Tours in Lisbon
This tour is the perfect combination if you are short on time, in just one day you can discover Lisbon and also the World Heritage Site of Sintra and the Estoril Coast.
Start by exploring all the main busy squares of the city that truly transform Lisbon in a European capital.
At the top of the highest hill of Lisbon you will find the Castle of Saint George with an astonishing view of Lisbon and the old Moorish quarter of Alfama. Lisbon is nowadays just the capital of Portugal but once it was the center of a huge empire that comprised half of the world.
Many of the adventurous discoverers departed from the next area that you will visit: Belem. Along with new thoughts and cultures the Portuguese explorers brought also enough wealth to build the astonishing Jeronimos Monastery and the nearby Tower of Belem.
In addition to these monuments the Discoveries monument was erected honoring all of these heroes of the past.
In the afternoon continue to the World Heritage Site of Sintra and wonder through its narrow streets just before heading to the top of the mountain to visit the 19th century extravaganza of King Ferdinand: the Pena Palace in a rare combination of architectural styles and colors.
After the visit of the Pena Palace with all its history it's time to relax in a journey along the coast. Your starting point will be the small historical centre of Cascais where the fishing tradition of the past still subsists. From here you will continue along the coast and the beautiful beaches of Estoril having the Atlantic Ocean as your company until you reach Lisbon.
This tour is operated in a luxury vehicle as you tour the majestic sites of Portugal and was chosen by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as one of the World's 126 Top Travel specialists.
Discover the magic of Lisbon on an introductory morning or afternoon tour that covers all the city's highlights.
You'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jeronimos Monastery, see the world's most opulent coaches at the Coach Museum and stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Highlights on your half-day sightseeing tour of Lisbon's attractions include:
Belem - the historical section of Lisbon
Combine a sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon exploring the Estoril Coast and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra. If you are short on time or this is your first visit to Lisbon, this is a great tour to give you an overview of the area.
There's a visit to Jeronimos Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and to the Coach Museum,with the world's largest collection of opulent coaches built for the aristocracy, dating back to the 17th century. Both sites are closed on Mondays, when they will be replaced by Ajuda Palace or Fundacao Medeiros e Almeida.
Enjoy some free time for lunch (not included in tour cost) before taking an unforgettable afternoon excursion to discover Portugal's "Sunny Coast" and its beaches. You'll tour cosmopolitan Estoril, the colorful Bay of Cascais and the picturesque cliff of Boca do Inferno, Guincho.
Continue on to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point of Europe (stop here from April 1 to October 31 only).
You will then drive across the luxuriant Sintra Mountain and its lush gardens to visit the charming Palacio Nacional Pena (closed on Wednesdays, when the tour visits Queluz Palace instead).
On this tour you will discover Lisbon and its seven hills accompanied by an expert English guide.
Start by exploring all the main busy squares of the city that truly transform Lisbon in a European capital. A general introduction to the city from the top of Park Eduard VII should put things into perspective on what is in fact a thousand year old city.
At the top of the highest hill of Lisbon you will find the Castle of Saint George with an astonishing view of Lisbon and the old Moorish quarter of Alfama where time made few changes and where the pace of modern life has to deal with the narrow cobbled streets and old but yet quaint little houses.
Lisbon is nowadays just the capital of Portugal but once it was the center of a huge empire that comprised half of the world.
Many of the adventurous discoverers departed from the next area that we will visit: Belem. Along with new thoughts and cultures the Portuguese explorers brought also enough wealth to build the astonishing Jeronimos Monastery (16th century) and the nearby Tower of Belem (16th century) both in the Manueline style of architecture that you'll only find in Portugal.
In addition to these monuments the Discoveries monument was erected honoring all of these heroes of the past that once dared to dream of a Portuguese empire.
Lisbon comes alive at night! See the sights in a different light as you tour the city of Lisbon lit up for the night before enjoying a colorful evening of Fado entertainment.
Highlights of your sightseeing tour include:
Marques de Pombal Square - a monument to the Marquis of Pombal
After your tour of the illuminated city, you can join in the fun at a typical Fado restaurant.
Sit back and enjoy a delicious Portuguese meal, while watching the Fado (traditional Portuguese singing) and folk dance shows. Return to your hotel at your leisure.
Historical researches indicate that the Jewish presence in Portugal remounts before the formation of the kingdom of Portugal.
In the 12th century, Portugal becomes a nation and the first Jewish communities appear in Lisbon.D.Manuel I (15th century) with fear of the financial exit capital of the country, published a law, that unauthorized the Jewish departure of Portugal and he force them to convert. It is these descendants of those generations that today begin to assume their Jewish inheritance.
You will begin your visit at the place where the Saint Catholic Inquisition burned thousands and thousands of Jews that refused to accept the Christian faith in the bonfires of the Square of Rossio in Lisbon.
Visit the Synagogue Shaare Tikva, as well as the cemetery which was built when the Jewish settled into Lisbon. The first to be buried in this cemetery was Jose Amzalaga, who died on February 26, 1804.
In the afternoon you will visit Jewish Sintra.
On this private guided walking tour you will be able to sample a small taste of what this region has to offer.
Visit the sites destroyed by the earthquake in 1755 destroyed Lisbon and see the ones which survived. The mega-earthquake of 1755 and the tidal wave that followed had devastating effects, resulting in enormous material and human losses.
The destruction of the city's buildings led to an unprecedented reconstruction program and created an opportunity for the development of new solutions, not only at the level of architecture and civil engineering, but also in the field of town planning.
Highlights include Alfama, Praca do Comercio, St Jorge Castle, Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto.
Tapas means "cover". Portugal is famous for its fish and shellfish, and a Tapas bar is a great place to sample the array. Fried fish, from tiny fresh anchovies and rings of tender squid, to chunks of fresh hake and batter-dipped prawns are waiting to entice you.
The selection of shellfish will astound you. Clams and razorshells, mussels, prawns ranging in size from tiny to jumbo, crab, lobster and more. There will be a variety of hot dishes. Some are cooked to order, such as prawns pil pil, sizzled with garlic and oil or garlicky grilled pork loin, while others are dished out of a bubbling stew-pot.
You can savor meatballs in almond sauce, kidneys in Sherry sauce, sauteed mushrooms, chicken fried al ajillo, with garlic; lamb stew; broad beans with ham; piquant tripe, spicy snails, and, of course, tortilla, a thick round potato omelette. Crisp-fried fritters and croquettes are other great Tapas of Andalusia, which produces the world's finest olive oil.
Due to the large array available and to allow you to make the most of your Tapas experience, the Tapas is not included in the tour cost and you will order your choices at the restaurant.
Private Tour: Panoramic Lisbon by Night
This panoramic tour invites you to discover Lisbon enjoying the peace and serenity of Lisbon at night.
In the company of our English speaking guide you will discover the Park of Nations where Lisbon shows its modern side: the Vasco da Gama bridge with a staggering 18km length across the river; the modern train station by Santiago de Calatrava and many other modern infrastructures that make this area such a beautiful place at night.
After visiting the modern side of the city it will be the perfect timing to head to the old neighborhoods of Lisbon and to one of the many vantage points where it will be possible to admire the quiet city just waiting for another day to begin.
This tour is operated in a luxury vehicle as you tour the majestic sites of Portugal.
Discover the beautiful city of Lisbon with the opportunity to watch and photograph some of the city's most famous monuments, but also to explore picturesque neighborhoods usually not visited by tourists.
Lisbon's first settlements date back from the Neolithic, and the town was later occupied by Phoenician, Roman and Moorish people who left monuments and traditions. The city was conquered from the moors by the first king of Portugal in 1147.
In the XVIII century Lisbon was the capital of an Empire stretching from Africa to India; in 1755 downtown was destroyed by a huge earthquake and tsunami, and was later rebuilt by the Regent, Marqu�s de Pombal, according to a revolutionary urbanism plan that endures in modern Lisbon.
On this Photography Walking Tour you will feel and capture this colourful blend of antique and modern, of Orient and Occident, of North and South of Mediterranean and Atlantic.
Today, Lisbon is a modern capital and one of the most cosmopolitan in the whole world. There are large Asian, Easterner European, African and Latin American communities living peacefully together. This is what gives Lisbon such a special and unique atmosphere.
Your guide will be available to explain all technical aspects of photography, but will focus on giving hints to help you express your own personal interpretation of the place. The route will guide you from the sophisticated Chiado through the monumental Pra�a do Comercio where the city meets its ancient companion the Tagus River.
Then you will continue to Alfama, an old moorish neighborhood with a medina like structure where the 'fado' (traditional Portuguese folk song) seeps from the windows. Finally you will arrive at the castle hill and enjoy the best views in the city overlooking Lisbon.
Experience the perfect introduction to Lisbon aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of Lisbon in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided.
Starting at the Marques do Pombal Square you will discover the city's sights at your own leisure including the cultural quarter of Belem, the Tower Vasco da Gama and the Lisbon Ocenarium, built in 1998 for the international exhibition.
Lisbon is a city of contrasts, and you can experience both the historic and cosmopolitan parts of the city on a choice of two routes. Buses run every half an hour so you can customize your own tour by hopping on and off at any stop, as many times as you like.
Your ticket is valid on both routes to cover all the sights you would like to visit! Each route makes frequent stops - simply hop off where you want to, and return to any hop-on hop-off stop to continue your tour.
See Lisbon from a different angle as you take a leisurely cruise down the Tagus River. As you drift down the river past Lisbon's monuments scattered along the hills, you'll see centuries of history emerge.
One of the highlights of a Lisbon river cruise is the panoramic views of Parque das Nacoes.
As with all great riverside cities, a cruise on the river is a must when visiting Lisbon.
Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Lisbon hotels