Contrasts Of Lisbon, Old And New

Day Trip, Group Tour
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As Lisbon changes, it still honors its traditions. On this tour you will learn to cook traditional chourico, sample local cheese and wine and see how the new and the old coexist.

Visit four iconic Lisbon neighborhoods, talk with locals about the changes these areas have undergone, taste some of the city's best pastries, and have a drink on a rooftop deck overlooking the city.

Your culinary adventure begins at the center of Principe Real, an inspiring neighborhood of Lisbon developed in the 19th century. This neighborhood could renew itself but kept its traditional roots. The streets here are filled with antique shops, concept stores, and trendy cafes. You will have the opportunity to stop at a cheese shop for a lesson in choosing, cutting and tasting cheese, and pairing them with wine. Follow that with a coffee and chocolate tasting where the delicious treat is still produced by a family-owned farm.

Continue your adventure downhill to the Bairro Alto, a 16th-century neighborhood known as Bairro. Elder Lisboetas and young artsy hipsters give Barrio a vibe simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde. Stop at Pastelaria Alcoa in the aristocratic and elegant quarter of Chiado to learn about and sample Torresmo do Ceu, a local treat which translates as 'Bacon from Heaven,' and learn about lesser-known specialties that originated in Catholic monasteries and convents.

Chiado is where poets, artists, and intellectuals have gathered for more than 200 years, but recently, rooftop bars have been the draw. Sit with a Porto Tonico- white port and tonic- and admire the view overlooking the wrought-iron Santa Justa Lift.

From there hop in a taxi to old Lisbon, where eventually even the cabs won't fit on the streets. Here, you will want to walk the narrow alleyways of Alfama to a community center founded in 1870 that almost disappeared because of area gentrification. You will then learn to cook Portuguese sausage, chourico, in the traditional way, flamed with brandy in a ceramic dish.

As your tour comes to an end, your guide will take you back to where cars once again fit on the streets. Be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on other places to check out in the area.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$125.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Walking, Scenic
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 8 or 12 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately 8 EUR or 10 EUR each way, depending on where you are docked) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverage
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years. Please advise us at the time of booking if you'll be bringing a child under the age of 6. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.