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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

1. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

2. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

3. Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

Discover the most beautiful sights in Lisbon on this private tour. Your personal, officially certified tour guide/driver will give you comprehensive insight into the city, and will take your interests into account to customize the tour for you. For example, you can explore Lisbon's picturesque neighborhoods on a one-of-a-kind panoramic tour to the 25th of April Bridge. From a height of over 100 meters, you can admire a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the Christ the King Statue, which, at 28.5 meters high, is the largest concrete statue in Europe. You can also climb to the top of said statue, where you can take in an incredible view of the city and the river. Admire the magnificent Hieronymite Monastery, one of the most important and impressive examples of Manueline style, a Portuguese variation on late Gothic. You can also discover the unique Belém Tower and the one-of-a-kind Monument to the Discoveries. Visit areas of Lisbon less known among tourists such as the Estrela quarter with its Basilica, or the cemetery Prazeres. Lunchtime is also planned at one of Lisbon's local markets, away from tourist crowds.

Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Luis de Camoes Square and begin your sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Explore the city's cultural center, Largo do Chiado, and visit the Alfama district together with your local guide. Start your tour with a visit to Largo do Chiado. Stroll past the cafés where Portuguese intellectuals used to meet and enjoy a cup of coffee alongside the famed Portuguese pastry, the Pastel de Nata. Discover the Church of São Roque, one of the most captivating religious temples in Lisbon, and marvel at the ornate interior. Take a minute and relax under the jacarandas in Largo de Carmo, before entering the Carmo Convent with your skip-the-line tickets. See the ruins of an old Gothic church that was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755 and now houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visit the Santa Justa Lift, an important work of engineering from the early 1900s. Walk along the elegant Rua Augusta until you reach the arch that leads to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's main square. Admire the Cais das Colunas, the old entrance to the city from the Tagus River. Next, visit the Lisbon Cathedral. Built in the 13th century on top of a ruined mosque, this is Lisbon's most important and iconic religious buildings. Head to the Old Church of Our Lady of the Conception and admire the Manueline-style elements used on its façade. End your tour with a stroll around the charming Alfama quarter. Enjoy the incredible views of the city from the Miradouro de Santo Estêvão, while you taste the Ginjinha, the traditional Portuguese liquor prepared by local ladies. Visit the exterior of the Fado Museum, the best-known expression of Portuguese music.

Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

With a local guide in the driving seat, this tour provides a fantastic introduction to Lisbon's west hills of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. You will encounter history, culture, landmarks, amazing viewpoints and cultural areas, learning about your surroundings from your guide. This trendy part of the city was once the center of intellectual life, where famous writers would meet for their morning coffee and discuss important matters. It has now become a cool, vibrant, part of town, and the perfect place to do some shopping or just stroll around during your stay in Lisbon. These three neighborhoods offer you a little bit of everything, from fashion, glamour, fascinating historical sites such as Carmo Convent/Largo do Carmo, where the revolution that ended the fascist dictatorship in Portugal started. You will also later discover the beautiful São Roque church. These areas also boasts emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, live music and great tapas restaurants. The nightlife is pretty good too, with numerous bars and clubs to choose from.

Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

6. Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience that will take you across the Bairro Alto and Bica neighborhoods as you follow a trail of riddles. Use the app on your mobile phone to navigate the city, riddle to riddle, learning about the history of the places you visit as you go. Start at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara, a landscaped terrace with a beautiful fountain and panoramic views of the city. Solve a total of 17 riddles that will take you from one location to the next. Each riddle is made up of cryptic directions and a question. Take as many chances to answer the riddle as you like, but if you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint or skip a riddle.  Discover spots in Lisbon that most locals don’t even know as well as the city's most popular sights from a different angle. This edition introduces you to the hidden gems of the Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodre neighborhoods. Some highlights include Sao Roque Church, Carmo Convent, the fabulous view from Topo Chiado, Miradouro of Santa Catarina, a bar on top of a car park, and the tasty cuisine at Time Out Market. Solve riddles that will lead you down narrow streets and take you past curious statues, street art, and impressive tiles.  Unlock forgotten stories and tips for food and drink stops. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids, and team building groups. Enjoy going at your own pace and working together to complete a tour challenge that is sure to be one of your best memories of Lisbon.

Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

7. Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

The experience begins with pickup from the airport by your guide. Climb inside a comfortable Mercedes-Benz vehicle and depart towards the city center, passing Liberdade Avenue, Rossio, Restauradores and Comercio plazas.  Drive through the hilly streets, see the charming yellow trams, and admire the old town. Continue to Belem, where the famous Portuguese pastries have been made since 1837. Stop near the Explorers Monument, Belem Tower, and Jeronimos Monastery.  Capture the beauty of Lisbon from the the Santa Justa Elevator and other famous viewpoints. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at the airport, in time for your connecting flight.

Lisbon Private Full Day Tour - History, Local Life & Food

8. Lisbon Private Full Day Tour - History, Local Life & Food

Explore Lisbon's main attractions, traditional neighborhoods, and delicious fine foods, with an expert knowledgeable guide on a fun and insightful walking tour. See the elegant modern streets of the city as well as the oldest neighborhoods, which have survived the great earthquake of 1775. This tour combines gentle walks, rides on the famous trams, and climbs using delightful elevators. Visit the ruins of the Convent of Carmo, devastated by a terrible earthquake that struck over two centuries ago. Head to the majestic Plaça do Comercio, a harbor-facing square with incredible sea views. Take time to try the most delicious Portuguese Gastronomy. Try the famous Lisbon fish, seafood, or meat in a typical restaurant in the old district of Mouraria. Your local host will give you tips and advice to make the most of your days exploring the city.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Private City Highlights Kickstart Tour

9. Lisbon: 2-Hour Private City Highlights Kickstart Tour

Feel the magic of Lisbon on a private 2-hour introductory tour through the city's most charming and fascinating quarters. Get to know the essence of the city as you walk through the streets of the Chiado and Baxa Pombalina districts. Meet your guide in Largo do Chiado and enjoy a walk in the surrounding area. Visit the beautiful churches of Nossa Senhora do Loreto and the Church of Sao Roque. Enter Cervejaria Trindade, a historic Portuguese restaurant with tiles, frescoes, and arches. Afterward, head to the famous Santa Justa Lift to enjoy spectacular views of the city. Conveniently visit the ruins of the Carmo Convent with skip-the-line tickets. Take a minute to relax under the trees in Largo do Carmo Square. Admire Rossio Station's Neo-Manueline architecture and the neo-Moorish style of the famous restaurant, Casa do Alentejo, a former palace of the 17th century. During your tour try Ginja, the most popular liquor in Portugal and also visit the Church of Sao Domingos. Walk along the elegant Rua Augusta to the stunning arch that leads into the Plaça do Comercio, the entrance to the city. Conclude your tour by relaxing and enjoying views of the Tejo River.

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Beatrice, our guide, was just fantastic. Her degrees and education were shown by her ability to answer our questions on subjects such as history, architecture, decorative arts and gastronomy. She was friendly, approachable, courteous, and protective. I was also very appreciative of ensuring the "walking" aspect of the tour was either on even (albeit cobbly) ground or downhill (as opposed to uphill)! I highly recommend this tour as an introduction to the beautiful, historic city of Lisbon. We followed some of her hints and tips and enjoyed our visit immensely.

Beatriz was my guide. She was excellent in that she is vivacious, knowledgeable and stops to answer questions. She would show us things that made Lisbon come alive. This was one of the first things I did in the city as a solo traveler. It's a great introduction to the city and nice way to meet others traveling.

Could not recommend this tour enough . Completed it on my first morning in lisbon and gave me a great sense of the city. Tour guide was brilliant, great value for money.

Beatrice is warm, entertaining and very informative. There was not too much walking, with the tram and the cafe stop.

Very nice your. Our guide David was a wealth of knowledge.