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Taste the finer sides of Arrabida and Sesimbra during this small-group guided day trip from Lisbon. Traverse over the Tagus River via Europe’s longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Learn about the history of the magnanimous Palmela Castle. Nearby taste four delectable wines at an authentic Portuguese winery. Then, stretch your legs for some leisure time at Portinho da Arrabida Beach and meander the fishing town of Sesimbra. Drive on to Arrabida Natural Park and explore the stunning beauty of the Atlantic coast as you savor spectacular views. Keep the wine flowing with two more wine tastes at Casa Museu Jose Maria da Fonseca, one of Portugal’s oldest wineries. This tour offers an immersive experience of Portugal with a small group to ensure a quality experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Arrabida and Sesimbra from Lisbon
  • Drive along the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest in Europe!
  • Enjoy free time in the fishing village of Sesimbra and relax at Portinho da Arrabida Beach
  • Sample two local wines (included) at one of the oldest wine-producers of Portugal
  • Admire views of Lisbon and the Atlantic from Arrabida Natural Park and Cristo Rei Sanctuary
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people for a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Meet your guide in central Lisbon for your Arrabida and Sesimbra small-group guided day trip. Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and drive off. Cruise along the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe spanning 11 miles (17 km) over the Tagus River. Hear how it was developed for the 1998 Lisbon Universal Exposition on your way to visit stunning Pamela Castle. From the castle, savor a wine tasting of four delectable wines at a local winery.

Next, head to the northern shore of the Sado River and discover the beauty of Arrabida Natural Park. Climb to the tallest peak at 1,640 feet (500 meters) and gaze over the verdant park towards the Atlantic. Coast down to sea level and lose yourself in the serenity of Portinho da Arrabida Beach. Slip into swim gear and enjoy a refreshing swim (weather permitting).

Then, stop for a fresh seafood lunch (own expense) in the charming fishing town of Sesimbra. Spend more free time strolling along lively streets or continue for a walk along golden beaches.

Alongside your guide, explore one of Portugal’s oldest wineries, Casa Museu Jose Maria da Fonseca. After learning about wine production you’re ready for a wine tasting. Enjoy two regional wines with delicious tastes and aromatic bodies as you relax on the property.

Bust out your camera one more time as you stopover at Cristo Rei Sanctuary, a shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ which was inaugurated in 1959. Then, capture a panoramic view of Lisbon from afar. Finally, hop aboard your minivan and return to central Lisbon where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Weather was not wonderful but the tour was. Juan knew his history and made the day very interesting. Well worthwhile and good value.

Sandi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Joao was full of great stories! We were a group of English and Spanish and he was attentive to both groups. The trip was so much fun, relaxing and full of great sights. It was a nice way to see parts of Portugal that we wouldn't have seen.

DanielDurazo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. A hilltop medieval castle, a workshop where tiles are created by hand, an artisanal winery in nestled in rolling vineyards, a seaside fishing town with fresh fish you will not regret it. And if you happen to get Joao Costa as your guide, you're in for some interesting stories, honest opinions, and good laughs along the way.

My one criticism is the second larger, more tourist-y winery you go to at the end of the day. I would much rather spend more time at the other destinations. But I still had a blast, and you will, too.

Reem A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A nice tour to explore the country side and vin-yards, beautiful views and we had the chance to visit one of the hand made tile factories, which was pretty interesting. If you are interested in knowing more about how wine is made and type of wines of that region it is recommended.

Gillian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A good mix of wine and sightseeing. The vineyards were completely different, which offered a nice contrast. Luis was a great guide, very happy to answer questions.

Carol K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Arrabida and Sesimbra day tour was a great trip. Great views, visits to two completely different wineries but both very picturesque, a fun seaside town for lunch - what more can you ask in a day trip. As a bonus, the sun was shining and the flowers were blooming, I also enjoyed the final stop at the Christ statue. Our guide Jose was incredible at keeping us informed and corralled.

Carol K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Had a great time on this tour! Our guide Jose' was informative and fun. The views were amazing and so was the wine. It was a great way to get out of Lisbon and see a little more of Portugal.

Ricardo A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very very good!

Fiona L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had such a lovely day out - we tasted quite a few glasses of wine in Arrabida and some more famous wines in Sesimbra. Amazing views over the whole of Lisbon to end a wonderful trip. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the surrounding areas of Lisbon.

Teresita M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyable tour. Our tourguide Gus was very knowledgeable, about the areas we visited and Portugal in general. He answered lots of questions from everyone. We especially enjoyed the small vineyard, you will pick up amazing wine here at bargain prices! There are also 5 tastings here included as part of the tour.

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