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From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

1. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

Escape noisy Lisbon on a visit to nearby sites of natural and architectural beauty. See Sintra's historic center, Pena, Cascais, and more on this day excursion. On this full-day tour, start off with a walk-in Pena Park. Feel like royalty in Pena Palace while your guide explains its history. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. If you choose the option without the Pena Palace ticket, enjoy free time in the old town of Sintra. Next visit Sintra's historical center. Enjoy lunch or visit the National Palace. Continue on with a drive through the Sintra Mountains. Stop at the great cliffs at Roca Cape, which are the westernmost point of continental Europe. The last stop of the tour is the stylish town of Cascais, where you can take a relaxing walk along the bay before heading back to Lisbon.

Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visits to Regaleira and Pena Palace

2. Sintra: Jeep Tour with Visits to Regaleira and Pena Palace

Take an adventure by riding in a Portuguese convertible Jeep through Sintra, a World Heritage town. Explore the very best secret spots and routes while being guided by the most knowledgeable locals that know all about the region. Start your day being picked up at the meeting point and traveling directly to Quinta da Regaleira, a palace filled with mystery, metaphors and underground tunnels for a guided tour.  After the visit, you will have an overview of all 5 palaces and the 8th-Century Moorish Castle as you pass by the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at a typical Portuguese restaurant before walking through one of the most mystical forests in the world. Visit the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary, built 500 meters above sea level with a 360 view over the Atlantic Coast and the Natural Park. Finish your day with a guided tour to Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak. You will then be dropped off around 6:00 PM at the same station.

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

3. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, discover the natural and architectural beauty of Sintra and Cascais. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon at around 9:00 AM, begin this full-day tour with a walk in Pena Park. See the park’s secret caves, and admire the elegant Pena Palace. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will share the fascinating history associated with this romantic palace.  Next, visit the historical center of Sintra and taste the delicious pastries from this village. In addition, you will have free time for lunch and your guide will be happy to suggest some of the best restaurants in this area. Continue with a drive through a national park, passing the palaces of Quinta da Regaleira and Seteais. Enjoy a fabulous photo opportunity at the Roca Cape cliffs, the western most point of Europe 'where the earth ends and the sea begins'. The last stop on your tour is the stylish town of Cascais. Here you will take a relaxing wander along the bay, savor an ice cream or shop in the stylish stores. Return to Lisbon by the sea, along the coastal road of Estoril. This tour is totally private with only your family or group and is flexible to suit you.

Half Day Private Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

4. 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-century palaces of Seteais and Monserrate, the Quinta da Regaleira, and some iconic buildings in the area before heading to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe, where breathtaking landscapes and abrupt cliffs will delight you. You’ll pass by Guincho Beach on the way to the Royal Village of Cascais and the resort town of Estoril, before heading back to Lisbon by the scenic road, if time allows. Arrive back in your accomodation by 1 PM or 6 PM depending on the departure option. Please note that on a half-day tour, there is normally time to explore only one of the palaces. During some times of the year, especially high season, the order of the route may change to avoid queues in some monuments. If the Pena Palace is the one you want to visit, it helps significantly to pre-purchase the tickets. Nevertheless, please inform the driver of your selection, in order to optimize the visits.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cado da Roca, Cascais & Estoril Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cado da Roca, Cascais & Estoril Tour

Sintra leaves most visitors with a feeling of mystical enchantment. Its magical palaces, forests, Moorish castle and UNESCO World Heritage site city center are like a page from a fairy tale. You will start with a little walk through the mysterious Pena Park and discover secret caves and trails. Afterwards you will visit National Pena Palace, a marvelous palace from the 19th century that is also one of the most important examples of the Portuguese architecture from the Romantic period. Then you will head to the historical center of Sintra, where you’ll have free time to explore and to visit National Sintra Palace. After lunch, you will drive through the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park, passing by several impressive palaces until you stop at the Roca Cape cliffs – the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Next you will take you for a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast; you will stop at the Guincho Beach (a surfer’s paradise) and afterwards pass by Boca do Inferno (Hell’s mouth cliff). Finally, enjoy a leisurely walk along the bay at the glamorous town of Cascais. Drive along the coast to Lisbon passing by Estoril and the casino.

Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

6. Sintra: Half Day Jeep Safari

Begin the tour with a complimentary pick-up from your hotel on the Estoril Coast and climb into a 4x4 Jeep. Listen to a quick briefing of what to expect from your half-day tour, then set off on the adventure. Select the private option for an even more personalized experience.  First, drive to the Sintra Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Get to know the interior of Sintra Forest as you hike along unique trails. Then, stop at the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Make a final stop to see the emblematic Peninha Sanctuary.  Finally, enjoy some free time to explore the historical city center of Sintra at your own pace. End the journey with return transport back to your hotel.

From Lisbon: Sintra Half-Day Guided Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra Half-Day Guided Tour

Meet your local guide by the Camões Monument in Largo de Camões and take a train to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Romanticist architecture of this medieval town gives it a fairy tale atmosphere. See the Royal Palace and other highlights in this gorgeous seaside town. Stop and have a drink at the Moorish Fountain, an elaborately decorated fountain featuring Arab arches and beautiful tile work. Visit the Sintra National Palace, the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal. See the palace’s beautiful rooms as they were when the Portuguese royalty lived there. Admire their ornate decoration and exquisite tile work. Enter the Regaleria Park and explore its lakes, wells, hidden tunnels and ruins. See the colorful interior of the São Martinho Church. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Atlantic from the church square. Taste a traditional Sintra pastry.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

8. From Lisbon: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Sintra

Escape from Lisbon or Cascais and travel to Sintra on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Tour the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at leisure, and take advantage of the flexibility of your itinerary by choosing the sites that interest you most. Admire the city's 19th-century Romantic architecture and consider visiting your choice of Pena National Palace, the Castle of the Moors, Monserrate Palace, and the Sintra National Palace. Consider exploring the nearby nature as well, including the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. You may also want to visit a local cafe or bakery to try out traditional Portuguese pastries.

Classic Lisbon and Sintra: Full-Day Combined Tour

9. Classic Lisbon and Sintra: Full-Day Combined Tour

Explore Lisbon and visit its many historic sites on the morning of your full-day combined tour. Begin by crossing the 25th April Bridge, and on the return, enjoy fantastic views of Lisbon and it's hills before traveling on to Belém Quarter. See monuments dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, such as Belém Tower. The Monument to the Discoveries, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, memorializes those who took part in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. Next you’ll visit the St. Jerome Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a masterpiece of the Manueline style. Continue to The National Coach Museum, home to a collection of some of the most important old carriages in the world! Travel along the river to Alfama, the city’s old and traditional district, where you’ll walk along the narrow streets. As you pass by the downtown area, known as the Baixa district, you’ll admire Lisbon´s most important squares such as the monumental Trade Square, Rossio Square, at the heart of Lisbon, and Restauradores Square. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a drive along Liberdade Avenue, Lisbon’s main boulevard. Finish the Lisbon part of your tour at Pombal Square, before having some free time and a break for lunch.  Head off for an unforgettable afternoon in Sintra, a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. Be sure to taste the delicious local sweets such as queijadas or travesseiros, in a traditional tearoom. Travel through the Sintra Mountains where you’ll admire lavish and exuberant vegetation before arriving at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe. Along the coast, you’ll pass by Guincho Beach, where you can see windsurfers, and Boca do Inferno, a grotto created by erosion. Throughout this part of the journey you’ll have constant views of the sea and surrounding landscape. In coastal Cascais you’ll be able to see out over the bay. On the return journey to Lisbon, pass through Estoril and enjoy a panoramic view of the casino and its gardens.

From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

10. From Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais Guided Day Tour

Spend an entire day exploring Lisbon's surroundings on a tour that takes you to Sintra and Cascais. First visit the mysterious and fascinating village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its natural landscapes and cultural and natural heritage. Upon exploring the village, you will feel as though Sintra seems to have come straight from a fairy tale, with its many palaces and Romantic architecture. You will have time to enjoy lunch among the splendid scenery and may choose to enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant, or bring your own lunch and eat outside. Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see the quaint Colares village and to learn more about local wines dating to the 13th century. You’ll also see Praia das Maçãs, a small and popular local beach. Reaching the coast, you will make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Next, you will be taken to the westernmost point of continental Europe. From here, you will climb down to the beach. Continue on to Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. At the end of the tour you will drop off at the original departure point.

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We met with Mar at 8:30am, we were a group of 8 people and we started our journey to Sintra. First stop was Pena Palace which was amazing, we were lucky to be there in the morning as by the time we finished the visit we queue was huge. Our next stop was Sintra were we had free time to visit the city center. After that our journey continued to Cabo da Roca which was breathtaking. The views with the ocean and the cliffs were mesmerizing. The last stop was Cascais where we had free time to have lunch and to visit the city. Our guide Mar was very knowledgeable she provided a lot of information along the way. She made sure everyone was ok and she had a lot of patience. She gave us really useful recommendations and tips. It was an amazing way to visit all these places.

João was a great guide: very thoughtful, and well informed, and funny. We had a wonderful time visiting Sintra and Cascais. He also booked our group lunch in a terrific local restaurant in Sintra. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Portugal, thanks to him!

The driver/ our guide was super nice, funny and friendly, gave tips and talked about the history! Very exciting. The excursion is super structured, so that we could see everything in peace. I can only recommend.

Carlos is a great guide who brought us a lot of information and anecdotes throughout the day. He made the day super enjoyable! Thanks to him for his sympathy

We had an amazing tour to Sintra. Our tour guide Ricardo was great and got us to the front of the line very quickly. I highly recommend this tour!