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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.

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From Lisbon: Freeport Shopping Experience with Transfers

2. From Lisbon: Freeport Shopping Experience with Transfers

Take a break from sightseeing in Lisbon and spend the day at the Freeport Outlet shopping village in Alcochete instead. Journey by convenient shuttle transfer to the huge, open-air complex, where you can find stores to satisfy all tastes and needs. Located just 30 minutes from Lisbon city center across the magnificent Vasco da Gama Bridge, Freeport Outlet is the perfect destination for a day of retail therapy for those looking for fashion items, sportswear, perfumes and accessories. Find a wide range of restaurants and outside seating areas when you need a break from all your shopping. With more than 140 shops selling leading Spanish and international brands, such as Hugo Boss, Carolina Hererra, Escada, Pepe Jeans, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsonite, Calvin Klein Underwear, Burberry, Mango, Asics and Bimba y Lola, Freeport Outlet is the largest outlet village in Europe. Re-stock your wardrobe at bargain prices and enjoy discounts on women's, men's, kid's and unisex fashion items. Pop into outdoor wear, denim, sports and surf wear stores, and save money on lingerie, shoes, accessories, perfumes, homeware, travel goods and much more. Your pack and leaflet includes 6 vouchers, the first for your journey to Freeport Outlet. Exchange the second voucher for your VIP Card at the Information Center (Pyramid) on arrival to get an additional 10% discount at participating shops. A third voucher entitles you to a free coffee or bottle of water upon presentation at participating restaurants or coffee shops. Exchange your fourth voucher for a traditional drink (port, ginja or moscatel) at O Farnel restaurant, while the fifth voucher gets you 20% off a vacuum shopping bag from the Information Center. Use your final voucher for the transfer back to Lisbon. Just hand it to the driver at the beginning of your journey at the scheduled time.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River

3. Lisbon: 2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River

Enjoy a fantastic private sunset cruise along the Tagus (Tejo) River and discover Lisbon from a different perspective. Admire the spectacular sights and colors of Lisbon from its lovely waterfront. Depart from the marina of Belém, next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) celebrating the 15th and 16th-century Portuguese "Age of Exploration." Sail beneath the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge, leaving Alcantara behind and arriving in the city's historic quarter. See the white dome of the Basilica da Estrela and the beautiful square of Praça do Comércio. Get a privileged view of the Castle of São Jorge, perched atop one of Lisbon's legendary 7 hills. From the starboard side, take a look at the famous basin of the Mar da Palha. See the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge from a distance, as you make your way back to the marina, and get one last spectacular sight as you look at the outstretched arms of the Cristo-Rei Statue in Almada.

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Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

4. Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

Experience the flavors and natural beauty of Portugal on this lovely full-day tour. Heading towards Portugal's Extremadura region, you will travel out of Lisbon over the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. In Palmela, you will find a Moorish castle offering fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a family estate where you can try homemade wine. Then continue through the mountains of the Arrábida National Park - up to 500 meters or 1,640 feet above sea level- and marvel at the spectacular views of one of Portugal's most beautiful landscapes. The park is also home to many plant and animal species found exclusively in this region. Much of the park is subject to strong protective measures and certain locations can only be accessed with special permission. Time for a short break. Take a relaxed stroll on the beach of Portinho Arrábida and enjoy the cool sea breeze and crisp air. Then, head to the charming fishing village of Sesimbra to have lunch at one of the village's friendly local restaurants with delicious dishes featuring the day's fresh catch. In the summer, cool off with a swim in the Atlantic, or simply go for another walk along the village's inviting beaches. Don't miss your chance to visit the village's beautifully restored church dating back to 1725, or take a walk to explore the Sesimbra Castle. Of course, the perfect follow-up to a delicious meal is great wine. Take part in a guided tour of the José Maria da Fonseca winery, one of the oldest in Portugal. It is still family-owned. Discover the region's outstanding wines at a wine tasting that includes 2 local varieties. As a perfect finale, take in the view over Lisbon from the platform of the Christ the King statue before crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge and heading back to Lisbon.

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Sailing in Lisbon: 2-Hour Cruise

5. Sailing in Lisbon: 2-Hour Cruise

Discover the stunning city of Lisbon from the beautiful waters of the Tejo River. Leave the marina of Belém and follow the governance of the wind and sea to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), a monument celebrating the Portuguese Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. Sail beneath the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge, leaving Alcantara behind and arriving in Lisbon's stunning historic quarter. Admire the white dome of the Basilica da Estrela, the beautiful Praça do Comércio square, and the Castle of São Jorge built on top of Lisbon's "seven hills." From the starboard side, take a look at the famous basin of the Mar da Palha. See the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge in the distance, as you make your way back to the marina, and get one last spectacular sight as you look at the outstretched arms of the Cristo-Rei Statue in Almada.

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Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

6. Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty.  Here, the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy.  Passing through the dense forest, you'll visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a  wine tasting session in one of the most prestigious local wine producer.

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South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

7. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniques. Experience for yourself one of the oldest crafts in Portugal at this place. Next, an iconic winery with a unique art collection brings an enriching insight into the Portuguese wine industry. Explore the winery and taste one of the best wines in the country, during a full hour dedicated to you. Head to California Beach, a Portuguese fisherman village that keeps its traditions and costumes alive! Explore the beach and learn about its fun facts. Finally, discover Cristo Rei. This viewing platform inspired by the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer statue provides the best views of Lisbon city. After enjoying views of lush landscapes and crystal-clear sea, untouched nature with fresh air, to the best wine Portugal has to offer, it is time to head back over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

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Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise

8. Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the true energy of Lisbon as you cruise towards the sea along the Tagus River in this 2.5-hour boat tour. Take in centuries of Portugal’s history from the water as you pass by beautiful architecture and monuments scattered along the riverside, as well as majestic castles on the city’s hills. Discover the city on a mini cruise and admire the beauty of Lisbon from a different perspective. Though a return trip to your hotel is not included, use the Hop-on Hop-off service to get back to the city center or explore more of the city. Admire this amazing city’s blend of new and old while relaxing on a comfortable boat, and see Portugal’s cultural and economic hub from a whole new perspective.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

Cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge - the longest in Europe - for the start of this full-day private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora, admiring the winelands and plains of the Alentejo along the way. Upon arrival in Évora, circle the medieval walls and enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the old city, stopping at the most iconic sights, such as the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), where the interior walls are covered with human skulls and bones. Next door is the huge Gothic edifice of the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of St. Francis) with its Manueline entrance and spiral spires. Marvel at the Roman Temple, one of the most significant Roman ruins in Portugal with well preserved columns and Corinthian capitals. You will also see the University of Évora, the 2nd oldest university in Portugal, housed in a former Jesuit college. Next, go to the Cartuxa Wine Cellars to sample the wines of the Alentejo. After some free time for lunch, drive back to Lisbon, stopping en route at the Medieval Castle of Palmela. Admire the views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. Before your arrival back in Lisbon, enjoy the views of the Cristo Rei statue, and enter the city via the historic 25th de Abril Bridge for yet more impressive panoramas of Lisbon.

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Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

10. Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty. Here, see how the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Passing through the dense forest, visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session with one of the most prestigious local wine producers.

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What people are saying about Vasco da Gama Bridge

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,244 reviews

We really enjoyed the sunset tour! Fernando and Mario were our guides. They were so kind, knowledgeable and fun. We learned a lot and enjoyed the tour thoroughly. It was a chilly day and they even had blankets that they offered to us and helped wrap up the kids. They also let my children have turns driving the boat. It was a great time. I highly recommend it!

Nuno was a fabulous tour guide. He was super knowledgeable and hospitable. We got to see two very different winery experiences and some incredible views along the way.

We were stuck in traffic and late, but they waited for us and made us feel welcome. Excellent guide to the different parts of the journey too

Mario and Maria were so amazing! 10/10. And the views so gorgeous. Was hesitant to book this as a solo traveler but so glad I did.

It was a wonderful experience and Sebastian and Ferdinand were so nice and friendly! I really enjoyed it