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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

Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

2. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

3. 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.

Lisbon: 2-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Lisbon: 2-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of a hop-on and hop-off bus tour of Lisbon with a combined ticket that gives you access to 2 different routes! Jump on and off the open-top double-decker bus at leisure, and see the sites you want to see. Marvel at the main squares and monuments close to the Tagus River. Then, discover the slick and modern part of the city on the Modern Lisbon. Belém Lisbon takes in Lisbon’s most famous sites, such as the magnificent Praça de D. Pedro IV (Rossio Square). Drive down the elegant Avenida da Liberdade to the Praça do Marquês de Pombal and marvel at this historical monument. Get a taste of the Belém area, the site of the monuments to Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries.” Discover a more modern side to Lisbon on the Modern Lisbon. You can jump off at the Oceanarium to see more than 16,000 birds, mammals and marine life (admission not included). Pass the grand Casa dos Bicos, with its façade of diamond-shaped stones. Stop here to learn about Portugal’s famous tiles at the Azulejo Museum. Explore the history of fado at the Fado Museum. If you would rather jump off here, the choice is yours. Belém Lisbon Bus Tour STOPS: 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 Comércio 17 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square Modern Lisbon Bus Tour STOPS: 1 - Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square 2 - Rua do Comércio 3 - Terreiro do Paço Boat Station 4 - Porto Lisboa/Lisbon Cruise Terminal 5 - Santa Apolónia 6 - Museu do Azulejo 7 - Oceanário 8 - Pavilhão de Portugal 9 - Vasco Gama Shopping/FIL 10 - Torre Vasco da Gama/Hotel Myriad 11 - Campo Pequeno 12 - Restauradores 13 - Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square

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.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

6. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

Climb aboard a vintage sailing boat and get panoramic views of Lisbon as you enjoy a plate of petiscos (small snacks with a glass of white or rosé wine. Admire the monuments of the Belém district, such as the amazing Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Pass the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) at the site where ships would depart to explore and trade with India and the Orient. See the statue of Jesus Christ at the Sanctuary of Christ the King and marvel at the 25 de Abril Bridge. Get panoramic views of São Jorge Castle and Praça do Comércio from the river and take great photos from a different perspective along the way.

Lisbon Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém

7. Lisbon Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém

The Lisbon Bike Tour covers an approachable route, without any climb. The terrain is always descending and flat. You'll start at the top of Parque Eduardo VII and descend through downtown Lisbon all the way to Belém. The tour will last about 4 hours. Usually, your guide makes a short stop downtown. Here, you are offered a Portugese specialty and a typical drink. You will also make another stop in an old café halfway through the ride. This time you have the option of a Portugese pastry. This stop is also a chance for guests to use the restroom or have another drink. Drinks at this café are not included. Taking 4 hours to ride about 10 kilometers means that you can enjoy a slow pace with panoramic views. Your guide will stop at the interesting points in town and tell you about what’s around. This is the best way to get to know Lisbon. The tour concludes in Belém, another historical district in Lisbon. In Belém, you will be on your own and can get return to downtown easily by public transportation – bus, tram and train – or by cab. Your guide will suggest a couple of nice restaurants for lunch, as well as fine monuments to visit in the area in the afternoon.

Lisbon 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

8. Lisbon 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

Discover all areas of Lisbon with a combined bus, boat and tram ticket, and get access to the public transport system along the way. Explore the city’s monuments and museums in myriad neighborhoods on 2 different double-decker bus tours, a Yellow Boat tour, and a tour by historical tram. Marvel at the Manueline architecture of Lisbon's squares and avenues on the Belém Lisbon tour, and discover slick, modern buildings on the modern Lisbon bus tour. Travel back to the “Age of Discoveries” in Belém and Ajuda, and meander around the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. Take a ride on Lisbon’s oldest mode of transport and climb aboard a tram to the Castelo São Jorge. Travel through historic areas such as Mouraria and Graça. Pass under the 25 de Abril Bridge and on to Belém aboard the Yellow Boat. See monuments such as the Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from a different perspective. Head back to Terreiro do Paço for stunning views of Lisbon, and hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish.

Lisbon: Hop-on Hop-off 48-Hour Bus and Boat Tour Ticket

9. Lisbon: Hop-on Hop-off 48-Hour Bus and Boat Tour Ticket

Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon to the max on 2 different double-decker bus tours and 1 boat tour.  Belém Lisbon Bus Tour In this Lisbon tour bus, travel along the city's main avenues with the fresh breeze of the Tagus on your face — from the historic center to the monuments of Belém. This iconic area is an obligatory stop on any Lisbon tour buses, with its monuments to the Portuguese voyages of discovery: the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower of Belém, and Monument to the Discoveries, as well as various museums (the Carriage Museum in particular). Modern Lisbon Bus Tour This trip follows the Tagus from the heart of the city to Parque das Nações. On this site, which famously was the venue for the 1998 World Expo, you'll come across distinctive modern architecture alongside leisure areas and restaurants. While you're there, don't miss the Oceanarium, the second largest of its kind in the world. And because Lisbon wouldn't be Lisbon without its traditional fado music, take a trip to the house museum dedicated to its greatest singer, Amália Rodrigues. Yellow Boat River Tour Far from the noise and rush of the city, during Lisbon's boat trips it seems like you are standing on a floating stage with a privileged view to the “7 Hills City”. While slowly drifting along the Tagus river surface, you can observe some of the most important monuments such as the Saint Jorge Castle, the Sé Cathedral, and the April 25th Bridge.

Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

10. Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

Learn about the history and culture of Lisbon on a fun and thrilling amphibious adventure. Take a plunge into the Tagus River in your bus! Board your amphibious vehicle and spend 90 minutes exploring the heart of Portugal’s capital, by land and river, without leaving the comfort of your seat. Prepare to be entertained by lively guides, who will share myths, legends and curiosities during an entertaining show filled with positive energy and passenger interaction. It’s all about fun and laughter. Don’t expect a traditional sightseeing tour with a traditional guide, but rather a memorable experience! Your route will take through the historic center, giving you the chance to see some of the highlights of Lisbon, before plunging into the Tagus. From there you’ll take in amazing views of Lisbon and of many of the monuments in the Belém area that date back to the Age of the Discoveries. Tours operate daily, rain or shine, and are conducted in both Portuguese and English.

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What people are saying about Belém, Lisbon

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14,675 reviews

The experience was great, the Skimmer Carlos and his son Rodrigo were very friendly and gave us great recommendations about Lisbon and around. The wine and especially the sailing trip were excellent :-)

The tour was amazing, you really get the chance to see the most beautiful parts and highlights of the city. The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. This tour is a must if you ever visit Lisbon!

This tour is a really good and fun way to get to know Lisbon! All the perspectives, great explanation, very kind guide and a small group. It was the highlight of my trip!

This experience was great! The guide was super friendly. My group had a great time. Warning: the boat does tilt quite a bit if it is windy.

Attività assolutamente da provare. Personale di bordo gentilissimi e simpatici e vista mozzafiato al tramonto navigando il Tago.