Guided tour

Lisbon: The Jewish Odyssey - Walking Tour

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Guided tour

Lisbon: The Jewish Odyssey - Walking Tour

Activity provider:TakingUThere

From US$ 69.64 per person

Explore the history and culture of the Jewish community in Lisbon on a 4-hour tour of the Portuguese capital. Learn about Portugal’s relationship with the Jewish people until the present times.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Explore Lisbon through the lives of Portugal's Jewish communities
  • Visit Lisbon's Synagogue, Portugal's 1st synagogue since the 15th century
  • Learn about the Jewish community in Lisbon and how they lived
  • Hear about the 1506 Massacre and how it started
  • Walk down the "Rua de Judiara" in the Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood
Full description
Learn the story of the Jewish people of Lisbon on a 4-hour tour of significant sites to the Jewish community in the Portuguese capital. Hear about the Jewish exodus from Egypt, and the journey through lands, countries, and continents as the ultimate nomads. Learn how communities appeared, disappeared, and reappeared; belonging everywhere and yet nowhere. Discover how the Kingdom of Portugal in the 12th century recognized the Jewish community as a distinct legal entity with its own jurisdiction. Visit sites of significance to Portuguese Christians and the Portuguese Jewish communities., including the Shaare Tikva (Lisbon Synagogue), the 1st synagogue to be built in Portugal since the late 15th century. Learn about the different Jewish communities in Lisbon and Portugal since the Middle Ages. Visit historic quarters, and see famous memorials. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Jewish culture. Hear about important Jewish and Portuguese people who shaped the history of Lisbon or saved thousands of souls over the centuries, such as Abraham Anahory and Aristides Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees. Finally, hear about Lisbon today as a city of tolerance and creativity, and explore the narrow streets of the Alfama quarter, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood.
  • Private guide for a small group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees to the Shaare Tikva (Lisbon Synagogue)
  • Lunch and any other items not mentioned in the tour description
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

In front of Lisbon Synagogue, R. Alexandre Herculano 59, 1250-010 Lisboa, Portugal.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 8 reviews

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The tour leader did not keep track of the people in the small group. I fell in the bathroom at the temple and he (palo) who was recommended to me, only asked if I was ok to walk. Never gave assistance. Said he depended on the tips during the conversation. Made stops that was not in the Jewish quarter. Took us to the oldest bookstore which I had been to, and was was reading out of a book. Several people were very disappointed. It was extremely hot in the synagogue and the woman talked for 45 min. When we were walking he offered water or juice and then we had to pay for it. I cannot tell you haw majorly disappointed I was. Talked about himself and nothing more than the stops I made reference to. I took an Uber to make sure I got there on time. What a fiasco. Any way I can get my money back. My friend had to run into the bookstore to tell Palo that we were leaving. He commented that he thought we were with him the entire time. I will never recommend this tour to anyone sadly.

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May 23, 2023

The Jewish Odyssey tour was excellent. Paulo Levy was soo passionate & very knowledgeable. He took us to a very authentic Portuguese restaurant where we ate sardines & makeral so delicious. He made the tour very interesting. Excellent guide!!

May 17, 2023

Paolo was quite knowledgeable about the history of the Jewish people in Portugal. He eagerly shared both the history and his personal connections as he just recently realized he was Jewish. We learned a lot.

March 11, 2023

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