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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.


  • 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 coach 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.


Customer Reviews

Carolyn E. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We loved the tour. The leader was competent and well informed. A must for visitors to Lisbon.

Chantal Paulino

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

this tour was great, our guide Ellen was very good and knowledgeable. We had the lunch included, it was delicious but the service was awkward the servers were grumpy but the people in our group chose to make fun of it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a great time exploring Sintra Royal Palaces with our knowledgeable tour guide. Palaces were truly beautiful and amazing. We were able to stroll more around the city on our own since we did not book with meal. Fascinating panoramic views, very informative tour, excellent weather condition. Job well done by the guide, sorry we forgot her name. First time visitors should not miss this. You won't regret for your time and money's worth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highlight of my trip! This tour was fantastic and we all had a great time.

Carmen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice day!

Raymond B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour. Very interesting, guide was really good. Lunch was fun, got to meet and talk with fellow travelers from different countries. It was a very pleasurable experience.

edward b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellant day away from lisbon guide was first class and the timing was spot on really intresting day guide was very informative

Joe N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very well done. Excellent use of money. Terrific guide who shared lots of fascinating info. Really enjoyed both Queluz and Pena Palaces - very different places.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow what a great place you have this was a trip of variations excellent. The bus was great and so was the meal. The road up the mountain was a new experience on a very tight road but the drivers certainly knew how to do it safely

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Palaces were beautiful and enough time was spent at each and enough time for lunch in Sintra. Guide however, was pretty much non-existent.

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