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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 four 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 onboard 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 Cascais Line (Orange: Lisboa - Cascais): 1 - Marquês de Pombal2 - Jerónimos3 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué)4 - Estoril (Posto de Turismo)5 - Cascais (Hotel Baía)6 - Guincho (Parque de Campismo Orbitur) *7 - Guincho (Rest. Porto Sta. Maria) *8 - Guincho (Forte dos Oitavos) *9 - Cascais (Boca do Inferno)10 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego) Cascais Line (Yellow: Cascais - Lisboa): 1 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego)2 - Cascais (Hotel Baía)3 - Estoril4 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué)5 - Jerónimos6 - Marquês de Pombal

Lisbon: Sunset Tour with Music and a Drink

2. Lisbon: Sunset Tour with Music and a Drink

Embark on a sunset experience along Lisbon's Tagus River. Spot iconic sights such as Christ the King and the 25th of April Bridge, as well as the elegant Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Enjoy a drink included in the price of the ticket and unwind with onboard music. Relax on the catamaran's 2 nets or dance on the onboard dance floor. Snap pictures of the unique architecture of the Electricity Museum and enjoy the colors of the sunset reflected on the water. At the end of the tour, return to Ribeira das Naus Quay.

Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

3. Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

Explore Lisbon from East to West in a Tukxi, a small vehicle that's a mix between a tuk-tuk and a 3-wheeled scooter. This private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem (optional), one of the most popular districts in the city. Your tour starts in the Old Town, where you’ll travel back in time and fall in love with the colorful neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, and Graça. Stop along the way to discover all that Lisbon has to offer, which is made especially easy by the Tukxis.   As an extra you can chose to add an extra hour to your tour an follow your guide over to the west of the city along the glittering river Tejo to arrive at Belem, where many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages.  Here, you can admire Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries, 3 of the most astonishing buildings in Portugal. If there’s time, end your tour with a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belém and try some of their delicious custard tarts.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

4. Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

Board your colorful yellow beer bike then set out on an exciting sightseeing venture around the streets of Lisbon. Pedal to some of the city’s most famous sights and attractions including the Tejo River, Torre de Belem, Monument of the Discoveries, 25 de Abril Bridge, and more. As you ride around the city, make unforgettable memories with your friends and enjoy a selection of drinks from the onboard bar including craft beers, tasty sangria, soft-drinks, and water.  Enhance the experience and bring your own music along too which can be connected to the bar’s speakers, or listen to the tour’s preselected playlist with accompanying lights. The tour lasts approximately 1-hour, with a toilet break every 15-minutes. The bike is suitable for up to 18 passengers, with 10 people pedaling, plus your friendly guide who ensures your fun and safety throughout.

Lisbon: Hop-on Hop-off 48-Hour Bus and Boat Tour Ticket

5. Lisbon: Hop-on Hop-off 48-Hour Bus and Boat Tour Ticket

Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon to the max on 2 different double-decker bus tours and 1 boat tour.  Belém Lisbon Bus Tour In this Lisbon tour bus, travel along the city's main avenues with the fresh breeze of the Tagus on your face — from the historic center to the monuments of Belém. This iconic area is a must see on any Lisbon tour buses, with its monuments to the Portuguese voyages of discovery: the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower of Belém, and Monument to the Discoveries, as well as various museums (the Coach Museum in particular). Modern Lisbon Bus Tour This trip follows the Tagus from the heart of the city to Parque das Nações. On this site, which famously was the venue for the 1998 World Expo, you'll come across distinctive modern architecture alongside leisure areas and restaurants. While you're there, don't miss the Oceanarium, the second largest of its kind in the world. And because Lisbon wouldn't be Lisbon without its traditional fado music, take a trip to the Fado Museum and learn more about this wonderful music. Yellow Boat River Tour Far from the noise and rush of the city, during Lisbon's boat trips it seems like you are standing on a floating stage with a privileged view to the “7 Hills City”. While slowly drifting along the Tagus river surface, you can observe some of the most important monuments such as the Saint Jorge Castle, the Sé Cathedral, and the April 25th Bridge.

Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview of the most important landmarks of the city. In this 4-hour ride, you will be able to experience the old districts, visit monuments full of history and see breathtaking views. Graça, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Belem are must-see neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital and can be explored in a relaxed and comfortable way on board of an electric tuk-tuk. And as flavors are also a great way to know a city - enjoy our offer of a traditional liquor at one of the stops. The tuk-tuk is a very versatile way to move around the hills of Lisbon, as it gets access to sites where touristic buses are not allowed, considering the geography of the city. You can also count on the live explanation of your professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

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

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

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

Lisbon: Belem District and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

8. Lisbon: Belem District and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

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

Lisbon: Private Tagus River Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Boat

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

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

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

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

Discover all areas of Lisbon with a combined bus, boat and tram ticket, and get access to the public transport system along the way. Explore the city’s monuments and museums in myriad neighborhoods on 2 different double-decker, audio-guided bus tours, a Yellow Boat tour, and a tour by historical tram. Marvel at the Manueline architecture of Lisbon's squares and avenues on the Belém Lisbon tour, and discover slick, modern buildings on the modern Lisbon bus tour. Travel back to the “Age of Discoveries” in Belém and Ajuda, and meander around the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. Take a ride on Lisbon’s oldest mode of transport and climb aboard a tram to the Castelo São Jorge. Travel through historic areas such as Mouraria and Graça. Pass under the 25 de Abril Bridge and on to Belém aboard the Yellow Boat. See monuments such as the Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from a different perspective. Head back to Terreiro do Paço for stunning views of Lisbon, and hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish.

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What people are saying about Monument to the Discoveries

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Wow we had a great time. Saw so many amazing sites and monuments we would have missed without participating in this activity. Bike ride was fun and made even more so riding along the water. Our guide Daniel was a real pleasure to deal with and took real good care of us. His knowledge and passion for the history of this beautiful country was evident. Thanks so much we certainly look forward to our next stay in Lisbon.

Goncalo is a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. He took the time to tell us stories about each stop and created interactive experiences for us, such as drinking from a water fountain and cutting cork off a real cork tree. He designed the trip so that we had free time to stroll and eat a nice meal as well. Not rushed at all! We recommended him to our friends afterwards as well!

It was an amazing experience. The crew - Pablo and Catarina - were really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. HIGHLY Recommend. Don’t miss it!

Great job totally enjoyed the experience. We had an amazing time and fun way to explore the city.

Friendly tour guide. The guide also explained the Portuguese culture and history.