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Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

1. Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

Enjoy a guided boat trip in the historical heart of Lisbon, along the River Tagus. Discover Portugal's 18th century history as your guide and sailor shares informative commentary as your cruise down the beautiful river.  The 45 minute cruise begins from the Terreiro do Paço River Station. You will see from the river the wonderful landscape of the historical city center, passing by Commerce Square, Sao Jorge Castle, Alfama, National Pantheon and Santa Apolonia Station. On the return, sail through the middle of the river to observe the enchanting hills of Lisbon and from a distance, the grandeur of the 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ the King. The tour is in a traditional and unique 1947 sailing cargo boat with capacity for 50 people. The boat is decorated in warm tones and numerous hand-painted flowers, that give a touch of charm and authenticity. In the late 1960s with the introduction of road bridges, these vessels entered into disuse and of the thousands of boats that existed only about 75 survived, duly registered in the Marinha do Tejo, living part of Portuguese Navy Museum. Experience a river cruise on this truly unique piece of history.

Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

2. Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

Explore the romantic avenues, old Moorish quarters, and Gothic monuments of Lisbon on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing bus tour. Have the freedom to stop at iconic locations like the Torre de Belém fortress or the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). View tourist hotspots where most of Lisbon's monuments may be found by hopping aboard an open-topped, double-decker bus. Feel the breeze off the Tagus blowing through your hair as you travel along the leafy avenues from the old town center to historic Belem. Take in unobstructed views of museums, such as the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, the Tile Museum, and the Ancient Art Museum. Have the freedom to disembark and visit sights at your leisure. Gain free access to Carris Public Transport tramcars as well as discounts in select museums and monuments. Choose to check out some of Lisbon’s marvelous shopping centers or listen to music in a trendy Bairro Alto bar. Stops are located throughout the city as follows: 01 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square 02 Restauradores 03 Marquês de Pombal 04 Av. José Malhoa Sul 05 Jardim Zoológico / Zoo 06 Praça de Espanha / Gulbenkian 07 El Corte Inglês 08 Parque Eduardo VII 09 Amoreiras Shopping 10 Basílica da Estrela 11 Torre de Belém 12 Padrão dos Descobrimentos 13 MAAT 14 Docas (Terminal Cruzeiros / Cruise Terminal) 15 Cais do Sodré 16 Rua do Comércio17 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square

Lisbon: River Tagus Sightseeing Cruise in Traditional Vessel

3. Lisbon: River Tagus Sightseeing Cruise in Traditional Vessel

Board your boat, hand-painted with flowers for a touch of charm and authenticity. Only seven boats of this size remain, all of them inscribed in the Navy Museum, which makes this tour quite unique. Discover the waterfront area between Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré, and Ribeira das Naus, where many of the Portuguese explorers' ships were built. Move on to the Commerce Square, the largest square in Lisbon and also one of the most iconic symbols of the city, rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1755. Admire the amazing monuments and buildings of the city. Look out for Castelo de São Jorge, a Moorish castle overlooking the historic center. Spot Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, built in 114. See the Church of Santa Engrácia, a 17th-century monument converted into the National Pantheon. Move on to see Christ the King and learn its interesting background. Next, see Belém, home to two unique monuments, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Belém Tower, both World Heritage Sites. Both in Gothic Manueline style, they easily impress. Marvel at Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument where ships departed to trade with the East. Finally, return to the Cais do Sodré River Station 1 hour and 45 minutes later.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Shared Boat Tour

4. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Shared Boat Tour

Enjoy this boat tour on the Tagus River. Experience the sunset like never before on this fabulous Sunset Sailing Boat Tour. Take part in the best sightseeing of Lisbon while sailing on a modern and comfortable boat.  Starting at Padrão dos Descobrimentos, sail towards Cais das Colunas, Praça do Comércio until Alfama, passing under the bridge and near Cristo Rei. From the river, you will be able to see Lisbon from a new perspective and enjoy the fantastic view while sailing on the calm waters of Tagus River. Have the privilege of seeing monuments of Lisbon illuminated, such as the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the bridge over the Tagus. Take unique pictures to remember your journey.

Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

5. Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the monuments of Alfama, one of the oldest and most atmospheric districts of Lisbon, and the only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1755. The neighborhood is a silent witness to the past glories and tragedy of Portugal, from the fall of empires to the birth of the new nation. Wander the narrow streets and ornate squares that echoed to the sounds of Phoenician traders, calls to prayer, and the rattle of historic trams. Here you will find the heart of fado music, a sound of longing and loss that gives voice to the languages, cultures, and religions that have all contributed to the district’s rich sense of community. Walk down Moorish streets and see some of the Roman foundations of Lisbon. Follow the silvery banks of the River Tagus, and marvel at the sun-bleached sandstone walls of the Castle of St George. Make your ascent to the city summit gently to let your breath be taken away by the amazing views.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

6. Lisbon: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Admire Lisbon's historical center on a boat cruise from the city center to Belém. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee in Lisbon for 1 hour, free of traffic noise and congestion, and providing unmissable photo opportunities.  Get incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from the water vantage points, including the Terreiro do Paço, an impressive 18th century building, the Cristo Rei Sanctuary, the 25th April Bridge, and the strikingly modern MAAT building. Easily listen to fascinating information about the city's history and each landmark you sail past through the available guide app. Glide onward to Princesa Pier, where you will dock at the end of your cruise. From here, hop off the boat to explore the exciting Belém neighborhood, and try a traditional pastel de Belém.

Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

7. 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.

Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

8. Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon on 2 double-decker bus tours and a historical tram tour. Dive into Lisbon's main squares, avenues and monuments with your audio guide. Get around easily with access to the city's public transportation and entrance to the Santa Justa urban lift.  Tour the city's more traditional neighborhoods such as Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela and Lapa onboard a historic vintage tram. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on the oldest means of transportation in Lisbon. Get to know some of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints and enjoy breathtaking views. Jerónimos Monastery, Belem tower and Padrão dos descobrimentos are some of the must-see sights. Hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish to on any of these tours.

Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour with River Boat Cruise

9. Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour with River Boat Cruise

Travel back in time on a guided tour of the historic Belém district in Lisbon and learn why it is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and delicious custard tarts. Take a short cruise along the Tagus River to reach the district, and admire the views on the shore. First, hop on board the boat and travel to Belém on a short cruise on the Tagus River before exploring Belém on foot. Upon departure, follow the banks of the river to see the oldest parts of Lisbon, and hear how it survived a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 1755. Learn how Belém was at the center of humanity’s great drive for exploration as you delve into the rich history of Portugal's "Age of Discoveries." Marvel at the Monument of Discoveries that stands on the banks where the great voyages began. See the 25th of April suspension bridge and hear about the important date it commemorates. Look at the Wind Rose marble map that shows the most famous routes of the great explorers. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belém Tower and the gardens that surround it. Visit Empire Square Gardens built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940. See the impressive Jeronimos Monastery which is the final resting place for some of the great Portuguese explorers

Lisbon City Tour: Full-Day

10. Lisbon City Tour: Full-Day

One of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, Lisbon is awash with old, pastel painted houses and brilliant azulejos tiles. During this full-day small group tour, with a maximum 8 participants, you will see up to 25 different attractions. Start with a hotel pickup at 8:30 AM and visit the Belém district to taste the world-famous Pastel de Belém, also known as Pastel de Nata. After this sweet treat, continue to the Manueline Jeronimos Monastery. One of the most prominent buildings of the city, the monastery bears testament to Portugal’s great days of discovery and exploration, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Visit the tomb of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama and the poet Luis de Camões. Continue to Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). Belém Tower was strategically built on the north bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520, in order to protect Lisbon from attack. One of the jewels of architecture from the reign of King Manuel I, it was also inscribed by UNESCO in 1983. The Monument of Discoveries was originally erected in 1941 for the Portuguese World Exhibition, and celebrates the main players from Portugal’s Age of Discoveries and the days of world exploration. Cross the extensive 25 de Abril Bridge to reach the Statue of Christ, one of the symbols of Lisbon. Constructed in 1934, it was inspired by a visit the Cardinal Cerejeira, Patriarch of Lisbon, made to the Christ Of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Admire Lisbon and its rolling hills from the viewpoints of St. Lucia, and Senhora do Monte. Continue to Eduardo VII Park, the largest park in central Lisbon. It was baptized in 1903 in honor of Great Britain’s King Edward VII, who had visited Lisbon to reaffirm the bonds of friendship between the 2 countries. Your city tour of Lisbon complete, your driver will take you back to your hotel or other Lisbon address of choice.

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Our tour guide Rita was an amazing tour guide, knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about history and telling the story of Portugal during the Age of Discovery. The river cruise was not what we expected. Well worth the walking tour if you want to learn about Portugal.

The boat is beautiful and a smooth ride, a delightful ride. The captain and crew were great, the guide did an excellent job in translating , many interesting facts and history. Soft relaxing music playing in background. Over all, good experience.

This was a beautiful trip, I would highly recommend. The wonderful Portuguese boat, made it a relaxing and gentle experience. In combination with the playing of fado music and the pleasant and friendly staff, I highly rate.

Antonio took time to get to know each guest. He was interesting and fun. My 16-year old son loved the tour.

Guide was great, he spoke in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. Very impressive!