We really enjoyed the trip to Sintra. The palace is beautiful, and it was only a short trip from Lisbon. We really enjoyed our guide. I would recommend that Sintra be included in everyone's trip to Lisbon!
Doing what: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon
Excelente Tour, nuestro guia Juan estuvo excelente, eramos 7 personas y los lugares que visitamos todos valen mucho la pena, en especial el Palacio de Sintra y Cabo Roca. Si tienes 1 dia libre en Lisboa no dudes en tomar este tour, no te arrepentirás! Felicidades a Juan, excelente guia!
Very good tour that enables to see some highlights of Portugal. The guide was very knowledgeable and nice. We took some time on our own from the lunch break to visit the Sintra palace which we really enjoyed and made the tour culturally richer
Took this all-day small-group tour to Sintra and Cascais. You meet in front of the Hard Rock Café which is the central meeting/starting point for all the small-group tours operated by Inside Lisbon Travel Agency. So you wait there and the vans arrive and the driver calls out your name amongst the crowd, so you know which driver will be handling your tour group. The driver is the tour guide in this case and our group was only 8 people, which is great. Sintra is a beautiful city, and the Pena Palace is a castle up on the hill. Full of history, with a location that is hard to beat ocean views. You can take the small shuttle that takes you from the parking entrance to the Pena Palace entrance for 3 euros r/t, or walk up the hills about 15 minutes. Our guide was very informative on the Palace. We then went to Cabo de Roca which is the western most point of Europe, great views, photo opportunities galore. Then driving along the coast past Guincho Beach, along the Estoril, and Cascais. Cascais is a pretty cool beach town, not a lot of nice beaches though, mainly rocky with some small outcroppings of sand everyone is packed onto whatever sand they can find. We had some free time in Cascais for eating, shopping, hanging at the beach, or whatever you wanted to do. Then back to Lisbon. Our guide made the trip enjoyable along with several of our traveling companions. Overall, a great trip to the coast for the day. Would recommend to anyone.
We were lucky to have Andrea is our tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, professional and sweet. Sintra was awesome. The architecture was super. We'd highly recommend this tour.
Wonderful pictures places packed with history. The tour operator Inside Lisbon and the knowledgeable guide with the comfortable car was perfect combination. Take warm cloth for Sintra as well as extra cloth if you would like to get wet in the sea in Cascais. You get 1hr in Cascais. The places are around 30min by train but taking this tour helps you getting all the highlights so that you may plan your own trip later.
This was a great way to see all three palaces. It took it on Sep. 3. We didn't feel rushed. I opted not to do the lunch, so I had plenty of time to walk around Sintra. Our guide, who spoke three languages, was very informative.
The Queluz Palace looks like a small version of Versailles. The Sintra Palace, which dates from medieval times, has quite a blend of architectural styles the 2 large cones are actually the kitchen vents. The Pena Palace has almost a fairy tale look. From one section of the Pena Palace, you can see the ruins of the Moorish castle which overlooks the town. You might want to bring a light jacket. It was quite windy at the Pena Palace.
wonderful day trip to beautiful Sintra to see The Pena Palace and gardens. The guide Andre was charming and knowledgeable. Drove in an air-conditioned mini van to Sintra and also to beautiful beach towns. Only 6 guests on tour.
The tour was excellent. Sara was very knowledgeable not just about Sintra, but about many historical facts and places within the Lisbon area and friendly and made the trip well worth it. We would highly recommend the tour for those who only want to spend a half day trip outside of Lisbon.
We ended up doing 2 Day tours with a super saver bundle with Inside Lisbon:
Sintra and Cascais
Fatima, Nazare, and Obidos
The tours provide some incredible sites to see outside of Lisbon- though most are accessible via public transportation. However the small group tours made for a really good day out and allowed us to hit quite a few places in a single day with some stops for great views along the way.
We absolutely loved our Sintra and Cascais tour. The guide was incredible friendly and was capable of switching between English and Portugese for the different tourists he was showing around. He shared a lot of information and history on what we were seeing and doing during the day. He always offered to take photos at all the locations, and really went out of his way to ensure we were enjoying the trip. The sites were beyond incredible.
While we loved the sites of our second day Fatima, Nazare and Obidos we struggled with the guide from time to time. Though he was impressively trilingual there was little effort to translate between languages when he made explanations as to where we were. And there was at least once, after listening to him for 20 minutes going on in Spanish, where I had to ask him after we arrived where we were and what the history was, while we stood looking at the site and everyone else who had understood his earlier explanation were able to enter and wander around. Aside from some frustrations around communication we really enjoyed the day because the sites were simply incredible.
The cars were comfortable, clean and well maintained. It sat 8 comfortably though on both days we were a few people less than the 8 max for the trip.
This tour is well worth the time. You visit various sites and areas that are all lovely. Our guide was very energetic and informative. The Pena Palace has amazing views but is strangely Las Vegas like. Sintra is pretty and Cascais is as well. None really need a lot of time so this tour is fine for one day. You see a lot.
The castle disappointed me. Views were great. I liked the town of Sintra and would have liked to stay longer. Cascais was a bit of a bore. Loved the ocean views. Joanna our guide was wonderful!
Well done. Everything was very seamless, easy, and enjoyable. Learned some great history while driving up to Sintra and walking through the palace. While the quick visit to Cascais is nice, it would be great to have had more time in Sintra town center instead magical little town it is
Pena Palace was beautiful. Not worth it to go inside though. The best photos are of the palace itself from each angle. We didn't get a chance to see too much of Sintra, because we went to the French restaurant in town. Super slow service and took forever to get our bill. But the town is very small, and apparently you could have seen it all in an hour.
Cabo de Roca was beautiful! Wish we could have spent another 15-20 minutes there to take pictures.
Cascais was a nice little town as well. The water was freezing - but worth a quick swim if you can manage our trip was in September.
Recommend this tour. Had a good time. My only complaint was that we were told to meet outside the Hard Rock Cafe. The tour guides were late. And then there were a bunch of different groups meeting there. Each guide came and then called out the names of the people in their group. We didn't get started until like half an hour later, if not more. Very poorly organized. But once we got started, our guide was great.
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I was under the impression that the tour was English only, the guide was great, but waiting for her to translate into 2 other languages, a little long. Lunch was just ok. Not interested in the last 2 stops would have wanted more time in Sintra. The driver and the guide were absolutely great!
Doing what: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon
It was absolutely fabulous! Katrina was the best guide ever - so knowledgeable and passionate about her country and knew the best spots for photographs - an true gem! Sintra and Cascais exceeded my expectations in their outstanding beauty and it was hard to take a poor photograph!
I would highly recommend this tour and particularly this tour guide to anyone and everyone! Many many thanks!
The tour guide for Sintra and Cascais was really good, as were the tours.
Visit to thee 3 castles in Sintra is a must. But keep in mind there are other two castles there, besides the fortified remains of the Mouros castle on top of the hill. Regaleira Palace is a jewel, with a beautiful garden.
Ricardo, our guide took us to a great family type Restaurant, where we had the best fish ever at good prices. Great guy, very knowledgeable, one can tell he loves his country.
We came back to see Regaleira with same company, Inside Lisbon. They did a great job at fair prices. Thanks Jose! Funny guy: Com carne de vaca não se morre de fome. LOL
This was a great tour and filled with wonderful sights to see. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Lisbon. It was a great sample of several sights to see right outside of Lisbon. Our tour guide was very nice and informative. The roads were quite curvy, especially near Sintra while visiting the castle, so I would recommend anyone that may get motion sickness to sit in the front and even bring your motion sickness pills just in case.
This was an outstanding tour, full of beautiful grounds, palaces and castles. The lunch was very nice with plenty of good food and wine. Our guide gave us 45 minutes after lunch to walk to the nearby Quinta da Regaleira gardens. Every tour to Sintra should include these fantastic and inspiring grounds. The Initiation Well made the quick tour worth it, even if we had no time to tour the residence which also looked interesting from the outside.
We hadden het geluk om met Nadia te kunnen genieten van de daguitstap naar Sintra, Cascais en Coba da Roca. Het was een schitterende dag, vooral dankzij de persoonlijke benadering door onze uitstekende gidse, Nadia. Deze wist ons antwoord te geven op onze vragen. De tips waar we het beste uitzicht hadden waar volkomen correct. De balans tussen historische uitleg en vakantiesfeer was optimaal! Zeker een aanrader!
This was a wonderful opportunity and tour to see beautiful Sintra and the palaces. We were amazed at our bus drivers driving on those windy roads so effortlessly. Lunch was wonderful and am so glad we included that in our tour. No complaints at all.
I totally enjoyed this tour and the stops we made besides Sintra and would definitely like to go back at my own pace the next time. The only thing I did not enjoy was the lunch! The venue and food was not up to par so best to book this trip with lunch excluded... Our guide Diana was excellent, very friendly and informative.
Doing what: Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon
A really, really, enjoyable day out, though perhaps a little cramped in the min-bus with all 8 of us plus the guide. Pena Palace was the obvious highlight simply stunning, perched on the mountaintop, surreal in its design and with such vivid colours. The weather helped: Clear clue skies and visibility such that you could see clear to the coast. Sintra provided a restful interlude, with time for lunch and an opportunity to wander the streets and sample a few of the local delicacies. Cabo da Roca was, if Im honest, a bit of an anti-climax. If youve seen high cliffs before, then these were nothing special, but a pleasant visit nonetheless a chance to stretch ones legs, and to watch those more stupid stray too close to the cliff edge than prudence would dictate! Follow the advice here and stay to the right i.e. safe side of the fence. Cascais was pretty, if somewhat busy. We took the tour on a Sunday, so with the weather, it seemed as if the whole of Lisbon was on the surrounding beaches! Understandable though! But with afternoon temperatures approaching 37C we took the sensible option and retired to a local bar for a cold beer and a spot of people-watching from air-conditioned comfort.
As I say, a great day out, and good value for money. We might perhaps have done a couple of the visits on our own, not part of an organised tour both Cascais and Sintra are readily accessible by train but certainly not all on one day. And if wed tried, wed have spent more time travelling, queuing, and with our heads in guide books, rather than taking in the views, and listening to the informative, if at times a little over-imaginative, narrative lots of stories of myth and magic.
In conclusion, Id certainly recommend this tour to others, especially for those without their own transport, or with only limited time.
I love Sintra, very beautiful! Definitely should try walking through the park to the palace; guide Pedro was fantastic! Beaches and oceans (even the winds) were breath taking!
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