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Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

1. 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: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

2. Lisbon: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Admire Lisbon's historical center on a boat cruise from the city center to Belém. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee in Lisbon for 1 hour, free of traffic noise and congestion, and providing unmissable photo opportunities.  Get incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from the water vantage points, including the Terreiro do Paço, an impressive 18th century building, the Cristo Rei Sanctuary, the 25th April Bridge, and the strikingly modern MAAT building. Easily listen to fascinating information about the city's history and each landmark you sail past through the available guide app. Glide onward to Princesa Pier, where you will dock at the end of your cruise. From here, hop off the boat to explore the exciting Belém neighborhood, and try a traditional pastel de Belém.

Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

3. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto and peddle with a bike along the Tagus River. Try a traditional pastry and see the Belém tower. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Hop aboard a well-maintained bike and begin your ride on flat paths along the Tagus River. See the iconic April 25th bridge and the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum. Upon arriving in Belém, immerse yourself in the 16th-century Manueline-style artwork of the Jerónimos Monastery. Taste a traditional pastel de belém (Portuguese custard tart) at the shop "Pastéis de Belém" which was founded in 1837. Follow your guide to the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators. View the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Finish your tour with a dreamy boat ride along the Tagus river. Relax as you take in the city from the water until you reach Praça do Comércio and end your tour.

Lisbon & Sintra: Full-Day Supersaver Private Tour

4. Lisbon & Sintra: Full-Day Supersaver Private Tour

Start your sightseeing excursion with a hotel pick-up and board an air-conditioned vehicle destined for Lisbon’s top sights. First, stop at Eduardo VII Park, the largest park in central Lisbon. It was baptized in 1903 in honor of Great Britain’s King Edward VII, who had visited Lisbon to reaffirm the bonds of friendship between the 2 countries. Make your way to Róssio and Avenue da Liberdade, and then next stop is Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), a haunting 12th century structure reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris. Receive a historical overview of the city from your guide before absorbing sweeping city vistas from a viewpoint. Next, travel through the medieval streets of Alfama — Lisbon’s oldest district —  and delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the downtown. Next, head to Belem and see Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Have a quick break at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal, Pasteis de Belem, founded in 1834 for a local pastry. Stop at the famous factory of the Pastel de Belém, also known as Pastel de Nata. You will have time to taste this delicious pastry with cinnamon and traditional Portuguese coffee. Then, settle into your private car and venture to Cascais, a postcard-perfect beach town north of Lisbon. Make the most of dramatic photo opportunities by snapping pictures from the enchanting grotto at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno) and the sheer cliffs of Cape Roca (Cabo da Roca). Finally, go to Sintra and see the former summer residence of the country’s monarchy and tour the famous Pena Palace. Admire stunning views and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a drive through Sintra Natural Park and at the top of the mountain, visit Pena Palace. After poking around the palace, enjoy some free time to wander around Sintra at your leisure. When you've had your fill of sights, your guide will drop you back off at your Lisbon hotel.

Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour

5. 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

Best of Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour

6. Best of Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour

You have the option of beginning your private 8-hour tour with a hotel or cruise port pick-up. Otherwise, you’ll meet your guide at the Hard Rock Café Lisbon. In the morning you’ll visit the major sights of Lisbon, including the historic Belem neighborhood, where you’ll see the Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Jeronimos Monastery, built after Vasco da Gama’s discovery of India in the late 15th century. Afterwards, you’ll make a quick stop at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal, Pasteis de Belem, founded in 1837. The tour then heads to central Lisbon, where you’ll admire Rossio Square and Commerce Square, and learn the history behind the Portuguese Inquisition of the 16th century. After lunch, the afternoon part of the tour starts at Restauradores Square, and continues to explore the downtown area. Experience the narrow streets of Alfama, visit the Lisbon Cathedral, originally built more than 1,000 years ago, enjoy views of Lisbon Castle, and pass through Chiado and Bairro Alto, stopping at some amazing viewpoints like Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia. The tour ends with a visit to Parque das Nacoes, the new and modern part of the city, near the Tejo River. This was the built for Expo'98, and to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the discovery of India by Vasco da Gama.

Lisbon: Half-Day Night Group Tour w/ Fado Dinner Show

7. Lisbon: Half-Day Night Group Tour w/ Fado Dinner Show

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, start this panoramic tour through Marques de Pombal, Main Avenue of Lisbon, Restauradores, Rossio and Baixa Pombalina and stopping in Belem to taste the famous Pastel de Belem also known as Pastel de bata or pastry with cinnamon. Afterwards, you’ll stop at the main monuments in Belém such as the Monastery of Jeronimos and Belem Tower. Around 20:30, have dinner and see the Fado show in one of the most typical restaurants of Lisbon in Alfama neighborhood. Here, you will taste real Portuguese gastronomy. Fado, is a Portuguese variety of urban romance. This is a story or just a feeling and expresses a state of mind. Fado is one of the most characteristic elements of the Portuguese and foremost, Lisbon culture. Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage lists. After the show before heading to your hotel, visit the best viewing point at Our Lady of the Mount to admire one of the best 360 panoramic views of Lisbon by night. The driver will take you through Lisbon’s historic city center on a panoramic sightseeing tour. Drive past many of Lisbon’s most historic sights magically lit for the night. The driver can stop at your request for photo opportunities and will drop you back-off.

Small Group Walking Tour of Belém

8. Small Group Walking Tour of Belém

Set off on an education experience of exploration with this 3 hour walking tour of Belem. Receive detailed information from your guide on Portugal’s role as a seafaring nation on the forefront of discovery, plus a wide variety of topics ranging from current events in Portugal to rich culinary traditions and much more. See the main monuments in the area, like the Monument of the Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Tower of Belem. Towards the end of your tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Nautical Museum located in the Jerónimos Monastery.  This tour is conducted by a certified local guide whose mission is to inform travelers on what they need to know to enhance their stay in Lisbon, and to promote Portugal's culture and heritage. From recommendations of things to do in the city, to insider advice on public transportation to other areas you would want to visit on your stay, feel free to ask your guide anything. A coffee or ice cream break halfway through the tour is also included. The maximum number of participants is 6 people. This way a personal and engaging experience is guaranteed.

Full Lisbon: Private Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Full Lisbon: Private Tuk Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview on 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 in 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 with the live explanation of our professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

Lisbon in One Day: Full-Day Minivan Historic Tour

10. Lisbon in One Day: Full-Day Minivan Historic Tour

Learn the history of Lisbon on a full-day city tour, available as a group or private option. Following a pick-up from your hotel, travel by minivan through the city's historic neighborhoods, starting with the Moorish castle in Castelo. Wander the winding streets of one of Lisbon’s oldest areas, before going to Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in the city. Admire the rose window, reconstructed from fragments of the original. Next, explore the Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods. Travel down twisting cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafés en route to Belém. Here, you will learn how the city expanded during the period of the “Age of Discoveries.” Next, marvel at the dazzling facade of Jerónimos Monastery, one of Portugal’s architectural jewels. Go to the defensive Belém Tower at the mouth of the River Tagus, and see the Monument to the Ages of Discoveries. Taste a traditional Pastel de Belém custard tart before lunch. After lunch, head back to the city center, following the 18th-century aqueduct to one of Lisbon’ hidden gems; the Mãe d'Água Reservoir in the Amoreiras district. End in the Baixa area, and learn how Lisbon was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755. Baixa is also one of the best places to enjoy Lisbon by night!

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What people are saying about Pastéis de Belém

For our German-speaking guide Ingo alone we would have to give far more than 10 stars. Nice, funny, linguistically gifted and versatile globetrotter who will definitely win prizes with his driving and parking skills... We had a 3-hour tour through the narrow streets of Lisbon's old town. We've seen, heard and tried everything, if desired, and didn't miss anything. The time flew by. Speaking of which - on a wild, windy ride - it's better to hold on to your headgear (@Ingo: we found the good part again & revived it ;0) Conclusion: We'd love to come back anytime!!! Absolutely and unreservedly recommended (unless you have "back", whereby Ingo finds a solution for that himself). Keep it up! Everyone can use an Ingo on vacation. Too bad we couldn't take him to Madeira.

Very good communication from the excursion with guide Ingo. Perfect meeting point right in front of the cruise terminal. Drove in a column with three Tukxi because only one was available as a German-speaking guide. Ingo's perfect solution: With a smartphone, Bluetooth and speakers, his explanations could be understood by everyone while driving. Everyone was asked in advance if this was okay. Both Ingo and the other two drivers were very nice and organized. Many sights, vantage points and the old town were approached and explained. I can only recommend everyone to book Ingo as a guide.

I had booked the trip to Lisbon for a long time but I was still looking to do a tour of the city and after searching for a few days, I found this tour that included 3 different forms of transportation and it is the most complete of all ( battlements the only one that included 4 modalities, on foot, by bicycle, by tram and by boat). And yes, I was totally right hiring this tour, I really enjoyed it and our guide Flavio was phenomenal telling thousands of very interesting stories about Lisbon and its corners.

Luis is a superstar! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him as he went out of the way to accommodate our family and is extremely well-versed in Portugal's rich history. If you're looking for a guide for Lisboa, we couldn't recommend him enough!

Mega experience - everything TOP Carlos as a driver is the best