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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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Paolo Scheffer - Outstanding Historian of Jewish People in Portugal History and Art Historian

My group/family had an age range from 15 to 70. We were all mesmorized by our tour with Paolo. It was the highlight of our trip!! I recommend him highly. We booked our tour for... read more

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My group/family had an age range from 15 to 70. We were all mesmorized by our tour with Paolo. It was the highlight of our trip!! I recommend him highly. We booked our tour for our 2nd day in Lisbon and it was the best move. Not only did he do a magnificent tour with stories that kept us spellbound... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I did the "Hidden Lisbon" half-day private tour with Justin, and I highly recommend the company, the tour, and the tour guide. The tour was very easy to arrange via email, and the company was quite responsive and flexible to accommodate our schedule (we were on a cruise and were in port for a range of hours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took this tour with Paulo in June. On the face of things, there isn't much trace of Jewish history in Lisbon, but I was fortunate I had a guide who not only seems to know every nook and cranny of Jewish Lisbon, but also is actively engaged in finding and protecting Jewish heritage in the city. Taking an academic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked two tours with Lisbon Explorer in June 2016, Hidden Lisbon and Around Alfama. We took the tours with our guide Justin, one on Friday and the other on Saturday in the mornings. Taking the tours in the morning helps to avoid the crowds and the afternoon heat. Justin took us to many amazing places across Lisbon. We enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went with a group of friends to Lisbon and started our trip with the hidden Lisbon walking tour. The best way to start exploring Lisbon! Paolo is an excellent tour guide and he showed us places we would otherwise have missed. He has extensive knowledge of Lisbon and its history and he is a great storyteller! Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I and our friends went on a walking tour of historic Lisbon with Justin. Do not pass up the opportuity to learn about the city from this wonderful guide! Justin is so knowledgeable about the history of the city and conveys so much information through fascnating stories as he leads us through the historic sights. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paolo is an excellent tour guide! Because of rainy weather conditions we had to make a few last minute changes to our planned tour and that was no problem at all for Paolo. Paolo has extensive knowledge of Lisbon and its history, and took us anywhere we liked. Great tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had two half day tours with Justin and truly enjoyed both tours. He had extensive knowledge of the area and it's history. Our first half day tour was the newer part of the city, reconstructed after the 1755 earthquake. Very interesting. The second day, we concentrated on the older part, which escaped the devastation of the earthquake. He tailored... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Walking tour with Paolo was amazing. Learned so much. I still get shivers from the history stories. The tour was like going back in time and living the history all Over again. Or maby that's just genetic memory that made a trick. Paolo also took into account my travel companions physical disability. Jewish Lisbon was best tour on our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paolo brilliantly conducted us through the facts and places of Jewish history in Lisbon. He is deeply knowledgeable of both history and present circumstances, and we've never had a more engaged and expert guide. The tour also served as an excellent introduction to the city center, and Paolo's suggestions for other attractions and dining were excellent. This was one of... 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"!