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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
09:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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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Excellent, learning experience !!!

Paolo is just wonderful !!! Gave us the real, true story of the jewish history in Lisbon showing us the beauty of the city at the same time .... a bitter, sweet visit.... He is... read more

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Paolo is just wonderful !!! Gave us the real, true story of the jewish history in Lisbon showing us the beauty of the city at the same time .... a bitter, sweet visit.... He is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and adapts to the needs of the group. He also gave us tips for our days to follow in Lisbon. Is a... More 

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Douglas, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recently brought a group of 8 friends to Lisbon, and booked 3 separate tours with Lisbon Explorer. Everything was fabulous! Paolo was fantastic as our guide in Lisbon, and Liliana was just as wonderful for Sintra and Fatima. My communication with Davide to organize the tours was extremely prompt and courteous. I highly recommend Lisboon Explorer!

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We met Paulo on our first day in Lisbon for a Jewish Tour. We bonded immediately. Paulo's knowledge of the Jewish History of Portugal was amazing as well as the supporting history. He brought us to areas of Lisbon that we would never have visited and his depth of topics was beyond description. He also introduced us to the cafes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Paolo Passionate knowledgeable personable He personalized our tour per my request My wife who normally doesn't enjoy day Tours could NOT stop raving about auto How informative he was and how he created a story around each of the places we toured I would rate Paolo and the entire experience a 10+ out of 10 Richard a

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Paolo has an interesting personal story, as well as great knowledge about Jewish Portugal. We had a great walk, picked up new information and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. This was one of the highligts of our 3 weeks in Portugal. We recommended this tour to our friends, who will be taking it as as a cruise ship excursion in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At first I was confused. I thought Paolo was going to show me a lot of buildings. Instead he told me stories. And I listened - and would have kept listening - for as long as he chose to share the depth and breadth of his knowledge with me. He made the history of what had once been Jewish Lisbon... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our walking tour of Jewish Lisbon was beyond anything we could have imagined. Paolo is an outstanding guide and teacher and very engaging. He is an expert on Jewish history in Portugal, and is very passionate about it. He opened a window into a whole world of experience, both past and present. He made the visit extraordinary. We want to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I met Justin for a 3+ hour guided tour of Lisbon. We had a terrific day with him. Justin was easy to be with and very knowledgeable. We went into a number of sites that we probably wouldn't have on our own. Igreja de Sao Roque with its beautiful mosaic 'paintings' was extraordinary. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a seven hour stop in Lisbon which wasn't nearly enough time in this amazing city...BUT....thanks to our awesome guide Justin we were able to see and learn an incredible amount about the city and its culture in just six short hours on the Around Alfama and Hidden Lisbon walking tours which we combined. Justin's knowledge of history and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Living history is best told by a local, and Paolo Schaefer shares the unique position of living both in Lisbon and in the USA. His English is impeccable and his knowledge of the nuances of Judaism lived one the years in Portugal is expansive. We mixed walking, cabs and discussion to enrich our visit. I recommend Paolo unconditionally and without... 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"!
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