• Tour code: 5391ROYALPALACE
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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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

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.

Sample Menu:

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

Customer Reviews

Shelly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a great tour as I had one free day in Lisbon and had missed these two palaces on previous visits and really wanted to see them. The tour guide was very good and the tour was very organized. We met downtown for the initial meeting point, but I was dropped off at my hotel since we passed it on the return trip. I really appreciated that after a long day. These palaces are a don't miss on a trip to Lisbon and this tour let me get them both in on the same day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour.

william a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Quelez Palace is the Portuguese Versailles. It has very nice gardens. Pena Palace is a very cool tour. It looks like a fairy tale castle from the outside and it was very detailed tour inside. Not a great option for the disabled as it is a lot of walking and hills. Pena Park was nice, but a short visit. Our Guide Katerina was great. Gave a lot of info and very helpful. THe driver was also great as there are a lot of narow roads to navigate.

Wendy Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Loved visiting both of these beautiful palaces. Sintra is such a lovely place.

Lindy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Again our guide was fabulous and the small group just added to the experience. The palaces were out of this world and the history very interesting. Pena Palace is not to be missed and the gardens at Queluz Palace were stunning. So glad we did this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Sintra was like a real world Disney park, but intended for royalty. Pena Palace was very interesting from the perspective of seeing how royalty in Europe lived in the day. Both were brought to life by our tour guide, who was a passionate ambassador for her country and culture and managed somehow to seamlessly navigate all 5 languages of the people on our tour. A worthwhile way to see this beautiful and friendly country.

Andre M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The day trip to Queluz Palace, Pena Palace and Pena Park was marvelous. The Tour-guide Catherine, gave very comprehensive information on all the places. We had ample time to visit all the places without the usual touch-and-go approach in normal tours. Additionally we had some free time to visit Sintra main town and the chance to buy Travesseiros and Queijadas pastry from Piriquita. I highly recommend this tour for those people who like to experience a place.

Yvanovna Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

william S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The trip was excellent. The guide was very good and the logistics well managed by the guide. A highlight of the visit to Portugal. The only issue is that two companies are involved. The Yellow Bus Company once booked, sent us a map for pickup at a public bus stop as well as a discription. The two were not consistent.we checked out the location and asked the hotel's advice. We followed the map and ended up at the bus stop across the street. The hotel called and we took the trip the second day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Had a wonderful day visiting Sintra. I was the only person ho opted for the lunch included trip. Had lunch with our tour guide and was able to learn even more about the city. Even had time afrerwards to do a bit of shopping. Plenty of options for lunch if you choose to not have it included. The palaces were extraordinary to see and walk through.

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