Vasco da Gama Bridge Tours

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Vasco da Gama Bridge
Crouched over the River Tagus like a stick insect, the elegant spines of the Vasco da Gama Bridge unite Lisbon’s modernistic Parque das Nações with Samouco as it curves across 17.2 km (10.7 miles) east of the city center. This road bridge was constructed to ease commuter congestion when the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) was no longer able to cope with traffic volume. Costing nearly US $1 billion, it was designed by a consortium of architects and more than 3,000 workers were involved in its construction, which took 18 months. The bridge was completed in 1998 in the nick of time for Portugal’s Expo98.

When constructed, this was Europe’s longest cable-stayed bridge, named after Portugal’s fabled explorer Vasco da Gama, who ventured across uncharted seas to discover India in 1498. Its elegant side spans soar 203 meters (666 feet) into the air and as Lisbon is located in a zone of seismic activity, the foundations of the bridge are buried more than 95 meters (312 feet) into the bedrock and is designed to withstand an earthquake more than four times more powerful than the one in 1755 that virtually destroyed the city. The bridge has six lanes of traffic and services around 50,000 vehicles daily; it was designed to be extended whenever necessary in the future.

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Take the Metro to Oriente for great views of the bridge.
Address: Lisbon, Portugal
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Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Taste the finer sides of Arrabida and Sesimbra during this small-group guided day trip from Lisbon. Traverse over the Tagus River via Europe’s longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Learn about the history of the magnanimous Palmela Castle. Nearby taste four delectable wines at an authentic Portuguese winery. Then, stretch your legs for some leisure time at Portinho da Arrabida Beach and meander the fishing town of Sesimbra. Drive on to Arrabida Natural Park and explore the stunning beauty of the Atlantic coast as you savor spectacular views. Keep the wine flowing with two more wine tastes at Casa Museu Jose Maria da Fonseca, one of Portugal’s oldest wineries. This tour offers an immersive experience of Portugal with a small group to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Enjoy the best comprehensive tour of Lisbon on this hop-on hop-off tour. This tour takes you to Lisbon’s stunning attractions and allows you to sightsee at your leisure. Enjoy a relaxing drive aboard a comfy coach, plus listen to an on-board commentator deliver interesting factoids about Portugal’s capital.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Lisbon Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Four Routes Including Tram

See Lisbon’s top attractions on a hop-on hop-off combo tour, including four routes. Admire 360-degree views on a double decker bus ride to Rossio Square and the Square of the Fig Tree along the Olisipo and Tagus routes. On the Belem route (ticket valid between May and October), see the UNESCO-listed Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Travel along the Hills Tramcar (ticket valid between November and April) including stops in old Alfama district, Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods and Estrela Park.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

Explore the ancient Roman city of Évora and savor an amazing olive oil tasting on this small-group guided tour from Lisbon. From Portugal's capital, venture east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge which spans the Tagus River and see top attractions in Évora such as Giraldo Square and St Francis Church. Savor smooth olive oil at a complimentary tasting and then journey to see one of the largest free standing stone monolith collections (menhirs) in the world in Almendres Cromlech. Enjoy plenty of attention from your guide on this small-group tour with numbers limited to eight people.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Arrábida Wine Tour

Experience one of Portugal’s wine regions, located just outside of Lisbon, during this full-day tour. Venture out to Arrabida in the Setubal Peninsula and visit two vineyards, the delicious Livramento Market, the Sesimbra Castle, the small village of Azeitao, and the Christ the King Statue on the way back to the city. Sample delicious wines and gourmet products from the region as you learn about the history of the area.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

Experience the compelling spectrum of Lisbon’s best sites during a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour, with tickets valid for 48-hours. See Lisbon’s many attractions from three distinct routes. Aboard a typical hop-on hop-off double decker bus, venture along the Olisipo and Tagus routes to famous squares like Rossio Square and Square of the Fig Tree located in the charming Baixa neighborhood. The third route will take you to see the main sights of Belém. Plus, the tour includes entrance to the Santa Justa lift, discount books full of great deals and free select public buses and the city’s funicular rides.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cascais Line

Discover the best of Portugal’s capital on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Lisbon. Choose from four different routes, all offering opportunities to see the city’s monuments and explore its charming neighborhoods. An option line to Cascais allows you to explore the magic of that town as well. Tickets can be purchased for 24- or 48- hours.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Lisbon Full-Day City Tour

See the highlights of Lisbon in a day on this guided tour of the city. Traveling in a comfy car or van, learn about the history of Portugal’s capital as you visit each destination. Stops include a panoramic view of the 25 April Bridge, local cafes and pastry shops, Sta. Justa Elevator, Comercio Square, St. George Castle, and more.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Full Day Sightseeing of Arrábida and Setúbal Peninsula from Lisbon with Wine and Cheese Tasting

Enjoy a private full-day tour to Setúbal Peninsula from Lisbon. See the highlights of this beautiful region including Arrabida Natural Park, Sado Estuary, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Mua Stone (Nossa Senhora da Pedra Mua) and Cabo Espichel — where the Atlantic Ocean crashes below dramatic cliffs. Taste regional delicacies including cheeses, wine and the pies of Azeitao, and take a look around the Livramento Market, known for fresh seafood. Customize the itinerary to your interests on this leisurely excursion with an experienced guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Lisbon Sunset Sail (with Portuguese wine & cheese)

Hoist the sails on your next adventure when you book this Lisbon sailing tour. This activity lets you actively participate in sailing the boat—a fun learning experience for passengers of all ages. Plus, snack on Portuguese cheese, smoked sausage, and wine while you admire views of the beautiful coast. Narrated commentary ensures you don't miss a single sight.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Sunset Tour with Locals

Take a sailing tour around Lisbon just as the sun dips below the horizon. Being the tour at the Belem Dock and cruise along the Tagus for an hour and a half. See famous Lisbon landmarks such as the Belem Tower, St. George’s Castle, the National Pantheon, Praca do Comercio, and much more. Enjoy a welcome drink and some pretzels as you admire the skyline during the golden hour.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Hidden Portugal with Wine Tasting and Horseback Riding

For those that have already ticked off Lisbon’s top sights, this full-day small-group tour is the ideal opportunity to discover a different side to Portugal. Get up close to native wildlife in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, enjoy wine tasting in the Ribatejo wine region, and watch a thrilling falcon’s flight at the Royal Falconry, then saddle up for a scenic horseback ride around a private country estate.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sailing Boat Tour in Lisbon

Discover Lisbon by water on this 2-hour sailing tour. Meet your friendly crew at the harbor and find a seat to kick back on the vessel and watch the tide roll in. Admire the striking views of Lisbon as the vessel pulls away from land and you glide over the Tagus River’s smooth waters. Relax with a glass of champagne and enjoy light snacks for the ride.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Arrábida Day Trip from Lisbon Including Wine Tasting

Explore the beautiful Arrábida region on this private, half- or full-day tour from Lisbon. Following pickup from your hotel, you’ll travel by private vehicle into the Portuguese countryside and through the luscious Arrábida Natural Park. Climb a Moorish tower in the tiny town of Palmela; taste local vintages at a family-owned winery; and stop along the way to see the Christ the King (Cristo Rei) monument and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Setúbal Peninsula Private Wine Tour: Sesimbra, Azeitão and Arrábida

Feast your senses on the fine wines and natural splendor of Portugal on a private full-day tour from Lisbon. With a knowledgeable private guide, travel through beautiful countryside to idyllic beaches and quaint fishing villages like Sesimbra, Azeitao and Palmela. Descend to Portugal’s oldest wine cellar to sample fine Portuguese wines in Azeitao and capture arresting views from a viewpoint in Arrábida. Receive undivided attention from your expert guide on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

Discover Lisbon’s architectural highlights and culinary delights on a full-day trip to Arrábida and Cristo Rei from Lisbon. First, head to the Cristo Rei monument to admire panoramic vistas of Lisbon and learn of the landmark’s history. In Azeitão, sample fine wine and cheese; explore the pristine beaches of Arrábida Natural Park; and visit the ancient Palmela Castle on your return to Lisbon. On this small-group tour — limited to 15 people — you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Afternoon Waterfront Tour with Locals

Sailing along the Lisbon waterfront offers a different perspective on the city and highlights its stunning skyline. Grab a welcome drink and snacks, perch in a seat or walk around the deck, and admire the views as you sail past Christ the King, the Lisbon Cathedral, and the 25th of April Bridge. This small-group tour is limited to just 15 passengers for a more intimate sailing experience.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lisbon Shopping in Outlet - Half Day Private Tour

Shop your way through the largest collection of outlet shops in Europe on a private trip to Freeport Fashion Outlet in Alcochete with transport from your Lisbon hotel or port. Enjoy views of the Tagus River and the Vasco da Gama bridge as you travel to the shopping complex in a comfortable vehicle with bottled water and wifi. Relax at restaurants and cafes along an outdoor promenade, and experience European glamour at up to 60 percent off department store prices.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Arrábida Portugal's Natural Wonder with Wine Tastings Private Guided Tour

Gain insight into Portugal’s winemaking world on this full-day private wine and landscape tour of Arrábida from Lisbon. If you love drinking wine and have always wanted to know the secrets behind making the perfect vintage, this tour is for you. After crossing the Vasco da Gama Bridge, Europe’s longest, visit a Portuguese winery where you can learn about the production process. Enjoy wine tasting and then stop for lunch in the charming town of Sesimbra. On the way back to Lisbon, you’ll stop at at least one vista point.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Morning Waterfront Tour with Locals

See Lisbon from the water during a 1.5-hour motorboat cruise on the Tagus River. Experience the waterfront in the morning light as you view the city’s signature monuments from a different perspective. You’ll ride in comfort on a 28-foot (15-meter) catamaran that accommodates up to 15 passengers, and hear live commentary about the heritage and history of Portugal.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Modern Lisbon - City Run in Portugal

See Lisbon while running with a knowledgeable runner-guide who shows you the modern northeastern part of the city on a sporty sightseeing excursion. Jog through the Tagus River estuary to Parque das Nações, one of Portugal’s most modern districts. Check out modern architecture such as Vasco da Gama Tower, São Gabriel and São Rafael twin towers, and the modern marina. Run along a flat route that includes asphalt, wooden promenade and a dirt trail. Hear informative commentary about the city from your guide throughout the run.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Wine & Spirits Tasting in Sesimbra

Arrábida mountain range is famous for its vegetation and golden beaches, but on its slopes another great secret lies - mature grapes which produce a variety of quality red and white wines. Internationally recognized, these wines can be tasted in several wineries in Setúbal. This trip will take you to taste some of the best and also to taste a special spirit made from Arrábida's unique flora.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Évora Full Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting Included

With this day tour you will get to know better the Portuguese Culture and our historic facts. Évora is a fascinating city considered World Heritage from UNESCO. An unique city that you will have the chance to explore. Combine history and culture with Wine Tourism. A tour that will fulfill your senses with a complete guide through Alentejo Region, an opportunity to work the clay by your hands, an a relaxed time, appreciating a Wine Tasting on one of the most important cellars in the country. You can't miss this complete tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Day Trip Visiting Lisbon from West to East

Take a trip through time in Lisbon starting with the historic district of Belem and finishing at the modern neighborhood of Parque das Nações on this private day trip. Visit landmarks such as the Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, the Vasco de Gama Bridge, and many more. Take in the beautiful panoramic views at different points in the city and even enjoy a Portuguese egg tart at the famous pastry shop.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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