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Tour of Belem
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Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts
US$ 15.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts
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This tour of historical Belem neighbourhood will relive the rise and fall of the Portuguese empire, admiring two of Lisbon's most symbolic monuments: the Belem Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Belem Tower
25th April Bridge
Jerónimos Monastery
The Compass Rose Map


The starting point for our tour of Belem will be Commerce Square. From this central point we can contemplate the statue of José I, and learn about the history of the King nicknamed "The Reformer". Following the footsteps of the Portuguese monarchs, we make our way by public transport to the historical Belem neighbourhood,  forty minutes from the centre of Lisbon. Here the tour stops to take in the impressive sculpture in honour of Afonso de Albuquerque, the first Portuguese viceroy of the Indias.

The tour walks through Belem until it arrives at the River Tajo statue, where we will find the monument to the discoveries. This monument in the shape of a Caravel (A type of Portuguese 15th Century sailing ship) represents the departure point for the Portuguese boats which left to explore the new world. The tour then stops to admire the figures of missionaries and sailors sculpted into the monument, before continuing on to one of the symbols of Lisbon itself: The 25th April Bridge - an important day in Portuguese and Lisbon history.

The next stop will be the famous Belem Tower. This building on the Tajo estuary stands in testament to Lisbon's history, having been a lighthouse, prison, and tax collection centre. We will wander through the tower gardens and pass next to the "Forte do Bom Sucesso" ("Great Triumph Fortress") before arriving at the Jerónimos Monastery, which houses the tomb of legendary explorer Vasco de Gama.

To top off our visit to the Belem neighbourhood, we will relive the glory of the old Portuguese empire, immortalised in the compass rose. This map mosaic made of beige, red and black limestone details the different routes taken by the Portuguese explorers on their journeys of discovery and symbolises the development of a country which grew to control a territory greater than 60 times its current size.

Important Information

  • Students should bring their identification which confirms them as such.
  • This tour does not take in the interiors of the attractions, rather it will visit the outside. 
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Adults Students Children under 13
US$ 15.80
US$ 13.60
US$ 4.50
  • Adults

    US$ 15.80
  • Students

    US$ 13.60
  • Children under 13

    US$ 4.50

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Covid-19 Measures

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2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


English and Spanish speaking expert guide.

Not included

Tickets for public transport (€3.10 per person).

Tickets to attractions

When to book?

You can book up until 36 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


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No printing of documentation required.


Not permitted.

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US$ 15.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Commerce Square