Guided tour

Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

From US$ 28.36 per person

Learn about important areas in Lisbon’s history as you explore its most interesting neighborhoods. Discover Chiado and Bairro Alto and admire the views from Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara. Ride the Eleléctrico tram and visit the Alfama district.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Polish
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Bairro Alto, dating from the 16th century
  • Take in the views from Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara
  • Take a ride on an iconic Lisbon tram
  • Explore the Alfama district, the city’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Tram trip
  • Coffee and cake break
  • Other food and beverages
  • Transfers to/from the meeting point
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 3266 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.7/5

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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!

November 27, 2021

This tour was so much more than I expected it to be! Our guide was fantastic. She was super kind and explained the culture really well. The group I was in was small, which was nice because I got to know those individuals as well! All in all, I highly recommend this tour.

October 28, 2021

This walking tour takes you to the most relevant spots of Lisbon and everything is explained very well so that you do get a very good sense of Lisbon. Our tour included a stop at a cafe to taste the famous nata cakes with an expresso, which was the most perfect and tasty break. Our guide too was very nice, attentive and informative.

October 4, 2021

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