Meet your guide at your Lisbon hotel and hop into a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for your 1-hour small-group sightseeing tour followed by Fado show. Begin with a drive to Lisbon’s downtown and learn how the city’s heritage and cultural influences shaped Fado, Portugal’s own musical genre.
First, see Estrela, Parliament and Chiado in downtown Lisbon. From here, check out the Lisbon Cathedral and the Pantheon and listen as your guide tells tales of Fado.
As you head to the Graça district from the historic center, hear about how this musical genre that was established in the 1820s. Learn about the sea merchants, sailors, and fishermen who sang somber songs about homesickness and the longing to see loved ones.
Arrive in Graça and admire unparalleled views of the capital city. Then, drive onward to Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and most culturally significant district. Here, you will discover where Fado’s roots took hold and see the area which helped earn Fado a spot on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Take in scenic views before you head to your final stop a Fado performance.
In the latter half of the evening, step into a classic Fado restaurant and begin with a traditional Portuguese meal. As the lights dim, set your fork down and listen to the beautiful live Fado performances throughout the 2.5-3 hour evening. Let your emotions roll with the music until the melancholic noted come to end. As the clock strikes midnight, hop back in your vehicle and return to your hotel where you tour ends.