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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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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

2. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and take in the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

3. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for 3 hours with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins 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 through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come 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, you’ll 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. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends 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.

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Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

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

Explore the best that Lisbon has to offer on this private 2 hour electric tuk-tuk tour. Tuk-tuks are the perfect solution for touring the narrow streets of Lisbon and can accommodate up to 6 people. Discover the romance of the city as you visit the neighborhoods of Alfama, Graca and Mouraria.  Additionally, unveil the contemporary sides of the city with a visit to Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Estrela. Let your guide share local history and stories of Lisbon throughout the tour. Lisbon is a city of seven hills, so you will break next to the best panoramas to capture the most gorgeous views. On this tour you will taste the famed local aperitif: ginginhai, a cherry liquor, while in the neighborhood of Alfama, an opportunity not be missed. Enter the Baixa district and learn how the city was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Explore cosmopolitan Chiado and pass its designer stores, art galleries, bookshops and restaurants. Visit the Portuguese Parlament and end with a view of the Estrela Basilica.

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Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

5. Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

Discover the sights of Lisbon from a new perspective on an amusing GPS tour. Get behind the wheel of a convertible with an advanced navigational system that provides friendly directions so you can relax as you cruise. Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Roam freely according to your own itinerary or opt to follow a preset route built into the GPS. Below, the preset routes are outlined: Belém Tour – Green Route - Approximately 2-hours Belém is famous for being linked to the Discoveries history and the neighborhood will always be remembered and praised as the seaport of Portugal’s Golden Era. This tour takes you to: the National Museum of Ancient Art, the “Fundação Oriente”, “Cordoaria Nacional”, the Jerónimos Monastery, Champalimaud Foundation, the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, the MAAT, and the superb Comércio Square. Alfama Tour – Blue Route – Approximately 1-hour Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in town, known for its narrow and labyrinthine streets, colorful houses with irregular geometry, clothes drying on the windows and some of the most beautiful viewpoints of the capital.  This tour takes you to: Casa dos Bicos – José Saramago Foundation, the Fado Museum, the National Pantheon, the flea market area, the GraçaChurch and Convent, the Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia viewpoints and Lisbon Cathedral. Center Tour – Red Route – Approximately 1.5 hours This route takes you to downtown Lisbon. Baixa, located in the heart of the Portuguese capital, this is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in the city, where tradition blends in with the boldness of modernity, an area full of commerce. This tour takes you to: Santa Justa lift, the Rossio Square, the Dona Maria II National Theatre, the Carmo Church and Convent, the Camões Square and S. Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Príncipe Real Garden, the Amália Rodrigues House Museum and Cais do Sodré area along the riverside.

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Lisbon: Luxury Sailboat Cruise at Night

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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Lisbon: Street Art Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Lisbon: Street Art Tuk Tuk Tour

Enjoy a tuk tuk tour of Lisbon's phenomenal street art. See walls of Marvila– an open-air gallery where you can see the work of international graffiti artists celebrating Ibero-American culture. Marvel at 15 huge pieces of art on buildings situated on the top of a hill. Enjoy the view of Tejo in the distance.  Stroll through a neighborhood where, at every new corner, you uncover a layer of the history of Lisbon. There are 17th and 18th-century convents and palaces, art deco industrial warehouses and buildings, vilas of factory workers, and urban vegetable gardens. 

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Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

10. Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

On this Tagus River boat trip you’ll enjoy unique views of Lisbon and its hills. Starting in Terreiro do Paço, or downtown Lisbon, the boat passes under the 25 de Abril bridge, and on to Belém, one of the most interesting quarters of Lisbon.  Along the way, you’ll see some of the best known monuments in Belém, including the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Heading back to Terreiro do Paço, you’ll be able to admire the stunning views of the Lisbon landscape.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,050 reviews

We had Joao as our tour guide and absolutely loved our experience. Our group was quite small (only 5 of us total) and we ended up sticking together for lunch in Sintra. We had a blast together! Joao was super friendly and kind, and made sure to check in with each of us throughout the trip. He was very informative and gave a fun overview of Portugese history along with the Pena Palace tour. Thank you for a lovely tour!

Lovely tour with a great person, Nuno. Didn't know when time has passed and I recomand this from my heart. A living fairytale, this part of the country. All the best, Nuno!

Portuguese culture at its finest! Big shout out to Nuno & Maria for being a part of a great day seeing some beautiful scenery - muito obrigado a todos :)

Our tour guide was fantastic and the whole trip was a must see!

Well organized tour. Awesome guides with outstanding attitude.