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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 Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Learn about the rich history of Lisbon on a guided half-day tour by bus. You will visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery, the Coach Museum, and cultural squares in the city. You'll receive an enlightening survey of gorgeous Lisbon. Making your way to the Belém quarter, you'll discover this jewel in Lisbon's crown. Located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, Belém is the launching point for Portugal's 15th- and 16th-century maritime explorations. Situated amongst modern exhibits and busy cafes are historical sites and monuments that defined an empire. Visit Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and icon of the Age of Discovery, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, you'll be awed by the masterful Manueline architecture of Jerónimos Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby you'll find the Coach Museum, housing the most important collection of old carriages in the world. Since they're closed on Mondays, on this day of the week these 2 stops will be replaced by a visit to the extravagant Ajuda National Palace, one of the earliest neoclassical buildings in Lisbon, fronted by 23 marble statues. Continue along the river to the traditional district of Alfama. Passing by downtown Baixa, you can admire the most important squares of Lisbon: Trade, Rossio, and Restauradores. Then drive along the Avenida da Liberdade, the 'boulevard' of Lisbon, to finish at Pombal Square.

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Lisbon: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Local Baker

3. Lisbon: Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Local Baker

Start the class with an introduction to the history of Pastel de Nata (custard tarts) as well as the family-run bakery where the workshop takes place. Try a variety of pastries that the bakery is renowned for.  Afterwards, head to the kitchen to begin the class. Learn how to create the delicate pastry from your expert instructor. Make the custard from scratch and bake your creations inside a professional oven. Enjoy a collaborative team activity, rather than individual cooking stations. Create at least 3 tarts by hand, forming the dough and filling the custard inside the pastry. After the tarts are ready, enjoy the fruit of your labor with coffee, tea, or sour cherry liqueur.

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Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

4. 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.

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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: Baixa & Mouraria Food Tasting Tour

6. Lisbon: Baixa & Mouraria Food Tasting Tour

On this 3.5-hour culinary walking and tasting tour, head away from the crowds to traditional restaurants that are loved and frequented by the locals themselves. As you walk the backstreets of Baixa and Mouraria, your local guide will regale you with fascinating facts and stories about the sites you pass. Have a much more meaningful understanding of the city than you’ll get from the guidebooks. Explore the historical center and commercial heart of Lisbon, Baixa. Admire its Neoclassical architecture, designer boutiques, and cobbled streets lined with bars and restaurants. Just a short walk away is Lisbon’s most multicultural neighborhood of Mouraria, the birthplace of fado music. As one of only two districts to survive the great earthquake, Mouraria offers layers of history and a rare snapshot of local life. Discover the favorite hangover food of locals. Sit down for pesticos at a cozy tasca, a traditional tavern, and enjoy authentic food and culture at a fado house. Not only will you try typical Portuguese dishes, but you’ll also discover some surprising international influences on the country’s cuisine. During this tour get VIP access to a Michelin starred chef at a local Fado house, with a food tasting made exclusively for you. Join this tour to dive beneath the surface of Portuguese culture. You’ll arrive as a curious traveler and leave feeling like a well-fed local.

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Lisbon: Shore Excursion and Tapas Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

7. Lisbon: Shore Excursion and Tapas Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

After meeting with your driver/guide, you will be taken around the most beautiful and interesting quarters of Lisbon, ensuring an unforgettable visit. You will begin with a visit to Alfama, which is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and a place full of memories. Here you can see and feel the presence of this town's Moorish past. Following this, you will go up the hill until you reach the beautiful views of Nossa Senhora do Monte Belvedere. Your next stop will then be to Mouraria, a multicultural area in town which features all types of gastronomy. Here you will discover that about a fifth of the population is from Asia, mainly from China, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. You will then discover Baixa, an area considered the trendiest area in Lisbon. This district is a meeting point for artists, bohemians and avant-garde personalities, and is also the heart of this European capital. Throughout your tour you will sample delicacies famous to Portugal, such as tinned fish, cheeses from the Azore region, hams, marmelade, codfish cake, Ginjinha, and custard cake. At the conclusion of your tour, you willbe returned to your point of origin.

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Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

8. Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

Enjoy a private city tour and experience as much of Lisbon as possible within a short time. Explore the various old town districts and learn more about the history of Portugal and its capital Lisbon. Start your tour at Largo Luís de Camões, and head to Chiado Square. On the way, your guide will introduce you to Portugal's most popular sweet and savory delicacies. Your next destination is the oldest bookstore in the world. Pass Largo do Carmo square with the impressive Carmelite monastery and take the famous Santa Justa elevator to the observation platform. This Elevador connects the two districts of Chiado and Baixa and offers a fantastic view over the city. Once in Baixa, head to the squares of Rossio and Restauradores. Learn all about the importance of the monuments in the squares and discover the curiosities of the surroundings. Stroll along the historic streets and through the enchanting old town. Finally, your guide takes you to the Praça do Comércio with its famous triumphal arch, the equestrian statue of King José I and the impressive palatial buildings with magnificent views of the Tagus.

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Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

9. Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel for a private tour to some of the most important sights of Lisbon. Begin the tour at Eduardo VII Park, one of Lisbon's best viewpoints. Continue to downtown Baixa passing by the Marquês de Pombal roundabout, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, and Praça do Comércio. End this part of the visit at the Portas do Sol viewpoint with the Tagus River at your feet. Head to the Belem district, where the Age of Discovery was set in motion. Be amazed by the Tower of Belém and the Jeronimos Monastery. Visit one of the oldest pastry shops in Portugal to taste a famous Pastel de Belém. Explore the Expo98 territory where modernity meets the city and invites you to have a glance at 21st-century architectural masterpieces. Journey to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from your hotel. After a short trip from Lisbon to Sintra, you will get the full Pena Palace experience. This palace seats on top of the Sintra Mountain and offers magnificent views of all the surrounding territory. Stop at the historical center of Sintra and admire the Town Palace and the Moorish Castle. While visiting some of the narrow alleys, visit the Piriquita pastry shop to taste a delicious Travesseiro de Sintra. Cross the Mountain of Sintra, home to the Natural Park of Sintra Cascais. Reach Cabo da Roca and feel the fullness of nature as you stand on the most western point of Continental Europe facing the Atlantic Ocean on top of a 460 feet high cliff. Finally, stop in Cascais, a former fishing village with a special flair. Throughout the tour, your local guide will accompany you on a unique experience always willing to meet your needs and share Lisbon citizens' culture and lifestyle.

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From Fátima: Sintra, Lisbon, and Cascais Private Tour

10. From Fátima: Sintra, Lisbon, and Cascais Private Tour

This tour can be customized according to what you want to visit and explore. Some people might want to visit monuments, others like to explore the city center, others will want to check out the local food. It's up to you. Let the local partner know and the perfect tour can be designed.  To begin, you will be picked up at your hotel before heading to Sintra or nearby areas. During the trip, learn about the history and culture of Portugal from your guide. Decide if you want to visit just one or several monuments as you explore the center of Sintra. Have lunch or a snack in either Sintra or Cascais. In Cascais, look at the ocean from Hell's Mouth and stroll through the village center where there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafés. From Cascais to Lisbon travel by a scenic road with the Atlantic Ocean always at your side.  In Lisbon, there are plenty of things to see and do. In the Belem neighborhood, there's the Monastery of Jerónimos (a masterpiece from the XVI century), the Standard of Discoveries, and the view to the river Tejo. I the city center, you can walk by Augusta street and Rossio Square or go to the top of the Triumph Arch in Commercium square. There are also the typical old neighborhoods of Bairro Alto or Alfama (with the Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church and the amazing viewpoint of Portas do Sol), where Fado music came from. Of course, we can also visit the Oceanarium in the new Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Baixa de Lisboa

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!

Great experience with a great guide! Fun, informational and relaxed at same time. The guide made fun adults and for our 12 year old daughter - and that means a lot! Enjoyed very much - worth every penny you pay. I’ll use it again, if I’ll need a layover tour in Lisbon. Thanks :)

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.