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Delve into the heart of Sintra’s royal palaces during a full-day guided tour of Pena Palace, Queluz Palace and Pena Park. Formerly a haven for Portuguese elites and royalty, the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra is renowned for its abundance of illustrious palaces and extravagant mansions scattered among the forested hillsides. During this tour, marvel at ornate medieval to late Baroque (Rococo) style architecture at Queluz National Palace and Pena National Palace, and upgrade to include lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day Sintra palace and park tour from Lisbon with a local guide
  • Visit two stunning palaces in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Sintra
  • Tour Pena Palace and marvel at its spectacular architecture
  • Discover Queluz Palace and admire its elegant Throne Room
  • Learn about architecture from different periods such as Gothic and rococo

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What You Can Expect

Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Queluz Palace, Pena Palace and Pena Park

Admire the palace of Sintra on a day trip

Embark on a journey to Sintra’s royal palaces as you kick off your guided tour from your central Lisbon hotel. Board an air-conditioned mini-bus and begin a 30-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, renowned for its 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments.

Stop first at the 18th-century Queluz Palace, often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles. Gaze over its beautiful gardens layered with detailed fountains and statues as you approach one of Europe’s last Rococo buildings. Enter with your guide and venture through the luxurious Royal Bedroom and grand Throne Room. Stare at the refined domed ceiling and enjoy its rich ambiance.

Then, head to the town of Sintra for a lunch (included if option selected), or enjoy some free time to explore by foot, perhaps stopping at the Sintra Palace at your own expense.

Afterward, rendezvous with your guide and head to the famous Pena Palace, arguably Sintra’s most well known castle. Explore the colorful and eclectic architecture of this storybook palace with your guide. Learn how this palace, erected in honor of King Ferdinand, was designed with characteristics similar to Bavaria’s iconic Neuschwanstein Castle.

Top off the day with a guided walk around Pena Park before departing for central Lisbon where your tour concludes.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Selection of bread, butter, olives and cheese
Second course: (choice of one)
  • Soup
  • Salad
Third course:
  • Baked hake
  • Portuguese-style marinated pork
Fourth course:
  • Mango mousse
  • Seasonal fruit
Drinks:
  • Mineral water, soda, or red or white wine

Customer Reviews

David H W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour with worthwhile places to see and an excellent guide.

gregstzak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour

Catherine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide made the trip very enjoyable! She was very nice and very knowledgeable.

Lulunyc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Elena was a wonderful tour guide and really spent a lot of time explaining the history of the country as well as the palaces we were visiting. We had enough time to see everything within the 2 palaces and didn't feel rushed at all. Loved both of the palaces even though they were so different!

R.A. F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide. Great tour!

Leonie V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! Tour guide knew so much, visits to beautiful places, lunch is also great! It was a lovely day. Would def recommend this tour.

Donald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really loved this tour and our knowlegable tour guide. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful Quelez palace, but the Pena Palace was the one that really captured out imagination. A member of our party of four has Parkinson's disease, and it was so nice that we could take an elevator to the top of the palace. The palace and its history were fascinating, and, as an artist, I particularly enjoyed seeing how different each room and its ceiling was.

Raymond R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful day trip from Lisbon, although I was initially taken aback to realize that Queluz Palace is just outside the center of Lisbon and could be toured individually with an audio guide without the bus tour. This fabulous Versailles-like palace is definitely worth seeing and the tour guide was informative and considerate of all on the bus. The highlight was Pena Palace and Pena Park. The Palace is an amazing architectural masterpiece on the top of a mountain. The Park is a magnificent informal design that contrasts with the formal gardens of Queluz. This was a wonderful day trip!

Terry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an excellent tour, with a superb and knowledgeable host.

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