Portuguese Immersion & Luxury Vacation In Lisbon

The secret is out about Portugal and its capital city, Lisbon! This stunning city has a rich history, vibrant nightlife, delicious food and wines, and a perfect year-round climate.
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Learn to Speak Portuguese in Lisbon

Are you looking for a language immersion program that can also serve as a luxury vacation? Learn to speak a new language in style with your private one-on-one language instructor at some of the greatest destinations and finest luxury locations.

About Lisbon

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is recognized as one of the greatest cities in the world and was voted in 2015 the second best Europe destination in an online poll carried out by the travel site European Best Destinations.

This claim was also confirmed by the “Lonely Planet Guides”, which named Lisbon as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit.  The dramatic stone architecture is stunning and the city has a vibrant buzz to it, with a rich history, lively nightlife and a glorious year-round climate.

The museums of Lisbon celebrate its rich history and culture.  The Maritime Museum relives Portugal’s seafaring past, while the Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves is a hidden gem of colorful artwork.  Make sure to visit the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Torre de Belem.

Discover Lisbon by Foot

But the best way to experience Lisbon is by foot, with local guides perhaps, who are educated in History of Art, Architecture, and Cinema, or self-guided tours are also available.  There are beautiful public parks and gardens that you can enjoy all year round, given the temperate climate, and Lisbon has 16 official viewpoints, all of them with amazing views over the city’s rooftops, the most important monuments, the Tejo river, and the 25 de Abril bridge.

Try out your Portuguese in the pubs and taste wine with the locals; or go on a stroll accompanied by a Fado singer (fadista) or enjoy in one of the many music venues.  Fado, meaning ‘fate’, is a mournful form of music born in the 1800s around the notion of longing.  They say that Fado singers perform with such passion that will have you weeping uncontrollably into your porto!

Day Trips from Lisbon

Close to Lisbon is a stunning coast lined with beautiful sandy beaches; there are two easily accessible coastal regions from Lisbon, the Cascais-Estoril region to the west Lisbon and the Costa Caprica to the south of Lisbon.

And there are many other enjoyable day trips from Lisbon, including the charming hill-top town of Sintra and the royal fishing town of Cascais.  Other day trips include the beach town of Sesimbra, the huge palace of Mafra and the picturesque walled town of Obidos.

Lisbon has long hot summers, pleasant spring/autumn seasons and mild winters, so it can be considered a year-round destination.  But a great time to visit is in the Spring (March- May) when the days are bright and sunny but temperatures are slightly cooler.

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Lisboa (as they call it in Portuguese) was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed exploring the city mostly by foot as the streets are completely narrow. I learned the language as I met many locals around where I live. Loved the experience that Language & Luxury put together. You won't regret a language experience with them!

Janice Long - Los Angeles, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

Every Language & Luxury experience is a hand-tailored private journey to learn a foreign language, with a Personal Language Instructor, one on one, in some of the world’s most beautiful cities and towns. If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Is this a group classroom language learning experience?
No, this is not a group or classroom of strangers; we focus on providing a language immersion instructor just for you and your exclusive small group of friends or family.
How can I prepare in advance for my Luxury Language Learning Experience?
The truth is that you don’t have to do anything other than bringing an open mind and a positive attitude, and our experienced language instructors, cultural immersion activities, and time will do the rest!  But if you would like to get a jump on things we suggest the following:

1. Practice your listening skills using one or both of the following methods:
a. If your TV service provider has any programming in the language that you plan to learn, watch and listen to those programs! News programs are best because they identify a theme and stick to it for a while, compared to movies or sitcoms that have more complex themes and dialogue.  But any exposure is good.

b. There are mobile applications that allow you to listen to radio stations from all over the world. One example is an iPhone app called “TuneIn”.  Thus, if you’re learning Italian, for example, you can listen to Radio Rai or another Italian station.  Sometimes it’s news, other times it may be a soccer match, but plug in your headphones and go for a walk and let your mind do the rest! In both cases it’s not a problem if you don’t understand, just pay close attention and your mind will start to decipher repetitive sounds.  Pick out a word and look it up if you can; be interactive.

2. Read up on your destination and become familiar with the sites and customs. The more interest you take in the culture the more natural it will feel to begin learning and practicing the language.
Every individual’s language level is different and we also each learn differently. How can language instructors possibly sort this all out?
Having a personal one-on-one language instructor solves a lot of issues as that’s exactly what they are trained to do, namely, evaluate the student’s level and understand how they learn (and what are their interests).  Our language instructors are each unique but share certain traits such as:

They are handpicked and very experienced in teaching adults. There will be an evaluation, either prior to departure or once on site, to establish the language learning level. They focus heavily on conversation, and cover grammar as is needed to address practical needs and uses throughout the day; the curriculum and activities are designed for practical use. And they will adapt to every individual’s way of learning and interests as they get to know them over time.
What is the recommended length of stay in a destination?
In language learning, the more the better because it’s cumulative, that is, you will progress faster and retain more as time goes on!  Three weeks or more would be ideal, and you would most likely learn more the third week than the first two combined.  But since this is a customized experience, you select the dates and duration from one week to a month or more!
Do you book flights?
We do not so flights should be booked through your travel agent, travel website, or directly with the airlines.
Do you book train tickets?
We do not book train tickets, though we can advise on trains when that is your choice for in-country travel.  You may also get help through the dedicated concierge once onsite.
How can I pay?
You may pay by credit card or bank/electronic wire transfer.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is for your protection, in case of unforeseen events causing trip cancellation/interruption, or any medical expenses during your trip. We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance, which may include coverage options from basic trip cancellation insurance to full coverage with emergency medical assistance. Travel Insurance gives you peace of mind and safeguards your investment in the event of a cancellation prior to or during your trip.  You can find travel insurance plans with any of the following:  Travel Guard, Allianz, and Travelex.
What are the departure dates for your language programs?
Key to the success of the Language & Luxury methodology is one on one language instruction, so the program is a customized experience rather than a group tour.  Thus, the dates are flexible and totally up to you.  You simply select the destination and provide us the arrival and departure dates.
Are meals included with your language program?
We do not include meals in the standard package, as enjoying food is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture!  We do provide restaurant guides and a dedicated concierge service for restaurant recommendations and reservations.

And as part of the customization, we will offer other options for dining, such as a private chef, cooking courses and wine tastings; and, of course, our properties are equipped with full kitchens.
Will I be able to fully speak a foreign language?
It can take many months to become truly fluent in a language depending on the individuals ability, motivation and dedication. Our language learning methodology is superior to traditional language learning methods and you will learn faster by using the one on one language instruction and cultural immersion that Language & Luxury™ provides.

Are you looking For A Private One On One language immersion program that Also serves as a luxury vacation?


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Pricing for Core Immersion Program starts at $3,950/week for a solo traveler, discounts apply for two or more guests.

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We take care of all the details, from transportation to accommodations and excursions. All you need to do is sit back, immerse yourself in the local culture and relax.