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Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

1. 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.

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Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

2. Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

Starting in Chiado, get ready to feel the 19th century Lisbon and it's classic cafés. Try the original Bica, Lisbon's local espresso. After this, don't miss the opportunity to delight your tastebuds with a delicious Portuguese Pastel de Nata — a custard tart to die. Going towards the riverfront you'll get to know the biggest market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira. It's one of the trendiest spots in the city, with some of the best Portuguese restaurants. On the way, you'll see the great contrast between the traditional tascas and the posh modern restaurants of Lisbon. You will wander around downtown to see some of the most iconic buildings and locations, but don’t worry you will continue to stop often to eat. Of course, you can’t miss a Ginjinha (liqueur) but you have many other surprises in store for you on this unforgettable tour around the heart of Lisbon. Last but not least, you'll finish with a traditional Bifana (pork sandwich) or an alternative option.

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Lisbon 2-Hour River Cruise

3. Lisbon 2-Hour River Cruise

After arriving at the dock you will be shown to the sailing boat and briefed on the tour. Leaving the dock, you will pass by the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in the form of a ship, built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, then the Torre de Belém, Lisbon’s ex-libris. You'll then head to the south bank and watch industries of old, forts and prisons used during the old regime, be dazzled by the Ponte 25 de Abril, once Oliveira Salazar Bridge and see the Cristo Rei. Back to the north bank you will see the Historical Lisbon, with the Terreiro do Paço, the Cais do Sodré and the recently renewed waterfront. Arriving at the dock you’ll see the Museum of Electricity and the newest emblematic structure, the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. During the tour you will be served a welcome drink!

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Belém and the Golden Era Tour by Eco-Tuk

4. Lisbon: 2-Hour Belém and the Golden Era Tour by Eco-Tuk

The first highlights will be Chiado and Cais do Sodré. Chiado was once the center of intellectual life and today is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in the city. You can see some of the most fascinating historical sites including the Convent and Church of Carmo, emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, and major international brands.  Cais do Sodré was once a sordid quarter where brothels sidled up to sweaty clubs but suddenly it became the most vibrant neighborhood in town. It is now home to live music, burlesque shows, and great tapas bars and restaurants. Climb the hill to reach Príncipe Real, which is an area known for its antique style, glamour, and its beautiful Garden.   Arrive at Belém and discover the Golden Area. Here everything is magnanimous, historical, and sacred. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their dangerous and ambitious voyages. Here, you may get off the eco tuk-tuk to visit the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries.

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Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

5. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

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Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

6. Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

This is the perfect tour to discover the importance of the Tagus river in Portuguese history. It is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, flowing 626 miles long (1,007 km) between Spain and the Atlantic at Lisbon. The biggest sailors started their adventures across unknown seas hear, such as Vasco da Gama, in the 15th century.  Start your tour at Cais do Sodré near Praça do Comércio (City Historical Center), an important bohemian neighborhood that connects everyone with the city. Always riding along the river, you'll pass trough Lisbon and explore it, feeling like a local. This tour is a balance between historic places and the new ones across the old Lisbon industry zone. Historically the most important points of this tour are Cais das Colunas and Terreiro do Paço. Cais das Colunas is an old shipping dock where people and spices entered Lisbon at the Era of Discoveries. In Terreiro do Paço it is possible to see where the last Portuguese king made his last steps before being assassinated. Before Parque das Nações (futuristic district) you will pass through the most industrial Lisbon area, which is developing into a cultural hub of the city today.  At last pass through Parque das Nações, which used to be an ugly industrial area until it was chosen as the site to host the last world fair of the 20th century, Expo 98'. It has since been reborn into a futuristic glass-and-steel district, home to some wonderful examples of modern architecture. Explore Lisbon on a Sitway, an electronic bike-like vehicle, which lets you discover the city effortlessly and in a relaxed way.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour in Tesla

7. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour in Tesla

Discover Lisbon at your own pace with a luxury 8-hour tour in a private Tesla vehicle. Start your tour with hotel pickup, then head to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city to admire the views and be introduced to Lisbon’s history.  Drive downtown to explore some of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods. Visit the famous Belém area and see the Jerónimos Monastery, Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and taste delicious Portugese custard tarts.   The tour is completely customizable — just let your driver know what you want to see and they will take you anywhere you want to go. Tour the city in comfort and style in an eco-friendly Tesla vehicle. Explore Lisbon in the most luxurious way with a private sightseeing experience.

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Lisbon: Tasty Tapas Tour by Segway

8. Lisbon: Tasty Tapas Tour by Segway

Roll around the Old Town of Lisbon on a futuristic Segway, tasting typical Portuguese delicacies along the way. Despite looking hard to control, Segways are actually surprisingly easy and fun to ride. Your guide will give you a short instructional session and then you’ll head off to Portugal’s oldest district, Alfama.   Your tour starts at Ribeira de Naus, where many old Portuguese ships were built. See the old shipping dock where people and goods entered and left Lisbon during the Age of Discovery. You’ll also explore this district’s most authentic cafés and restaurants, which serve traditional cuisine and plenty of hospitality. Here, taste some of the most famous Portuguese tapas, like a codfish pastry, a roasted Portuguese sausage (chorizo), and cheese and honey with bread and sardines. All of this will be accompanied by a local red or white wine.   To finish your experience, taste a famous pastel de nata (custard tart), and try Ginginha, a traditional sour cherry liquor. Continue to discover more of Alfama’s hidden corners and streets before returning to the meeting point.

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Lisbon: Riverside E-Bike Tour

9. Lisbon: Riverside E-Bike Tour

Ride along the Tagus riverside and learn all about the importance of various areas on the past, present, and future of Lisbon. See it all on a e-bike, perfect for exploring with no effort. Your guide will show you how to control your bike and then you’ll be ready to go. You can choose between a 90 minute tour or a 150 minutes tour. On the shorter tour you can decide between the western part of the city or the eastern part. The western part starts in the neighbourhood of Belém, known as the District of the Age of Discoveries, heading to Cais de Sodré or vice versa. Belem is a waterfront area where Vasco de Gama and other explorers departed on their voyages. Cais do Sodré is an important bohemian area that connects everyone in the city. Right next to Cais do Sodré is the city center of Lisbon, where you’ll visit the central square of Praça do Comércio with its important shipping dock. Ride under the 25th of April Bridge, and arrive in the Docas area, which hosts the main nightlife centers of the capital. You will pass by Ribeira das Naus, a recently rehabilitated place for people to enjoy the wonderful view over the Tagus River in a calm and welcoming space that connects directly to the city center. The Eastern part you can start on Cais do Sodre, heading to Parque das Nações or vice versa. You’ll visit the more industrial area of Lisbon, but also very trendy quarters, where music and cultural life are developing. Parque das Nações, used to be an ugly industrial area until it was chosen to host the last world fair of the 20th century, Expo 98. It has since then been reborn into a futuristic glass-and-steel district, home to wonderful examples of modern architecture.

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What people are saying about Cais do Sodré

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 115 reviews

This river cruise was fantastic! We got to sit at the front of the sailboat with a great view. Our skipper, Isaac, was so funny and knowledgeable about the area. We really enjoyed our two hours with him! The description says that the ticket comes with a free welcome drink, but our group received free unlimited wines with a choice of white, red, or rose. It was a fantastic experience and so much fun!!

Everything Well organized. Nice drinks, friendly guides. They know a lot about the Lisbon history and were fluent English speakers. We had a great time. And it was fun to be able to lay down on the boat. They had blankets for after the sunset when it gets colder on the boat. Obrigado!

A great and unique way to discover Lisbon. It was absolutely worth it and we would do it again anytime! The crew was very attentive and provided us with a lot of background information. Thumbs up!

... experience the sunset in the Tagus on a sailboat, with a glass of wine and nice weather and drive past the sights in Lisbon ... and that totally decelerates .... A super nice experience!

Amazing experience for tourists and locals!! The tour is well organized and the team is really friendly.