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Feast your senses on the splendid scenery of Sintra on a full-day trip to the UNESCO-listed village from Lisbon. Alongside your guide, you’ll witness the fairy-tale beauty of Pena Palace and take a guided tour of coastal village, Colares. Travel along the Atlantic Coast and gaze at natural landmarks like Cascais Bay, Hell’s Mouth (Boca de Inferno) and Guincho Beach. Upgrade to pleasure your palate with a lunch of Portuguese culinary classics in Sintra Village. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Lisbon is included.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to the UNESCO-listed village of Sintra from Lisbon
  • Marvel at spectacular landmarks like Pena Palace and Sintra National Palace
  • Admire the coastal splendor of Cascais Bay and Guincho Beach
  • Upgrade to enjoy a delicious Portuguese lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included from Lisbon

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A wonderful choice if you want to go beyond Lisbon. Spend a leisurely day discovering the marvelous national palaces in the beautiful mountain town of Sintra and that wind along the gorgeous coastline.

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What You Can Expect

Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

Cabo da Roca, Portugal

Leave Lisbon and relax in a comfortable coach as you head to Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena). Visit the Romantic-era fairy tale-style castle, located almost 500 yards (500 meters) above sea level. As you explore the opulent chambers and ornate courtyards of the UNESCO-listed wonder, hear anecdotes about Portuguese royalty from your guide. 

Continue to Sintra village and have lunch at a local restaurant (if option selected). Then, enjoy free time to explore the village at your own pace: admire colorful houses and cobbled streets, visit the Sintra National Palace, or simply relax in a verdant park

Then, return to your coach and admire views of the Portuguese countryside as you travel to Cabo da Roca: Europe's westernmost point. Alternatively, take a scenic tram journey to tCascais Bay, depending on the time of year. Gaze at the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean before returning to your coach and travelling to Hell's Mouth cliff (Boca do Inferno)  a dramatic collection of caves carved by the vigorous waves of the Atlantic. 

Resume the drive along the picturesque Estoril Coast and enjoy a panoramic views of the Casino Estoril, one of Europe's biggest casinos, believed to be where Ian Fleming (the author of the James Bond series) developed the idea for Casino Royale.

After your tour, admire the beautiful green colors of the Portuguese countryside on your way back to your Lisbon hotel.

Note: The tram journey is only available from April to October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Outside those dates, enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus.

Customer Reviews

Jade

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour of Sintra was fantastic - our tour guide was very informative and the whole tour ran very smoothly. We were able to explore the incredible Pena National Palace at a leisurely pace and then had a very nice lunch and free time in Sintra village. The weather in Sintra was a little misty and chilly so be prepared and dress accordingly. The drive back to Lisbon is quite lengthy however the sights in Cascais are a joy to behold and pass the time quickly. I would highly recommend this tour!

JMencos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I never take tours but this time I took a risk and I was not disappointed at all. Guide provided explanations in different languages English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, food was good and in most of the places there was enough time to go around. Probably Cabo Roca would require additional 30 minutes to enjoy more the view and the place.

Tom W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Ana was great! Very informative tour, plenty of time to do your own exploring as well. Would recommend!

Carleton L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My wife and I were very satisfied with this all-day tour. Pickup from the hotel Sheraton Lisboa was prompt although the ultimate departure time was later than scheduled. The hotel pickup is just transportation to the bus station which is really just a collection of buses in a pleasant tree-lined street not far from the Sheraton. We did finally leave but there was an accident causing traffic backup so we were rather late arriving at the palace, obviously not the fault of the tour. This tour visited the main sites you want to see, Sintra, Pena Palace, Cascais, Cabo de Roca. The tour guide was quite good and did her best to accommodate everyone. We spent about 2 hours in the town of Sintra, which is where the included lunch is served. My wife and I chose not to do the included lunch and I was very happy for that! There are tons of little pastry shops and restaurants where you can get sandwiches and other food very reasonably, and spend more time exploring. The one complaint I have is that we didn't have time to explore the gardens around Pena Palace, which are supposed to be amazing. Other than that, highly recommended!

Note that this tour was provided by the Gray Line service which does a bunch of bus tours and hop-on/hop-off bus services. We used Gray Line for 2 hop-on/hop-off city tours where we just stayed on the bus for the full circuit and that worked well. However, I DO NOT recommend using hop-on/hop-off for the longer trips e.g. to Cascais. My poor wife waited an hour and 45 minutes for the bus to return on the Cascais line. The problem is that the hop-on/hop-off buses do not stick to a schedule so you have no idea when they are coming. However, they're fine if you stay on for the shorter circuits, and the guided day-trip not a hop-on/hop-off was great. I also highly recommend Uber, outstanding service in and around Lisbon all week.

SUSAN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was very exhilarating. The places visitied - Sintra, Cascais and Cabo de Roco - were absolutely delightful. Our guide explained everything very clearly and patiently clarified questions asked. The places are absolutely picturesque!

Lorraine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We are glad we selected this extensive tour of Sintra and neighboring beach areas, including lunch. We booked it in advance from our computer in the U.S. and the contact information was all very clear and happened without any problems, with pick-up and drop-off at our hotel. We enjoyed the free time we had as well as the tour information from the guide. It was a day well-spent and a good value.

Wiskirchenmaureen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a very good day with a great guide. Saw and did lots.

EC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour.

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Sintra was one of the highlights of our Lisbon vacation. Pena Palace is amazing, and the town is quaint and lovely. This was an excellent tour! Highly recommended!

Katherine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Pena palace is a must-do in Lisbon. Tour takes the hassle out the multiple forms of transport neccesaary to get there -and adds some other good sights. Would have liked more time at the palace and less on some of the other stops.

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