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Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

1. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

Cycle the banks of the Tagus River, and discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Belém on a 3-hour electric bike tour of Lisbon. Meet your guide at a central meeting point for a short briefing on how the bikes work. Then, glide off towards the renovated Ribeira Market, where you will find an abundance of traditional stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. A separate area features more than 30 restaurants where you can taste food recommended by highly regarded chefs. Next, bike down the former red light district of the Rua Nova de Carvalho (also known as “Pink Street”), famous for its animated nightlife, and recently named by the New York Times as one of the best streets in Europe. Pass the Cais do Sodré area, a hub of maritime activities since the 15th century and now the ferry terminal for the cacilheiros boats that connect Lisbon and Cacilhas. Cycle alongside the River Tagus to the Torre Belém, and feast your eyes on the 25th of April Bridge, a symbol of the 25th of April Revolution that put an end to 41 years of dictatorship. Continue past the former thermoelectric plant that is now home to the Electricity Museum, and admire one of the best examples of Industrial architecture in Lisbon. Next, go to the Monument of the Discoveries, built in 1940 for the Exhibition of the Portuguese World. Admire the depictions of Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries,” before looking at the 16th-century fortifications of the Torre Belém, part of a defensive system that protected Lisbon from pirates. Enjoy a quite coffee break away from the tourist traps, before cycling to the 16th-century Monastery of Saint Jerome, one of the finest example of Manueline style architecture in the city. There will be the chance to taste one of the famous Belém custard tartlets in the magnificent gardens, before it’s time to cycle back to the meeting point.

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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: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

3. Lisbon: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Explore Lisbon on a unique 3-hour tour with an electric bike. The city may seem small at first glance, but you'll soon realize that using a bike will maximize your time and the ground you cover. Ride along the waterfront, seeing many of the sites the city has to offer. Your guide will lead the way, pointing out places of importance and explaining their cultural and historical significance. Visit some of the main city squares, including Praça do Comércio and Praça do Império. At the latter, stop off to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of late-Gothic Jerónimos Monastery and the nearby Belém Tower, designed in the Portuguese Manueline style. You'll also learn about the exploration of the Portuguese when you visit the imposing Monument to the Discoveries. Find out about the artistic tradition in Lisbon when you pass by the Belém Cultural Center. Then see Cais do Sodré, a train station and one of the main travel hubs in the area, and cruise along the waterfront at the Santo Amaro docks.

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Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

4. Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

Taste your way through the city, see historical highlights and interact with locals on this adventure-packed Lisbon tour. Meet your informative local guide at the historic neighborhood of Mouraria, a melting pot of cultures from far and wide, and one you won’t see on other Lisbon tours. Pass small churches, mosques, and shops selling goods from far-flung places. Stop at a small, hidden bakery where traditional pastries and espresso coffee will provide a tasty pick-me-up. After more sightseeing highlights, taste some authentic Portuguese cheese, locally-made marmalade, and port wine. Walk through Lisbon’s main square and learn how much the city has changed since the devastating earthquake of 1755. Explore Bairro Alto and Chiado, stop at one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, and end your adventure with a short ferry ride along the Tagus River, the subject of many Portuguese songs and poems. Journey to the picturesque Cacilhas, where Portuguese green wine and freshly caught seafood await.

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Lisbon: Tasty Tapas Tour by Segway

5. 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: Alfama Culinary E-Bike Tour

6. Lisbon: Alfama Culinary E-Bike Tour

Your tour begins at Ribeira das Naus, where many of the old Portuguese ships were built. Near Praça do Comércio you will see Cais das Colunas, an old shipping dock where both people and goods entered Lisbon during the Age of Discovery. Next up, discover Alfama, where some of the city's most authentic cafés and restaurants open their doors to serve delicious traditional cuisine and plenty of bonhomie. The ancient neighborhood is also home to traditional Fado houses, and this unique Portuguese musical expression can be appreciated in these rustic and romantic surroundings. Next up you will have the perfect opportunity to taste some of the most famous Portuguese tapas, stopping in one of Alfama's typical restaurants. There you will try codfish pastry, roasted Portuguese sausage (chorizo), cheese and honey with Portuguese bread and olives, and special canned sardines. All of this food will of course be accompanied by Portuguese red or white wine. To finish the experience, you will enjoy a famous pastel de nata (a custard tart) accompanied by Ginginha, a typical Portuguese sour-cherry liquor.

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What people are saying about Cais do Sodré

It was a private tour for all practical reasons with me and my friend. Was easy to find the guide on a sunday. They had some choice of bikes and I picked one similar to the Uber Jump bike. The guide Pedro (?) was super nice guy, very knowledgeable and gave his personal opnions and inside scoop on things as well as the history. It is a nice ride to Belem and the bridge and the monastery. Less cultural than the alfama tour but he answered all my questions, was super friendly, hooked me up with Tapas, brought some spare raincoats incase it rained (how nice is that?) Overall, fantastic guide. The Belem tour includes the famous Pastel de Nata and is more of a relaxed ride along the water, a bit different from the Hill tours.

Xavier Martins was out guide and we thoroughly enjoyed both the ride and treat at the end. You will definitely enjoy the bike ride with him as he takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Belem. If you love conversations as well as details about a particular place / monument, Xavier is your guy.

What a fantastic way to experience Lisbon and in particular the area around Belem. We learnt about the history, about the food and the people of Lisbon through the centuries. Can’t recommend it more highly!

It was a fantastic experience. The tour was extremely professional and brought us closer to Lisbon in a new, different way. We can only recommend it ;-)

Xzavior was excellent. Very very knowledgable and made us feel so comfortable as my wife is not really riding on the streets.