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Tagus River Tours

Climb to the top of any of Lisbon’s seven hills and you’ll be rewarded with the sight of the Tagus River glistening in the distance. It is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, flowing 626 miles (1,007 km) from the Sierra de Albarracín in eastern Spain to empty itself into the Atlantic at Lisbon, and has been the focus of the city since ancient times. The Tagus has shaped Lisbon’s maritime glories in the past, and it continues to shape its future as well. 

Great 15th-century adventurers Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama sailed the Tagus as they left on explorations across unknown seas, and the Monument to the Discoveries in waterfront Belèm honors their seafaring successes. Lisbon’s favorite landmark, the Belèm Tower, and its neighboring ornate Jerónimos Monastery stand on the banks of the Tagus, built with money raised from Portugal’s colonies. Today, equally beautiful contemporary architecture has become part of the Tagus story; it is crossed by the elegant spines of both the Vasco da Gama Bridge and the 25th of April Bridge and bordered by the innovative architecture of the Parque das Nacoes, with its gleaming high-rises, Oceanarium and marina.

The Tagus is still a revenue earner for Lisbon; it is the busiest port in Europe, with three terminals handling cruise liners and several marinas for smaller crafts. Indeed, the best way to appreciate the beauty of the river and the city it feeds is to take a boat trip along the waterway. There are several hop-on, hop-off services that allow sightseers to develop their own itinerary, and other options include two-hour cruises to get up close with the suspension bridges or romantic evening sails as the sun slips down in the sky.

Practical Info

Boat trips down the Tagus River are seasonal and subject to both weather conditions and tides. Sailing tours leave from below the 25th of April Bridge. Hop-on, hop-off services leave from several points along the waterfront, including Doca de Santa Amaro, Doca do Bom Sucesso at Belèm, Cristo Rei in Almada and Praça do Comércio in Alfama.

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Lisbon in One Day Small-Group Tour, Lisbon, null
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Lisbon in One Day Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

If you want to get to know Lisbon as a local, this small-group full-day tour is for you. Explore the Alfama quarter, the oldest in Lisbon, and see the city’s ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.78
Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle, Lisbon, City Tours
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Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Hop in a restored convertible VW Beetle with your friends or family and explore Lisbon in style! On this private tour of Portugal’s capital, your private ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 to 7 hrs

From USD $75.77
Private Tour: Tagus River Sunset Cruise in Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Tagus River Sunset Cruise in Lisbon

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Live the romance of Lisbon at sunset, and offer your partner, family or friends to a 2-hour private cruise along the gorgeous Tagus River. Taking place on ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.45
Tagus River Sunset Cruise in Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Tagus River Sunset Cruise in Lisbon

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Cruise along Lisbon’s Tagus River at sunset while admiring the city sights! The 2-hour cruise includes sights of top Lisbon attractions and historical ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.91
Lisbon Yellow Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Lisbon, Sailing Trips
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Lisbon Yellow Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Take the heat out of sightseeing by swapping Lisbon’s backstreets for the open waters of the Tagus River on a hop-on hop-off cruise. An easy and convenient way ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $18.30
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Sunset Tour with Locals, Lisbon, Day Cruises
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Sunset Tour with Locals

In this 1.5 hour sunset tour, you will explore Lisbon in a different way, with comfort, culture and fun at the same time, enjoying city´s most emblematic ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.89
Lisbon Waterfront Bike Tour, Lisbon, Sunset Cruises
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Lisbon Waterfront Bike Tour

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In the Lisbon Waterfront Bike Tour, is a pleasant easy going bike ride, starting in the City center and following the Waterfront Bike Lane. Riding on flat ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.89
Afternoon Waterfront Tour with Locals, Lisbon, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Afternoon Waterfront Tour with Locals

In this 1.5 hour afternoon waterfront tour, you will explore Lisbon in a different way, with comfort, culture and fun at the same time, enjoying city´s ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.89
Azeitão and Arrábida Natural Park Private Day Trip from Lisbon, Lisbon, Day Cruises
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Azeitão and Arrábida Natural Park Private Day Trip from Lisbon

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Come on this private day tour visiting one of the more beautiful places in Lisbon surroundings, to admire the breathtaking views of the Atlantic coast of the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.39
Morning Waterfront Tour with Locals, Lisbon, Full-day Tours
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Morning Waterfront Tour with Locals

In this 1.5 hour morning waterfront tour, you will explore Lisbon in a different way, with comfort, culture and fun at the same time, enjoying city´s ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.89

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