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Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

1. 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.

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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

2. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

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Best Live Fado Show in Lisbon: 'Fado in Chiado' Tickets

3. Best Live Fado Show in Lisbon: 'Fado in Chiado' Tickets

Enjoy a Fado in Chiado performance and discover the soul of Lisbon. The musical form of fado was adopted as a part of Portuguese culture and is now a symbol of the nation, with a particularly strong tradition in the historic districts of Lisbon. The 50-minute show features talented artists. 2 singers and 2 musicians, playing the Portuguese guitar and classical guitar respectively, will perform accompanied by images of unique must-see locations in Lisbon. It is said that fado combines nostalgia, Portuguese pride, and hope, in a musical style epitomized by Amália Rodrigues. Due to its cultural importance and unique style this musical form was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Fado in Chiado performance takes place in the center of Lisbon. Experience the live show and then take advantage of the night to discover more of the city.

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Lisbon: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Wine

4. Lisbon: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Wine

Admire Lisbon's iconic skyline while sipping on a glass of wine on this sunset sailboat trip. Sit back and relax as you cruise on the Tagus River and take in the sights as you go. The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built facing the water is by boat. Glide along the Tagus river and prepare to feel amazed by Lisbon's splendid palaces, museums, monuments, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses, which all magnificently line the waterfront. This journey, by sailboat or motorboat, will bring the magic of Lisbon alive. Seeing Lisbon by sunset is truly a unique experience. See how city changes color and the smells become more aromatic. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you sail through the city.

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Lisbon: Ferry Boat Sunset Cruise in the Tagus River

5. Lisbon: Ferry Boat Sunset Cruise in the Tagus River

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 2-hour pleasurable sunset cruise and enjoy your 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.

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Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

6. Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Discover some of the most beautiful regions in Portugal and take a trip from Lisbon to the cities of Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca. First visit Sintra, the most romantic city in Portugal. Be enchanted by the city known as the capital of romance, and take a look at the imposing mountains with their magnificent buildings. Discover the idyllic old town and see the fabulous Pena Palace. Later explore the former fishing village of Cascais, enjoy its special flair and admire the picturesque white sand beach. Continue to the westernmost point of the European mainland and discover the impressive Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth), whose cliffs, fissures and caves are a unique natural wonder. Enjoy local cuisine in one of the local restaurants and sample fresh fish and seafood.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

Benefit from a guided tour inside the Quinta Regaleira and Pena Palace. Fall in love with Sintra, a village full of magic and mystery, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period and also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to treat yourself and loved ones to a private experience with your own guide and pickup from your own hotel. Alternatively, you can get picked up from a convenient location in the center of Lisbon. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated tour guide, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and enjoy its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well. Uncover the mysteries of each place and learn about the orders of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. During the lunch break in Sintra's old town, you will have free time to explore the historical and charming streets. You will also have time to taste the traditional pastry, travesseiro. After buying your entry ticket with your guide, feel like you're stepping into a fairy tale when you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park. Understand its unique architectural expression of Romanticism. Spot how it blends many styles, including Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. Stroll around the park with its astonishing variety of plants and trees. Marvel at the palace's amazing views of the castle and the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

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Lisbon: Luxury Sailboat Cruise at Night

8. Lisbon: Luxury Sailboat Cruise at Night

See Lisbon light up at night while cruising down the river in a sailboat. This 2-hour tour departs from Doca do Bom Sucesso in Belém. Covering both banks of the Tagus River, you’ll pass by the main monuments and sights of Lisbon including Belém Tower, Monument of the Discoveries, Electricity Museum, MAAT, Jerónimos Monastery, Terreiro do Paço, and Sanctuary of Christ the King. Passing under the 25 de Abril Bridge, you can glimpse the hills of the city and its picturesque neighborhoods, such as Bairro Alto and Alfama, and the São Jorge Castle. Enjoy the scenery and free drinks while capturing breathtaking photos. At the end of the tour, you’ll return to the starting point. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, whether you are solo, a couple, or with family or friends.

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

9. 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.

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Lisbon: Sunset Cruise

10. Lisbon: Sunset Cruise

Board a luxury sailboat and enjoy a serene sunset cruise along the River Tagus in Lisbon. Sip on a soft drink as you take in sights like the Belém Tower and Monument to the Discoveries, and pass under the 25 de Abril Bridge Depart from Doca do Bom Sucesso in Belém and see the main monuments of the city of Lisbon located on the banks of the river. Also, enjoy some complimentary soft drinks during your cruise. See Torre de Belém, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, Maat, Jerónimos Monastery, Terreiro do Paço, and the Cristo Rei statue. Pass under the majestic 25 de Abril Bridge and admire the views of the hills of Lisbon and its picturesque neighborhoods including Bairro Alto and Alfama. Spot the Castelo de San Jorge at the top of one of the hills. On the return leg of the journey, admire the amazing sunset on the horizon. Watch as the sky turns to vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and pink, and enjoy the perfect end to your day in Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 125 reviews

We took a private tour of Sintra and loved every minute. Maria (only) was not only energetic but had a fantastic sense of humor. She was extremely knowledgeable as a guide at the sites, but also very informative in Portuguese history. The trip was never rushed and we didn't arrive back until 5:30. After we confirmed we had no other plans for the day she offered to stop for coffee in the village and we had the greatest time with her. I was glad that we added nothing else to the trip - I feel that would have rushed things more than I would have liked. I would highly recommend the trip and our wonderful guide - Maria (only).

Show was great, we arrived 15 mins before the show started and the doors opened up 10 mins before the show started to let people in and sit down. It was a lovely show with talented musicians and singers.

We took the evening boat tour and it was an awesome tour. We passed in front of touristic points, had excellent explanations from Pedro, who by the way, is a great person. It's really worth it.

Highly recommended Very complete excursion. In one day you can visit the most important of Lisbon and in a very comfortable way.

Relaxing, wonderful afternoon. Great way to see Lisbon.