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Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

1. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

Cycle the banks of the Tagus River, and discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Belém on a 3-hour electric bike tour of Lisbon. Meet your guide at a central meeting point for a short briefing on how the bikes work. Then, glide off towards the renovated Ribeira Market, where you will find an abundance of traditional stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. A separate area features more than 30 restaurants where you can taste food recommended by highly regarded chefs. Next, bike down the former red light district of the Rua Nova de Carvalho (also known as “Pink Street”), famous for its animated nightlife, and recently named by the New York Times as one of the best streets in Europe. Pass the Cais do Sodré area, a hub of maritime activities since the 15th century and now the ferry terminal for the cacilheiros boats that connect Lisbon and Cacilhas. Cycle alongside the River Tagus to the Torre Belém, and feast your eyes on the 25th of April Bridge, a symbol of the 25th of April Revolution that put an end to 41 years of dictatorship. Continue past the former thermoelectric plant that is now home to the Electricity Museum, and admire one of the best examples of Industrial architecture in Lisbon. Next, go to the Monument of the Discoveries, built in 1940 for the Exhibition of the Portuguese World. Admire the depictions of Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries,” before looking at the 16th-century fortifications of the Torre Belém, part of a defensive system that protected Lisbon from pirates. Enjoy a quite coffee break away from the tourist traps, before cycling to the 16th-century Monastery of Saint Jerome, one of the finest example of Manueline style architecture in the city. There will be the chance to taste one of the famous Belém custard tartlets in the magnificent gardens, before it’s time to cycle back to the meeting point.

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Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

2. Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

Shortly after leaving the dock you’ll pass by the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the shape of a ship, built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, and also the Torre de Belém, an iconic monument of Lisbon. Back along the north bank, you’ll have views of historic Lisbon, with the Terreiro do Paço and the Cais do Sodré and also the recently renovated waterfront and see the Museum of Electricity. On the south bank see the forts and prisons that were used during the old regime. You’ll be dazzled by the Ponte 25 de Abril, and have views of the Cristo Rei. Marvel at views of Lisbon you’ll only experience from a boat and make a toast to its famous light. The cruise includes a welcome drink of wine, beer, champagne or juice.

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Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

3. Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

Set sail and see the riverside highlights of Lisbon on this sunset cruise. Savor a delicious welcome drink and watch the sun go down over Terreiro do Paço square, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation. Board a boat and set off down the Tagus river. Enjoy the orange glow of the sunset on the water and the buildings. Feel the charm of the red-roofed skyline. View the city as the lights come on for the evening. Pass by the bright buildings in Terreiro do Paço, the monument of Cristo Rei, the red suspension bridge 25 April, and the 16th-century fortification, Belém tower. Admire the views of the MAAT Museum, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation.

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Lisbon Cultural Boat Tour on a Speedboat

4. Lisbon Cultural Boat Tour on a Speedboat

Start under the 25th of April bridge and go straight to Commerce Square and Cais das Colunas. Discover Alfama form the river for a fresh perspective; admire the castle above the hill, the Convent of St. Vincent, and the National Pantheon. Cross to the southbank and visit the Sanctuary of Cristo Rei directly above you. Enjoy exploring the river mouth before you get to the Atlantic Ocean, right in front of the Tower of Belem, one of the most iconic monuments in Lisbon. Then, admire the Discoveries Monument with all it's iconic figures. Then experience a sense of adventure on the speedboat.

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Lisbon Guided Tuk Tuk Tour: The City by the River

5. Lisbon Guided Tuk Tuk Tour: The City by the River

Discover Lisbon and its relationship to the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean on a riverside tour by tuk tuk. See some of the best-known monuments in the city center, staying close to the Tejo (Tagus River) at all times. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the banks of the river, and explore the city’s most historic areas. Drivers who can converse in different languages, and have an in-depth knowledge of Lisbon’s history, culture, art, and architecture, operate the 100% electric vehicles. Marvel at the architecture of the Praça do Comércio, built after the great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. Pass the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art) on the “Street of the Green Windows.” Enjoy panoramic views of the river from the Miradouro Rocha Conde d'Óbidos. Along the way, pass the white façade of the Fundação Oriente Museu, home to important Portuguese and Asian art; the imposing industrial façade of the Museu da Electricidade (Museum of Electricity); and the home of an extraordinary collection of royal coaches at the Museu dos Coches. Learn about Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” at the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument and Torre de Belém. Pass the impressive 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and more.

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4.7 / 5

based on 130 reviews

Xavier Martins was out guide and we thoroughly enjoyed both the ride and treat at the end. You will definitely enjoy the bike ride with him as he takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Belem. If you love conversations as well as details about a particular place / monument, Xavier is your guy.

Me and my sister we absolutely loved the speed boat trip. Staff was beyond attentive, kind, friendly and carrying. If you like to see the Lisbon from different side and you like a bit of adrenaline, for sure book this boat. Sceneries are just amazing. We would definitely do it again. Thank you.

Everything Well organized. Nice drinks, friendly guides. They know a lot about the Lisbon history and were fluent English speakers. We had a great time. And it was fun to be able to lay down on the boat. They had blankets for after the sunset when it gets colder on the boat. Obrigado!

What a fantastic way to experience Lisbon and in particular the area around Belem. We learnt about the history, about the food and the people of Lisbon through the centuries. Can’t recommend it more highly!

Excellent guide, joining knowledge and close treatment!! Incredible unforgettable!!