Go West to Belém
Do you remember when the Portuguese ruled the World? We do and we’re ready to show you what is left of the Golden Era. Lisbon was the heart of international trade, we conquered North Africa, we’ve discovered the Archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, we were the first to round Cabo Bojador and the Cape of Good Hope, and then we landed in Brazil, Goa, Daman and Diu… All of these (and other) remarkable conquers without nuclear weapons, missiles and Trump. Great, right?
The first highlights will be Chiado and Cais do Sodré. Chiado was once the centre of intellectual life today is one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of the city where you may see some of the most fascinating historical sites, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops and major international brands.
Cais do Sodré for instance, was once a sordid quarter where brothels sidled up to sweaty clubs and suddenly became the most vibrant neighbourhood in town, home to live music, burlesque shows and great tapas bars and restaurants.
We go up the hill and we’ll reach Príncipe Real an area known for its antique style, glamour and the beautiful Garden.
The Golden Area is approaching as soon as we arrive to Belém. Here everything is magnanimous, historical and sacred. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their dangerous and ambitious voyages. Here you may get off the eco tuk-tuk to visit the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries.
- Jerónimos Monastery – A World Heritage monument, one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.
- Belém Tower – Built on the northern bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520, the Belém Tower is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
- Monument to the Discoveries – An impressive monument to praise the qualities of the Portuguese people. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I, poet Camões, Vasco da Gama, and several other notable Portuguese explorers.
* Please bear in mind that this experience is a 2h Tuk Tuk Tour, this means that in the event of traffic or any other restrictions beyond our control, this may lead to changes regarding the planned stops in order to meet the schedule.
NOTE: Bloody Mondays Alert! This is not a good day to make this tour since most of these monuments are closed.
- Bottled water
- Pick-up in the city centre
- Drop-off in Belém
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BOOKING THIS TOUR
• Maximum of 6 people per vehicle. Bookings up until 12 people (2 EcoTuks).
• Average weight per passenger 80kg.
• Children 6 years old and under are not legally allowed to ride on a EcoTuk Tuk. Children 7 to 12 years old or minimum of 1.35m (4.42 feet) can ride on a Booster seat (please let us know beforehand if you need one). Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
• It´s forbidden for pregnant women and intoxicated people, not recommended to mentally or physically incapacitated people or to people with prosthesis.
• Meeting Point included – when booking, choose between 3 different locations: Rua do Comércio; Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara; Hard Rock Café Lisboa. Specific Pick up and/or drop off is available on request upon an extra charge. The pick-ups and drop-offs are subjected to traffic limitations, as some areas in the city are restricted to residents only.
• Each Tour is accompanied by one of our Storytellers, he/she is a trained and experience driver/guide who will be providing some descriptions of the monuments and history along the way.
No-show, cancellation and refund policy:
• All reservations can be rescheduled/refunded/cancelled free of charge up until 5:00pm (local time) of the day before the activity. After that, all reservations will be charged in full at 100%.
• In case of bad weather conditions and if Boost Portugal considers that there are no safety conditions to operate the activity, it’s possible to reschedule on the same day pending availability (no refund).
Working hours: every day from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM. Closed 25th of December and 1st of January as well as the afternoons of 24th and 31st of December.
Any questions or issues please contact (+351) 910 802 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.