Cascais
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Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

1. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park, and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrim site since the early 18th century. Stroll to the nearby cliffs for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Setubal Peninsula to explore the quiet fishing town of Sesimbra. Head to the Moorish Castle high above the town, before a break for lunch (own expense), either in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. If you selected the optional 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and transfer to a luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins. Alternatively, bask in the sun at one of Arrábida’s hidden beaches, or taste traditional food and wine at a local cellar. Transfer back to Lisbon for the end of the tour services, enjoying the splendid views along the way.

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Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

2. Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

Famous for its incredible array of palaces, Sintra steals the hearts of all those who travel there. On this full day private tour, take your pick of which palaces to visit with the help of your experienced local guide. From the beautiful Romantic Pena Palace, the Morrish Castle and the Masonic Regaleira, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for royal choice! Definitely not one to miss is the incredible ‘Portugese Versailles’. Or, will you choose the Queluz Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family back in 1755 before their earthquake escape to Brazil. One of the most beautiful palaces, Quelez is known for its Rococo style, gardens, and terraces. After the palaces, travel to the center of Sintra to visit and learn all about the area’s historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions. Next, head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe where the land ends and the vast sea opens up. Marvel at the stunning ocean views and then travel to the ‘Mouth of Hell’, where the waves hit the rocks with frightening force, and years of erosion have left vast cavities in the limestone. Now it's time to explore Cascais Bay, a wide beach nestled amongst picturesque streets full of fish restaurants caught fresh by the village fishermen. Sat between the bay and the Sintra mountain range, Cascais was the vacation hotspot for Portugese royalty in the 19th century. On the return to Lisbon, journey along the coast of Estoril, famous for its Casino, the inspiration of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’.

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Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

3. Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

Discover Lisbon on this extensive tour. Begin in the morning at the Avenida da Liberdade and visit the Baixa neighborhood. Along the way, stop to admire the cathedral or enjoy the incredible view from Graça, then pass the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the Pantheon to the streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the sights of Belém such as the Jéronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and taste the most famous sweets from Portugal, the pastel de nata, before taking time for lunch. After lunch, head to Sintra and enjoy time to discover the historic city center or take the opportunity to visit the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Then go further to Cascais, past the incredible Boca do Inferno rock formation, and enjoy the opportunity to walk on the beach or wander the wonderful city center.

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Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon by Luxury Minivan

4. Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon by Luxury Minivan

Discover the historic center of Sintra on a full-day self-guided tour, with a personal chauffeur at your disposal for the day. Stroll through bohemian streets and visit Sintra National Palace, considered the best-preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal. Admire the fairytale façade of the Quinta da Regaleira, including its luxurious park of lakes, grottoes, wells, and fountains. See the town’s artistic heritage and fairytale architecture, such as the Pena Palace in the hills of São Pedro de Penaferrim. Breathe the fresh sea air at Cabo Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Stroll on the beaches of Guincho, and marvel at the Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth) cove. En route back to the city, drive along the Estoril coast road, linking the traditional fishing village of Cascais with the glamorous resort of Estoril, and on to Lisbon. Go to Lisbon’s Belém Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, and the vast span of the historic 25 de Abril Bridge. Look up at the statue of Christ the King (Cristo Rei) embracing the city from its hillside location. Before the end of the tour, enjoy expansive views of Lisbon’s Pombaline Downtown at the Terreiro do Paço, completely rebuilt in the 18th century after the 1755 earthquake.

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Private Full-Day Tour of Sintra, Cascais, and Lisbon

5. Private Full-Day Tour of Sintra, Cascais, and Lisbon

Visit Sintra National Palace, once the hunting residence of the Portuguese kings and now an important cultural heritage site. This tour takes you along to Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will have the opportunity to take some photos before continuing on to Cascais and Estoril, Lisbon's trendy seaside resorts. On this panoramic tour you will explore some of the picturesque districts of Lisbon, such as Baixa, the city's downtown. You will also visit Rossio Square and drive from there to Comércio Square. Visit the Hieronymites Monastery - see the church and take the opportunity to get a closer look at the cloister. You will then visit Belém Tower, Lisbon's famous landmark located on the Tagus River. There, you can see a copy of the airplane that the Portuguese pilots Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral rode in for the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic in 1922. The final highlight on this tour is the Monument to the Discoveries, a 60-meter monument built in 1960. There, you can admire over 30 statues that were erected in honor of Portuguese navigators. Admire the world map and the marble compass rose - a gift from the Republic of South Africa.

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Lisbon and Sintra Private Full-Day Shore Excursion

6. Lisbon and Sintra Private Full-Day Shore Excursion

Skip the big group shore excursions when your ship docks in Lisbon and enjoy a private tour of the city, along with the artistic town of Sintra, the Estoril coast, and the traditional fishing village of Cascais. Start with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, a fairytale town of fantastic architecture. Wander the narrow streets to discover the summer retreats of the kings of Portugal and Moorish lords. Marvel at the romantic Moors Castle, and the Royal Palace built on the site of a Moorish Alcazar. Head to the top of the hill to the extravagant 19th-century palace of King Ferdinand. Known for its rare Romanticist architectural styles and colors, the Pena Palace commands stunning views of the “Sacred Mountains” of the Serra. Next, take a relaxing drive along the Estoril Coast, and visit the historical center of Cascais, where fishing traditions are still maintained. Continue to the beautiful beaches of Estoril, gazing at the Atlantic Ocean en route to Lisbon. Spend the afternoon exploring the main squares of Lisbon, such as the ornate Praça do Rossio and Praça do Comércio. Go to the Castle of Saint George for astonishing views of the city and old Moorish quarter of Alfama. End your adventure where many explorers started, in the historic district of Belém, and marvel at the 16th-century Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery. See the Monument to the Discoveries, erected in 1960 to honor the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Portuguese explorer, Henry the Navigator.

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Morning Cruise Shore Excursion – Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

7. Morning Cruise Shore Excursion – Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

Starting in the Avenue of Liberdade and the Baixa district, you will stop in two impressive locations: the Sé Cathedral and the sightseeing lookout of Graça. Afterwards, you will pass by the grand Monastery of S. Vicente, the National Pantheon, Chiado, and travel down the Estrela main streets with the stunning scenery as your backdrop. Our last stop will be the Belém district. Here, you will discover its several monuments: the Monastery of Jeronimos, the Belém Tower, and the Discovery Monument. You will also enjoy free time for lunch in Belém. After lunch, you'll head to Sintra where there will be free time to explore its beautiful historical center and also to visit the Sintra National Palace. Next you’ll drive to Cascais, passing by the impressive rock formation of Boca do Inferno (Hell’s mouth cliff). For the end to the perfect morning, enjoy a walk along the bay at the glamorous town of Cascais.

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What people are saying about Cascais

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Excellent circuit yet very badly started by bad weather. that said, in the rain the landscapes are magnificent then in the sun it must be exceptional. Joao, our guide knew by his kindness and his culture to make us discover a whole journey of Portugal that we did not know. We loved it and we hope to spend a few days of vacation with our family there. Thanks again Joao

Memorable!

Thanks to Filipe, our guide, for the incredible day that the children and I spent !! It was good advice. Her kindness added a little extra during the excursion. The excursion to the dolphin observatory was more than memorable. Thank you for everything !! Alexandra, Thomas and Noah

Our guide, Nuno, was exceptional. He knew exactly where to take us ...and the scenery, sites, towns were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour, and make sure to eat at Restinguinha in Setubal.

joão was such an amazing, knowledgeable and lovely Tour Guide! loved every minute of the Tour and felt very safe! the Tour has been the Highlight of our vacation

Very successful trip

It was really a very successful trip in an optimal small group with a very hard-working and friendly tour guide.