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Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

1. Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

Jump on board the most famous tram in Lisbon for an adventure through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Prepare to be wowed with panoramic views of the city and river as the tram climbs one of Lisbon’s many hills. Back on foot, go beyond the tram route to explore the most interesting places of the hill where the city was born. On Tuesdays and Saturdays you will enjoy the vibrancy of Lisbon’s oldest flea market, the famous Feira da Ladra. Get a closer look at some of the historical buildings, such as Sé de Lisboa, the medieval cathedral where the walls conceal and reveal almost 1,000 years of history. You will also see the impressive Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Saint Vincent Monastery), and discover the legend behind the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), home to the most iconic dome on Lisbon´s enchanting skyline. Stroll through the maze of streets and alleys in the traditional neighborhood of Alfama, walking along narrow and steep streets that lead to beautiful small squares. Witness the authentic way of life of the inhabitants, and learn more about the traditional Portuguese Fado in tiny bars and cafés.

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Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

2. Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Climb aboard an electric e-bike to make light work of the 7 hills of Lisbon. Considered by many to be too hard for cycling - thanks to its constant ascents and descents - you can contradict that theory, even reaching the highest points of the city. Departing from Rua Cais de Santarém, close to the harbor, head off to sites such as the famous flea market of Feira da Ladra, the monumental church of Panteão Nacional, and the Mannerist Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Get panoramic views from the terrace of Chão do Loureiro, the Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, and the mirador of Monte Agudo in Penha de França. Your electric motor buzzing, pass the 15th-century Palácio Belmonte and the quaint neighborhood of Vila Berta. Chill out in the Campos Mártires da Pátria and the Jardim do Torel park. And see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Sé de Lisboa cathedral, and the Ascensor da Lavra funicular, one of the first vehicles to conquer Lisbon’s hills back in 1884.

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Lisbon: Historical Replica Vintage Car Tour

3. Lisbon: Historical Replica Vintage Car Tour

You'll begin with hotel pickup before going on to see Lisbon's highlights in a fun and novel way. This unique experience will see you cruising around the city in an electric replica of the legendary Ford Model T. As you travel, your guide will know where the best views, photo opportunities, and most interesting places are, as you cruise between them effortlessly. Stops include the Lisbon Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church, the castle neighborhood, the Saint Vincent Monastery, the Senhora do Monte viewpoint, Alfama ,and many more. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there is also the chance to visit the local flea market.

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Lisbon: Alfama Exploration Game

4. Lisbon: Alfama Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “You are a Private Investigator in charge of solving the mysterious disappearance, and possible murder, of Teresa do Carmo. She is a famous fado singer, known as one of the Seven Grand Wonders of Alfama. You do suspect foul play, a crime of passion. Teresa do Carmo had a bohemian reputation, and maybe one of her lovers did the bad deed.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game? The city game starts at Portal da Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha. It will take you around 2 to 2.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Cais das Colunas. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

5. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

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Lisbon Private Tour

6. Lisbon Private Tour

Starting at your hotel, you will commence your adventure with a trip to the newest neighborhood of the city, the “new” Lisbon, the Park of Nations quarter. Admire the neighborhood's modern architecture and of particular note, a train station considered to be the most beautiful in the world, “Estacao do Oriente”. Feast your eyes upon this fantastic mixture of architecture which is totally unique to this part of the world. Continue on your journey to “Senhora do Monte” hill, where you will be overwhelmed with one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Lisbon, as well as of the estuary of the Tagus river. From the top of the hill, you will also drive down to visit the “Se Catedral de Lisboa” (Lisbon’s old cathedral) built in 1148. Close by, and next up on this tour is a visit to Saint Antony’s church. Marvel at this stunning religious structure before crossing the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, the Alfama district. Here you will see the tile covered facades of the old buildings, the narrow streets, alleys, and the old trams. Continuing on your tour you will find yourself in the neighborhood of “Baixa” the most destroyed quarter of the city by the devastating earthquake of 1755. Your guide will be sure to entertain you with the facts of how this area became the main business center in the country. Drive to the “Avenida da Liberdade” the Portuguese Champs Elysees, where you will witness the statue of the visionary Marquis of Pombal at the geographic center of the city. Next, you will stop at the top of “Parque Eduardo VII” (king of England) for a dazzling view of the city whilst you learn about the several treaties and alliances between Portugal and England. After this, it is lunchtime! Your friendly and informative guide will be happy to assist with any restaurant recommendations. Follow up your lunch with a trip to a completely free of charge visit to the “world” of olive oils. Here you can learn about the different olive oils in Portugal and taste several different varieties of this product. Time to visit the Belem quarter (Bethlehem), the monumental area dedicated to the great Portuguese seafarers of the 15th and 16th-centuries. Here you will visit the Tower of Belem (the symbol of Lisbon), the monastery of St. Gerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), a masterpiece of Portuguese 16th-century architecture and World Heritage listed monument by UNESCO, and the monument to the Discoveries. Before you leave you will get to taste the most famous pastry in Portugal: the “Pastel de Belem”, a delicious egg custard tart once made by the monks at the Jeronimo’s monastery. The tour will finish back at your hotel.

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Lisbon: Guided Half-Day City Tour

7. Lisbon: Guided Half-Day City Tour

On this guided half-day tour of Lisbon you’ll explore the most emblematic monuments of the city and more.  Your tour will begin by visiting two renowned historic sites: Lisbon Cathedral and The Church of Our Lady of Monte. Next, you’ll pass by The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Commerce Square. Situated at the centre of the city, the square is built on the grounds of the old Royal Palace, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. Last but not least, you’ll visit the fascinating Belém district, where D. Manuel I ascended the throne in 1495. The district’s headquarters are located in the old parish of Santa Maria de Belém. Before finishing the tour, you’ll stop off at Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém, and Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

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Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

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Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

9. Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

Discover Lisbon on this extensive tour. Begin in the morning at the Avenida da Liberdade and visit the Baixa neighborhood. Along the way, stop to admire the cathedral or enjoy the incredible view from Graça, then pass the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the Pantheon to the streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the sights of Belém such as the Jéronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and taste the most famous sweets from Portugal, the pastel de nata, before taking time for lunch. After lunch, head to Sintra and enjoy time to discover the historic city center or take the opportunity to visit the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Then go further to Cascais, past the incredible Boca do Inferno rock formation, and enjoy the opportunity to walk on the beach or wander the wonderful city center.

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Eastern Viewpoints Private 3-Hour Tour

10. Eastern Viewpoints Private 3-Hour Tour

Discover the lookout points in the east of Lisbon on this fantastic city tour. Ride the tram line 28 to the viewpoint of Nossa Senhora do Monte. Here you can enjoy the spectacular view, regarded as one of the best views of Lisbon by the Portuguese people. You will also be amazed by the Miradouro da Graça. You will then head back down the hill and pass by the Church of São Vicente of Fora on the way to the viewpoint of Santa Luzia at the top of the oldest district of Lisbon, Alfama. Journey back in time and admire the charming streets, impressive facades, and wrought iron balconies. Enjoy taking unique photos from the balcony of Santo Estêvão Church before reaching the river bank. Leave the Medina and travel back to the 18th century, after the earthquake of 1755. At Praça do Comercio you will find many bars overlooking the Tagus River, where you can relax and have a drink while enjoying the magnificent view of the river.

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the ebike made easy work to travel round the streets of Lisbon. They certainly came in very handed for the few inclines and hills. Our local guide was very friendly and informative on all subjects, Lisbon. This was a terrific bike tour with several stop offs for sighteeing from vantage view locations. ' you will see a lot of the city all the back streets and different areas, recommended

Nuno out guide was great, extremely knowledgeable, and very personable. The tour took us to parts of the city that we probably wouldn't have found, and we returned to these areas during our stay. Our flight was delayed and the company were really helpful in reorganising our tour.

Perfect for a visit to Lisbon! Antonio was very pleasant, welcoming and gave us lots of information. This tour allows you to see a large number of key sites in the city without much fatigue. I recommend !

Carolina was amazing! she is so cute and helpful. explained everything so well. she is very experienced in Lisbon and gave us very useful tips. thanks for an amazing ride and views!

Good tour. It combines sightseeing, history and exercise.