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Exploring Sao Jorge Castle And Alfama

Explore the iconic São Jorge Castle and the old Alfama district on this privately-guided sightseeing tour.
Cultural Visit
2.5 hours
Private Certified Guide
Skip the line tickets

São Jorge Castle (Saint George Castle) is one of the iconic landmarks of Lisbon, as it perched up on a hill and visible from all sides of the city. Below it lies the district of Alfama, which still has traces of its Moorish past.
Meet your private, fully-licensed guide at the entrance of São Jorge Castle and follow them into this impenetrable fortress. After taking a look at the beautiful view offered from the Castle’s terrace, let your guide take you inside the castle and tell you all about its history, strategic placement and construction.
Once this is over, make your way downhill through the quaint narrow streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon. Luckily, this neighborhood was not destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and still bears the traces of its Moorish past. Among the curiosities here, you will visit the inside of the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), the oldest church in the city.
The tour ends on the beautiful Praça do Comércio, once the location of the Royal Ribeira Palace until it was destroyed by the famous earthquake.
A fun-filled game booklet will be handed out to each child to keep them engaged and entertained throughout the walking tour.

This tour is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Meeting Point: at the entrance of São Jorge Castle
Finish: On Praça do Comércio

6 years
2 Hrs, 30 Min
A private, fully-licensed guide who knows how to keep the children engaged
Entrance to São Jorge Castle
A game booklet and gift for each child
Transfers to São Jorge Castle and from Praça do Comércio
Snacks and drinks
Tips and purchases such as souvenirs
São Jorge Castle (inside)
The district of Alfama
Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)
Praça do Comércio

Is this tour private?

Yes, it is. No one else will be joining your private tour, and you will have your own private guide throughout the visit. There will be other people visiting São Jorge Castle and the Cathedral as these areas are not made private.

Is there a lot of walking during the tour?

Because our tours are designed for families with children, we make sure the distances are not too long. We have also made sure to always go downhill in order to make the walking easier. There are bakeries and ice-cream stores along the way, so you’ll be able to treat your children to something sweet during the tour if you want. That will keep them going!

Are the parents staying with the children or separated?

We always promote a family-bonding moment, where parents and children enjoy an activity together as a family. So, parents and children will not be separated. However, if you choose to send your children on this activity alone, it is possible, provided that a baby sitter accompanies the children regardless of the age, for insurance purposes (our guides are not responsible for the children).

Is it suitable for kids under 6 years old?

We recommend this walking tour for kids aged 6 or older, because they must know how to read and write in order to enjoy the fun-filled game booklet. Younger kids can join, and they will enjoy it, but they won’t be able to play the game, unless a parent or older sibling helps. Please keep in mind that our guides are not baby sitters.

Are we going inside the highlights mentioned?

You will be exploring the interior of the massive São Jorge Castle, as well as the interior of the Cathedral of Lisbon. All other monuments will be seen from the outside only.

Can I bring a stroller or a wheelchair?

Although it is technically possible to bring a stroller or wheelchair, we would not recommend it as many areas that are normally included in this walking tour would not be accessible.

What happens if it rains?

The tour will take place, even if it rains. Just make sure you bring an umbrella or a rain jacket.

Will my teenage kids like the tour?

Sure they will. They might not want to have the game booklet, but since it is a private tour, our professional guide will adapt their speech to keep your teenagers engaged and entertained throughout the tour.
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