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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 January 2015

Very cold day when we did this tour but the guide made it all worthwhile. This is a highly recommended tour. The palace gardens would probably look better during the warm weather but then, there would have been more people. Just take note that "small group" means less than 30 people. Yup, I believe there were 26 people on my tour group, excluding the guide and the driver. So be forewarned.
I chose the lunch option and it was excellent as well. The restaurant will work with customers. The family in the next table had two members who needed gluten-free meals and they accommodated them. Just ask the tour guide who can translate for the restaurant, if you don't speak Portuguese.
All in all, very good tour. And the bus will stop at a few places in Lisbon where you can get off if it's close to your hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall the tour was perfect - the pace was just right with a little time to explore each location on your own. There is nothing worse than a slow moving boring tour.

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