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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 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

2. Lisbon 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

Discover all areas of Lisbon with a combined bus, boat and tram ticket, and get access to the public transport system along the way. Explore the city’s monuments and museums in myriad neighborhoods on 2 different double-decker bus tours, a Yellow Boat tour, and a tour by historical tram. Marvel at the Manueline architecture of Lisbon's squares and avenues on the Belém Lisbon tour, and discover slick, modern buildings on the modern Lisbon bus tour. Travel back to the “Age of Discoveries” in Belém and Ajuda, and meander around the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. Take a ride on Lisbon’s oldest mode of transport and climb aboard a tram to the Castelo São Jorge. Travel through historic areas such as Mouraria and Graça. Pass under the 25 de Abril Bridge and on to Belém aboard the Yellow Boat. See monuments such as the Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from a different perspective. Head back to Terreiro do Paço for stunning views of Lisbon, and hop-on and off whenever and wherever you wish.

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Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

3. Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon to the max on 2 double-decker bus tours and a historical tram tour! You’ll discover Lisbon's main squares, avenues and monuments on the Belem Tour, and the slick and modern part of the city on the Modern Tour. The Belem Tour will introduce you to Belem monumental quarter in more detail. This is Lisbon's most important landmark, known for its monuments, museums and other attractions. The Hills Tramcar Tour will acquaint you with the city's more traditional neighborhoods, such as Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on the oldest means of transportation in Lisbon. Visit Lisbon’s traditional quarters on the hill of St. George’s Castle, on board a historic vintage tram, and get to know some of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints. Enjoy breathtaking views in the city’s unique sunlight and it's one-of-a-kind architecture.  Learn about the history of fishing at the new museum of the East, once a salt cod store for fish from the North Sea. Belem is a place that tells history through its museums and monuments, so you will need some time to see everything. Jerónimos Monastery, Belem tower and Padrão dos descobrimentos are some of the must-see sights. In any of theses tours you can hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish to!

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Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

4. Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Experience the sights and sounds of Lisbon on a unique 3-hour guided tuk tuk tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. Feel the pulse of the cosmopolitan city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts to take in the traditional atmosphere of the old quarters.  From a tuk tuk you’ll have the opportunity to get up close for an insight into local life. Highlights of the tour: • Downtown Lisbon • Rossio Square • Santa Justa elevator • Lisbon Cathedral • Saint Anthony Church • Portas do Sol viewpoint • Graça neighborhood • Castle neighborhood • Senhora do Monte viewpoint • Mouraria • Saint Vincent Monastery • Flea market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) • National Pantheon • Alfama neighborhood 

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Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

5. Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

Take a guided Segway tour of Lisbon and sample the flavors of Portugal on a unique mode of self-balancing transportation. Your 2.5-hour Segway adventure through the city will take you to Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and through the charming streets of the Bairro Alto. Lisbon is the perfect city to explore from one of these super cool vehicles. You will go beyond the monuments to get a real sense of what makes the city so great, exploring the lovely River Tejo, the city's myriad food offerings, and its friendly residents. All the essentials will be supplied to keep you going, from complimentary water, some different tastings and exquisite pastries. You will be provided with all the necessary safety gear, such as helmets, and get a brief orientation on how to use a Segway. An expert guide will be on hand at all times to share their passion for the city in a fun way, taking you to the best food stops to let you fill your stomach with some of the most delicious Portuguese food you've ever tasted.

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Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

6. Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

Jump on board the most famous tram in Lisbon for an adventure through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Prepare to be wowed with panoramic views of the city and river as the tram climbs one of Lisbon’s many hills. Back on foot, go beyond the tram route to explore the most interesting places of the hill where the city was born. On Tuesdays and Saturdays you will enjoy the vibrancy of Lisbon’s oldest flea market, the famous Feira da Ladra. Get a closer look at some of the historical buildings, such as Sé de Lisboa, the medieval cathedral where the walls conceal and reveal almost 1,000 years of history. You will also see the impressive Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Saint Vincent Monastery), and discover the legend behind the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), home to the most iconic dome on Lisbon´s enchanting skyline. Stroll through the maze of streets and alleys in the traditional neighborhood of Alfama, walking along narrow and steep streets that lead to beautiful small squares. Witness the authentic way of life of the inhabitants, and learn more about the traditional Portuguese Fado in tiny bars and cafés.

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Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

7. 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.

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Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

8. Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Climb aboard an electric e-bike to make light work of the 7 hills of Lisbon. Considered by many to be too hard for cycling - thanks to its constant ascents and descents - you can contradict that theory, even reaching the highest points of the city. Departing from Rua Cais de Santarém, close to the harbor, head off to sites such as the famous flea market of Feira da Ladra, the monumental church of Panteão Nacional, and the Mannerist Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Get panoramic views from the terrace of Chão do Loureiro, the Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, and the mirador of Monte Agudo in Penha de França. Your electric motor buzzing, pass the 15th-century Palácio Belmonte and the quaint neighborhood of Vila Berta. Chill out in the Campos Mártires da Pátria and the Jardim do Torel park. And see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Sé de Lisboa cathedral, and the Ascensor da Lavra funicular, one of the first vehicles to conquer Lisbon’s hills back in 1884.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Historic Tram 28 Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

9. Lisbon: 2-Hour Historic Tram 28 Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

Follow the route of Lisbon's historic tram 28 to discover the main sights and hidden locations. Travel by eco-friendly tuk-tuk to neighborhoods such as Graça and the viewpoint of Senhora do Monte.  Travel back down the hill along the narrow streets of Alfama, stopping at Largo das Portas do Sol for more panoramic views. Continue to Lisbon Cathedral, built on the site of a former mosque. Enter the Baixa district and learn how the city was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Explore cosmopolitan Chiado and pass its designer stores, art galleries, bookshops and restaurants. Go to the National Assembly and end with a view of the Estrela Basilica.

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Best of Lisbon Walking Tour: Rossio, Chiado & Alfama

10. Best of Lisbon Walking Tour: Rossio, Chiado & Alfama

Explore Lisbon on this 3-hour walking tour, getting in-depth knowledge about the Portuguese capital from an experienced local guide. Start the tour in Rossio Square, the heart of both new and old Lisbon, keeping an eye out for the intricate neo-Manueline architecture at Rossio Central Station. In the middle of Restauradores Square, you will see the obelisk that commemorates the restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain. At Carmo Square, learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974 that ended 48 years of dictatorship. In addition to the city's greatest monuments, you will also get an intimate introduction to some of Lisbon's best neighborhoods. Visit the elegant Chiado district and see old cafés, boutiques, theatres, and quaint bookstores. Try a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata). Continue to the Moorish Alfama neighborhood and get an up-close encounter with the art of Fado, Lisbon’s unique musical genre. A highlight of the excursion is a visit to Lisbon’s cathedral, built in 1147, and the city’s oldest church. End this fascinating tour of Lisbon’s best neighborhoods at Praça do Comércio, and see the former entrance hall of the city.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,682 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!

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

Good tour. It combines sightseeing, history and exercise.

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

Learned a lot about Lisbon and visited many landmarks.