Best Tours and Day Trips from Lisbon

Lisbon and its surroundings are worth a visit: natural landscapes, palaces and even paradisiacal beaches. Here is a list of the best options

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Best Tours and Day Trips from Lisbon

Streets of Lisbon | ©Vesela Vackavikova

The rooftops, the narrow streets and the facades of Lisbon make the traveler fall in love from the first moment. However, Lisbon has a hidden side that is not easy to discover. A guided tour will give you a different and more complete vision.

1. Guided walking tour of Belem area

The Belem Tower| ©Marin Barisic
The Belem Tower| ©Marin Barisic

Presided by the Tower of Belem, this is the area of Lisbon where the Tagus River flows into the city. In Belem you will find a wide expanse of parks, museums and gardens delimited by a riverside promenade full of cafes and terraces. For three hours you can tour the Belem area with a local guide who, in addition to showing you the charm of the area, will tell you the history behind the city.

During this walking tour (although there may be some sections that are done by public transport) you will learn how the Belem area saw the rise and fall of the country that was a world empire with 60 sovereign states under its influence.

Itinerary

  • The Commerce Square
  • The bridge of April 25th
  • Albuquerque Square
  • The Monument to the Discoveries
  • The Belem Tower
  • The gardens of the Empire Square
  • The Jerónimos Monastery

This tour is for you if

You like the stories of navigators and discoverers such as Henry the Navigator, Luis de Camoes or Vasco da Gama. If you want a short introduction to Portugal's glorious past, this is your best choice.

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2. Guided walking tour of the Alfama neighborhood

Alfama Neighborhood| ©Cycling Man
Alfama Neighborhood| ©Cycling Man

Before the Middle Ages, Alfama was the best neighborhood in Lisbon, but the earthquakes that occurred in the city caused the wealthiest people to leave the neighborhood and it was occupied by fishermen and humble people. Until today, Alfama has preserved its essence and the daily life of the neighborhood revolves around small stores and taverns. Its narrow streets and its collage of orange roofs make Alfama one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Lisbon.

In addition to its charm, this walking tour of Alfama will show you how this neighborhood influenced the birth and evolution of Fado, the most representative song of the city of Lisbon.

Itinerary

  • Commerce Square
  • Alfama neighborhood
  • St. George's Castle
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint
  • Lisbon Cathedral

This tour is for you if

You feel like getting to know in depth one of the most authentic and charming areas of Lisbon.

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3. Guided walking tour of Lisbon

Lisbon Old Town Walking Tour
Lisbon Old Town Walking Tour

This guided walking tour option in Lisbon, available in English and Spanish, is one of the most complete. You will have a local guide at your disposal for four hours and he will show you the most relevant aspects of the city center including mythical neighborhoods such as Alfama or Chiado.

The group will be a maximum of 20 people, to ensure quality attention from the guide. The tour also includes a wine tasting with tapas and a tasting of the typical cream cake of the city.

Itinerary

  • Rossio Square
  • Liberty Avenue
  • Restauradores Square
  • Santo Domingo Church (Santa Justa and Rufina)
  • Chiado Neighborhood
  • Augusta Street
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Alfama Quarter
  • Statue of Jose I The Reformer
  • Commerce Square

This tour is for you if

You have little free time to visit Lisbon and you want to choose an experience that allows you to get a general picture of the city and its history. It can also serve as an introductory tour to the city during the first days of your trip: this way you will find your way around and discover which areas you like the most, to come back later to explore them in depth.

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4. Private sunset sailing boat cruise on the Tagus river

Sailboats sailing the Tagus River| ©David Baron
Sailboats sailing the Tagus River| ©David Baron

The Tagus River is one of the most emblematic elements of the city and touring it by boat while observing the nearby monuments is one of the most demanded experiences by travelers visiting the capital of Portugal. With this activity you have the option to do it privately on a sailboat at sunset during a two-hour cruise on the Tagus available in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Russian.

This sailing on the river is reserved for small groups of up to 12 people. For an additional cost you can hire drinks and food during the cruise or the pick up and drop off at your hotel (otherwise when booking online you will be informed of the meeting point via email).

Itinerary

  • Monument to the Discoveries
  • Jeronimos Monastery
  • April 25th Bridge
  • Belem Tower
  • National Sanctuary of Christ the King

This tour is for you if

You want to live the relaxing and exclusive experience of a walk along the river enjoying the views and getting away from all the stress of the city.

5. Guided night tour of Lisbon

Views of Lisbon at sunset
Views of Lisbon at sunset

Like many cities, Lisbon is transformed at dusk due to the illumination of its buildings and monuments. It is worth touring Lisbon at night, getting away from the stress and pace set by daytime obligations. There are also tours to do so and this three-hour tour available in Spanish, English and Portuguese is one of the highlights.

The main advantages of this tour are two: it is a private tour and it includes snacks.

Itinerary

  • Viewpoint of San Pedro de Alcántara
  • Barrio Alto neighborhood
  • Carmo Church
  • Santa Justa elevator
  • Alfama Quarter
  • Commerce Square

This tour is for you if

You want to live a relaxed and authentic experience away from the more touristy Lisbon focused on historical facts. Visiting the city with a local will allow you to get to know more about the nightlife and the locals' hangouts.

6. Excursion to Sintra from Lisbon

Pena Palace, Sintra| ©Katia De Juan
Pena Palace, Sintra| ©Katia De Juan

This is undoubtedly the most common and demanded excursion for all travelers visiting Lisbon. Just half an hour from the city, Sintra is a great destination for your getaway, not only because of the charm of the town itself, but also because it is home to one of the most spectacular buildings you will see in Portugal: the Pena Palace.

In fact, this visit is so demanded that there are different options, which you can choose depending on time, budget or the desire you have to discover more or less deeply the area. I leave you linked a practical guide that I have written about Sintra Day Trips from Lisbon so you can choose the one you feel like.

This activity is for you if

You only have time for one excursion and you don't want to miss the emblematic Pena Palace.

7. Day trip to Arrábida and Sesimbra with wine tasting

Entrance to Sesimbra Castle| ©pedrik
Entrance to Sesimbra Castle| ©pedrik

In addition to its historical importance, fado and gastronomy, Portugal is also a country famous for its wines. Near Lisbon there are regions where you can go wine tasting, visit the vineyards and learn about the wine tradition from an expert guide. This Arrábida and Sesimbra tour is designed to do just that.

This round-trip tour from Lisbon is designed for small groups, includes six wine tastings and passes through the Arrábida National Park and the fishing village of Sesimbra. It is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Itinerary

  • Vasco de Gama Bridge
  • Palmela Castle
  • Quinta de Alcube in Arrábida
  • Arrábida Natural Park
  • Sesimbra Castle
  • House Museum of Jose Maria de Fonseca
  • National Sanctuary of Christ the King

This excursion is for you if

You are interested in the tradition of wine, you want to get away for a day from the crowds of the capital and you want to get to know the surroundings of Lisbon from a different and intimate point of view.

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8. Day trip to Fatima, Nazaré and Óbidos

Nazare Lighthouse
Nazare Lighthouse

The Portuguese countryside has a rich historical and cultural heritage and this day trip to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos from Lisbon covers three places that are a perfect example of this: the pilgrimage town of Fátima, the medieval village of Óbidos and the coastal village of Nazaré.

This tour through the Portuguese countryside is aimed at small groups of a maximum of eight people because it is considered that this is the best way to make the most of the explanations of the expert local guide who will accompany travelers throughout the tour.

Itinerary

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima
  • Batalha Monastery
  • Nazaré Beach
  • St. Martin's Bay of Portugal
  • Medieval village of Óbidos

This tour is for you if

You want to take advantage of your visit to Lisbon to see more of Portugal's emblematic places, without having to worry about organizing your trips by public transport or renting a car.

9. Day trip to Évora with olive oil tasting

Roman Temple of Évora| ©Rui Ribeiro
Roman Temple of Évora| ©Rui Ribeiro

In addition to wine, olive oil is also an important part of Portuguese gastronomy and that is why this day trip to the Roman city of Évora includes an olive oil tasting.

This activity is designed for small groups of a maximum of eight people, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese and, in addition to the services of a specialized guide, includes pick-up and return to the hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and entrance to the Chapel of the Bones.

Itinerary

  • The megalithic complex of Almendres
  • Roman Temple of Évora
  • Gothic Cathedral of Évora
  • Church of San Francisco
  • Chapel of the Bones

This tour is for you if

You like ancient history and want to know more about Portugal's history through a visit to one of the most important Roman cities in the country.

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10. Knights Templar Excursion from Lisbon

Another way to get to know part of Portugal's history is by taking this tour through the medieval villages of Constância and Tomar, places where some of the great battles of the Templars were fought in the Middle Ages.

Led by a specialized guide in a small group, and for about 9 hours, you will make a tour in which you will know unique enclaves in which this Christian military order played an important historical role. You will have tickets for all the monuments included in this tour as well as the boat trip to the Almourol Castle.

Itinerary

  • Constância and Tomar
  • Almourol Castle
  • Convent of Christ
  • Church of Santa Maria do Olival

This tour is for you if

You are passionate about medieval history and want to relive some of the greatest battles led by the Knights Templar in Portugal, told by an expert guide.

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11. Private day trip to Berlenga Grande Island

Fort of St. John the Baptist| ©Vitor Oliveira
Fort of St. John the Baptist| ©Vitor Oliveira

Surely when you planned your trip to Lisbon you did not expect to spend one of the days on an island paradise without having to spend the night outside the Portuguese capital.

Itinerary

  • Panoramic boat ride
  • Visit to the fort of San Juan Bautista
  • Kayak excursion
  • Services of an expert guide throughout the day
  • Pick up and drop off at the hotel
  • Transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Use of snorkeling equipment

This excursion is for you if

You want to indulge yourself and spend a day in luxury on this beautiful island to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.