5 star rating: Highly Recommended 448 Reviews

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  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on a small-group day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais. Just a few hours from Portugal's capital city, Sintra is a magical place where man and nature exist in perfect harmony. Discover secret caves and trails at Pena Park, admire the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park and the cliffs of Roca Cape, and visit the whimsical Pena National Palace. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, and stop at Cascais Beach. Walk around Cascais town and bay.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Lisbon to the historic and beautiful towns of Sintra and Cascais
  • Discover the natural wonders of Pena Park and Sintra Natural Park
  • Visit the fairytale-like Pena National Palace and Sintra National Palace
  • See the cliffs of Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, including free time at Cascais Beach
  • Small-group walking tour limited to 8 people for a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This day trip is a lovely break from the city. You'll learn about Portugal's royal heritage, see dramatic coastal cliffs and even get in a little beach time.

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What You Can Expect

Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

Just a short trip away from Lisbon are the beautiful towns of Sintra and Cascais. Start your tour with the journey to Sintra. Visit Pena Park, where you will be amazed by the variety of trails, trees and other plants. Head to the Queen's Throne for an amazing view of the Pena National Palace (Palacio da Pena) and the Atlantic Ocean.

Next, feel like Portuguese royalty as you enter the romantic Pena National Palace at the top of Sintra Mountain. See the Great Triton, the guardian of the palace, inspired by Manueline art. Inside the palace, admire the attention to detail in the bedrooms of the king and queen and the Arab Room.

Leave the palace and follow your guide to the historical center of Sintra, where you’ll have free time to explore the town, to visit Sintra National Palace (where the Portuguese royalty of the 15th and 16th centuries used to spend the summer months) or have some lunch (own expense). For dessert, try a travesseiro or a queijada, two delicious local pastries.

Next, admire the landscape of Sintra Natural Park, passing Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais Palace and the Palace of Monserrate on the way. Enjoy a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), the westernmost point of Europe, and visit the surfer's paradise of Guincho Beach. Pass the cliff at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno), before stopping to stretch your legs along Cascais’ bay.

Wander around the center of Cascais, a former fishing village and today a popular holiday spot. Follow your guide through narrow alleyways and see the traditional Portuguese white houses or enjoy some time relaxing at the beach.

On the drive back to Lisbon where your tour concludes, soak up the scenic views along the Atlantic coast and in the town of Estoril.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good and nicely planned. The guide Katrina was very nice and helpful. Good day overall :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour led by Federico from Inside Lisbon. The tour departed on time, was conveniently timed not rushed, and very informative. It's a bit pricey for not including the National Palace entry cost, but overall a good day trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My guide Fred was awesome and made the trip very memorable. He was fun and in good spirits, explaining a lot of the back stories and history associated with the area. He gave good local tips for the areas we visited and for those who were going elsewhere afterwards.

I would recommend the trip to anyone coming to Lisbon and hope you get Fred.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was awesome. The tour van showed up precisely when and where promised and there were no problems. The 6 others on the tour were very enjoyable where all 8 of us actually had lunch together. The itinerairy was great and best of all was George our very friendly and knowledgeable guide. I will use this company again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best ever. The guide was awesome and the size of the group only 8 was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Ruta muy amena y bonita, el guía es muy simpático y pone mucha pasión explicando el recorrido. Trayecto cómodo y agradable. La recomendaría.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Pedro was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He went out of his way to ensure our tour experience was optimal! Really enjoyed the day and it was a great way to experience more of Portugal in a stress free and fun way! Highly recommend it!

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