Belem Tower

The gateway to Lisbon. Visit this UNESCO-protected fortification tower, built during the Portuguese Renaissance.

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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 Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

2. 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 39 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• 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• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado

Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

3. Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

Climb aboard a luxurious yacht for a 1 or 2-hour sailing tour of the coast of Lisbon, departing from the Doca do Bom Sucesso near the historic Belém Tower. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River, passing the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city for an appreciation of its maritime and fishing traditions, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your enthusiastic and experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus Estuary, as well as provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coastline. Your safety is a top priority at all times. Relax on board the stylish boats, which are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature onboard toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to provide the soundtrack to your experience. Choose from a 1-hour morning cruise, a 2-hour day cruise, or a romantic 2-hour sunset cruise.

Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

4. 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.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira & Pena Palace Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira & Pena Palace Trip

To start this excursion, we have to go to Plaza Don Pedro IV, where our guides will be waiting for us at the fountain in front of the National Theater. In half an hour we will arrive at our first stop, Quinta da Regaleira. And, what is the Quinta da Regaleira? Well, they are gardens and a palace that we find in the heart of Sintra Park. It was built in the 20th century with a clear slogan: that the palace had all the artistic movements of the moment. The Quinta da Regaleira and the Palacio da Pena are just three kilometers away. We will go by bus and it will take us a quarter of an hour. This is also the best way to get to the Palacio da Pena, because staying here is at a high point. This castle was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Contemplating it is like contemplating a fairytale castle, something magical that, not in vain, has made it the most famous monument in Sintra and the most visited place in Portugal. As a good castle that prides itself on being one, this one also has its history: originally this sumptuous palace was a convent of the Jerónimos, but when they left, Fernando II bought the ruins in which it had remained and built this castle to give it to him his wife, Maria II of Portugal. The name of the Palacio da Pena is not for any sad reason (this environment calls for everything but sorrow) but because of the name of the medieval chapel that stood here and was dedicated to Our Lady of Pena. We will go down to Sintra where we will have free time to eat. We will share with our guide the best ideas to eat in Sintra. Not only will he tell us the best proposals, adapted to all tastes, but he will tell us which dishes of Portuguese cuisine and the area we cannot miss! After lunch, our guided tour will begin, with which we will get to know the most important places in Sintra and a good part of its secrets and stories. And after all this, it's time to head to the last destination of this tour, Cascais. Cascais has always been linked to the royalty of Portugal, who spent the summer here since the 19th century, and to the most important landmarks in the country, largely due to its strategic position. Once we have arrived, we will walk through the places to see in Cascais in one day. This typical fishing village boasts of having some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, 19th century mansions, museums and corners in which to recreate the past of this town so closely linked to the sea. To end this day, and before getting off the bus, we can enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon, where we will pass through some of the most emblematic points of the Portuguese capital, including the famous Torre de Belém. Do not miss the opportunity to get to know the surroundings of Lisbon, learn about its history, its traditions and its gastronomy, book now!

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: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

7. 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: Classic Boat Sunset Tour With Drink

8. Lisbon: Classic Boat Sunset Tour With Drink

After meeting at the ticket office and boarding, the skipper will take you towards Cristo-Rei as you enjoy a delicious welcome drink. On the way, you will be able to view the Cais das Colunas, or 'Columns Pier', admire the architecture of the 25 Abril Bridge from a unique perspective, and pass by the Tower of Belém. You'll also see the Gerónimos Monastery, the Discoveries Monument, the Electricity Museum, the architecture of Amanda Levete Architects, the MAAT. Alcântara and its Doca de Santo Amaro. To finish, admire the Commerce Square and Cais das Colunas illuminated.

Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour with River Boat Cruise

9. Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour with River Boat Cruise

Travel back in time on a guided tour of the historic Belém district in Lisbon and learn why it is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and delicious custard tarts. Take a short cruise along the Tagus River to reach the district, and admire the views on the shore. First, hop on board the boat and travel to Belém on a short cruise on the Tagus River before exploring Belém on foot. Upon departure, follow the banks of the river to see the oldest parts of Lisbon, and hear how it survived a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 1755. Learn how Belém was at the center of humanity’s great drive for exploration as you delve into the rich history of Portugal's "Age of Discoveries." Marvel at the Monument of Discoveries that stands on the banks where the great voyages began. See the 25th of April suspension bridge and hear about the important date it commemorates. Look at the Wind Rose marble map that shows the most famous routes of the great explorers. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belém Tower and the gardens that surround it. Visit Empire Square Gardens built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940. See the impressive Jeronimos Monastery which is the final resting place for some of the great Portuguese explorers

Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

10. Lisbon: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Welcome Drink

Set sail and see the riverside highlights of Lisbon on this sunset cruise. Savor a delicious welcome drink and watch the sun go down over Terreiro do Paço square, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation. Board a boat and set off down the Tagus river. Enjoy the orange glow of the sunset on the water and the buildings. Feel the charm of the red-roofed skyline. View the city as the lights come on for the evening. Pass by the bright buildings in Terreiro do Paço, the monument of Cristo Rei, the red suspension bridge 25 April, and the 16th-century fortification, Belém tower. Admire the views of the MAAT Museum, the Electricity Museum, and the Champalimaud Foundation.

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What people are saying about Belem Tower

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9,114 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.