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

1. 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: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

2. Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

Explore Lisbon from East to West in a Tukxi, a small vehicle that's a mix between a tuk tuk and a 3-wheeled scooter. This 3-hour private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem, one of the most popular districts in the city, making it the perfect way to get the most out of the city when you don’t have much time.   Your tour starts in the Old Town, where you’ll travel back in time and fall in love with the colorful neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, and Graça. Stop along the way to discover all that Lisbon has to offer, which is made especially easy by the Tukxis.   Then, follow your guide over to the west of the city along the glittering river Tejo to arrive at Belem, where many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages. Here, you can admire Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries, 3 of the most astonishing buildings in Portugal. If there’s time, end your tour with a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belem and try some of their delicious custard tarts.

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

4. 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: Full-Day City Private Tour

5. Lisbon: Full-Day City Private Tour

Discover Lisbon through its distinctive neighborhoods. First, walk through Alfama’s narrow streets and alleyways. Then, visit the Castle with its expansive view of the city.  Visit the old cathedral and explore the city center - this entire area had to be reshaped after the earthquake of 1755 nearly destroyed the city. Next, arrive at Jeronimo’s Monastery. Sample the delicious Portuguese pastry created here by Catholic monks - pastel de nata - an egg tart. Admire the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belem Tower at the banks of the Tagus River. Then, end the day by exploring the modern part of the city at Parque das Nações - the site of the 1998 world exposition.

Lisbon: Belem District and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

6. Lisbon: Belem District and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Experience the history of the Belem district via a modern mode of transport. Using a self-balancing Segway, you can explore at your own pace and see more than you would on foot or on a sightseeing bus. The Segway moves by responding to simple body movements and quickly feels like a natural extension of yourself. This experience to remember will get you up close to historic landmarks without breaking out in a sweat! You can take the tour alone, with friends, or with family. On arrival, you will be asked to choose from one of the following itineraries on your day of travel: Lisbon by the River; Alfama Tour; or Baixa Chiado. Explore the city cycle path near the River Tagus, where you can get up to full speed. Look out for historic attractions, such as the Santo Amaro Docks, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, and more. 

Lisbon: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

7. Lisbon: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

Get a different perspective of Lisbon on a sunset cruise on the Tagus River. Watch as the city and its monuments gain new colors as daylight fades. Take in the views while you savor an included drink and snack, and let yourself go to the sound of the live music on board. Make your way to the meeting point, then board the yellow boat. Feel the breeze coming off the blue Tagus as you set off on the river. Sense the city rhythm change from the sounds of daily hustle and bustle to the sunset vibes aboard. Prepare to be surprised by the riverside views of the most iconic monuments and sights in the city, such as the Comércio Square, the Statue of Christ the King, the Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, and MAAT — the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. As you cruise, enjoy 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink with 1 snack as you listen to the live music. An onboard bar is also available if want further refreshments. For your drink, choose from a glass of Mateus Rosé red fruit sangría, Mateus Rosé wine, port, draught beer, or non-alcoholic options that include water, sodas, and coffee. For the snack, select between sweet potato, croquettes, samosas, and codfish cakes. 

Lisbon: Tagus River Sailboat Tour

8. Lisbon: Tagus River Sailboat Tour

Make your own way to Doca do Espanhol at Alcântara and meet the crew. With your fellow travellers, listen to a safety briefing. Sit back, relax, and soak up the incredible views as the sailing cruise makes its way along the Tagus River.  Enjoy views of the cityscape and see sights such as the Belém Tower, King Christ, Commerce Square, and the Discoveries Monument. Feel immersed in Portuguese culture as you experience Lisbon from another point of view. Watch as the sun sinks below the horizon with a glass of wine or beer in hand and return to the dock with incredible memories and photos of your unforgettable experience.

Lisbon: Guided Walking, Tram, Boat, and Helicopter Tour

9. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Tram, Boat, and Helicopter Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto for stunning city views. Take to the skies and experience the city from above on a helicopter ride. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Continue the tour aboard a boat along the Tagus River that will take you to Belém, the neighborhood of Lisbon. View the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum and the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators.  See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Board a helicopter for a bird's-eye-view of the city. Soar over sights like the iconic April 25th bridge and the Manueline-style Jerónimos Monastery. Return to city center in an airconditioned van.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

10. Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

Board your colorful yellow beer bike then set out on an exciting sightseeing venture around the streets of Lisbon. Pedal to some of the city’s most famous sights and attractions including the Tejo River, Torre de Belem, Monument of the Discoveries, 25 de Abril Bridge, and more. As you ride around the city, make unforgettable memories with your friends and enjoy a selection of drinks from the onboard bar including craft beers, tasty sangria, soft-drinks, and water.  Enhance the experience and bring your own music along too which can be connected to the bar’s speakers, or listen to the tour’s preselected playlist with accompanying lights. The tour lasts approximately 1-hour, with a toilet break every 15-minutes. The bike is suitable for up to 18 passengers, with 10 people pedaling, plus your friendly guide who ensures your fun and safety throughout.

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What people are saying about Monument to the Discoveries

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4.5 / 5

based on 7,866 reviews

We did this as a family of 5 with 3 kids ages 8, 10, 13. Process was very organized! Boat was excellent - clean, lots of room, a bathroom, blankets, and a fun hammock net over the water that the kids loved. Crew was nice and friendly! One drink was included which was enjoyable, plus you could buy additional. Slight downside was that this was “sightseeing” only - no verbal explanations of what we were looking at unless you asked crew specifically, but I think this was mentioned in description.

Francesco and Federico were our hosts for this lovely evening. They took us around the port of Lisbon and timed our sunset view perfectly. They were accommodating and informative. Wonderful hosts and the boat was comfortable. Highly recommended.

It was an unforgettable experience. Even more so thanks to an amazing skipper Benny who was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information about Lisbon during the cruise. Thank you!

Silvia has been such an amazing guide. Every stop was detailed & all questions answered. I highly recommend her for your future tour in Lisbon!

The father and son crew was excellent. We enjoyed the trip and the guide was very knowledgeable