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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 Street Art Tuk Tuk Tour

2. Lisbon: 3-Hour Street Art Tuk Tuk Tour

Lisbon has become a cosmopolitan city over time. From the time of the caravels departing for the discovery of new worlds until today, the city has reinvented itself so that tradition and modernity live together today in unique harmony. Urban art and intervention took over the streets and avenues giving color and brightness to the city showing a modern and vanguard side of one of the oldest cities in Europe. This is a tour designed especially for all those who want to unveil a bit of street art scattered throughout the streets of Lisbon. A surprise at every corner by the hands and the creativity of well-known artists and others that remain anonymous. Also appreciate the more traditional corners of the city such as the neighborhoods of Castelo, Graça, Alfama and Bairro Alto. Enjoy the views from some of the best viewpoints and of course, do not forget to bring your camera. 

Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

Lisbon: Landmarks Tour in a Multimedia Bus

4. Lisbon: Landmarks Tour in a Multimedia Bus

Learn about the landmarks of Lisbon with an immersive multimedia experience on a custom-built minibus. Enjoy the air conditioning and amphitheater seating as you’re taken on a route that includes all the city’s main sites. As you pass Se Cathedral, Avenida da Liberdade, Bairro Alto, and Chiado, learn more about the history, facts, and highlights of each location from the minibus’s onboard videos (available in multiple languages). Be sure to look all around you, taking advantage of the multiple viewing angles that the unique minibus offers.

Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

6. Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

Cruise Lisbon by tuk tuk and effortlessly see many of the city's best sites in a short amount of time. Your expert guide will take you to the best views, photo opportunities and most interesting places. Stops include the Lisbon Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church, the Castle neighborhood, Saint Vincent Monastery and many more.  Feel the pulse of the romantic city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. You'll enjoy the wonderful view from the Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint and visit the fabulous Estrela Basilica, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Lisbon. Get to know the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, where the night is full of charm and excitement as countless bars and restaurants bustle with patrons. Then, ride on to Jeronimos Monastery and visit its church. Get acquainted with the Belem Tower, where the Portuguese caravels set sail to Brazil in 1500. Finally, take some time to enjoy the monument dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries and savor one (or more) famous custard tarts, Pasteis de Belem. 

Lisbon: City Highlights Private Tour with Pastry Snack

7. Lisbon: City Highlights Private Tour with Pastry Snack

Benefit from the pick-up service as you embark on your tour to learn more about the history of the city and its many changes, as you journey through neighborhoods such as Baixa and Bairro Alto. Stop to take in the views from 2 of the city's most enjoyable belvederes. Then, visit the early Jesuit church of the Igreja de São Roque, where some of Europe’s greatest treasures are kept. Descend the hills to visit the Chiado neighborhood, known for its old and modern commercial establishments. Continue to Jerónimos Monastery to take a closer look at the impressive details of one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline-style architecture in Lisbon. Savor a sweet pastéis de Belém (egg custard tart) before ending next to the historic Torre de Belém at the mouth of the River Tagus.

Lisbon: 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and River Cruise

8. Lisbon: 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and River Cruise

Explore Lisbon at your own pace with a 48-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and choose from 2 or 3 different routes to discover the sites that interest you the most. Benefit from a bonus 2-hour cruise on the Tagus River and experience the city from a different perspective. Belém Line: Travel along the main avenues of the city center to the historic Belém district. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage monuments such as Belém Tower. Avail of a service that runs every 25 minutes between April and October (9:00 AM to 7:00 PM) and every 30 minutes between November and March (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • Avenida da Liberdade • Restauradores Square • Rossio Square • Comércio Square • Cais do Sodré railway station • National Coach Museum • National Archaeology Museum • Navy Museum • Berardo Collection Museum • Jerónimos Monastery • Belém Tower • Monument to the Discoveries • Alcântara/Docks • National Museum of Ancient Art • Oriente Museum • Basílica da Estrela • City Museum • Electricity Museum • Santo António Church • Casa Fernando Pessoa • Campo Pequeno Bullring • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum • El Corte Inglés • Eduardo VII Park • Design and Fashion Museum • Puppet Museum Oriente Line: Travel along the Tagus River to Parque das Nações to see Lisbon's contemporary architecture at the former site of the Expo 98 trade exhibition. Buses run every 45 minutes between April and October (9:15 AM to 6:00 PM) and every hour between November and March (10:15 AM to 5:15 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • El Corte Inglés • Twin Towers • Lisbon Zoo/Sete Rios • Lisbon Oceanarium • Casino Lisboa • Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre • Vasco da Gama Tower • Gare do Oriente • Poço do Bispo • National Tile Museum/Madre de Deus Convent • Estação de Santa Apolónia • Museu do Fado • Casa dos Bicos • Rua do Comércio • Chiado • Bairro Alto • Príncipe Real • Botanical Garden • Water Museum • Military Museum • Igreja de São Roque (church and museum) • National Pantheon (Church of Santa Engrácia) Castle Line: Along this route you’ll get the chance to visit Lisbon’s traditional neighbourhoods and to enjoy our city’s traditions: Fado music, the low houses and narrow streets. Avail of a service that runs every 25 minutes between April and October (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and every 30 minutes between November and March (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • Amália Rodrigues Museum  • São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint • Rua do Alecrim/Chiado • Cais do Sodré railway station • Comércio Street • Casa dos Bicos • Fado museum • Martim Moniz • Portas do Sol (São Jorge Castle) • Rossio • Restauradores • Eduardo VII Park

Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Private 6-Hour Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore the best of Lisbon on this private 6-hour electric tuk-tuk tour with a break for lunch. Lisbon is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, full of history, culture, and nice food, with its location next to the Tagus that seduces everyone. On this private tour you will have the opportunity to feel the true soul of Lisbon, visiting the most typical neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, and Mouraria as well as the more contemporary and trendy districts like Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Príncipe Real. You will have the opportunity to take a break next to the best viewpoints and contemplate overwhelming views over the city. You will also learn about the Portuguese Age of Discoveries in the historical Belém district. Try the famous and delicious Pastéis de Belém. Skip the line at the overcrowded shop and will be delighted with the original custard tarts. Each tuk-tuk takes up to 6 people and accesses narrow streets that larger vehicles cannot reach.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Private Romantic City Tour

10. Lisbon: 1-Hour Private Romantic City Tour

Get picked up in a classic Ford T model replica and meet your guide to start your romantic tour of Lisbon. First, see the central square of Praça da Figueira, and learn about the Baixa Pombalina re-urbanization efforts after the devastations of the 1755 earthquake. Be charmed by the square's busy hotels, cafes, and restaurants, and architectural quality of the buildings.  Leave the square and feel the pulse of the romantic city as you ride up to the bohemian neighborhoods of Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. Experience the fado atmosphere and witness the abundance of local establishments teeming with passion.  Enjoy the wonderful view from de São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and visit the fabulous Estrela Basilica, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Lisbon. Get to know the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, where the night is delightful and exciting with its countless bars and restaurants.

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4.6 / 5

based on 238 reviews

Our guide was Maria! And that was great! Very true to life, up-to-date and with a lot of background, she could literally paint pictures in her head. The tour was just fun, entertaining, exciting and felt a bit like visiting friends. Conclusion: do it!

Our guide, Stephano (I think), was a wealth of knowledge. We saw a lot of the city and learned so much. It was a lot of fun and very thorough.

Our Guide Beatrice was excellent, she was knowledgeable, patiently answered questions ,and we did not feel rushed .

Wonderfully entertaining and fascinating history of Lisbon and it’s architecture.

Do check the weather forecast before booking, it makes a difference!