

Today you’re in for a real treat!  We will spend the morning in one of Lisbon’s most authentic farmers’ markets selecting goodies that we’ll later prepare and cook under the guidance of our professional master chef and teacher. We’ll learn the secrets of what makes Portuguese cuisine one of the tastiest and healthiest in the world.  Most importantly, after this 4 hours hands-on private cooking class, we’ll learn how to prepare these amazing three-course meals on our own!  After our feast, our luxury coach will pick us up at the cooking laboratory and whisk us off to the magical land of SINTRA.  Here we’ll spend the afternoon exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site (located only 25 kilometers west of Lisbon) with our private local tour guide.  Upon return to Lisbon, you’re free to enjoy the City as you wish.  (Heads up: tonight is officially a school night!)  

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Strenuous  

Dress: Smart tourist casual (bring sweater for Sintra)

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and lunch  

 

Day 4/10 Monday:  Falas português?   First day of Portuguese Class!

It’s the first day of Portuguese class!  Today with the help of our experienced local Portuguese teachers, we’ll begin learning the basics of our new language.  Later in the afternoon we’ll meet with the local managers of the non-profit organization who are coordinating our social impact project later this week. They'll share their stories of how they became involved with the organization and give us some insight into the work we'll be doing this week.  Immediately following, there will be a chat on the History of Portugal presented by one of Lisbon's local historian rock stars!  This evening of high intellectual stimulation will be paired with an exciting ginjinha tasting. 

 Group Transportation: None  

Walking: Moderate   

Dress: Smart tourist casual

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel & ginjinha tasting   

 

Day 5/10 Tuesday:  As Aulas de Português e o Social Impact Project

We'll have Portuguese class and lunch on our own.  Immediately following lunch, we’ll spend the afternoon with our new friends as we volunteer our time on the social impact project.  So come with open minds and hearts.  These authentic people-to-people exchanges promise to be memorable for years to come!

 Group Transportation: None

Walking: Moderate

Dress: Smart tourist casual

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel  

 

Day 6/10 Wednesday:  As Aulas e as Artes!

After the morning Portuguese class and lunch on your own, we’ll meet at the famous Calouste Gulbenkian Museum for a private tour of one of the most impressive private art collections you’ll ever see!  After the guided visit, feel free to explore the Museum at your own pace (or you could walk around pretending that you're the oil tycoon who collected these treasures over the years!)  The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish!   

Group Transportation: None

Walking: Strenuous  

Dress: Smart tourist casual

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel  

 

Day 7/10 Thursday: As Aulas e o Tempo Livre!    

After Portuguese class you are free to enjoy rest of the day (and evening) however you'd like!     

Group Transportation: None

Walking: Moderate   

Dress: Smart tourist casual

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel  

 

Day 8/10 Friday:  End of School Party, Cultural Q&A, Networking Event  

Today is the final day of Portuguese classParabens, we did it!  Let’s celebrate later this evening at our final networking event where we'll gather to celebrate this academic success and say "ate logo" to our new friends. 

Group Transportation: None

Walking: Moderate

Dress: Smart tourist casual during the day, business casual for evening event

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch, some drinks and appetizers

 

Day 9/10 Saturday:  Wine Country and Rural Portugal Tour

This morning we’ll have an early departure for Setúbal as we embark on our full day Wine Country and Rural Portugal Tour.  Over the next 9 hours, we’ll visit three very different vineyards, a 16th century castle and local cheese and pastry shops.  We’ll stop in the beautiful medieval town of Palmela for a group “bon voyage" lunch.  Afterwards, we’ll head towards our third and final vineyard for an eclectic mix of art, palatial summer homes, beautiful gardens and of course mais vinho!  And finally, we’ll stop by local specialty shops to sample the famous azeitão cheese before we return to Lisboa.   

Group Transportation: Private van/bus  

Walking: Moderate   

Dress: Smart tourist casual

Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch, food and wine tastings              

 

Day 10/10 Sunday: Departures (Group A), Free Day (Group B) and New Arrivals (Group C)

Group A: Your program concludes after breakfast.  Our transportation partners will take you to the Lisbon Portela International Airport 3-4 hours prior to your flight back home.  Até logo e boa viagem!

Group B:  Enjoy your free day in Lisbon!  Spend the day exploring and tasting this amazing city!  Please feel free to join us for the “Welcome to Portugal Cocktail” as we meet our new friends who’ve just arrived today.     

Group C: All participants will arrive in Lisbon and complete hotel check in by 16:00.  Promptly at 17:00, we will gather as a group to meet each other as well as review this week’s schedule.  Immediately following, we’ll have wine and small bites at our first networking event with our local Lisbon-based colleagues. 

Group Transportation: Airport-hotel transfers. 

Walking: Light

Dress: Business Casual

Meal included: Some drinks and appetizers  

This itinerary is subject to change.   

 

Important Details about the Complete Immersion Programs:

Physical Demands of Immersa Global’s Complete Immersion Programs – The main purpose of our programs is to help you immerse in the local cultural and feel comfortable exploring the host cities and towns as quickly as possible.  Therefore on the 10-Day Complete Portuguese Immersion Program, you will need to:

1.    Be on your feet for hours, walking and standing, indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions.  Some activities are more physically demanding than others.  If you have any questions or concerns, please inquire. 

2.    Be able to move around Lisbon on your own.  After the initial city orientation tour, you will be responsible for arriving on time to different meeting places around the City.

3.    Be able to carry your own luggage short distances.  The majority of the time, our hotels will have porters and our private transportation operators to manage the luggage.  However, be prepared, in the event of a shortage of help, to carry and lift your own bags short distances. 

4.    Be flexible, enjoy and have a great attitude.  No further explanation needed!

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.  We know our programs and host countries extremely well.  So ask away!  We love what we do and we’re here to help!

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