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Flights; Transportation from the Santa Maria Manuela; Add-on excursions not mentioned in this programme; Spirit drinks and discretionary tips; Travel insurance**; Dive courses
** Dive insurance is required, and general travel insurance is highly recommended
Arriving in Lisbon. Private transfer to Santa Maria Manuela historical tall ship
Exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Oceanário de Lisboa escorted by a marine biologist
Board the Santa Maria Manuela and enjoy the Portuguese traditional dishes seasoned by Fado, closely associated with Portugal’s marinas
Set sail west along Lisbon’s historic city shoreline, under the famous 25 Abril suspension bridge.
Hands-on sail training experience learning to trim the sails for best speed, helm the wheel or climb the mast
Talk by your marine biologist expedition leader about the Arrábida Natural Reserve project
Diving or snorkeling tour of Arrabida’s marine protected area searching for the octopus (Octopus vulgaris), cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and triggerfish
Kayak tour of Luiz Saldanha Marine Park
Swim and leisure on Ribeira do Cavalo beach
Look out for the Sado’s resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); one of only 3 sedentary dolphin communities in Europe (common sightings)
Cultural evening: choose, prepare, and cook with local fishermen.
Sailing to the mouth of the Tagus River to watch the sunrise over the 25 de Abril Bridge
Breakfast on board before disembarkation
Santa Maria Manuela (SMM) is an acclaimed Portuguese tall ship that was launched in 1937, in Lisbon, Portugal. Between 1937 and 1993, SMM transported thousands of sailors to Newfoundland and Greenland in the pursuit of cod, the prize catch for the people of Portugal.
After a complete overhaul in 2022, it is now one of the most modern and comfortable sailing yachts in the world.
Recognized three times as “the best aquarium in the world” by Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice, the Oceanário de Lisboa is a place that brings the ocean to the city through the nearly 500 marine species that inhabit it. The Oceanário’s mission is to encourage visitors to learn more about the ocean, making them aware of their own responsibility in conserving our natural heritage by changing their behaviour towards a more sustainable society.
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