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Sintra & Cascais Day Tour From Lisbon

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Key Highlights

  • Visit Portugals′s own Versailles - glorious Pena National Palace
  • Explore secret caves and trails in glorious Pena Park
  • Take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast
  • Gaze at stunning views from Roca Cape cliffs
  • Enjoy the glamour of Cascais, Portugal′s original tourist resort
  • Expert local guide to go with you
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    9:00am

    Meeting Point

    Please make your way to Hard Rock Café - Restauradores Square, Lisbon.
    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Hard Rock Café - Restauradores Square, Lisbon

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover the fairytale landscapes of the Serre de Sintra – one of the loveliest and most romantic parts of Europe – on this delightful day tour from Lisbon.

    Drive through wooded hills to magnificent Pena Palace. Modelled on Versailles, this is said to be the finest medieval palace in Portugal. View the lavish royal apartments and explore the glorious gardens with their caves, grottoes and secret trails.

    Visit historic Sintra, described by Byron as "the most pleasing (town) in Europe", for a chance to try delicious local foods. Then continue to Roca Cape cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe, for stunning views. A scenic drive along the Atlantic coast takes you past the celebrated Boca do Inferno, a picturesque chasm formed by wave erosion.

    In Cascais, Portugal’s original tourist resort, you’ll see elegant summer homes, grand hotels and restaurants built for the super-rich in the beginning of the 20th century.This is a day full of visual delights and a photographer’s dream tour.

    This tour has some unavailable dates in the month of May.

    Itinerary

    For your Sintra & Cascais Day Tour From Lisbon , make your way to Restauradores Square to meet your guide. Long the home of Portugal’s monarchs, Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against a backdrop of lush hills.

    Leaving town, travel by minivan through delightful scenery to Sintra. Along the way, you will pass the beautiful Queluz Palace, used in the old days for royal parties and equestrian shows. The Palace was inspired by Versailles in France and decorated by the French architect Robillon.

    At magnificent Pena Park, you’ll find an astonishing variety of plants and trees and discover secret caves and trails. Go to the Queen´s Throne for amazing views of the Palace, the mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Feel like royalty as you enter romantic Pena National Palace, built by the artistic and intellectual king Fernando II (1816-1885), and perched atop Sintra Mountain. This mountain range (Serre Sintra) has long been associated with myths and legends. It was said that Diana, the Greek goddess of hunting, used the mountains as her retreat, and so the area was named for her. To the Romans, she was known as Cynthia, which became Çintra or Sintra.

    Do not miss The Great Triton, the guardian of the palace, commemorated in Manueline (late Gothic) and mythology. From the Terrace of the Arches you’ll see wonderful views of the palaces of Montserrate, Seteais (now a luxury hotel) and Quinta da Regaleira, with its gorgeous gardens.

    Inside the Palace, several treats are in store, such as the bedrooms of the King and Queen, the Chapel of Saint Jerónimo, the Arab Room, the Queen’s Terrace, the Indian Room and the Nobles’ Room.

    At the lunch break in old Sintra, give in to temptation and taste the delicious pastries from the villages of Travesseiro and Queijada (payable direct).

    Next, you’ll drive around the beautiful Sintra Natural Park, passing Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais and Monserrate Palaces.

    Stunning scenery awaits at Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe, “where the earth ends and the sea begins…’’ (Luíz Vaz de Camões). See the powerful waves of the fashionable Guincho beach, a paradise for surfers, windsurfers and kite-surfers. Then take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth).

    At glamorous Cascais, Portugal’s original tourist resort, you can enjoy a walk along the bay. See the grand villas, hotels and restaurants built for the very rich at the start of the 20th century.

    On the drive back to Lisbon, you’ll pass the town of Estoril, which was inhabited by the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs and has inherited a rich cultural legacy of architecture, habits and customs.

    Your tour ends in Restauradores Square and you should make your own arrangements for returning to your accommodation.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in a minivan
    • English and Portuguese speaking guide (Spanish, French, German-speaking guides available on prior request)
    • Pena Palace entrance fee
    • Pena Park entrance fee

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Meals & beverages
    • Guided tours inside monuments
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    If you require Spanish, French, German-speaking guides please state this at the time of booking.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
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      Selin Erdal
    • wonderful tour!

      Great tour to interesting places and an extremely informative and friendly guide - Rita. She knows her history, can add to your knowledge of places and people and makes the...

      Ashima arora
    • A Fantastic Day to Remember

      Our tour guide led us thru a journey ranging from a visit to a breath taking summer palace to the beaches of Portugal. The stop at the western most point on continental Europe...

      John J. Cataldo
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