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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: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

2. Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

Climb aboard a luxurious yacht for a 1 or 2-hour sailing tour of the coast of Lisbon, departing from the Doca do Bom Sucesso near the historic Belém Tower. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River, passing the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city for an appreciation of its maritime and fishing traditions, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your enthusiastic and experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus Estuary, as well as provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coastline. Your safety is a top priority at all times. Relax on board the stylish boats, which are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature onboard toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to provide the soundtrack to your experience. Choose from a 1-hour morning cruise, a 2-hour day cruise, or a romantic 2-hour sunset cruise.

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: 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: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

6. Lisbon: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

Get a different perspective of Lisbon on a sunset cruise on the Tagus River. Watch as the city and its monuments gain new colors as daylight fades. Take in the views while you savor an included drink and snack, and let yourself go to the sound of the live music on board. Make your way to the meeting point, then board the yellow boat. Feel the breeze coming off the blue Tagus as you set off on the river. Sense the city rhythm change from the sounds of daily hustle and bustle to the sunset vibes aboard. Prepare to be surprised by the riverside views of the most iconic monuments and sights in the city, such as the Comércio Square, the Statue of Christ the King, the Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, and MAAT — the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. As you cruise, enjoy 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink with 1 snack as you listen to the live music. An onboard bar is also available if want further refreshments. For your drink, choose from a glass of Mateus Rosé red fruit sangría, Mateus Rosé wine, port, draught beer, or non-alcoholic options that include water, sodas, and coffee. For the snack, select between sweet potato, croquettes, samosas, and codfish cakes. 

Costa da Caparica: Surf Experience

7. Costa da Caparica: Surf Experience

Experience the incredible waves of the Atlantic Ocean on surf adventure just outside Lisbon. Discover beautiful white sand beaches and surf spots that are just 10 to 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon city center. Find waves that are suitable for your skill level, from beginner to advanced. Get to surf some of the coolest hidden spots with a local surfer. The Costa da Caparica is where the Tejo River flows into the ocean. The coastline receives swells of all kinds. Surf with different sized boards, depending on your skillset and experience. Try different shapes, and discover the most suitable board for you as an expert instructor gives you tips. Full surf equipment and wetsuits are provided. Choose the option that includes video footage if you’d like to check out your technique and make any adjustments.

Lisbon: Sunset Cruise

8. Lisbon: Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasurable sunset cruise to wrap up your day. Set off from Sul e Sueste River Station for a 2-hour cruise and marvel at Lisbon's stunning skyline. Capture the magical views of the iconic monuments and buildings. See the city's most famous landmarks that include Praça do Comércio, Alfama, Cacilhas, the Cristo Rei Sanctuary, and the 25th April Bridge. Experience a superb atmosphere with a professional DJ onboard. Enjoy a refreshing evening on the cruise while sipping your first complimentary drink and admire the breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

9. Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

Set sail and see the riverside highlights of Lisbon on this sunset cruise. Savor a delicious welcome drink and watch the sun go down over Terreiro do Paço square, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation. Board a boat and set off down the Tagus river. Enjoy the orange glow of the sunset on the water and the buildings. Feel the charm of the red-roofed skyline. View the city as the lights come on for the evening. Pass by the bright buildings in Terreiro do Paço, the monument of Cristo Rei, the red suspension bridge 25 April, and the 16th-century fortification, Belém tower. Admire the views of the MAAT Museum, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation.

Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Almada

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 5,069 reviews

We did this as a family of 5 with 3 kids ages 8, 10, 13. Process was very organized! Boat was excellent - clean, lots of room, a bathroom, blankets, and a fun hammock net over the water that the kids loved. Crew was nice and friendly! One drink was included which was enjoyable, plus you could buy additional. Slight downside was that this was “sightseeing” only - no verbal explanations of what we were looking at unless you asked crew specifically, but I think this was mentioned in description.

Francesco and Federico were our hosts for this lovely evening. They took us around the port of Lisbon and timed our sunset view perfectly. They were accommodating and informative. Wonderful hosts and the boat was comfortable. Highly recommended.

It was an unforgettable experience. Even more so thanks to an amazing skipper Benny who was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information about Lisbon during the cruise. Thank you!

Excelente passeio de veleiro! Pontuais e organizados, Barco grande e novo, Tomaz e Gonçalo sempre dispostos a ajudar e explicar tudo sobre o barco e trajeto. Recomendo fortemente!

The father and son crew was excellent. We enjoyed the trip and the guide was very knowledgeable