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Belém

The Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and tasty pastéis de nata are not to be missed in this waterside neighborhood.

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Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

1. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 37 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology MAAT - Museo de Arte, Arquitectura y Tecnología• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado

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Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

2. Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

Discover Lisbon from a boat as you set sail on the Tagus river. See the most famous landmarks of the city and enjoy a relaxing time on the water. Board your sailboat at the Doca do Bom Sucesso Marina. Sail down the Tagus river and pass by the Monument of Discoveries underneath the 25 de Abril Bridge. Continue onto the river Tejo and admire Lisbon's many different architectural styles. On the journey back to the marina you’ll pass by the Christ the King statue on the south bank, as well as the Belem Tower monument. If you’ve selected the sunset option you’ll have the chance to witness the sunset over the Lisbon skyline – a romantic view perfect for couples. You can choose to help the crew sail the boat (no experience necessary), or simply relax on deck.

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

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

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

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Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket

4. Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket

With this access, learn more about how King Manuel I commissioned the monastery in 1496 to honor the Infante for his devotion to Our Lady and faith in St. Jerome. Discover how the monastery of St. Mary of Belém was donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome. For this reason, it is commonly known as the Jerónimos Monastery. This national monument was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is located near the city of Lisbon, next to the Tagu River. In 1833, when the order was dissolved, the monastery was used as a school and orphanage until 1940. In the 19th century, the church became the monument for local heroes and poets such as Luís de Camões and Vasco da Gama. Come and discover what is not simply a notable work of architecture, but also an important part of Portuguese identity and culture.

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Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

5. Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

Learn about the history and culture of Lisbon on a fun and thrilling amphibious adventure. Take a plunge into the Tagus River in your bus! Board your amphibious vehicle and spend 90 minutes exploring the heart of Portugal’s capital, by land and river, without leaving the comfort of your seat. Prepare to be entertained by lively guides, who will share myths, legends and curiosities during an entertaining show filled with positive energy and passenger interaction. It’s all about fun and laughter. Don’t expect a traditional sightseeing tour with a traditional guide, but rather a memorable experience! Your route will take through the historic center, giving you the chance to see some of the highlights of Lisbon, before plunging into the Tagus. From there you’ll take in amazing views of Lisbon and of many of the monuments in the Belém area that date back to the Age of the Discoveries. Tours operate daily, rain or shine, and are conducted in both Portuguese and English.

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Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

6. Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

Discover the sights of Lisbon from a new perspective on an amusing GPS tour. Get behind the wheel of a convertible with an advanced navigational system that provides friendly directions so you can relax as you cruise. Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Roam freely according to your own itinerary or opt to follow a preset route built into the GPS. Below, the preset routes are outlined: Belém Tour – Green Route - Approximately 2-hours Belém is famous for being linked to the Discoveries history and the neighborhood will always be remembered and praised as the seaport of Portugal’s Golden Era. This tour takes you to: the National Museum of Ancient Art, the “Fundação Oriente”, “Cordoaria Nacional”, the Jerónimos Monastery, Champalimaud Foundation, the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, the MAAT, and the superb Comércio Square. Alfama Tour – Blue Route – Approximately 1-hour Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in town, known for its narrow and labyrinthine streets, colorful houses with irregular geometry, clothes drying on the windows and some of the most beautiful viewpoints of the capital.  This tour takes you to: Casa dos Bicos – José Saramago Foundation, the Fado Museum, the National Pantheon, the flea market area, the GraçaChurch and Convent, the Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia viewpoints and Lisbon Cathedral. Center Tour – Red Route – Approximately 1.5 hours This route takes you to downtown Lisbon. Baixa, located in the heart of the Portuguese capital, this is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in the city, where tradition blends in with the boldness of modernity, an area full of commerce. This tour takes you to: Santa Justa lift, the Rossio Square, the Dona Maria II National Theatre, the Carmo Church and Convent, the Camões Square and S. Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Príncipe Real Garden, the Amália Rodrigues House Museum and Cais do Sodré area along the riverside.

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Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

7. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

Cycle the banks of the Tagus River, and discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Belém on a 3-hour electric bike tour of Lisbon. Meet your guide at a central meeting point for a short briefing on how the bikes work. Then, glide off towards the renovated Ribeira Market, where you will find an abundance of traditional stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. A separate area features more than 30 restaurants where you can taste food recommended by highly regarded chefs. Next, bike down the former red light district of the Rua Nova de Carvalho (also known as “Pink Street”), famous for its animated nightlife, and recently named by the New York Times as one of the best streets in Europe. Pass the Cais do Sodré area, a hub of maritime activities since the 15th century and now the ferry terminal for the cacilheiros boats that connect Lisbon and Cacilhas. Cycle alongside the River Tagus to the Torre Belém, and feast your eyes on the 25th of April Bridge, a symbol of the 25th of April Revolution that put an end to 41 years of dictatorship. Continue past the former thermoelectric plant that is now home to the Electricity Museum, and admire one of the best examples of Industrial architecture in Lisbon. Next, go to the Monument of the Discoveries, built in 1940 for the Exhibition of the Portuguese World. Admire the depictions of Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries,” before looking at the 16th-century fortifications of the Torre Belém, part of a defensive system that protected Lisbon from pirates. Enjoy a quite coffee break away from the tourist traps, before cycling to the 16th-century Monastery of Saint Jerome, one of the finest example of Manueline style architecture in the city. There will be the chance to taste one of the famous Belém custard tartlets in the magnificent gardens, before it’s time to cycle back to the meeting point.

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Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus w/Optional Boat Tour

8. Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus w/Optional Boat Tour

History oozes from the romantic avenues, old Moorish quarters, Roman underpinnings, and Gothic monuments of Lisbon. This hop-on hop-off Belém Lisbon tour offers you the opportunity to view the area where most of Lisbon's monuments may be found. Offset by some of the boldest modern buildings by local and international architects, this cosmopolitan center will appeal to your senses and gourmet instincts, a palette of colors where the sun shines nearly all year round. The Belém Lisbon will take you to some of the most beautiful views in the city aboard an open-topped double-decker bus. Feel the breeze off the Tagus blowing through your hair as you travel along the leafy avenues from the old town center to historic Belem. As a bonus, when you book this tour you will gain free access to Carris Public Transport tramcars as well as discounts in select museums and monuments. Don’t miss the excellent museums, such as Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, the Tile Museum, and the Ancient Art Museum. You might choose to check out some of Lisbon’s marvelous shopping centers or listen to music in a trendy Bairro Alto bar. Experience Lisbon from the water by selecting river boat cruise option.

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Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

9. Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See all of Lisbon on an excursion that gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary with this full-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers 3 separate routes. With regular stops all along the way, you are in complete control. Hop-on and off whenever and wherever, and visit as many sights, gardens, or shopping boulevards as you like. You can also take advantage of on board audio guides in 16 languages. Belém Line (Red Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal square Stop 2 - Restauradores Stop 3 – Rua do Comercio Stop 4 – Mercado da Ribeira Stop 5 – Museu dos Coches Stop 6 – Palacio da Ajuda Stop 7 – Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Stop 8 – Torre de Belém Stop 9 – Padrão dos Descobrimentos Stop 10 – MAAT Stop 11 – Docas Stop 12 – Estrela Stop 13 – Amoreiras Stop 14 – El Corte Inglés Stop 15 – Top of Park Eduard VII Stop 16 – Marquês of Pombal square Oriente Line (Blue Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal Stop 2 - Restauradores Stop 3 - Rua do Comercio Stop 4 - Casa dos Bicos Stop 5 - Cais Sul e Sueste Stop 6 - Terminal de Cruzeiros Stop 7 - Estação de Stª Apolonia Stop 8 - Museu do Azulejo Stop 9 - Oceanário Stop 10 - Casino Lisboa Stop 11 - C. C. Vasco da Gama Stop 12 - Torre Vasco da Gama Stop 13 - Gare do Oriente Stop 14 - Torre do Tombo Stop 15 - Zoo Stop 16 - Mesquita Stop 17 - El Corte Inglês Stop 18 - Alto do Parque Ed. VII Stop 19 - Marquês de Pombal Castle Line (Green Line): Stop 1 - Praça Marquês de Pombal Stop 2 - Casa Museu Amália Rodrigues Stop 3 - Miradouro S. Pedro De Alcântara Stop 4 - Cais do Sodré Stop 5 - Rua do Comércio Stop 6 – South and Southest Pier Stop 7 - Museu do Fado Stop 8 - Martim Moniz Stop 09 - Portas do Sol [Castelo S. Jorge] Stop 10 - Restauradores Stop 11 - Parque Euduarco VII

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Lisbon: 2-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

10. Lisbon: 2-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of a hop-on and hop-off bus tour of Lisbon with a combined ticket that gives you access to 2 different routes! Jump on and off the open-top double decker bus at leisure, and see the sights that you want to see. Marvel at the main squares and monuments close to the Tagus River. Then, discover the slick and modern part of the city on the Modern Lisbon. Belém Lisbon takes in many of Lisbon’s most famous sights, such as the magnificent Praça de D. Pedro IV (Rossio Square). Drive down the elegant Avenida da Liberdade to the Praça do Marquês de Pombal. Get a taste of the Belém area, site of the monuments to Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries.” Discover a more modern side to Lisbon on the Modern Lisbon. Here, you can jump off at the Oceanarium to see more than 16,000 birds, mammals and marine life (admission not included). Pass the grand Casa dos Bicos, with its façade of diamond-shaped stones. Learn all about Portugal’s famous tiles at the Azulejo Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo), or explore the history of fado at the Fado Museum.

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What people are saying about Belém

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4.5 / 5

based on 13,902 reviews

A lovely and different expirience with a great guide, Diana and a smooth ride due to Hugo excellent driving and sailling skills. So, what are you waiting for? Go for it! It's fun, different and educative. All the best from us, the romanians

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

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

So much more amazing than what you can imagine simply looking at the outside. A must see in Lisbon.

AMAZING! One of the most beautiful architectural monuments I've visited.