Tour code: 5391ROYALPALACE
Delve into the heart of Sintra’s royal palaces during a full-day guided tour of Pena Palace, Queluz Palace and Pena Park. Formerly a haven for Portuguese elites and royalty, the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra is renowned for its abundance of illustrious palaces and extravagant mansions scattered among the forested hillsides. During this tour, marvel at ornate medieval to late Baroque (Rococo) style architecture at Pena National Palace and Queluz National Palace, and upgrade to include lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day Sintra palace and park tour from Lisbon with a local guide
  • Visit two stunning palaces in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Sintra
  • Tour Pena Palace and marvel at its spectacular architecture
  • Discover Queluz Palace and admire its elegant Throne Room
  • Learn about architecture from different periods such as Gothic and rococo

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What You Can Expect

Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Queluz Palace, Pena Palace and Pena Park

Admire the palace of Sintra on a day trip

Embark on a journey to Sintra’s royal palaces as you kick off your guided tour from your central Lisbon hotel. Board an air-conditioned mini-bus and begin a 30-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, renowned for its 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments.

Stop first at the 18th-century Queluz Palace, often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles. Gaze over its beautiful gardens layered with detailed fountains and statues as you approach one of Europe’s last Rococo buildings. Enter with your guide and venture through the luxurious Royal Bedroom and grand Throne Room. Stare at the refined domed ceiling and enjoy its rich ambiance.

Then, head to the town of Sintra for a 4-course lunch (included if option selected), or enjoy some free time to explore by foot, perhaps stopping at the Sintra Palace at your own expense.

Afterward, rendezvous with your guide and head to the famous Pena Palace, arguably Sintra’s most well known castle. Explore the colorful and eclectic architecture of this storybook palace with your guide. Learn how this palace, erected in honor of King Ferdinand, was designed with characteristics similar to Bavaria’s iconic Neuschwanstein Castle.

Top off the day with a guided walk around Pena Park before departing for central Lisbon where your tour concludes.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Selection of bread, butter, olives and cheese
Second course: (choice of one)
  • Soup
  • Salad
Third course:
  • Baked hake
  • Portuguese-style marinated pork
Fourth course:
  • Mango mousse
  • Seasonal fruit
Drinks:
  • Mineral water, soda, or red or white wine

Customer Reviews

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really loved this tour and our knowlegable tour guide. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful Quelez palace, but the Pena Palace was the one that really captured out imagination. A member of our party of four has Parkinson's disease, and it was so nice that we could take an elevator to the top of the palace. The palace and its history were fascinating, and, as an artist, I particularly enjoyed seeing how different each room and its ceiling was.

Raymond R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful day trip from Lisbon, although I was initially taken aback to realize that Queluz Palace is just outside the center of Lisbon and could be toured individually with an audio guide without the bus tour. This fabulous Versailles-like palace is definitely worth seeing and the tour guide was informative and considerate of all on the bus. The highlight was Pena Palace and Pena Park. The Palace is an amazing architectural masterpiece on the top of a mountain. The Park is a magnificent informal design that contrasts with the formal gardens of Queluz. This was a wonderful day trip!

Terry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an excellent tour, with a superb and knowledgeable host.

klineconsulting United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great day and wonderful setting . . . great tour!!!

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a awesome time. Highly recommend this tour!

June L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great, lunch was good and the guide was excellent. She spoke 3 languages at the same time fluently. I would recommend anybody to join the tour. The only thing that was not included is Pena Park. We visited Queluz Palace and Pena Palace only.

Bobg629

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Yes the castles were very enjoyable.....Pena Palace and Sintra were fantastic! Must sees if you are in Portugal....Ricardo was a good guide.....knowledgeable and friendly.....lunch was delicious!

CORINNE F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Belle visite manque le palais de sintra mais le palais de que élus et pénale valent largement le détour.
Un guide très sympathique connaissant bien le sujet

Mary C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour was well organized the guide moved at a good pace with lots of information.
I enjoyed the spot we had lunch and the time to see the area and walk around.
Everything went smoothly and would suggest doing this as a tour.

oetel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great trip
the gide made it a amasing day

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