Tours are great. Except when you can’t hear the guide because there are too many people in the way. Or when you can’t see what the guide is talking about because… well, all those people in the way. Wouldn’t it be great if you could avoid the crowds and explore Lisbon like a local? Well, you can! We’ve selected some of the best tours of Portugal’s capital, which range from private drives in a retro VW Beetle, to custom made packages and even a trip on a yacht with a select group of people. Whatever your preference (and budget), we’ve got a tour for you. All you have to do is pick one.
15 of the best private tours of Lisbon
Lisbon and Sintra sightseeing by Beetle
Hop in a restored, retro convertible VW Beetle and explore Lisbon in style. On this private tour of Portugal’s capital, your driver will take you to famous landmarks, such as the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral and Castelo de São Jorge, as well as diverse districts Alfama, Baixa and Graça to admire the picturesque scenery. Upgrade to the full-day tour to include a tour of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town.
Wine tasting tour of the Setúbal region
Head south from Lisbon on this full-day tour to visit the Azeitão region, which is renowned for its cheese and wine. During the trip you'll visit two of the region's wine cellars and one very rare and special liqueur producer. And, of course, you won't leave without tasting the locally produced wine, cheese and sweets, as well as marveling at the mountain scenery.
Berlenga Grande island day trip
Spend a day exploring Berlenga Grande on this private day trip from Lisbon. Following pick-up from your hotel by minivan, you'll travel to the picturesque village of Peniche to board a boat destined for the idyllic island in the Berlengas Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural das Berlengas). Visit a seventeenth-century fort, admire the UNESCO–listed scenery and make the most of free time to swim, snorkel or relax on the beach before joining a kayak or glass-bottom boat excursion (all included in the price).
Half-day private tour
Enjoy a spectacular day in Lisbon with this four-hour private tour that includes the best the city has to offer. With convenient access from hotels or the port, a private guide will work with you to create your ideal way to explore the area. See the historic Alfama district, the city’s oldest neighborhood, and take in the incredible views from a castle hilltop. Head to the coast of Belém to see the UNESCO-listed Jeronimo Monastery and taste the famous pastel de nata, Portugal’s traditional egg tart.
Lisbon sunset walking tour
Experience old Lisbon at sunset and a ‘fado’ (folk music) dinner show on this private four-hour evening walk. An expert guide will lead you along the cobbled lanes of the Mouraria and Alfama districts, where fado was born. Sample some ‘ginjinha’ cherry liqueur, ride a vintage tram and admire the sunset-washed city views from two viewpoints, before sitting down at a traditional restaurant for a three-course Portuguese dinner and live fado.
Fátima half-day tour
Get out of the city and visit one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage sites on this private five-hour tour to Fátima from Lisbon and enjoy the attention of a private guide. Since 1917 the town has become a famous religious destination for Catholics around the world and now allows visitors to see the childrens’ house, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, and the Chapel of Apparitions. Roundtrip transportation from Lisbon is provided.
The real Lisbon street art tour
Lisbon has been the scene of numerous urban art interventions. The Real Lisbon Street Art Tour takes you to visit some of the most striking works of the city, through a journey designed by one of our leading experts in urban art and graffiti: Vasco T Rodrigues. A journalist by trade, Rodrigues knows much about the genesis, history and local artists.
Day tour of Lisbon's secret south beaches and wine region
Explore the beaches and wineries of Portugal's Palmela region on this private full-day tour of Lisbon. Travel into the rolling landscapes of Arrábida and visit hidden beaches at Galápos and Figueirinha with your private guide, all the while admiring panoramic views over the Portuguese coastline. Visit a food market in Setúbal, taste Moscatel fortified wine in a local winery and learn all about tiles – one of Portugal's specialties – in a local factory. Finish your tour with a visit to Lisbon’s Christ the King statue.
Customise your perfect day
Want a Lisbon tour that is tailored to your individual interests? Create a customised itinerary for a half-day or full-day walking tour with a private local guide. Let your guide know your preferences beforehand and they'll draw up a one-of-a-kind plan for your perfect Lisbon experience. See top attractions like Belém Tower and St George’s Castle, as well as little-known gems, and get insider tips along the way.
Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais day trip
Leave Lisbon on an intimate, private full-day tour that will take you along Portugal’s unspoiled Atlantic coast to the historical towns of Sintra and Cascais. View the stunning hilltop Pena National Palace and Sintra’s old medieval village. Take pictures at Cabo da Roca cliffs and outside lavish palaces. Explore the charming village of Cascais and see the waves crash in on Guincho Beach.