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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 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.

Lisbon: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

2. Lisbon: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Lisbon's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Pastel de Nata and Pasteis de Bacalhau and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by your local guide passionate about food.  Visit Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Largo do Chiado, and Se Cathedral, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. 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 

Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon

4. Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon

Glide back in time and discover the medieval sights of Lisbon's Alfama district on a Segway tour. Discover in Alfama the sounds, smells and sights of Old Lisbon. Alfama still retains features from its medieval Moorish past, with narrow maze-like streets, steps and arcades. Navigate your way through a steep labyrinth of winding alleyways. At the core of Alfama, a vibrant community remains in touch with the lifestyle of Old Lisbon. Many poets and Fado songs were inspired by the liveliness and constant energy of this district. To keep you in the medieval spirit, you'll be treated to a drink at Trobadores, a medieval-themed bar. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

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

5. 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 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: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

6. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Discover the beauty of Lisbon and explore the city's highest points comfortably with an e-bike. After a short briefing, start at the marketplace and cycle towards the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara, passing the Portuguese Parliament. Continue along the Avenida da Liberdade and take a look at the finest and most expensive shops in Lisbon. Afterwards, discover the area around the Castelo de São Jorge and enjoy a fantastic view of the city from the famous Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Drive down towards the historic Alfama Quarter and finally reach the starting point of the tour at Handelsplatz.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike

7. Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike

Explore some of the 7 hills of Lisbon by electric bike, and see more than you would on a conventional sightseeing tour. The easy-to-drive electric bikes are eco-friendly and boast a stylish vintage design that will turn heads as you explore the hidden sights of Alfama, Mouraria and Graça, some of the most historic neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital. Cruise up to panoramic observation points, passing antique shops and enchanting restaurants along the way, and get a unique perspective of the city and its people.

Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the monuments of Alfama, one of the oldest and most atmospheric districts of Lisbon, and the only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1755. The neighborhood is a silent witness to the past glories and tragedy of Portugal, from the fall of empires to the birth of the new nation. Wander the narrow streets and ornate squares that echoed to the sounds of Phoenician traders, calls to prayer, and the rattle of historic trams. Here you will find the heart of fado music, a sound of longing and loss that gives voice to the languages, cultures, and religions that have all contributed to the district’s rich sense of community. Walk down Moorish streets and see some of the Roman foundations of Lisbon. Follow the silvery banks of the River Tagus, and marvel at the sun-bleached sandstone walls of the Castle of St George. Make your ascent to the city summit gently to let your breath be taken away by the amazing views.

Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

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

Explore the best that Lisbon has to offer on this private 2 hour electric tuk-tuk tour. Tuk-tuks are the perfect solution for touring the narrow streets of Lisbon and can accommodate up to 6 people. Discover the romance of the city as you visit the neighborhoods of Alfama, Graca and Mouraria.  Additionally, unveil the contemporary sides of the city with a visit to Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Estrela. Let your guide share local history and stories of Lisbon throughout the tour. Lisbon is a city of seven hills, so you will break next to the best panoramas to capture the most gorgeous views. On this tour you will taste the famed local aperitif: ginginhai, a cherry liquor, while in the neighborhood of Alfama, an opportunity not be missed. Enter the Baixa district and learn how the city was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Explore cosmopolitan Chiado and pass its designer stores, art galleries, bookshops and restaurants. Visit the Portuguese Parlament and end with a view of the Estrela Basilica.

Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

10. Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Experience the history of Lisbon via a modern mode of transport. Using a self-balancing Segway, you can explore at your own pace and see more than you would on foot or a sightseeing bus. The Segway moves by responding to simple body movements and quickly feels like a natural extension of yourself. This experience to remember will get you up close to historic landmarks without breaking out in a sweat! You can take the tour alone, with friends, or with family. On arrival, you will be asked to choose from one of the following itineraries on your day of travel: Lisbon by the River; Alfama Tour; or Baixa Chiado. Explore the city cycle path near the River Tagus, where you can get up to full speed. Look out for historic attractions, such as the Santo Amaro Docks, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, and more. 

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What people are saying about Alfama

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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.

Sylvia was great, we really enjoyed the 4 hour tour of Lisbon old town and Belem. The views were amazing and we were very lucky with the weather! My only comment is that we struggled to hear her speaking over the city noises, it would have been good if she had a microphone or something. Just a suggestion.

Food tour on a Segway, Peter our guide was excellent, very informative and gave us lot of recommendations. Segway training was thorough and we felt very safe even though the conditions were not ideal.

This was a great way to see all of the different neighbourhoods and areas of Lisbon on day 1 of our holiday. Our lovely guide was helpful and informative. Nothing was too much trouble.

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