The cruise begins at the Praça do Comércio ferry terminal, lying in the shadow of the Castle and the Alfama.
Over to the left rises the Bairro Alto, with the Baixa downtown between these hill top neighbourhoods. Defining their midway point is the magnificent Praça do Comércio square, the entranceway to Europe at the peak of Portugal’s maritime power. Sailing on past Cais do Sodré and its train station, there is Cais da Rocha, with its port and marina, before passing under the April 25th bridge. The cruise then proceeds to the Belém historic zone.
Here, there is something to grab the attention everywhere, try a frontal view of the huge Monument to the Discoveries. As the river opens up into the sea, emerging from behind the Viceroy of India Afonso de Albuquerque gardens and statues, looms the imposing Palace of Belém, the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Cultural Centre.
The next focal point is the Tower of Belém, formerly surrounded by water.
Your boat then begins a broad curve taking it away from the banks and opening up sweeping views of the city from across the river. After again passing Praça do Comércio and the Se appears the colossal Monastery of São Vicente de Fora.
The gentle pace and open boat deck invite passengers out to enjoy the breezes and the sun while appreciating views of the city only possible from out on the river. With the cruise over, head up to the top of any of the nearby hills and contrast the view from below with that from up above.