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  • Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    1. 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...

    As of July 2021 there are 2 lines being operated, the (green) castle line, which takes you through the tight historic city center towards the castle of Sao Jorge in a smaller bus (around 40min to complete the round trip), and the open'top double decker (red) Belem line which takes you outward from Lisbon proper, to the municipality of Belem, showcasing the famous coastal defense tower and a momument to the age of discoveries (around and hour and 10 min to complete). In Belem, you can also visit St. Jeronimo's monastery, the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the Maritime Museum. The audio guide is very informative and easy to understand, with pleasant intermissions featuring the local Fado music. For an additional charge of 12 EUR per person we booked the boat tour between Lisbon center and Belem as well. When we took the tour, it was quite empty, sometimes we were the only people on the bus, no doubt because of the Covid measures in Portugal scaring off foreign tourists, which is a shame!

  • Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

    2. Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

    Experience the history of Lisbon via a modern mode of transport. Using a self-balancing Segway, you can explore at your own pace and see more than you would on foot or a sightseeing bus. The Segway moves by responding to simple body movements and quickly feels like a natural extension of yourself. This experience to remember will get you up close to historic landmarks without breaking out in a sweat! You can take the tour alone, with friends, or with family. On arrival, you will be asked to choose from one of the following itineraries on your day of travel: Lisbon by the River; Alfama Tour; or Baixa Chiado. Explore the city cycle path near the River Tagus, where you can get up to full speed. Look out for historic attractions, such as the Santo Amaro Docks, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, and more. 

    Peter is a great tour guide! We took the more historical route instead of the one touring Belem and we found it immensely enjoyable. Peter was very knowledgeable and gave in-depth descriptions when encountering important monuments. Highly recommended taking the Segway tour with him! An absolute must-do in Lisbon!

  • Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour

    3. Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour

    During your Lisbonhalf-day tour visit all the main sites and monuments of the Belém area, including Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and Discoveries Monument. Enjoy some free time to visit the famous pastry shop “Pastéis de Belém” and taste its delicious pastry. Explore the Lisbon Castle, Lisbon Cathedral and the surrounding traditional neighborhood of Alfama. Marvel at the biggest park of Lisbon, Edward the VII Park and see the most beautiful squares and avenues, like the Restauradores, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade. Cross the 25th April Bridge, and visit the King Christ Statue on the opposite side of the Tejo River. Do all of this with a very knowledgeable, experienced, and fun driver, in a magnificent Mercedes vehicle

    We enjoyed our 4 hours tour with Diego on Christmas day 2019 . it was very short tour and a lot of places being closed for the day in Lisbon but Diego planned up a few interesting places to visit that was opened .He even took us to see the changing of guards that was close to the Belem Tower .He is very well spoken and kept us entertained with his knowledge of Lisbon .I do highly recommend asking for him on tours with "Get your guide"

  • Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

    4. Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

    The tour begins with pickup from your Lisbon hotel in an eco-friendly tuk tuk that fits up to 6 people. Hop onboard and head off into this charming and colorful city for an epic four hour sightseeing adventure. Tuk tuks are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the city’s narrow streets, allowing you to access places you might have otherwise missed. Ride through some of Lisbon’s most emblematic districts, from Alfama to Mouraria, the Old Town to Chiado, the charming Belem, and the bohemian Bairro Alto. Along the way, soak up the differences between each of the districts and get a sense of local life and culture. Highlights of the tour include the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower. There’s also time to enjoy a traditional Pasteis de Belém, the famous custard tart of which only the monks know the recipe. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding a...

  • Lisbon Cultural Boat Tour on a Speedboat

    5. Lisbon Cultural Boat Tour on a Speedboat

    Start under the 25th of April bridge and go straight to Commerce Square and Cais das Colunas. Discover Alfama form the river for a fresh perspective; admire the castle above the hill, the Convent of St. Vincent, and the National Pantheon. Cross to the southbank and visit the Sanctuary of Cristo Rei directly above you. Enjoy exploring the river mouth before you get to the Atlantic Ocean, right in front of the Tower of Belem, one of the most iconic monuments in Lisbon. Then, admire the Discoveries Monument with all it's iconic figures. Then experience a sense of adventure on the speedboat.

    Me and my sister we absolutely loved the speed boat trip. Staff was beyond attentive, kind, friendly and carrying. If you like to see the Lisbon from different side and you like a bit of adrenaline, for sure book this boat. Sceneries are just amazing. We would definitely do it again. Thank you.

  • Lisbon: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

    6. Lisbon: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

    Explore Lisbon’s main historical sites and landmarks in just 4 hours with a private sightseeing experience. The tour is completely customizable, so you can choose how long to spend at each location, and adapt the stops to suit your interests. Start your half-day trip with hotel pickup by your English-speaking guide. Wander through the Alfama district, see the magnificent Belem Tower, take panoramic photos from the Castle of Sao Jorge, and visit Commerce Square. Listen as your guide shares historical facts and helps you to discover the city’s hidden gems. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of this fantastic experience.

  • Lisbon: Belem Neighborhood Walking Tour

    7. Lisbon: Belem Neighborhood Walking Tour

    Begin your tour at the iconic Cafe Pasteis de Belem to taste and talk about the famous egg tarts that were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery. Understand why Belem has a close connection to the early explorers, as you hear about Vasco da Gama's last night spent here before his epic voyage to India. You will visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, an extravagant monastery that was funded by the 5% tax levied on spices that flowed into Portugal. Originally designed as a modest monastery complex, the excessive construction extended by 50 years, to create one of the most ornate religious buildings of Portugal. Observe the historically important Discoveries Monument in Belem. One of the most iconic monuments of Lisbon, it was constructed to promote national self-confidence, whilst honouring the great Portuguese explorers. Wander by the delightful Torre d...

  • Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

    8. Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

    Start with a pickup from your hotel for a private tour to some of the most important sights of Lisbon. Begin the tour at Eduardo VII Park, one of Lisbon's best viewpoints. Continue to downtown Baixa passing by the Marquês de Pombal roundabout, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, and Praça do Comércio. End this part of the visit at the Portas do Sol viewpoint with the Tagus River at your feet. Head to the Belem district, where the Age of Discovery was set in motion. Be amazed by the Tower of Belém and the Jeronimos Monastery. Visit one of the oldest pastry shops in Portugal to taste a famous Pastel de Belém. Explore the Expo98 territory where modernity meets the city and invites you to have a glance at 21st-century architectural masterpieces.

    Journey to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from your hotel. After a short trip from Lisbon to Sintra, you will get the full P...

  • Lisbon: Full-Day Small Group City Sightseeing Tour

    9. Lisbon: Full-Day Small Group City Sightseeing Tour

    Enjoy a full-day small-group sightseeing tour that takes you to see Lisbon’s top landmarks and monuments. Explore the city with an experienced local guide. Stop for photos at viewpoints throughout the city. Take in the city’s major sights, including Rossio Square and Restauradores Square. Follow up with a visit to Lisbon’s downtown area, the narrow streets of Alfama and Lisbon Cathedral, passing by Chiado and some amazing viewpoints. Continue to the Belem neighborhood to see the Belem Tower, Discovery Monument, and Jeronimos Monastery. The final stop is at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal, founded in 1837 for a tasting of a Pasteis de Belem.

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As of July 2021 there are 2 lines being operated, the (green) castle line, which takes you through the tight historic city center towards the castle of Sao Jorge in a smaller bus (around 40min to complete the round trip), and the open'top double decker (red) Belem line which takes you outward from Lisbon proper, to the municipality of Belem, showcasing the famous coastal defense tower and a momument to the age of discoveries (around and hour and 10 min to complete). In Belem, you can also visit St. Jeronimo's monastery, the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the Maritime Museum. The audio guide is very informative and easy to understand, with pleasant intermissions featuring the local Fado music. For an additional charge of 12 EUR per person we booked the boat tour between Lisbon center and Belem as well. When we took the tour, it was quite empty, sometimes we were the only people on the bus, no doubt because of the Covid measures in Portugal scaring off foreign tourists, which is a shame!

Peter is a great tour guide! We took the more historical route instead of the one touring Belem and we found it immensely enjoyable. Peter was very knowledgeable and gave in-depth descriptions when encountering important monuments. Highly recommended taking the Segway tour with him! An absolute must-do in Lisbon!

Me and my sister we absolutely loved the speed boat trip. Staff was beyond attentive, kind, friendly and carrying. If you like to see the Lisbon from different side and you like a bit of adrenaline, for sure book this boat. Sceneries are just amazing. We would definitely do it again. Thank you.

Excellent guide, joining knowledge and close treatment!! Incredible unforgettable!!

Nice guide and it was good way to overview the city