After pickup from your central hotel in Lisbon, experience a memorable private tour of Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra. In your air-conditioned minivan, buckle your seatbelt and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) which spans the famous Tagus River. While journeying to the coastal town of Cascais, let your guide know your interests so they can help tailor your tour.
After about thirty minutes, adventure through Arrábida Natural Park to marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. This 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arráida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. As you continue through the park, enjoy a glimpse of the golden sands surrounding Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira).
Arrive at Cabo Espichel and hop out to visit Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a chapel and religious sanctuary that pilgrims visited since the early 18th century. Stroll with your guide to the nearby cliffs and capture breathtaking seascape views from atop.
Next, drive to the southern side of the Setubul Peninsula and discover the calm fishing town of Sesimbra. On your own, head to the Moorish Castle standing high above the town. Then, break for lunch (own expense) in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations.
If you selected the upgrade for the 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and travel to your luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins.
Alternatively, relish time basking in the sun at Arrábida’s hidden beaches. Relax at the serene Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach) as waves lull you into a trance. This private tour from Lisbon lets you select one of two great options next. Visit the 8th century Palmela Castle and 16th century Setúbal Castle or enjoy a tasting of traditional food and wine at a local cellar.
As the tour ends, drive back to Lisbon and gaze out the window at pleasant views until you have reached your hotel.