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Lisbon in a Day Tour with Bairro Alto and a View of São Jorge Castle

Your comprehensive exploration of Lisbon’s quintessential sites and neighborhoods
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Tour Details
7 hours
Product Type
  • Alfama Neighborhood
  • Bairro Alto Neighborhood
  • Baixa Neighborhood
  • Church of São Roque
  • Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)
  • Miradouro das Portas do Sol
  • São Jorge Castle
  • Rossio Square
Photos & Highlights
  • A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Lisbon for first-time or returning visitors
  • Led by an expert local guide or scholar
Tour Description
Our 7-hour Lisbon in a Day tour will offer the perfect overview of the many layers of this charming city — from medieval ramparts to modern architecture, and of course, picturesque views. We'll spend our time exploring some of the best neighborhoods and quintessential venues while learning about the city’s unique history and cultural identity with a local expert.

Sites Visited 

  • Church of São Roque
  • Carmo Convent (exterior)
  • Bairro Alto neighborhood
  • Chiado neighborhood
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Alfama Neighborhood
  • São Jorge Castle (exterior)
  • Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa) (exterior)

Itinerary Details 

Your walk begins at São Pedro de Alcântara, a picturesque lookout point with sweeping views of Lisbon’s hills. From this vantage point, your expert guide will walk you through decisive moments in the city’s history that have informed its evolution over the centuries. From the lookout, you’ll continue on to Lisbon’s oldest Jesuit church, the São Roque, best known for its lavish, gemstone-encrusted Baroque interior. Next, you’ll visit the beautiful Largo de Carmo, the square from which you can see the exterior of the famous Carmo Convent, whose partial ruins open to the skies and illustrate the impact of the devastating 1755 earthquake.  Your route progresses from Bairro Alto down into Chiado, a haven for artists and creatives where you can get a taste of the vibrant local life as you wander amongst cafes, museums, art galleries, and local shops.
You’ll continue your stroll through Baixa and the iconic Praça do Comércio to take in the impressive panorama of the Río Tejo, the famous river that solidified Lisbon as an important Roman port. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). This is the perfect opportunity to ask your expert questions on what you’ve seen so far on your sightseeing day, or any aspect of Lisbon history or culture.
After lunch, you’ll continue your exploration of Lisbon’s old town: Alfama. First you will ascend to the neighborhood around the São Jorge Castle, one of Lisbon's most iconic sites. Your expert will give you background on its extensive history, which saw the fall of the Romans, the Moorish occupation in the 10th and 11th centuries, and a range of sieges, occupations, and earthquakes. You won't wait in the long lines to enter the castle, but instead you will be able to catch views of the building from several vantage points as you wander the area. 

As you continue through to Alfama, you may stop to soak in some of Lisbon’s dramatic skyline from the iconic lookout point, Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Your tour will conclude in the neighborhood of one of the city's oldest structures, the Lisbon Cathedral, or Sé, where you will discuss the Christian crusaders and the aftermath of their 1147 reconquest. 
At the end of our most immersive Lisbon itinerary, you will emerge with a beneath-the-surface understanding of Lisbon. You’ll have ventured across the city to the most quintessential sites in Lisbon's evolution.
If you’re looking to see more of Lisbon, check out our Savoring Lisbon or Bélem Neighborhood Tour. Or get out of the city and visit the enchanting Sintra on a half-day or full-day excursion.

For our curious travelers looking for learning before their trip, check out our online seminars about Portugal at Context Learning.


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I would like to start later. Is this possible?
Yes, just let us know in your client notes. If we start much later than 12pm, the expert guide may need to modify the route to accommodate this request.
Is this walk suitable for families?
Absolutely! It’s a long day but we have some expert guides specifically trained to work with younger learners who can adapt the material on this tour for families.
Is this tour appropriate for someone with mobility issues?
Lisbon is a very hilly city and although we have designed this tour to generally walk downhill, there may still be stairs and inclines and uneven cobblestones. 
Will there be any additional costs during the tour?
The cost of lunch is not included on the tour. Depending on your expert guide's route, you may enter certain sites that ask for a nominal entry fee or donation. It is a good idea to have small coins on hand for this.

Will we see the interiors of the convent, castle and the cathedral?
No, we will not visit the interiors on this tour. Your expert will give you historical background on all of these buildings, and advise if you wish to go back and visit on your own. 

Can you arrange a car service for the day?
We can arrange transfers to and from the meeting point from your accommodation. Lisbon’s streets are very narrow and driving is not the suggested method of touring the city. Adding a vehicle would significantly alter the walk route. Please contact us for pricing or any specific questions regarding a car service.
Where does this tour meet and end?
You’ll meet your expert guide in São Pedro de Alcântara lookout point. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. This tour ends in the Alfama district. Exact route and end point will vary depending on the discretion of the guide and preferences of the group.
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Excellent overview of Lisbon! The tour was well structured and jam-packed with history and local-context "flavor." All of this richness of information was so well presented that we still remember an astonishing amount even though a couple of weeks have passed. We can't imagine a better guide than Raquel!
Estella was FANTASTIC! She is an incredible guide and gave us so much great information and was incredibly engaging! She put everything into context. We have done many Context tours around the world and are always so impressed with the guides, but my husband and I agreed that Estella was one of the very best! The tour itself was great - so much breadth and depth to this wonderfully thorough tour of Lisbon! We couldn’t believe how much we covered in one day - it was AWESOME!!!!
Jose was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. He asked about our interests and made sure we saw everything that we wanted to see. I would highly recommend him.