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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: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

2. Lisbon: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

Wake up your taste buds on a food tasting tour of Lisbon. Cruise around the city in an electric tuk tuk, experiencing incredible views and even more incredible flavors along the way. Feel like a local in the city, learning about Lisbon’s history from the stories of your local guide. Take a scenic drive through Alfama, Graca, São Vicente, and Baixa, some of the cities’ oldest areas. Enjoy 4 different food tasting experiences along the way, making stops in some of the best places to grab traditional food and drink in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

3. Lisbon: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

Follow your guide on a tasty adventure through the streets of Lisbon. Eat your way through the city with 7 stops and 9 tastings of some mouth-watering local cuisine. Relax along the way with three drinks along the way, including a glass of sour cherry liqueur. Start your morning among the locals at the oldest pastry shop in Lisbon. Taste a delicious selection of homemade sweet pastries while sipping a classic Portuguese-style espresso. Next, you’re off to the only traditional Portuguese grocery store left in Lisbon. Your guide will explain Portugal’s obsession with salt cod. Try another beloved local product, acorn-fed Iberian ham. Enjoy a glass of Lisbon’s signature sour cherry liqueur at the 130-year-old family-run stall that does it best. Make your way to a no-frills bar serving up the best bifana (marinated pork sandwich) in the city. This buzzing bar is constantly packed with locals who can’t get enough. Next, it’s about time for lunch, and there’s no better place to enjoy it than among Lisboetas at a traditional Portuguese tasca. Here you’ll the have home-cooked classics of Portuguese cuisine with your choice of beer or wine. Discover one of the hidden gems of Portuguese food, gourmet canned seafood. Learn about the history of canning in Portugal and sample some delicious preserved goods for yourself. Last but not least, you’ll finish on a sweet note with Portugal’s most famous pastry, the pastel de nata (custard tart). learn all about their surprising history and get an up-close look at these sweet treats being made.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

4. 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.

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

5. 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: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview of the most important landmarks of the city. In this 4-hour ride, you will be able to experience the old districts, visit monuments full of history and see breathtaking views. Graça, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Belem are must-see neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital and can be explored in a relaxed and comfortable way on board of an electric tuk-tuk. And as flavors are also a great way to know a city - enjoy our offer of a traditional liquor at one of the stops. The tuk-tuk is a very versatile way to move around the hills of Lisbon, as it gets access to sites where touristic buses are not allowed, considering the geography of the city. You can also count on the live explanation of your professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

Malveira: Pastel de Nata Workshop at a Real Bakery

7. Malveira: Pastel de Nata Workshop at a Real Bakery

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. 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 fruits of your labor with a comforting cup of coffee.

Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

8. Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

Discover the historical center of Lisbon on a private electric Tuk Tuk Tour. See the famous neighborhoods like Chiado, Graça, and more. Ride through the beautiful districts of Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real, and Estrela. You will learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest capital cities in Europe from your guide. Your guide will take you through the narrow and cobbled-stoned neighborhoods of Alfama, Graça, Mouraria, and the contemporary districts of Chiado and Bairro Alto. Finally, marvel at the beautiful panoramic setting of River Tagus before ending the tour. 

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

9. 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, audio-guided 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.

Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided City Exploration by Car

10. Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided City Exploration by Car

Discover the sights of Lisbon from a new perspective on an amusing GPS tour. Get behind the wheel of a convertible with an advanced navigational system that provides friendly directions so you can relax as you cruise.  Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Roam freely according to your itinerary, or follow a preset route built into the GPS. Below, the preset routes are outlined: Belém Tour – Green Route Belém is famous for being linked to history, and the neighborhood will always be remembered and praised as the seaport of Portugal’s Golden Era. This tour takes you to the National Museum of Ancient Art, the “Fundação Oriente”, “Cordoaria Nacional”, the Jerónimos Monastery, Champalimaud Foundation, the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, the MAAT, Comércio Square. Alfama Tour – Blue Route Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in town, known for its narrow and labyrinthine streets, colorful houses with irregular geometry, clothes drying on the windows, and some of the most beautiful viewpoints of the capital. This tour takes you to Casa dos Bicos/José Saramago Foundation, the Fado Museum, the National Pantheon, the flea market area, the GraçaChurch and Convent, the Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia viewpoints, and Lisbon Cathedral.  Center Tour – Red Route This route takes you to downtown Lisbon. Baixa, located in the heart of the Portuguese capital, is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in the city, where tradition blends in with the boldness of modernity, an area full of commerce. This tour takes you to Santa Justa lift, the Rossio Square, the Dona Maria II National Theatre, the Carmo Church and Convent, the Camões Square and S. Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Príncipe Real Garden, the Amália Rodrigues House Museum and Cais do Sodré area along the riverside. New Lisbon – Pink Route Get to know an area of our capital filled with incredible gardens, curious buildings, and the most recent history of Lisbon. Here you will get to know what no other visitor gets to know simply because nobody takes them there. You will pass by Parque Eduardo VII, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Campo Pequeno, IST, Almirante Reis Avenue, a whole new Lisbon that starts in the 50s.

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based on 7,275 reviews

Our guide, Bianca, exceeded all expectations we had for this tour. She had such a vast understanding of Portuguese history and was such a wealth of knowledge. She thoroughly explained everything that we saw and in an engaging manner. Bianca kept our two teenagers so engaged that it made for a wonderful family experience. She answered all of our questions and went above and beyond everywhere we went. I highly recommend this tour and if you can request Bianca, please do so. You will not be disappointed.

We booked a private Lisbon historic tour in English. The tour itself was absolutely perfect. Sofia, our guide was very knowledgeable and fun, she told us the history of the city, of the different neighbourhoods and of special places: cafés, libraries, buildings always sharing interesting anecdotes. The tram ride, coffee and Portuguese tarts included in the price were a very nice touch.

Jaime was an excellent guide. We had excellent food and learned a lot about the history of Lisbon and great places to go and explore after our trip.

Our guide shifted from segway tour to tuk-tuk tour of Lisbon due to heavy rain. Very flexible and nice. Very good English.

Suzy was fantastic and really showed us the diversity and beauty of Lisbon. Great tour!