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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket

2. Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket

Get entrance tickets to Jerónimos monastery, a national monument classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located near the city of Lisbon. Learn about how King Manuel I commissioned the monastery in 1496 to honor the Infante for his devotion to Our Lady and faith in St. Jerome. Once inside, marvel at the Manueline or Portuguese Late Gothic architecture. Discover how the monastery of St. Mary of Belém was donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome. For this reason, it is commonly known as the Jerónimos Monastery. In 1833, when the order was dissolved, the monastery was used as a school and orphanage until 1940. In the 19th century, the church became the monument for local heroes and poets such as Luís de Camões and Vasco da Gama. Come and discover what is not simply a notable work of architecture, but also an important part of Portuguese identity and culture.

Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

3. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Enjoy free access to the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real  The Libson Card also provides discounts on the following attractions:• Dom Fernando II e Glória ship – 20% discount• Biester Palace (Sintra) – 10% discount• Video mapping (Immersivus Lisboa – O Cubo) – 15% discount• SEOTours – 15% discount• Setubal Alive – 10% discount• MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology – 15% discount

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

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

Benefit from a guided tour to Pena Palace, Sintra Historical Centre, Cabo da Roca and Cascais. Embark on an immersive journey that will uncover the Romantic enchantment of the Pena Palace and Sintra, the rugged beauty of Cabo da Roca and the charming seaside of Cascais. Meet your guide and driver at the Tugatrips Meeting Point (Parque Eduardo VII Viewpoint) where a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle awaits to transport you to your first destination. Depart from Lisbon while the first rays of dawn break over the city! Find the colorful Pena Palace hidden behind the tallest trees of Sintra! This unique masterpiece seems to make all the fairytales come true. Allow yourself to wander around the palace’s yards and gardens and take the chance to explore its lavish chambers. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Take recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. Find Sintra’s local flavors where time slows, and every corner reveals a slice of the town's magnificent gastronomy. Immerse yourself in the town's romanticism as you explore its cobblestone and picturesque squares. You shall also have time to taste Sintra’s typical pastry, such as the Travesseiro and the Queijada, amongst others. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe and amaze yourself with the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. Enjoy the harmony between the sound of the waves and the fresh breeze, where “earth ends, and the sea begins”. Allow yourself to be embraced by the Portuguese Riviera, while enjoying a short walking tour around the charming Cascais. Unveil this town’s unique gems, feel marveled with its amazing beaches and absorb the cascalense vibrant energy. After a short walk, take the chance to know your own adventurous self while discovering a little more of this place that was once called home by a humble fishermen community, but also the Portuguese Royal Family, with some free time! In a world where each corner holds a different facet of wonder, this journey becomes a chapter in your of exploration around Portugal. Finish this wonderful experience with amazing experiences etched in your mind and a camera roll filled with lifelong memories. Relax back on board your air-conditioned vehicle and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast, in Estoril, as you make your way back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Belém Tower Entry Ticket

5. Lisbon: Belém Tower Entry Ticket

Reserve your entrance ticket to the iconic Belém Tower located on the shores of Lisbon. Discover more about the fascinating history of this defensive construction, and enjoy fantastic views of the Belém district. Upon arrival, access the tower which was built in 1515 at the mouth of the River Tagus. Climb the narrow stairs to the top floor to get a panoramic view of the historic Belém district and its monuments to the "Age of Discoveries." Learn more about the golden age of Portugal's travels in search of new worlds. Discover how the strategic monument served as a gateway to the city in the past.

Lisbon: Oceanarium Of Lisbon Entrance Ticket

6. Lisbon: Oceanarium Of Lisbon Entrance Ticket

Join the 28 million visitors from 182 countries that have visited the Oceanario in Lisbon since it opened in 1998, making it one of the most popular things to do in Lisbon. Located on the grounds of the Expo 98 site, it is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Your entrance ticket allows you access to all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Celebrate life on earth through stunning displays of more than 8,000 creatures from 500 species and learn about the complexity of the world’s oceans. Divided into 4 separate bodies of water - representing the North Atlantic, Antarctic, Temperate Pacific, and Tropical Indian Ocean - large acrylic panels cleverly divide each from a central aquarium to create the impression that all living creatures roam in one single mass of salt water!

Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See all of Lisbon on an excursion that gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary with this full-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers four separate routes. With regular stops all along the way, you are in complete control. Hop on and off whenever and wherever, and visit as many sights, gardens, or shopping boulevards as you like. You can also take advantage of onboard audio guides in 16 languages. Belém Line (Red Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal Square Stop 2 - Restauradores Stop 3 – Principe Real Stop 4 – São Pedro Alcântara Belveder Stop 5 – Ribeira Market (Time Out Market) Stop 6 – Ancient Art Museum Stop 7 – Pilar 7 Stop 8 – Coach Museum Stop 9 – National Ajuda Palace Stop 10 – Jeronimos Monastery Stop 11 – Belem Tower Avenue Stop 12 – Belem Tower Stop 13 – Monument to Discoveries Stop 14 – Maat Stop 15 – Doclands Stop 16 – Estrela Stop 17 - Amoreiras Stop 18 - El Corte Inglès Stop 19 - Eduard VII Park - Northside Stop 20 - Marquês of Pombal Square Oriente Line (Blue Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal Stop 2 - Duque Loulé Avenue Stop 3 - Campo Pequeno Stop 4 - Oceanarium Stop 5 - Lisbon Casino Stop 6 - Vasco da Gama Shopping Center Stop 7 - Vasco da Gama Tower Stop 8 - Oriente Station Stop 9 - Tile Museum Stop 10 - Cruise Terminal Stop 11 - Santa Apolónia Station Stop 12 - Martim Moniz Stop 13 - Restauradores Stop 14 - Marquês de Pombal Square Castle Line (Green Line): Stop 1 - Praça Marquês de Pombal Stop 2 - Duque de Loulé Avenue Stop 3 - Martim Moniz (Mundial Hotel) Stop 4 - St.George Castle Stop 5 - Portas do Sol Stop 6 – Graça Belveder Stop 7 - São Vicente de Fora Stop 8 - Campo Santa Clara/Pateão Stop 09 - Martim Moniz (Firehouse) Stop 10 - Restauradores Stop 11 - Marquês de Pombal Square Cascais Line (Orange: Lisboa - Cascais): 1 - Marquês de Pombal2 - Jerónimos3 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué)4 - Estoril (Posto de Turismo)5 - Cascais (Hotel Baía)6 - Guincho (Parque de Campismo Orbitur) *7 - Guincho (Rest. Porto Sta. Maria) *8 - Guincho (Forte dos Oitavos) *9 - Cascais (Boca do Inferno)10 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego) Cascais Line (Yellow: Cascais - Lisboa): 1 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego)2 - Cascais (Hotel Baía)3 - Estoril4 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué)5 - Jerónimos6 - Marquês de Pombal

Lisbon: Regaleira, Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Day Trip

8. Lisbon: Regaleira, Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cascais Day Trip

Discover Sintra’s beautiful architecture, admire the beauty of one of the highest hills of the region Walk the narrow streets of Sintra in your free time and visit with our fantastic tour guide Quinta da Regaleira. Arrive at the romantic Pena Palace in Sintra, which has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism. Explore the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Walk through the fairytale-style building and learn about its fascinating history. Take some free time to stroll through Sintra and purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry. Get recommendations on what to see and eat in the area. Afterward, begin a guided tour of the main landmarks of Sintra, and hear about local secrets and stories. Visit the picturesque village of Cascais, linked to the Portuguese royals who summered here. Stroll along beautiful beaches, mansions, museums and photogenic streets.

Lisbon: Guided Day Tour of Sintra, Pena, Regaleira & Cascais

9. Lisbon: Guided Day Tour of Sintra, Pena, Regaleira & Cascais

Discover sintra’s beautiful landscape and architecture. Walk the narrow streets of Sintra in your free time and visit the emblematic Quinta da Regaleira with our fantastic tour guide. Its patrimonial importance has led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site, so it is undoubtful a must site to visit due to their countless sculptures, gardens and fountains that you will discover there. You will also learn all the details of the famous Initiation Well, hidden in the northern part of the Quinta. It is a nine-story spiral well that symbolizes the nine circles of hell or paradise. In total, 27 meters that will make your hair stand on end. Take some free time to stroll through Sintra and purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry. Get recommendations on what to see, eat and buy in the area. Afterward, begin a guided tour of the main landmarks of Sintra, and hear about local secrets and stories. Arrive at the romantic Pena Palace in Sintra, which has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of Romanticism, such as Neo-Gothic, along with other Oriental styles such as Neo-Moorish and Indo-Gothic. Explore the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Walk through the fairytale-style building and learn about its fascinating history. It is also listed among one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, linked to the Portuguese royals who summered here. A walk around the promenade will allow you to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches, mansions, museums and photogenic streets.

Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

10. Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest.  The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding.  Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.

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What an amazing experience!!! Flavio was the BEST tour guide we could ever imagine, patient, informative and entertaining. He provided great stories on every places we visited. We fell in love with the medieval Óbidos, the ocean views of Nazaré and the charming Porto. Definitely a must-do trip! Worth your time and money!

We had a trip on 7.03. Everything was amazing! Miguel is very cool guide. He is as a real local , knows many nuances how to avoid crowded places and big lines, that made this trip very comfortable.he told us about history and much more. Totally recommend. Everything went smooth, interesting and very funny))

Magical place exceptional exhibition. Interesting comments !! No queue ... Easy access to the paintings because not too many people ... rare ... I had taken premium tickets but it was not useful suddenly .. (1st week February holidays)

Fascinating architecture and period furnishings. Plaques at each room explained the occupant and their place in the royal family. Thoroughly enjoyable!

We were picked up promptly by our guide, James! He took his time to explain everything and was very knowledgeable! A great day, thank you.