Fascinating tour of Sintra, great and knowledgeable Guide and wonderful lunch. Very good value for money !
Fantastic day with lots of variety. Sintra was absolutely wonderful and so worthwhile - lots of steps - but OK if taken carefully and slowly. The palace is amazing and a must to see when you visit Lisbon area.
Meh. Big tour bus. Everything repeated in 3 languages only supposed to be 2, but for some reason some French people in the front didn't want to move to the French bus, so we got 3.
Lunch in Sintra at the Hotel Tivoli was excellent.
I think if I were doing it again I would just take the bus or train to Sintra myself so I would have time to wander around in the gardens. Could have given Caxcais a miss.
Doing what: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon
Sintra is a lovely place to visit but not worth doing it through this tour, rather go separately by train.
Pena Palace is easily forgettable according to me, just like Cascais where we had 10TEN minutes to get out of the bus and take a breathe.
The best was Capo da Raco which is beautiful but again, if you can manage on your own, you should do it. The tour as such is not worth the time and money.
This was our first tour me and my husband ever booked, and also our first time in Lisbon. We unfortunately did not have cell phone or internet service and couldn't have the driver contact us or vice versa. After a little confusion on the pick up area we finally met Igor who had such a warm demeanor even after all the confusion. The mix up caused a half hour delay in our tour, but Igor went above and beyond to accommodate us, and what we wanted to see on the tour. He asked what was our points of interest to see while in Lisbon and we expressed that we trusted his judgement and off we went for the ride in a beetle with much style! He took us to SIntra which was such a treat! Upon it already being a beautiful day for a convertible ride in our beetle, we were also able to really soak in the beauty of SIntra and its picturesque landscape it has to offer. Igor took us around Sintra and we able to look at some beautiful view points and as well see the castle and palaces surrounding the city. We stopped to have a pastry and drink then off we went to do more exploring around Caxias and Cascais and surrounding areas. The drive all around the city of Sintra and Lisbon from Igor was something me and my husband will never forget. The ride along the beach and breathtaking views all over Lisbon with the glass of Port overlooking the most Western tip of Europe was so memorable. We had such a good time that we didn't even feel like we had a tour guide, but yet a new friend we spent the afternoon with. Thanks Igor for really indulging us into the culture and beauty of Portugal. We plan to return soon!
Super organisierte Tour, sehr netter und kompetenter Tour-Guide, absolut zu empfehlen. Schön wäre evtl. gewesen, in der Altstadt von Sintra noch etwas mehr Zeit als 20 min. verbringen zu können.
Pedro was an excellent guide! He was very safety conscious and made sure he accounted for all in the van before we departed from each stop. The weather was not great which somewhat affected our experience but this cannot obviously be controlled. Cascais was great but Sintra was a bit disappointing as the town itself was very touristy and coming from Western Canada, the town of Sintra reminded me of Banff, Alberta with the higher than normal prices and somewhat cheap souvenirs but our guide was super!
Wish we had more time to spend in Obidos and Sintra. But all in all a well organized tour.
would have loved more time in Obidos and less time in Nazare. I can see beach in USA and it reminded me of California. Also would have liked more time in the factory shop other than 15 minutes to purchase gifts. Also, 1 hour in Fatima in my opinion is way too long. 30 minutes was sufficient for me. Basilica is closed so you can't go in. Really enjoyed Sintra a lot. loved our guides. Very young guys who were nice and professional. 1 was in training I believe. Less time in Cascais I feel like because again it's just a beach town to me.
small groups - that means less logistics involved and more free time!
First day: fantastic day - had loads of free time and a good amount of time to get a proper lunch. Sintra is stunning, and definitely worth going. FYI Sintra is typically colder and a lot windier than Lisbon so be prepared.
Second day: less fun than first day.. the places are just not as interesting especially when I am not a very religious person. I think Obidos is the more interesting part of the day.
Nothing really to complain about, but if I get to choose again, I would probably just go for the one day tour to Sintra. Had different guides on two days, but they are both great. They recommended places for lunch on both days, but the lunch on the second day was definitely better.
beautiful sintra. well worth the trip.
Excellent visit to the Pena Palace....Andrea was a terrific guide very knowledgeable and helpful...spectacular views of the Sintra National Park and Coast....good intro to the area for a first time visitor...I would have preferred to stay in Sintra and visit the exquisite gardens and Moorish Castle on the hill above and taken time to view the National Palace without feeling rushed.....
Great trip! Informative guide and lovely scenery. Make sure to eat the pastries in Sintra :)
The tour was rushed particularly Sintra. The tour guide was either limited in his knowledge, or not capable or communicating his knowledge about the sites visited on the tour.
Sintra itself is absolutely stunning, however, my husband and I were very disappointed with this tour. Main reasons for this are as follows:
i Guided tour of Pena Palace was very rushed with no free time and I found I had to lag behind and miss explanations of the next area in order to take some photos.
ii Description of tour states Palace and gardens, but we only visited the palace. It was extremely cloudy/foggy the morning we visited, but other groups were still being taken round the gardens and I didn't get the impression we would have been taken round the gardens even in fairer weather, certainly no mention / explanation was given for not seeing them.
iii Lunch was a set menu and the only main course option was fish. I appreciate the dish was traditional Portuguese fare, however neither my husband nor I can eat fish and were extremely embarrassed at having to ask for something else. All the restaurant could offer us was a rare veal burger served with gravy, lettuce and tomato! The cabbage soup and dessert of pastries and ice cream were delicious and the views from the hotel were stunning.
iv There was no visit to Colares. Realise the tram wouldn't have been running, but the tour description does state there will be a tour by bus???
v We drove by Hells Mouth, but didn't stop or even get a photo from the coach !!!
I would absolutely recommend a day trip or even longer to Sintra, but just be sure the tour you book covers want you want to see.
Doing what: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon
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