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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.

From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

2. From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

This is a tour of the five senses: see magnificent landscapes, feel the breeze and fall in love with the blue sea. Taste the amazing treats of a region that stands for excellence in the production of wine, cheese and regional sweets. The vibrant yellow, the color of the appetite and the warming sun, is predominant in this tour. On this customizable full-day tour, cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to its south bank over the 25 Abril bridge, the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world. See Cristo Rei, a giant statue that was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It was inaugurated on 1959 to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II. Its location boasts a fabulous view of Lisbon. Explore Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a typical villa known for its wine and cheese production as well as regional sweets. After this, it's time to explore Arrabida National Park. Driving in the highest mountain road in the park, there will be several stops at the most interesting viewpoints. Break for lunch in Setubal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Have a lunch of delicious seafood or grilled fish and take a tour through the town. Visit Palmela Castle with its views over the peninsula and Atlantic. Return to Lisbon by the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe with a total length of 12.3 km.

Lisbon: Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River with Drink

3. Lisbon: Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River with Drink

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.

Sailing in Lisbon: 2-Hour Cruise

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Private Wine Tour

6. Sesimbra: Arrábida Private Wine Tour

Cross the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe, to reach Setubal. Here you will start your tour by visiting the Livramento Market, which was once considered one of the best markets in the world. Here, you will find a huge variety of fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, bread and regional pastries on offer.  For the next stop of your tour, head to a family-owned winery in the gorgeous valley of the Arrábida Natural Park. The wine produced here has won several awards at the Brussels International Wine Competition. Here you will have the chance to taste 5 different wines. Afterwards, you can take some amazing pictures of the view over the Atlantic Ocean and stop for a visit at Sesimbra castle. Then enjoy lunch in one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing villages of Portugal. Then head to the second winery, José Maria de Fonseca, where you will enjoy another wine tasting. Also, visit a tile factory and learn about the European traditional methods of making them. Finally head to Cristo Rei, the best spot to enjoy a beautiful view over Lisbon. Then return back to the city.

Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

7. 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.

Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

8. 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.

Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

9. 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.

From Lisbon: Arrabida Private Full-Day Wine Excursion

10. From Lisbon: Arrabida Private Full-Day Wine Excursion

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, turn south to Palmela, passing by longest bridge in Europe, Vasco da Gama Bridge. Then drive to highest hill where Palmela Castle is situated. Get some photos from a beautiful view of the lands and sea around. After exploring 12 Century Castle, drive west to reach the heights of natural park, with stunning views and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Take spectacular photos from the highest point of Arrabida Natural Park (500m. peak). Descending the road reach the fisherman village Sesimbra where you’ll have free time for an traditional Portuguese lunch. Feel the sand of the Sesimbra beach. After lunch you going to visit a wine cellar, producing wines since 1834. You'll get to know the essence of a Wine production family with almost 200 years of history, where the values passed down from generation to generation are kept alive while allowing the company to project itself into the 21st century. Enjoy an unparalleled wine and gastronomic tasting experience. Wine degustation included in the price. At the end of the tour, arrive at statue of Christ the King, (Cristo-Rei) to see the view of Lisbon from a different angle. Returning to Lisbon, by the 25 April bridge enjoy, the great view over the city.

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Our guide Antoine was a very excellent guide, passionate about the local history and culture and very friendly and helpful as well. He customized the trip to our liking asking us what we'd like to see and what we'd like to eat. When we said we wanted something local he took us to Bombordo in Setubal which had the best octopus we've tasted in Portugal. Highly recommend it! We even requested a stop at the beach for a quick dip and he very kindly made it happen. The tile painting offered in this tour was also so much fun and quite an unique and interesting experience. All in all a very good guided tour, definitely worth your time if you want to go sightseeing outside of Lisbon.

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 :)

what a fantastic way to end the day. From booking the platform to the end of the experience, everything was spectacular. the boat has all the necessary conditions to enjoy it to the fullest. from hygiene to comfort nothing to point out Mr Luis and Fernando made the experience go beyond all expectations, super friendly and always available to share their knowledge I strongly recommend

Woow! Can honestly say that it was a beautiful experience, especially when it's spent with a loved one. It was super relaxing and peaceful. Our guide also put some music on and for me it made the whole experience feel complete.

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