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Lisbon: Private Belém Tuk-Tuk Tour

1. Lisbon: Private Belém Tuk-Tuk Tour

Go on a tuk-tuk ride west, just out of the city center. Here everything is historical and sacred, with emblematic monuments that have stood the test of time. It was from this part of town where the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages around the planet Here you may get off the tuk-tuk and visit some truly amazing monuments. See the Jerónimos Monastery, which is a world heritage site of gothic Manueline style architecture. Learn about the Belém Tower, just across the road, which was built between 1514 and 1520. Then head slightly down the river to the Monument to the Discoveries, which was dedicated to the Portuguese discoverers. These three monuments are some of the most visited in the city. Do not forget to sample the famous Pastéis de Nata while you are in Belem. 

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Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

2. Lisbon Highlights: Private 7-Hour Tour

Discover the most beautiful sights in Lisbon on this private tour. Your personal, officially certified tour guide/driver will give you comprehensive insight into the city, and will take your interests into account to customize the tour for you. For example, you can explore Lisbon's picturesque neighborhoods on a one-of-a-kind panoramic tour to the 25th of April Bridge. From a height of over 100 meters, you can admire a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the Christ the King Statue, which, at 28.5 meters high, is the largest concrete statue in Europe. You can also climb to the top of said statue, where you can take in an incredible view of the city and the river. Admire the magnificent Hieronymite Monastery, one of the most important and impressive examples of Manueline style, a Portuguese variation on late Gothic. You can also discover the unique Belém Tower and the one-of-a-kind Monument to the Discoveries. Visit areas of Lisbon less known among tourists such as the Estrela quarter with its Basilica, or the cemetery Prazeres. Lunchtime is also planned at one of Lisbon's local markets, away from tourist crowds.

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Lisbon Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Tour with GPS Audio Guide

3. Lisbon Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Tour with GPS Audio Guide

When your cruise ship pulls into the port of Lisbon, make the most out of your time by renting an electric vehicle to spin around town in. With 6 hours to make your way through town, you’ll have time to experience the city’s most charming and magical areas with ease. Each Renault Twizy can accommodate 1 driver and 1 passenger. Drive into Lisbon's old town and the narrow streets of Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, and Chiado. Drive along the river. Head up to a panoramic vistas to see the city from the top. Stop for a bite or 2 along the way. All the while, you’ll have a GPS and audio guide at your disposal, so you won’t need to waste time figuring out which sights to see.

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Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

4. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park, and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrim site since the early 18th century. Stroll to the nearby cliffs for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Setubal Peninsula to explore the quiet fishing town of Sesimbra. Head to the Moorish Castle high above the town, before a break for lunch (own expense), either in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. If you selected the optional 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and transfer to a luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins. Alternatively, bask in the sun at one of Arrábida’s hidden beaches, or taste traditional food and wine at a local cellar. Transfer back to Lisbon for the end of the tour services, enjoying the splendid views along the way.

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Lisbon: Tram 28 Private Tour by Tukxi

5. Lisbon: Tram 28 Private Tour by Tukxi

Explore Lisbon by following the path of the 28 Tram from monument to monument with your own private tour guide. Follow its route in a Tukxi, a small vehicle that's a mix between a tuk tuk and a 3-wheeled scooter, so that you can stop and explore or take pictures wherever you like. This is the perfect way to see the sights of the city without the crowds and in an eco-friendly way.   The 28 takes a journey through time, winding its way through narrow streets and passing some of the city’s most famous historical neighborhoods, including Alfama, Graça, Chiado, and all the way over to Estrela. Along the way, you’ll stop at 2 of the highest viewing points in the city, Nossa Senhora do Monte and São Pedro de Alcântara, to take in breathtaking views of the old Lisbon.

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Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

6. Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

Get an intimate tour of Lisbon with your own personal walking guide, and enjoy an insight into the city’s history and traditions. View amazing sites, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square, Lisbon Cathedral, and more. Your guide will explain how, in the 18th century, the city was destroyed by an earthquake and completely rebuilt. Along the way, you will stroll through Rossio Square, at the heart of both old and new Lisbon. Look at the Obelisk in the center of Restauradores Square, commemorating the Restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain in 1640. Learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974, at beautiful Carmo Square, where Portugal's dictatorial regime fell after 48 years. Walk through the elegant Chiado neighborhood, and see old cafés, boutiques, theaters, and bookstores. Taste a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata) and then enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon's vintage trams. Wander through the old maze of small squares and narrow alleyways of the Moorish Alfama neighborhood, where time seems to have stopped 1,000 years ago. Learn about Fado, Lisbon's own musical genre, as you walk past the Fado Museum, and some of Alfama's hidden Fado restaurants. Stop for wine and a tasting at a wine bar and restaurant located in a medieval palace. Next, visit the 12th-century Cathedral, Lisbon’s oldest church, and end at Praça do Comércio, the former entrance hall of the city and one of Europe's largest and most beautiful squares. End your tour in Praça do Comércio, formerly the entrance hall of the city, one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful squares.

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Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Algarve: Private 2-Day Tour from Lisbon

Begin your tour with a drive to the Algarve through the plains of the Alentejo, through cork oak and holm oak forests. Alentejo is the granary of Portugal, the province of storks and grand estates, and a region where you can still enjoy the unspoiled nature. Afterwards you will reach the historical town of Lagos, where you can visit the Church of St. Anthony (Golden Chapel) and the infamous slave market. The town of Lagos is also strongly linked with the history of the Portuguese discoveries. Continue on to the beautiful rock formations of the Algarve at Ponta da Piedade as well as Sagres and Cape Saint Vincent, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Sagres was the starting point of the discoveries of Portugal. Here you can enjoy the stunning scenery before continuing on to Faro or Albufeira, where you will check in to your hotel. The second day focuses on the east of the Algarve. After breakfast, you will drive to the market of Olhão, which is located near the lagoon of Faro. It is a nature reserve, a paradise for storks and other migratory birds, and is known for sea salt production and the shellfish industry. At the market in Olhão, you can get an overview of what the agriculture of this region has to offer and see the abundance of fish from the Algarvian sea. You will then head on to Santa Luzia, a picturesque fishing village on the lagoon which is famous for squid fishing. Afterwards you will cross the lagoon on a small train before reaching the secluded beach of Barril. This beach offers a unique experience. The drive continues on to the historical town of Tavira, where you will explore the old town by foot. Tavira is an old trading center and port situated on the Gilão River and the lagoon. Afterwards you will return to Lisbon.

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Lisbon: Private 4-Hour Tour

8. Lisbon: Private 4-Hour Tour

This 4-hour tour takes you on a discovery of Lisbon, a city that boasts old world charm and modern wonders. Explore the historical district and its monuments, and delve deeper into the heart of this bustling city. The tour starts in Alfama, the oldest district in the city, which still has cobblestone streets. Here you’ll see old shopkeepers lean out of their windows and enjoy the fresh sea air. You’ll then head to Rossio Square, the historical center of Lisbon. See the fascinating Jerónimos Monastery and admire the extravagant Manueline architectural style that has defined the city. Explore the district of Santa Maria de Belém and see the Belém Tower, a monument to great sailors. Along the way you’ll learn more about the history of Lisbon from its rise to prosperity in the 15th and 16th centuries. Listen to stories about great explorers that conquered the coasts, and discover how the Golden Age of Portugal is reflected in its architecture.

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Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

9. Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

Famous for its incredible array of palaces, Sintra steals the hearts of all those who travel there. On this full day private tour, take your pick of which palaces to visit with the help of your experienced local guide. From the beautiful Romantic Pena Palace, the Morrish Castle and the Masonic Regaleira, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for royal choice! Definitely not one to miss is the incredible ‘Portugese Versailles’. Or, will you choose the Queluz Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family back in 1755 before their earthquake escape to Brazil. One of the most beautiful palaces, Quelez is known for its Rococo style, gardens, and terraces. After the palaces, travel to the center of Sintra to visit and learn all about the area’s historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions. Next, head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe where the land ends and the vast sea opens up. Marvel at the stunning ocean views and then travel to the ‘Mouth of Hell’, where the waves hit the rocks with frightening force, and years of erosion have left vast cavities in the limestone. Now it's time to explore Cascais Bay, a wide beach nestled amongst picturesque streets full of fish restaurants caught fresh by the village fishermen. Sat between the bay and the Sintra mountain range, Cascais was the vacation hotspot for Portugese royalty in the 19th century. On the return to Lisbon, journey along the coast of Estoril, famous for its Casino, the inspiration of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’.

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Lisbon: Self-Drive City Tour in E-Car with GPS Audio Guide

10. Lisbon: Self-Drive City Tour in E-Car with GPS Audio Guide

Tired of experiences in which you are not able to choose anything? Do you want to be you to decide your own holiday, on your own terms? Then, this free city tour will be the best option for you. Grab the Twizy and make your journey with everything free: Wi-Fi, Internet and live stream. Discover a multicultural, cosmopolitan and fashionable Lisbon without a pre-defined program while seeing unique viewpoints for breathtaking photographs. Visit the city center and see the best monuments at your own pace. Stop where you want and don't pay (the park will be included). Feel free to choose and decide. Ride past Chiado, Rua Augusta Arch, Rossio Square and Brasileira.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

This shore excursion left later than usual due to our ship's late arrival. Much fuss had occurred between the broker "Get Your Guide" and the vendor "Inside Lisbon" about geting our full tour starting at 10:30AM. The two guide-drivers of our two vans of eight ( Joao and Joao) took responsibility to give us a full day despite warnngs from their dispatchers about being out later than expected in Lisbon. Our day started with Fatima with stop at a tourist store ( pre arranged "rest stop" ) .Luckily we arrived for the noon Mass in the Apparition chapel. Some of us received communion at Fatima! WE had an hour of free time which all 16 found adeqaute. This is a very large campus. Some made an effort to see all three chapels/basilicas. Some enjoyed the religious goods store behind the apparitions chapel for their shopping, leaving their money at the shrine and not the tourist store. The afternoon in Lisbon was fantastic, many treats and wonderful stops. No room in short review.

Penelope made the tour not only enjoyable and informative, but also warm and personal. It felt like reconnecting with a dear friend. You can see she is a born ti be a guide! We loved our tuksi trip. She made journeying through Lisbon busy traffic and narrow cobble stoned streets seem easy. It's not but she is very, very good at it. We highly recommend her.

I strongly recommend it is a remarkable experience and it is a different and fun alternative to visit the most interesting points of Lisbon. The car is extremely comfortable and easy to drive. I will certainly repeat!

joão was such an amazing, knowledgeable and lovely Tour Guide! loved every minute of the Tour and felt very safe! the Tour has been the Highlight of our vacation

Absolutely loved our private stour. Johanna is a knowledgeable and witty tour guide, who showed us the sites and best city hacks.