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Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Tour

1. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel at around 9:00 AM and take the route to Queluz Palace. As a palace of the 18th-century, it was built as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, who would later be her husband and King Consort of his niece, Queen Maria I Portugal. Stop to take pictures. Continue with the tour through the historic center of Sintra, where you can see the wonderful old streets and take pictures at the National Palace of Sintra and make a short walking tour. Continue with your tour to Regaleira, a romantic place for excellence. It is the result of the achievement of the myth magical dreams of its owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920). Stop for photos and visit its interior. Then, explore Pena Palace, the most extravagant Portuguese palace built on a rock with an altitude of 500 meters dominating the entire coast of Lisbon. The Arabic architecture and Manueline style present in this palace, give life to the pure Portuguese romanticism. Mandatory visit to Chalet of Edla Condess, and pass through Moors Castle, Seteais Palace and Mosserrate Palace. Next, go to Roca Cape, “where the land ends and the sea begins.” Dominating the tumultuous waters 140 meters high which beat noisily against the rocks. It offers superb views of the Atlantic Ocean at its most wild but before, you will make a stop at Adraga Beach for lunch. Nearby Cascais, you will find Hell’s Mouth. This gap in the rock is a giant canyon carved by the sea with the beating of the waves. A worthy spectacle to enjoy the sound of the waves reminding the devil’s voice growling and spitting squirts of water. Finally, the tour goes through Cascais fishing village since the 12th-century and so remained until today, a privileged place for the exiled European nobility during the two world wars, still keeping its glamour and architectural richness of other times. Return to Lisbon by following all along the coast through Estoril and Carcavelos admiring the immense beaches the coast offers. Expect to return back to Lisbon at 5:00 PM.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Ful-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Sintra, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, castles, palaces, and chalets of diverse architectures coexist, inserted in a natural park that shows plants from diverse parts of the world, forming a vast and magical green forest.  On arrival at Sintra, beside the Centro Historico (Historical Centre), there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as, Sintra National Palace, the Pena Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate Palace, Parque Natural de Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira. Onwards, travel towards the Atlantic Ocean, to discover Cape Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Travel along the sea and admire Guincho Beach enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais, and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s worldly renowned Casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon driving along the Estoril Coast admiring the breath-taking sight of white sanded beaches along the way.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

3. From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

Discover Sintra, known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the mountains which gave its name to the town, a granite massif ten km long emerges abruptly between a vast plain to the north and the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary. Walk through the historical village center, enjoy its natural beauty and visit its most proeminent landmarks: the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira and Monserrate Palaces. Crossover the mountain to visit the westernmost point of the European mainland and look beyond the Atlantic. In the so-called "Portuguese Riviera," discover the city of Cascais and its old town center as well as Estoril, popularly recognized for the Casino Estoril, widely regarded as the Europe's largest casino. Then go by seashore road to Lisbon center and see where the Atlantic meets the Tagus River. The tour is private and available in several car classes: standard, standard van, premium, luxury van and luxury. 

From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Private Day Trip

4. From Lisbon: Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira Private Day Trip

Discover the elegance and charm of Sinatra on a day trip from Lisbon. Travel in an airconditioned vehicle and explore the Quinta da Regaleira estate with an admission ticket. Have free time to stroll through Cascais and Sintra and capture pictures of the cliffs at Cabo da Roca. After being picked up from your centrally located Lisbon hotel by your guide, travel west in an air-conditioned vehicle. Drive along Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. Leave the April 25 Bridge behind as you follow the railway line, passing white sandy beaches, fishing vessels, ancient fortresses, and old mansions. Pass the picturesque Portuguese Riviera, a strip running through Oeiras, Estoril, and Cascais. Snap photos of the Casino Estoril, Europe’s largest casino, believed to be Ian Fleming's inspiration for the James Bond novel Casino Royale. As you pull into Cascais, take your time strolling around the chic holiday destination, once a fishing village, and then a refuge for royal families during World War II. Explore narrow alleys and glimpse traditional Portuguese white houses, or relax by the beach. Continue to postcard-perfect Cabo da Roca, continental Europe’s westernmost point. Pass Guincho, one of the region’s most famous beaches, popular amongst surfers and watersports enthusiasts for its strong winds and inimitable waves. Enjoy some free time admiring the landscape, and then continue to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sintra. Explore its historic center, and then head to the romantic Quinta da Regaleira. Wander through its 4 hectares containing a palace, lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and mysterious constructions that evoke Freemasons and the Templars. Head to the top of Serra de Sintra, 500 m above sea level, to visit the Palace of Pena. Admire the fairytale example of architectural Romanticism that blends several styles, including Gothic, neo-Manuelin, neo-Islamic, and neo-Renaissance. After the tour, enjoy a convenient return transfer to your hotel. 

From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour by Luxury Car or Minivan

5. From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour by Luxury Car or Minivan

Explore the historic center of Sintra on a full-day self-guided tour, with a personal chauffeur at your disposal for the day. Travel by luxury car or minivan with pickup available from your hotel in Lisbon. Stroll through bohemian streets and taste the famous travesseiros de Sintra cakes. 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. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra" celebrates the town’s artistic heritage and fairytale architecture, such as the Pena Palace in the hills of São Pedro de Penaferrim. Be enchanted by the “Mountain of the Moon,” as Sintra was called in ancient times. 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. Before your tour is over, go to Lisbon’s Belém Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, and 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. Enjoy expansive views of Lisbon’s Pombaline Downtown at the Terreiro do Paço, completely rebuilt in the 18th century after the 1755 earthquake.

Sintra Walking Tour: The Hans Christian Andersen Memories

6. Sintra Walking Tour: The Hans Christian Andersen Memories

In 1866 Hans Christian Andersen travelled to Portugal. After a few months in Lisbon and Setúbal, he reached Sintra. Learn about what the Danish writer saw and did here on this tour. Your guide is an historian who has studied the memories of Andersen in Sintra, as well as the history of Sintra in the 19th Century. You will start your walking tour in Sintra's historic centre and from there you will pass through a number of places - in the Village and around it - where Hans Christian Andersen also walked, as well as significant spots, untraceable nowadays, due to the man-made development that followed Andersen's time in Sintra. The walking tour will have a duration of around 3 and a half hours (regular terrain) and the effort implied is equivalent to spending a whole afternoon strolling around touristic areas, with ups and downs.

Sintra: Private Tour With A Historian

7. Sintra: Private Tour With A Historian

There are two main intentions of this tour: that you absorb the true history of the region from an independent History researcher, and that you take back beautiful memories of the area. You'll be picked up at Sintra's train station, around 9 a.m. This tour includes tickets to Sintra's monuments, accompanied every step of the way by a historian. You will have lunch in a traditional place, where you can truly taste Portugal's gastronomy. Along the way you will visit Quinta da Regaleira, Palácio de Monserrate, Cabo da Roca, and Praia da Adraga - where you will have lunch. Afterwards, you will also experience Convento dos Capuchos, Chalet da Condessa D'Edla, and Parque e Palácio Nacional da Pena, before you head back home.

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based on 363 reviews

We had an amazing private tour with Nuno. He was so fun to be with, very punctual, full of knowledge, and we can see how enthusiastic he is in his job. We learned alot from him. We booked our tour right when we land in Lisbon. Had a quick trip in Belem and Nuno was so sweet to buy us the popular pastel de nata from the oldest maker. Then we head to our journey. It was raining in the morning so we started from the Cascais coastline to hell’s mouth, then to a beautiful Cabo da Roca, until the sky was perfectly cleared up to Sintra’s, stopped by the Monserrate Palace then we spent most of our time in the beautiful castle of Pena Palace. Nuno also took us to this best restaurant in Sintra and had an amazing seafood lunch then we head down to Regaleria, one of the beautiful and historical palace in Sintra, too. Nuno went extra to make most of our time. We had a great journey and will definitely book him again. We also asked him if he can drop us to the city center of Lisbon after the tour.

Saturday morning we were picked up by Antoine. He described Portuguese people as friendly and that was certainly how we got to know him that day. He showed us (a small group which was ideal) Sintra and many other gems… His enthusiasm and smile were infectious. We enjoyed!

Our tour guide, Renalto, made our Sintra tour amazing. His knowledge and sense of humor kept us entertained. He did not rush us from place to place but rather had us enjoy all our spots. Thank you Renalto, for make Lisbon very memorable. Best tour to date….

We had a wonderful time. Goncalo made our experience even more special. He was very knowledgeable, entertaining, professional, welcoming and friendly. Everything was perfect, start to finish.

The tour with Antoine is one of the best experiences. I'd give it 6 stars if it were possible. He was full of positive energy, very knowledgeable and ready for everything!