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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: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

2. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

See the sights of Lisbon that interest you most on a full-day private tour with an itinerary that’s designed just for you! There’s no need to rush around on this special tour, as you’ll have time to take in the top artistic and historical attractions of the city. Marvel at historical landmarks such as São Jorge Castle and Lisbon´s Cathedral. Travel from the Phoenician civilization, up to the Roman city of Olissippo. Visit Alfama, the city’s oldest sector, and see Moorish influences everywhere. Take a stroll off the typical tourist route, through the city’s traditional neighborhoods and get a real feeling of what Alfacinhas (Lisbon natives) do and where they go in their lovely city. During the day you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some of Portugal's traditional pastries. Although the tour is meant to cover a full day the duration can be shorter to suit your schedule.

From Lisbon: Tomar, Christ Convent & Almourol Castle Tour

3. From Lisbon: Tomar, Christ Convent & Almourol Castle Tour

Meet your local guide and head to Tomar on a road trip that takes about one hour. When there, go directly to the Templar Castle and the Convento de Cristo Monastery and be amazed by this magnificent monument filled with history. Descend to the city of Tomar and visit the old town passing by the old Synagogue, the oldest in Portugal. You have the chance to walk around and find some of the most unique buildings in the city. Spend some free time to enjoy lunch.  Leaving Tomar, head to Constância, where Luís de Camões, the most famous Portuguese poet, is said to have lived. There, enjoy the magnificent views of the confluence of Zêzere and Tejo rivers. Take a small boat ride in the calm waters of the Tagus river up to the unique Almourol Castle island, where you have some more free time to explore. At the end of the day, return to Lisbon in the comfortable van. 

4-Day Portugal Tour from Madrid: Lisbon and Fatima

4. 4-Day Portugal Tour from Madrid: Lisbon and Fatima

Discover the sights and sounds of Portugal on a 4-day package tour from Madrid, crossing the scenic region of Extremedura en route to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Learn about the Spanish conqusitadors at Trujillo, and the Portuguese Age of Discoveries in Belem. See old trams on the streets of Alfama, and learn about the apperance of the Virgin Mary in Fatima. Accommodation will be at a 4-star hotel in central Lisbon, with optional evening activities and day tours for your pleasure. Day 1: Madrid - Trujillo - Lisbon Depart Madrid at 08:00 and drive through the scenic Extremadura region of Spain, stopping in historic Trujillo to discover a city enriched by the Spanish conquistadors. You will have time to wander the city center to see stunning medieval and Renaissance buildings, such as the main Plaza Mayor, where an equestrian statue of Francisco Pizarro stands guard. Continue across the border to Portugal, and check in to the 4-star Hotel Lutecia on arrival in Lisbon. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus, the Portuguese capital is a delight to explore at night. You can join an optional fado show to experience the typically melancholic folk songs of Portugal, or relax on your own at leisure. Day 2: Lisbon Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. Marvel at the medieval Castle of São Jorge, overlooking the Alfama from its hilltop location, and see old trams trundling down the cobblestone streets. Continue to Belem, dominated by the fortress Tower of Belem and ornate Monastery of Los Jeronimos. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure, or take an optional excursion to the fairytale palaces of Sintra, and the glorious beaches and resorts of the Estoril Coast and Cascais. Day 3: Lisbon - Fatima - Lisbon Today you will visit one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in Portugal on a day trip to Fatima. Learn the story of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 3 shepherd children as they tended their flock in the Cova da Iria. You will be free to explore sites such as the Sanctuary of Fátima and Chapel of the Apparitions. See the mosaics and stained glass windows of the Basilica, and enjoy some quiet time in the Holy Trinity Church. Return to Lisbon for your overnight stay. Day 4: Lisbon - Caceres - Madrid Depart Lisbon and re-cross the border with Spain en route to Madrid. Stop at the historic walled city of Caceres, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 for its beautiful mix of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Discover some of the 30 remaining Islamic towers, and glorious Renaissance palaces, as you wander the narrow streets at leisure. Continue to Madrid for the end of tour services.

From Lisbon: Tomar, Almourol, & Dornes Knights Templar Tour

5. From Lisbon: Tomar, Almourol, & Dornes Knights Templar Tour

The first stop will be at Dornes, an ancient village, founded by the Romans. At Dornes we will visit the medieval Tower, built in the 12th century by Gualdim Pais, a Portuguese crusader and Knight Templar in the service of Afonso Henriques of Portugal. Cross Portugal’s bucolic central landscape and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Castelo de Bode reservoir. Visit the ancient city of Tomar and delve into its mysticism. Discover the Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site. Its history goes back several centuries and is steeped in myth. Do you know there is a Templar treasure waiting for you inside its walls? Your itinerary will be the following: hotel pickup, Almourol Castle, Constância Village, Castelo de Bode Dam, Tomar Historic Center, lunch & free time, Tomar Synagogue, S. João Batista Church, Christ Convent, and then hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

Lisbon: 1 Hour Private Segway Tour of the Castle

6. Lisbon: 1 Hour Private Segway Tour of the Castle

Take advantage of the comfort and ease of riding a Segway to overcome the hills of Lisbon in this private 1-hour tour of the streets around the Castle of São Jorge. You can arrange with your guide what time you would like to start your private tour.  Your tour will be started with a familiarization and practice session. You will see that riding on a Segway is the perfect way to climb the hills of Lisbon in the blink of an eye. On the top of a steep hill is found the Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of Saint George) and it’s neighborhood, protected by its ancient walls. While the location of great archaeological discoveries, it has never lost its whitewashed houses and its Roman roads that you will discover by Segway, at a slow pace so as not to miss anything. Get to see how the locals live and their habits on your exploration of Castelo and Mouraria. This will also be a good opportunity to see some of the most iconic monuments of Lisbon, including the Sé Cathedral and the National Pantheon. You will have the opportunity to get stunning views of Lisbon from the Miradouros (viewpoints), including the beautifull Portas do Sol. This will be a great opportunity for getting some amazing photos of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

Full-Day Private Tour - Knights Templar and Tomar

7. Full-Day Private Tour - Knights Templar and Tomar

Your private day tour will begin with pickup from your Lisbon hotel or cruise port at approximately 8:30 AM. Discover the national monuments in Tomar, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As this is a private tour, you will have the freedom to rearrange your tour how you see fit. Below is the standard itinerary: After the pickup head directly towards Tomar, an approximate 1.5-hour drive. Upon arrival you will visit the castle area which includes the famous convent of Christ where one of the most beautiful works of the Manueline style can be seen. Afterwards, enjoy a small stroll in the center of the city where you can taste some of the local sweets and/or lunch after which you will head to the Almourol Castle, a small castle in the middle of an island in the river Tagus, which was also used by the Templar Knights.  Before heading back to Lisbon you can have some time to visit Constância, a small but beautiful village by the river that was also the refuge of Camões, one of Portugal's most important poets. If time and weather allows, visit the beautiful artificial lakes created by a nearby dam, for some beautiful landscape views. Return to the hotel by 5:30 PM. Note that all the itineraries and schedules that are described on this page are the standard ones for this tour. As this is a private tour and no one else will join your group, the tour is fully customizable according to your preferences or schedule needs if you come on a cruise ship, for example. To change anything just inform us at the time of booking or talk to the driver on the day of the tour.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Marvão & Roman Ammaia

8. From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Marvão & Roman Ammaia

Your tour begins at 8:30 AM with a pick-up from your hotel. This ensures enough time to enjoy your day without any hurry. This private tour is provided mainly with the objective of showing Marvão, Castelo de Vide, and the Roman ruins of Ammaia, nevertheless, this itinerary can be changed to best suit your preferences. Upon meeting your driver, start heading northeast, directly to the upper Alentejo region. There, you will start the tour by visiting Castelo de Vide, a small, yet picturesque town where you can visit the main castle. If time allows, shop for local handicrafts in the markets with other residents. Afterwards, make your way to the medieval village of Marvão, that resides on the top of the São Mamede Mountain. Here, you will take a walk through the medieval streets and visit the castle and the most important locations of the village. After lunch, proceed down to visit the remains of the Roman city of Ammaia and its museum. Then, pay a visit to Niza, home of one of the most exquisite and singular cheeses of Portugal. Just before you begin your return to Lisbon, you will pass by the beautiful and natural landscape of Vila Velha de Ródão. There, the river Tagus passes through the carved mountains in a place known as Portas de Ródão. Return to your accommodations by 6:30 PM to end the day.

From Lisbon: Tomar Templar Full-Day Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Tomar Templar Full-Day Private Tour

You will be met at your hotel to begin your day trip. Head north to visit the largest tourist caves in Portugal. Then turn East to head for your next point - discover Tomar, a 12th-century Templar town featuring a castle and the Convent of Christ – the latter was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and served as the Portuguese headquarters of the Knights Templar. Visit the historic center of Tomar, including the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, which served as a 12th-century funerary pantheon of the Knights Templar, and the 16th-century Church of São João Baptista. Afterwards it is time for lunch, based on your preference, but it is recommended that you lunch in Medieval Tavern. This is the best way to taste Portuguese gastronomy and feel like real Knight of Templar. After lunch it is time to visit one more castle, that was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar - Castle of Almourol. The castle is situated in the middle of Tagus River, so the best way to reach the castle is by taking a boat. Finally, enjoy relaxing landscapes and rolling hills on the drive back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Tagus River

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based on 157 reviews

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.

Our price-performance winner in Lisbon. The tour even lasted almost an hour in total, and surprisingly, there was even half a cup of wine for free. Our guide Marta was also super nice.

Excellent value for money and a really enjoyable cruise. Staff are really friendly and extremely helpful and informative.

Great ride, staff was very kind, views were amazing. It was a chill afternoon so they gave us blanklets. Nice detail!

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