The majestic monuments of Sintra, Portugal’s capital of Romanticism, are scattered over forests and hilltops, making them difficult to travel to independently. This private 8-hour tour from Lisbon eliminates the stress of making your own way to UNESCO-listed wonders such as Sintra village and the Castle of the Moors, and also includes a wine-tasting session in Colares. Travel in a private vehicle to the magical Palace of Queluz and Quinta da Regaleira, home to mysterious grottoes, mazes, and mythical statues. Wine samples, bottled water, and hotel pickup-drop-off in Lisbon are included.
Climb aboard a private, air-conditioned vehicle at your Lisbon hotel and prepare for the scenic 30-minute journey to Sintra. Along the way, your guide provides a historical overview of the satellite city replete with Romantic monuments.
Your first stop is the Palace of Queluz, an 18th-century former royal residence. From here, travel to the UNESCO-listed center of Sintra, abundant with coiling cobbled streets and home to Sintra National Palace. Throughout the tour, your guide provides history-rich commentary designed to enhance your understanding of the area.
Next, ascend to the hilltop perch of the Castle of the Moors — parts of which date back to the 8th century — and capture panoramic views of Sintra on camera. An epitome of fairy tale mystery, Quinta da Regaleira is a historic estate home to a mysterious grotto, a maze, and statues modelled on mythological gods. Spend a while exploring the grounds with your guide.
In order to sate your thirst, stop in Colares for a wine-tasting session in the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares. Quenched, continue to Cabo da Roca — Europe-s westernmost point — to watch waves crash on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
Follow the curve of the coast to Estoril and Cascais, enjoying the beaches of the coastal resorts as you travel. Your final stop is Cascais, a former royal vacation town, to absorb its charm before concluding your tour with drop-off at your Lisbon hotel.