Our Lisbon tours show you the city’s breathtaking panoramas and invite you to experience Lisbon’s Jewish heritage close-up. Spread across seven hills along the Tagus River and teeming with sites of historic interest, there is no end of things to do in Lisbon with the help of our excellent local guides.
Recent discoveries have revealed that there was a Jewish presence on the Iberian Peninsula as early as 390 C.E., long before Portugal itself became a country. Biblical archaeologists attest to a Jewish presence dating even as far back as the time of King Solomon.
Explore with us Lisbon's former Jewish quarters, and experience the Estaus Palace, site of the Inquisition tribunals and memorial to the massacres of 1506. In Alfama, Lisbon, home to one of Lisbon’s oldest Jewish communities, our guide will lead you through a labyrinth of narrow streets rich with stories of disasters, invaders, explorers, poets, musicians, and artists.
Along the downtown streets of Lisbon, Baixa, Rossio, and Chiado, we will discover the amazing story of the Cristão-Novos, a distinctive Sephardic sub-group in Portugal which survived over 400 years of persecution in secret. In contrast, we remember the sad fate suffered by many persecuted Jews in Praça do Comercio, where the auto da fé took place. Your guide will reveal to you stories about the contribution of Portuguese Jews to the arts, philosophy and commerce, and you will learn about Portugal’s own Oskar Schindler [Aristides Sousa Mendes] , who defied state orders to save thousands of Jews during the Second World War.
Lisbon is also one of our many port destinations. If you plan to come to your guided tour(s) by cruise ship, we would be more than happy to arrange for your transfer and arrival for a perfect Lisbon shore excursion!
See also: Discover Jewish Portugal 2019, our special group tour in October, 2019.