Tours & activities in Lisbon

Belém Tour

Walk along the waterfront of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belém

ABOUT THE Belém Tour

From a former fishing village to the home of Portuguese nobility, Belém has seen the rise and fall of the world's first global empire. This beautiful and ancient settlement sits on the banks of the River Tagus, and tells the story of the beginning of globalization, and of history's greatest explorers. Join us on a stunning 2.5-hour stroll along the riverbanks, taking in iconic views like the Discoveries Monument and UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Belém Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery.


Your Belém Tour starts by the monument at Praça do Comércio. Discover how a country which lost its last colony in 1999 once had territories covering 60 modern sovereign states.


See the riverbanks that launched Portugal’s greatest explorers

The Portuguese Age of Discovery was a time in world history where explorers ventured out to the ends of the earth. As we explore the waterfront of Belém, you will walk in the very footsteps of many great explorers before you. See the massive Monument of Discoveries, which features great explorers like Henry the Navigator, Luís de Camões and Vasco da Gama. 

Discover the Portuguese Empire

The Portuguese Empire was one of the largest and longest reigning empires in world history. On this tour you will learn about the great conqueror, Afonso de Albuquerque, who stands prominently on his namesake's square by the waterfront. 

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Belém

The two most prominent monuments that people travel to Belém to see are the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Your guide will recap some of the dramatic battles that this tower has seen and you will also learn about the history of Jerónimos Monastery and the lives of the people who are remembered there.

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The Belém Tour starts by the monument at Praça do Comércio

  • Learn about the Age of Discovery and Portugal’s great explorers
  • See the impressive 25th of April suspension bridge and hear about the important date it commemorates
  • Marvel at the impressive Monument of Discoveries that stands on the banks where the great voyages began
  • Look at the Wind Rose marble map that shows the most famous routes of the great explorers
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belém Tower and the gardens that surround it
  • Visit Empire Square Gardens built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940
  • See the impressive Jeronimos Monastery which is the final resting place for some of the great Portuguese explorers



This tour doesn‘t run today

Next departure in Spanish : Saturday 31st Oct 20202:30 PM
Next departure in English : Sunday 1st Nov 20202:30 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Public transport costs
Additional Information
  • An additional €3.20 transport ticket will need to be purchased by guests who don’t already have a travel card
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
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