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“Highlight of our stay -- tour and tasting”

Lisbon Explorer Private Tours
Ranked #6 of 136 Food & Drink in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 14, 2015

We had a very memorable afternoon and evening with Justin. We first took a walking tour of Lisbon -- a fascinating explanation of Lisbon's history and places of interest. Justin's knowledge, plus desire to share and answer our questions, made it an exceptional tour. We then moved on to the evening tasting experience and enjoyed an overview of Portuguese wines and food. They were accompanied by delicious assortment of typical Portuguese cheese, meats, olives, and delicious bread & olive oils. Again, a wonderful learning experience and a highlight of our visit to Lisbon.

Thank Teamfo
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Reviewed December 14, 2015

In depth historical knowledge was remarkable. Justin brought to life the historical connections over the centuries. He described the early Roman occupation and tactics employed by Caesar to avoid direct confrontation with the Druids as much as possible. He provided insight into the historic coexistence of the Christians and Jews in Lisbon, and background on the presence of the Moors in Portugal. Portugal as a non-participant in World War II was also particularly interesting.

Thank SH and LA P
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Reviewed December 14, 2015

Paola gave us a tour of Jewish Lisbon that was enlightening and entertaining. His English was perfect since he lived and studied in the United States. We learned so much history about the Iberian peninsula as well as its Jewish people. All of this historical information helped us understand what we were seeing during the rest of our tour through southern Portugal and Spain. Paolo told us about his family history which helped make this tour even more memorable. We also sampled some typical foods of the region during our time together. This was a highlight of our trip, and I'd highly recommend Paolo.

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Reviewed December 14, 2015

We toured with Liliana from Lisbon Explorer and had an excellent tour. This was a private tour arranged beforehand by one of our fellow cruisers who had really done her homework and, lucky for us, selected the best tour company in Lisbon. Very prompt pickup at the port in a very comfortable and roomy van, and then we were off to Sintra and Pena Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site. Liliana was extremely knowledgeable and relayed interesting facts and lots of history on our trip up to the beautiful palace. I must also comment on the very safe driver assigned to us. You would have to be very good to maneuver on some of those narrow mountain roads. Once there, she gave us our own private tour, with no waiting in line, which far exceeded just wandering around on your own. On the way back to the port, we stopped at Quinta da Regaleira where, once again, we had our private tour revealing interesting facts and history of the estate and surrounding area. Liliana kept the drive to and from the port interesting all along the way. Kudos to both her and our driver, which I am sorry to say, I don't remember his name.

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Reviewed December 14, 2015

We had a few days in Lisbon during a Vantage tour of Portugal. Instead of taking bus tours with the large group we opted on having a local guide give us a personal walking tour. We were met on time by Justin and he was so good at providing us the sights and history of Lisbon we asked to do it a second time the next day. He and his company also gave us good advice on which Fado to have dinner with and enjoyed that experience as well. We highly recommend Lisbon Explorer. Justin had perfect English and was a scholar on church history. The first day we did the Hidden Lisbon tour then the next day we did the Around Alfama tour. Justin gave us fascinating accounts of Portuguese history for the past 500 - 600 years: sad strife
between the large Lisbon Jewish community and the Roman Catholics; failings of the Portuguese monarchy; wasted opportunities and greed; how Lisbon was a bustling center of espionage during WWII; the great wealth of Portugal during the 1400 - 1600 period; and a period of stagnation and poverty from 1820 - 2005. He suggested that the European Community may have been enough of a stimulus in 2005 to finally get Portugal back on its feet. He described the Portuguese people as having a belief that they have a manifest destiny of great importance and to this day live beyond their means and are not at all practical with their own resources. He described the relationship with Spain as being one of mutual dislike but tolerance for one another. The Portuguese, he conveyed, are much more akin to the Italians than the Spanish, both culturally and genetically. After the tour, our guide recommended a place to rest over a drink then a place well known for their grilled octopus which turned out to be a delicious! His final recommendation was a place called "Mr. Wine" for deserts and an evening of Fado, the Portuguese version of the blues. The music was wonderful.

Thank Lawrence P
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