Meet your local guide at your centrally located Lisbon hotel and board a luxury coach for your Sintra day trip. Begin with a drive to Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena) and learn about this fairytale castle built in an eclectic Romanticist style. Arrive and wander the castle’s manicured gardens hearing tales of past Portuguese aristocrats who once resided here.
Next, head to Sintra and grab a tasty lunch at a neighborhood restaurant (included). Afterward, spend ample time exploring on your own. Perhaps, relish the charm of the town’s vibrant homes, check out Sintra National Palace or kick back near the calming waterfront.
Continue from here to a tramcar for a ride to the village of Colares famous for its wines. During the ride, marvel at the serene Portuguese countryside. Then, stroll with your guide through this elegant town and learn how Portugal’s wine maintains such a high standard.
Hop back in the coach and take a scenic drive passing by Cascais Bay on your way to Cabo da Roca. Arrive and admire Europe’s westernmost point and marvel at its spectacular views. Then, visit Hell's Mouth cliff (Boca do Inferno), a chasm formed by crashing waves, which offers perfect vantage points of Guincho Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Lookout and see if you can spot some windsurfers riding the long-tail waves.
Finally, prepare your camera for the picture-perfect Estoril Coast. As you drive, glimpse out over expansive views of Europe’s largest casino, Estoril Casino. Learn how Ian Fleming (best known for authoring the James Bond series) was inspired here to write Casino Royale.
As you return to your Lisbon hotel, enjoy the last views of rural Portugal and its verdant tranquility.
Please note: the tramcar is available for rides from April to October, Tuesday through Thursday. On all other days, travel aboard a sightseeing bus.