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Sintra and Cascais: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Travel Pass

1. Sintra and Cascais: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Travel Pass

Get access to all the tourist lines and local bus routes in the towns of Sintra and Cascais with a 24-hour travel pass. Enjoy comfortable rides on air-conditioned buses to visit all the main landmarks in the area at your own pace. Hop on and off as many times as you wish for 24 hours without paying extra. Once you have finished visiting a landmark, simply catch the next bus and enjoy a comfortable journey to the next location. Discover the mesmerizing landmarks of the UNESCO Cultural Landscape of Sintra, including the stunning Quinta da Regaleira, the Moorish Castle, and the famous Pena Palace. Enjoy panoramic views of stunning locations such as Cabo da Roca and Guincho Beach as you explore the charming coastal town of Cascais and its surrounding area. Visit: • Cascais Bay • Boca do Inferno • Guia Lighthouse • Guincho Beach • Cabo da Roca • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Sintra Town Palace • Quinta da Regaleira Palace • Monserrate Palace • Azenhas do Mar

Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

2. Lisbon: Half-Day Tour of Sintra

Tour the rich sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Besides the Royal Palace, Sintra Village, and forests of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais', you'll enjoy authentic Sintra pastry, and Cabo da Roca's spectacular coastal view. Experience an unforgettable afternoon as you head north from Lisbon to the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Admire the Royal Palace, the best preserved medieval palace in Portugal. Located in Sintra Village itself, the Royal Palace was inhabited continuously from the 15th century through the late 19th century, and was the summer playground of Portuguese royalty. You'll quickly identify the palace's hallmark conical chimneys, and appreciate the rich collection of azulejos, or glazed tiles. As with the rest of Portugal, Sintra takes its sweets very seriously. Follow the crowd up a narrow nearby street to Piriquita. Since 1862, this popular confectioner and café has served up sumptuous cakes and pastries. The feast of the senses continues as we pass through the lush gardens of Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais, making our way to Cabo da Roca (from 1st March to 31st October), the westernmost point in continental Europe. Then soak in ocean sights as we journey along the coast, passing Guincho Beach, a windsurfing favorite, and Boca do Inferno, a natural grotto created by the sea. Upon reaching Cascais, you'll enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the bay. Then we'll return through Estoril, 'the Protuguese Riviera', with Europe's largest casino and its beautiful gardens.

Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

3. Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Embark a private sightseeing tour of historic Sintra and its stunning surroundings. Stop to see important sites along the way and enjoy exploring places not included on typical tourist routes. You’ll have plenty of time on this full-day trip to take in all the spots of historic importance and admire views of the area’s natural splendor. The tour is designed to be a full day of exploration, but the duration can be shortened if necessary, according to your scheduling requirements. You can also let the tour leader know your main areas of interest so the trip can be customized for you. After seeing the highlights of Sintra and the coastal village of Cascais, you’ll conclude the sightseeing program with a tasting some of Portugal's traditional pastries.

From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Discover both Sintra and Cascais with the help of an expert local tour guide. Explore the highlights of both villages on a flexible private day tour Start with pickup your accommodation in Lisbon and travel first to Sintra. Decide which monuments you wish to visit in the area, or if you just wish to head to some of the most scenic viewpoints You may visit the Pena Palace, a fairy-tale-like castle perched on a hill overlooking the village. Choose to visit Moorish Castle, which sits next to Pena Palace. Stroll along the walls of this mighty fortress and admire the breathtaking views all around you. Visit Sintra’s National Palace. Of medieval origin, discover its beautiful architecture and historic significance, and iconic chimneys. Explore the Quinta da Regaleira residence, with tons of mystical references, magical gardens, and enigmatic grottoes. Before leaving Sintra, enjoy a special wine-related treat, more will be revealed on the day of the tour. After crossing the mountain, arrive at Cabo de Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Enjoy the fantastic views of this natural landmark. Follow the beautiful ocean-front roads and white sandy beaches and arrive at Cascais. Explore this charming village which was a regular retreat for the Portuguese Royal Family of past centuries. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour

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

See the best of Sintra and the Lisbon Riviera on a private full-day tour. Discover the whimsical architecture of Sintra’s town center and Sintra Natural Park. Visit Pena Palace, perched on a rock overlooking the coast. Admire its mix of Moorish and Manueline motifs. Stop for a traditional Portuguese lunch before visiting Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. See the elegant resort town of Cascais. This one-time quiet fishing village was discovered by European nobility and later became a favorite of the jet set.

Sintra Tour From Lisbon in bus with Pena Palace

6. Sintra Tour From Lisbon in bus with Pena Palace

Sintra is a "True glorious Garden of Eden", as the famous British poet Lord Byron described it. Discover this paradise just outside Lisbon, and see why people like Hans Christian Andersen and Gloria Swanson were delighted with the magic and mystique emanating from the palaces, villas and estates of this charming village. On this tour, you’ll get to know the Pena National Palace and its profusion of exotic and eclectic styles, united in a perfect masterpiece of architectural Romanticism. It’s practically a visual synonym for Sintra, with its vibrant colors and fusion of styles. The fact it is nested on top of the hill also enhances its mystical aura, especially when it’s surrounded by fog, which is not uncommon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Roca Cape & Cascais Guided Walking Tour

7. From Lisbon: Sintra, Roca Cape & Cascais Guided Walking Tour

Start your day of sightseeing with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation where your driver/guide will be to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set off on your journey.  Drive along the picturesque coastline on your way to Cascais. As you cruise toward your destination you will see stunning views of the urban beaches and the outskirts of Lisbon city. Pass through Estoril, a former fisherman's village known for its beauty. Once you arrive in Cascais you will stop, stretch your legs and take a leisurely stroll through the village. The village, which has a certain elegance, is a place that attracts the nobility and wealthy of Portugal. As you walk along the streets you will get to admire the beautiful palaces built throughout. The village, also known for its natural beauty, has plenty to offer. Admire the beautiful rocky reefs (Boca do Inferno) and whilst at the beach of Guincho witness the rugged landscape shaped by the strong waters of the Atlantic ocean.  Continue on your tour to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Over a huge cliff more than 140-metres high, stands the lighthouse of Roca Cape - here you will have a beautiful view of the sunset as it disappears under the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Old Quarter of Sintra and marvel at the National Palace. Whilst walking along its cobblestone streets you will see the abundance of churches, monuments, museums, and unique buildings the area has to offer. Enthusiasts of occultism and esoterism will be sure to enjoy the Regaleira Palace, a building with a fascinating history (optional).  Take a walking tour through Pena Park, your expert guide will take you through the labyrinthian layout and show you all the lakes, waterfalls, springs, vantage points and pavilions that are scattered around the park. You will also get to visit the National Palace of Pena, considered by many as the highlight of the experience. Marvel at the eclectic architecture, the cupolas, towers, walls and footbridges that will remind you of a fairy tale.  After your day of adventure and sightseeing, you will be returned back to your accommodation for an evening's rest. 

Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

8. Faro: Mystic and Romantic Sintra Tour

Join this mystical and romantic tour and go back in time to visit the ancient village of Sintra. You'll walk through historical roads whilst observing the surrounding vegetation, which is bound to provide you with a relaxing sensation. Sintra is one of the most romantic villages in Portugal, and whilst there you will learn of the role that it had for the Portuguese monarchy. You'll also discover famous myths surrounding Pena Palace, exactly what sits inside the Seteais Palace, and why there is a labyrinth in Quinta da Regaleira. You will visit the famous Sintra Mountain and the Pena Park and Palace, with plenty of time for you to explore the grounds. Get ready to experience Sintra from a different perspective, as your local charismatic guide reveals interesting facts about the ancient village.

Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Private Bus Tour

9. Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Private Bus Tour

Relax with your private group in a bus with windows that stretch all around and up to the ceiling, the ideal design for taking in the sights. Drive through the Sintra Mountains, to the resort town of Cascais, and along Estoril’s Avenida Marginal towards Belém on this full-day trip. Get picked up from your Lisbon accommodation for a journey across the greater Lisbon District. Make your first stop at the village of Sintra, whose romantic architecture, historic farms, and countless royal palaces have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll in the charming streets and try a sample of Travesseiro de Sintra, a traditional pastry revered by locals. Hop back on the bus and head to the westernmost point of Europe - Cabo da Roca. Views the rocky coastline and cliffs bashed with the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue through the Sintra Mountains for views over Cascais and the mouth of the Tagus River. Reach Cascais by the Guincho road, noticing the beaches that are the delight of surfers. Stop at “Boca do Inferno” (Hell's Mouth) Cave and watch the vicious water erode the curiously-shaped arch. In Cascais, visit the charming town center and fishing port that feeds the Portuguese Riviera. Ride along Estoril’s Avenida Marginal, a windy coastal road with views of beaches, towns, and the ocean. Lastly, visit Belém and marvel at the historic monuments built with ancient sun-bleached stone, relics of the town’s origins as a hotspot for seafarers.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,576 reviews

Our guide was Alessandro (Alex). He was no less than excellent. He was friendly, thoughtful, attentive and informative. The vehicle was spacious, clean and comfortable. We are in our late 70's. My husband has heart problems. Alex tailored our tour to ensure we got to see as much as possible within our capabilities. We also got to choose how much time we wished to spend where within the schedule. Had we been in the area for longer we would have booked more tours with Alex. Thank you Alex for a memorable tour.

Tomas was a great tour guide. He picked us up and was even outside early. Tomas is very well spoken and knows a lot about his Portuguese history and culture, and is very excited to share it. We had booked two sites to visit, and Tomas was very organized with getting us on time to both sites. He altered the tour when needed and was quite accommodating. I cannot say enough nice things about Tomas. He is great!

We had a great tour despite the rain! Learned a lot about the history of Portugal. Our guide Rodriguez answered many questions about other interests such as port wine, other local wines, and Portugal cork trees.

Very nice day trip to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon! Beautiful pictures and great pastries in Sintra.

Our guide was knowledgeable, fun and gave us great insight. Highly recommend!