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Lisbon Explorer

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Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
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Address: Lisbon 1300-044, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 362 9263
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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One of the VERY best travel purchases I've made in 25 years.

Touring with Paulo was one of the best travel decisions my wife and I have made in 25 years. He's funny, wise, insightful, passionate, knowledgeable, patient - in short, an... read more

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Touring with Paulo was one of the best travel decisions my wife and I have made in 25 years. He's funny, wise, insightful, passionate, knowledgeable, patient - in short, an incredible guide. If there were a "Hall of Fame" for tour guides in the world, I'd nominate him. We learned an astonishing amount about Lisbon, Portugal, Jewish history, where to... More 

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The O.C., California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Communication with this company could not have been better. My contact with Davide was attentive and his suggestions were spot on. He arranged for a private transfer for the 6 of us from our ship to the top end of the city because taxis were too busy hocking their touring services to transport anyone anywhere. Justin was our guide on... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked Paolo Scheffer of Lisbon Explorer for an in depth tour of Lisbon with special emphasis on Jewish history. Paolo holds a Ph.D, he is extremely knowledgeable, willing to share everything and most of all made excellent recommendations for restaurants and visits outside of Lisbon. We had some confusion about a second booking which the company very graciously cancelled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Justin picked us up from our lovely, centrally located hotel, AlmaLusa. Our hidden Lisbon trip with him was informative, enjoyable and one of our Lisbon highlights. He shared his huge knowledge of Lisbon & Portugal, the politics, the social and economic history. He was also very attentive to our needs and questions. I would highly recommend booking through this company-... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paolo was so informative and very passionate about the jewish heritage of Lisbon. Hi knowledge was extensive and he was so friendly and you can see how he really enjoys sharing that knowledge with you. He opens up the world of Jewish history that is somewhat not written about in some books, Just intense , emotional and extraordinary. So worth... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A perfect way to see Lisbon! Paolo provides a comprehensive overview of Jewish life in Lisbon for over 500 years. He offeres a different perspective of life in Lisbon that you could not get from other city tours. It is a wonderful way to learn about life in Lisbon.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I try to use the services of local guides whenever we are on a city vacation: touring a city with an expert shows and teaches you interesting things, places and sites that you may overlook and miss if you are on your own. Having read the excellent reviews about Paolo Scheffer - we immediately booked a whole... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Aug. 30th my husband and I met with Paolo Scheffer to begin an in depth tour of Jewish Lisbon. Paolo was amazing !! His connection to the past was so interesting. He can trace his family back to those dark days of Jewish forced conversions in the 1500s. He took us to places in the city that we had... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Husband I did a half day tour with Justin. We have taken many such tours in other cities, and this tour we rank as one of the better ones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I saw a side of Lisbon that we had missed completely up until this point. Paolo's guided tour of "Jewish Lisbon" and his comprehensive knowledge of Iberian history made this one of the most enjoyable and informative afternoons we have spent on the Continent. He is an expert in pointing out the things that would have otherwise... More 

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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"!