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  • Location:Lisbon, Portugal
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Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle

Pop the top of your refurbished VW Beetle convertible and discover Lisbon on this privately guided tour. Pile in with friends and explore Lisbon’s top attractions such as Castelo de São Jorge and Sé de Lisboa Cathedral. You will voyage to Alfama, Graça and Baixa and marvel at the cultural highlights and monuments in each district. Want more? Option for a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and make your trip a full-day exploration.


  • Private sightseeing tour of Lisbon by convertible Beetle
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along coastal streets with your private guide and family or friends
  • Visit Lisbon's famous sites like Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, Castelo de São Jorge and the Tagus River
  • Drive through Lisbon's diverse districts like Alfama, Baixa and Graça
  • Upgrade your private tour to visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle

Private Tour: Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Convertible Beetle

Begin your private Lisbon tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, meet your guide, pop into your retro VW Beetle convertible and begin with a drive to the top landmarks in Lisbon. Wind through the streets of Alfama and see Castelo de São Jorge that commands its hillside. From their, discover the famous historic square Praça do Comércio in Baixa.

Continue to amble through the neighborhoods of Graça, Belém, Bairro Alto and Chiado and learn about the areas that were rebuilt after the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Marvel at architecture with a variety of styles shaped by the shakes of Lisbon’s tremulous past.

Upgrade to a full-day tour:
Select the full-day option and enjoy an 8-hour adventure that not only adds more places to visit in Lisbon, but includes a trip to the fairytale-like town of Sintra. Following your AM exploration of Lisbon, traverse along the Tagus River until you reach the Estoril Coast. Gaze at stunning views  until you arrive at the cape which forms the westernmost extent of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Snap a few photos here and then head nearby for lunch at a local Portuguese place (own expense). If you would like, sample delightful cheese, chorizo and pastries. Perhaps, top it off with a glass of flavorful regional wine.

With a full belly, travel on to the region of Sintra and observe the beautiful combination of nature and architectural expression. See how the Arabesque Monserrate Estate and the well-maintained Sintra National Palace elegantly coexist within the lush hillsides. With your guide, thoroughly explore the castles and marvelous buildings which makeup the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra. Finally, return to Lisbon as the blue sky wanes overhead. 

To get a well rounded day experiencing Portugal, feel free to indulge in wine and spirit tastings, and don’t forget to try Lisbon’s famous cakes.

Customer Reviews

Marisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was JUST a lot of fun. The guide was excellent. We actually had people taking photos of us as we were travelling through the city and around. Highly recommended!!!!

Christina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We did this tour on our second day in Lisbon and it's a great and fun way to see the city. Our drivers Luis and Joao turned up bang on time at our apartment in funky pink and purple restored VW's and we set off on a tour of the city which lasted 4 hours. The drivers were very accommodating and stopped wherever we wanted whilst also telling us about the history and sites that are worth a visit. It was great fun and the cars certainly raised interest around town with people waving at us along the way. If you want something a bit different from the regular tours you should definitely do this. Thanks Luis and Joao for a fun afternoon!

Russell M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We absolutely loved our tour and our guide Luis. We did the full-day tour and we were picked up right outside our flat rental in Lisboa. We started in Sintra and then drove along the coast to Cascais and Belém. Luis made sure we understood where we were going and always asked if there was something else we preferred to see instead. We trusted his recommendations and we weren't disappointed! We had a choice of places to have lunch, we opted for the traditional Portuguese style restaurant and it was delicious! We ended the tour with some porto wine and pasteis de Belém yum! in the park near the Torre de Belém. I would highly recommend this tour, especially if it's your first time to Lisboa.

Dushan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great. It felt like we were led around the city by a friend. Sintra was beautiful and the drive along the coast was impressive. The day we went on our tour it was a little cold. Fortunately our driver packed a blanket it and it made the weather more tolerable. Overall a great tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We had such a great morning , only problem was finding the shop as we were not told they would meet us at the boat .
Worth spending the money on this tour and our guide was fantastic Roué was extremely helpful and his knowledge of Portuguese history was very good .
Thank you for making our first visit to Lisbon such a memorable one .

Yasmin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great tour and the guide was awesome and even looked up lots of information we just casually asked Viator about. The weather was poor but he found other places to go and see and was full of knowledge. Wonderful experience. Barbara Lifshen

Akiko M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great way to see Lisbon and surrounding in a day!

Eden W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

My husband and I had an incredible time soaking in as much of Lisbon as possible as we possibly could during a 12 hour stop over before our one year anniversary trip to Spain. We loved our driver Miguel. He spoke great English, was very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable and greeted us with an anniversary gift from his artist girlfriend upon our arrival which was extremely thoughtful. He took us on an amazing tour of the coast and took us to Quinta da Regaleira, a must-see estate located near the historic center of Sintra (a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), and then on to his favorite "locals" place for an authentic Portoguese homemade lunch which stared out the pictureque Mediterranean and the lighthouse which is the Western most point in Europe. I wish we could see every European city this way. The only downside was that the car we rode in (I think it was a '69 VW Beetle) really needed new brake pads. The car squealed a lot which was a little painful on the ears but a small price to pay for the most incredible day ever. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR.

Ana-Luiza S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I had a great time during my Private Tour in Lisbon and Sintra. Hugo was a very good company and very professional, he took me to wonderful places to see, we had lunch in a beautiful place by the sea and the weather was perfect. It is worth taking the car to get to see these amazing places since there is hardly any other possibility to reach them.

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