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Address: Lisbon 1300-044, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 362 9263
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Private Tours For the Culturally Curious! Perfect for travelers, foodies...

Private Tours For the Culturally Curious! Perfect for travelers, foodies and art lovers who want more than a mass tourism experience • Lively and knowledgeable experts • 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 • 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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History Comes Alive with Paolo

My family took Paolo's tour in December 2015. His passion and expertise for the topic - the history of Jews in Portugal - was very apparent. Walking through the historic streets... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
bcschles
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Community of Madrid, Spain

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family took Paolo's tour in December 2015. His passion and expertise for the topic - the history of Jews in Portugal - was very apparent. Walking through the historic streets of Lisbon, Paolo explained the little-known events and facts about every seemingly innocuous location we passed. His ability to distill this information into a concise and immensely compelling narrative... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a tour with Paolo while visiting the Iberian peninsula with Trafalgar and it was the highlight of our trip. Paolo led the three of us around Lisbon and kept us entertained with in-depth information regarding the 'secret' Jewish history of Portugal and Lisbon. I would recommend a tour with Paolo for anyone who visits Portugal, jewish or not.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing knowledgeable guide with tremendous intellect, kindness and knowledge of the history of the country. We took Jewish Theme tour with focus on Inquisition and history of Jews of Portugal.Time spent with Paolo will forever be remembered. Paolo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked two half-day tours with Paolo, one focusing on Jewish Lisbon and one on off the beaten track experience. Of course, there was overlap, and the time with Paolo went very quickly with great benefit. His personality is winning and his knowledge and love for the city and country clearly comes through. Paolo spent 10 years in the US,... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked two half-day tours with Lisbon Explorers and Justin was the perfect guide. His depth of knowledge of Lisbon’s culture, history and religions is vast and he had a lot of great stories and history to impart. We greatly enjoyed our conversations and gained so many insights that we would have never known otherwise. The first tour of central... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We travel a lot and always try to visit places related to Jewish history. The "Jewish Lisbon" walking tour with Paolo was the highlight of our trip to Portugal. His wealth of knowledge and emotional involvement left an indelible impression. We came to the tour knowing very little on the subject and left with a clear picture and a deep... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Our tour of Lisbon with Justin was fantastic. He took us to many interesting and hidden locations in central Lisbon, concentrating on the Jewish history of the city. The tour was extremely informative, and Justin kept it particularly interesting for our 8 year old son who is a big history buff. Our 6 year old enjoyed it as well (and... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My wife and I had friends take this tasting tour of Lisbon cuisine and they highly recommended it to us. In October we met our guide, Justin, in front of the Sao Roque church, which was easy to find and a delight to explore while we waiting for our tour time to arrive. Justin took us on a brief walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Both my mum and I were fascinated and loved Paolo's tour, giving us much needed insight into the Jewish history of Portugal. I've actually become quite interested in the topic of crypto-Jews since meeting Paolo. So thank you so much for opening my eyes to a whole world I never really knew or understood. Paolo also accommodated us with a... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Liliana did WONDERFUL job taking my mother (74) and me (48) to "Secret Sintra". She was able to juggle my abilities and my mom's and made it memorable for both of us. The communication during the booking process was excellent as well! Couldn't have asked for a better day!

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Staying in Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores

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Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!