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Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

1. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado

Lisbon: Tagus River Sunset Cruise with Wine & Snacks

2. Lisbon: Tagus River Sunset Cruise with Wine & Snacks

Embark on an unforgettable evening boat cruise along the Tagus river and experience the best views of Lisbon's sights in the Portuguese evening sun. Climb aboard a pleasurable sunset cruise and enjoy time on the water. Taste the delicious set of snacks and sip on some refreshing wine during the sunset tour. Enjoy a peaceful evening along the beautiful shoreline accompanied by pleasant music. Experience the barrier-free panorama vessel where you can sit under the open sky or cover up if you prefer. If required, the roof will be closed, or we will set up the on-demand sun awning so that you can still enjoy the nice breeze. Enjoy the magical views of the city as the modern vessel has a 360-degree window view. Experience the impressive panorama overview from every seat on the boat. Feel the soothing breeze and take in the stunning architecture of the floodlit city at sunset.

Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

3. 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 Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém

4. Lisbon Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém

The Lisbon Bike Tour covers an approachable route, without any climb. The terrain is always descending and flat. You'll start at the top of Parque Eduardo VII and descend through downtown Lisbon all the way to Belém. The tour will last about 4 hours. Usually, your guide makes a short stop downtown. Here, you are offered a Portugese specialty and a typical drink. You will also make another stop in an old café halfway through the ride. This time you have the option of a Portugese pastry. This stop is also a chance for guests to use the restroom or have another drink. Drinks at this café are not included. Taking 4 hours to ride about 10 kilometers means that you can enjoy a slow pace with panoramic views. Your guide will stop at the interesting points in town and tell you about what’s around. This is the best way to get to know Lisbon. The tour concludes in Belém, another historical district in Lisbon. In Belém, you will be on your own and can get return to downtown easily by public transportation – bus, tram and train – or by cab. Your guide will suggest a couple of nice restaurants for lunch, as well as fine monuments to visit in the area in the afternoon.

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

5. 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

6. 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 Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

7. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

Climb aboard a vintage sailing boat and get panoramic views of Lisbon as you enjoy a plate of petiscos (small snacks with a glass of white or rosé wine. Admire the monuments of the Belém district, such as the amazing Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Pass the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) at the site where ships would depart to explore and trade with India and the Orient. See the statue of Jesus Christ at the Sanctuary of Christ the King and marvel at the 25 de Abril Bridge. Get panoramic views of São Jorge Castle and Praça do Comércio from the river and take great photos from a different perspective along the way.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Shared Boat Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Tagus River Sunset Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

10. Lisbon: Tagus River Sunset Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

Travel by open boat along the Tagus River on this amazing 2-hour boat cruise from Alfama to Belém and take in the views of Lisbon. Onboard enjoy commentary provided by a guide ensuring you don’t miss a thing as you experience Lisbon from the water.  Admire some of the most amazing monuments and buildings in the city. As you depart from the station you will pass Ribeira das Naus where many Portuguese explorers’ ships were built. Pass by Praça do Comércio, the largest square and one of the most iconic symbols of the city. From the water you will also be able to see São Jorge Castle, a Moorish castle overlooking the historic center and Alfama, the oldest district of the city.  Also seen on this tour is the district of Belém, where you will see more of the city and its many amazing monuments, including the Tower of Belém, a fortified tower on the banks of the Tagus River.

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What people are saying about Tagus River

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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.

Did the boat tour with my sister. It was very, very nice... Pleasant temperatures, delicious wine, what more could you ask for...

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!

Allows you to take public transport and visit many places.