Lisbon, Portugal - Mediterranean Cruises

Portugal’s capital spreads its ancient sites on seven steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus River. Feast your eyes on St. George’s Castle which overlooks the city atop the highest hill, or the countless balconies ablaze with geraniums and wrought iron lamps that light up the medieval Alfama quarter. Wonder up to the Bairro Alto where you may hear the sorrowful fado singers ring out from cafés.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Jeep Safari

    Head off the beaten track and into the hills and villages with some spectacular scenery and typical country villages.

    Jeep Safari

    After a short briefing, you will head off in your 4x4 jeep to be taken on a journey through some of the best scenery outside of Lisbon.

    Staying on road, your drive will take you to the popular seaside resort of Cascais, where a short stop will be made. From here, your journey will continue to Cape Roca, Europe’s most easterly point, to enjoy the lovely views across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Serra Sintra is your next stop, as you go off road and travel inland along the centenary tree-lined tracks. You’ll pass by the picturesque village of Ulgeira and on to the Memoria viewpoint where the Palacio da Pena can be seen in a distance, crowning a peak on the other side of the hills. A stop will be made en route to enjoy a light picnic snack of Portuguese aperitifs. You’ll continue driving along leafy lanes, passing by typical country villages, and enter the Monserrate Road to admire views of Monserrate Palace, Seteais Palace and Quinta da Regaleira Estate.

    Heading back on road, a short stop will be made at the picturesque village of Sintra, before returning to Lisbon.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by Jeep and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. It is advisable to take a light jacket with you as the temperature along the coastline can be cool.

    Tour code

    LIS_179

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • City Drive & Oceanarium

    Visit the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, followed by a panoramic drive of the city.

    City Drive & Oceanarium

    Lisbon is a city of major contrasts, being an old world city and at the same time a modern capital, with fine examples of contemporary architecture.

    Parque das Nações is the most modern part of the city and the former site of the Expo 98 world exhibition, which was hosted by Portugal. The centrepiece of the exhibition was the Oceanarium, which today remains one of the world’s largest aquariums.

    Upon arrival, you’ll have free time to explore the Oceanarium and the surrounding gardens at your leisure. A huge central tank allows you observe global life in the world’s oceans, whilst four additional tanks recreate the coastal habitats of the Antarctic, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. There are over 15,000 animals from 200 different species, including sharks, rays and barracudas. An enormous panel of 54,000 hand-painted ceramic tiles also shows elements of marine fauna.

    Having experienced modern Lisbon, enjoy a panoramic drive across the central and old part of this lively city. Sit back and relax as you pass through areas such as Liberty Avenue, Pombal, Rossio and Black Horse Square.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Signs inside the Aquarium are in Portuguese and English. The visit to the Aquarium will last approximately 2¼ hours, during which walking and standing is required, as well as negotiating some steps. Flash photography is prohibited inside the Aquarium.

    Tour code

    LIS_186

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Estoril Beach

    Spend some time relaxing at one of Lisbon’s popular beaches.

    Estoril Beach

    What better way to spend your day than to head to the wonderful golden sands of Estoril Beach, known for its calm waters and fine sands. Estoril is a very picturesque area, so why not take a dip in the glorious warm waters of the Atlantic or just sit back, relax and soak up the sun.

    Enjoy a stroll along the seaside promenade, where you will find a selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as the renowned Casino and its gardens.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot, it is unguided and exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. Sun beds, sun umbrellas and changing facilities are available for hire (payable direct). Please note that the beach may be crowded in the summer months.

    Tour code

    LIS_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Charming Óbidos

    Medieval Óbidos is an exceptional example of a classic Portuguese walled village.

    Charming Óbidos

    A maze of quaint cobbled streets, brightly painted houses, and overflowing flowerpots, Óbidos is picture perfect. In fact, so romantic is Óbidos, that in 1282 the entire town was given as a wedding present from King Dinis to his bride Isabel.

    Encircled by medieval walls, Óbidos’ centrepiece is an imposing 12th century castle. This former fortress and royal palace was recently voted one of the ‘7 Wonders of Portugal.’ To help you get your bearings, you’ll embark on a short walking tour around some of the prettiest streets, passing the whitewashed church of Santa Maria.

    Next, you’ll have free time to wander Óbidos at your own pace. Keen photographers are sure to love exploring the hidden corners, with each twist and turn revealing another photo opportunity.

    For a spot of souvenir shopping, take a stroll along the town’s main street, Rua Direita. Here you’ll find an abundance of traditional shops selling all kinds of crafts and delicacies, from hand painted ‘azulejo’ tiles, to tasty local liqueurs. But perhaps you’d prefer to simply relax in one of the tiny street café’s, and soak up the charming atmosphere of this medieval town.

    During your journey back to the ship, sit back and absorb the lovely views of the Portuguese countryside, before glimpsing the bustling city life of Lisbon’s main streets.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Obidos is around 1¼ hours. This tour involves two hours of walking over flat, cobbled streets. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    LIS_032

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Panoramic Lisbon & Belem

    Enjoy all the major highlights of Lisbon from the comfort of your coach. View the Belem area and many more city sites.

    Panoramic Lisbon & Belem

    A wonderful way to see the city of Lisbon without having to walk around the city. Have your camera at the ready as you enter the area of Belem and view the Presidential Palace, The Monastery of Jeronimos, Tower of Belem and the Monument of Discoveries.

    Drive through the exclusive residential district where many of the foreign embassies are located and then see the impressive 18th Century stone aqueduct, 11 miles long, which until recently was used to bring fresh water into Lisbon. A stop will be taken at Belvedere to admire the panoramic view across the city.

    Afterwards, drive down the famous avenue of Liberty to Rossio Square, to see the Santa Justa Elavator, designed by an apprentice of the famous Gustave Eiffel. Finally you will see one of the most impressive squares in Lisbon the Praca co Comercio (Black Horse Square).

    This is the perfect tour for those wishing to relax and enjoy a scenic tour of Lisbon.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There are steps into the Belem Tower for those requiring toilet facilities.

    Tour code

    LIS_025

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Views of Lisbon & Estufa Fria Garden

    Visit Estufa Fria tropical garden, before enjoying wonderful panoramic views from the base of the statue; Christ the King.

    Views of Lisbon & Estufa Fria Garden

    Due to Lisbon’s mild climate it was possible to plant a tropical garden in the heart of the city. The garden boasts a variety of exotic plants, which although are not native to Lisbon, can grow here with the help of a system of wooden slats that filtrate the light.

    Known as Estufa Fria, or the ‘cold greenhouse’, this garden has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon. Enjoy a guided visit with your knowledgeable guide and wander between lakes, brooks, statues and many different species of plants from all over the world.

    Afterwards, a scenic drive will take you across the 25th of April Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

    Once on the south bank of the Tagus River, you’ll continue to the base of the monumental statue of ‘Christ the King’, which was built as a gratitude for the neutrality of Portugal during the Second World War, and inspired by the similar shrine in Rio de Janeiro. From the base of this immense statue, capture breathtaking views over the city and the impressive bridge and harbour. On a clear day, you can see as far as the hills of Sintra and the famous coast of Estoril, stretching along the Atlantic.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, including steps, slopes and uneven ground at the Gardens.

    Tour code

    LIS_187

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Lisbon Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Lisbon Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    This tour will operate by private minibus. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    LIS_704

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    8 hours

  • A Journey to Fatima - Small Group Tour

    Discover the spiritual history that surrounds Fatima and the appearance of the ‘Virgin Mary’ or ‘Lady of the Rosary’ in 1917.

    A Journey to Fatima - Small Group Tour

    Journey through the Tagus Plains and the bullfighting region of Vila Franca, before reaching Fatima, an international and worldwide known Catholic, pilgrimage site.

    According to local lore, three peasant children from a nearby village observed a ‘Lady of the Light’ hovering above a small oak tree at the Cova da Iria (the Cove of Peace). This was believed to be the blessed ‘Virgin Mary’ and after returning on the same day for over five months, a miracle was said to have been written in the sky in front of over 70,000 witnesses. Today, many people from around the world make the famous pilgrimage to Fatima in search of the miracles.

    At the old famous Basilica, you’ll be able to see the resting place of the legendary 3 peasant children, Lucia Santos and her 2 cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the new ‘Holy Trinity’ Basilica and the Chapel of Apparitions, which is built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to the children.

    Take some free time to enjoy luncheon on your own before browsing some of the local shops for souvenirs.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour is non-guided; however your English speaking driver will answer questions during the journey to Fatima. The drive to Fatima takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. There is approximately three hours of walking over flat ground on this tour; however this is at your own pace. Luncheon is not included. Due to ongoing restoration work within the old Basilica, viewing of the old statues, paintings and glass windows will be restricted.

    Tour code

    LIS_181

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Lisbon Highlights And Coast Of Estoril

    Enjoy the famous sights of Lisbon before travelling to the scenic coast of Estoril.

    Lisbon Highlights And Coast Of Estoril

    Begin your tour by driving alongside the River Tagus towards the old district of Baixa, with its narrow streets. Listen carefully as your guide points out the main sights, including the charming boulevard of Liberty Avenue, lined with gardens and renowned for its unique black and white pavements. A brief stop will be made at the King Edward VII Park, where fine views over Lisbon and the distant hills can be enjoyed.

    Take some free time in Estoril to stroll along the promenade, view the gardens of the Casino, which are impressively sited at the top of the central park, or simply relax in a local café.

    Heading back to the city of Lisbon, you will see the famous Belem Tower and Jeronimos Gothic Monastery. A photograph stop will be made at the Monument to the Discoveries, a tribute to Portuguese heroes linked with the age of discovery; from here you can also see the suspension bridge and statue of Christ the King on the other side of the river.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The ground at Estoril is mainly cobble stoned. There is a walk of around 200 metres to reach the beach promenade area for those guests choosing to visit during their free time.

    Tour code

    LIS_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Free Time at Three Sites

    This simple transfer offers you the chance to spend some free time at three popular sites in Lisbon.

    Free Time at Three Sites

    The iconic area of Belém is home to some of Lisbon’s most important monuments and historical buildings. Here, a stop will be made at the iconic Monument to the Discoveries, one of the most photographed monuments in Lisbon. You can also view the Belém Tower that stands proudly on the side walk.

    The Jeronimos Monastery Church is a fine example of Portugal's own Manueline style of architecture. A stop will be made here for you to enjoy the Monastery and its grounds, or perhaps visit the Pasteis De Bélem, a famous Portuguese pastry house.

    The final stop will be made in the heart of downtown Lisbon at ‘Comercio Street’. A short walk will take you to Black Horse Square, the largest square in Lisbon that offers a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. The bustling pedestrian street of ‘Rua Augusta’ is a popular meeting point for locals and visitors alike.

    After each stop, you’ll meet at a designated time and place to rejoin the coach.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This is an unguided transfer exclusive of refreshments, meals or entrance fees. Entrance fees where applicable, are payable locally. Please take careful note of meeting points and return times as coaches cannot be held for latecomers. The time allowed at each stop is approximately 45 minutes to one hour. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. There are steps to negotiate on to and off the coach. Shops may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays and museums and historical sites are subject to closure without notice. Euros are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    LIS_178

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Palace Of Queluz & Cascais

    The 18th Century Palace of Queluz is a spectacular site to visit, along with the luxurious and famous gardens.

    Palace Of Queluz & Cascais

    Perched proudly on the hill southeast of Sintra, the Palace of Queluz is a wonderful piece of architecture. Dating back to 1747, the Palace was once a country mansion built by the infant Dom Pedro, later to be known as Dom Pedro III, it was then re-named Queluz Palace.

    The gardens have become a focal point of the Palace with Baroque fountains, statues and places of recreation. During your visit you will be able to walk around and enjoy these at your own leisure.

    Before heading into Cascais, you will have an opportunity to stop and photograph the viewpoint of Praia Do Guncho and admire the views over the bay. Take time to explore the streets of this small picturesque town or just sit and relax in one of the local cafés and treat yourself to a coffee.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to traffic restrictions in Cascais the coach drop off and pick up point is located approximately 15 minutes’ walk each way from the main town, with a slight incline on the return walk.Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. Flash photography is not permitted within the Palace.

    Tour code

    LIS_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Lisbon Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Lisbon Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    This tour will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    LIS_702

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Cascais On Your Own

    This simple transfer offers you the chance to spend some time at the popular resort of Cascais.

    Cascais On Your Own

    A scenic drive from the port will take you along the coastal road to Cascais. This popular holiday resort is set in the picturesque bay of Cascais and is an ideal place to while away a few hours.

    Upon arrival, the time is yours to do as you please. Wander along the streets, enjoy the views or browse in the local shops. Cascais offers plenty of cafés if you wish to purchase refreshments or luncheon.

    After your visit, you will meet at the designated time and place to rejoin the coach for the return drive to the port.


    This is an unguided transfer exclusive of refreshments, meals or entrance fees. The travel time is around 45 minutes each way, with around 2-2 ½ hours of free time in Cascais. The level of walking is at the discretion of the guest, however due to traffic restrictions in Cascais guests must be able to walk from the coach drop off and pick up point. This is located approximately 15 minutes’ walk each way from the main town, with a slight incline on the return walk. Shops may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Euros are accepted for purchases. Please note meeting points and return times as coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

    Tour code

    LIS_029

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Lisbon Private Tour by Minibus – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Lisbon Private Tour by Minibus – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.

    This tour will operate by private minibus. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    LIS_703

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Lisbon By Tram and Coach

    A special tram ride in the Old Town and an exploration of Lisbon's monumental area to make a memorable tour.

    Lisbon By Tram and Coach

    A ride on Lisbon’s most famous and typical form of transport – the tram – is an absolute must. With the added dimension of local waiters serving port wine and traditional pastries on board, this unique tram tour is an ever-popular option. To further enhance this Lisbon experience, you will step from ancient tram to modern coach as your tour is rounded off with a panoramic drive of the city’s most famous monuments.

    At the famous Black Horse Square, step aboard the tram for a leisurely circuit through this seven-hilled metropolis. See many fascinating glimpses of the ‘old city’ and the Tagus, passing landmarks such as the Parliament, Cathedral and Santa Luzia Belvedere. At Estrela Square, say goodbye to your traditionally-dressed waiters as you step onto a coach for the second part of your tour.

    As you stand before the impressive Gothic-Manueline-style Jeronimos Monastery, your guide will provide you with details of this imposing building. Nearby, you will be equally impressed by the lavishly-decorated Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, which commemorate Henry the Navigator and Portugal’s incredible voyages of exploration.


    This excursion will operate by coach and tram. Guests are advised there are some fairly high steps to be negotiated when boarding the tram.

    Tour code

    LIS_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

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