Lisbon (private tour)
After we pick you up where you are staying, we will go back to XVI century Belem to discover together all of the adventures of the brave Portuguese navigators. You’ll have the opportunity to appreciate different monuments, but you can’t miss out on the magnificent monastery classified by UNESCO that was built to celebrate discovery of a sea route to India in 1498 by Vasco da Gama (Monastery of Jeronimos; read more here); and of course, the most well keep secret of the Portuguese pastry, the Pasteis de Belem. There is a local ritual to eating these delicacies that we will share with you.
After all of these adventures, and after delighting your taste buds with the most magnificent Portuguese pastry, we will came back to the present and cross the bridge that was named after the revolution day (25th of April Bridge) that finished the Salazar dictatorship in 1974. This bridge is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA.
We will then go to the south side of the river for one special reason: to enjoy the best view of Lisbon at the Christ the King Statue, which was erected in 1959 to thank God for sparing Portugal from the horrors of World War II (here there is an optional entrance for an additional fee). You'll be amazed with this astonishing view.
Then, after witnessing this breathtaking view, it is time to visit Cacilhas, a quiet seaside town close to the river Tejo. Cacilhas is known for the "cervejarias" (beer halls) serving fresh seafood, refreshing brews and fine views of the sun setting over the river. We promise to take you far away from the tourist traps. Here you can enjoy a lunch in a very typical local restaurant (lunch price not included). You will feel like taking a nap after this, which is not a bad idea, but we will be heading to the old town...
Arriving in the old town, you will learn about the City of Seven Hills, enjoy the amazing views and vibes that Lisbon has to offer, and we will stop at the best viewpoints of the city – we call them miradouros, which means ‘golden views’ – you will understand why! (miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte, miradouro das Portas do Sol, Elevador de Santa Justa, etc.). We will also tour the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon, like Baixa, Chiado, Alfama, Graça, Mouraria or Principe Real.
To end our journey (this could also change, since Lisbon is full of so many good surprises, and we don't like to follow rules that much) we will stop in one of the most important squares of Lisbon, Largo do Carmo. The Carnation Revolution occurred here in 1974.
All of this takes place in the company of a local guide, and is done in a relaxed and informal way. We only work with small groups (sorry, but we don’t like big groups). This is not recommended for regular tourists, and we provide secrets to the city that we only share with you.
Price (1 to 8 people): €250 (total)
Duration: About 6 hours; start time is at 10 am (adjustable to your needs)
Not included: Meals
Advice: It is mandatory to be in a good mood, and please bring comfortable shoes, clothes and sunscreen. Beware of the sun (we have a lot!). We will use a Lisbon Riders van that has been prepared especially for our tour, which can carry 8 guests and is air-conditioned
Pick up / drop off: We will pick you up and drop you off at the place in which you are staying (if it is located in the city center or in the Port of Lisbon)