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  • Location:Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a romantic 2-hour sightseeing cruise down the Tagus River, departing from Lisbon. View Lisbon’s most famous attractions and monuments glisten in the sunshine. You will see the Monument of the Discoveries, the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações), and the 25th of April Bridge glow from the Tagus River. Plus, the cruise crosses vantage points of Lisbon’s spectacular hillside monuments such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, São Vicente Monastery, and St George Castle (Castelo de São Jorge).


  • 4-hour Tagus River cruise in Lisbon
  • See the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações) and Oceanário (Lisbon's aquarium) from the water
  • Take in views of St George Castle and São Vicente Monastery from the Lisbon hills
  • Have your camera ready to make the most of several photo stops
  • Enjoy a hotel pickup from selected Lisbon hotels

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What You Can Expect

Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise

Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise

After a convenient pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Lisbon, head with your driver to the Tagus River for your Lisbon sightseeing cruise. Along the drive on Avenida da Liberdade, enjoy views of Portugal’s hilly capital and its oldest and most historic Alfama district. After passing through the urban district of Bairro Alto, arrive at the riverfront. Make your way along a beautiful stretch of road which offers picturesque views of the cityscape juxtaposed with the Tagus River.

Next, step aboard your sailboat and settle in as the crew makes final preparations for a comfortable sail. Depart and head to Tagus Estuary and the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações) to see captivating modern architecture like the glass Oceanário, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. Then, learn how the 1998 World Expo helped transform this area into a promising commercial and residential space.  

Sail on for stunning views of São Vicente Monastery, St George Castle (Castelo de São Jorge), and pristine parks perched above the Tagus River. As your boat heads south, grab your camera and capture shots of the charming Alfama and Bairro Alto districts.

This day cruise from Lisbon is a perfect opportunity to see the Monument of the Discoveries, which honors Portugal’s great voyagers and the country’s role in discovering new lands in the 15th and 16th centuries. As you approach the riverfront district of Belém, see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.

Your 2-hour cruise concludes at Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações). Here, you can continue visiting more attractions at your leisure and own expense.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Skipper was low key, friendly, and did not feel the need to talk constantly, wish works BEST for me. There were only seven of us, and it was quite relaxing. The information that was shared helped me to appreciate the history of Portugal and Lisbon that much more. Lovely afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Although it rained a fair bit, it did not dampen our enjoyment, we just loved the river cruise and can highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Not to be missed because seeing the city from a different perspective really increases your awareness of the place as a whole. The boat crew were all very friendly and happy to give info about what we were seeing. Only criticism was that for a long time the loudspeaker was too low and one couldn't hear the narrative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We used the hotel pick-up option which was ideal start to the cruise. Cruise itself offers fantastic alternate views of Lisbon with plenty photo opportunities. We sat on the shaded sun deck the whole time to benefit from the sea breeze. Good commentary. Snacks available. You'll love this.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Good tour. You get a good view of Belim and the discovery tower.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Great tour, awesome to see the city and surrounds from the water. It was nice being in a smaller craft rather than the bigger boats. Great stuff!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

River calm.
Guides informative!
Enjoyed the trip.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Great views and was very interesting - The tour guide was inaudible at times due to the noise and the wind.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

There are lots of things one can enjoy but the trip can be improved as concerns the information people need when taking such a cruise. I had the feeling that nobody cared about the tourists on board.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

Portugal is a jewelry! And be aware...I'm talking about Portugal, not only about Lisbon. Go for it!

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