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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 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. 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 

Lisbon: 1-Hour Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. Lisbon: 1-Hour Tour by Tuk Tuk

Benefit from hotel pick-up or start your tuk tuk tour of Lisbon at the central Praça da Figueira, part of the Baixa Pombalina re-urbanized after the devastations of the earthquake in 1755. Venture into downtown Lisbon, passing the monuments of Praça de D. Pedro IV (Rossio Square) and the Santa Justa Lift. Marvel at the imposing façade of Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), see the 18th-century Santo António Church and discover many other highlights along the way. Stop at the flea market of Feira da Ladra, where an eclectic mix of items are sold every Tuesday and Saturday. Then, ascend to the popular neighborhoods of Chiado and Bairro Alto to experience the cosmopolitan pulse of some of the city's commercial old quarters. Journey along the banks of the River Tagus in Belém, where landmark attractions include the extravagant Jerónimos Monastery and the imposing Torre de Belém. Discover the birthplace of the mournful but beguiling musical expression of fado and get in contact with the locals en route.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

4. 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: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

5. Lisbon: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Lisbon at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Praça do Comércio, Bairro Alto, Church of São Roque and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

6. South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

Explore southern Lisbon on this electric bike tour. Cross the Tagus River, and let your bike take the strain as you climb to the outstretched arms of Christ the King. Meet your group at Largo da Severa 7A for a safety briefing on how the bikes work. Then, bike to the large commercial square of Praça da Figueira, and learn about its mercantile past. Continue along Ruas dos Douradores, passing the site where the poet Fernando Pessoa got the inspiration for his book “Livro do Desassossego.” Admire the ironwork lift of the Santa Justa Elevator en route to Praça Comércio, Lisbon’s largest square. Next, discover the recent developments of Ribeira das Naus, the former shipyard area where many of the Portuguese ships that set sail to discover new worlds were built. Upon arrival at Cais do Sodré, take the orange cacilheiro (ferry) across the River Tagus. Once on the south bank, cycle through the Cais do Ginjal, a former warehouse that used to supply bait and ice to the cod fishing boats of the North Seas. Next, take the Boca do Vento lift to get closer to the statue of Christ the King, or cycle up the hill with no sweat on your electric bike! Enjoy magnificent views of Lisbon and the 25 of April Bridge. After a short coffee break in the botanic gardens of Casa da Cerca, climb to the top of the Sanctuary of Christ the King for the best view of the city. Bike back downhill towards the river, and explore the narrow streets of Almada. Visit the Medieval Museum to see relics of Islamic life in Portugal in the Middle Ages. Then, cross the river again to return to the meeting point and the end of the tour.

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.

Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Historical Center by Tuk Tuk

8. Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Historical Center by Tuk Tuk

This tuk tuk tour is a new way of seeing and experiencing the life of Lisbon, riding in an eco-friendly, 100 per cent electric vehicle. A professional trained in the area of leisure and tourism and with in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, art, and architecture of Lisbon will take you on a 2.5-hour tour that’s priced for up to 3 passengers. The City of Hills Tour takes you to the city's most iconic sites, and you can customize the itinerary to your interests. Some of the many possibilities include: • Praça do Comércio • Praça do Município • Chiado • Teatro São Carlos • Teatro São Luiz • Largo de Camões • Igreja de São Roque • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara • Elevador da Glória • Jardim do Príncipe Real • Largo do Rato • Rua de São Bento (Casa Museu Amália Rodrigues) or Basílica da Estrela (Calçada da Estrela) • Assembleia da República • Poço dos Negros • Calçada do Combro • Miradouro de Santa Catarina • Elevador da Bica • Convento do Carmo • Estação do Rossio • Elevador de Santa Justa • Igreja de Santo António • Sé de Lisboa • Miradouro de Santa Luzia • Castelo de São Jorge • Teatro Romano • Miradouro Portas do Sol • Miradouro da Graça • Igreja da Graça • Miradouro da Senhora do Monte • Igreja de São Vicente de Fora • Feira da Ladra • Panteão Nacional • Alfama • Casa dos Bicos • Praça do Comércio 

Lisbon: Tour of the Cable Railways in the Old Town

9. Lisbon: Tour of the Cable Railways in the Old Town

Discover a unique feature of Lisbon and a special mode of inner-city transport: the funiculars that connect different parts of the city on various levels. You will get the chance to ride on the interesting cable railways, as well as the trams from the 19th century. Start with a ride on the “Elevador da Bica” from 1892, which connects Mercado da Ribeiro with Bairro Alto, which is now the center of the nightlife in the city. Afterwards you will cross Praça Camões with its beautiful cobbled streets and ride the “Elevador de Santa Justa”, the only vertical elevator in Lisbon that also offers a fantastic panoramic view over the city. You will then visit the magnificent Jesuit church, Igreja de São Roque, with the holy chapel of São João Baptista. Behind the church you will find the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alantara, where you will have the opportunity to capture excellent photos. You will then descend on the “Elevador da Gloria” to Praça dos Restauradores in the heart of the city.

Lisbon: Historical Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

10. 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.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our tuk tuk tour with Bruno! We are a family of four with two kids ages 8 and 11 and we all had a great time. Bruno was very knowledgeable and we loved that he stopped at a few places and walked out with us to give more information and see things inside the neighborhoods. We explored Alfama and all of the main sites downtown. He gave great recommendations and even dropped us off at the lunch location that he suggested. We would highly recommend this tour!

Beatriz was my guide. She was excellent in that she is vivacious, knowledgeable and stops to answer questions. She would show us things that made Lisbon come alive. This was one of the first things I did in the city as a solo traveler. It's a great introduction to the city and nice way to meet others traveling.

Guide was waiting for us on our arrival and gave excellent communication on the morning prior to the tour. He was enthusiastic and very informative throughout and we all loved the fun way of exploring Lisbon

Beatrice is warm, entertaining and very informative. There was not too much walking, with the tram and the cafe stop.

Very nice your. Our guide David was a wealth of knowledge.