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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and take in the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned minivan, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Full-Day Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra Highlights Full-Day Tour

Fall in love with magical Sintra, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period. Its stunning landscape is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity site that is begging for exploration. Start the tour with a walk through the city center of Sintra and go to the decorative Quinta da Regaleira estate to explore the famous initiation well and the many lakes, fountains and the aquarium dotted across its grounds. The journey continues to the eclectic Monserrate Palace, a glorious estate that once served as a summer residence for the Portuguese court. Lunchtime will be spent wandering around the historical village, followed by a quick stop at local patisseries where you can try some of Sintra's well-known delicacies. Continuing on to the exotic Pena Park, come across the magnificent Pena Palace, a remarkable building complete with different decorative styles, symbols, and intriguing features.  

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

3. From Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace Guided Tour

Benefit from a guided tour inside the Quinta Regaleira and Pena Palace. Fall in love with Sintra, a village full of magic and mystery, the lasting symbol of Portugal's Romantic period and also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to treat yourself and loved ones to a private experience with your own guide and pickup from your own hotel. Alternatively, you can get picked up from a convenient location in the center of Lisbon. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and dedicated tour guide, you will visit Quinta da Regaleira and enjoy its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well. Uncover the mysteries of each place and learn about the orders of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. During the lunch break in Sintra's old town, you will have free time to explore the historical and charming streets. You will also have time to taste the traditional pastry, travesseiro. After buying your entry ticket with your guide, feel like you're stepping into a fairy tale when you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park. Understand its unique architectural expression of Romanticism. Spot how it blends many styles, including Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. Stroll around the park with its astonishing variety of plants and trees. Marvel at the palace's amazing views of the castle and the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.

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Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

4. Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Travel along the Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. You will see beautiful views, white sandy beaches, fishing vessels, ancient fortresses and old mansions. Passing by Estoril, you'll see the largest casino in Europe. At Cascais, take your time to walk around the scenic fishing village and a former vacation destination for the Portuguese Royal family. Bask in the narrow alleys and see the traditional Portuguese white houses, the stunning beaches and relaxing shores. Get sweeping ocean views from Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe. This place, “where the land ends and sea begins”, mastering the turbulent waters up to 140-meters high crushing loudly against the rocks offers a beautiful view of the wild coastline. Get your camera ready because Cabo da Roca is a real-life postcard. Sintra is a magical, mountainous villa where all monuments have a majestic architecture full of stories and unraveling mysteries, stunning Gardens, centenary trees and ancient castles await you! But first you will be taken throw the historic center where you will see the traditional Portuguese narrow streets and take pictures of the mesmerizing medieval National Sintra palace and its iconic chimneys. Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most romantic places on planet Earth. The property has 4 hectares of luxurious gardens, an impotent palace with surrounding towers, a Chapple, enigmatic grottoes and countless mysteries and secrets for you to discover. Passing through the Seteais Palace, you will see this neoclassical palace which is now a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many famous personalities such as Agatha Christie, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Deep have stayed at this fantastic place. Pena Palace, an extravagant palace built on top of the mountain at 500 meters of Altitude dominates the whole of the coastline and is truly an image taken from a fairy-tale. This building is a mixture of Moorish and Manueline, architecture and is definitely a most see in Sintra. At the end of your day of guaranteed adventures you'll be dropped off back at the place you initially met. But before you return, have a taste and experience the most delicious traditional wine (not available on Sundays) and finger food.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Trip

You’ll be picked up at your accommodation between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM and start your full-day excursion with a drive to Sintra village. In Sintra you’ll have a chance to visit the Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace), one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Then, take in the stunning gardens, caves, and architecture of Quinta da Regaleira or you can choose to visit the National Palace in the center of the village. You’ll have free time for lunch and a walk around the historical center of Sintra village, and to taste the traditional Travesseiros de Sintra. Next, you’ll drive through the National Park of Sintra-Cascais to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. You’ll hear about the history of the site and enjoy stunning views from the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the way to Cascais you’ll stop to visit Boca do Inferno (Hell´s Mouth). In the charming village of Cascais you’ll have some free time to explore the historical center’s main streets. On your way back to Lisbon you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour around Casino Estoril, an iconic place that served as a setting for a popular action movie.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca Private Car Tour

6. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca Private Car Tour

Discover the breathtaking Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais on a private car tour with a local guide. Explore the old royal summer home of Pena Palace, the enchanting gardens of Quinda da Regaleira, and the charming seaside town of Cascais along your way. Listen to stories that surround these beautiful locations nearby Lisbon, taking your time to walk through any or all sights. Sit back and relax as you’re driven along the stunning coastline from Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo da Roca. At the latter, be amazed by the cliffside views and the sprawling Atlantic Ocean. In Cascais, take your time to walk through the small town's flower-clad, charming streets at your own pace. Stop for a spot of lunch here at your own expense. Once in Sintra, choose which incredible palaces, castles, and gardens you wish to visit, including Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and more.

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Best of Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Best of Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon on a full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais, 2 small villages within easy access of the city center, and located in an area of protected natural beauty. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive to Sintra Hills, home to fairytale palaces and castles. Look inside Pena Palace, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the grounds, and admire views of Lisbon on the horizon from its balconies. Next, explore the picture-postcard village of Sintra, stopping to taste the local pastries and shop for souvenirs. Continue to Cabo da Roca to stand at the westernmost point of mainland Europe. Drive down narrow roads far from the tourist crowds. Travel along the coast road, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Tagus River. En route, stop at the fishing village of Cascais, transformed into a home for kings-in-exile and a site of espionage during World War II. Return to Lisbon along the magnificent Avenida Marginal, enjoying views of the Estoril Coast along the way.

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From Lisbon: Day Trip to Sintra, Cape Roca, and Cascais

8. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Sintra, Cape Roca, and Cascais

Travel from Lisbon to explore the charming town of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Admire the lighthouse perched on the cliffs at Cape Roca. Watch waves break in the mouth of a chasm at Hell's Mouth in Cascais. Be picked up from the meeting point in Lisbon and relax as you travel to Lisbon. Choose to see a vivid Romanticist castle at Pena Palace or wander through the shops, cafés, gardens, and restaurants in the center of town. Head to Cape Roca and stand at the western end of the continent. Snap some photos of the dramatic cliffs and Atlantic Ocean. Continue on a scenic route to the resort town of Cascais. Stop at Hell's Mouth to see the water surge into a large sea cave. Have some free time in Cascais to walk along the bay, or stroll through the old town to view the the Citadel Palace and medieval fort Nossa Senhora da Luz.

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From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation and meet your driver/guide for the day. Travel by air-conditioned minivan or sedan north Lisbon to the town of Fátima. Upon arrival in Fátima, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and see the Apparition Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica, and the Holy Trinity Basilica. Learn about the Marian Apparitions to 3 local children in 1917 and 1918 with your expert guide. Head to nearby Valinhos and see the houses where the 3 children were born. Enjoy the serenity of this tranquil location surrounded by scenic rolling hills. Travel southwest to the village of Sintra and enjoy some free time to explore the charming streets. Take a break for lunch in one of the cafés in the village. Afterward, visit the stately Pena Palace which is situated on a hill overlooking Sintra. Learn about the history of the palace, and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area, before returning to Lisbon.

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Full-Day Private Tour - Sintra's World Heritage Sites

10. Full-Day Private Tour - Sintra's World Heritage Sites

Your private day tour will begin with a pick-up from your Lisbon hotel or cruise port at 8:30. The objective of the day will be to show you the national monuments at Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As this is a private tour, you will have the freedom to rearrange your tour how you see fit.  Your first stop could be at the Queluz National Palace, an 18th-century palace inspired by the Versailles palace in France, recently restored, where one of the most beautiful and well maintained french gardens in Portugal can be seen. Afterwards, you might head to the center of Sintra, where you can enjoy free time for shopping and to enjoy the traditional pastries at a local tea house. You can even pay a short visit to the Village Palace, an 11th century palace, that has been transformed throughout the centuries and is now one of the most emblematic places of Sintra. Before lunch, you could pass on through the 18th-century palace of Seteais and Quinta da Regaleira on your way to the Monserrate Palace and Park. After lunch we could head over to the Moorish Castle and the Pena National Palace for a visit to the palace and park before returning to Lisbon. On the Pena Palace there is still the possibility of making a more extensive tour though the park, on a minibus, which takes about one extra hour and can be booked on the day. On a full-day tour in Sintra, it's impossible to visit all of the palaces mentioned above and all the interesting locations around the village. If you only visit palaces, there is time for visiting 4 of the mentioned attractions or for 3 visits and extended shopping time. You may also opt to visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, some nearby beaches, the wine region of Colares, or even Cascais. Please inform the driver of your preferences so that all can be arranged to suit your requirements.

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What people are saying about Pena Palace

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Lovely tour with a great person, Nuno. Didn't know when time has passed and I recomand this from my heart. A living fairytale, this part of the country. All the best, Nuno!

Portuguese culture at its finest! Big shout out to Nuno & Maria for being a part of a great day seeing some beautiful scenery - muito obrigado a todos :)

Sintra was amazing and the tour guide was very helpful and tailored our experience with input

Our tour guide was fantastic and the whole trip was a must see!

Well organized tour. Awesome guides with outstanding attitude.