Treasure a day rich with nature and impressive palaces during a small-group guided tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. Only a couple hours from Lisbon exists a fairytale land where natural beauty compliments Portugal’s greatest architectural delights, Sintra. On this journey, experience the rich vegetation of Sintra Natural Park, the hidden trails and caves at Pena Park and the bluffs of Roca Cape. Tour the immaculate Pena National Palace and then drive along the Atlantic Coast to Cascais for a leisurely walk through town to its scenic beaches.

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

Meet your guide in central Lisbon for a memorable small-group guided day trip to Sintra and Cascais. Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and travel to Sintra. First stop at Pena Park and see the diversity of plants and trees line the beautiful trails. Then, voyage to a spectacular vantage point of Pena National Palace (Palacio da Pena) and the Atlantic Ocean from Queen's Throne.

Continue to Pena National Palace, the most famous of Sintra’s monuments, located at the top of Sintra Mountain. Enjoy this 19th century Romanticist castle that looks and feels like a fairytale. Admire its eclectic Neo-Manueline, Neo-Gothic, and Neo-Renaissance styles as you head inside. Observe extravagant bedrooms which used to serve as a summer residence for the royal family.

Depart the palace and stroll with your guide to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra. Spend some free time to have lunch or discover the town’s forested palaces like Sintra National Palace, a medieval Royal Palace occupied from the 15th to 19th centuries (own expense). Want to try a local delight? Taste aqueijada or travesseiro, two scrumptious and traditional pastries.

Meet back with your guide and travel to Sintra Natural Park. Along the way, pass by Seteais Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and the Palace of Monserrate. Then, whip out your camera for great photos at the rocky bluffs of Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca), Europe’s westernmost point. Briefly, visit Guincho Beach where surfers shred the gnar and then cruise by Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno). Finally, make your way to Cascais’ bay for a much needed walk.

In the former fishing town of Cascais, peruse the narrow streets of this trendy vacation getaway with your guide. Check-out classic white terracotta roofed houses as you make your way to the beach. Then, bask in the sun as you tuck your toes into the golden sands and gaze over the expansive Atlantic Ocean.  

Along the journey back to central Lisbon, where your tour concludes, enjoy pristine views of the scenic town of Estoril.

Customer Reviews

Joanne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Learnt so much history on this tour. Had enough time to ourselves as well. The castle and whole Sintra area was well worth the time and momey. The castle is one of the best I have been to.

sue b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Good guide. Good scenery. Even good weather though it was not predicted.

STEVEN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We spent three days in Lisbon and chose to spend one of our days doing this tour. It was not a mistake. Katarina was knowledgable, spoke English beautifully, and was very organized but relaxed in planning our day. The group was small as promised, and we were met promptly at the designated spot. Katarina did a fabulous job of sharing her love of this gorgeous place. We highly recommend this tour.

Patti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a wonderful time! The guide was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to answer our questions and make it a fun trip. The Pena Palace was definitely worth the drive and I especially loved seeing the elaborate gardens. We had a fantastic lunch stop at a great little local restaurant and it was really fun to meet the others on the tour from around the world. Highly recommend this tour!

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Best tour of our trip by far...tour guide was friendly and cordial and more importantly was a very knowledgeable guide providing details of each area at every stop...small group 7 people was ideal for a trip like this...while it's my understanding that late April is not the busy season here...all locations we visited attracted large crowds...visiting Sintra first was well planned...I highly recommend this trip!

kimmynolan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour!! We really enjoyed the sites and the area. Our tour guide, Joao, was very personable and knowledgable about the area and the sites. I highly recommend this tour if you want a nice overview of Sintra and Cascais, and a great day out!

Jessica J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We didn't know anything about Sintra and Pena Palace until we saw this tour, and this was the highlight of our trip to Portugal even better than Lisbon. It's worth visiting, and harder to get to without being part of an organized group. We like the small group feel, and we went right when Pena Palace opened to avoid the massive crowds that come late morning.

Faraz Uddin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

One of the best day tours in Portugal!

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide George was fantastic. From start to finish we had an awesome time. His knowledge of the areas we visited and sense of humor made for an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend that everyone book this tour as you will not be disappointed!

Jill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide, Catarina, was capable, engaging and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed our day with her in Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais. The tour delivered on everything that was promised.

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