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Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

1. Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals on a guided walking tour. Built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots, explore the city with a local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Begin the tour 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 by the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy views of Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the San Roque Church built by the Jesuits. Admire its austere façade, and the gilding, tiles, and paintings inside that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque styles. Head down the hill 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, 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. See a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol, see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Explore Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. End the tour 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: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

2. Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

Explore the romantic avenues, old Moorish quarters, and Gothic monuments of Lisbon on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing bus tour. Have the freedom to stop at iconic locations like the Torre de Belém fortress or the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). View tourist hotspots where most of Lisbon's monuments may be found by hopping aboard an open-topped, double-decker bus. Feel the breeze off the Tagus blowing through your hair as you travel along the leafy avenues from the old town center to historic Belem. Take in unobstructed views of museums, such as the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, the Tile Museum, and the Ancient Art Museum. Have the freedom to disembark and visit sights at your leisure. Gain free access to Carris Public Transport tramcars as well as discounts in select museums and monuments. Choose to check out some of Lisbon’s marvelous shopping centers or listen to music in a trendy Bairro Alto bar. Stops are located throughout the city as follows: 01 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square 02 Restauradores 03 Marquês de Pombal 04 Av. José Malhoa Sul 05 Jardim Zoológico / Zoo 06 Praça de Espanha / Gulbenkian 07 El Corte Inglês 08 Parque Eduardo VII 09 Amoreiras Shopping 10 Basílica da Estrela 11 Torre de Belém 12 Padrão dos Descobrimentos 13 MAAT 14 Docas (Terminal Cruzeiros / Cruise Terminal) 15 Cais do Sodré 16 Rua do Comércio17 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square

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 on 2 double-decker bus tours and a historical tram tour. Dive into Lisbon's main squares, avenues and monuments with your audio guide. Get around easily with access to the city's public transportation and entrance to the Santa Justa urban lift.  Tour the city's more traditional neighborhoods such as Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela and Lapa onboard a historic vintage tram. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on the oldest means of transportation in Lisbon. Get to know some of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints and enjoy breathtaking views. Jerónimos Monastery, Belem tower and Padrão dos descobrimentos are some of the must-see sights. Hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish to on any of these tours.

Lisbon: Private Walking Tour

4. Lisbon: Private Walking Tour

Explore the various old quarters of the city, learning about the history of Portugal, notably its capital, Lisbon. Begin your tour at the Largo Luís de Camões and Chiado Square, tasting Portugal's most popular sweet and savoury delicacies. Before visiting the The Bertrand Chiado, the oldest bookstore in the world.  Then, you will cross the Largo do Carmo square and the impressive Carmelite Monastery, climbing onto the famous platform of the Santa Justa Lift, taking in the panoramic view. The Santa Justa Lift connects the two districts Chiado and Baixa and offers you a fantastic overview of the old town. When you arrive in Baixa, your guide will take you to Rossio and Restauradores. There, you will learn all about the importance of the square's monuments and discover the area. Later, you will be able to experience culinary and cultural highlights of this city and stroll along the historic streets, allowing yourself be led through the enchanting historical part of Lisbon. Finally, travel to Praça do Comércio and visiting its famous triumphal arch, the equestrian statue of King José I and the palatial buildings with stunning views of the Tagus River.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

5. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

6. Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

The tour begins at Praça do Comércio and heads towards Alfama, walking through some of the city’s oldest and narrowest streets. Wander past local bars and restaurants, and feel the vibrant culture of Lisbon all around you as you stop at the Casa dos Bicos, Sé Cathedral, and Igreja de Santo Antonio. Continue to the Portas do Sol viewpoint and admire the stunning vista while soaking up the glorious Lisbon sunshine. Visit São Jorge Castle next and listen to your guide share stories, tales, and anecdotes about Lisbon. After the castle, walk down to the Baixa district to explore Augusta Street, Rossio Square, São Domingos Church, and the Jewish Memorial. Later, stop at Casa do Alentejo, the Restauradores Square, and Rossio Station, before heading onto Carmo Square to see the National Guard Museum and the stunning Carmo Church. Nearing the end of the tour, visit the Santa Justa Elevator and the São Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint to marvel at the breathtaking landscape below. The final leg of the tour takes you towards Bairro Alto and the Bohemian district, finishing up at Praça Camões.

Lisbon’s Baixa District 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. Lisbon’s Baixa District 3-Hour Walking Tour

From beautiful squares to charming shopping streets, the Baixa district is one of the most enchanting in Lisbon, but it was completely destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1755. Completely rebuilt, on this 3-hour walking tour you will learn the history of this fascinating part of the city, and how the pragmatic rebuilding plan changed the shape of the entire city center. The tour takes you on a journey through the history of Baixa, between the two most important squares of the historic center, Rossio and Praca do Comércio. Find out how things were before the great catastrophe, and walk through the enchanting streets, lined with traditional shops, historical cafés and neoclassical architecture. See the art deco shop fronts, the swirl of black and white tiles on the squares, and the lively dance of locals, street vendors, and tourists.

Lisbon: Historical Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: Historical Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

Explore Lisbon, the City of Light and the Queen of the Sea, on an 8-hour narrated private walking tour. Begin at the peaceful Jardim das Amoreiras, where you’ll see the 18th-century aqueduct that surrounds the area, and then proceed with your guide to some of the city’s main historical neighborhoods. Visit Príncipe Real, Bairro Alto and Baixa. In each of these areas your guide will provide detailed information on the history of Lisbon and the neighborhoods, and also on a variety of topics ranging from current events in Portugal to rich culinary traditions and more. After a break for lunch the tour will head to Belém, where you’ll visit the area’s main monuments, including the Monument of the Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. You’ll have the option of visiting the area’s botanical garden or the Belém Cultural Center as well. The tour is conducted by a certified local guide whose mission is to enhance your stay in Lisbon, provide recommendations for things to do in the city and on how to get around and to promote Portugal's culture and heritage.

Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Luis de Camoes Square and begin your sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Explore the city's cultural center, Largo do Chiado, and visit the Alfama district together with your local guide. Start your tour with a visit to Largo do Chiado. Stroll past the cafés where Portuguese intellectuals used to meet and enjoy a cup of coffee alongside the famed Portuguese pastry, the Pastel de Nata. Discover the Church of São Roque, one of the most captivating religious temples in Lisbon, and marvel at the ornate interior. Take a minute and relax under the jacarandas in Largo de Carmo, before entering the Carmo Convent with your skip-the-line tickets. See the ruins of an old Gothic church that was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755 and now houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visit the Santa Justa Lift, an important work of engineering from the early 1900s. Walk along the elegant Rua Augusta until you reach the arch that leads to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's main square. Admire the Cais das Colunas, the old entrance to the city from the Tagus River. Next, visit the Lisbon Cathedral. Built in the 13th century on top of a ruined mosque, this is Lisbon's most important and iconic religious buildings. Head to the Old Church of Our Lady of the Conception and admire the Manueline-style elements used on its façade. End your tour with a stroll around the charming Alfama quarter. Enjoy the incredible views of the city from the Miradouro de Santo Estêvão, while you taste the Ginjinha, the traditional Portuguese liquor prepared by local ladies. Visit the exterior of the Fado Museum, the best-known expression of Portuguese music.

Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Explore Lisbon and its three central districts of Chiado, Baixa, and Bairro Alto. Meet your guide at  Praça do Comércio and see historical, cultural, and social sites of significance as you wander through the city. Marvel at Lisbon's architectural splendor as your guide provides interesting information about the city's history and curiosities.  During this private 3-hour sightseeing tour take the Santa Justa lift to ascend from Lisbon's old districts for panoramic views of the city. Also, hike to the magnificent São Jorge Castle.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Our guide Stefan was brilliant, very knowledgeable about the history of Portugal and specifically Lisbon. The tour included visiting a cafe for the local custard tarts which are very tasty, and a short trip on the number 28 tram, one of the historical trams that are seen around the city. The tour lasted around 4 hours, one of the longest and best historical tours we’ve ever done and was appreciated by all her took part.

Het was geweldig Stefano onze gids en historicus was enthousiast en had veel kennis. Veel geleerd over de stad het ontstaan en de oude wijken. Hij nam ruim de tijd had geen haast waardoor we 4 uur aan zijn lippen hingen. Aanrader voor iedereen die iets wil weten over deze mooie stad.

Our guide Beatrice was really good. She was clear, lively and entertaining. With a diverse international English-speaking group she looked after our needs very well considering the age range.

Guide Sandra was very helpful. I came a little late and she pulled me aside to catch me up on what I had missed.

Fabulous overview of Lisbon, perfect first day activity to get oriented to the city!!