Belém and the Golden Age by E-Tuk Tuk

Belém and the Golden Age by E-Tuk Tuk
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$18.64
Duration: 2 hours
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Description

Hop on an entirely private and eco-friendly Tuk Tuk and let our local Storyteller tell you everything there is to know about the portuguese Age of Discoveries, also known as our Golden Age. Marvel at how the old and the new come together perfectly in Belém and its surrounding areas. The tour will start from the very heart of Lisbon's downtown and head West all the way 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 once the heart of international trade, we conquered North Africa, we discovered the Archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, we were the first to be able to round Cabo Bojador and the Cape of Good Hope, and then we landed in Brazil, Goa, Daman and Diu…Book this tour and get to know the exciting stories behind these (and many other) remarkable conquers.

The first highlights will be Chiado and Bairro Alto. Chiado used to be the centre of intellectual life, today it's one of the most fashionable neighborhoods. Head over to Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s bohemian heart and nightlife Mecca, a district dating from the 16th century.

We'll then take you up the hill to reach Príncipe Real, an area known for its antique style, glamour and the beautiful garden.

The tour continues down the hill through the small neighborhood of São Bento. Your Storyteller will give you a heads up as soon as we arrive in Estrela where you'll find the imposing “Basílica da Estrela” (Royal Basilica) and the beautiful Estrela garden. Here you’ll have a quick stop where you’ll be free to visit both the beautiful garden and the emblematic church.

Get ready for an authentic rollercoaster ride as the e-Tuk drives down the hill to head over to Belém alongside the river.  In Belém, everything is magnanimous, historical and sacred. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their dangerous and ambitious voyages. Your tour will finish in a very convenient location to allow you to visit the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries if you feel like it!


Highlights

Estrela (Royal Basílica & Garden) – A calm and prosperous district where you may see the Royal Basilica with its ornate Baroque facade and the pleasant Estrela Garden.

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.


NOTE: Bloody Mondays Alert! Most of Belém's monuments are closed on Mondays.



Admit it, after this tour you’ll also think we're great, right?

Hop on an entirely private and eco-friendly Tuk Tuk and let our local Storyteller tell you everything there is to know about the portuguese Age of Discoveries, also known as our Golden Age. Marvel at how the old and the new come together perfectly in Belém and its surrounding areas. The tour will start from the very heart of Lisbon's downtown and head West all the way to Belém.