Lisbon

One of the most handsome European cities
The Moorish Castelo de São Jorge
The impressive Belém Tower

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Lisbon/Cascais

On the notes of fado music

Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day when your MSC cruise takes you to the Lisbon.

The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa., or lower town.

The tall, imposing buildings that make up the Baixa (Lower Town) house some of Lisbon’s most interesting shops and cafés. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to reach via a narrow walkway the impressive Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém), an iconic symbol of Lisbon. It typifies M anueline style that was prominent during the reign of King Manuel, its windows and stairways embellished with arches and decorative symbols representing Portugal’s explorations into the New World.

Built as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tejo, it took years to complete, though when it opened in 1520 it would have been near the centre of the river – the earthquake of 1755 shifted the river’s course. Today, visitors are free to explore the tower’s various levels, which include a terrace facing the river from where artillery would hav ed been fired.
You can then climb a very steep spiral staircase up four lev el – framed view of the river – to a top terrace where you get a blowy panorama of Belém.

Must see places in Lisbon

  • Belem Tower

    Belem Tower

  • Sintra, view of Pena National Palace

    Sintra, view of Pena National Palace

  • Vasco da Gama Bridge

    Vasco da Gama Bridge

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    LIS01

    Leave the port and drive to the Belém district where we will admire two masterpieces built in the decorative Portuguese style known as Manueline. These are Jeronimo’s Church and Belém Tower, both built in the beginning of the XVI century, just after Vasco
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • LISBON BY TRAM

      CITY TOUR

      LIS15

      This tour offers a great opportunity to explore Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, from a unique perspective: on board one of its wonderful, old-fashioned trams, which are not only used by scores of commuters on a daily basis, but have also become a real to
      • Snack included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$95.00Price per person

      • Children$72.00Price per person

    • SINTRA & CASCAIS

      CITY TOUR

      LIS05

      Sintra is famous for its mountain range, its temperate climate and country palaces and cottages. Drive to this lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site village to visit the historic National Royal Palace that houses the oldest collection glazed tiles in Portugal
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          5 h

        • Adults$75.00Price per person

        • Children$55.00Price per person

      • FATIMA

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

        LIS06

        Those interested in theology and religious mysteries can look forward to a special day out in Fatima. We will leave the port of Lisbon for a 1.5-hour coach drive to cross the Portuguese plains and reach this important religious destination. Millions of pi
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          5 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$42.00Price per person

      • ARRABIDA WINERY TOUR

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        LIS07

        Depart from the pier and, passing over 25th April Bridge, sister bridge of the Golden Gate, you will drive to the base of the Statue of “Christ the King”, from where magnificent views of Lisbon can be seen. Our excursion continues in the town of Azeitao,
        • Tasting included

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$55.00Price per person

        • Children$39.00Price per person

      • HARD ROCK LISBON & BENFICA STADIUM

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        LIS21

        As the only European capital to be situated on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon is also Portugal’s largest city and well worth a visit. After joining your coach at the pier, the route will first take you past such key landmarks as the Praça do Coméricio, Praça
        • Drink included

        • No guide available

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • Limited seats

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      • LIS09 – WALKING IN LISBON & WINE TASTING

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        LIS09

        Leave the port for a bus transfer to the most authentic and vibrant part of the city - Lisbon’s “Baixa” district, a historic area that was completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. Your walk will take you from Comercio Square, across Augusta Street
        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

          Difficulty Level
          Strenuous

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • THE AMAZING QUINTA DA REGALEIRA

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        LIS20

        Prepare to enter a world of arcane symbols on a tour to the Quinta da Regaleira, a large estate and Gothic mansion on the outskirts of Sintra. After boarding a coach, you will first travel alongside the Atlantic coast and then through the Sintra National
        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Lisbon

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Santa Apolónia

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        Lisbon is easy to reach, being well served by motorways and major roads. MSC Cruises has arranged special Park & Cruise rates for your additional convenience and comfort. Follow the signs for Baixa and then for Santa Apolónia, where the port is located.
        Car
      • Train

        The Santa Apolónia terminus train station is right beside the Cruise Port.
        Train
      • Plane

        Lisbon airport is just a short drive from Cais de Santa Apolónia.  Taxis are available outside the airport entrance.
        Travel time: about 20 minutes depending on traffic.
        Plane

      Portugal

      Golden beaches and coloured azulejos
      Golden beaches and coloured azulejos

      Once a powerful seafaring kingdom that dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today is a friendly, low-key place with a laidback vibe and a fantastic coastline, much of it fringed by golden sands and endless dunes.

      Many of these beaches extend as far as the eye can see, and are rarely busy even in high summer, but as they face the full power of the Atlantic, they can be dangerous for swimming. 


      Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. 


      During a holiday to Portugal legacy of its former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities; Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is popular today for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways. 


      A cruise to Portugal is also a good chance to visit Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean.

       
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