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“Best Jewish Tour guide-only one to book in Lisbon”

Lisbon Explorer Private Tours
Ranked #4 of 122 Food & Drink in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Private Tours For the Culturally Curious! Perfect for travelers, foodies and art lovers who want more than a mass tourism experience • Lively and knowledgeable experts • We are local scholars with a passion for the food, wine, culture and history of Portugal • Excellent English-speaking • Easy walks downhill, or luxury vehicles with heat and A/C • Insider tips on restaurants and places locals visit • FREE rides on historic trolleys • Access car-free historic quarters and go inside sights • No megaphones, headsets • Affordable. ----- To really know Lisbon one must go into the small maze-like streets of the city's old quarters, where automobiles are limited and real life unfolds in pedestrian friendly streets and squares. The young and vibrant guides and scholars who lead our tours are not part-time students or actors who memorize scripts, or offer free tours to large groups without advance reservations. We carefully choose historians who are talented at speaking on Lisbon's treasures, and the amazing stories beneath them. After each tour our staff is available to assist with free city maps, additional sights to see, and restaurant or shopping suggestions. We look forward to bringing Lisbon alive for you in truly amazing, historic and relevant detail.
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Our group of eight spent five hours hanging on Paolo's every word and wishing for more. We were on information overload as we learnt about the history of the Jews and their sacrifices in Portugal. It made us want to go home and do more research and read the books he spoke about. Paolo is engaging and charming and as a travel agent I will recommend him highly.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We took two tours with Lisbon Explorer. Our guide, Paolo did such an outstanding job on our Hidden Lisbon Tour that we begged him to make sure he was our guide for The Alfama Tour. His way of presenting Lisbon kept us in rapt attention. Never boring, never run on, but an intelligent, warm and witty presentation of his city. Do not hesitate to book a tour. I personally recommend Hidden Lisbon for starters. Along with my husband and our friends we walked almost the same route the day prior to our tour and we were amazed at the myriad of things we totally missed. Paola, abrigada for the outstanding tours!

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Paolo Scheffer's Jewish Heritage Tour of Lisbon was the highlight of our 10 day trip to Portugal, and lucky for us, it was on Day 1! Paolo helped us to understand not only the Jewish history of Portugal, but also Portugal's positions and situations throughout WWI, WWII and up to the present. Non-stop information, non-stop enthusiasm, so enthusiastic, responsive to our questions, attentive to our needs, helped us plan our next days' adventures, just the best tour ever. In fact, Paolo is the best tour guide that I have ever experienced anywhere. I highly recommend this tour and wish I could have gone on more tours with Paolo!

Thank redwhiteandblue123
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Our family of 8 arranged for a combined Hidden Lisbon/Jewish Lisbon with Paolo. If there is a more enthusiastic tour guide out there, I would be surprised. Paolo had so much passion, knowledge and energy. His ability to relate to the varied ages of the group was wonderful. He would weave the stories together as we walked the town keeping everyone engaged. We would highly recommend spending anytime you can with Paolo, he is a fountain of knowledge and passion!

Thank bricsindy
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We had one day in Lisbon during a cruise. We booked the Jewish Lisbon tour through Lisbon Explorer with the only Jewish guide in Portugal. For 5 hours our amazing guide, Paolo Scheffer, gave us an unforgettable tour. He is an authority and scholar on everything related to Jewish history in Portugal. We visited the major sites of Lisbon and learned about them from a Jewish perspective. Be prepared for an incredible amount of information and enthralling stories given by a man who is extremely passionate about his heritage. I would highly recommend this tour with Paolo.

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