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  • Location:Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Small-Group Lisbon Sightseeing Tour with Fado Show and Dinner

Experience Lisbon’s unique culture like a local on this evening sightseeing tour and discover where the musical genre Fado was born. As you are driven through Lisbon's beautiful districts, including Graça, Belém and Alfama, your guide will explain the history of Fado, which started here in the 1820s. Enjoy a traditional dinner and listen to a Fado singer's stories about lost love and 'saudade,' a feeling of longing. This small-group tour, limited to eight people, ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • Evening Lisbon sightseeing tour including dinner and a traditional Fado performance
  • Learn about the beginning of Fado, a unique Portuguese musical genre, from your expert guide
  • Explore Lisbon's Graça, Belém, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama districts
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower
  • Enjoy a typical Portuguese dinner and a live Fado show
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personalized attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Lisbon Sightseeing Tour with Fado Show and Dinner

Small-Group Lisbon Sightseeing Tour with Fado Show and Dinner

After pickup from your Lisbon hotel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you will be driven to Lisbon’s main spots that highlight the city’s cultural heritage and relate to the history of the famous music genre Fado.

Driving through the Belém district, admire the beauty of the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both Manueline-style buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites, before passing by Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Monument to the Discoveries). As you head toward Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown, and through the districts of Chiado and Bairro Alto, hear stories of Lisbon’s local citizens in the era of Fado’s beginning in the 1820s.

Sailors, fishermen and sea merchants, often away from home, were the pioneers of this musical genre, and would sing the beautiful and melancholic music with a feeling of saudade, an emotion of longing or homesickness for their distant loved ones. Currently, Fado is considered part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Leaving the historic city center of Lisbon, continue toward the Graça district, featuring some of the best views of the picturesque neighborhood of Lisbon, and arrive in the city’s oldest district, Alfama. Explore its narrow streets, alleys, stairways and dead ends, and learn about how the Moors planned this district to be the center of the city’s highly strategic defense system. As the most traditional district, Alfama is deeply connected to the roots of the local culture and its citizens. In fact, it became the incubating platform of the first Fado sounds. Make sure to bring your camera to snap pictures of the scenic views while you make stops.

To complete your Lisbon Fado experience, indulge in a typical Portuguese dinner in the late evening and enjoy a 3-hour live Fado show. Accompanied by a string quartet or a Portuguese guitar, a fadista (Fado singer) will let you in on the emotional saudade. Around midnight, your driver will take you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent attention by guide,great food and music

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent sightseeing tour, great show and a surprisingly very good dinner. Great value for money and ets not forget the excellent guide. I cannot remember her name but she was Italian and an expert driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and gave us great information regarding the sites we visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour is terrific and our guide did a great job in showing us Lisbon including taking us to a restaurant that included staff and friends singing fado - wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time with a great group of people. Sightseeing tour was interesting but a bit choppy. It was split between 2 different guides. Our original guide was held up, so another stepped in until the first guide could take over the tour. But both guides were fun and informative.
Really enjoyed the dinner and authentic Fado show in the heart of the original fado district. Food was delicious and service was excellent. This is a terrific night out that you wouldn't otherwise experience as a regular tourist. A must do/see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a great way to experience our first night in LIsbon!
Our driver was a sweetheart.
Very knowledgeable and full of passion for her city.
Loved, loved the show...even bought a CD.
The food was good and the atmosphere was truly LISBOA!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excelente. Uma noitada agradável com boa música...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We found this tour enjoyable. Our guide, Andrea picked us up from our hotel and after picking up the other four members of the group we embarked on a very interesting tour of the city and its highlights. A feature of the tour was going to the highest point in Lisbon and viewing the city by night. The highlight, of course, was the dinner and Fado music show which we found interesting and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Totally excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour with Yoko our very nice and friendly guide was great! She knew her facts and figures and the history of the city and Portugal. The dinner was not as expected but the show as great! It was nice to have experienced the Fado music. Also the history was Fado was explained very well by Yoko in advance to us and this was really interesting. Lisbon by night was a nice view and we all enjoyed spending a relaxed evening like this and learned a lot more about the Fado and Lisbon. Thank you Yoko! We highly recommend this tour to everyone. Lisa and Patty

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