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

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

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Delve into the heart of Sintra’s royal palaces during a full-day small group guided tour of Pena Palace, Quelez Palace, and Sintra Palace. Formerly a haven for Portuguese elites and royalty, the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra is renown for its abundance of illustrious palaces and extravagant mansions scattered amongst forested hillsides. During this tour, marvel at ornate medieval to late Baroque (Rococo) style architecture at Pena National Palace, Queluz National Palace, and Sintra National Palace. With the accompaniment of an expert guide you’ll see the best of the best!


  • 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 small-group 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.

Arrive at 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.

Stop in Sintra for a 1.5 hour lunch (included if option selected), then rendezvous with your guide and stroll to Sintra Palace. Observe this 10th century palace with its whitewashed façade and diverse blend of Moorish, Manueline and Gothic architecture. Now an historic house museum, enter Sintra palace and glimpse into dazzling rooms like Blazons Hall filled with walls covered in dramatic blue tiles. As you follow your guide hear how King Manuel I used his immense wealth to decorate the interior.

After admiring the lavish Edwardian and Victorian rooms. See the famous Arab room with its gorgeous frescoes and great window vantage points. Continue to Sintra Palace’s pastel painted highlights including rampart, domes, drawbridges, and magnificent gargoyles. Find out how a combination of architectural styles including Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, and Islamic created this astonishing building.

Drive to the last attraction of the tour – Queluz Palace. Enjoy this stately 18th-century Palace some refer 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.

After a lovely day exploring Sintra’s palaces depart for central Lisbon where your tour concludes.


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
  • Mineral water, soda, or red or white wine

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good tour with an excellent tour guide. Would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

had a great time! the guide was very friendly and gave us a lot of info while on the way to the palaces. Delivered us safely to our lunch spot in Sintra, which was delish by the way, and at the end, took a nice walk back down the road, all the while telling us about the different trees/plants brought to Sintra by the king. Really wonderful tour, time to walk on your own after each palace and very friendly guide/driver! Recommend highly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide Isabelle was knowledgeable, and kept the tour fascinating with extra history on the entire trip. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The palace selection was excellent. All the palaces were different in their own way and very interesting to tour. The group was very friendly and about 1/2 of us signed up for lunch so it was a jolly crowd. Lunch was not good. I had meat but it was chewy and unflavorful. Other people told me the fish was good and that is what I should have ordered. Who knew! After that, we had about 15 minutes to shop in which I did not buy anything but it was fun to look around. I really enjoyed the tour except for the food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

this was operated by yellow bus/boat tours, they did a really good job! Susanna was an excellent tour guide and we felt so bad that it began pouring rain and yet we still continued on. She was very informative, humorous and very knowledgable about Portuguese history. We did not feel rushed, and got to see a lot more than what we had originally intended to see if we did the tours on our own. The food at the selected restaurant was fabulous and well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great way to see all three palaces. It took it on Sep. 3. We didn't feel rushed. I opted not to do the lunch, so I had plenty of time to walk around Sintra. Our guide, who spoke three languages, was very informative.

The Queluz Palace looks like a small version of Versailles. The Sintra Palace, which dates from medieval times, has quite a blend of architectural styles the 2 large cones are actually the kitchen vents. The Pena Palace has almost a fairy tale look. From one section of the Pena Palace, you can see the ruins of the Moorish castle which overlooks the town. You might want to bring a light jacket. It was quite windy at the Pena Palace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

very nice tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great day trip. Our guide was excellent as was our driver.It was a wonderful way to see the three palaces,and each was worth visiting because they are quite different from one another. I would advise people that there are a lot of steps on hard surfaces so be prepared for that.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a wonderful opportunity and tour to see beautiful Sintra and the palaces. We were amazed at our bus drivers driving on those windy roads so effortlessly. Lunch was wonderful and am so glad we included that in our tour. No complaints at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an outstanding tour, full of beautiful grounds, palaces and castles. The lunch was very nice with plenty of good food and wine. Our guide gave us 45 minutes after lunch to walk to the nearby Quinta da Regaleira gardens. Every tour to Sintra should include these fantastic and inspiring grounds. The Initiation Well made the quick tour worth it, even if we had no time to tour the residence which also looked interesting from the outside.

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