Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Visiting Lisbon with a Private Guide

There are many ways to visit Lisbon: your own car, public transportation, tuk-tuks, group sightseeing and a private car with a driver/guide who speaks your native language. 

Today we’re going to talk about the private tour with the help of one of our partners, Maurício.

The private driver/guide is one of the many options recommended by our Concierge, mostly because it is the most complete and comfortable way to know the city. Yes, it is a little more expensive than the other options, but if you’re truly looking for knowledge this is the best way to get it.

This article presents a small summary of what a city tour covers, but all this can be totally adjusted, if you wish to spend more time in a certain monument or skip another, you just have to tell it to your driver. It is one of the many advantages of a private tour.

The day starts with our unforgettable breakfast. After scheduling the pickup time with our Concierge, Maurício will be waiting for you at the lobby.

The tour begins, first around the Downtown area, through Rossio down to the Comércio Square and the first glimpse of Tejo River.

After that, the climb starts through the narrow streets of Alfama District. First stop, a visit to Sé Cathedral and its two bell towers, climbin until you reach the top where you will find St. George's castle and an extraordinary view of the city. On the opposite hill is this tour’s next stop.

Chiado, Lisbon´s main shopping District, Bairro Alto, famous for its nightlife, and another sight of Lisbon from São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere. The visit carries on as we move towards the National Parliament and then Estrela Church.

No time to rest, the visit is about to reach its peak as we arrive to Belém District. Here you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, landmarks of a history of conquests. Then it’s mandatory to make a shortstop for coffee and the famous Pastéis de Belém, a delicious traditional local pastry.

It's time to return but now through a different route, you will pass by the Águas Livres Aqueduct, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century Portuguese engineering. Then another beautiful view of Lisbon on the top of Eduardo VII Park.

The tour is near its end and after the roundabout Marquês de Pombal, you will go down the Liberdade Avenue and find the Avenida Palace right at the end.

Now, it is time to freshen up and have a drink in our Bar, listening to one of the many recitals scheduled on our Music Program, as you get ready for the next adventure.

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