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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. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. 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 vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

2. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

3. 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: Tagus River Sunset Tour with Snacks and Drinks

4. Lisbon: Tagus River Sunset Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Embark on sunset cruise aboard the Príncipe da Beira in Lisbon. Admire the city highlights as you sail along the Tagus river. Sip on red or white wine, beer, water or soft drinks. Try corn bread, butter, jams, olives, dried fruit, and Portuguese fruit cake.  Meet at the tour supplier's office and board the boat. Set-off along the banks of the Tagus river. See the colorful historic buildings in the Mouraria quarter. Capture pictures of the 16th-century Tower of Belém fortification.  View the '25th of April' red suspension bridge that connects the city with Almada. Relax on a comfortable ship while watching the reflection of the sunset on the water. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise. 

Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

5. Lisbon: Amphibious Sightseeing

Learn about the history and culture of Lisbon on a fun and thrilling amphibious adventure. Take a plunge into the Tagus River in your bus! Board your amphibious vehicle and spend 90 minutes exploring the heart of Portugal’s capital, by land and river, without leaving the comfort of your seat. Prepare to be entertained by lively guides, who will share myths, legends and curiosities during an entertaining show filled with positive energy and passenger interaction. It’s all about fun and laughter. Don’t expect a traditional sightseeing tour with a traditional guide, but rather a memorable experience! Your route will take through the historic center, giving you the chance to see some of the highlights of Lisbon, before plunging into the Tagus. From there you’ll take in amazing views of Lisbon and of many of the monuments in the Belém area that date back to the Age of the Discoveries. Tours operate daily, rain or shine, and are conducted in both Portuguese and English.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

6. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

Climb aboard a vintage sailing boat and get panoramic views of Lisbon as you enjoy a plate of petiscos (small snacks with a glass of white or rosé wine. Admire the monuments of the Belém district, such as the amazing Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Pass the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) at the site where ships would depart to explore and trade with India and the Orient. See the statue of Jesus Christ at the Sanctuary of Christ the King and marvel at the 25 de Abril Bridge. Get panoramic views of São Jorge Castle and Praça do Comércio from the river and take great photos from a different perspective along the way.

Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

7. Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

Climb aboard a luxurious yacht for a 1 or 2-hour sailing tour of the coast of Lisbon, departing from the Doca do Bom Sucesso near the historic Belém Tower. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River, passing the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city for an appreciation of its maritime and fishing traditions, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your enthusiastic and experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus Estuary, as well as provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coastline. Your safety is a top priority at all times. Relax on board the stylish boats, which are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature onboard toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to provide the soundtrack to your experience. Choose from a 1-hour morning cruise, a 2-hour day cruise, or a romantic 2-hour sunset cruise.

Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

8. Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Experience the sights and sounds of Lisbon on a unique 3-hour guided tuk tuk tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. Feel the pulse of the cosmopolitan city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts to take in the traditional atmosphere of the old quarters.  From a tuk tuk you’ll have the opportunity to get up close for an insight into local life. Highlights of the tour: • Downtown Lisbon • Rossio Square • Santa Justa elevator • Lisbon Cathedral • Saint Anthony Church • Portas do Sol viewpoint • Graça neighborhood • Castle neighborhood • Senhora do Monte viewpoint • Mouraria • Saint Vincent Monastery • Flea market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) • National Pantheon • Alfama neighborhood 

Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

9. Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

Enjoy a guided boat trip in the historical heart of Lisbon, along the River Tagus. Discover Portugal's 18th century history as your guide and sailor shares informative commentary as your cruise down the beautiful river.  The 45 minute cruise begins from the Terreiro do Paço River Station. You will see from the river the wonderful landscape of the historical city center, passing by Commerce Square, Sao Jorge Castle, Alfama, National Pantheon and Santa Apolonia Station. On the return, sail through the middle of the river to observe the enchanting hills of Lisbon and from a distance, the grandeur of the 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ the King. The tour is in a traditional and unique 1947 sailing cargo boat with capacity for 50 people. The boat is decorated in warm tones and numerous hand-painted flowers, that give a touch of charm and authenticity. In the late 1960s with the introduction of road bridges, these vessels entered into disuse and of the thousands of boats that existed only about 75 survived, duly registered in the Marinha do Tejo, living part of Portuguese Navy Museum. Experience a river cruise on this truly unique piece of history.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

10. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Discover the beauty of Lisbon and explore the city's highest points comfortably with an e-bike. After a short briefing, start at the marketplace and cycle towards the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara, passing the Portuguese Parliament. Continue along the Avenida da Liberdade and take a look at the finest and most expensive shops in Lisbon. Afterwards, discover the area around the Castelo de São Jorge and enjoy a fantastic view of the city from the famous Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Drive down towards the historic Alfama Quarter and finally reach the starting point of the tour at Handelsplatz.

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What an amazing tour with Inside Lisbon! We first went to Fátima where the apparition of Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to reveal three secrets to three children. Next, we went to Batalha to see its wonderful monastery. We then drove along the Atlantic coast to enjoy the view and see Nazaré. After an amazing lunch (seafood rice with monkfish, shrimps, and clams), we immersed ourselves in the fairytale town of Óbidos. Thanks to the amazing tour provided by Nuno, accompanied by Natália, another day of mine in Portugal was full of fun, history, and friendship.

It was an unforgettable experience. Even more so thanks to an amazing skipper Benny who was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information about Lisbon during the cruise. Thank you!

Excellent tour and experience! Diego was very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and helpful. The bus driver was very nice and the bus was very clean and comfortable. Fantastic!!

Excellent way to get overview of Lisbon. Our tour guide was excellent, he was very knowledgeable & proud of Lisbon.

Very comfortable trip, excellent driver. Learned a lot, excellent lunch. Highly recommended!