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Lisbon Explorer

Rua da Alianca Operaria, Lisbon 1300-044, Portugal
+351 213 629 263
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Ranked #1 of 250 Activities in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: For the Culturally Curious! • Lively and knowledgeable experts • Perfect for travelers who don't like standard boring tours • We are local... more » Owner description: For the Culturally Curious! • Lively and knowledgeable experts • Perfect for travelers who don't like standard boring tours • We are local scholars with a passion for the food, wine, culture and history of Portugal • Excellent English-speaking • Easy walks downhill, or luxury vehicles with heat and A/C • Insider tips on restaurants and places locals visit • FREE rides on historic trolleys • Access car-free historic quarters and go inside sights • Groups limited to 8 guests • no megaphones, headsets • Affordable ---- To really know Lisbon one must go into the small maze-like streets of the city's old quarters, where automobiles are limited and real life unfolds in pedestrian friendly streets and squares. The young and vibrant guides and scholars who lead our tours are not part-time students or actors who memorize scripts, or offer free tours to large groups without advance reservations. We carefully choose historians who are talented at speaking on Lisbon's treasures, and the amazing stories beneath them. After each tour our staff is available to assist with free city maps, additional sights to see, and restaurant or shopping suggestions. We look forward to bringing Lisbon alive for you in truly amazing, historic and relevant detail. « less
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

My husband and I always believe that a private tour guide in a new city is the best way to go. We found Lisbon Explorer on TA and booked the Hidden Lisbon and Around Alfamo and were lucky enough to get Paolo for both tours. This is not your average tour guide. Paolo is a historian and an art history... More

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Herzlia, Israel
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We strongly recommend this extraordinary tour guide - Paolo Scheffer - his personal story, research and outstanding enthusiastic style on the dramatic Jewish (untold) history in Portugal

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We're so happy that Paolo was able to show us Jewish Lisbon. He vitalizes every sight, knows an incredible amount of Jewish history, talks about families who still held "the key" to their heritage, shares stories about his own family and how members discovered their personal Jewish backgrounds - and so much more. We could have spent days walking with... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

we recently had the privilege of being guided by Paolo on a Jewish Lisbon tour. He was absolutely magnificent. The depth of his knowledge of the Jewish communiies with in Portugal was amazing and further he was very warm and sincere and easy to communicate with throughout the entire time he spent with us. Not only did he provide us... More

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Heuvelland, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Private Hidden Walking Tour with four people for a private tour in Bairro alto and Chiado. Normally, it was for 3 hours, but our guide Paolo stayed with us for four and a half hours, taking all of his time to tell us about the great history of Lisboa, without being subjective. He is an art historian and professor but... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Our group of eight spent five hours hanging on Paolo's every word and wishing for more. We were on information overload as we learnt about the history of the Jews and their sacrifices in Portugal. It made us want to go home and do more research and read the books he spoke about. Paolo is engaging and charming and as... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We took two tours with Lisbon Explorer. Our guide, Paolo did such an outstanding job on our Hidden Lisbon Tour that we begged him to make sure he was our guide for The Alfama Tour. His way of presenting Lisbon kept us in rapt attention. Never boring, never run on, but an intelligent, warm and witty presentation of his city.... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Paolo Scheffer's Jewish Heritage Tour of Lisbon was the highlight of our 10 day trip to Portugal, and lucky for us, it was on Day 1! Paolo helped us to understand not only the Jewish history of Portugal, but also Portugal's positions and situations throughout WWI, WWII and up to the present. Non-stop information, non-stop enthusiasm, so enthusiastic, responsive to... More

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Indianapolis
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our family of 8 arranged for a combined Hidden Lisbon/Jewish Lisbon with Paolo. If there is a more enthusiastic tour guide out there, I would be surprised. Paolo had so much passion, knowledge and energy. His ability to relate to the varied ages of the group was wonderful. He would weave the stories together as we walked the town keeping... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had one day in Lisbon during a cruise. We booked the Jewish Lisbon tour through Lisbon Explorer with the only Jewish guide in Portugal. For 5 hours our amazing guide, Paolo Scheffer, gave us an unforgettable tour. He is an authority and scholar on everything related to Jewish history in Portugal. We visited the major sites of Lisbon and... More

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