Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. When you visit Lisbon, you will find many things to do and see that you will remember for the rest of your life. Indeed, there are so many things to do in Lisbon that you may find yourself overwhelmed. It is best to plan which places and which Lisbon activities are most important to you so you don't miss out on what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.…
Things to do in Lisbon
Travel through Lisbon's hilly, colorful neighborhoods aboard an authentic vintage tram that takes you to the Castle district's major attractions and most breathtaking viewpoints. Pass by the towering Gothic façade of the Lisbon cathedral—the oldest church in the city, dating to 1147—and hear how this impressive structure withstood earthquakes and fires over the centuries. Hop off to wander back through time along the hilltop ramparts and tree-shaded walkways of the Moorish Castle of São Jorge.
Continue on to the Portas do Sol lookout—its name means "Gates of the Sun." From here, take in a spectacular panorama over Lisbon, the Tagus, and the Ponte 25 de Abril. Stop for a snack or a drink, snap a few photos, and spend some time meandering through the tangled sprawl of narrow, labyrinthine streets that wind down the hillside.
Tour route stops include:
- Praça da Figueira
- Rua da Conceição
- Largo das Portas do Sol
- Lisbon Cathedral
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The proximity of Lisbon to the African continent has resulted in a multicultural society that includes a variety of different styles, fashions, and ways of life. As people arrive from Mozambique and Cape Verde, they bring their food and music—arguably the most unifying aspects of any community—and your local guide knows exactly where to seek out these pockets of Africa in the city center.
Wander the streets and experience the lively atmosphere as you get to lesser-known locations that you might have otherwise missed and see the city in a new light. Get a recommendation from your guide for a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant, or feel the rhythms and beats of a faraway land coming from a live music venue right in the heart of Lisbon. Read More close
Begin your tour at bustling Praça do Comércio and follow your guide into the narrow staircases and atmospheric alleys of Alfama, the only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1775. Hear about the district's monuments as your guide shares moments of both glory and tragedy from Portugal's past.
Climb through maze-like streets as you seek out the home of the haunting and celebrated music of fado. Hear about the importance of this musical tradition in Lisbon's vibrant culture and storied past before heading to the Portas do Sol—Portuguese for "sun doors." From here, you can admire breathtaking views over the colorful rooftops of the capital, the fortified walls of St. Jorge Castle, the broad River Tagus, and the Christ the King statue overlooking the city—the perfect, postcard-worthy conclusion to your tour. Read More close
Cross Vasco de Gama, the longest bridge in Europe, on your way to 2 of Arrábida's finest vineyards. Upon reaching the Castle of Palmela, you get the chance to climb its tower for an amazing photo opportunity of the surrounding mountains.
Your drive continues through the Arrábida wine region, passing vineyards, cork trees, and olive plantations. Then you visit a local family-owned wine farm located in the heart of the Arrábida Park, where you have time to taste 4 locally produced wines. Take photos from the highest point of the park with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy lunch at the picturesque fishing village Sesimbra and relax at the sandy beach. After lunch join a guided tour (2 wine tastings included) to the Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca (JMF) winery, the oldest wine producer in Portugal.
On your return trip make a stop at the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue and absorb the views of the city hills in front of you. Return to the capital via the 25 de Abril Bridge over the Tagus River. Read More close
Meet your guide in Rossio Square, a location befitting a cultural tour. Hear how this space has long been a hotspot for social events and activities, with a history of bullfighting, celebrations, and protests. The itinerary is really determined by whatever is happening around the city on that day. It could include a lively neighborhood fiesta, live music in bar, poetry readings, or anything in between. It’s all up to your tastes and whatever Lisbon wants to throw at you.
You might head out to Barrio Alto, the famously vibrant hilltop district where the city’s iconic fado music drifts out the open doorways of welcoming cafés and bars. You could scope out a brand new exhibition at one of the city’s many fascinating museums, or your local guide may know of an event well off the tourist radar that you could go and enjoy together. One thing’s for certain—this tour offers an enthralling insight into the bona fide culture of Lisboêtas. Read More close
As you take off and your pilot gains altitude, feel the thrilling sensation of the helicopter maneuvering to fly out towards the coast. Soar over the city, take in the impressive vistas of the cityscape below, and try to pick out the famous landmarks on the ground.
In virtually no time at all, you are at the point where Europe meets the Atlantic. With nothing but ocean and a few tiny islands between here and America, the waves often come roaring and crashing in, and the result is a dramatic coastline of towering cliffs, battle-hardened by years of erosion from the sea.
Admire the rugged scenery and see beautiful beaches of golden sand, and try to spot a surfer or two enjoying the prime conditions before your pilot navigates back toward Lisbon. Read More close
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Meet your guide at Praça do Comércio, one of the largest squares in Europe, and make your way toward Belém. Get up close to the impressive limestone structure of the Belém Tower and learn about its history—the Tower dates back to the 16th century, when it was built to support the defense system of the country. If you turn left by the riverside, you can see the brilliant, Golden Gate-esque 25th of April Bridge and take a snapshot of it with the towering Christ the King Statue in the background.
Visit the Portuguese Monument to the Discoveries and listen as your guide explains the symbolism of the sculpture, telling you about brave Portuguese maritime conquests from centuries past. Walk from country to country to mark the discoveries on a large marble map on the floor.
Next, head to Jerónimos Monastery. Admire the breathtakingly beautiful, late Gothic Manueline façades and step inside to discover the sacred complex's marvelous interiors. Your tour ends with a chance to pick up tips from your guide on top restaurants and bars, plus directions to the famous factory—open since 1837—that produces the delicious custardy pastries known as pastéis de Belém. Read More close
Explore one of Europe's largest stadiums by capacity and feel like a true footballer. See first-hand the players' changing rooms, the press facilities, the training areas—and get the ultimate honor of emerging from the players' tunnel, following in the footsteps of so many legends. Take a seat in the VIP area and the benches warmed by some of the world's best and most famous players.
Get even closer to the world of S.L. Benfica and share 110 years of football moments in the Benfica Museum. Learn about the rich history of the club and see displays and trophies—as well as photos of previous and current players. Read More close
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Start your tour at Rossio Square and visit the heart of both old and new Lisbon. Your local guide explains how an earthquake destroyed the city in the 1800s.
See the obelisk in Restauradores Square and the intricate neo-Manueline architecture of the old Central Train Station. Then the elegant neighborhood of Chiado awaits you with its old cafés, boutiques, and theaters. The city lies beneath you as you experience a must-do in town: a trip on a vintage tram. Then it's time to indulge in the famous nata pastry.
Wander through a maze of small squares and narrow alleyways in the Moorish neighborhood Alfama, where time seems to have stopped hundreds of years ago. You learn about fado, a Portuguese music genre, as you go past the Fado Museum and some of Alfama's nearly hidden fado restaurants.
You stop at an old wine bar for wine tasting and tapas. Then you visit Se Cathedral, the city's oldest church. Your walk finishes in Comércio Square, the former entrance hall of the city. Read More close
Journey out of Lisbon to EVOA, the Tagus Estuary, which is not only Portugal's largest wetlands but also one of the most important in Europe. Your guide explains its significance as a home for many local species and a vital rest stop for migrating species moving north and south.
Hiding places are carefully and thoughtfully dotted around the area. Take up residence in one and train your eyes on the skies and waterways. Common sights and sounds are the chatter of a great reed warbler and the purple heron. Depending on the time of year, there could be up 120,000 birds to watch and identify, a nearly impossible but enjoyable task for any budding ornithologist. Read More close
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On the Tagus tour, admire downtown Lisbon's main squares—Marquês de Pombal, Comércio, and Rossio. Pass through Belém to see monuments from the era of maritime exploration, including Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
On the Olisipo tour, get a look at both the modern and old faces of the city. Hop off in Parque das Nações and at the fantastic Oceanarium, or soak up the history in the neighborhood's museums. In beautiful Belém, tour the UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery and ride along the waterfront in an open-top mini-bus.
Finally, jump onto the historic tram, the perfect way to climb the steep streets of the historic quarters. Hear the echoes of fado music in Alfama, trek around the ramparts of Castelo de São Jorge in Castelo, and grab a traditional bite to eat in the vibrant medieval neighborhood of Mouraria.
For extra ease in getting around town, take advantage of access to the city’s public transportation, the Aerobus between the city and the airport, and the Santa Justa Lift and Lisbon Funiculars to enjoy the city from a different angle.
- Rossio Square
- El Corte Ingles
- Fado Museum
- Marquês Pombal
- Belém Tower
- Discoveries Monument
- Jerónimos Monastery
- Santa Justa Lift
- Portas do Sol
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Meet your guide at Gare Marítima de Alcantara and take a ferry to the other side of the river. Along the way, take in the views of Christ the King statue and the 25th of April Bridge to admire the scenery that gives Lisbon its nickname of the "City of the Seven Hills."
As you follow your guide hear about the fresh fish brought from the sea daily and have the chance to pause for lunch at an authentic fisherman's restaurant where you are sure to get the freshest catch of the day. Hear how your meal was prepared and then treat your taste buds as you savor the vibrant flavors.
You have plenty to explore as you continue pedaling along the majestic golden beaches of Caparica with more than 18 miles (30 km) of stunning sand. Pause for perfect photo opportunities or even dip in for a refreshing swim before returning to Lisbon. Read More close
As the sun sets, the lights that adorn Lisbon's monuments, streets, and squares begin to dance. Combine a bus tour of this illuminated city with dinner in a classic Portuguese restaurant. Live fado music and folk dances entertain you as you indulge in local food.
Start your journey in the central Marquês de Pombal Square, where your guide explains the history of the city, dating back to the 1755 earthquake. See the São Jorge Castle illuminated at night, as well as the contrast of the old and modern parts of town, as you move on to Avenida da Liberdade, one of the main squares in Lisbon. Pass by Rossio, a bustling downtown square and preferred meeting place for locals.
Continue to the charming town of Belém, located at the mouth of the Tagus River and home to monuments that mark the Age of the Discovery. Hear stories of this heroic time in Portuguese history and enjoy photo opportunities at the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Then it's time to sit back and enjoy a traditional Portuguese night. Savor the rich flavors of your authentic meal as you enjoy the sounds of fado (a Portuguese music genre classified by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage) and the colorful costumes and dances of a traditional folk show.
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Meet your guide at Comércio Square and start your journey to discover Lisbon's hidden secrets. Ride tram 28, an old-fashioned trolley that crisscrosses the city's colorful neighborhoods. Admire beautiful churches along the way and listen as your guide shares the history and culture of each place you pass. Get off at Portas do Sol—the name means “doors of the sun”—and pause for a fantastic photo opportunity overlooking the Alfama district.
Next, explore Alfama and its charming maze of narrow streets. Hear about the history and culture of Fado, a Portuguese music genre, and discover the lively district of Bairro Alto, known for its trendy bars and nightclubs. Pass by the city’s first bohemian street, and learn about the influence of this eclectic culture.
Continue to Baixa, and wander the new city, built after the great earthquake of 1755. Pass by Rossio Square, the heart of downtown, and then by Chiado, the most elegant shopping area in the city. Step inside Igreja de São Roque church and admire its impressive Baroque style before ending with 360-degree views over the city from atop the Santa Justa Lift. Read More close
Meet your guide at Comércio Square and start your walking adventure through the Lisbon's storied cobblestone streets. During World War II Lisbon remained a neutral zone, and with its strategic proximity to the Atlantic it soon became a hotbed of both Allied and Axis spies. Hear stories about the days when "spy fever" gripped Portugal and discover hotels like the Hotel Palacio, where British agents sipped martinis Bond-style—shaken, not stirred—and the Hotel Valkyrie, where agents conspired to assassinate Hitler.
It wasn't just spies who sought sanctuary on Lisbon's neutral ground. Europeans seeking escape to America from the war-torn continent also found themselves in the seaside city, awaiting visas to cross the Atlantic. Your guide explains the influence of these refugees on fashion trends and popular culture—the "flight to Lisbon" was referenced in the movie Casablanca—at a time when everyone in Lisbon was being watched.
As you pass by strategic hideouts that riddle the city center, your guide tells you about the real James Bond and the exploits of double agent Joan Pujol Garcia, who built a fictitious network of spies under the code names Garbo and Arabel. Read More close
As you arrive at the first stop, you are greeted with a welcome shot of sambuca to kick-start your night. Mingle with locals, share stories, and make new memories as you hop from one venue to another. Along the way, follow your guide to explore at least 2 other bars—and at 1 venue, enjoy unlimited sangria and beer for 45 minutes. Relish an unforgettable evening as you meet other travelers and make new friends over drinks.
Your tour ends at a nightclub where you get fast-track entrance and drink discounts. Prepare to be merry and dance the night away.
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In afternoon you will discover Fatima and its sanctuary. A cornerstone of the Catholic faith and destination for pilgrims arriving from all around the world, the Sanctuary is visited by hundreds of thousands every year. Time is also provided for attending mass or touring the sanctuary's grounds. Read More close
Begin with a trip across the 25th of April Bridge, over the River Tejo, and enjoy unrivaled views across Lisbon before reaching Belém. This quarter is home to monuments that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, including the Belém Tower, the Monument of the Discoveries, and the Jerónimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline style.
Continue to the Coach Museum and the emblematic Alfama quarter. One of the oldest districts of Lisbon, it has a blend of Roman and Moorish architecture. Follow your guide through the narrow streets to a craft shop for a sample of port wine before some free time at Pombal Square.
Embark on your afternoon tour to historic Sintra, renowned for its impressive landscape. Travel through the verdant mountains, which cast a veil of mystery over the town below, and visit the well-preserved Sintra National Palace, a past royal summer residence.
Then head out to Cabo da Roca, Europe's westernmost point. Embrace the coastal views as you make your way to stylish Cascais for a glimpse of its sandy beaches and glorious waters. As you head back to Lisbon, pass through the sophisticated Estoril for views of its famous casino and gardens. Read More close
Start your tour at Avenida da Liberdade in the Baixa district. Admire the Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, before stopping at the superb viewpoint at Graça. Then continue on to explore the National Pantheon.
Head to one of Lisbon's most historical areas, Belém, and hear about the importance of the town and the era of the maritime discoveries. See the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the UNESCO-listed Bélem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
Visit the famous custard tart factory Pastéis de Belém for your first tasting. Follow your guide through the cobblestone streets of Lisbon en route to more tastings of port wine and cod fish served with vinho verde. Enjoy some free time for lunch before heading to the enchanting, UNESCO-listed town of Sintra.
Pass by the imposing Pena National Palace, and after, enjoy some more free time to explore the palace further or simply relax in town until your next stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Finally reach Cascais, one of the most affluent areas in the country. Absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere as you stroll leisurely along the bay.
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Sit back and relax in the comfort of a private vehicle and start exploring some of the most important sites in Portugal's capital. Admire the impressive Lisbon Cathedral and feel the nostalgic air of the Graça district. Pass by the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon as you make your way toward Belém.
Listen to your guide's narration about the historical and cultural importance Lisbon holds; imagine the brave colonial explorers that embarked from this point on their voyages of discovery. See the Jerónimos Monastery, the famous Belém Tower, and the Discovery Monument before stopping for a treat at a traditional bakery. Then enjoy some traditional food and winetastings to whet your appetite. Savor the flavors of Lisbon with a traditional lunch in the city.
Next, your tour moves to one of the most visited of Christian towns: Fátima. On your way, visit the village of Valinhos, where you can see the houses of 3 children who witnessed holy apparitions. Hear their story before visiting the Sanctuary of Fátima. You have free time to explore this pilgrimage site to your heart's content before returning to Lisbon.
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Begin with a visit to Sé Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in Lisbon, before stopping at a superb viewpoint at Graça. Here you can admire views that show off the whole of central Lisbon. Your next stop is at historic Belém, home to the Monastery of Jeronimos, Belém Tower, and the Discovery Monument. While here, visit a patisserie for a Belém custard tart.
Then head back to the center, passing through Chiado and other popular Lisbon squares. Along the way, stop at local establishments for wine and food tastings. Enjoy free time for lunch before heading to Sintra.
Venture out to UNESCO-listed Sintra, an amiable city with majestic castles and gardens hidden on verdant hills. Take time to explore and visit Sintra National Palace—one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in the country.
Drive through Sintra Natural Park before stopping at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Portugal, and Guincho Beach, a surfer's paradise. Your final stop is at Cascais—one of the richest towns in Portugal. Enjoy a stroll along the marina before heading back to Lisbon.
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Hop aboard your luxurious private helicopter, which holds a maximum of 5 passengers for a truly intimate experience. As you take off, gaze at the remarkable Monument to the Discoveries and the UNESCO-listed Bélem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery and take in incomparable panoramic views from the sky.
Fly over the peaceful waters of the Tagus and snap a photo of landmarks like the 25th of April Bridge and Christ the King statue before you return to the ground. Read More close
As your helicopter takes off, watch the ground fall away and feel the exhilaration of soaring into the sky. Head out over the azure waters of the Atlantic and pass by scenic beaches, including the Guincho, Estoril, and Cascais bays.
Your aerial perspective provides a great vantage point where you can snap some photos of the charming village of Cascais, a former fishing village that has become a cosmopolitan town. Pass by Estoril and hover over the Casino square and its picturesque bay before heading back.
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Protected by 14th-century walls, Évora is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe—a truly enchanting place amid olive groves, cork oaks, and vineyards.
Wander down narrow cobbled alleys and see the towering columns of the temple dedicated to the ancient Roman goddess Diana. Marvel at the impressive Cathedral and its spacious naval. See the Chapel of Bones, whose interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.
The fertile land around Évora provides the ample fresh produce that are on display in the colorful market. Soak up the vivid ambiance as you stroll among the stalls.
Long, neatly arranged lines of barrels occupy the cellars at one of the best-known wineries of Portugal. Sample fine wines here and learn about the production procedure before you return to Lisbon. Read More close
At Cais do Sodré, meet your guides for the day and hear about their interesting backgrounds as the owners and chefs at the renowned Boi Cavalo restaurant. As you walk to the market, listen to the history of this innovative eatery and its focus on bringing the freshest organic produce to locals every day. Gain insight into Portuguese food, farmers and growers, and the food industry in the country before making your way between vendors to scope out their produce and wares.
See seasonal fruits and vegetables and hear how experienced chefs select the very best ingredients to incorporate into mouthwatering meals. Walk among fish and meat stalls and organic shops, and don't miss a visit to the wine cellars to learn about different varietals of Portuguese wine. Read More close
The Sanctuary of Fátima is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. It is one of the most important sites to the Catholic faith. It is here where 3 shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta, and Lúcia, reported to witness an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
Your guide explains the story of the boy and the girls who were chosen by "Our Lady" to have revealed to them 3 secrets. See their birth home and the four places where the Holy Mother is said to have appeared. Admire the Chapel of Lausperene, a great oak tree, the Chapel of Apparitions, and a monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
You also see the tombstones of the 3 young visionaries. And afterward, you have the option to join a mass in the impressive Chapel of the Apparitions. Read More close
Set off from the Cascais Marina, an idyllic fishing port just west of Lisbon. Sit back and allow the experienced fishing crew to hunt down and track the schools of fish that inhabit the waters of Cabo de Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe.
With an array of bait to choose from, you can quiz the crew about which is likely to reap the most reward before pitching your line overboard. Marvel at the rich waters, where fishermen commonly catch everything from eel and octopus to sea bream and shark. Over a tasty barbecue lunch—where the morning's catch is freshly grilled—exchange fishing tales, tips, and techniques with your crew for the day.
Afterward, head back to land and take a moment to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the southwest tip of Portugal as the sun sets on your relaxing day at sea. Read More close
Marvel at the city as your guide explains the origin of Portuguese cuisine with its Mediterranean influences. Find out about Lisbon's great cafés, such as 18th-century Café Nicola, which is still a favorite of the scene. Start your food journey by trying a traditional codfish cake with a glass of refreshing green wine.
Bairro Alto awaits you, the oldest part of the city, home to some of Lisbon's most famous restaurants, fado houses, and bars. Your journey through the city continues as you walk up the cobbled streets of Calçada do Duque, passing by some hidden restaurants and enjoying breathtaking views of the city.
Visit one of the best-known establishments in town, Cervejaria da Trindade, a local brewery famous for its seafood and steak. Nibble on some delectable cheese and sip on some port wine while learning about its history.
To complete your experience, sit down for a taste of local bread and chorizo, accompanied by a delicious Alentejo red wine in a palace that hides one of the most beautiful medieval interiors in town. Read More close
Leave the city behind and head to Alcochete, where you discover Freeport, one of the largest outlets in Europe, with over 140 designer shops with leading brands like Hugo Boss, Carolina Hererra, Escada, Pepe Jeans, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsonite, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Mango, Asics, Bimba & Lola, Replay, Vista Alegre, Chicco, Lacoste, Diesel, Gant, Dockers, Levi's, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Guess, Nike, and Puma.
With your VIP card, shop for an additional 10 percent off the already low marked price. Stroll around the outlet or stop for a relaxing drink at one of the participating cafés and restaurants. Should you shop for more than your luggage holds, don't worry: You also receive a 20 percent off discount on vacuum bag purchases, to ensure all your clothes are packed as tightly as possible. Read More close
The Tagus is the life artery of not just Lisbon, but the whole country. It's where river meets ocean, where Portuguese ships once set sail to conquer oceans and large parts of other continents.
Cross one of the longest suspension bridges in the world under the watchful eye of a towering Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy far-reaching panoramic views before you arrive at the historic Belem district. Learn about the nation's maritime might during the Age of Discovery at the 16th-century Belem Tower.
After a visit to the impressive, Gothic-style Jerónimos Monastery, see a collection of opulent carriages in the Coach Museum. Enjoy the mellow vibe of the historic Alfama district, where old trams rattle along cobbled streets.
Taste sweet Porto wine in a local handicraft shop. In the ever-busy Rossio neighborhood you come across Restauradores Square, surrounded by colorful old palazzos. Drive along Liberdad, the main avenue of the city, lined with elegant hotels, shops, and cafés. Finish the tour with great photo opportunities at Pombal Square.
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Opened in 2003, this iconic hotspot houses rare pieces of authentic music memorabilia from guitars to costumes. With its convenient location in Avenida da Liberdade, just off Restauradores Square, this is the ideal place to relax and have a meal after a day of shopping or sightseeing.
Take home your very own Hard Rock merchandise from the Rock Shop and enjoy selections from the Gold Menu. Your Hard Rock dining experience includes an entree (salad), your choice of 1 main course (cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, barbecue chicken, veggie burger, or chicken Caesar salad), ice cream, and a beverage (soft drink, coffee, or tea).
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Traverse the narrow streets and hilly neighborhoods of Lisbon, disembarking to explore museums, architectural landmarks, and lively residential quarters. Wander the winding streets of atmospheric Alfama, listen to the strains of fado music drifting from cafes in Mouraria, and admire the sophisticated buildings of Chiado and Lapa.
Along the way, visit must-see Lisbon landmarks. Stroll the Moorish ramparts at the Castle of São Jorge, step into the sacred nave of the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, and admire sweeping city views from the lookouts at Santa Luzia and Portas do Sol.
Your pass also comes with unlimited access to the buses and trams of the city's public transportation system, to make getting around town a breeze. To see Lisbon from a different angle, ride the Santa Justa Lift between the lower streets of the Baxia and the Largo do Carmo above, and tackle the hilly streets like the locals do on the Lisbon Funiculars.
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- Praça do Comércio
- Elevador de Santa Justa
- Praça da Figueira
- Martim Moniz
- Portas do Sol
- Lisbon Cathedral
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Wander through tree-lined Rossio Square—a favorite among locals—and admire the baroque-style fountains flanking each end as you take in the formidable bronze statue of Dom Pedro IV, former king of Portual, at its center. Then hop off at the not-to-be-missed Calouste Gulbenkian Museum—one of Europe's hidden treasures—filled with a vast collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art.
Whether you want to relax among the lush grounds of the enchanting Estrela Park, feast on fresh fish in the lively Bairro Alto quarter, or pay a visit to Lisbon’s former bullring, Campo Pequeno. This 48-hour bus pass is the perfect way to immerse yourself into the rich culture of the Portuguese people.
- Praça do Comércio
- Campo das Cebolas
- Santa Apolónia
- Museu Nacional do Azulejo
- Jardim Zoológico
- Campo Pequeno
- El Corte Inglés
- Parque Eduardo VII
- Jardim da Estrela
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Create an adventure that caters to your needs. Explore for 24 or 48 hours, choose to tour along any of the 4 routes of your choice, and receive discounts at various establishments.
Travel through the avenues of the city to the historic quarter of Belém, where you can see the iconic Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and Jerónimos Monastery. Along the way, hop off at the charming Rossio Square or Comércio Square.
Drive through the city and admire the views atop the 7 hills. This route unveils the oldest quarters, including Alfama and Castelo. Opt to disembark at many stops to wander through backstreets and stumble across patisseries.
Traveling beside the Tagus, you reach Parque das Nações. Pass by the modern part of the capital and find contemporary attractions such as the zoo, the oceanarium, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium, and shopping malls.
Explore the scenery of Cascais and Estoril. Hop on this route and head to the white sands of Guincho Beach, or for something more cosmopolitan, visit Estoril Casino and Cascais Bay, one of the most glamorous areas of the country. Read More close
Begin your experience with a flight over the Tagus. Gaze down at the monuments dedicated to Portugal's maritime conquests, like the Monument to the Discoveries and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Belém Tower. You can also see Jerónimos Monastery before flying along the riverside, over the renowned 25th of April Bridge and the monument of Christ the King.
As you soar above downtown Lisbon, enjoy the view of the City of Seven Hills without having to climb any of them. Admire the imposing Castle of São Jorge, the colorful district of Alfama, and the open plaza of Commerce Square. You can also see monuments like Lisbon Cathedral and Carmo Monastery, which survived the 18th-century earthquake that devastated the city.
With the privacy of your own group, this is an intimate experience to remember, with incomparable panoramic views of one of the most exciting cities on earth.
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Pick up your card at the airport or city center and start saving. Over 3 days, enjoy discounts of at least 10% in more than 30 restaurants, including eateries where fado music is performed. It's the perfect way to get a real taste of Portuguese gastronomy while enjoying this traditional national music.
From Baixa to Chiado, Avenida da Liberdade to Amoreiras, there are more than 100 stores around town offering at least a 5% discount. Purchase everything from handicrafts, clothing, and jewelry to sports gear, antiques, and designer duds—the choice is yours. After a few days spent shopping and dining your way around town, kick back and relax with a rejuvenating treatment at a local spa.
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Meet your guide at the train station in Cascais and venture through the trendy town center on your way toward the coast. Get acclimated to the cosmopolitan atmosphere during your leisurely trip along the bay to the sheer cliff face of the Boca do Inferno, and then pause to take in the majestic view over the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.
Next, pedal your way toward Guincho Beach, a surfer's paradise where you can take a stroll along the warm golden sands or pause for a refreshing dip. As you pass by a few other beaches along the way, your guide gives you tips on the best places to surf, windsurf, or just sunbathe and enjoy the calm waters before you return to Cascais. Read More close
Start your adventure at the Santo Amaro dock, where you meet a friendly staff member for a briefing on the ride ahead. Hop on the boat and hold on tight for a high-speed adventure with adrenaline-pumping power breaks as your captain expertly maneuvers the boat.
Listen to the history of the Portuguese capital as you pass by renowned landmarks. See the famous Lisbon Cathedral and hear about its construction dating back to the 12th century. You can also see the National Pantheon, where important historical figures like presidents, writers, and even the beloved Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues have been buried.
Pass by the colorful houses of Alfama from the water and pause for a photo at the São Jorge Castle. See the striking Christ the King statue and the 25th of April bridge before you return to the dock. Read More close
The Lisbon City Card covers your transportation needs, providing you with unlimited travel on Lisbon's public transports, including the metro, buses, trams, elevators, and trains that connect Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais. Also, with the convenience of collecting your card at the airport, your journey to the city center is another thing that you don’t need to worry about.
Entry is included to top attractions, such as Pena National Palace, Belém Tower, Jeronimós Monastery, Batalha Monastery, National Pantheon, Sintra’s National Palace, Alcobaça Monastery, Mafra National Palace, and more. Discounts are available on attractions that are not included, such as St. George’s Castle, Fado Museum, Lisbon Oceanário, and the Discoveries Monument.
The guidebook gives you insider information about the city’s shopping and entertainment options and helps you find your way around easily. Eat out and find your perfect holiday souvenir with discounts provided by your city card.
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The white walls of the beautifully preserved village of Óbidos look inviting from afar, as you drive through scenic hills leaving Lisbon. A majestic castle rules the landscape. Within its compound you discover an enchanting maze of cobbled alleys full of handicraft shops and cafés. Visit royal tombs in the 12th-century Alcobaça church. Marvel at grand interiors that stay cool, even on a hot summer day, behind thick walls.
Inviting sandy beaches surround the enchanting fishing village of Nazaré on the Atlantic coast. Stroll the charming streets at your leisure or sample delicious local cuisine for lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue to the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery. See its imposing towers and tall stained windows. Admire this masterpiece of late Gothic architecture.
The Fátima Sanctuary is a major pilgrimage site of the world. Hundreds of thousands gather here every year to light candles and pray—and to witness the procession of Our Lady of Fátima. Read More close
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Start by visiting the Sanctuary of Fátima, a major Christian pilgrimage site that welcomes tourists from all around the world. See the Basílica do Rosário, which holds the tombs of 3 visionary children who had supposedly seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary. End your Fátima experience at the Monumento ao Sagrado Coração de Jesus (Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus).
Marvel at the 14th-century Batalha Monastery, built by the rulers of the House of Aviz. The monastery serves as a burial place for royals from this Portuguese dynasty. Breathe in fresh air atop the Nazaré Cliffs with extraordinary views of the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the history of this coastal fishing town, a popular summer retreat away from the capital city. Enjoy a lunch and hear about its rich heritage.
Arriving in Óbidos is like stepping back in time. Once the village of the Queen, its white walls, narrow alleyways, and towering castle now provide a picture-perfect background to explore souvenir and craft shops. Before your return to Lisbon, taste the famous Ginja, a sour-cherry liqueur, also a local specialty. Read More close
Wander from the Santa Apolónia Metro Station to Feira de Ladra while you chat and get to know your resident guide better. Arrive at Lisbon’s expansive flea market and gaze at the seemingly endless selection of goods and products on sale. Browse antiques, vintage clothing, classic vinyl records, and an array of artwork while you try to hunt out a gem you or snag a bargain.
From the market, meander through one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Graca. Perched high on a hill, it offers panoramic views over the city from various vantage points. Snap spectacular photos at the nearby castle, strategically positioned overlooking the Tagus River and complete your tour at Miradouro de Santa Justa, where you can gaze out at the city’s vibrant orange rooftops, vividly contrasting the whitewash buildings and the deep blue of the river beyond. Read More close
Meet your guide at Comércio Square and follow the narrow cobblestone streets into one of the 7 hills of the city—Alfama. Go back in time and admire the different buildings portraying the Romans and Moors who once lived here. Continue as you listen about the fado culture, a Portuguese music style that was born here.
Next, see the beautiful Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, and marvel at its mix of Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic architecture. Your last stop is Casa dos Bicos, a house built in the 16th century, where you can admire its curious façade in Renaissance and Manueline style. Read More close
The Parque das Nacoes, or Park of Nations, was developed for Lisbon's World's Fair in 1998. Now absorbed within Lisbon's northern reaches, the park is a huge cultural development housing many attractions originally built to attract visitors to the Expo '98. Wander around the pedestrianized pathways and see the shopping malls, monuments, the promenade, a marina, and even a cable car in this newly developed region.
Next, your guide leads you to the Oceanarium, Europe's largest indoor aquarium. Here, vast tanks hold a fantastic array of marine animals. As you walk through, catch sight of penguins, otters, sharks, rays, jellyfish, and a diverse range of plants, as well as the center's pride and joy, a giant ocean sunfish that has to be seen to be believed. Due to the demanding care the species requires, this is one of the few places in the world you are guaranteed sight of one.
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Enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive from Lisbon to Sintra and admire the beautiful green landscape. Once in Sintra, your first stop is at Pena National Palace, where you have a 2-hour guided tour of it's magnificent interior. The palace is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and it proudly displays 19th-century Romantic, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, and Neo-Renaissance styles.
Then it's time to explore the town of Sintra, also listed as a UNESCO site. Your guide briefs you on its major highlights, giving you tips about what to look for before you go to lunch. After strolling the town, continue to Sintra National Palace and follow your guide through the 10th-century structure. Marvel at its unique Medieval style and then pause at Blazons Hall, decorated with vivid blue tiles.
Your last stop on the tour is Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings designed in Europe. Hear how the palace was used by royalty while strolling through its departments and halls. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Royal Bedroom to admire its distinctive domed ceiling. Read More close
Meet up with your local chef and listen to a presentation introducing the fresh ingredients that go into each dish. Learn about the production of different types of olive oil in Portugal, and discover which are best to use in each recipe. Roll up your sleeves and chop vegetables for an authentic Portuguese soup and a main course of fish, shellfish, or a meat dish. You might also work with local cheeses and cured sausage, both important ingredients in Portuguese cuisine.
End on a sweet note, preparing a dessert as your chef gives you some final tips on presentation. Allow the conversation to unfold as you learn about local culture and history and sip on excellent Portuguese wine. As you chat, savor your freshly made dinner before saying goodbye to your guide and leaving, armed with new recipes and cooking techniques to put to use back home.
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Spanning the Tagus River is Vasco da Gama Bridge, which is an impressive 10.5 miles (17 km) long. Admire this structure as you head across it, traveling south of Lisbon. Then head into Arrábida National Park to see rows of vineyards among the verdant hillsides, before arriving at a family-run winery nestled in the countryside. Sample 4 wines produced here and listen as the host describe how the local conditions are ideal for the growing of grapes.
Stand atop the park's highest point; at over 1,600 feet (500 m) the views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular. Then take some free time in Sesimbra, where you can choose to absorb the local charm, sunbathe on the beach, or even take a swim. Continue to Azertao for a second winetasting and resume your education into Arrábida viticulture. A final stop at Christo Rei offers superb views of the city and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Read More close
Your tour starts at Rossio Square, where you visit the heart of both old and new Lisbon in the downtown area known as the Baixa. See the obelisk in Restauradores Square and the intricate neo-manueline architecture of the old Central Train Station—also known as the Rossio Railway Station. Next, stroll through the elegant neighborhood of Chiado which is dotted with old cafés, boutiques, and theaters.
Do as the locals do and hop aboard the vintage Tram 28 that passes through the oldest quarters of Lisbon. Admire the impressive views of the city, indulge in a tasty pastel de nata (custard pastry), and then wander through a maze of small squares and narrow alleys in the Moorish neighborhood of Alfama, where time seems to have stopped hundreds of years ago.
Listen to your guide's narration about the national tradition of fado, a Portuguese music genre, as you pass the Fado Museum and some of Alfama's nearly hidden fado restaurants. To end your tour on a high note, indulge in a tasty treat at an old wine bar as you taste locally produced wine and nibble on mouthwatering tapas.
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As you sail under the 25th of April Bridge and along the Tagus River, admire views of Lisbon's coast and look out for historical monuments like the Christ the King statue, a Catholic monument overlooking the city, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
Upon reaching Cascais, a trio of golden bays welcomes you. Disembark here and enjoy some free time to explore the small beach town and go for a swim, or decide to stay onboard and admire the coastal views from the comfort of your private sailboat.
It's then time to indulge in a delicious Portuguese barbecue lunch served onboard; it includes tender pork steak, potato chips, salad, fresh fruit, and chocolate cake accompanied by beer, wine, or a soft drink. Continue relaxing, sunbathing, or even snorkeling before heading back to Doca de Santo Amaro. Read More close
Come hungry—there's a lot to cover as you learn about Portugal’s culinary traditions. Begin at the iconic 18th century Café Nicola, where you can hear about the social importance of Lisbon's buzzing café culture from your guide. At the grand Rossio Square, sample a famous codfish cake and Portugal's even more renowned libation—vinho verde.
If the social scene in Lisbon has a spiritual home, it's in the Bairro Alto. Set out to uncover this neighborhood, which houses some of the city’s best restaurants, liveliest bars, and most popular nightclubs. Pause for a refreshing glass of white wine and a selection of local dishes. Descend the Calçada do Duque steps to a street teeming with restaurants and admire the view of Castle Hill.
Pass by delis stocking an array of produce, from fresh fruits to dried fish and cured and smoked meats. Learn more about Portugal's national drinks as you sip port with cheese and marmalade then sample Ginjinha—a cherry liqueur—from the tipple's original storefront.
Digest all that you’ve seen over a glass of Alentejo red wine and a plate of fresh bread and chouriço at the tucked-away Palacio Alverça—an intriguing 17th-century palace with beautiful, Neo-Moorish décor. Read More close
Lisbon's alluring character is on full display as you explore colorful stone buildings criss-crossed by tight alleyways and steep hillsides sloping downward toward the Atlantic coast. Dive into this historic city to see the significant cultural landmarks that attest to its long and illustrious past, from its heyday in the age of exploration to the present day.
Buckle up and set off in your VW Beetle—the itinerary is yours to shape, so you can stick within the city limits or venture out to explore the beautiful regions bordering the capital. Let the top down and the breeze in as you ride out to admire the hilltop palaces and Moorish ruins in Sintra, or zip through the city center by vinho verde-sipping locals, cobbled streets, and open plazas.
With your driver and guide offering narration and leading the way, you can cruise out to the affluent beach town of Cascais and stretch your legs on the beautiful beaches of Estoril. Drive out to Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe—for sweeping ocean views from the rugged cliffs before returning to Lisbon at the day's end. Read More close
Begin your private tour with convenient hotel pickup and a ride by the riverside. Pause for a photo stop for a perfect shot of the 25th April Bridge with the Christ the King statue in the background. Pass by Carcavelos Beach, the second major beach along Lisbon's coastline. Maybe even choose to stop for a coffee or a walk through the warm, white sand.
Continue to Estoril to see the famous Casino Estoril as your guide explains its construction and drives you around the town. Next, visit the glamorous town of Cascais and take a walk by the marina, snapping pictures of its beautiful golden bay. Your last destination is Cape Roca, Europe's westernmost point. Admire the mountains behind you and the Atlantic Ocean before you, as you reach a rocky balcony where you can stop and take in the views. Read More close
Begin at the Sanctuary of Fatima, which sees more than 5 million visitors each year. Listen as your private guide explains the basilica's role as a meaningful site of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics. Continue on the Batalha Monastery. Gazing up at its majestic, Gothic structure, you can feel the weight of the ages—it's easy to see why this edifice earned a nod from UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Over some free time in the middle of the day, explore the surfer's paradise of Nezare. The beachside town is also known for its eateries and cafes. Afterward, drive along the seaside cliffs, taking the rugged coastal scenery and passing through pretty fishing villages. Arrive in Obidos, where you can enjoy a favorite local libation—Ginja, a cherry liqueur—served in a chocolate cup.
Here, wander along winding, cobbled streets lined with colorful houses bedecked with vibrant flowers like the perfect archetype of a Mediterranean village. Encircled by the walls of a 12th-century medieval castle, Obidos is an idyllic spot to while away a magical afternoon. Read More close
First, visit the village of Valinhos to see the houses of the children who saw the apparitions that gave deep religious meaning to the area. Continue to the Sanctuary of Fatima, a collection of buildings and monuments that mark the location where the angels the Virgin Mary appeared to the young shepherd children.
Taking center stage is the eye-catching Basilica. It's magnificent bell tower rises above the colonnade and piazza. Then take a look inside the Apparitions Chapel and Holy Trinity Church. Relish the benefits from having a private guide who tailors the tour to your interests and curiosities. Read More close
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Begin your private tour with a convenient hotel pickup and drive through the cobblestone streets of Chiado and Rossio. Head toward Alfama as your experienced guide provides a fascinating historical narrative about the city's background. Here, see where fado, a traditional style of Portuguese music, was born.
Continue to Bairro Alto, a bustling district known for trendy bars and restaurants. Pause for a photo or take a walk to the top of one of Lisbon's hills for fantastic views over the Tagus River. Feel the sun and breeze on your skin as you drive by the riverside toward Belém. Hear about Portuguese maritime discoveries as your guide shows you the Discoveries Monument before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
End on a high note and pause for a traditional pastel de nata, a delicious custard tart whose recipe has been perfected over the centuries, before returning to your hotel. Read More close
The tree-lined boulevard of Avenida da Liberdade provides a fine introduction to the tour and takes you right into the heart of the old city. Here, the majestic sight of the striking Lisbon Cathedral greets you. Admire the ornate, Gothic architecture on its façade before continuing to the viewpoint of Graca, which boasts one the best views of the city and river.
Belem houses some of the city's most significant monuments, and it's here you understand more about the Age of Discovery. Visit Belem Tower and the Discoveries Monument as you learn more about a golden age in the country's history. The jewel in this crown, however, is the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a lavish, opulent exterior.
Having worked up an appetite it's time to try one of Belem's famous custard tarts. Then, a trip back to the city center takes you through the vibrant neighborhood of Bairro Alto, where you learn about its lively social scene. Wander through some of Lisbon's most beautiful squares and taste codfish cake with a glass of port, superbly rounding off your cultural and historical experience. Read More close
Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods, providing you the opportunity to roam around its rustic port and winding streets. Popular itineraries include the steep alleys of the old Alfama neighbourhood, the sunset from the Miradouro da Graça, or a stroll around the waterfront at Belém. You may also choose your own destination. You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Take a day outside of bustling Lisbon with this full-day tour to Sintra and Cascais. Led by a private guide, you can gain in-depth insight into these nearby towns' histories and cultures.
Begin your day with a scenic drive to Sintra—a historic town featuring magical palaces and colorful houses. Take a stroll through Pena Park, uncovering secret caves and trails. Arrive at one of the 7 wonders of Portugal: Pena National Palace. Admire its Romantic architecture and learn about its history.
Continue to the historical center of Sintra, where you have free time to explore as you wish. Visit the Sintra National Palace, one of the best-preserved medieval palaces in Portugal, or enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Your tour continues as you drive through Sintra Natural Park, passing by impressive palaces, including Monserrate Palace, until your next stop at Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of Europe. Journey along the coast and take a break at Praia do Guincho's beach—a surfer's paradise.
Finally, you reach Cascais—one of the most affluent resort towns in the country. Absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere as you stroll leisurely along its bay.
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Your tour starts with a scenic drive to Sintra, a historical town featuring fairy tale-like palaces and houses. Uncover hidden caves and secret trails as you take a stroll through Pena Park, home to Pena National Palace, one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. Continue to the historical center of the town, where you have some free time to explore. Immerse yourself in the 19th-century Romantic architecture and visit Sintra National Palace—one of the best preserved medieval palaces in Portugal.
Your tour continues with a drive through Sintra Natural Park, passing impressive palaces, including Monserrate. Your next stop is Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Journey along the coast and take a break at Guincho Beach, a surfer's paradise. Finally, you arrive at Cacais—one of the most affluent resorts in the country. Absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere as you take a leisurely stroll along the marina.
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Begin your private tour with convenient hotel pickup and then ride by the riverside, admiring stunning views on the way. See the Christ the King statue, pass by the 25th of April Bridge, and continue until the river meets the sea. Your tour is flexible and tailored to your interests, so if you want to stretch your legs at one of the beaches on the way, including at Carcavelos and Oeiras, just tell your driver.
Reach Europe's westernmost point at Cape Roca and pause for an amazing photo opportunity in front of the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue riding through a lush green forest all the way to the Sintra city center. Stop for a meal and discover parks and palaces in these mystical surroundings, as your guide fills you in on the historical background of this enchanting place. Read More close
Step aboard your vessel for the day at Doca de Santo Amaro and watch your skilled skipper maneuver the boat around the shore to Lisbon's city center. Learn the basics of sailing and lend your skipper and guide a hand, or simply sit back, relax and sunbathe as the boat glides along.
Admire sites such as the Christ the King statue and the 25th of April Bridge. Pass by the vibrant Alfama neighborhood, with its tumble of red-roofed buildings jumbled on the hillside leading down to the water, and the historic neighborhood of Belem, where the Gothic, white limestone Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery face stonily out to sea.
Your captain drops anchor at a quiet beach where you can take a refreshing dip and snorkel, or just soak up the sun as your crew prepares a delicious barbecue meal with traditional, local ingredients. Back onboard, enjoy a freshly made meal of Portuguese delicacies, including sausages, cheeses, and homemade bread. After your meal, put your sunglasses on and take in the peace and quiet as you relax in a lounge chair on deck. As the sun begins to set, raise a glass of champagne and toast to your day on the water. Read More close
Board your luxury sailboat at Doca de Santo Amaro and make yourself at home as you start your cruise along the calm waters of the Tagus River. Admire many of Lisbon's top sights and take in the surrounding scenery as your private crew takes care of the sailing.
A glass of champagne and the warm evening glow complete the intimate setting specially crafted for you and your group. Sail under the 25th of April Bridge, pass the Monument of Discoveries, and take in the captivating views of Belém, which include the majestic Christ the King statue.
After 2 memorable hours, finish your cruise at Doca de Santo Amaro. Disembark from the sailboat, fully relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your evening back on dry land. Read More close
Board your luxurious sailboat or catamaran at Doca de Santo Amaro, sit back, and relax with your partner as your private crew sets sail. Play your own music or choose from the selection onboard to enhance the atmosphere, enjoying each other's company and admiring the landmarks that line the riverbanks of Lisbon.
Sail under the 25th of April Bridge, one of the largest suspension bridges in the world, and pass the Monument of Discoveries, built in honor of Portuguese explorers. Continue on and find yourself captivated by views Belém and the Christ the King statue, a towering Catholic shrine.
After an hour of cruising, you dock back at the marina and dinner is served. Savor a typical Portuguese meal of cod fish with cream and potatoes, canard duck with rice, and chocolate cake and fresh fruits for dessert. Sip on a glass of wine, beer, or soda as you enjoy your meal, your company, and your serene surroundings.
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Take a seat in the helicopter and watch the earth drop away beneath you as you begin your high-flying adventure over the Portuguese coast. Pass by the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and admire the picturesque Pena Palace and the city's enchanting historic center as you hover over the former royal hub.
Next, fly over the Castle of the Moors and reach the National Palace of Queluz, a former residence of the Portuguese royal family. Enjoy your private ride as you take advantage of your excellent vantage point to snap some memorable photos.
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As you sail out from the medieval port of Belem into the Tagus river estuary, your eye is caught almost immediately by the striking Monument to the Discoveries, built to celebrate the region's rich history of exploring the New World. The crew expertly navigates your craft upriver, taking you beneath the 25th of April Bridge as the dome of the Estrela Basilica in Lisbon's Old Town comes into view.
Both shores of the river have landmarks to catch your eye: the Castle of Sao Jorge, the Park of Nations, the statue of Christ the King, and another engineering masterpiece, the Vasco de Gama Bridge. With an on-board guide imparting fascinating historical context, this is a wonderful overview of Lisbon's grandest sights, all from the comfort of a stunning sailboat. Read More close
Follow in the footsteps of the great discoverers of the Middle Ages as you leave the historic port of Belém behind, cruising out of the harbor and onto the Tagus River. Your boat is a magnificent-looking yacht, with large sails to catch the wind and power the vessel. Sit back and feel the cool breeze as you sail out on the water and the warmth of the sun on your skin.
During the cruise, you can practice your best modeling poses as a professional photographer snaps away, capturing shots of you and your party. Use the ever-changing scenery on the shores of the river as beautiful backdrops for your pictures. Villages enhanced with colorful house facades, evergreen forests contrasted with the blue sky, and the sailboat itself all offer some excellent themes.
Following the cruise, you will be provided with a link to download the photos online, and select your favorites for the photographer to enhance as a reminder of your Lisbon adventure. Read More close
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- Lisbon city center
Select this option for hotels located in Zone 2.
- Cascais, Estoril, Sintra
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- Montijo, Sesimbra, Vila Franca
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Your tour begins at the grandiose Terreiro do Paco, a large plaza set on the banks of the Tagus River. Learn about its historical significance to the city—this was the site of the royal palace before it was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Heading west, pass through the vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhood of Cais do Sodré, checking out some of the city’s trendiest hangouts on your way through.
Cruise by stylish yachts in the marina before passing underneath the Ponte 25 de Abril, the iconic suspension bridge spanning the river. Arrive in waterfront Belém, where Portuguese architecture from the Age of Exploration is on beautiful display. Admire the Monument to the Discoveries, adorned with statues that jut out over the river.
Take a moment to enjoy the white limestone Gothic structures of Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery, both inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is the perfect place to learn about Portugal's imperial history and the vital role Lisbon played in the quest to explore the New World.
Reward yourself for your ride along the shore with one of Belém’s famous tarts—a pastel de Belém. Even this custardy sweet has a rich and fascinating history of its own. Read More close
Your day begins with convenient hotel pickup. Then head through the green landscape of the country and arrive at the historic town of Sintra, known to have inspired many poets and kings throughout the ages. Admire its magical palaces and colorful houses. Take a stroll through Pena Park and discover secret caves and trails.
Then enjoy some free time; you can choose to explore Pena National Palace, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, or simply relax in town until your next stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Journey along the coast and take a break at Guincho Beach, a surfer's paradise.
Finally, you reach Cascais, one of the most affluent resorts in the country. Absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere as you stroll leisurely along the bay before your return trip to Lisbon.
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Nestled in the rolling hills above Lisbon—on the border of the forested Sintra-Cascais National Park—is the fairy-tale town of Sintra, full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Listen as your guide explains the history of the town's distinctive castles, from the hilltop Moorish ruins of the Castelo de Mouros to the white façade of the royal Sintra National Palace. Gaze up at the colorful, Romanticist architecture of the Pena National Palace. This strange confection of a castle blends exotic elements of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance styles for a striking final product overlooking the village below.
Pedal off through the winding streets, past historical monuments, grand houses, and splendid palaces perched on hills and around the lake. The vibrant colors used to decorate buildings are accentuated against the dark green hillsides that roll down to the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. Your local guide shares insight into how the town’s splendor and natural beauty have inspired Portuguese legends and lore and influenced architecture and design across Europe. Read More close
The noise of the city is soon replaced by the serenity of lush forests as you leave the Portuguese capital behind you. Colorful houses and cobbled alleys run up steep slopes covered in vegetation in the enchanting medieval town of Sintra.
Learn about life in the royal court from an expert guide as you stroll through opulent halls and rooms in Pena Palace, once a residence of kings and queens, now a World Heritage Site. You have time to find your perfect holiday souvenir in a delightful boutique or to enjoy local cuisine in an inviting restaurant.
A century-old tram takes you all the way to Colares, a picturesque settlement in the scenic countryside, known for its deep-colored, full-bodied red wine varieties.
Further into your tour, marvel at the never-ending horizon of the Atlantic Ocean at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent. Take some holiday snaps on wave-battered rocks. Before returning to Lisbon, visit the elegant resorts of Cascais and Estoril, favorites of a crowd of discerning vacationers who come to enjoy sandy beaches, quaint ports, and casinos. Read More close
With its picturesque landscape and opulent palaces, Sintra is one of the most renowned areas of Portugal. Hear insider tips from your guide about some of the best places to visit in the charming old town, such as the Piriquita shop, a heaven for tasting delicious, traditional sweets and pastries. You also have leisure time to explore the pretty shops lining the cobbled streets.
You then visit Sintra National Palace, considered the best-preserved medieval royal palace in the country. Take in the mixture of Gothic, Manueline, and Moorish styles reflected in the different rooms. Before leaving, don't miss a visit to the palace's fragrant gardens.
Head to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe and pass by the gold sandy beach of Guincho, a popular surfing destination. Reach Hell’s Mouth, a seaside cliff with extraordinary views over the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean.
End your half-day by visiting the glamorous seaside resort of Cascais, one of the most affluent municipalities of the country. Feel the marine breeze as you walk in the bay before heading back to the capital, passing by the famous casino in Estoril. Read More close
One of the 7 Wonders of Portugal awaits you: Pena National Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting at the top of a mountain, it gives you incredible views, including that of the Moorish Castle. See the Great Triton, the palace's guardian, inspired by the Manueline architectural style. And don't miss a great photo opportunity at the Queen’s Terrace.
Head to the historical center of Sintra, where you can relax and explore at your own pace or opt to visit the Sintra National Palace. After lunch, drive through the natural wonders of the Sintra Natural Park, pass by impressive palaces (like Monserrate), and stop at the Cabo da Roca cliffs—the westernmost point of continental Europe.
Drive along the Atlantic coast through Estoril and stop at Guincho Beach, a surfer's paradise. Afterward, pass by the Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth) cliff. Before heading back to Lisbon, enjoy a walk along the bay in the glamorous town of Cascais. Read More close
Meet at Praça do Comércio and follow your local guide through hidden alleys as you hear about the city's history and traditions such as Fado, maritime discoveries, and its culinary culture. At the top of Castle Hill, take in a fantastic view as you admire St George's Castle, different colored houses, and how pretty the city looks from here. Spot Christ the King Statue and the empowering 25th of April Bridge crossing the Tagus.
After building up an appetite, head to a small family run restaurant, where you can taste real Portuguese food. Served by Tia Mena (Aunt Mena), the friendly owner, your service is sure not to disappoint you. Enjoy your meal as you hear about traditional ingredients and tips on what else to do before the end of your night. Read More close
You board your boat at the newly restored Santo Amaro docks, which themselves are a joy to walk around. From here, you can either set off toward the river mouth and the Atlantic Ocean or turn upriver for views of the main part of city.
The Atlantic course offers views of Belem, an area of the city that celebrates Portugal's extensive role in expeditions to the New World during the Middle Ages. Admire the striking Discoveries Monument jutting over the water, hear more about the country's military history at the Belem Tower, and catch sight of the monument of Christ the King.
If you choose to head upriver, the majestic dome of the Basilica de Estrela instantly catches your eye, as does the commanding sight of the Castle of Sao Jorge atop Lisbon's historic central hill. Again, this route offers an all-important vista of Christ the King, arguably Lisbon's most famous monument. Read More close
Begin your small-group tour at one of the city's spiritual homes—the Lisbon Cathedral, ravaged by earthquakes over centuries—and observe its fusion of architectural styles. After a convenient ride to the summit of Lisbon's highest hill, admire panoramic views from the famous Graça lookout point. On the way to Belém pass the grand Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls and the National Pantheon mausoleum while your guide shares which distinguished members of Portuguese society are buried there.
See Belém's many testimonials to Portugal's extensive role in the Age of Discovery. The lavish and ornate Jeronimos Monastery, imperial Belém Tower, distinctive Monument to Discoveries, and many statues all stand as testament to the golden era. Take the chance to sample one of the area's famous pastries; the "Pastéis de Belém" is a delightful custard tart.
Return to Lisbon's city center, passing by the main streets of the Chiado neighborhood and through some of the city's most beautiful squares—Rossio, Figueira, and Restauradores. Along the way refresh with a glass of vinho verde (green wine) and a taste of codfish cake before finishing with a sample of the country's famous port. Read More close
Join a small-group tour and venture to the Portuguese countryside. As you drive toward Évora admire the beautiful emerald country landscapes and pass by quaint villages. Hear about Évora's well-preserved historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, and admire its stunning monuments. You soon realize why Évora is still called City Museum as you discover the notable Roman Temple of Évora from the 1st century AD.
Your guide takes you to the impressive site of the Cromlech of the Almendres, one of the oldest collections of monolith stones in Europe, dating back more than 7,000 years. Admire the prehistoric stone circle with 95 structures, and don’t forget to snap a photo at this truly historic and fascinating site.
After, head to S.Francisco Church, a mesmerizing architectural building that mixes gothic, Mudejar, and Manueline styles. Step inside the interesting Bones Chapel, gaze at the human skulls, and hear about its construction by monks to portray the brevity of life.
Pass by D. Manuel King Palace and move toward the largest gothic church in the country, the Cathedral of Évora, from the 14th century. After some free time to explore the city, end with a tasting of local olive oil before returning to Lisbon. Read More close
In a city boasting a rich and vibrant culture it’s no surprise to learn that an exciting fashion scene is also proliferating. Under the guidance of a local—with a degree in fashion design—set out to explore Lisbon’s daring looks and emerging trends. Whether you want to shop for a particular outfit or just window shop to explore what’s en vogue, your guide is ready to help.
A stroll down the famous cultural boulevard, Avenida da Liberdade, reveals luxury brand names and designer labels. If your taste and budget is decidedly more modest, there are plenty of mid-range options to investigate. Or, stop off at the alternative and vintage shops of Barrio Alto, where you can hunt out a bargain and consider influencing your own style with clothing from different eras. Read More close
As you leave the city behind after a hotel pickup on your way toward Freeport Outlet, marvel at wonderful views of Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the 25th of April Bridge. At Freeport, venture into a world of designer brands at incredibly attractive prices. With rates that can be up to 60% below the recommended retail value, you can make the most of your shopping.
The outlet combines sophisticated boutiques, spacious boulevards, attentive service, and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere to offer a truly unique experience. After 4 hours of free time for shopping, return to the city and pause for a mouthwatering treat with a bean pastry and espresso to recharge your batteries for another shopping adventure.
Your next stop is the 9-story shopping center at El Corte Ingles, where you can make use of your voucher's 10-percent discount and browse the many goods on sale—designer handbags, shoes, dresses, and whatever else catches your eye. Read More close
From the grand, tree-lined Restauradores Square, greet your guide and head to the culturally rich district of Mouraria—the birthplace of Fado music. Grab a seat in a nearby tavern, sip on the local liqueur, Ginjinha, and revel in the haunting melodies of a Fado performance.
Next, board the historic city Tram 28 for a short ride to Castle Hill, where you can marvel at the stunning sunset over Lisbon. Descend to the city's oldest district, Alfama, and wind your way through narrow cobblestone passageways and across charming squares until you reach the Tagus River.
Saunter along the scenic riverbank toward a local's-favorite music venue. Here, catch your second Fado performance of the night, accompanied by authentic Portuguese tapas—a delicious way to cap off your tour. Read More close
Your experienced skipper maneuvers the sailboat, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning vistas. Pass by Lisbon's grandest sights, including the Christ the King statue, Praça do Comércio, and the UNESCO-listed Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
Listen to your friendly captain illuminate the history of these monuments and toast with a glass of champagne as the sun sets. After a couple of spectacular hours, finish your cruise back at Doca de Santo Amaro, where you disembark, refreshed and free to enjoy the rest of your evening. Read More close
Meet your instructor at Lisbon Zoo and depending on your experience and weather conditions, you head to Caparica, Cascais, or Sintra. Your session begins with a briefing on land where your teacher provides you with safety information, tips, and techniques before you take your board into the ocean.
Once you feel comfortable diving into the warm water, you and your group paddle away from shore to find the perfect location where the sets are about to break. Watch your instructor tackle a wave and gracefully maneuver the board over the water. Then feel the satisfaction of catching your first wave and riding it toward the shore.
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After a convenient hotel pickup, leave the city behind and head to Santarém. Board a ferry and embark on a short cruise through the calm waters of Tagus River to Almourol Castle. Stand mesmerized by the striking castle erected 60 feet (18 m) above sea level in the small islet in the river. Your guide explains its historical roots with the Romans, and later the Visigoths and Moors. Eventually during the Reconquest in 1129, it was conquered and placed in trust of Gualdim Paes, the Grand Master of the Knight Templars.
Next, pass by the beautiful little village of Constância where Luis de Camões lived and wrote his famous poems. Continue on to Tomar—a land given to Templars as a fief (a conditional piece of property). Follow your guide to one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in the country. Hear about its construction by Prince Henry, the navigator, in the 15th century.
The last stop is at the remarkable Christ Convent, a Templar stronghold back in the day. It was constructed under the orders of Gualdim Paes and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read More close
Walk to Rossio, Lisbon’s main square, while your local guide explains to you how the city has changed since the earthquake of 1755. Then, stop to taste some delicious Portuguese cheese and locally produced marmalade.
Next, explore the cobblestone streets of Mouraria, with its beautiful churches and mosques. Duck down an alley to a hidden bakery, and savor a sampling of traditional pastries and coffee. Soon you reach the dazzling vista of Bairro Alto; sip a refreshing beverage as you take in the gorgeous panorama of Lisbon.
Then board a ferry and journey across the River Tagus to picturesque Cacilhas. Here, you're treated to local Portuguese green wine and delicious fresh-caught seafood. Enjoy the sights of the South Bank before returning to Cais do Sodré Square, where you complete your tour of this glorious city. Read More close
Begin your day with a convenient hotel pickup before being whisked away to the countryside. Cross the 25th of April Bridge and gaze out at the city and the Tagus river as you move toward Alentejo. Take in the evergreen landscapes and rolling hills as your expert guide explains the essential role gastronomy and wine play in Portuguese tradition.
Your first stop is at Reguengos de Monsaraz, voted the European Wine City of 2015. Here you learn about the rich and fruity red wine. A sommelier explains the characteristics of each wine, the type of grapes used, and the influence of climate in producing the scrumptious taste.
Continue to Évora, the charming capital of Alentejo and a UNESCO-listed site. Here, pause for a traditional 2-course meal before moving on to the next winery in Azeitão. The winemaking region is praised worldwide for its fortified muscat wines, known as Moscatel de Setúbal.
Enjoy a fully tutored guided tour of the grounds and delight in 2 samples of different local styles—one of which is the famous Muscatel de Setúbal. Return to Lisbon in time to watch the sun setting over the city. Read More close
Begin by receiving a fast and informative dockside tutorial on the operation of your 18-foot (5.5 m) powerboat before setting off on your journey. Once you embark seaward, the ocean is your playground and you decide where the adventure goes. Let your hair blow back as you cut a fast line across the surface or simply float for a moment, sunbathe, swim, and snap photos of renowned Lisbon landmarks.
Cruise along the Tagus River and discover many of the city's landmarks, such as the 25th of April Bridge, St. Jorge's Castle, and Christ the King statue. Speed toward the sea, gaze at the remarkable monument to maritime discoveries in Belém, and head to the charming town of Cascais. With up to 7 people joining you on your boat adventure, you never run out of fun things to do. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be memorable. Read More close
This is a sailing cruise with a difference. When you leave the port of Belem behind and cruise out into the calm waters of the Tagus, expert sushi chef Horácio Valentim is with you for the journey. As the wind catches the sails of the beautiful boat, feel the cool breeze in your face, take a moment to enjoy panoramic views of the shore, and get ready for the most memorable culinary lesson around.
During your sushi-making class, get to grips with the techniques you need in order to perfect this culinary art form. Learn the different methods of cutting required for the various styles, practice rolling the pieces to create sushi's traditional look, and sample your handiwork to taste the fresh meal.
Finish your cruise on the Tagus with a new grasp of the skills required to create nigiris, hosomakis, uramakis, gunkans, and salmon sashimi, along with a new perspective of the city. Read More close
Begin with the fantastic feeling of taking off in a helicopter, as the combination of maneuverability and stability produces a memorable ride. As the pilot gains height, the city and local landscapes quickly reveal themselves below you; try to spot your favorite sights from the air and see the vast number of orange-tiled rooftops that give Lisbon such vibrancy from above.
As you cross the Tagus, see famous crossings such as the 25th of April Bridge and the landmark of Christ the King perched on the hillside. Once you land at the luxurious retreat of Quinta do Tagus Village, a table is waiting where you are served a platter of freshly prepared sushi. The expertly prepared rolls of rice, vegetables, and fish taste divine, and are some of the best in the region.
Admire the views across the river to the city on the opposite bank before boarding the helicopter again for the return journey. Read More close
Head seaward along the Tagus River, from which the Portuguese once sailed away to conquer oceans and countries, and admire a city of charisma, class, and thriving culture from the water. Cruise under the 25th of April Bridge, which was built in 1966. Named for the Carnation Revolution, it's one of the largest suspension bridges in the world.
See the city’s modern gems, such as the bustling of Bairro Alto, famous for its bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, the Nations Park, built for the Expo '98, and the glass Lisbon Aquarium. Admire the Alfama district, one of the oldest in the city, take a photo of St. George’s Castle, and see the Christ the King statue watching the city from the opposite side of the river.
Journey as far as Belém district and enjoy its panoramic views, with monuments from the Age of the Discovery welcoming you in the background. Take the opportunity to photograph the beautiful Belém Tower, once a fort that protected the city, as you listen to stories about the monuments that surround you, including Jerónimos Monastery.
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Step into a tranquil paradise at the Real Spa where you're whisked away to let the relaxation begin. Begin with a hydromassage treatment—combining the benefits of seawater with the calming action of chamomile—promoting greater oxygenation of the tissue and improved blood circulation. Next, relieve your tension with a massage with hot volcanic stones and relaxing oils.
As your stress lifts, it's time for a full-body signature treatment with elements as authentic as the typical Portuguese calabashes. The treatment begins with a cleansing rice powder exfoliation. It’s completed with a body massage with sunflower oil (extracted from the marshes of the countryside where calabashes are used) with systematic movements, assuring total revitalization of the mind and soul.
Next, enjoy the many benefits of hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy before lounging at the spa. Choose to go for a swim in the pool, flush out toxins in the sauna, or unwind in the hot tub. Read More close
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Once you meet your guide, head straight for Feira das Almas. This market celebrates the vintage, so wander through the stalls and check out the fine displays of classic clothing and furniture, homemade crafts, artwork, and more. The scope of what you can find tucked away here is huge.
Continue to the MUDE, one your guides' favorite museums in the city. Here, see exhibitions from a diverse range of backgrounds in collections that reach from the 19th century right up to the present day, including the latest offerings from forward-thinking stylists.
What better way to conclude the tour than by toasting its success? Relax with a beer at the Adamastor, an excellent viewpoint offering stunning views of the Tagus River and the whole of Lisbon beyond. Read More close
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Set sail along the Tagus river to see the beauty of this history-filled city from a different perspective—the water. Admire a city of charisma and culture as you cruise past its modern gems. See charming areas like Bairro Alto, Belém, and the Alfama district—one of the oldest in the city.
With Algarve's stunning coastline as your backdrop and the warm breeze against your skin, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy an array of regional Portuguese wines. You have a knowledgeable guide on board to teach you about the variety of tastes and aromas of wines indigenous to Portugal. Learn how to pair each wine with a selection of petiscos—typical Portuguese appetizers.
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