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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 327 Activities in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were in Lisbon for 3 days last month and were so pleased to have spent several hours with Paolo Scheffer through Lisbon Explorer. His knowledge and understanding of Jewish history in Portugal was amazing. He brought history to life with great enthusiasm while discussing hundreds of years of detailed scholarly information. Jewish history is so much... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

In October, 2014, my wife and I had engaged a tour guide, Paolo, from Lisbon Explorer to give us a tour of Jewish Lisbon. We were met promptly at the appointed time and place and Paolo provided us with a very informative walking tour and we appreciated and enjoyed all the knowledge he shared with us. I am happy to... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We recently did a Jewish Walking tour of Lisbon with Paolo. Just to say thanks to Lisbon Explorer. This was one of the best tours we have ever taken and Paolo was an absolutely wonderful guide. Ellen C.

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Paolo Schaeffer is a fabulous guide. We had a group of 18 friends who were led through the streets of Lisbon to learn of this city's (and country's) Jewish history. As other reviewers have noted, he is enthusiastic, entertaining, and very knowledgeable. Though a native of Portugal, he earned a graduate degree in the US and speaks fluent English; everyone... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I wanted a more in depth experience of Portugal than the typical tour. These two tours each exceeded our expectations. Paolo, our guide was exceptional. As he explained Portuguese history and culture and Lisbon's architecture to us, we felt that we were being shown around by a friend who was knowledgeable and informative and friendly and entertaining.... More

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Flanders, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Paolo Schaeffer was our guide last week when we arrived in Lisbon. His enthusiasm about his city and country were only out-shadowed by his exquisitely accurate historical knowledge. You will learn and hear stories which no one else will share. Perfect American English, coupled with a cordial and kind demeanor, you will walk the city and be privileged to the... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

You must book Paolo Scheffer, professor and historian, as your tour guide in Lisbon. Just like an Aman hotel, he is 7 stars. I will not tell you about the tour itself as not to spoil the emotional highs and lows that he is able to bring you to as an extraordinary professor. Please read the other Tripadvisor reviews which... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I contacted online LisbonExplorer to decide the perfect plan for our first trip in Lisbon. I chose 2 private tours for our group of 5 persons and expressly asked for Paolo as our guide, after reading countless excellent reviews about him. My choice was inspired, we had a very interesting afternoon together with a gifted professor, sharing with passion his... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I was taken Hidden Lisbon tour with Professor Paolo Scheffer in October 2014. Prof. Scheffer is a great educator and very charismatic person. Paolo shares his deep knowledge of history of Lisbon, Art history, and history of Jews in Portugal to his audience with great passion. He encouraged asking questions and responded with the best of his knowledge also referring... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My wife and I have visited Europe many times, but never Lisbon and we wanted a guide who would also be able to help us understand the history and experiences of the Jewish population of Lisbon past and present. Paolo was very well suited for this. He is a cultivated, smart and knowledgeable guide. And he has a delightful sense... More

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