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This comprehensive 8-hour tour from Lisbon gives you the chance to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful romantic palaces. Avoid the stress of making your own way to the evenly dispersed highlights of Sintra and Cascais by travelling around the province with ease. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Pena National Palace; visit Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point; and discover the charming fishing village of Cascais. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Your tour begins with hotel pickup in Lisbon. After boarding your air-conditioned minivan, you’ll receive a historical overview of Sintra and its regal heritage. Stop first at the Palace of Queluz — the official summer residence of the Portuguese royal family — and spend 45 minutes admiring its stunning architecture.
Next, follow a serpentine slope to Pena National Palace, a UNESCO-listed structure perched on the peak of Sintra mountain. Spend 1.5 hours discovering the colorful confection of towers and turrets, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful Romantic palaces.
Descend to Sintra village to observe the charming streets of its UNESCO-listed center. Here, you’ll have 2.5 hours of free time to absorb Sintra’s enchanting ambience and purchase lunch from a recommended restaurant.
At a prearranged meeting point, reconvene with your guide and proceed to Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point. From here, you’ll absorb spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and its crashing waves.
After ample time for photographs, continue to Cascais to spend time strolling its beaches and admiring elegant buildings. Before drop-off at your Lisbon hotel, you'll stop at the luscious Gardens of the Casino of Estoril — one of Europe's largest casinos.
Kevin T United States of ...
Excellent tour with a very entertaining guide!
We were picked up in front of our hotel at 0845 and sat in the front of the van as there were an additional 6 already there. We then proceeded to the Palace of Queluz, all the while our guide provided stories and information about Portugal. When we arrived at Queluz, he arranged for us to purchase our tickets to there, Pena, and the bus transfer at Pena, gave us some info on the palace and grounds and allowed us about an hour and a half to explore. It is a beautiful place.
From there we headed to to Sintra and stopped off in the town. We had two hours to have lunch, explore, etc. We decided to head over to Quinta and explore their amazing grounds. It was about a ten minute walk and I believe the tickets were around 10 a piece. Bear in mind, the walk in almost entirely uphill on cobblestones and may be difficult for some. However, it is so worth it, an absolutely amazing are. We had plenty of time to come back into Sintra and enjoy some pastries and ginjihna.
We met back up with our guide by the palace and then headed up the mountain to Pena. The van can only take you to the entrance and then you can take the bus you have already purchased a transfer 3 up a steep hill to the palace door. We had about an hour and a half to explore the ground and palace. I would suggest taking the bus up and then walk back down to the entrance so you can enjoy the gardens. The views from the palace are breathtaking. I only wish there was more time so that we could have gone up to the cross at the top of the mountain quite a climb or down to the Moorish castle.
After that we headed out to the coast and got to see some incredibly large waves from the cliffs before stopping at the Boca da Inferno, a beautiful cave created by the sea. We stopped there for a bit, had a beer and then headed into Caiscais. We had about an hour and a half there to walk around.
Finally, we drove through Estoril, looked at the casino from the outside and then headed back to Lisbon. We arrived back at our hotel 1830.
All in all, it was a great tour with a great guide. I would highly recommend.
This was a great experience. We booked last minute and completed the group of 8 on the tour. It was money well spent, as Joaquim provided door-to-door service from hotel to each sight, and back to a restaurant he recommended based on our love of Harry Potter. In fact, he often pointed out things or made recommendations personalized to the interests of the various group members. Tip--trust him on the vinho verde! He was very knowledgeable and provided much history and context during the travel times between sights. Even my 11yr old was engaged and able to apply what he told us to what we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour with Joaquim!
A well and smart planned trip where we had the possibility to see many interesting places in one day. The guide was easy going and well aquainted with everything he told us about. Interesting to listen to him and very good to be guided in the minibus between places and walk around on your own at the sites. Restaurant recommendation from the guide about a place in Sintra turned out to be very good. Well priced, well planned and smoothly followed out tour. Suits anyone interested in seeing the best places around Lisbon.
Great day trip with our very knowledgeable guide Joachim. He provided a very comprehensive commentary and lots of tips along the way. We visited Queluz Palace and gardens amazing, Sintra and Pena Palace beware the crowds!, Capo da Rocha and Cascais. We had a great day.
Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. We saw a LOT. Our lunch stop was in a small and charming village, at a restaurant recommended by our guide, rather than a more tourist oriented venue. We had a wonderful time!
Stephen H United States of ...
This was a very good tour. Sintra is a must see when visiting Lisbon.
Pena Palace was amazing.
This was an amazing tour led by Alex who was very knowledgeable about the different sites and pretty creative in introducing some of the material. I think the small tour format ours was a group of 3 helps with being able to talk and ask more questions of the guide, compared to a larger group, as well as more time to see sites, as you aren't herding as many cats. Our food stop was amazing near Cabo de Roca. The weather was great, allowing for a great view at Cabo de Roca and then travelling the back-way through the national forest to the Sintra castle was fantastic.
I've already suggested this tour to a number of friends on Facebook and will take my family on it the next time we are all in Portugal. I still have fond memories of the Naples tour Mt. Vesuvius hike and Pompeii tour, also booked on Viator.
very nice one day trip with car.
El picked us up on time and was very friendly and likeable. We had French and English speaking people and he handled with with expertise. He was very informative. At Pena Palace, Sintra and Calais we were on our own with a meeting time and this worked really well. The Palace was truly amazing, something I would not want to have missed. By booking this tour it just made it so much easier and more enjoyable. On the way back did a couple of stops along the coast which we would not have otherwise done. The Royal Palace was fantastic and El was our excellent guide. I can highly recommend this tour.
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