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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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South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

2. South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

Explore southern Lisbon on this electric bike tour. Cross the Tagus River, and let your bike take the strain as you climb to the outstretched arms of Christ the King. Meet your group at Largo da Severa 7A for a safety briefing on how the bikes work. Then, bike to the large commercial square of Praça da Figueira, and learn about its mercantile past. Continue along Ruas dos Douradores, passing the site where the poet Fernando Pessoa got the inspiration for his book “Livro do Desassossego.” Admire the ironwork lift of the Santa Justa Elevator en route to Praça Comércio, Lisbon’s largest square. Next, discover the recent developments of Ribeira das Naus, the former shipyard area where many of the Portuguese ships that set sail to discover new worlds were built. Upon arrival at Cais do Sodré, take the orange cacilheiro (ferry) across the River Tagus. Once on the south bank, cycle through the Cais do Ginjal, a former warehouse that used to supply bait and ice to the cod fishing boats of the North Seas. Next, take the Boca do Vento lift to get closer to the statue of Christ the King, or cycle up the hill with no sweat on your electric bike! Enjoy magnificent views of Lisbon and the 25 of April Bridge. After a short coffee break in the botanic gardens of Casa da Cerca, climb to the top of the Sanctuary of Christ the King for the best view of the city. Bike back downhill towards the river, and explore the narrow streets of Almada. Visit the Medieval Museum to see relics of Islamic life in Portugal in the Middle Ages. Then, cross the river again to return to the meeting point and the end of the tour.

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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: Old Town Sitway Tour

4. Lisbon: Old Town Sitway Tour

Starting from the Cais do Sodré area and crossing the majestic Praça do Comercio in a Sitways (seated segways), you will visit the Old Town district of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest quarter. This is spread over the southeastern slope of the hill and crowned by Castelo de São Jorge. The picturesque neighborhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps. Its Kasbah-like layout is deliberate — this is the city's ancient Arab district. The name "Alfama" derives from the Arabic word Al-Hama which means "source of warm water, good water". The tightly-packed lanes, small archways, and stone-paved terraces are full of atmosphere and great fun to explore. Alfama was one of the few areas of Lisbon which wasn't destroyed by the big 1775 earthquake. Lisbon's old quarter offers many things to see. Besides the castle, there are several historic 17th-century churches in the vicinity, as well as the city's impressive cathedral.  Alfama also wakes up at night, when some of the city's most authentic cafés and restaurants open their doors to serve delicious traditional cuisine with plenty of bonhomie. The neighborhood is also home to traditional fado houses, where this unique Portuguese musical expression can be appreciated in rustic and romantic surroundings.

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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: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

6. 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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Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

7. 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: 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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What people are saying about Cais do Sodré

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 126 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!!

What a recommendation. Did this trip with brothers and sisters. Seen a lot of Lisbon and what a nice guide we had. He really took his time with us and was enthusiastic about telling us. We have been on the road longer than the 3 hours we paid for, but this was no problem either. The hills were easy to do because of the e-bikes. All in all, especially do it!

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!

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