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

1. 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.

Lisbon: Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River with Drink

2. Lisbon: Private Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River with Drink

Enjoy a fantastic private sunset cruise along the Tagus (Tejo) River and discover Lisbon from a different perspective. Admire the spectacular sights and colors of Lisbon from its lovely waterfront. Depart from the marina of Belém, next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) celebrating the 15th and 16th-century Portuguese "Age of Exploration." Sail beneath the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge, leaving Alcantara behind and arriving in the city's historic quarter. See the white dome of the Basilica da Estrela and the beautiful square of Praça do Comércio. Get a privileged view of the Castle of São Jorge, perched atop one of Lisbon's legendary 7 hills. From the starboard side, take a look at the famous basin of the Mar da Palha. See the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge from a distance, as you make your way back to the marina, and get one last spectacular sight as you look at the outstretched arms of the Cristo-Rei Statue in Almada.

From Lisbon: Freeport Shopping Experience with Transfers

3. From Lisbon: Freeport Shopping Experience with Transfers

Take a break from sightseeing in Lisbon and spend the day at the Freeport Outlet shopping village in Alcochete instead. Journey by convenient shuttle transfer to the huge, open-air complex, where you can find stores to satisfy all tastes and needs. Located just 30 minutes from Lisbon city center across the magnificent Vasco da Gama Bridge, Freeport Outlet is the perfect destination for a day of retail therapy for those looking for fashion items, sportswear, perfumes and accessories. Find a wide range of restaurants and outside seating areas when you need a break from all your shopping. With more than 140 shops selling leading Spanish and international brands, such as Hugo Boss, Carolina Hererra, Escada, Pepe Jeans, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Samsonite, Calvin Klein Underwear, Burberry, Mango, Asics and Bimba y Lola, Freeport Outlet is the largest outlet village in Europe. Re-stock your wardrobe at bargain prices and enjoy discounts on women's, men's, kid's and unisex fashion items. Pop into outdoor wear, denim, sports and surf wear stores, and save money on lingerie, shoes, accessories, perfumes, homeware, travel goods and much more. Your pack and leaflet includes 6 vouchers, the first for your journey to Freeport Outlet. Exchange the second voucher for your VIP Card at the Information Center (Pyramid) on arrival to get an additional 10% discount at participating shops. A third voucher entitles you to a free coffee or bottle of water upon presentation at participating restaurants or coffee shops. Exchange your fourth voucher for a traditional drink (port, ginja or moscatel) at O Farnel restaurant, while the fifth voucher gets you 20% off a vacuum shopping bag from the Information Center. Use your final voucher for the transfer back to Lisbon. Just hand it to the driver at the beginning of your journey at the scheduled time.

Sailing in Lisbon: 2-Hour Cruise

4. Sailing in Lisbon: 2-Hour Cruise

Discover the stunning city of Lisbon from the beautiful waters of the Tejo River. Leave the marina of Belém and follow the governance of the wind and sea to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), a monument celebrating the Portuguese Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. Sail beneath the imposing 25 de Abril Bridge, leaving Alcantara behind and arriving in Lisbon's stunning historic quarter. Admire the white dome of the Basilica da Estrela, the beautiful Praça do Comércio square, and the Castle of São Jorge built on top of Lisbon's "seven hills." From the starboard side, take a look at the famous basin of the Mar da Palha. See the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge in the distance, as you make your way back to the marina, and get one last spectacular sight as you look at the outstretched arms of the Cristo-Rei Statue in Almada.

Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

5. Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty. Here, see how the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Passing through the dense forest, visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session with one of the most prestigious local wine producers.

Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

6. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour to Évora and Palmela

Cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge - the longest in Europe - for the start of this full-day private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora, admiring the winelands and plains of the Alentejo along the way. Upon arrival in Évora, circle the medieval walls and enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the old city, stopping at the most iconic sights, such as the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), where the interior walls are covered with human skulls and bones. Next door is the huge Gothic edifice of the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of St. Francis) with its Manueline entrance and spiral spires. Marvel at the Roman Temple, one of the most significant Roman ruins in Portugal with well preserved columns and Corinthian capitals. You will also see the University of Évora, the 2nd oldest university in Portugal, housed in a former Jesuit college. Next, go to the Cartuxa Wine Cellars to sample the wines of the Alentejo. After some free time for lunch, drive back to Lisbon, stopping en route at the Medieval Castle of Palmela. Admire the views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. Before your arrival back in Lisbon, enjoy the views of the Cristo Rei statue, and enter the city via the historic 25th de Abril Bridge for yet more impressive panoramas of Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Arrabida Private Full-Day Wine Excursion

7. From Lisbon: Arrabida Private Full-Day Wine Excursion

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, turn south to Palmela, passing by longest bridge in Europe, Vasco da Gama Bridge. Then drive to highest hill where Palmela Castle is situated. Get some photos from a beautiful view of the lands and sea around. After exploring 12 Century Castle, drive west to reach the heights of natural park, with stunning views and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Take spectacular photos from the highest point of Arrabida Natural Park (500m. peak). Descending the road reach the fisherman village Sesimbra where you’ll have free time for an traditional Portuguese lunch. Feel the sand of the Sesimbra beach. After lunch you going to visit a wine cellar, producing wines since 1834. You'll get to know the essence of a Wine production family with almost 200 years of history, where the values passed down from generation to generation are kept alive while allowing the company to project itself into the 21st century. Enjoy an unparalleled wine and gastronomic tasting experience. Wine degustation included in the price. At the end of the tour, arrive at statue of Christ the King, (Cristo-Rei) to see the view of Lisbon from a different angle. Returning to Lisbon, by the 25 April bridge enjoy, the great view over the city.

Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

8. Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty.  Here, the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy.  Passing through the dense forest, you'll visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a  wine tasting session in one of the most prestigious local wine producer.

From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

9. From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

This is a tour of the five senses: see magnificent landscapes, feel the breeze and fall in love with the blue sea. Taste the amazing treats of a region that stands for excellence in the production of wine, cheese and regional sweets. The vibrant yellow, the color of the appetite and the warming sun, is predominant in this tour. On this customizable full-day tour, cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to its south bank over the 25 Abril bridge, the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world. See Cristo Rei, a giant statue that was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It was inaugurated on 1959 to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II. Its location boasts a fabulous view of Lisbon. Explore Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a typical villa known for its wine and cheese production as well as regional sweets. Visit a wine cellar with an optional tasting and head to a handmade tile factory for a guided tour and get the opportunity to make your own tile. After this, it's time to explore Arrabida National Park. Driving in the highest mountain road in the park, there will be several stops at the most interesting viewpoints. Break for lunch in Setubal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Have a lunch of delicious seafood or grilled fish and take a tour through the town. Visit Palmela Castle with its views over the peninsula and Atlantic. Return to Lisbon by the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe with a total length of 12.3 km.

South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

10. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniques. Experience for yourself one of the oldest crafts in Portugal at this place. Next, an iconic winery with a unique art collection brings an enriching insight into the Portuguese wine industry. Explore the winery and taste one of the best wines in the country, during a full hour dedicated to you. Head to California Beach, a Portuguese fisherman village that keeps its traditions and costumes alive! Explore the beach and learn about its fun facts. Finally, discover Cristo Rei. This viewing platform inspired by the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer statue provides the best views of Lisbon city. After enjoying views of lush landscapes and crystal-clear sea, untouched nature with fresh air, to the best wine Portugal has to offer, it is time to head back over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

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What people are saying about Vasco da Gama Bridge

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We had a great sailing trip with good wine, great music, nice people and a beautiful sunset. The boat crew was great too! Luìs and Miguel did a great job and told us many informative things about Lisbon. The tour is highly recommended!

Sailing on the yacht was a wonderful experience . Thomas skilfully navigated us along the river. Our guide Gunasao ( spelt wrong I am sure) was a delightful caring guy , who made the journey interesting and fun

This experience was great! The guide was super friendly. My group had a great time. Warning: the boat does tilt quite a bit if it is windy.

It was a lovely evening out on the water; I’d advise bringing a jacket as it gets chilly at night.

Lovely two hour sunset sail! Really great two crew; I would highly recommend doing this.