Best Insider Jewish Lisbon Private Tour: Conversos Secrets

Can you trace your family back to Portugal? Want to discover your ancestral roots? Or just interested in a bit of Jewish history? Let us put together one of our private Jewish tours of Lisbon for you that brings the ancient Jewish communities of Lisbon to life.

Price

From €113

Duration

Half or Full Day

Min People

2

Max People

8

Jewish Lisbon Private Tour: History, must-see Jewish sites, Jewish legacy, unknown stories, Crypto-Jews, Conversos and Marranos.

Join us on our Jewish Lisbon Private Tour to explore the rich history and Heritage of the Jewish community that once thrived in this vibrant city. Our Jewish tours of Lisbon are designed to give you a cultural experience about Conversos, Crypto-Jews, and Marranos. We will take you to the must-see Jewish sites of Lisbon, where you can witness their deep-rooted history and cultural significance firsthand.

From synagogues and museums to hidden alleys, every step brings a new layer of fascinating history. The Jewish Museum of Ohel Jacob Synagogue displays artifacts depicting Portuguese-Jewish life throughout history, offering glimpses into the traditions and customs that have shaped this vibrant culture.

Jewish Heritage of Lisbon

To truly understand the history of Lisbon’s Jewish Heritage, it is essential to go beyond simply visiting landmarks. Learning about the Conversos, or Crypto-Jews and Marranos, is vital. Our Jewish Lisbon Private Tour will show how the Jews lived and flourished. Also, their celebrations, the foods they ate, the clothes they wore, and the music that was distinctly theirs. In addition, from Judiaria Grande to Alfama Old Jewish Quarter to Sao Domingos Square, the Jewish Heritage, customs, and history can be seen up close.

Tour Plan

Half Day Tour

Schedule: 9 AM – 1 PM or 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

While little remains of the former Alfama Old Jewish Quarter, our guide can bring the quarter’s history and culture back to life.

Along the way, we also see the memorial monument erected not long ago by Lisbon’s Jewish community and the monument nearby erected by the church. We note the architecture of the Rossio train station, then walk by the famous Ginja stand where locals purchase small glasses of cherry liqueur, first brewed in an ancient monastery.

It is time to visit the Ohel Jacob Synagogue and its museum. Here, you can see an impressive collection of Torahs, including one that is more than 500 years old. There is also a collection of books in different languages, such as Ladino, Russian, German, Poland, and Ivrit. It’s an opportunity to learn the history behind this small congregation.

In Baixa, we discuss life once in the Judaria Grande, bustling with activity from successful merchants near the harbor.

Despite the devastation that came with the forced conversion of 1497 and the natural disasters of 1755, this area still contains clues to its Jewish past, and we will discover Jewish customs still present in the community and architecture.

We finish with a walk along Praca Commercio and the waterfront to enjoy the beauty of this charming city and to see the riverside where Jewish refugees during WWII would have departed in masse for New York and South America.

 

Full Day Tour

Schedule: Start at 9 AM

The full-day tour includes all the inclusions on the Half-Day Tour and a city tour covering all the city’s major highlights. We will visit Bairro Alto, known for its beautiful architectural buildings with tile facades and ornate iron balconies. This is the second oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, which in the past was home to a small Jewish Quarter. We will stop for lunch here.

After lunch, our tour continues to the Belem quarter, located by the river with scenic views, where all the monuments are dedicated to the Portuguese explorations. Here, our Jewish tour will be about the relevance that the Portuguese Jews had throughout centuries until the Golden Age period of Portugal. So, prepare yourself to learn about the most outstanding achievement of all time, the Portuguese Empire dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, and all the involvement of Portuguese Jews that have been crucial to this epic adventure.

 

More than 8?

No problem! Fill out our Inquiry Form to ask for our large group rates.

Included

  • Pick up and Drop off at your hotel
  • Mandatory fees
  • Wi-Fi and bottled water on board
  • Exclusive and specialized Guide/Driver
  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions
  • All taxes
  • Public liability and personal accidents insurance
  • Visit to Synagogue and its Museum (only available Monday through Thursday)
  • Pastel de Nata + Coffee

Excluded

  • Food and drinks, unless specified on Tour Includes
  • Entrance fees, unless specified on Tour Includes

Additional Information

Operational info

Private: Our tours are always private (just you and guide/driver);

Custom-made: The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences;

Tour Length: Each day tour is designed to last approximately 8 hours (hotel-tour-hotel);

Minimum group of 2 people and maximum 8 people;

The values indicated are per person and vary depending on the number of people.

Transfers

Lisbon airport, hotel and cruise transfers to and from all destinations in Portugal

Transport up to 8 adult passengers

Free Wi-Fi in all vehicles

Special rates for airport and cruise transfers

We will meet you inside the airport terminal arrivals and holding a sign with your name written on it

High quality service

Changes made by clients

Any changes made after booking confirmation along the tour will not be refundable, and the resulting costs will be considered extras and paid by the customer.

Spoken languages

Our tours are spoken in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your trip, penalties may apply based on the total trip price.

  • Suppose you cancel up to 30 days before your scheduled arrival. In that case, no penalties will be applied except for certain items such as entrance tickets, third-party activities, hotel bookings, and transaction fees. Each provider’s policy will be evaluated individually in these cases.
  • If you cancel between 30 and 15 days before your arrival, a penalty of 20% will be applied.
  • If you cancel less than 15 days before your scheduled arrival, a penalty of 100% will be applied. However, Real Embrace Portugal sometimes reserves the right to consider a partial refund.

 

Cancellation requests must be made by email.

Changes and Cancellations by Real Embrace Portugal

Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the booking do to weather and/or other conditions. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change, such as change in departure time, becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible your tours begins. When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. If booking is cancelled we will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.

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