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Monument to the Discoveries: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

2. 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

3. 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: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

4. 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 private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem, one of the most popular districts in the city. 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: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

5. 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.

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: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

7. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto and peddle with a bike along the Tagus River. Try a traditional pastry and see the Belém tower. 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. Hop aboard a well-maintained bike and begin your ride on flat paths along the Tagus River. See the iconic April 25th bridge and the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum. Upon arriving in Belém, immerse yourself in the 16th-century Manueline-style artwork of the Jerónimos Monastery. Taste a traditional pastel de belém (Portuguese custard tart) at the shop "Pastéis de Belém" which was founded in 1837. Follow your guide to the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators. View the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Finish your tour with a dreamy boat ride along the Tagus river. Relax as you take in the city from the water until you reach Praça do Comércio and end your tour.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour on Luxury Sailing Yacht

8. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour on Luxury Sailing Yacht

Travel back in time through 500 years of history and see all the major monuments of Lisbon from the River Tagus. Climb aboard a handsome yacht for a 2-hour sailing tour of the city’s iconic landmarks at sundown. Board the boat by the Monument to the Age of Discoveries, and sail past the Torre Belém (Belém Tower). Continue towards the vast span of the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, and gaze up at the outstretched arms of the Christ the King statue. Marvel at beautiful squares, such as Terreiro do Paço (also known as the “Praça do Comércio”), part of the Pombaline Downtown rebirth after the 1755 Earthquake. Admire some of Lisbon’s oldest areas, such as the Alfama and Castle of Sao Jorge. Pass Lisbon Cathedral and the National Pantheon, before turning around for the return journey. Watch the sunset fall over Lisbon as you relax with a glass of sparking wine.

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

9. 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, audio-guided 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: Private Tagus River Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Boat

10. Lisbon: Private Tagus River Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Boat

Start your private sunset cruise from Doca do Bom Sucesso in Belém. Discover some of the highlights of Lisbon from the Tagus River as you relax on a luxury sailing boat. See some of the city's most famous landmarks including Torre de Belém, the Monument to the Discoveries, the MAAT Electricity Museum, Jerónimos Monastery, Terreiro do Paço, and Cristo Rei. Pass under the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge and see the hills of Lisbon and its picturesque neighborhoods, such as Bairro Alto and Alfama. As you sail back to the departure point, enjoy a beautiful sunset on the horizon. Watch as the sky turns from blue to vivid shades of yellow and pink for a perfect ending to your day in Lisbon.

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Had an amazing time on the Sunset boat trip! Our tour guides were absolutely lovely and nothing was too much trouble. They shared lots of interesting and great information about the history of Lisbon and did so in a fun entertaining way :) would recommend booking this activity to anyone, was our favourite evening of the holiday! Also generous with drinks with wine and beer for the duration of the tour :)

Would highly recommend. We spent all four hours in the older parts of the city, which gave time to spend inside exhibitions or linger at a spot. Our guide, Joanna, was very interactive. She wanted to know what we had already seen and tailored our time accordingly.

Although there is no official guide on the boat, the crew turns out to be very knowledgeable and helpful.

It was great we had trouble finding the location but they called us and guided us very nice people

Even though the weather was not cooperative our guides were excellent and we had a good time