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Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

1. 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.

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Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

2. 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.

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Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

3. Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

On this Tagus River boat trip you’ll enjoy unique views of Lisbon and its hills. Starting in Terreiro do Paço, or downtown Lisbon, the boat passes under the 25 de Abril bridge, and on to Belém, one of the most interesting quarters of Lisbon.  Along the way, you’ll see some of the best known monuments in Belém, including the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Heading back to Terreiro do Paço, you’ll be able to admire the stunning views of the Lisbon landscape.

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Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne

4. Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne

See Lisbon from a different perspective, from the comfort of a 15-meter full-equipped sailing yacht. Sip on Champagne and enjoy light snacks as you listen to your captain tell you interesting facts about the city and its famous landmarks. Meet at the marina where you’ll board the yacht Mara for your 2-hour sail, cruising up the river to take in spectacular views of the city. Once underway, Champagne will be served and your captain will tell you a bit of the history of Lisbon and its monuments. Beer and soft drinks are also available. If you like, you can try your hand at steering the yacht or sit back and relax on deck if you prefer. You’ll sail past many of Lisbon’s most famous sights, including the suspension bridge, the statue of Christ, and many others. With a maximum of 12 guests you’re guaranteed a very personalized tour. The Champagne will keep flowing throughout, and sweet and savoury hot snacks will be served during the cruise.

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Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour

5. Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour

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! Follow the banks of the River Tagus 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." See the 25th of April suspension bridge and hear about the important date it commemorates. Marvel at the Monument of Discoveries that stands on the banks where the great voyages began. 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

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Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

6. Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

Enjoy a guided boat trip in the historical heart of Lisbon, along the River Tagus. Discover Portugal's 18th century history as your guide and sailor shares informative commentary as your cruise down the beautiful river.  The 45 minute cruise begins from the Terreiro do Paço River Station. You will see from the river the wonderful landscape of the historical city center, passing by Commerce Square, Sao Jorge Castle, Alfama, National Pantheon and Santa Apolonia Station. On the return, sail through the middle of the river to observe the enchanting hills of Lisbon and from a distance, the grandeur of the 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ the King. The tour is in a traditional and unique 1947 sailing cargo boat with capacity for 50 people. The boat is decorated in warm tones and numerous hand-painted flowers, that give a touch of charm and authenticity. In the late 1960s with the introduction of road bridges, these vessels entered into disuse and of the thousands of boats that existed only about 75 survived, duly registered in the Marinha do Tejo, living part of Portuguese Navy Museum. Experience a river cruise on this truly unique piece of history.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

7. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

Climb aboard a vintage sailing boat and get panoramic views of Lisbon as you enjoy a plate of petiscos (small snacks with a glass of white or rosé wine. Admire the monuments of the Belém district, such as the amazing Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Pass the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) at the site where ships would depart to explore and trade with India and the Orient. See the statue of Jesus Christ at the Sanctuary of Christ the King and marvel at the 25 de Abril Bridge. Get panoramic views of São Jorge Castle and Praça do Comércio from the river and take great photos from a different perspective along the way.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Relaxing Sailboat Cruise

8. Lisbon: 2-Hour Relaxing Sailboat Cruise

See Lisbon from the water and take in the city's unique sights as you sit back and relax on a boat cruise. See St. Jorge Castel, Belém, and other iconic buildings while sipping on a refreshing drink. Visit Lisbon in a different way, be amazed by its colors, the way they spread over the hills and touch the Tagus River. Sail from the Doca de Santo Amaro, underneath the main bridge of Lisbon to the Praça do Comércio, one of the most beautiful plazas in the world and the heart of Lisbon during the 15th century. From there, see the old neighborhoods of Lisbon, Chiado, Baixa, Castelo and Alfama. Then, cross to Cacilhas on the other side of the river to get the widest possible view of the city. Sail close to the Cristo Rei on the south bank, cross under the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge towards Belém to see its tower, which is part of the defensive fortifications of Lisbon. On the way back, see how the people of Lisbon love to walk, sit and chat by the side of the river; usually, the banks are full of people enjoying the sun, the river and boats passing by. During your tour, benefit from a complimentary drink accompanied by some traditional cheese and ham. If sailing on the evening tour, have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Take plenty of time to take amazing pictures of the city and of this incredible experience on the Tagus River.

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Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise

9. 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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Helicopter Flight over Historic Lisbon

10. Helicopter Flight over Historic Lisbon

After check-in and a safety briefing, you’ll fly from a heliport on a Robinson 44 over the Tagus River. This 12-minute helicopter flight over Lisbon is priced for up to 3 passengers. Enjoy the views of the Belém Quarter, where the Portuguese embarked on voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. They sailed to Africa, to the Persian Gulf and on to India, and from there to Southeast Asia to China and finally to Japan. You’ll see the 2 jewels of historic Portuguese architecture: the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. The flight continues to the 25th of April Bridge and on to encounter the Christ the King statue that was built to thank God for sparing Portugal from WWII.

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What people are saying about Tagus River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,357 reviews

We really enjoyed the sunset tour! Fernando and Mario were our guides. They were so kind, knowledgeable and fun. We learned a lot and enjoyed the tour thoroughly. It was a chilly day and they even had blankets that they offered to us and helped wrap up the kids. They also let my children have turns driving the boat. It was a great time. I highly recommend it!

We were stuck in traffic and late, but they waited for us and made us feel welcome. Excellent guide to the different parts of the journey too

Mario and Maria were so amazing! 10/10. And the views so gorgeous. Was hesitant to book this as a solo traveler but so glad I did.

It was a wonderful experience and Sebastian and Ferdinand were so nice and friendly! I really enjoyed it

Relaxing, wonderful afternoon. Great way to see Lisbon.