Lisbon Private: Alfama

Lisbon is Europe’s second oldest capital city. Founded in 1200BC it is a story so old its origins are shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that the city’s earliest occupation was in the Alfama. This is the site of Lisbon’s earliest places of worship, the heart of Rome’s occupation, the center of the Moorish city and its Christian reconquest, and one of the few areas to survive the earthquake of 1755.   We wind through the vertiginous streets of Alfama, a far cry from the orderly grid of the downtown Baixa, taking in some of its most important sites including: St. Georges castle (exterior only), Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral, the history of Fado, the spectacular Miradouros looking down onto the glistening Rio Tejo and much more.    This is more than just a historical tour, this is an anthropological look in the very heart of what makes Lisbon so uniquely special.   Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours   Cost: €180 for groups of 1-6 people. Additional tickets can be purchased at €15 per person   Please Email or phone the office to confirm availability when booking less than 2 weeks in advance of your trip.

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Lisbon Private: Historic Shops and Crafts of Lisbon

In recent years tourism has boomed in Lisbon. This has put increasing pressure on local businesses to keep up with the rapidly inflating real estate market. A decade ago there were 300 historic shops in Lisbon, today that number is just 180. With more and more shops selling black rooster figurines and fake Cristiano Ronaldo jerseys, Lisbon’s priority has turned to one of its most valuable assets, its historic stores.   Many of these century-old stores have been kept in the same families for generations, with beautiful Rococo shopfronts and charmingly time warped interiors. The master craftsmen and tradespeople who watch over these unique old-world shops have been perfecting their crafts for decades, and work to protect these special stores by conserving and protecting them and their products. These shops and their guardians are part of what makes Lisbon such a unique city and their historical and cultural value cannot be overestimated.    From grocers to bakers, to candlestick makers we explore all that makes Lisbon special. Exploring stores that have been practicing their crafts for hundreds of years, the history behind them and the products and services they provide.   Not only that but as official partners of the ‘museu do filigrana’ we have direct access to one of Lisbon’s newest attractions. Opened in April 2018 The Filagree museum in Lisbon is the only museum in Portugal dedicated to Filagree. Located in the old Lisbon headquarters of one of Portugal’s most famous jewelers, we will see some of the finest examples of filigree in existence, we will learn how it is painstakingly made, its millennial old history and much much more.    Price is €180 for a group of up to 6 people and an additional €20 per adult and €10 per child after the 6th.   We stop at numerous great cafes, and pastry shops were you can try some of Lisbon's best delicacies, any bought are at the customer's expense.   We take no commission on products bought in any of the stores, we take clients to each store based on its historic importance rather than financial gain. 

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Lisbon Private: Belém

The river Tejo runs through Lisbon like a blue ribbon glistening in the southern European sun, the very life source of this one-time fishing village. By the time it reaches Belém the smell of brine intensifies, the wind whips stronger and on the horizon, the seemingly endless Atlantic stretches out. It was here that Lisbon would go from a small fishing village to the world’s first global empire.   We start our tour with a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belém to taste the iconic pastry of Lisbon, the pastel de nata, and a traditional bica or coffee. Fully energized, we then head to the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Belém, a gem of the unique Portuguese Manueline architecture.  We shall then visit one of the two UNESCO World heritage sites on our visit, the Monastery of St. Jerome (with skip-the-line access).    After a quick stop at the Monument to the discoveries, we stroll along the river to our second UNESCO site, the Tower of Belém, an impressive and lavishly decorated river fortress that demonstrates Portuguese Renaissance architecture at its best.   Cost: €180 for a group of up to 6 people. For prepurchased entry tickets and Skip the line access to the Monastery of Jerome you must select the upgrade option at a cost of €15 per person.

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Lisbon Private: Essential Lisbon

Lisbon may be one of Europe’s oldest cities, but there is nothing sedentary about it, this is a bustling city with so much going on. We start in the Bairro Alto, the nightlife center of Lisbon with bohemian bars and countless restaurants, before heading to the worlds most expensive chapel in the Church of Sao Roque. Then onto the Chiado, Lisbon’s poets' corner and home of the great Fernando Pessoa. After shaking the city to its very foundations in 1755 we rebuild the city from the ground up in the Baixa, before falling into the decay of Salazar’s dictatorship, Lisbon’s rise from the ashes before the financial ruin in 2010 and her rebirth as a tech hub.   From the bohemian decadence of the Bairro Alto to the stupendous opulence of the church of Sao Roque, we trace the cities history from foundation to financial ruin and re-emergence, from discovery to dictatorship. three hours for 3000 years of history. A perfect introduction to the city, its history, hotspots, its poets and traditions. The perfect start to your trip.   Price is €180 for a group of upto 6 people. Additional space can be purchased at €15 per adult and €8 per child.

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Private tours will becoming soon, but feel free to drop us an email or call us if you would like to book a private tour in Lisbon