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1. Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
See all of Lisbon on an excursion that gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary with this full-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers 3 separate routes. With regular stops all along the way, you are in complete control. Hop-on and off whenever and wherever, and visit as many sights, gardens, or shopping boulevards as you like. You can also take advantage of on board audio guides in 16 languages. Belém Line (Red Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal square Stop 2 - Restauradores Stop 3 – Rua do Comercio Stop 4 – Mercado da Ribeira Stop 5 – Museu dos Coches Stop 6 – Palacio da Ajuda Stop 7 – Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Stop 8 – Torre de Belém Stop 9 – Padrão dos Descobrimentos Stop 10 – MAAT Stop 11 – Docas Stop 12 – Estrela Stop 13 – Amoreiras Stop 14 – El Corte Inglés Stop 15 – Top of Park Eduard VII Stop 16 – Marquês of Pombal square Oriente Line (Blue...
As of July 2021 there are 2 lines being operated, the (green) castle line, which takes you through the tight historic city center towards the castle of Sao Jorge in a smaller bus (around 40min to complete the round trip), and the open'top double decker (red) Belem line which takes you outward from Lisbon proper, to the municipality of Belem, showcasing the famous coastal defense tower and a momument to the age of discoveries (around and hour and 10 min to complete). In Belem, you can also visit St. Jeronimo's monastery, the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the Maritime Museum. The audio guide is very informative and easy to understand, with pleasant intermissions featuring the local Fado music. For an additional charge of 12 EUR per person we booked the boat tour between Lisbon center and Belem as well. When we took the tour, it was quite empty, sometimes we were the only people on the bus, no doubt because of the Covid measures in Portugal scaring off foreign tourists, which is a shame!
2. Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike
Explore some of the 7 hills of Lisbon by electric bike, and see more than you would on a conventional sightseeing tour. The easy-to-drive electric bikes are eco-friendly and boast a stylish vintage design that will turn heads as you explore the hidden sights of Alfama, Mouraria and Graça, some of the most historic neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital. Cruise up to panoramic observation points, passing antique shops and enchanting restaurants along the way, and get a unique perspective of the city and its people.
Absolutely the best way to get close and experience the different boroughs of Lisbon! We thought it would be fun to try out electric bikes and get a quick tour. Wow! Bikes move you much faster than walking yet you still get the "on the ground" sense hearing sounds and feeling pace of people. The noisy little carts are cute but youre still an observer. Gliding through the super narrow roads in Alfama was definetly the highlight. DoubTful we would have taken the time to get so deep into this ancient and magical land of yore. Our guide was super knowledgible of history and maneuvering in traffic. Louis made it super safe and one of the top 3 memories of Lisbon!! We do plan on getting electric bikes~ Btw- we're active 65 ladies... so don't hesitate to go for this fantastic adventure !
3. Lisbon: Luz Stadium Tour and SL Benfica Museum Ticket
Discover the Portuguese passion for football on a guided tour of Luz Stadium, home to the SL Benfica Football Club, one of the most popular football clubs in Lisbon and Portugal. Then, visit the accompanying museum, and retrace the footsteps of legendary players like Eusébio, Paulo Futre, and Mantorras. Start with a tour of the largest and most modern stadium in Portugal. Home to the 2014 final of the Champions League, Luz Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that opened in 2003. Walk through the field, visit the locker rooms and press room, and take a photo of yourself with the eagle mascot of Sport Lisboa and Benfica. Learn about soccer landmarks in the “History of Benfica” exhibition at the Museum Benfica Cosme Damião. Discover more about SL Benfica’s legendary player, Eusébio, and explore the modern, multimedia technology of the museum. Get an alternative history lesson of Portugal a...
Excellent tour. Was wonderful to see such a big stadium and you can feel the enormous history of the club as soon as you head into the ground. The museum was an absolute delight and very well done out and insightful into the history of the club
4. Lisbon Surf Experience
Experience the impressive waves of the Atlantic Ocean on a half-day or full-day surf adventure from Lisbon, and discover some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and surf spots for beginners or advanced surfers just 10 to 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. Get to surf some of the coolest hidden spots with a local surfer. Transfer from Lisbon Zoo, enjoying views of the rich coastline and its varied elements along the way. See deserted beaches and uncrowded waves. Go to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River (River Tagus) flows into the ocean. A place of unique natural heritage, the fossil cliffs of Caparica are a “Protected Landscape.” Carved by the fury of the waves and elements of erosion, the coastline receives swells of all kinds. It’s a consistent surf area, offering a variety of waves for all levels of surfing experience. Surf with different sized boards, depending ...
life changing experience. coaches are very humorous and professional. this experience definitely changed my summer plan forever
5. Lisbon: Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner
Start your Fado tour of Lisbon with a typical Portuguese dinner in the Alfama district. Get to know about the local habits and cuisine in the city's oldest district, where Fado was born in the early 19th century. Then, wander down the alleys of the old part of town on a short walking tour of Alfama. End at a traditional Fado house and listen to the mournful melodies of Fado. Lose yourself in the atmosphere and mood of the music. The quintessentially Portuguese genre is produced with a Portuguese guitar and characterized by heartfelt lyrics. Fado was inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2011.
I enjoyed Rodrigo and the walking tour to Alfama. We went to several great locations and finally we made it to the Fado & dinner. The Fado was great, the ladies were amazing, to short, so I was really upset about that. I didn’t like the food at the Restaurante Sao Rafael. It was terrible.
6. Lisbon: Food and Wine Walking Tour
Enjoy the flavors of the Portuguese cuisine in Lisbon’s traditional places. The guide will give you lots of insider tips for wine, petiscos, food, fado and good company. Just bring your appetite! Find out about Lisbon’s great cafés, such as the 18th-century café Nicola (this café was opened in 1787 by an Italian man, one of Lisbon’s most literary cafés and a place for tertúlias) and discover where you can find another coffee landmark in the city. You will know more about Portugal’s strong café-culture. Try the famous Portuguese codfish cake with a glass of refreshing green wine. Learn about the historical center of the city, also the center for the nightlife, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Take a look at all the delicious and exotic products on display at an old gourmet shop, from dried, salted Bacalhau – now one of Portugal´s most traditional dishes - to the sausages, hams ...
Joann is an amazing and knowledgeable tour guide. She is very passionate about the food history of Portugal specify Lisbon and she brings it to life. She is funny and respectful.
7. Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration
Discover the sights of Lisbon from a new perspective on an amusing GPS tour. Get behind the wheel of a convertible with an advanced navigational system that provides friendly directions so you can relax as you cruise. Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Roam freely according to your own itinerary or opt to follow a preset route built into the GPS. Below, the preset routes are outlined: Belém Tour – Green Route - Approximately 2-hours Belém is famous for being linked to the Discoveries history and the neighborhood will always be remembered and praised as the seaport of Portugal’s Golden Era. This tour takes you to: the National Museum of Ancient Art, the “Fundação Oriente”, “Cordoaria Nacional”, the Jerónimos Monastery, Champalimaud Foundation, the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, the MAAT, and the superb Comé...
Funny ‘cabrio’ experience. We had radio in stead of gps. Two hours is more than enough. Quite loud and not really steady on the road.
8. Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket
Four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center is the unique Monserrate Palace, located in the center of a beautiful 30-hectare park. The Park and Palace of Monserrate were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which was been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. The 19th-century castle is known not only for its unique Moorish-Gothic-Indian style architecture but also for its surrounding gardens. Over the years, the gardens have welcomed plant species from all over the world. In the various gardens, you will find surprisingly contrasting scenery, from tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, to agaves and yuccas from Mexico. Seek out the Himalayan rhododendron and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias. Enjoy a stroll along the paths and discover ruins, lakes and waterfalls.
Lovely park with lots of different plant species. Monserrate Palace is absolutely beautiful and great for some romantic photos . I only wish that the digital map was more easily available, so the website does need some refining. At the moment you can only find the map, either by searching on the site, or by going to the “Professionals” area and then selecting “Press”.
9. Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting
Experience the flavors and natural beauty of Portugal on this lovely full-day tour. Heading towards Portugal's Extremadura region, you will travel out of Lisbon over the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. In Palmela, you will find a Moorish castle offering fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a family estate where you can try homemade wine. Then continue through the mountains of the Arrábida National Park - up to 500 meters or 1,640 feet above sea level- and marvel at the spectacular views of one of Portugal's most beautiful landscapes. The park is also home to many plant and animal species found exclusively in this region. Much of the park is subject to strong protective measures and certain locations can only be accessed with special permission. Time for a short break. Take a relaxed stroll on the beach of Portinho Arrábida and enjoy the cool sea breeze and crisp air...
Nuno was our guide! Excellent...! Our guide was excellent, personable, always remembered every question. He set up such a wonderful day, all we had to do was show up! As people who typically plan our own tours, it was so carefree to have someone organize such specific things and knew the area intimately.
10. Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos Small Group Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Next, go to the city of Batalha to see the 14th-century Batalha Monastery, built by King John I to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Spanish during the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Most of the monument was completed...
I love this tour. It was an amazing experience with Tania, our tour guide, who has vast knowledge of Portugal history. The tour was never rushed and we were given enough time for ourselves to wander around a certain area. Safety and security was also highlighted and i’ve felt that i was really taken care of. Thank you very much Lisbon Riders specially to Tanya for making this tour an unforgettable experience.
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Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Lisbon is lucky enough to have the warmest winters in Europe without the disadvantage of suffering from intense summer heat. Nevertheless, the subtropic coastal climate is prone to sudden bursts of rain even on its clearest days, so be warned! Going in late spring or early autumn generally means cheaper hotel prices and more manageable crowds.
How to get from Lisbon airport to the city?
Though Lisbon is cheap by the standards of most European capitals, getting one of the cabs waiting outside the airport can be expensive. If you're traveling somewhere central without much luggage, it's undoubtedly cheaper and easier to take the metro. It should only take about 25 minutes to the city center.
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What people are saying about Lisbon
The guide was very knowledgeable. He was giving us a lot of history and information. The Fado was amazing, both singers had such great voice and the music was also very good. The food was ok but you do not go there for the food rather the Fado experience. The only warning is check the address of the meeting point, it might not be accurate.
Had a great time, Miguel was very entertaining and looked after us with drinks and a blanket for the wife (take warm clothes as mentioned!!). Although engine overheated on the way back with seaweed blocking the coolant entry, we made sail and had a gentle cruise back to port with no worries. All in all a very enjoyable 2-3 hours.
This is the first time I booked a group tour and I’m very much satisfied of how it turned out. We were a group of 8 and our tour guide named André was very informative. He never let us get bored during the tour and always got our atention. Highly recommended for future travelers.
The tour was great with great tourguide Mario who knows history and surroundings very well - actually no question w/o answers... places are amazing and scenic...
Highly recommend this as an activity, if you’re visiting Lisbon!