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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: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

2. 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 by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

3. Lisbon by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

Discover Lisbon and its most enchanting neighborhoods on a 1-hour tuk tuk tour. See some of the best-known monuments in the city center, and discover the “City of 7 Hills.” Following a pick-up from your hotel, explore the city’s most historic areas. Drivers who can converse in different languages, and have an in-depth knowledge of Lisbon’s history, culture, art, and architecture, operate the 100% electric and eco-friendly vehicles. Drive to some of the most stunning lookout points, such as the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro Portas do Sol, and Miradouro Nossa Senhora do Monte, and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s oldest and most typical sites. Along the way, marvel at ornate squares, such as the Praça da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree) and Praça do Comércio, built after the devastating 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. Admire the typical black and white paving stones of Praca Dom Pedro IV, more commonly known as Rossio. See the façades of significant cathedrals and churches, such as the Igreja de Santo António and Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral). Marvel at the Moorish fortifications of the Castelo de S. Jorge. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Feira da Ladra flea market, see the former 17th-century Church of Santa Engracia Panteão, now known as the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), and travel the narrow streets of Alfama, the heart of Lisbon’s traditional Fado bars and restaurants.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sailboat Cruise

4. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sailboat Cruise

See Lisbon from the water and take in the city's unique sights as you sit back and relax on a boat cruise. See St. Jorge Castel, Belém, and other iconic buildings while sipping on a refreshing drink. Visit Lisbon in a different way, be amazed by its colors, the way they spread over the hills and touch the Tagus River. Sail from the Doca de Santo Amaro, underneath the main bridge of Lisbon to the Praça do Comércio, one of the most beautiful plazas in the world and the heart of Lisbon during the 15th century. From there, see the old neighborhoods of Lisbon, Chiado, Baixa, Castelo and Alfama. Then, cross to Cacilhas on the other side of the river to get the widest possible view of the city. Sail close to the Cristo Rei on the south bank, cross under the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge towards Belém to see its tower, which is part of the defensive fortifications of Lisbon. On the way back, see how the people of Lisbon love to walk, sit and chat by the side of the river; usually, the banks are full of people enjoying the sun, the river and boats passing by. During your tour, benefit from a complimentary drink accompanied by some traditional cheese and ham. If sailing on the evening tour, have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Take plenty of time to take amazing pictures of the city and of this incredible experience on the Tagus River.

Lisbon 2-Hour Private Tour by Power Catamaran 18 people

5. Lisbon 2-Hour Private Tour by Power Catamaran 18 people

Climb aboard a luxury power catamaran and sail the calm waters of the Tagus River to experience Lisbon from a new perspective. You will be welcomed aboard the private boat at the Doca do Bom Sucesso Marina with easy access from almost anywhere in the city. Suitable for couples, families or small groups, the tour sails along the River Tagus passing some of Lisbon's main monuments and hidden attractions. Navigate from close to Belém Tower, one of the most beautiful attractions in the city center. Relax on-board the catamaran as you pass sights such as the large Terreiro do Paço, also known as the Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square), remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline downtown after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed much of the city. Enthusiastic and experienced skippers will be happy to share their knowledge of Lisbon, as well as their passion for sailing as you cruise from, and back to, Doca do Bom Sucesso.

Lisbon: Full-Day City Tour with Cable Car Ride

6. Lisbon: Full-Day City Tour with Cable Car Ride

Experience Lisbon from different perspectives on a comprehensive city tour to more than 20 attractions. Journey to amazing viewpoints, such as Eduardo VII Park, São Pedro de Alcântara and the church of Nossa Senhora do Monte. Hear fascinating stories from the city's history, and embrace its medieval side at São Jorge Castle, where the commanding hilltop location rewards with breathtaking views of the historic center. Discover Lisbon's oldest church at Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), and explore the more esoteric side of downtown. Learn how the city was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755 by going to the vast square of Praça do Comércio. Ascend to the rooftop of the Rua Augusta Arch, and imagine what it was like to watch the Portuguese ships returning from their voyages of discovery around the globe Visit the great monuments that honor that "Age of Discoveries" including the chance to look inside Jerónimos Monastery. Go to the top of Belém Tower, and contemplate Portugal's maritime history at the Monument to the Discoveries, sculpted in the form of a ship's prow. Try a delicious Pastel de Belém (an egg custard tart made with flaky pastry). Then, explore Lisbon's more contemporary side at the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações), where you can hop on the cable car and soar over the Tagus River and the site of the 1998 Expo.. 

Lisbon: Old Town Segway Tour

7. Lisbon: Old Town Segway Tour

Receive full instruction and training on riding the segway if it is your first time using the vehicle. Start in the Cais do Sodré area and cross the majestic Praça do Comercio, where you will visit the Old Town district of Alfama. Alfama is Lisbon's oldest quarter. Spread over the south-eastern slope of one of the hills of Lisbon, the picturesque neighbourhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps.  One of the few areas of Lisbon, which wasn't destroyed by the massive 1775 earthquake, Lisbon's old quarter offers many things to see. Explore tightly-packed lanes, small archways, and stone-paved terraces which are full of character and great fun to explore. See several historic 17th-century churches in the vicinity, the city's impressive cathedral, and São Jorge Castle.

Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

The tour begins at Praça do Comércio and heads towards Alfama, walking through some of the city’s oldest and narrowest streets. Wander past local bars and restaurants, and feel the vibrant culture of Lisbon all around you as you stop at the Casa dos Bicos, Sé Cathedral, and Igreja de Santo Antonio. Continue to the Portas do Sol viewpoint and admire the stunning vista while soaking up the glorious Lisbon sunshine. Visit São Jorge Castle next and listen to your guide share stories, tales, and anecdotes about Lisbon. After the castle, walk down to the Baixa district to explore Augusta Street, Rossio Square, São Domingos Church, and the Jewish Memorial. Later, stop at Casa do Alentejo, the Restauradores Square, and Rossio Station, before heading onto Carmo Square to see the National Guard Museum and the stunning Carmo Church. Nearing the end of the tour, visit the Santa Justa Elevator and the São Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint to marvel at the breathtaking landscape below. The final leg of the tour takes you towards Bairro Alto and the Bohemian district, finishing up at Praça Camões.

Lisbon: Full-Day Tour

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Tour

Starting at Parque Eduardo VII, you will be able to see the magnificent Lisbon view framed by the Tagus River and understand why Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills. After this, it's time to explore Principe Real and Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, the Bairro Alto lookout point, often considered the most romantic in Lisbon. Here you can look over all of downtown towards the castle and the river. After this we will go to the Belém monumental area, the starting point of caravel trips to “the New World” discoveries. You can visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and Torre de Belém, also making a short break to taste the delicious and typical Pasteis de Belém.   Following this, you will start going to the eastern and modern part of the City (Parque das Nações), where the Expo 98 took place. On the way you will explore the beautiful and historical square Praça do Comércio, also called Terreiro do Paço, which was completely remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, after the 1755 earthquake. At Parque das Nações, admire the inter connectivity between the old and new spaces in harmony, to contemplate whilst on top of the “Parque das Nações” cable car. You will understand the true meaning of the Portuguese word “saudade”. The tour will end with a visit to the typical Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river.

Lisbon: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

10. Lisbon: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Explore Lisbon on a unique 3-hour tour with an electric bike. The city may seem small at first glance, but you'll soon realize that using a bike will maximize your time and the ground you cover. Ride along the waterfront, seeing many of the sites the city has to offer. Your guide will lead the way, pointing out places of importance and explaining their cultural and historical significance. Visit some of the main city squares, including Praça do Comércio and Praça do Império. At the latter, stop off to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of late-Gothic Jerónimos Monastery and the nearby Belém Tower, designed in the Portuguese Manueline style. You'll also learn about the exploration of the Portuguese when you visit the imposing Monument to the Discoveries. Find out about the artistic tradition in Lisbon when you pass by the Belém Cultural Center. Then see Cais do Sodré, a train station and one of the main travel hubs in the area, and cruise along the waterfront at the Santo Amaro docks.

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What people are saying about Terreiro do Paço

João and Rita were wonderful hosts. They made sure we were cared for well. We had a charcuterie board and choices of white red and rose wines and they even brought us blankets after the sun went down. The tour spanned a large portion of the river and João was a well informed guide and exceptional conversationalist. The six guest capacity created an intimate relaxing experience. Will definitely recommend to others!

Just great! We were a total of 6 people plus 2 crew members on a small sailing ship, where it wasn't too cramped. It delicious wine and pasta and more than enough. For me it was the perfect end to the holiday. Absolutely to recommend

We ended our trip to Lisbon with this cruise, and as they say, “the best for last”! The drinks and aperitif tray are really appreciable. In short, superb! PS: The crew is really great

Most beautiful sunset I've ever seen! For me the best crew because I suddenly got seasick and they took perfect care of me! Thanks a lot for this

Crew was wonderful. Great snacks and wine. Captain gave us the history of Belem coast and Lisbon.