The old port district of Alcántara got a face-lift in the 1990s, and since then it has been a nightlife hub, as well as a great place to relax by the river on warm days. The inauguration in 2008 of the Museu do Oriente marked the advent of one of Lisbon's most enticing tourist attractions. Farther west, some of Lisbon's grandest monuments and museums are in the district of Belém (the Portuguese word for Bethlehem). View more
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Explore the history, culture and treasures of Belém during this picturesque, half-day orientation tour of the city.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer into Belém. Upon arrival, commence your cultural tour of the city.
Forte do Castelo
Your first stop is at the 17th-century Forte do Castelo. Located high above the picturesque old city centre, the fortress offers spectacular panoramic views over Belém Bay. During your guided tour inside the fortress, a visit is made to the Museum of Encontro, which showcases a collection of old Amazonian ceramics and artefacts.
Museum of Sacred Art
Next, visit the Museum of Sacred Art, or 'Museu de Arte Sacra', the first of its kind in the region and one of the most important museums in Brazil. It is comprised of the Igreja de Santo Alexandre, a 17th-century Baroque church, and the Palace Episcopal. The museum features more than 300 specimens of sacred art and the Galery Fidanza, which offers a variety of regional cultural items for sale.
From here, proceed to the Jewellery Hub at São José Liberto, a former prison that was transformed into a depository showcasing some of the Amazon's finest gold, diamonds, tourmalines, and other precious and semi-precious gems. During your visit, learn about the Amazon's mining history, explore the Gems Museum of Pará, home of the state's first jewellery collection, and do some shopping.
Mangal das Garças
Your tour concludes with a stop at the Mangal das Garças which is a complex with a lake, birds, butterflies, garden and a handcraft fair.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. The tour sequence may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.
Explore the major sites of the city during this half-day outing.
Firstly, take the transfer from the pier to visit the huge outdoor market that sprawls four blocks. It's the city landmark and possibly the largest market in Brazil. Its filled with stalls offering typical local foods, pottery handicraft, handmade clothing, even charms made by the practitioners of macumba (Brazilian version of voodoo), vegetables and tropical fruits, fish (fresh water fish brought every morning for selling). After visiting the market, continue the walk to the fortress.
Forte Do Castelo
Visit the fortress, which was built by the Portuguese in the highest place in the city during the 17th century. It was the way the Portuguese colonisers had to protect their new colonies against Dutch and French occupation in this region. Enjoy the marvelous panoramic view of the enormous bay in front of Belém from this place in the picturesque old city centre. This bay is used by the local boats as a hidroway. Take the transfer to the Basilik of Our Lady of Nazareth.
Basilik of Our Lady of Nazareth
Visit the Basilik built during the rubber boom time in the beginning of the 20th century. The Basilik sets as a copy of the St Paul's cathedral in Rome. This church is famous for its beauty and architecture, its central nave, stained glass windows and the altar. A devotion that was born more than 200 years ago takes place in the basilica, joining hundreds of thousands of devoted people to the religious festivals of the period, for the paying of the promises made to the Saint Virgin. Afterwards, take the transfer to the zoo.
Emilio Goeldi Botanical Zoo
Visit Emilio Goeldi Zoo, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Belém. Spread in five hectares of wooded area, the Goeldi has been renowned for years as one of the most important research centers in Brazil, studying the fauna and flora of Amazonia. In the zoo-botanic garden, visitors may see over 1500 samples of plants and more than 1600 fruit species (during season), that grow in the region; besides over 700 types of timber, and some Amazon animals such as birds, rodents and mammals.
Finally, take the transfer from the zoo to the pier and walk to the ship (short walk).
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with some steps to negotiate and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests dress in seasonal attire and wear sun protection and insect repellent. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the scenic waterways and lush vegetation of the Amazon River during this memorable, half-day excursion to Boa Vista do Acará Island.
Depart the ship and walk along the river coast to embark a boat for a one-hour ride along some of the creeks, channels and narrow canals of the Guama River leading to Boa Vista. En route, see local canoes, fishing boats and other river craft make their way along the creeks of the great rainforest, as well as homes built on stilts.
Upon arrival at Boa Vista do Acará Island, take a guided, one-hour walking tour through the jungle. Along the way, marvel at the lush, diverse vegetation of the Amazon as your guide points out the different species of trees, fruits and seeds. You are invited to sample the fruit they bear, such as those from the cocoa tree or Brazil nuts.
Following your walking tour, embark the boat for the one-hour return ride to Belém, then walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking through the jungle on uneven ground and dirt paths for approximately one hour. We recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing and rubber-soled shoes. Please bring a hat and sunscreen. Getting in and out of the boat makes this tour unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility.