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The tentative schedule is below:

Saturday, November 10

5:20 p.m.

Depart Dulles International Airport on United Airlines flight 1972 (optional)

6:52 p.m.

Arrive Newark International Airport

8:20 p.m.

Depart Newark on United Airlines flight 62 (optional)

Sunday, November 11

8:10 a.m.

Arrive Lisbon

Clear Portuguese Customs, collect bags

Transfer to hotel

~11:00 a.m.

Arrive at Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade

Check in

➢ 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
➢ 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
➢ 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
➢ 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$15.00 per person  (max 15 people per guide)

Throughout the afternoon, we will offer 2 or 3 optional walking tours of the area immediately surrounding our hotel. Our 1.5 hours strolls on arrival day are designed to help clear the cobwebs and stretch achy bodies after an overnight flight. Join our local guide and enjoy a light commentary focused on practical information to navigate the city. She will point out places of interest, banks & ATMs, good restaurants, bars & cafes, Tram & Metro “do’s and don’ts”, and much more!

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception (open bar) & Dinner at the Hotel                                              (included)

Monday, November 12

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Panoramic Orientation Tour (Included)

Our Included Panoramic Orientation Tour is a perfect introduction to the city’s celebrated history and distinguished maritime legacy. We will drive past the city’s most notable landmarks and neighborhoods in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach while our local guide provides an informative commentary. We will make several stops for photos and perhaps a short stroll.


2:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Alfama & St. Jorge’s Castle ~ Private Tram & Walking Tour                                      $75.00 per person - min 20 people

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, often referred to as San Francisco’s twin sister. Like San Francisco, it is the perfect city for a Tram Tour. We will take about a 20 minutes walk from the hotel to the station to board our private tram, where our journey begins! You’ll feel the authentic soul of the city as we make our way across beautiful streets, up and down the hills, and finally wind our way up to the oldest part of Lisbon, Alfama. This small village within the city, is packed with character and postcard views of the river, tiled panels, street art, pastel colors, fountains, arches, potted plants and orange trees. From the tram stop, we will take a 10-minute walk a little further up to St. Jorge Castle, where the views of the city only get better. There are two distinct sections of the castle; the Moorish Castle (pre 12th century) and the Royal Palace (13-14th century). Very little remains of the palace, being converted into a military barracks and then destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. The castle was equally ruined by the earthquake, but extensively restored during the early stages of the 1920s republic government. You’ll have some free time to stroll around the Castle grounds and to snap some fantastic photos. Our trip back to the hotel will be a leisurely walk through the maze of streets, alleys, lanes, steps, squares and courtyards of Alfama. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles!

Tuesday, November 13

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet


8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Azeitao, Arrabida, Sesimbra ~ A Tour For The Senses                                               $170.00 per person ~ min 25 people

This unique tour will combine: A visit of Quinta Velha Farm and Cheese Museum in Azeitão, complete with a hands-on cheese making workshop and tasting; a visit of the Bacalhoa Wine Estate for wine tasting and a tour of the estate and its fascinating art collection; a breathtaking drive along the Atlantic coast of Arrábida Natural Park to reach Sesimbra for a beachside lunch at Portofino Restaurant. At the foot of the Arrábida Mountains, nestled among vineyards and olive and cork trees, Azeitão is a pretty little town, just 40 km south of Lisbon. Dotted with country palaces, running fountains and narrow alleyways, it is famous for its wines, olives and creamy sheep’s cheese, prized as one of the best in the country. Our first stop of the day will awaken your senses at the Quinta Velha Cheese Museum, where the unique aroma of half a century of cheesemaking still remains in the cheesery and a traditional knowledge awaits to be discovered. You will have an opportunity to visit the small museum, to wander around the farm a bit, and to learn the techniques, hands-on, of this ancient craft, followed by a tasting of two cheeses and other treats produced on the farm.

A short drive away, our next stop will be at the beautiful Quinta da Bacalhôa Estate. Founded in 1922 as João Pres & Sons, Bacalhôa Wines has developed into one of Portugal’s most innovative wine producers. The company continues to grow with new vines and properties, modernized wineries and vast contemporary art collections, all true to its pervading theme of ‘Art, Wine and Passion’. Now classified a National Monument, it also houses the country’s largest private collection of azulejos and an array of modern art. Our visit will include a stroll through the grounds to see the labyrinth garden; the pleasure pool and its patio adorned with ancient tiles, unique in all of Portugal; the museum which houses an incredible private collection of statues, paintings and original documents about the history of the palace itself; and finally, a tasting of the excellent Bacalhôa wines. Next, we travel along the coastal road through Arrábida National Park. Within minutes, the long white-sand beaches of the Atlantic coast rise into towering, chalky cliffs and the surrounding hills burst with lush Mediterranean vegetation. Arrábida takes its name from the Arabic word for ‘place of prayer’ and after just a few moments breathing in the fresh air and seeing the gorgeous natural surrounds, it’s easy to see why. We will soon reach Sesimbra, one of Portugal’s finest resort towns, famous for its freshly cooked seafood and pristine coastline. A late lunch awaits at Portofino Restaurant ~ excellent seafood, a gorgeous location overlooking the beach, relaxing music ~ a final feast for the senses before heading back to Lisbon.

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Evora & Herdade do Esporao                                                                                         $170.00 per person ~ min 25 people

In Alentejo, where the baking sun dictates the pace of life, no one is in a hurry. As you drive through the endless wheat fields and gently undulating plains of Portugal’s largest (yet least populated) region, the overwhelming desire is to cast your watch and worries aside. Dominated by vineyards, olive groves and the world’s largest cork oak forest, Alentejo prides itself on sustainable agriculture and the richness of its land and heritage.

Evora ~ Less than two hours from Lisbon, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, widely considered to be one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns. It is packed with treasures that include Neolithic monuments, the 2nd century Roman Temple of Diana, a 12th century cathedral where the flags of Vasco da Gama’s ships were blessed prior to his journey to India, the 15th century Capela de Ossos (Chapel of Bones) lined with the bones and skulls of some 5000 monks, plus numerous Renaissance and Gothic churches, squares, palaces and museums. The Alentejo capital is today the great agricultural market for the province and the base for several dependent industries (cork, leather, woolen carpets, painted furniture). Our tour includes a visit of the Roman ruins, St. Francis Church and the Bones Chapel.

Herdade Do Esporao ~ Part of the Reguengos de Monsaraz DOC and the Alentejo’s montado ecosystem (cork oak forests), Herdade do Esporão has extraordinary conditions for agriculture – large thermal amplitudes, poor and various soils and extraordinary biodiversity that helps us produce in balance with the environment. With 691,9 hectars of vineyards, olive groves and the other crops we grow using organic methods. Here are planted around 40 grape varieties, 4 types of olives, orchards and kitchen gardens. Our visit today includes a guided tour, wine tasting and lunch at Herdade do Esporão Restaurant ~ A ‘terroir’ cuisine, of modern confection and interpretation, where the product is central.

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Belem & The Discoveries with visit of Jeronimos                                                       Monastery    $70.00 per person ~ min 15 people

The picturesque area of Belém lies on the banks of the River Tagus on the western edge of the city. A leafy residential area blessed with wonderful parks and gardens, Belém is forever associated with the era of Discoveries, a period of maritime glory when Portuguese navigators embarked on long and perilous voyages to chart unknown seas and map new lands. It was from here, in 1497, that Vasco da Gama embarked on his historic expedition that led to the opening of a sea route to India. Belem blossomed, and Portugal's king, Manuel I, ordered the construction of the vast Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Torre de Belém. Fortunately, these both survived the great earthquake of 1755 and today are two of the most cherished historic buildings in the country; both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will also see here the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a contemporary monument to the Golden Age of Discovery that soars over the riverfront.

Our tour includes all the major monuments and a visit of Jerónimos Monastery, one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983.

Wednesday, November 14

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

CLE Course Schedule

7:20 a.m.   Libel and Defamation: Lessons from the Rolling Stone Litigation         (2 MCLE credits – Video Replay)
    Conrad M. Shumadine and Brett A. Spain, Willcox & Savage, P.C. / Norfolk
    Rolling Stone magazine’s 2014 article “A Rape on Campus” ignited a firestorm of controversy in and around the University of Virginia, and throughout the commonwealth.  The subsequent retraction of the article spawned several lawsuits alleging defamation by some of those named in the article.  These lawsuits amply illustrate the goals and policies of defamation law, the constitutional restraints that have become so important a part of that jurisprudence, and the practical problems presented to judges in dealing with these types of cases.  Using the Rolling Stone article and resulting lawsuits as case studies, this seminar will explore every aspect of modern defamation law. 

9:25 a.m.    Domestic Relations in Virginia (1 MCLE credit - Live)
    Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond
An overview of domestic relations in Virginia.  Topics covered include: annulment, divorce, same-sex marriage, spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation, equitable distribution, marital agreements, and ethical considerations.

10:30 a.m.   Comparative Law Symposium:  Overview of the Portuguese Legal System (2 MCLE credits - Live)
    Inês Xavier Griffith, ECIJA, Madrid, Spain
A comparative law overview of Portuguese Law and the Portuguese Legal System. Topics covered include: 1) A brief introduction about Portuguese law as a civil law legal system and Portuguese history, addressing the Carnation Revolution which originated the current Constitution of the Portuguese Republic (“CPR”); 2) The basis of Portuguese Law; 3) Guarantees in Criminal Proceedings (Article 24 to 33 of the CPR); 4) The Portuguese Court System (CPR and Law 62/2013, of 26 August, “Law on the Judicial System Organization”); and 5) The Portuguese Bar.

12:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:30 p.m.   Words of Commitment: Admissions, Stipulations, Representations, and Warranties (1 MCLE credit -     Live)
    David Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / McLean
    An overview of the ways a party’s statements and commitments may become governing principals in a legal dispute.  Topics covered include: 1) Admissions (requests for admissions, judicial admissions, adoptive admissions, sworn statements in other matters); 2) Stipulations; 3) Representations in the recitals or other parts of contracts; and 4) Warranties made in contracts.

2:45 p.m.   Clarence Darrow’s Ethics Lessons for Today’s More Ethical Lawyer (3 MCLE credits (Ethics) –     Video Replay)
    Jack Marshall, ProEthics, Ltd. / Alexandria
Clarence Darrow is an admired legal practitioner of the past, but his relationship with the ethical principles to which lawyers aspire was a rocky one, and his career exemplifies that of the lawyer who often bent or even broke the rules for what he regarded as a higher purpose.  In this ethics program, award-winning stage and film actor Paul Morella, who has been portraying Darrow to acclaim for nearly two decades, reenacts some of the iconic lawyer’s most riveting courtroom moments while laying the foundation for an examination of the ethical issues raised by the great attorney's long career, while ethicist, lawyer, and Darrow historian Jack Marshall leads attendees in a lively and interactive examination of these issues.

6:00 p.m.   Adjourn


9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Gulbenkien Museum and Gardens                                                                              $50.00 per person ~ min 15 people

Northeast of Eduardo VII Park is the Gulbenkian Museum, one of Europe's unsung treasures. This is one of the world's finest private art collections, amassed over a period of 40 years by oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who was one of the 20th century's wealthiest men. In his later years he adopted Portugal as his home and donated his stupendous art treasures to the country when he died in 1955 at the age of 86. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, it houses a magnificent collection spanning 5,000 years of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art. It was substantially renovated and modernized in 2001, (many of its masterpieces were on display in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art during renovation). Works by great masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Degas and René Lalique’s largest set of jewels are just a few examples of what can be found in one of the best private collections in the world. The Gulbenkian is cool, uncrowded, gorgeously lit, and easy to grasp, displaying only a few select and exquisite works from each epoch. Your guided tour includes the museum and the gardens.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Parque Das Naçoes (Nations Park)                                                                                $55.00 per person ~ min 20 people

Constructed for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, Parque das Nações, (Nations Park), is a space dedicated to leisure, and located in the northeastern part of the city. This modern part of Lisbon has numerous restaurants, bars, theatres, parks, pedestrian areas and a large shopping mall. One of the most surprising sights in this district is the Oriente train station, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This modernist station has a bright glass and steel structure in the form of a tree. This ambitious project includes a metro station, a national and international bus terminal and a high-speed and regional train hub. Our tour includes a visit to the second largest aquarium in Europe, Oceanário de Lisboa, and a ride on the Cable Car for beautiful views of the Water Gardens and the river.

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Lisbon’s Culinary Scene ~ Walking & Tasting Tour For                                                 Our Foodies ~ Price TBA

This tour is still in the works!  The tour description, price and details will be posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 15

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet


8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Fatima, Monastery of Batalha, Nazaré & Obidos                                                         $95.00 per person ~ min 40 people

Fátima is Portugal’s most important shrine. In 1917, three young shepherd children witnessed a series of appearances by the Virgin Mary. The dates of her first and last visitations, May 13 and October 14 draw an estimated 100,000 pilgrims from all over the world. Pope John Paul II visited the site three times and in 2000, he canonized two of the children. The shrine now attracts about 4 million pilgrims each year and the neoclassic basilica, consecrated in 1953, accommodates 300,000 people.

Monastery of Batalha was built at the end of the 14th century in gothic and Manueline style. The convent was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, fulfilling a promise of King John I of Portugal. The battle put an end to the 1383-1385 crises. It took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending circa 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings. It took the efforts of fifteen architects, but for seven of them the title was no more than an honorary title bestowed on them. The construction required an enormous effort, using extraordinary resources of men and material. New techniques and artistic styles, hitherto unknown in Portugal, were used. We will also visit the Estremadura coastal town of Nazare. In July and August this is the loudest, most crowded resort on the coast, but we are lucky enough to visit out of season when it is a quite tranquil and enjoyable scenic stop. You will have time to wander around the town, stroll on the long stretch of sandy beach and find a special little restaurant to enjoy lunch at your leisure.

We continue to Obidos, a small, picture-postcard town with whitewashed houses, flower-covered balconies, roofs of orange tiles and narrow cobblestone streets. The village is surrounded by medieval walls and is overlooked by its castle, which was a gift from King Danis I to his wife-to-be, Isabel of Aragona, in 1282. In 1950, the castle was transformed into a state pousada with much of its medieval aura intact. You will have time to stroll through the main circuit, about 1 mile long, to enjoy the sights and to visit some of the quaint craft shops.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Cooking Workshop ~ Portuguese Pastries                                                                 $120.00 per person ~ min 12 people

There are so many ways to learn about a country and its people. Throughout our week in Lisbon, we will of course expand our knowledge through tours & excursions, but Portugal’s food culture is perhaps one of the best ways to truly understand the base of this country. Portuguese are known for their passion for food and eating, and Portuguese pastry is one of the best in the world, with a tradition that was passed on through the centuries, generation after generation. Today we will learn how to cook a few classics, enjoying the challenge and sharing the experience with others.

Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão ~ There are two types of pão-de-ló, the common high rising sponge cake and the fallen custardy cousin called Pão-de-ló de Alfeizerão. The secret behind this special cake is that it is not ready!

Pasteis de Tentúgal ~ These are pastries that originated in Tentúgal, a tiny town halfway between Lisbon and Porto. These pastéis, invented by Carmelite nuns in the 16th century, are packets of thin, flaky pastry filled with a rich egg custard and dusted with powdered sugar.

Pastel de Nata ~ Pastel de Nata were invented in the 18th century, by monks at Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. At the time, it was common practice to use egg whites to starch nuns’ habits, which left the monks with a lot of leftover yolks. They began baking them into delicious, two-bite-sized, smooth and creamy custard tarts.

Friday, November 16

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Sintra & Cascais (stop at Cabo da Roca)                                                                     $85.00 per person ~ min 40 people

For centuries, Portugal’s aristocracy considered Sintra the perfect place to escape the city life. Sintra is a mix of natural and man made beauty with its fantasy castles set amid exotic tropical plants, lush green valleys, and craggy hilltops with hazy views of the Atlantic and Lisbon. This was the summer getaway of Portugal’s kings, and those with money and a desire to be close to royalty built their palaces amid luxuriant gardens in the same neighborhood. Lord Byron called Sintra “glorious Eden,” and it’s still magnificent today. We will allow time to wander around the main village on your own. We will also visit the National Palace which is situated in the town’s historic center. The National Palace of Sintra is a unique monument, distinguished by its outstanding historical, architectural and artistic value. Of all the palaces built by the Portuguese monarchs throughout the Middle Ages, only the palace of Sintra has survived to the present day virtually intact, still maintaining the same essential features of its shape and outline since the mid-16th century. The Palace is still used today for official receptions.

Cascais by the sea, located a few kilometers from the mouth of the Tagus, is nestled between the sunny bay of Cascais and the majestic Sintra Mountains. Cascais was once an elegant summer retreat of the Portuguese monarchy during the 19th century and a haven for European royalty during World War II thanks to the neutral status of the country.
Over time, the city has become a refined culture center with a vibrant nightlife and an enviable quality of life. However, the splendor and icons of its maritime apogee were maintained until today, through the elegant lighthouses, fortresses and the Citadel of the seventeenth century. Largo de Camões marks the historic center of Cascais and is one of the favorite areas for locals and tourists alike. Its lively atmosphere, created by the numerous bars and restaurants, turns the square into a charming and unforgettable place in the city. Rua Direita, the city's main shopping street, is where you will find beautiful shops and street vendors. Nearby there are also small shopping centers, and the famous Cascais fairs are excellent opportunities to purchase handicrafts and good bargains. We will allow time in Cascais to enjoy the town and find a great restaurant for lunch at leisure.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Farewell Reception at the hotel ~ Open Bar and Heavy                                             Hors D’oeuvres  (included)

Saturday, November 17

6:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

~7:00 a.m.

Transfer to Lisbon airport

10:15 a.m.

Depart on United Airlines flight 65 (optional)

1:50 p.m.

Arrive Newark International Airport

Clear U.S. Customs

4:59 p.m.

Depart Newark on United Airlines flight 1992 (optional)

6:14 p.m.

Arrive Dulles International Airport

Lisbon pictures