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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: Private 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour

2. Lisbon: Private 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour cruise during the golden hours of the day on this tour that’s priced for up to 2 persons. 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. Head to the south bank and 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. 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. As you arrive back at the dock, you’ll see the Museum of Electricity. 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: Segway Super Tour

3. 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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Cais do Sodré to Belém: Sitgo and Tuk-Tuk by the Riverside

4. Cais do Sodré to Belém: Sitgo and Tuk-Tuk by the Riverside

A perfect tour to discover the importance of Portugal's Tagus river, the longest one in the Iberian Peninsula flowing 626 miles between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon. Your Sitway tour begins at Cais do Sodré near Praça do Comércio, an important and bohemian neighborhood that connects everyone in the city. Along the river you'll pass through Lisbon whilst exploring it, feeling like a local. Looking at the other side of the river and you will see the King Christ Statue, a Catholic monument and shrine representing Jesus Christ that overlooks the city. You'll be taken under the April Bridge, one of the most remarkable landmarks of the city. This bridge looks extremely alike the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and on this tour you will find out why this is so. Our Sitway tour ends at the Monument to the Discoveries, in Belém. In front of it you will discover a mosaic representing the word's map inside a compass rose indicating the routes of the Portuguese explorers, and facing it, you will see the Belém Tower. After the Sitway Tour you'll have a tuk-tuk tour, returning to Cais do Sodré. This way you'll have a chance to see Lisbon's streets from other perspective. You will go by road through relevant and interesting parts of the town, experiencing it from the comfort of one of these unique vehicles.

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Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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!

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

It was such a nice experience. The staff was very friendly. It was much better than I expected. I highly recommended.

Just being yourself and your camera. Awesome way to see the City.