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  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

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Discover a world of fairy-tale palaces on this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra from Lisbon. Once a decadent summer retreat for Portuguese royals and aristocrats, Sintra now boasts lavish palaces and mansions dotted about its pretty town and neighboring hillsides. On your tour, visit three of the best -- Pena National Palace, Sintra National Palace and Queluz National Palace – and admire a medley of architectural elements, ranging from medieval to Rococo, with your expert guide.This small-group tour with a maximum of 19 people ensures you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day Sintra royal palaces tour from Lisbon with a professional local guide
  • Visit three stunning palaces in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra
  • Tour Pena Palace and marvel at its spectacular architecture
  • Explore medieval Sintra Palace and learn of extravagant King Manuel I who once lived there
  • Discover Queluz Palace and admire its elegant Throne Room
  • Learn about architecture from varying periods, like Gothic, Moorish, Neo-Renaissance and Rococo
  • Small-group tour limited to 19 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Pena Palace, Queluz Palace and Sintra Palace

Small-Group Sintra Royal Palaces Tour from Lisbon: Pena Palace

Leave your Lisbon hotel and head northwest by luxury minibus to the town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular for its 19th-century European Romantic architecture. After a journey of roughly half an hour, arrive in the town to discover its charms.

First stop of your day is Pena Palace, easily Sintra’s most famous architectural icon with its over-the-top, fairy-tale architecture – the kind of castle that was designed from a child’s dream. Created in the 1800s for King Ferdinand, the palace is similar in appearance to Bavaria’s famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

After a 1.5-hour lunch break (included if option selected) in Sintra, meet your guide and visit the medieval Sintra Palace, with its smooth white façade. Originally built in the 10th century, the palace now boasts a mixture of Gothic, Moorish and Manueline architecture, and while its exterior is less ornate, the inside will dazzle you with extravagant rooms like the Blazons Hall, decorated in vivid blue tiles. Stroll around with your guide and learn about King Manuel I who commissioned the interior’s elaborate décor.

As you explore, your guide will point out drawbridges, ramparts, domes and fascinating gargoyles – all painted in pretty pastel colors. Learn about the many architectural styles that comprise this astounding building, like Neo-Gothic, Islamic and Neo-Renaissance, and admire the palace’s richly decadent Victorian and Edwardian rooms. Marvel at the Arab Room with its elaborate frescoes, and enjoy panoramic views of town from the windows.

Continue for the last visit of your day – Queluz Palace. Known as the Portuguese Versailles, this 18th-century palace with its ornate gardens, statues and fountains was the last of the Europe’s Rococo (Late Baroque) buildings. While exploring with your guide, admire its decorative art that adorns rooms like the elegant Throne Room and the Royal Bedroom with its distinctive domed ceiling.

When you’ve finished exploring Sintra’s must-see palaces, return to central Lisbon by minibus.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • A selection of bread, butter, olives and cheese
Second course (choice of one):
  • Vegetable soup
  • Chicken soup
  • Green cabbage soup
  • Mixed salad
  • Mushrooms with spiced sausage
Third course (choice of one):
  • Oven-cooked hake
  • Cod with mixed salad
  • Cod with cream sauce and salad
  • Stone bass with rice and shrimp
  • Hake fillets with rice and salad
  • Perch au meuniére (perch in a butter sauce)
  • Charcoal grilled sardines with potatoes and salad
  • Sautéed squid with coriander
  • Monkfish stew
  • Duck
  • Chicken au gratin (baked with breadcrumbs and cheese)
  • Portuguese-style pickled pork
  • Pork fillets with mustard sauce
  • Roast leg of pork
  • Veal stew
  • Braised chicken
  • Barbecued chicken
Fourth course (choice of one):
  • Mango mousse
  • Gateau
  • Fruit
  • Ice cream
  • House dessert
Drinks:
  • One glass of white wine
  • One glass of red wine
  • Soft drink
  • Water
  • Coffee or tea

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Lovely day at Sintra, the tour guide Francisco had great knowledge of the area. The palaces were beautiful, this trip was worth the time and money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Four of us booked this tour. There were a total of 14 on tour. It was an all-English speaking group, so our tour guide was able to spend more time explaining the sites and sights, since all explanations were given in only one language. We were virtually the only group touring the National Palace in Sintra as well as the palace in Queluz. No crowds! We opted for the optional lunch in Sintra, and we were very satisfied with the quality and quantity of the meal. As well as the included wines! The included hotel pick-up was on-time and exactly as promised. We knew that a hotel drop-off was not included, but since it was a small tour and traffic when we returned to Lisbon was very light, we were dropped off very near our hotel (only a few blocks' walk) rather than the usual drop-off point near the river. This was an excellent tour, someone else did the driving (and dealt with the traffic in Sintra!), all arrangements were pre-paid and taken care of, no lines, no waits, and the guide was personable, interspersed interesting stories in between the hard facts about the three palaces, and basically make this journey carefree, learning and enjoyable.

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