Tour code: 5391ROYALPALACE
Delve into the heart of Sintra’s royal palaces during a full-day 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!

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.

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.

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

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

Margaret O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A wonderful itinerary with a knowledgeable guide!

sophia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very nice, beautiful experience

Carol C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Ricardo was terrific. Very knowledgable - Shared lots of interesting information about the Palaces. Good rapport with the group. Andre, the driver, spoke excellent English and was a master of the road.

auffie17

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An excellent trip with Anna our guide who was very knowledgeable, patient and gave us information every step of the way. This was a fabulous tour even though it rained quite hard during the day. We were taken in a very comfortable coach and there was plenty of time to explore by ourselves. We also booked the lunch which was three delicious courses plus espresso coffee at the end in a lovely restaurant. We really couldn't have asked for more.

Natascia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very nice tour the guide was very well prepared on the different sites very skilled driver in the mini-bus! To improve the efficacy of the tour, it should be better clarified in the web site that, after the on line booking, the printed receipt should be shown at the Yellow Bus kiosk at the Commerce Square, in order to get the tour ticket. This is not very clear from the on line instructions.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a very good time on the tour, the castles were amazing. I would definitely recommend visiting in the off season when its not as crowded like we did. We were there in February and the weather was a bit brisk but we also didn't have to wait on line any place we went. This tour could have been very different your typical crammed bus and quickly moving from place to place, but that did not happen here. In total including my wife and myself the group was 6.

Dan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour with a lot of history from our guide!

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