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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• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real  The Libson Card also provides discounts on the following attractions:• Dom Fernando II e Glória ship – 20% discount• Biester Palace (Sintra) – 10% discount• Video mapping (Immersivus Lisboa – O Cubo) – 15% discount• SEOTours – 15% discount• Setubal Alive – 10% discount

Lisbon: Food and Wine Walking Tour

2. Lisbon: Food and Wine Walking Tour

Enjoy the flavors of the Portuguese cuisine in Lisbon’s traditional places. The guide will give you lots of insider tips for wine, petiscos, food, fado, and good company. Learn about the importance of coffee in Portuguese culture. Find out about Lisbon’s great cafés, such as the 18th-century café Nicola (this café was opened in 1787 by an Italian man, one of Lisbon’s most literary cafés and a place for tertúlias), and discover where you can find another coffee landmark in the city. Try the famous Portuguese codfish cake with a glass of refreshing green wine. Learn about the historical center of the city which is full of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Take a look at all the delicious and exotic products on display at an old gourmet shop, from dried, salted Bacalhau – now one of Portugal´s most traditional dishes — to the sausages, hams, and cheeses, and learn all their secrets. Learn the history of Port, Portugal’s famous fortified wine, and then try it with the delicious São Jorge Cheese. Visit one of the most famous Tascas in Lisbon, where you´ll taste a typical Bifana (pork sandwich) watered down with a cold draft beer. Learn the history of Ginjinha, the favorite liqueur of many Portuguese, considered the drink of Lisbon, and try it at the first place that started to sell it in 1840. Learn tricks to climb the hills of Lisbon and enjoy one of the most fantastic views of the city, while your guide will explain what food to try and what restaurants to visit in each of the neighborhoods. Finish your tour in style, in a true local venue, with Chouriço, Portuguese bread, and other local products served with a glass of delicious red wine.

Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

3. Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Experience the sights and sounds of Lisbon on a unique 3-hour guided tuk tuk tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. Feel the pulse of the cosmopolitan city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts to take in the traditional atmosphere of the old quarters.  From a tuk tuk you’ll have the opportunity to get up close for an insight into local life. Highlights of the tour: • Downtown Lisbon • Rossio Square • Santa Justa elevator • Lisbon Cathedral • Saint Anthony Church • Portas do Sol viewpoint • Graça neighborhood • Castle neighborhood • Senhora do Monte viewpoint • Mouraria • Saint Vincent Monastery • Flea market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) • National Pantheon • Alfama neighborhood 

Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

The Lisbon Pub Crawl

5. The Lisbon Pub Crawl

Discover Lisboa after the sun sets and watch the city transforming into a playground of music, tapas, and lively parties. Get to know other travelers before setting off into a night full of fun and excitement. Meet fellow travelers and like-minded locals as you mingle with people from all over the world in a city known for its warm nights and wild parties. Your guide is a professional party planner and a local, so you can definitely trust them to show you a good time. Enjoy a welcome drink at each bar, one-hour open bar for beer and sangria, and finish your crawl as a VIP guest in a venue prepared for all the groups to converge and have a party together. Expect shots along the way and end in one of Lisbon's most popular clubs with skip-the-line access. Enhance your experience by choosing to add gin and vodka mixers during the power hour.

Lisbon: Pub and VIP Club Crawl

6. Lisbon: Pub and VIP Club Crawl

Discover Lisbon's nightlife scene with the help of local guides, and get to know fellow travelers from around the world. Take part in Lisbon’s first and biggest pub crawl, visiting 3 clubs and bars throughout the night. Start the night with an hour of unlimited free beer or sangria to get the party started. Then enjoy exclusive discounts on cocktails. Meet party-loving travelers from all over the world as you visit different bars with different types of music. Visit 3 bars in Bairro Alto, the most iconic nightlife district in Lisbon, and finish your night with free entry to a local club. You will be led by at least 2 local identified guides, who will provide you with a great introduction to the local nightlife.

Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

7. Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals on a guided walking tour. Built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots, explore the city with a local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Begin the tour in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass by the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy views of Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the San Roque Church built by the Jesuits. Admire its austere façade, and the gilding, tiles, and paintings inside that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque styles. Head down the hill to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. See a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol, see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Explore Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. End the tour at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

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

8. 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 by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

9. Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

Discover the historical center of Lisbon on a private electric Tuk Tuk Tour. See the famous neighborhoods like Chiado, Graça, and more. Ride through the beautiful districts of Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real, and Estrela. You will learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest capital cities in Europe from your guide. Your guide will take you through the narrow and cobbled-stoned neighborhoods of Alfama, Graça, Mouraria, and the contemporary districts of Chiado and Bairro Alto. Finally, marvel at the beautiful panoramic setting of River Tagus before ending the tour. 

Downtown Free Walking Tour

10. Downtown Free Walking Tour

Learn about the history of Portugal as you explore the Bairro Alto, Baixa, and Chiado neighborhoods of downtown Lisbon. Discover the city's nightlife and bars. See the famous yellow trams of the Bica Funicular. Finish up by enjoying a magical sunset and river view at Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Meet your guide at Praça do Rossio. Stop by the Bica Funicular and admire the famous steep street and emblematic yellow trams. Explore Chiado, a modern, cosmopolitan neighborhood that was almost completely destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Go to Bairro Alto, a neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife. Listen to your expert guide explain the history and interesting development of this area. End your tour at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, a terrace overlooking the river. Gaze at the spectacular sunset.

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We booked a private Lisbon historic tour in English. The tour itself was absolutely perfect. Sofia, our guide was very knowledgeable and fun, she told us the history of the city, of the different neighbourhoods and of special places: cafés, libraries, buildings always sharing interesting anecdotes. The tram ride, coffee and Portuguese tarts included in the price were a very nice touch.

The pick up was very easy! I was able to pick up my Lisboa cards at the airport right outside of baggage claim. This is an amazing tool to get around Lisbon (free transit on metro, busses, and some outbound trains like the ones that goes to Sintra). Perfect tourist card and I cannot recommend enough

What a fabulous tour! Our guide, Daniel was knowledgeable, personable and very informative. We enjoyed all of the food and wine and the company of all the others in our group! Delicioso!

Ana was a great tour guide! It was nice to get an idea for food in the area and she even left us with suggestions on where to go for the rest of our time here. Highly recommend!

Sophia was absolutely fantastic! It was a great experience. She introduced us to the local food and wine, which was all fantastic!