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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 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.


Customer Reviews

Chetan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Incredible sights and very picturesque palaces! Very informative guide with abundance of knowledge in multiple languages, a must see!

Suzie Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful places, comfortable coach, and knowledgeable guide.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent day out! The palaces are beautiful, and Sintra is a charming little town. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I had a great time.

Victoria S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable about both palaces. And the hotel pickup and dropoff helped a great deal.

Jerry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

were quite pleased...Actually better than anticipated. Tour guide Tina was excellent..Strongly recommend

Nicole J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

friendly knowledgable driver and guide!!

David H W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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


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.


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!

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