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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

1. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon: Guided Walking, E-Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

2. Lisbon: Guided Walking, E-Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto and peddle with an e-bike along the Tagus River. Try a traditional pastry and see the Belém tower. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Hop aboard a well-maintained e-bike and begin your ride on flat paths along the Tagus River. See the iconic April 25th bridge and the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum. Upon arriving in Belém, immerse yourself in the 16th-century Manueline-style artwork of the Jerónimos Monastery. Taste a traditional pastel de belém (Portuguese custard tart) at the shop "Pastéis de Belém" which was founded in 1837. Follow your guide to the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators. View the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Finish your tour with a dreamy boat ride along the Tagus river. Relax as you take in the city from the water until you reach Praça do Comércio and end your tour.

Lisbon: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

3. Lisbon: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Lisbon at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Praça do Comércio, Bairro Alto, Church of São Roque and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

4. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

Lisbon: Guided Walking, Tram, Boat, and Helicopter Tour

5. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Tram, Boat, and Helicopter Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto for stunning city views. Take to the skies and experience the city from above on a helicopter ride. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Continue the tour aboard a boat along the Tagus River that will take you to Belém, the neighborhood of Lisbon. View the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum and the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators.  See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Board a helicopter for a bird's-eye-view of the city. Soar over sights like the iconic April 25th bridge and the Manueline-style Jerónimos Monastery. Return to city center in an airconditioned van.

Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

6. Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

Discover the most beautiful sights in Lisbon on this private tour. Your personal, officially certified tour guide/driver will give you comprehensive insight into the city, and will take your interests into account to customize the tour for you. For example, you can explore Lisbon's picturesque neighborhoods on a one-of-a-kind panoramic tour to the 25th of April Bridge. From a height of over 100 meters, you can admire a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the Christ the King Statue, which, at 28.5 meters high, is the largest concrete statue in Europe. You can also climb to the top of said statue, where you can take in an incredible view of the city and the river. Admire the magnificent Hieronymite Monastery, one of the most important and impressive examples of Manueline style, a Portuguese variation on late Gothic. You can also discover the unique Belém Tower and the one-of-a-kind Monument to the Discoveries. Visit areas of Lisbon less known among tourists such as the Estrela quarter with its Basilica, or the cemetery Prazeres. Lunchtime is also planned at one of Lisbon's local markets, away from tourist crowds.

Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

7. Lisbon: HIghlights of Lisbon Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in Luis de Camoes Square and begin your sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Explore the city's cultural center, Largo do Chiado, and visit the Alfama district together with your local guide. Start your tour with a visit to Largo do Chiado. Stroll past the cafés where Portuguese intellectuals used to meet and enjoy a cup of coffee alongside the famed Portuguese pastry, the Pastel de Nata. Discover the Church of São Roque, one of the most captivating religious temples in Lisbon, and marvel at the ornate interior. Take a minute and relax under the jacarandas in Largo de Carmo, before entering the Carmo Convent with your skip-the-line tickets. See the ruins of an old Gothic church that was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755 and now houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visit the Santa Justa Lift, an important work of engineering from the early 1900s. Walk along the elegant Rua Augusta until you reach the arch that leads to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's main square. Admire the Cais das Colunas, the old entrance to the city from the Tagus River. Next, visit the Lisbon Cathedral. Built in the 13th century on top of a ruined mosque, this is Lisbon's most important and iconic religious buildings. Head to the Old Church of Our Lady of the Conception and admire the Manueline-style elements used on its façade. End your tour with a stroll around the charming Alfama quarter. Enjoy the incredible views of the city from the Miradouro de Santo Estêvão, while you taste the Ginjinha, the traditional Portuguese liquor prepared by local ladies. Visit the exterior of the Fado Museum, the best-known expression of Portuguese music.

Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

With a local guide in the driving seat, this tour provides a fantastic introduction to Lisbon's west hills of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. You will encounter history, culture, landmarks, amazing viewpoints and cultural areas, learning about your surroundings from your guide. This trendy part of the city was once the center of intellectual life, where famous writers would meet for their morning coffee and discuss important matters. It has now become a cool, vibrant, part of town, and the perfect place to do some shopping or just stroll around during your stay in Lisbon. These three neighborhoods offer you a little bit of everything, from fashion, glamour, fascinating historical sites such as Carmo Convent/Largo do Carmo, where the revolution that ended the fascist dictatorship in Portugal started. You will also later discover the beautiful São Roque church. These areas also boasts emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, live music and great tapas restaurants. The nightlife is pretty good too, with numerous bars and clubs to choose from.

Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

9. Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience that will take you across the Bairro Alto and Bica neighborhoods as you follow a trail of riddles. Use the app on your mobile phone to navigate the city, riddle to riddle, learning about the history of the places you visit as you go. Start at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara, a landscaped terrace with a beautiful fountain and panoramic views of the city. Solve a total of 17 riddles that will take you from one location to the next. Each riddle is made up of cryptic directions and a question. Take as many chances to answer the riddle as you like, but if you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint or skip a riddle.  Discover spots in Lisbon that most locals don’t even know as well as the city's most popular sights from a different angle. This edition introduces you to the hidden gems of the Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodre neighborhoods. Some highlights include Sao Roque Church, Carmo Convent, the fabulous view from Topo Chiado, Miradouro of Santa Catarina, a bar on top of a car park, and the tasty cuisine at Time Out Market. Solve riddles that will lead you down narrow streets and take you past curious statues, street art, and impressive tiles.  Unlock forgotten stories and tips for food and drink stops. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids, and team building groups. Enjoy going at your own pace and working together to complete a tour challenge that is sure to be one of your best memories of Lisbon.

Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

10. Lisbon: Layover Tour with Airport Pickup and Drop-Off

The experience begins with pickup from the airport by your guide. Climb inside a comfortable Mercedes-Benz vehicle and depart towards the city center, passing Liberdade Avenue, Rossio, Restauradores and Comercio plazas.  Drive through the hilly streets, see the charming yellow trams, and admire the old town. Continue to Belem, where the famous Portuguese pastries have been made since 1837. Stop near the Explorers Monument, Belem Tower, and Jeronimos Monastery.  Capture the beauty of Lisbon from the the Santa Justa Elevator and other famous viewpoints. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at the airport, in time for your connecting flight.

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What people are saying about Carmo Convent

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,520 reviews

Beatrice, our guide, was just fantastic. Her degrees and education were shown by her ability to answer our questions on subjects such as history, architecture, decorative arts and gastronomy. She was friendly, approachable, courteous, and protective. I was also very appreciative of ensuring the "walking" aspect of the tour was either on even (albeit cobbly) ground or downhill (as opposed to uphill)! I highly recommend this tour as an introduction to the beautiful, historic city of Lisbon. We followed some of her hints and tips and enjoyed our visit immensely.

Beatriz was my guide. She was excellent in that she is vivacious, knowledgeable and stops to answer questions. She would show us things that made Lisbon come alive. This was one of the first things I did in the city as a solo traveler. It's a great introduction to the city and nice way to meet others traveling.

Could not recommend this tour enough . Completed it on my first morning in lisbon and gave me a great sense of the city. Tour guide was brilliant, great value for money.

Beatrice is warm, entertaining and very informative. There was not too much walking, with the tram and the cafe stop.

Very nice your. Our guide David was a wealth of knowledge.