Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

From $29.82 per person

Learn about important areas in Lisbon’s history as you explore its most interesting neighborhoods. Discover Chiado and Bairro Alto and admire the views from Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara. Ride the Eleléctrico tram and visit the Alfama district.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Polish
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Bairro Alto, dating from the 16th century
  • Take in the views from Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara
  • Take a ride on an iconic Lisbon tram
  • Explore the Alfama district, the city’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Tram trip
  • Coffee and cake break
  • Other food and beverages
  • Transfers to/from the meeting point
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3069 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
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The tour was totally magnificent, I have enjoyed every single minute of it, you get to know everything about Lisbon and the history of the city. My tour guide Rui was totally magnificent and nice, he has done everything to get me a wonderful experience, it couldn’t be better. I was impressed with his wide knowledge and his full explanation of every question of mine. He gave me a lot of Tipps and recommendations about Lisbon, of course after he showed every corner of the city. I traveled a lot and I can say that Rui is one of the best tour guides I ever met. I totally recommend this tour and if I came back to Lisbon again I would love to take the same tour again.

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June 7, 2021

Fatima is a great guide, she showed me around the city, told about history and gave many tips where to eat, how to get to the beach and what is worth visiting in Lissabon and surroundings. We also went for a coffee and nata as a part of the tour.

August 22, 2020

Caterina was the best guide we could have asked for. She regaled us with her knowledge of the history of Portugal and helped us to get to know our way about Lisbon with great tips to go off on our own. Everywhere she took us was interesting and lovely. It was fun to stop for coffee and pastries with our group as well.

January 7, 2020

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