- Pastéis de Belém Bakery
- Jerónimos Monastary
- Vasco de Gama's tomb
- Monument to the Discoveries
- Belém Tower (exterior)
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA-level historian
- Tickets into the Jerónimos Monastary
For more on Baixa and central Lisbon, consider our Baixa Walking Tour of Lisbon including Bairro Alto & Chiado. If you wish to see the older side of Lisbon, we also offer a Lisbon Old Town tour of the Alfama district.
We can customize this tour on a private basis to focus on a particular area of interest such as military history or visit additional sites like the Maritime Museum. If you have any particular ideas or preferences, please do not hesitate to let us know.
We pre-purchase tickets to Jeronimos Monastery and in order to ensure the smoothest possible experience but it is not possible to skip the line entirely at the moment. If you have flexibility with your schedule, we recommend an afternoon tour to avoid the worst of the cruise ship crowds in high season. We don't typically go inside the Belém tower as they have a restricted capacity and the lines can get long (plus there is a lot to discuss in its exterior!). Your guide can certainly assist with securing tickets for you to enter at the end of the tour. Feel free to leave an order note or contact email@example.com if this would be of interest.
In the Monastery, the Church and Lower Cloister are accessible to persons with reduced mobility. The Tower is partially accessible. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise.
This walk is not a part of our official family program. That said, we may be able to arrange a visit with a family-friendly guide. Please contact us at email@example.com for options and advice.
José Picas do Vale started his professional career at the age of thirteen, as a fisherman. In 1989 he joined the Portuguese Navy, being stationed at the Portuguese National Maritime Museum. He graduated in History, post-graduated in Law and Rights of Impaired Citizens, and obtained a Master degree in Museum Studies. An integrated researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, and associated researcher at the Institute of Art History, FCSH – UNL, José is conducting his Ph.D. in Contemporary History and Museum Studies with a research project on maritime museums. He’s a Fulbright Research Fellow; and Fellow of the Study of the United States Institute on Culture and Society. José has also received Scholarships from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2009/2015); FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (2012-2015); and a Leonard Rennie Grant from the Council of American Maritime Museums (2016). Member of ICOM – International Council of Museums; RESPATRIMONI - International Network of Researchers on Heritagization; ACHS – Association of Critical Heritage Studies; RHIP – Network of History, Industry and Heritage; HOPER – Portuguese network of Oral History; co-founded AC - Acesso Cultura; and is president of the General-Assembly of Vórtice, cultural association. He is the author of several articles on Museums, cultural projects, and Portuguese maritime history. This experience and area of expertise, give José a very particular view of Lisbon, its History and its stories.
Ricardo Lucas Branco is an Art Historian with a MA degree in History of Early Modern Art (FCSH/UNL, 2008), and two Graduate Degrees, one in History of Art (FCSH/UNL, 2003) and other in Art Conservation and Restoration (ESCR-UNL,1998). He is a researcher at the Art History Institute of Universidade Nova, Lisbon, and currently he's working on his PhD dissertation in History of Architecture. In addition, He has extensive professional experience in heritage study, dissemination and conservation, gained over 15 years of continuous work both in public institutions like the Institute of Architectural and Archaeological Heritage (IPPAR), Institute of Museums and Conservation (IMC), Directorate-General of Buildings and National Monuments (DGEMN) and Lisbon City Council (CML), and private ones such as Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation Museum of Decorative Arts (FRESS), and Lisbon Tourism Association (ATL). Ricardo also teaches “History of Architecture”, and “Art Conservation and Restoration Methodology” at the Graduate School of Decorative Arts (ESAD - Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisbon), and he is currently a collaborator of the National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon (MNAA) in conducting guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions in Portuguese English and Spanish. Although Ricardo's area of expertise and research is focused mainly on Art History and Architecture from the Renaissance period to Baroque (c.1450-1750), his knowledge of History encompasses a broader scope, because leading tours with a higher level of specialization is already part of his professional experience as a museum guide and as a College Professor. Therefore, Ricardo is quite comfortable talking about various historical contexts that can range from the Middle Ages in Portugal and Spain, its global expansion from the era of Discoveries to the Romanticism of the nineteenth century.
Rita has been a tour guide in Lisbon for four years. She was raised in the south riverbank of Lisbon and studied law and drama in the city. To truly understand the beauty of Lisbon she felt the need to see and embrace the rest of the world first. After travelling for 18 months, her jaw dropped for Lisbon's charms for good. She became an expert in finding the most unique corners, alleys and details of Lisbon, its unique culture and people. She became Lisbon's storyteller.
Reviews can only be left by Context customers after they have completed a tour. For more information about our reviews, please see our FAQ.