Monument to the Discoveries

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

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

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

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.

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

3. 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.

Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Cruise

4. Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Cruise

Embark on a boat cruise in Lisbon down the peaceful Tagus River boat cruise. Glide under the 25th April Bridge, past the Torre de Belém, and many more iconic landmarks en route. Listen to commentary on your audio guide to learn about these famous monuments and the history of this impressive city. Benefit from included access to Carris public trams, funiculars, and the Santa Justa lift to make the most of your time in Lisbon. Start your cruise in Terreiro do Paço and pass under the towering 25th April Bridge. Marvel at views of Lisbon and its rolling hills from your unique vantage point. Then, head towards Belém, one of the most interesting quarters of Lisbon, to see its colorful buildings and charming streets from your comfortable seat. Continue to see some of the best-known monuments in Belém, including the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. On your return journey to Terreiro do Paço, admire the stunning views of the Lisbon landscape with its rolling hills, proud towers, and colorful buildings.

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

5. 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. 

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

6. 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 an obligatory stop 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 Carriage 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 house museum dedicated to its greatest singer, Amália Rodrigues. 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: Private 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour

7. Lisbon: Private 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour cruise during the golden hours of the day on this tour that’s priced for up to 2 persons. Shortly after leaving the dock you’ll pass by the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the shape of a ship, built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, and also the Torre de Belém, an iconic monument of Lisbon. Head to the south bank and see the forts and prisons that were used during the old regime. You’ll be dazzled by the Ponte 25 de Abril, and have views of the Cristo Rei. Back along the north bank, you’ll have views of historic Lisbon, with the Terreiro do Paço and the Cais do Sodré and also the recently renovated waterfront. As you arrive back at the dock, you’ll see the Museum of Electricity. Marvel at views of Lisbon you’ll only experience from a boat and make a toast to its famous light. The cruise includes a welcome drink of wine, beer, champagne or juice.

Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

8. 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 3-hour private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem, one of the most popular districts in the city, making it the perfect way to get the most out of the city when you don’t have much time.   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.   Then, 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 Belem and try some of their delicious custard tarts.

Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

9. Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

Shortly after leaving the dock you’ll pass by the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the shape of a ship, built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, and also the Torre de Belém, an iconic monument of Lisbon. Back along the north bank, you’ll have views of historic Lisbon, with the Terreiro do Paço and the Cais do Sodré and also the recently renovated waterfront and see the Museum of Electricity. On the south bank see the forts and prisons that were used during the old regime. You’ll be dazzled by the Ponte 25 de Abril, and have views of the Cristo Rei. Marvel at views of Lisbon you’ll only experience from a boat and make a toast to its famous light. The cruise includes a welcome drink of wine, beer, champagne or juice.

Lisbon: Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River with Drink

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

Enjoy a fantastic private sunset cruise along the Tagus (Tejo) River and discover Lisbon from a different perspective. Admire the spectacular sights and colors of Lisbon from its lovely waterfront. Depart from the marina of Belém, next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) celebrating the 15th and 16th-century Portuguese "Age of Exploration." Sail beneath the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge, leaving Alcantara behind and arriving in the city's historic quarter. See the white dome of the Basilica da Estrela and the beautiful square of Praça do Comércio. Get a privileged view of the Castle of São Jorge, perched atop one of Lisbon's legendary 7 hills. From the starboard side, take a look at the famous basin of the Mar da Palha. See the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge from a distance, as you make your way back to the marina, and get one last spectacular sight as you look at the outstretched arms of the Cristo-Rei Statue in Almada.

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What people are saying about Monument to the Discoveries

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4.5 / 5

based on 6,679 reviews

This was our last night in Lisbon, and what a beautiful way to spend it! The river was calm and there was a gentle breeze. Our yacht had 10 people on it (bit of confusion over the numbers, so one couple had to change boats) and it was the perfect number. Our skipper Miguel, and his offsider Fernando, were brilliant. Funny, informative and wonderful hosts. My husband, who loves sailing, was able to take the helm for quite a while. We had wine or beer offered, no food though so maybe take your own nibbles. We saw a beautiful sunset and the whole experience was fun and very relaxing. Definitely recommend.

staff was very friendly and helpful during check in. during the trip they were very informative of the area and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask

Really amazing. Best service, tour and staff you can expect, taking really good care of everything and really trying to make all possible wishes possible.

Excellent tour. The view was beautiful and the guides we're knowledgeable and entertaining.

Great experience! Our guides were very kind and the views were amazing. Highly recommend.