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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 3 hours 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.

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Lisbon Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Tour with GPS Audio Guide

2. Lisbon Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Tour with GPS Audio Guide

When your cruise ship pulls into the port of Lisbon, make the most out of your time by renting an electric vehicle to spin around town in. With 6 hours to make your way through town, you’ll have time to experience the city’s most charming and magical areas with ease. Each Renault Twizy can accommodate 1 driver and 1 passenger. Drive into Lisbon's old town and the narrow streets of Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, and Chiado. Drive along the river. Head up to a panoramic vistas to see the city from the top. Stop for a bite or 2 along the way. All the while, you’ll have a GPS and audio guide at your disposal, so you won’t need to waste time figuring out which sights to see.

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Lisbon Flavours Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. Lisbon Flavours Tuk-Tuk Tour

Explore the culinary secrets of Lisbon on a private tour by electric tuk-tuk. Travel through historic neighborhoods to savor the traditional flavors of Portugal and learn the history of the city along the way. Travel the narrow streets with ease and stop to sample delicious food and drinks, served by the locals in typical shops, markets, taverns and viewpoints. Venture into the pretty neighborhoods of Alfama and Baixa and hear how the city was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755.

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Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your Lisbon hotel in an eco-friendly tuk tuk that fits up to 6 people. Hop onboard and head off into this charming and colorful city for an epic four hour sightseeing adventure. Tuk tuks are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the city’s narrow streets, allowing you to access places you might have otherwise missed. Ride through some of Lisbon’s most emblematic districts, from Alfama to Mouraria, the Old Town to Chiado, the charming Belem, and the bohemian Bairro Alto. Along the way, soak up the differences between each of the districts and get a sense of local life and culture. Highlights of the tour include the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower. There’s also time to enjoy a traditional Pasteis de Belém, the famous custard tart of which only the monks know the recipe. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of Lisbon, its landmarks, locals, and culture.

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Lisbon: Small Group Scenic Sightseeing Tour by Minivan

5. Lisbon: Small Group Scenic Sightseeing Tour by Minivan

Get the full Lisbon experience on a comprehensive small group tour of its sights, sounds, and flavors. Visit famous sights, such as the Christ the King statue, and journey through typical neighborhoods. Your guide will take you back to the 16th-century “Age of Discoveries” in Belém. Learn about Portuguese navigators, stop in front of the 500-year-old Torre de Belém, and see the Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline architecture. Experience the exquisite taste of a Pasteis de Belém (custard tart), originally created by the monks. Return to the present day, and cross the bridge named for the date of the Portuguese Revolution (Ponte 25 de Abril), the day the Salazar dictatorship ended in 1974. Get some of the best views of Lisbon from the Christ the King statue (optional entrance for an additional fee). Next, learn about “The City of Seven Hills” (“A Cidade das Sete Colinas”) from some of the miradouros (“Golden Views”) observation points, and see for yourself why they have been rewarded such a poetic title. End your tour on Largo do Carmo in the Chiado district, and stand at the site of the Carnation Revolution of 1974 that brought the years of dictatorship to an end.

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Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

6. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

7. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

See the sights of Lisbon that interest you most on a full-day private tour with an itinerary that’s designed just for you! There’s no need to rush around on this special tour, as you’ll have time to take in the top artistic and historical attractions of the city. Marvel at historical landmarks such as São Jorge Castle and Lisbon´s Cathedral. Travel from the Phoenician civilization, up to the Roman city of Olissippo. Visit Alfama, the city’s oldest sector, and see Moorish influences everywhere. Take a stroll off the typical tourist route, through the city’s traditional neighborhoods and get a real feeling of what Alfacinhas (Lisbon natives) do and where they go in their lovely city. During the day you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some of Portugal's traditional pastries. Although the tour is meant to cover a full day the duration can be shorter to suit your schedule.

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Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Historic Alfama & Chiado Tuk-Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Historic Alfama & Chiado Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover the best of Lisbon from a different perspective on a private 3-hour tour by electric tuk-tuk for up to 6 people. Access narrow streets that larger vehicles can't reach and see much more than you would on a guided walking tour.  Learn more about the history and culture of one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, and be seduced by the charm of its historical monuments and beautiful setting on the banks of the River Tagus. Get familiar with the most typical neighborhoods, such as Graça and Mouraria, and explore the more contemporary districts, including Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Estrela. Journey up some of the 7 hills to get breathtaking views of the city, and taste the delicious ginginha liqueur in Alfama along the way.

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Best of Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour

9. Best of Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour

You have the option of beginning your private 8-hour tour with a hotel or cruise port pick-up. Otherwise, you’ll meet your guide at the Hard Rock Café Lisbon. In the morning you’ll visit the major sights of Lisbon, including the historic Belem neighborhood, where you’ll see the Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Jeronimos Monastery, built after Vasco da Gama’s discovery of India in the late 15th century. Afterwards, you’ll make a quick stop at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal, Pasteis de Belem, founded in 1837. The tour then heads to central Lisbon, where you’ll admire Rossio Square and Commerce Square, and learn the history behind the Portuguese Inquisition of the 16th century. After lunch, the afternoon part of the tour starts at Restauradores Square, and continues to explore the downtown area. Experience the narrow streets of Alfama, visit the Lisbon Cathedral, originally built more than 1,000 years ago, enjoy views of Lisbon Castle, and pass through Chiado and Bairro Alto, stopping at some amazing viewpoints like Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia. The tour ends with a visit to Parque das Nacoes, the new and modern part of the city, near the Tejo River. This was the built for Expo'98, and to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the discovery of India by Vasco da Gama.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

10. Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore the best of Lisbon on this private 6-hour electric tuk-tuk tour with a break for lunch. Lisbon is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, full of history, culture, and nice food, with its location next to the Tagus that seduces everyone. On this private tour you will have the opportunity to feel the true soul of Lisbon, visiting the most typical neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, and Mouraria as well as the more contemporary and trendy districts like Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Príncipe Real. You will have the opportunity to take a break next to the best viewpoints and contemplate overwhelming views over the city. You will also learn about the Portuguese Age of Discoveries in the historical Belém district. Try the famous and delicious Pastéis de Belém. Skip the line at the overcrowded shop and will be delighted with the original custard tarts. Each tuk-tuk takes up to 6 people and accesses narrow streets that larger vehicles cannot reach.

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What people are saying about Chiado

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This tour was the perfect way to kick off a visit in Lisbon. The guide I was with, Nadia, was incredible and had so much local knowledge to share -- history of Portugal and Lisbon, and many local recommendations for my trip. The pastel de nata with espresso and tram ride were perfect additions. Highly recommend this tour!

Knowledgeable and accommodating guide to make adjustments during the tour that best fits the group.

Nadia was an excellent guide in every way. Loved my time with her.

It was a relaxed walking tour. Noemi was a great guide.

Learned a lot about Lisbon and visited many landmarks.