Where can I find the best pastel de nata in my neighborhood? Which tram do I take? How do I communicate in Portuguese? Welcome to Lisbon. As easy as international travel has become, it can still be unnerving to arrive in an unfamiliar city with unanswered questions. Our personalized orientation tour, in the company of a local insider, is essential for first-time visitors seeking advice on Lisbon sightseeing and how to plan their time. Designed to answer practical questions about living and staying in the City of Seven Hills, this 2-hour experience will help navigate public transportation, understand local customs, secure a few Portuguese phrases to help you along the way, and better discover Lisbon.
"We were so glad we booked this tour. We had never been to the city before and our docent shared so much invaluable information - even took us the grocery store so we could find lactose free milk. It was an excellent experience!"
Bem-vindo a Lisboa! (Welcome to Lisbon!)
We’ll begin our experience in your hotel lobby or apartment where our docent, a resident of and expert on Lisbon, will explain the layout of the city and the area where you are staying. Looking at a map, we'll pinpoint your closest transportation options, from the tram to the metro system. We’ll then offer tips on local customs, a basic language lesson, suggestions for dining, shopping, insider events, and concerts, before opening the floor to any specific questions. If you have additional walks booked with us, like our Baixa Walking Tour of Lisbon including Bairro Alto & Chiado
(another excellent choice for a first-timer), we will examine your itinerary together and go over any last-minute questions.
We will then head outside for a stroll, allowing for a discussion of your area’s history and an opportunity to absorb the neighborhood ambiance under the guidance of a seasoned local. We’ll stop occasionally to talk about historic buildings and monuments, or maybe to go over how to purchase transit tickets. We’ll point out the best markets, cafes, and yes, the pastry shop where that pastel de nata can be found. We’ll leave you with maps, a head full of knowledge, and a better sense of how best to navigate this charming city. Please note, while our docent will provide a crash course on the basics, bringing your own questions and interests to the table can help us personalize the experience and help you get the most out of your visit.
Please provide your hotel name or exact apartment address (any entrance codes, the floor, etc) during checkout so that we can arrange for our docent to meet you directly at your lodging.
This experience is part of our Welcome To
series, which aims to orient first-time visitors to Context cities by pairing them with local experts. You can read about Welcome To tours
in our other cities.
I would like the docent to answer some very specific questions I have about the city. Can I let you know in advance what those questions are?
Please do let us know in advance if you have specific questions so that your docent can come prepared with answers to your questions.
I am interested in getting a historical orientation to the city. Is that what this tour will provide?
This tour focuses on the practical side of navigating a city like Lisbon and is based in the neighborhood where you're staying. If you'd like a historic overview, you may like our orientation tours.
When during my stay would you recommend I book this tour?
We recommend organizing this tour as close to your arrival as possible.