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

Highlights

  • 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 June 2015

This tour was an absolute delight. Our guide, Mihaela, was charming, fun and very informative. Her command of several languages was impressive. Our only regret was that we could not participate in any other group activity led by Mihaela, because this was our last night in Lisbon. The Fado show was entertaining and very moving. The dinner was delicious and the wait staff was very helpful. Overall we would highly recommend this tour and if you can get Mihaela as your guide, even better!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We are glad to book it through Viator: The hotel pick up was very convenient we were glad to have this options. Before we went to the restaurant the guide took us to places we could not find by yourself. The restaurant was in a small alley. There is no way we would dare to find it on our own. We enjoyed the beautiful fado and a delicious meal.

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