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Lisbon's most impressive attraction is the city itself. It is a testament to the romance of the past, and an aesthetically seductive place that forces contemplation in every one of its hills. …

Lisbon's most impressive attraction is the city itself. It is a testament to the romance of the past, and an aesthetically seductive place that forces contemplation in every one of its hills.
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  • 1. Passage through Time – The Old and the New
  • 2. Passage through Time – The Old and the New Lisbon's most impressive attraction is the city itself. It is a testament to the romance of the past, and an aesthetically seductive place that forces contemplation in every one of its hills. Seen from the river – one of the city’s many great viewpoints – Lisbon is an impressionist picture of low-rise tangerine and pastel, punctuated by church towers and domes, topped by an imposing castle, breathtaking views, and whitewashed monuments, each of those seven legendary hills has a very distinct personality. They form an enigmatic, incredibly scenic, refreshingly authentic city with a unique essence and atmosphere that result in a highly-photogenic-yet-not- superficially-flashy European capital. You'll be in a constant state of serendipity, dazzled by its unconventional beauty and seduced by its infectious spirit. You will move at a slower pace, fall in love with genuine and multifaceted neighborhoods, and become fascinated by an eclectic mix of beautiful interiors, sights and sounds. Time-worn and disorderly yet also surprisingly cutting-edge, Lisbon keeps it real, a city where not everything is immediately apparent and that demands curious exploration. So follow in the footsteps of Vasco da Gama and other local heroes, and begin a voyage of discovery of the old and the new. All tours are private and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. Whether you are an individual, couple, small or large group, we will customize your tour to suit your specific tour length, budget and any special custom requirements that you may have to ensure your dream vacation in Portugal. Please contact us at (351) 213 245 018 for more information about our stylish Lisbon tours.
  • 3. Passage through Time – The Old and the New
  • 4. Passage through Time – The Old and the New Tour Keywords • Enigmatic • Authentic • Scenic • Architecture • Unconventional beauty • Ancient charm • Colorful nightlife • Panorama • Contemporary • Limestone building • Unique and intimate alleyways Our private tour feature: • Experienced Private Guide • Highly personalized itinerary planning • Expert advice from our tour specialists • Restaurant and hotel booking • Personal shopping recommendations, • Transportation by luxury, air-conditioned van • Entrances to monument and museums, churches. • Free tour for children up to 3 years old • 50% off for children between 4 and 10 years old Transportation options A primary consideration for your custom tour is the mode of transport that you wish to avail of as you stroll around the city. We offer creative and unique ways of visiting the city, from guided motorcoach tours, sidecar, boat riding, Jeep Land Rover or car cruising in a sumptuous Bentley, Ferrari or Porsche. You choose we make it happen! Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 5. Founded in 1501, the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in Lisbon is a great monument to the Age of Discovery and a magnificent example of the Manueline style of architecture. The monastery was founded by King Manuel I in celebration of - and funded by - successful Portuguese voyages around the world. Jeronimos Monastery The most visited attraction in Lisbon, the National Coach Museum is the finest of its type in the world. Founded by Amélia, wife of Carlos I, it's housed in a former 18th-century riding academy connected to the Belém Royal Palace. The coaches stand in a former horse ring; most date from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Drawing the most interest is a trio of opulently gilded baroque carriages used by the Portuguese ambassador to the Vatican at the time of Pope Clement XI (1716). Coaches Museum Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 6. Ajuda Palace was built on the site of the 'Royal Cabin', the temporary living quarters of the Portuguese royal family for a time after the enormous 1755 earthquake that largely destroyed the city. In 1795, Manuel Caetano de Sousa began work on the palace. He introduced the neo-Classical aesthetic and incorporated the new ideas of architects Francisco Xavier Fabri and Jose da Costa e Silva. Ajuda Palace Built by the Marquis of Pombal in 1768, the oldest garden in Lisbon was born from the Italian botanist's proposal, Domingos Vandelli decided to extrapolate to the Portuguese capital the botanical garden of his city of Padua, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Thus was created in over three acres worthy of a royal palace, a garden town, where the elegant geometry of the arrangement botanical rhyme with imposing balustrades, fountains and magnificent superb sculptural groups. Estufa Real Royal Greenhouse & Gardens Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 7. Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, this tower is now a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages as it stands guard over the river Tagus. With its many terraces, it provides a breathtaking view of the river. Belem Tower The Discovery monument (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) was completed as a model for the Portuguese world exhibition and erected on the bank of the Tagus in its current form in 1960. The official reason for the opening of the monument was the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, who gained great honor in the "Estavo Novo". The monument clearly shows above all else the artificial revival of the most important epoch of Portugal's national history under the Salazar dictatorship. Discovery Monument Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 8. The Estrela Basilica is a basilica in Lisbon, Portugal, built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son (José, Prince of Brazil). The official name of the church is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Construction started in 1779 and the basilica was finished in 1790, after the death of José caused by smallpox in 1788. Estrela Basilica The trams in Lisbon are, not only one of the most useful methods of transport for getting around the city, but also one of Lisbon’s most important tourist attractions. It’s quite the institution in Lisbon: a wooden tram which takes us back to another era. Its bell never stops ringing to warn absent-minded pedestrians wandering the narrow streets of its passing. Tram 28 Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 9. In 1598, the Benedictines started with the construction of a new monastery to accommodate their rapidly growing community. The monastery, known as São Bento da Saúde (St. Benedict's Health) was designed as a large rectangular structure arranged around four cloisters. In 1834, when religious orders were abolished, the government confiscated the property and installed the Portuguese parliament here. São Bento Palace The Praça do Comércio is located in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço, because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodelled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, ordered by Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquess of Pombal. Praça do Comércio Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 10. Alfama is Lisbon's most emblematic quarter and one of the most rewarding for walkers and photographers thanks to its medieval alleys and outstanding views. Because its foundation is dense bedrock, it survived the 1755 earthquake, and a walk through this old-fashioned residential neighborhood is now a step back in time. It is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. Alfama Including the Templar castle and the Convent of the Order of Christ -construction of which occurred between the 12th and the 17th centuries -, the monument inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture. These are the church’s Romanesque “charola”, the cloister of King D. João III, and the famous Manueline window at the Chapter House. Convent of Christ Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 11. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and rangeviews that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nações in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), with a total length of 17.2 km. Construction began on February 1995; the bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World's Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India. Vasco da Gama Bridge The São Gabriel and São Rafael housing towers with 25 upper stores were built in Lisbon in "Parque das Nações", the former Expo 98 site, and are integrated into the Vasco da Gama Commercial Complex. The names of the towers are those of two of the ships used by Vasco da Gama in the discoveries of the 15th century. São Gabriel and São Rafael Towers Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 12. One of the most stunning modern sights in Lisbon is Oriente Station. It was built by master architect Santiago Calatrava with a roof of glass and steel made to look like a row of trees. It houses a railway station, a metro, and a bus terminal. The entrance to the metro platform has huge tile murals designed by some of the best local contemporary artists. Oriente Station The Lisbon Oceanarium’s conceptual design, architecture, and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while at Cambridge Seven Associates. It is said to resemble an Aircraft carrier, and is built into the pier on an internal sea. Chermayeff is also the designer of the Osaka Oceanarium, one of the world's largest aquariums, and many other aquariums around the world. Lisbon Oceanarium Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 13. The Marquess of Pombal Square (Portuguese: Praça do Marquês de Pombal) is an important roundabout in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is located between the Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) and the Eduardo VII Park. The square is the radiating point for various important avenues: Liberdade, Duque de Loulé and Fontes Pereira de Melo, as well as the streets Braamcamp and Joaquim António de Aguiar. Its name is a reference to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquess of Pombal, 1st Count of Oeiras, the mighty prime-minister who ruled Portugal from 1750 to 1777. Marques de Pombal The institution of bullfighting is a great Portuguese tradition. Built in the 19th century, this building is inspired by the old arena in Madrid. Constructed in a Roman style, it is probably the most expressive neo-arab building to be built in the late 19th century. The Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno hosts the year's Bullfighting Season ; most of them take place between the months of March and October. Campo Pequeno Concierge Etc. All rights reserved 2013
  • 14. Request for a Private Tour To request for a Lisbon Private Tour, contact us by E-mail (info@conciergeetc.com) or call us (351) 213 245 018. Please provide us the following information: 1) your name 2) number of persons in the group 3) date of Tour 4) starting time and length of tour 5) meeting place 6) places you would like to visit (or put "recommended travel" if you would like us to plan your day) 7) interests 8) lunch requests 9) Allergies or food you cannot eat
  • 15. Discover THE CORNERS OF Lisbon with: Concierge Etc. info@conciergeetc.com www.conciergeetc.com https://twitter.com/Concierge_Etc (+351) 21 324-5018 Fax (+351) 21 325 41 11 Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, N.16 (ao chiado), Lisbon, 1200-369