Cosmopolitan Lisbon is a city of diversities. This tour begins precisely at the latest neighborhood, Park of Nations, where the World Fair was held in 1998. Than we’ll take you back 900 years in time to visit Alfama quarter, the old heart of Lisbon, the Moorish neighborhood where fado, the Portuguese national song, was born. We walk through the squares and main streets of Baixa Pombalina, Rua Augusta, Rua do Ouro and Rua da Prata, in direction to the river. This estuary of light that we will soon see again at the top of Eduardo VII Park.
Crossing the 25th of April bridge to the south bank is a breathtaking ride and after climbing to the monument of Cristo Rei you will have the whole city of Lisbon at our feet. Later we will go to Belem, where the past of Portuguese discoveries is displayed in the splendor of the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Monument to the Discoveries. This is where we will taste the famous Pastel de Belem. Finally, we’ll cover the bohemian and cosmopolitan quarters of Bairro Alto and Chiado.
This single-day tour will be done with a highly comfortable Mercedes-Benz vehicle, driven by a professional driver-guide.
| Total Cost in €: Euros|
|2People x 100€: 200€|
|3People x 70€: 210€|
|4People x 57€: 228€|
|5People x 48€: 240€|
|6People x 44€: 264€|
|7People x 39€: 273€|
|8People x 37€: 296€|
|9 or more passengers please contact us.|
Up to 8 hours
Place designated by you
Expo98 is where the 1998 World Fair took place, now called “Parque das Nações”, it is the most recent district/quarter of the city of Lisbon where you can admire some of the most beautiful marvels of modern architecture (Vasco da Gama Bridge, the Oriente Train Station, the building towers of São Gabriel and São Rafael, Vasco da Gama Shopping Center, among others). Stops for photos and a visit to the Oceanarium (optional) voted by Tripadvisor the best in Europe and the second-best worldwide, only behind Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, U.S.A.
The oldest quarter of Lisbon dates back to the time of the Moors’ conquest of the city (8th to 12th centuries). The panorama views from the famous “miradouros” of Santa Luzia and Senhora do Monte are a must-stop on our tour, where you can contemplate the wonderful sights of the Tagus River and of the city. We will explore the narrow cobblestone alleys and streets where the facades of traditional houses are covered with beautiful tiles, an Arabian heritage in the Iberian Peninsula. Also, it is here that “Fado”, the Portuguese national song was born. Two other places of interest are, the Lisbon Cathedral (built-in 1448) and the Church of St. Anthony, patron saint of lost causes and weddings, (built on the site where he was born). Visit the Castle of São Jorge (optional) conquered by Dom Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal) from the Moors in 1147.
In 1755, Lisbon was the site of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Europe. At the time, the Marquis of Pombal took on the mission to reconstruct the city center which was completely ruined and devastated due to this catastrophe. And as such, the first modern European city was born: “Baixa Pombalina” with its urban and geometric architectural plan, it became the model used in the construction of other new cities, especially in the New World (for example Manhattan in New York, Chicago city center, etc.) Here we will visit the famous squares “Praça do Comércio” and “Rossio” (statue of the First Emperor of Brazil, D. Pedro I), Rua Augusta (the most important pedestrian street in Portugal, with its famous Arch of Triumph.
On our way to “Parque Eduardo VII”, we will drive through “Avenida da Liberdade”, Lisbon’s Champs d’Élysées, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Besides the unique green vegetation, it is also famous for its national and international brand name shops, a paradise for glamorous shopping sprees. We will pass by the most imposing monument in Lisbon, a tribute to one of Portugal’s biggest national heroes, Marquis de Pombal. As we arrive at the top of “Parque Eduardo VII”, we can admire the wonderful view of the city and of the Tagus River.
Inaugurated in 1966, the 25 April Bridge has become a major landmark of the city of Lisbon and a welcome sight for all visitors. The bridge connects the two margins of the Tagus River and it is one of the most imposing suspended cable bridges in all the world.
The Cristo Rei was inaugurated in 1959 and it’s a national sanctuary. It is a place of pilgrimage and welcomes thousands of Christians every year. Also, due to its privileged location, the overview is about two hundred meters above the water level of the river, the panoramic scenery is one of the most spectacular overlooking the city of Lisbon. This fact attracts millions of tourists annually.
Belém is the district/quarter of Lisbon that is dedicated to the great Portuguese explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries. Portugal was the first globalized country in the world with the arrival of its explorers to all continents. The Portuguese empire became one of the largest in the history of humanity. The majestic monuments that we find here are a reflection of the golden era in the history of Portugal: Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries with the statues of the great Portuguese sailors and explorers, Pedro Alvares Cabral, Vasco da Gama among others. Finally, there is a must-visit to the famous “Pastéis de Belém”, one of Portugal´s most typical pastries/sweets.
The bohemian quarter of Chiado was devastated by a terrible fire in 1988 and was the object of a careful reconstruction project led by the Portuguese architect Álvaro de Sisa Vieira. It is, without a doubt, the busiest district in Lisbon. It is here that the streets “Rua do Carmo” and “Rua Garrett”, where we can find Café “A Brasileira” (with a statue of the poet and writer Fernando Pessoa, a regular client of this café), come alive every day! Also, located in this quarter are some of the most famous and international renown restaurants in Portugal, for example, “Restaurante Belcanto” of Chef José Avillez which won the distinction of the best restaurant in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2016.
“Bairro Alto”, is named as such because it is located in one of the seven hills of Lisbon. It is an old quarter dated back to the 16th century and has become a local favorite among the “Alfacinhas” (a name given to the native people of Lisbon) where they can enjoy Lisbon’s nightlife. Its countless bars, restaurants, and “Fado houses”, attract people of all ages, social classes and ethnic backgrounds because of the cosmopolitan ambience with a touch of medieval charm!
A private tour with an accredited professional driver/guide, exclusively at your disposal, who will accompany you on visits to monuments and other places of interest whenever possible, (in certain areas of the city, car parking is not available or not allowed in which case the driver/guide will drop you off and schedule a time with you for pick-up, back at the same place of drop-off).
The start and ending of the tour will always be at a place designated by you, in accordance to the agreement previously established between you and Premiere Tours .
This tour is completely personalized. If you wish to change our suggestions of places to visit with others chosen by you, we will gladly do our best to accommodate your choices or options.