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Lisbon: Food and Wine Walking Tour

1. Lisbon: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Enjoy the flavors of the Portuguese cuisine in Lisbon’s traditional places. The guide will give you lots of insider tips for wine, petiscos, food, fado and good company. Just bring your appetite! Find out about Lisbon’s great cafés, such as the 18th-century café Nicola (this café was opened in 1787 by an Italian man, one of Lisbon’s most literary cafés and a place for tertúlias) and discover where you can find another coffee landmark in the city. You will know more about Portugal’s strong café-culture. Try the famous Portuguese codfish cake with a glass of refreshing green wine. Learn about the historical center of the city, also the center for the nightlife, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Take a look at all the delicious and exotic products on display at an old gourmet shop, from dried, salted Bacalhau – now one of Portugal´s most traditional dishes - to the sausages, hams and cheeses, and learn all their secrets. Learn the history of Port, Portugal’s famous fortified wine, and then try it with the delicious São Jorge Cheese. Visit one of the most famous Tascas in Lisbon, where you´ll taste a typical Bifana (pork sandwich) watered down with a cold draft beer. Learn the history of Ginjinha, the favourite liqueur of many Portuguese, considered the drink of Lisbon, and try it at the first place that started to sell it in 1840. Learn tricks to climb the hills of Lisbon and enjoy one of the most fantastic views of the city, while your guide will explain what food to try and what restaurants to visit in each of the neighborhoods. Finish your tour in style, in a true local venue, with Chouriço, Portuguese bread and other local products served with a glass of delicious red wine.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. 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: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

3. Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

Starting in Chiado, get ready to feel the 19th century Lisbon and it's classic cafés. Try the original Bica, Lisbon's local espresso. After this, don't miss the opportunity to delight your tastebuds with a delicious Portuguese Pastel de Nata — a custard tart to die. Going towards the riverfront you'll get to know the biggest market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira. It's one of the trendiest spots in the city, with some of the best Portuguese restaurants. On the way, you'll see the great contrast between the traditional tascas and the posh modern restaurants of Lisbon. You will wander around downtown to see some of the most iconic buildings and locations, but don’t worry you will continue to stop often to eat. Of course, you can’t miss a Ginjinha (liqueur) but you have many other surprises in store for you on this unforgettable tour around the heart of Lisbon. Last but not least, you'll finish with a traditional Bifana (pork sandwich) or an alternative option.

Lisbon: Street Art Walk

4. Lisbon: Street Art Walk

Reveal the secrets of Lisbon and its street art on this 3.5-hour walking tour for groups of up to 8 people. Find hidden places with your private guide, and get an overview of the entire historical Alfama district. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, set off on your street art adventure. Explore the city's old neighborhoods and both its old and new street art. Visit the outdoor urban gallery in Bairro Alto to admire the amazing tile work and sidewalk patterns. During your tour, see some of Lisbon's secret artistic places, such as the street art gallery in the Chão do Loureiro car parking lot. Find some of the freshest art at Caracol da Graça, and maybe even see artists at work at the legal place to paint, Calçada da Glória. Throughout your tour, stay aware, and keep looking up and down, because art is everywhere. Once your tour is over, take home an artistic souvenir to remember your amazing experience.

Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your Lisbon hotel in an eco-friendly tuk tuk that fits up to 6 people. Hop onboard and head off into this charming and colorful city for an epic four hour sightseeing adventure. Tuk tuks are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the city’s narrow streets, allowing you to access places you might have otherwise missed. Ride through some of Lisbon’s most emblematic districts, from Alfama to Mouraria, the Old Town to Chiado, the charming Belem, and the bohemian Bairro Alto. Along the way, soak up the differences between each of the districts and get a sense of local life and culture. Highlights of the tour include the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower. There’s also time to enjoy a traditional Pasteis de Belém, the famous custard tart of which only the monks know the recipe. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of Lisbon, its landmarks, locals, and culture.

Best of Lisbon Walking Tour: Rossio, Chiado & Alfama

6. Best of Lisbon Walking Tour: Rossio, Chiado & Alfama

Explore Lisbon on this 3-hour walking tour, getting in-depth knowledge about the Portuguese capital from an experienced local guide. Start the tour in Rossio Square, the heart of both new and old Lisbon, keeping an eye out for the intricate neo-Manueline architecture at Rossio Central Station. In the middle of Restauradores Square, you will see the obelisk that commemorates the restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain. At Carmo Square, learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974 that ended 48 years of dictatorship. In addition to the city's greatest monuments, you will also get an intimate introduction to some of Lisbon's best neighborhoods. Visit the elegant Chiado district and see old cafés, boutiques, theatres, and quaint bookstores. Try a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata). Continue to the Moorish Alfama neighborhood and get an up-close encounter with the art of Fado, Lisbon’s unique musical genre. A highlight of the excursion is a visit to Lisbon’s cathedral, built in 1147, and the city’s oldest church. End this fascinating tour of Lisbon’s best neighborhoods at Praça do Comércio, and see the former entrance hall of the city.

Fado Music of Lisbon 3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour

7. Fado Music of Lisbon 3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour

Learn about the origins of fado music on a 3-hour walking tour of the Lisbon neighborhoods where it originated. As you explore, you will be accompanied by a live fado singer and guide. Experience the magic of Portuguese fado, a form of music listed by UNESCO as of “World Intangible Cultural Heritage.” An important part of everyday life in Lisbon, there is no better way to learn about Portuguese culture than through a close encounter with fado in the nation’s capital. You will go to some typical fado houses, where fadistas have earned their living for decades. Wander the alleys and squares around Praca Martim Moniz, a multicultural part of Lisbon that is off the usual tourist route. Discover local taverns instrumental in the history of fado culture in the Mouraria district. Then, stop for a delicious meal of caldo verde (a traditional Portuguese soup) and barbecued chouriço (spicy sausage), served with bread and wine in one of the authentic fado houses of Alfama.

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: Fado and Food Walking Tour

9. Lisbon: Fado and Food Walking Tour

Sailors, fishermen and sea merchants, often away from home, were the pioneers of this musical genre, and would sing this beautiful and yet melancholic music with a zest of "saudade", an emotion of longing or homesickness for their distant loved ones. Currently, Fado is considered part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is more than just a genre, it is a way of feeling and the sung expression of the Portuguese soul. You will pass by historical neighborhoods such as Bairro Alto, Alfama, and Mouraria, to learn more about the traditional aspects of life, so you can get a feel of the city like a true local, a ‘Lisboeta’. During the tour you will try a variety of food samples and wines and get to see real live performances from ‘fadistas’ alongside the traditional sound of the Portuguese guitar. You will start in Bairro Alto, one of the most traditional areas to enjoy Fado in Lisbon. Here you'll have some food samples and a glimpse of the Fado music genre. Afterwards, you walk towards downtown and go through Mouraria, one of the most traditional districts in Lisbon, where according to the traditions, the first lady who sang Fado for the first time was born: Severa. Discover the Mozarabian district and it's narrow streets, full of charm. Here you'll get a cultural insight into this music genre and some more food and drink samples. You finish this tour with a beautiful walk around the castle hill towards Alfama and you will have a diverse food tasting along with a Fado Show. You'll feel like a true Lisboeta.

Lisbon and Sintra Combo: Tuk Tuk and Van Private Tour

10. Lisbon and Sintra Combo: Tuk Tuk and Van Private Tour

Explore Lisbon's historical center and discover the best viewpoints on this private two-hour electric tuk-tuk tour, crossing Alfama, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Graça and Mouraria districts. Each tuk-tuk can take up to six people and are the perfect solution for touring the narrow and hilly streets of Lisbon. With an amusing guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the city, its history, culture and best spots to hang around and have fun. On the next day, take a day trip in a luxurious van to the beautiful and fairy-tale Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril. Feel like you are a part of the Portuguese royalty when you visit the romantic Pena Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning views over Sintra, the Moors Castle, and the natural park. Take photos of breathtaking views of Cabo da Roca's cliffs, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Dazzle yourself with the wonderful Guincho Beach, a paradise for surfers. Follow the Atlantic coast, passing by the rock formation Boca do Inferno until you reach Cascais. Admire the glamour of the charming and trendy city of Cascais and take a stroll at the bay or along the city’s elegant cafes. On the way to Lisbon, pass by Estoril, where Ian Fleming was inspired to create the James Bond 007 character.

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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.

Daniel was an awesome tour guide. I would highly recommend him to anyone that plans to make Portugal their home, he was welcoming , friendly and gave me some tips for living in Portugal , public transport and pointed me to the train station as well. I would go back for another tour with him.

Ricardo was amazing! Very knowledgeable and passionate. Food was delicious and He was great explaining the food we ate as well as pairing it with the perfect drink and telling us about the culture. We were a group of 14 and everyone had a great time. Thank you

We enjoyed the tour and Alexandra was a delight to spend time with. She was able to answer all our questions. We enjoyed the balance of food/drink stops and talk. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour and tour guide.

Loved it, our tour guide was very informative and nice. Highly recommended!