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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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An excellent way to spend the day in Portugal. The group was small 15 persons. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. We had plenty of time to see all three castles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Visit to thee 3 castles in Sintra is a must. But keep in mind there are other two castles there, besides the fortified remains of the Mouros castle on top of the hill. Regaleira Palace is a jewel, with a beautiful garden.

Ricardo, our guide took us to a great family type Restaurant, where we had the best fish ever at good prices. Great guy, very knowledgeable, one can tell he loves his country.

We came back to see Regaleira with same company, Inside Lisbon. They did a great job at fair prices. Thanks Jose! Funny guy: Com carne de vaca não se morre de fome. LOL

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very enjoyable day in Sintra.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour trip to Sintra was excellent. Our guide, Anna, spoke very good English and easy to understand. I was amazed how well she could go back and forth between English and French, for the other visitors on our tour. The Pena Palace, the last one we visited was just spectacular. I felt the palaces just kept getting better. Our lunch was delicious. The place we ate had a wonderful atmosphere and the waiter was friendly and fun. I would highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a must see tour! Paula, our guide, was very informative. The palaces are stunning! This is luxury at its best! Make believing that I was taken back in time to this age of wonder was easy while wandering around these three gorgeous palaces! Abrigatto Paula!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a wonderful tour not to long and not too short. Only 6 people on the tour. The guide was was informative and interesting. The sights were gorgeous. Sintra is beautiful and a must-see. The motor coach to the Sintra and around Sintra was new, clean and has great AC.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide, Jose, was one of the finest we have had in 15 years of traveling in Europe and the Far East. He was extremely knowledgeable and was a real student of history, making it come alive with lots of stories. The only drawback of the tour were two 2-year olds who were totally out of control and disrupted the tour a number of times, screaming and throwing tantrums in the middle of the palaces. Allowing two children this age on a tour of this type lasting all day is not acceptable, and the tour company should be criticized for allowing it,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgable and spoke
excellent English . A trip worth taking.

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