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This was a terrific way to see a beautiful city at less cost per person than many shore excursions offered from our ship, covering more ground and with a far more personal focus. Our terrific guide, Joel, made it possible, in a single day, to really get a feel for Lisbon's fascinating history, complex culture and diverse neighborhoods. There were six of us traveling together, and the mini-van provided was far more comfortable than the large 30-odd-passenger tour buses. We couldn't have been happier with Joel's choice of a restaurant for lunch -- not the typical tourist spot one is generally subjected to on a ship's excursion, but a superb local fish restaurant with an extensive menu and fantastic food. For first-time visitors to Lisbon, with only a day to spend getting to know the city, this private tour was informative, fun, and ultimately among the most satisfying hours spent on our cruise.
Wonderful day with Joel. He showed us all the beautiful views, local unknown gems and meal in true Portugal restaurant, not tourist venue. He was passionate that we see and experience all that we could fit into a day.he did this all while accommodating mu husbands accessibility needs. six of us had a phenomenal time. I highly recommend.
I was pleased with everything about the tour. We had an outstanding guide/driver and we were shown some impressive sights among the best Lisbon has to offer. We were originally planning on four people, but because of last minute illness, we only had three, which was probably good in a way because it would have been a very tight fit for four peple to fit comfortably in a mid-size Mercedes sedan--this is my only negative comment.
What a lovely day in Lisbon, our guide Joel made the whole trip both informative and enjoyable, taking us to the see the highlights of the city and on a very enjoyable tour of Sintra and the palace.
As I have walking issues at present Joel tailored the whole trip to suit me and made the whole day do-able.
I would like to recommend Joel he was the perfect guide for a beautiful city.
Joanne and Paul Brelsforth
What can I say, the two days we spent with our guide Joel Oliviera far exceeded anything my 2 daughters young 20s and I could have ever imagined. Joel knew that we had limited time to see everything Lisbon had to offer in two days, but I don't think there is anything that he missed. We saw all the key spots, he knew everything there was to know, and he made it a blast. We laughed and had so much fun. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area, and especially knew of great out of the way places that only the 'locals' would know about for lunch. The first day we went to Sintra and Cascais. He took us to the most amazing restaurant for lunch right on the beach where I think the waiter might have just gone into the ocean to catch the fish. The second day we had pastries in a fabulous bakery for breakfast and then lunch in this tiny restaurant where only locals go. The meals were extraordinary. In addition, Joel was very concerned for our safety and that of our belongings. He went out of his way to make everything secure, and we couldn't thank him more. He made the last two days of our trip sad that we had to go back to the states. I would highly recommend Joel Oliviera if you are going to be in Lisbon.
My Lisbon Holidays Local Tour company was fantastic. The private shuttle that we booked for the full day tour was clean, relatively new mercedes van and our tour guide Joel was very knowledgeable and made sure that everyone's needs were met. It was the best shore excursion that we did outside of the cruise company.
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