National Palace of Queluz

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  • From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

    1. From Lisbon: 8-Hour Sintra Tour

    The first stop is at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Its beautiful gardens and rococo architecture dazzle visitors with its sumptuousness. Continue on to the center of Sintra, where you can visit the castle or the National Palace. Walk through the colorful streets of the village, contrasting with the bright green of the mountain. The morning will not end before a stop at the Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira, a fruit mansion imagined by a man in love with the arts.  If you choose the lunch option, you can taste one of the best Portuguese dishes. If not, there is plenty of places for you to eat nearby. The afternoon begins with a visit to the most famous and magical palace on this tour, the Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most beautiful p...

    Our tour guide, Gustavo, was amazing! He was so proud of his country and wanted us to be just as excited to experience it as he was. He picked us up at our Airbnb in downtown Lisbon and drove us to Sintra and Cascais telling us of the history the whole time. 100% recommend!!

  • Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

    2. Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Take a short trip from Lisbon to discover the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. Escape the hustle of the city, just 12 km from Lisbon, and relax in this picturesque setting. Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket, heading straight in on arrival. Explore the Palácio de Queluz which was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer residence.  See the evolution of the Court’s tastes through 18th and 19th centuries, seeing evidence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Wander through the surrounding  queen-of-hearts formal gardens, with oak-lined avenues, fountains and an azulejo-lined canal where the royals went boating. Discover the complicated family history with a scheming Spanish daughter-in-law and eccentric British visitors. Imagine the splendour of the royals in this palace as you walk through the gilded, mirror-lined Throne Room and Pedro IV...

  • Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

    3. Private Sintra Tour with Cellar Visit & Wine Tasting

    The first stop on your 8-hour tour is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century as the official royal residence of King Pedro IV of Portugal. Visit the beautiful historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and discover its picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Head up to the Moorish castle, where the early construction dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries. From the castle, you’ll have fantastic view of the whole region. The next stop is the Pena Palace, where you’ll see a mix of architectural styles. The palace is one of the best examples of Romanticism of the 19th century. You’ll visit the most westerly point in continental Europe next. From the clifftops you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beaches and the sea. From the coastal road, you’ll also be able to see the towns of Estoril and Cascais. St...

    We had such an amazing experience with Jose. He was super knowledgeable about the different parts of the city and was mindful of our time constraint. The tour honestly felt like we were traveling with a friend rather than a tour guide. He recommended an amazing restaurant for lunch and showed us a lot of things off the beaten path. We’re foodies and his food recommendations were out of this world. The next time we’re in Lisbon, we plan on booking another tour with him.

  • Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

    4. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

    Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO...

    José is an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and full of energy. Sintra is really nice and we booked a short trip because the weather was turning bad for the afternoon. Would've totally spent 1-2h longer to visit monuments inside. Next time!

  • Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

    5. Breathtaking Sintra: Tour from Lisbon

    Head to Sintra on this 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Stop at the National Palace of Queluz. Initially a rest stop for the nobility, it later became the official residence of Prince John VI. Continue to the center of Sintra and take a walk along its colorful streets. Continue the drive and stop at Quinta de Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira. After lunch (not included in the tour price), visit the magical Pena Palace. Built 500 meters above the sea, it is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. Its exotic character is accentuated by the lush vegetation of Pena Park. On the return to Lisbon pass through the picturesque village of Cascais and drive along the Estoril coast.

    We enjoyed the day very much. Covered lots of territory! Our guide Eduardo was great -very accommodating with our wishes.

  • Private Sintra Tour with Regaleira Experience

    6. Private Sintra Tour with Regaleira Experience

    The first stop is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, which was the official royal residence of the King D. Pedro IV of Portugal.  Visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site,and discover the picturesque streets, the Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines.  Climb to the Moorish Castle where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region.  The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical and mysterious of the area. You will explore its tunnels, mazes, riddles and symbols that will remind you of the mythology, of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Then enjoy a fabu...

  • Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

    7. Lisbon: Queluz, Mafra, Azenhas do Mar & Cabo da Roca Tour

    Discover the area northwest of Lisbon and see the highlights off the beaten tourist path. Visit the Palace of Queluz, whose gardens and ground are an exceptionally-beautiful example of 18th-century Portuguese architecture. The palace was built for Peter III of Portugal, prince consort of Queen Maria I (1734-1816), as a royal residence. Many rooms are in a Rococo style, like the ornate throne room with mirrored walls and beautiful gilded woodwork. Admire the gardens with lovely fountains and ornamental ponds and a collection of sculptures around the Neptune Garden and pond. Then visit the Palace of Mafra. The largest castle and cloister complex in Portugal with over 4,700 windows and doors, the Palace of Mafra is approximately 50 kilometers north of Lisbon in Mafra. See the impressive 220-meter-long façade. The palace is approximately 38,000 m², with 1,200 rooms and 156 staircases. Lear...

  • Half Day Private Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

    8. Half Day Private Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

    Your tour begins at 8:30 or 13:30, depending on your choice, with a pick-up at your accommodation in Lisbon. On this private excursion you’ll visit the national monuments of Sintra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the program provides time to explore the interior of some of the monuments. First, head to the center of Sintra, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, where you'll have time to enjoy the typical local pastries in one of the most emblematic local pastry shops. Pay a short visit to the Village Palace, a 10th-century Moorish construction that has been transformed throughout the centuries and is now one of the most iconic sites in Sintra, with its twin chimneys overlooking the village. While heading to the Pena Palace, see some of the surrounding woods and exquisite chalets along the road, as well as part of the Moorish Castle. After the Pena, there is still a chance to see the 18th-...

    The guide Mr Leitacio was amazing, his knowledge of the place, its history and culture great. Although a local born and bred guy, his command and diction of English was v good. Very friendly, the tour also had a free tasting of pastries and a drink as part of the tour. Despite the storm, wind and rain, he went out of his way to guide and help us in best possible way. The tour of 1/2 day is essentially sufficient incl. collection of souvenirs if any. Lovely Cascais, superb roads along the Atlantic. Worth the money paid.

  • Lisbon: Private Hidden Historical Gems Tour

    9. Lisbon: Private Hidden Historical Gems Tour

    Get off the beaten track and join this private tour to Queluz and Ajuda Palace. After getting picked up from your hotel in Lisbon, head to the fascinating Palace of Queluz. Inside, discover a combination of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical architectural designs, whilst in the gardens a French architectural style awaits you. In the elegant Throne Room, admire gold carvings and mirrors and see where royals used to host their guests. In the garden, wander among lakes, fountains and lead statues depicting mythological scenes. Finish your tour of the palace at the amazing Canal dos Azulejos, where you can admire 18th-century tile designs and see where the royal family used to ride a small boat on sunny afternoons. Next, head back to Lisbon to the Ajuda Palace, located in the Belem neighborhood. Inside, admire extravagant furniture, tapestries, sculptures, and decorative arts. Make your way ...

  • Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

    10. Sintra, Cascais and Queluz Palace from Lisbon

    Start your tour with a visit to the magnificent Queluz Palace, a mixture of baroque, rococo and neo-classicism that resulted in one of Europe’s most beautiful palaces. In Sintra sierra, enjoy the verdant hills, the bubbling springs of crystal-clear water, the parks covered with multitudes of flowers. The old village black stone pavements contrast with the old, colorful houses. Located in the middle of the mountain range, Sintra allows you to enjoy the surrounding fields and reveals the imposing Monte Magno. Visit the charming Pena Palace, the greatest exponent of Portuguese Romanticism. After lunch, continue your tour at “Land’s End”, Europe’s westernmost point, be dazzled by the breath-taking landscape and, after it, enjoy the town of Cascais, where you will have free time to wander the old streets and do some shopping. Return to Lisbon along one of the old continent’s most beautiful ...

    Daniel was a wonderful tour guide and gentleman. He tuned into our interests and needs to make the day one of our best travel days ever. My wife and I highly recommend him and this company and would love to go with him in the future.

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What people are saying about National Palace of Queluz

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 305 reviews

We had such an amazing experience with Jose. He was super knowledgeable about the different parts of the city and was mindful of our time constraint. The tour honestly felt like we were traveling with a friend rather than a tour guide. He recommended an amazing restaurant for lunch and showed us a lot of things off the beaten path. We’re foodies and his food recommendations were out of this world. The next time we’re in Lisbon, we plan on booking another tour with him.

This tour was exactly what we hoped it would be. We saw so much in just half a day - ideal if you are short of time as we were, with only 2 days free in the Lisbon area. Our host was charming and knowledgable, Sintra was delightful, Copa de Roca gave us some fine coastal views and it was also good to see various landmarks on the drive mack into Lisbon

José is an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and full of energy. Sintra is really nice and we booked a short trip because the weather was turning bad for the afternoon. Would've totally spent 1-2h longer to visit monuments inside. Next time!

Beautiful tour, Umberto was an excellent driver. He took us to the tour locations and when we had finished visiting he picked us up at the meeting point. He is also very knowledgeable about the history of his country. I would recommend it

The guide Jose was extremely nice, friendly and organized.