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Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

1. Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Climb aboard an electric e-bike to make light work of the 7 hills of Lisbon. Considered by many to be too hard for cycling - thanks to its constant ascents and descents - you can contradict that theory, even reaching the highest points of the city. Departing from Rua Cais de Santarém, close to the harbor, head off to sites such as the famous flea market of Feira da Ladra, the monumental church of Panteão Nacional, and the Mannerist Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Get panoramic views from the terrace of Chão do Loureiro, the Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, and the mirador of Monte Agudo in Penha de França. Your electric motor buzzing, pass the 15th-century Palácio Belmonte and the quaint neighborhood of Vila Berta. Chill out in the Campos Mártires da Pátria and the Jardim do Torel park. And see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Sé de Lisboa cathedral, and the Ascensor da Lavra funicular, one of the first vehicles to conquer Lisbon’s hills back in 1884.

Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

2. Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

Jump on board the most famous tram in Lisbon for an adventure through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Prepare to be wowed with panoramic views of the city and river as the tram climbs one of Lisbon’s many hills. Back on foot, go beyond the tram route to explore the most interesting places of the hill where the city was born. On Tuesdays and Saturdays you will enjoy the vibrancy of Lisbon’s oldest flea market, the famous Feira da Ladra. Get a closer look at some of the historical buildings, such as Sé de Lisboa, the medieval cathedral where the walls conceal and reveal almost 1,000 years of history. You will also see the impressive Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Saint Vincent Monastery), and discover the legend behind the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), home to the most iconic dome on Lisbon´s enchanting skyline. Stroll through the maze of streets and alleys in the traditional neighborhood of Alfama, walking along narrow and steep streets that lead to beautiful small squares. Witness the authentic way of life of the inhabitants, and learn more about the traditional Portuguese Fado in tiny bars and cafés.

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

3. 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.

Full Lisbon: Private Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Full Lisbon: Private Tuk Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview on the most important landmarks of the city. In this 4 hour ride, you will be able to experience the old districts, visit monuments full of history and see breathtaking views. Graça, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Belem are must-see neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital, and can be explored in a relaxed and comfortable way on board of an electric tuk tuk. And as flavors are also a great way to know a city - enjoy our offer of a traditional liquor in one of the stops. The tuk tuk is a very versatile way to move around the hills of Lisbon, as it gets access to sites where touristic buses are not allowed, considering the geography of the city. You can also count with the live explanation of our professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

5. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

6. Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

Discover Lisbon on this extensive tour. Begin in the morning at the Avenida da Liberdade and visit the Baixa neighborhood. Along the way, stop to admire the cathedral or enjoy the incredible view from Graça, then pass the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the Pantheon to the streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the sights of Belém such as the Jéronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and taste the most famous sweets from Portugal, the pastel de nata, before taking time for lunch. After lunch, head to Sintra and enjoy time to discover the historic city center or take the opportunity to visit the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Then go further to Cascais, past the incredible Boca do Inferno rock formation, and enjoy the opportunity to walk on the beach or wander the wonderful city center.

Lisbon: Historical Replica Vintage Car Tour

7. Lisbon: Historical Replica Vintage Car Tour

You'll begin with hotel pickup before going on to see Lisbon's highlights in a fun and novel way. This unique experience will see you cruising around the city in an electric replica of the legendary Ford Model T. As you travel, your guide will know where the best views, photo opportunities, and most interesting places are, as you cruise between them effortlessly. Stops include the Lisbon Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church, the castle neighborhood, the Saint Vincent Monastery, the Senhora do Monte viewpoint, Alfama ,and many more. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there is also the chance to visit the local flea market.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

Cruise Lisbon by tuk tuk and effortlessly see many of the city's best sites in a short amount of time. Your expert guide will take you to the best views, photo opportunities and most interesting places. Stops include the Lisbon Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church, the Castle neighborhood, Saint Vincent Monastery and many more.  Feel the pulse of the romantic city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. You'll enjoy the wonderful view from the Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint and visit the fabulous Estrela Basilica, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Lisbon. Get to know the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, where the night is full of charm and excitement as countless bars and restaurants bustle with patrons. Then, ride on to Jeronimos Monastery and visit its church. Get acquainted with the Belem Tower, where the Portuguese caravels set sail to Brazil in 1500. Finally, take some time to enjoy the monument dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries and savor one (or more) famous custard tarts, Pasteis de Belem. 

Lisbon: Historical Tuk Tour for Two

9. Lisbon: Historical Tuk Tour for Two

On this tour you will see the Katredrahle and also our Sao Vincent Church. Then it will go on to our Panteo Nacional. This tour is organized by tuk tuk. You will enjoy the Flair of Lisbon. Also you will See two amazings Viewpoint.

Lisbon: Mysteries of Alfama Exploration Game

10. Lisbon: Mysteries of Alfama Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “You are a Private Investigator in charge of solving the mysterious disappearance, and possible murder, of Teresa do Carmo. She is a famous fado singer, known as one of the Seven Grand Wonders of Alfama. You do suspect foul play, a crime of passion. Teresa do Carmo had a bohemian reputation, and maybe one of her lovers did the bad deed.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game? The city game starts at Portal da Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha. It will take you around 2 to 2.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Cais das Colunas. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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What people are saying about Monastery of São Vincente de Fora

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 538 reviews

Amazing on all counts! Will definitely to do it again, when possible. Carolina, aka Pittbul :), showed us the cool spots and not only, had a sweet surprise for us on the way and gave us a nice insight into the local urban culture <3

Ricardo provided excellent views of Lisboa, an historic perspective of ancient and newer Lisboa, as well as a safe experience. It was our first time in electric bikes- loads of fun and necessary for many of the hills we climbed.

The tour guide, who also lives in Lisbon, had a great deal of knowledge, which brings the city closer to a tourist. He was able to tell a lot about history and everyday life, very good!

A fantastic way to see so much of Lisbon. The guide was super helpful and made the tour really interesting. I’d highly recommend this tour. It was fabulous!

Nino is very friendly, a big fan of the neighborhood.