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Lisbon Belém Tour: Age of Discoveries & Beyond

Delve into the Age of Portuguese Discoveries and taste the world's most iconic custard tart
$342
$73/pp
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About the Tour
Private Tour
$ 342
Small Group Tour
$ 73 /PP
Category
History
Duration
3 hours
Location
Lisbon
Photos & Highlights
  • Detailed explanation of the Portuguese Age of Discovery from early settlers to present day
  • Led by a local historian
  • Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Pastéis de Belém, and Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
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Patricia
Patricia
Ian
Ian
Marco
Marco
47 Reviews (4.9)

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Tour guides are consistently top notch, insightful and engaging. Pascal’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm about Portugal is terrific!
This tour was very poorly planned and utterly disappointing. We booked this tour with the specific expectation that we would be visiting two attractions: Jeronimos monastery and Belém tower. We received an email confirming this, and letting us know that we had *pre-paid tickets* for these attractions. On the day of the tour, and only once our guide had met with us, were we informed that in fact the tickets to the primary attraction, the monastery, had in fact *NOT* been purchased. The line was so long at this point, that we were unable to get tickets and to see the sight. So we essentially ambled about pointlessly for most of the morning, got a drink, and headed to the second sight on our list, the tower. Here while we had 'skip the queue' tickets, the line was again, so long, and we were so late to get into it, that we spent over an hour waiting for entry. Based on this very long wait, the tour then ended late by 1.5 hours! So: we'd booked a 3.5 hour tour with 2 key sights. We got a 5 hour experience, most of it spent in the terrible heat with our two kids - waiting in line, and only 1 sight. To add insult to injury we were told that we would receive an email about the reimbursement for sight that we were charged for - but did not see - and are still waiting for that email. Our guide was lovely. He did his best and was kind and thoughtful. However, we felt he was put into a no-win situation by having a tour planned in a way that what completely impractical to undertaken in the time allocated during the busy August season. He was also left in the difficult position of having to break it to us, day-of, that the sites we'd specifically paid to see and wanted to see, were not actually an option as the tickets had not been purchased. What a disappointment. This was a waste of a full precious day in Lisbon - and we paid for a tour that was outrageously expensive relative to the value received.
Extremely knowledgeable and personable guide We learned a great deal Excellent itinerary
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Patricia
Patricia
Ian
Ian
Marco
Marco
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