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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 329 Activities in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: For the Culturally Curious! • Lively and knowledgeable experts • Perfect for travelers who don't...
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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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Bolzano, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

My mother and I visited Lisbon in January 2014. We still talk a lot about this wonderful week and all the unforgettable people we met there. Paolo Scheffer is one of them. With him we went on an “Alfama Tour”, which ended to be a private tour and on a “Hidden Lisbon Tour”. Paolo, a gifted professor with much knowledge... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Lisbon is a very nice City to visit during a 3 days trip. I especially recommend to make the full trip on the old fashioned Tramway, which allows to see a good part of the City at a very small price. Should you however be using Terminal 2 (Easyjet, Ryanair etc) at Lisbon Airport, then take good note that there... More 

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This review is not for Lisbon Explorer Tours. It is for the Premier Tax Refund Service located on Rua Castilho 39. We have kindly asked for this review to be moved to its proper location. More 

Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We were very fortunate in being able to book the Jewish Lisbon Tour with Paolo Schaffer of Lisbon Explorers.. Paolo is a wealth of information regarding not only the history of the Jews in Lisbon but history in general. He is extremely engaging, fun to be with, extremely knowledgeable and helpful in recommending restaurants & other places to visit. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

My private guide was simply amazing. It wasn't just a tour to just show you places but was very engaging and we went to places I would probably visit if I knew the city more. Antonio was also good in suggesting placed and restaurants to visit and all of the places suggested were absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend with... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We recently toured Lisbon with Paolo, and were delighted. Paolo knows thoroughly the ins-and-outs of the city, and shared his own personal story with us, which enhanced the tour greatly. He is charming and extremely well-informed. He showed us artifacts from the Jewish history in Portugal which we surely would not have found by ourselves. He was also very helpful... More 

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Highland Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

My wife and i spent 2 wonderful days with Paolo Schaffer touring Jewish Lisbon and also the Alfama. I wish i had put his tour for us on tape as he gave us so much interesting information and took us to so many imporatant sites none of which is covered in any guidebook. He has vast knowledge of the subject... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We met with Paolo on the first full day of our stay in Lisbon. He not only orientated us to the history of the Jewish presence in Lisbon, Portugal and Iberia, but also to the city of Lisbon, which he so loves. We explored history, culture, architecture and food as we meandered through the narrow streets winding down from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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