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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: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

2. Lisbon: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

As you weave through the historic neighborhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bica, and Cais do Sodré, enjoy shops with histories that date back more than a century, iconic dishes prepared by the best of the best, and Portuguese pastries that are known the world over. Your expert guide will lead you through the complete Portuguese food experience. By the end, you’ll know exactly how to eat and drink like a local. Start off at an iconic pastry shop that’s been open for close to 200 years. Learn how to prepare coffee the Portuguese way as you enjoy yours with a selection of sweet and savory local pastries. Then, you can pay a visit to the oldest traditional-style grocery store in the city.  You’ll discover the importance of bacalhau (salt cod) in Portugal and sample melt-in-your-mouth acorn-fed Iberian ham. Before the next bite, visit one of Lisbon’s principal churches, where you’ll glimpse the city’s dark past. Next, you’ll be off to sample Lisbon’s famous cherry liqueur. This tiny, 180-year-old family-run shop is exactly where you need to try one of the city’s most locally-loved drinks. Stroll to one of Lisbon’s central squares where your guide will bring more of the city’s history to life. From the 18th-century earthquake to a fountain dating back to the same time, find out how history has shaped the city over the years. Then you’ll wander down to try what Anthony Bourdain considered the best Portuguese pork sandwich there is, prepared by those who have done it best for over 50 years. Continuing downhill through the hip and trendy neighborhood of Bica, you’ll arrive in one of the favorite watering holes of the Cais do Sodré neighborhood. Here you’ll sample expertly-prepared codfish and regional cheese and olives paired with local wine or beer. Wander over to the Instagram-worthy “pink street” to learn more about one of Portugal’s more interesting exports: canned fish. This staple of Portuguese cuisine will have you marveling at just how much flavor can be packed into a tin can. Lastly, no Lisbon food tour would be complete without sampling a pastel de nata, one of our famous custard tarts. You’ll get to try one at the original pastel de nata places in the city before the tour ends.

Lisbon Wine and Food: Private Walking Tour

3. Lisbon Wine and Food: Private Walking Tour

Spend an enjoyable evening in some of Lisbon’s most desirable districts on a 3-hour walking tour, and taste some of the best Portuguese wines in some of the city's most hospitable taverns along the way. You will go to modern and traditional establishments, as well as one of Lisbon’s oldest cellars. Your guide will tell you all you need to know about the wines offered, as you savor them alongside servings of gourmet cheeses and prize-winning sausages. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic districts of Baixa, Bairro Alto, and Chiado, stopping for 4 wine tastings in a range of venues. Enjoy great flavors and good company, just like a local, and learn all about Portuguese wines with the help of a wine specialist.

Lisbon: Tuk Tuk Food and Wine Tour

4. Lisbon: Tuk Tuk Food and Wine 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.

Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

5. 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.

Lisbon: Fado Vadio Tour with Portuguese Tapas

6. Lisbon: Fado Vadio Tour with Portuguese Tapas

The Fado, the city and the people are the central elements of the experiences that are proposed. The goal is to bring the new life to the city and the way the Fado is seen, creating an experience of proximity, between the public and musicians and fado singers avoiding a passive attitude of listening to this musical genre. Travel through some of the most emblematic historical districts of the capital, where Fado is king and where you will get to know the most outstanding characters of the history of Fado up to the present time. Find the magic in some of the most bohemian and typical neighborhood of Lisbon. Enjoy a Fado Show, where everybody can sing, while tasting some Portuguese meals and drinks. Come and find one of the most best kept secrets of the city of Lisbon.

Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

7. Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

Taste your way through the city, see historical highlights and interact with locals on this adventure-packed Lisbon tour. Meet your informative local guide at the historic neighborhood of Mouraria, a melting pot of cultures from far and wide, and one you won’t see on other Lisbon tours. Pass small churches, mosques, and shops selling goods from far-flung places. Stop at a small, hidden bakery where traditional pastries and espresso coffee will provide a tasty pick-me-up. After more sightseeing highlights, taste some authentic Portuguese cheese, locally-made marmalade, and port wine. Walk through Lisbon’s main square and learn how much the city has changed since the devastating earthquake of 1755. Explore Bairro Alto and Chiado, stop at one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, and end your adventure with a short ferry ride along the Tagus River, the subject of many Portuguese songs and poems. Journey to the picturesque Cacilhas, where Portuguese green wine and freshly caught seafood await.

Lisbon: Small Group Scenic Sightseeing Tour by Minivan

8. 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.

Lisbon 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Eco-Tuk

9. Lisbon 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Eco-Tuk

Discover the secrets of the culinary culture of Lisbon while exploring lesser-known, authentic city neighborhoods aboard an Eco-Tuk. This vehicle is 100 per cent electric, super comfortable, and is perfect for the city's steep and narrow streets. Tram 28 is an icon of Lisbon. Following along the route of this picturesque tram you’ll enjoy some of the historical and natural heritage that the city has to offer. Visit a viewpoint in the Graça neighborhood, located on the highest hill of Lisbon, and stop for a picnic provided by the team of storytellers. On this 2.5-hour tour you can also explore the old, narrow streets of the Alfama neighborhood. Visit the Baixa quarter, a result of the reconstruction of the city after the earthquake of 1755. In the heart of the city you’ll have the opportunity to sample some canned fish, Vinho Verde, Port wine, ham, cheese, marmalade, and bread. Next you’ll head up to Chiado, one of the most cosmopolitan and historical districts of the city. Keep on following the route of Tram 28 to its last stop, in Campo de Ourique. Get ready for a sweet treat! Feel like a local, while tasting delicious food and drinks prepared and served by locals in typical shops and markets, and at taverns and the city’s viewpoints.

Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

10. 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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What people are saying about Chiado

Our guide was Maria! And that was great! Very true to life, up-to-date and with a lot of background, she could literally paint pictures in her head. The tour was just fun, entertaining, exciting and felt a bit like visiting friends. Conclusion: do it!

Our guide, Stephano (I think), was a wealth of knowledge. We saw a lot of the city and learned so much. It was a lot of fun and very thorough.

Our Guide Beatrice was excellent, she was knowledgeable, patiently answered questions ,and we did not feel rushed .

Wonderfully entertaining and fascinating history of Lisbon and it’s architecture.

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