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Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

1. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

2. 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 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne

3. Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne

See Lisbon from a different perspective, from the comfort of a 15-meter full-equipped sailing yacht. Sip on Champagne and enjoy light snacks as you listen to your captain tell you interesting facts about the city and its famous landmarks. Meet at the marina where you’ll board the yacht Mara for your 2-hour sail, cruising up the river to take in spectacular views of the city. Once underway, Champagne will be served and your captain will tell you a bit of the history of Lisbon and its monuments. Beer and soft drinks are also available. If you like, you can try your hand at steering the yacht or sit back and relax on deck if you prefer. You’ll sail past many of Lisbon’s most famous sights, including the suspension bridge, the statue of Christ, and many others. With a maximum of 12 guests you’re guaranteed a very personalized tour. The Champagne will keep flowing throughout, and sweet and savoury hot snacks will be served during the cruise.

Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

4. Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

Discover Lisbon from a boat as you set sail on the Tagus river. See the most famous landmarks of the city and enjoy a relaxing time on the water. Board your sailboat at the Doca do Bom Sucesso Marina. Sail down the Tagus river and pass by the Monument of Discoveries underneath the 25 de Abril Bridge. Continue onto the river Tejo and admire Lisbon's many different architectural styles. On the journey back to the marina you’ll pass by the Christ the King statue on the south bank, as well as the Belem Tower monument. If you’ve selected the sunset option you’ll have the chance to witness the sunset over the Lisbon skyline – a romantic view perfect for couples. You can choose to help the crew sail the boat (no experience necessary), or simply relax on deck.

Lisbon: River Tagus Sightseeing Cruise in Traditional Vessel

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: 2-Hour Private Romantic Tagus River Cruise

8. Lisbon: 2-Hour Private Romantic Tagus River Cruise

Experience the best way to relax and get to know Lisbon from a different perspective from the river Tagus for wonderful coastline views. Imagine you and your better half sailing on an exclusive sailing yacht cruise under a magnificent blue sky for 2-hours. The wind will be blowing gently on your face as the yacht slides smoothly on the water, while you admire Lisbon's fascinating coastline. The discrete skipper will open a bottle of sparkling wine while keeping his eyes on the boat and the surroundings to guarantee maximum security on-board. Celebrate on-board special occasions such as being in love, being in Lisbon, marriage proposals, special dates or weddings.

Lisbon: Tagus River Sunset Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

9. 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.

Lisbon: Tagus River Sailboat Tour

10. Lisbon: Tagus River Sailboat Tour

Make your own way to Doca do Espanhol at Alcântara and meet the crew. With your fellow travellers, listen to a safety briefing. Sit back, relax, and soak up the incredible views as the sailing cruise makes its way along the Tagus River.  Enjoy views of the cityscape and see sights such as the Belém Tower, King Christ, Commerce Square, and the Discoveries Monument. Feel immersed in Portuguese culture as you experience Lisbon from another point of view. Watch as the sun sinks below the horizon with a glass of wine or beer in hand and return to the dock with incredible memories and photos of your unforgettable experience.

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What people are saying about Tagus River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,357 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.

staff was very friendly and helpful during check in. during the trip they were very informative of the area and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask

Really amazing. Best service, tour and staff you can expect, taking really good care of everything and really trying to make all possible wishes possible.

Outstanding trip. Nigel the skipper was very accommodating it was a fantastic team building experience with outstanding views of Lisbon.

Great experience! Our guides were very kind and the views were amazing. Highly recommend.