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Sintra: Historical Jeep Tour

1. Sintra: Historical Jeep Tour

Hop into a classic Portuguese jeep to explore Sintra’s wonders. See the best of Sintra with the help of your tour guide, as you learn the incredible histories and explore the must-see landmarks in this 7-hour tour. Drive around three of the five stunning palaces of Sintra, the National Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate, as well as Moorish Castle. View the stunning palaces from multiple vantage points. Take in the gorgeous panoramic views of Sintra. Stop to visit Quinta de Regaleira. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture. Look deep into the initiation wells, that were once used for ceremonial purposes. Visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Admire the gorgeous views atop the cape and hear the immensity of the ocean clashing into the land beneath you. If your group chooses to, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to a wine tasting, and relax with some of the finest wines Sintra has to offer. As the last stop on your tour, enter Pena Palace. Admire the colorful, unique palace, that looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale. Capture your final tour photos, before your guide returns you to your drop-off.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

2. From Lisbon: Full-Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais with Locals

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have some free time to explore Pena Palace and see the wonderful views of the National Park and Moorish Castle. Head to the coast to the viewpoint at Cabo da Roca and the seaside resort town of Cascais. Be picked up from our meeting point in Lisbon. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside to Sintra. Take some time to explore the vibrantly colored hilltop castle of Pena Palace and admire one of the many views over the National Park and the ocean. Continue to Cabo da Roca where you can stand at the westernmost point of continental Europe. Snap some breathtaking shots of the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. Finally, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen.

Sintra: Full-Day 4x4 Tour

3. Sintra: Full-Day 4x4 Tour

Explore another side of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra on a full-day action-packed adventure by 4x4. Go beyond the famous palaces and head off-road. Stop for a local pastry and sample some ‘ginja’ liqueur.  Board the restored ex-military vintage 4WD and tackle the wild terrain of the area. Follow unmarked secret trails to remote bits of nature and monuments that tourists don’t usually reach. Visit untouched lakes, ancient hilltop convents, and other hidden gems. Splash through puddles of mud as the 4x4 heads past house-sized boulders, pine forests, and giant ferns. Stop for lunch at a village restaurant then head for the coast. Take a stroll along the sand and take in the views of a beach surrounded by incredible soaring cliffs.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

4. From Lisbon: Pena Palace Visit & Sintra Guided Day Trip

On this guided day trip, experience the natural and cultural wonders of Portugal as you travel from Lisbon to Pena Palace. Explore the medieval streets and local cuisine of Sintra Village. Admire the beauty of Roca Cape and Guincho Beach in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park before returning to Lisbon. Your day trip sets out from Lisbon. Relax as you travel to Sintra's Mountain, home to the Pena National Palace of Portugal. Enjoy this prime example of 19th-century Romantic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site, with elements of Renaissance, Manueline, and Moorish styles. Next, discover the beautiful palace gardens with rare plants and trees from all over the world. Follow the garden trails to the mountaintop, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the peaceful forests and gardens with exotic plants and flowers. Gaze down at the coastline and Lisbon below. Continue your tour in Sintra Village and visit the Historical Center. Wander the streets of this medieval village, taste the "Travesseiros de Sintra" and "Queijadas de Sintra" - both traditional local pastries - and enjoy the magical landscape that has inspired so many artisits, writers, and kings. After lunch, drive along one of Sintra's picturesque roads to Roca Cape, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Experience the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes against high rocky cliffs. Further on, you'll make your way to Cascais. Pause in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park at the beautiful Guincho Beach. Admire the white sand dunes in contrast with the Serra de Sintra hills as the ocean waves pound the sand. Glimpse surfers enjoying the strong swells. In Cascais, also known as the French Riviera, take some time to explore the charming city center and enjoy the elegant ambience of this seaside resort town. Finally, after some leisurely strolling, board the minivan and relax with more beautiful views on the way back to Lisbon.

Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Half-Day Guided Tour

5. Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Half-Day Guided Tour

Head to the meeting point, climb into a classic Portuguese-made military 4 x 4, and enjoy the feeling of being whisked along centuries-old forest roads towards Quinta da Regaleira. Drive past historic places such as Sintra National Palace, Serteais Palace, Monserrate,  Pena Palace, and the 8th-century Moorish Castle. Stroll through the magical Quina da Regaleira together with your guide. Snap photos, share stories of the area, and listen to fun facts. During the half-day tour, stop the sample the town’s traditional sweet ‘travesseiro’ pastry and sip a homemade ‘ginja’ liqueur. Finish the tour with a drop off back in town or at the train station. Enjoy a local lunch in Sintra, continue to explore the town, or carry on to your next tour.

Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

6. Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to explore Sintra the way you want with this Renault Twizy e-car rental and GPS audio-guided tour in one. As you drive, learn about Sintra’s iconic sights from your audio guide that’s available in 7 languages and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The journey in your Twizy e-car starts with a presentation and explanation of routes. After learning how to operate the vehicle, set out on your discovery of Sintra. When you pass monuments along the route, learn the story or legend behind them from your audio guide. Take advantage of a route map with information on where to park and where to take the best photos. During the tour, decide when and where to stop and for how long. Sights along the tour route include: • Sintra’s historic center • Sintra National Palace • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Miradouro da Vigia (three hills, three castles) • Quinta da Regaleira • Seteais Palace • Monserrate Palace and Park • Cabo da Roca Rest assured knowing Twizy has the Clean & Safe seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal.

From Lisbon: Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

7. 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.

Sintra: E-Car Self-Guided Tour for the 4 MAJOR Monuments

8. Sintra: E-Car Self-Guided Tour for the 4 MAJOR Monuments

All day in Sintra. First, to the top of the mountain, so you can see: Pena Palace (includes the Gardens, Chalet Condessa D'Ela and Valley of the Lakes). The fantastic Palácio da Pena is one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic revivalism in Portugal. The interior of the palace is still decorated according to the tastes of the kings and queens who lived there. Moorish Castle, is a privileged viewpoint to admire the view extending from Sintra to the ocean. Afterwards, the visit goes down and passes in a small town call São Pedro. Here you can take the opportunity to enjoy a meal in a typical Portuguese food Restaurant. The next stage is the Romantic Gardens. This route takes you to the mystic Quinta da Regaleira (known for the Inverted Well). Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most enigmatic places in Sintra. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Palace of Regaleira is a fascinating discovery. The Palace was built in a romantic revivalist style, recovering Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architectural and decorative forms, mixed with mythical and esoteric symbology. The last monument in this route is Palace and Park of Monserrate. The palace was designed by architects Thomas James Knowles (father and son) and built in 1858. The construction of the gardens was able to exploit the micro-climatic particularities of the Serra, thus obtaining a magnificent park in which more than 3,000 exotic species can still be observed. You can end your visit here, or head to the Coast, where you will find three wonderful beaches: Praia Grande, Praia das Maçãs and Azenhas do Mar. You'll find small enclosed places and wide sands and hidden beaches. It's worth taking a look at some of them even outside the summer period, to see the incredible landscapes of the Atlantic coast. The coast has the particularity of the Mountain joining the Sea. Sintra's beaches can be truly amazing!

Sintra: Pena Palace Half-Day Guided Tour

9. Sintra: Pena Palace Half-Day Guided Tour

Head to the meeting point, climb into an old Portuguese-made military 4 x 4, and enjoy the feeling of being whisked along centuries-old forest roads towards Pena Palace. Drive past historic places such as Sintra National Palace, Serteais Palace, Monserrate,  Quinta da Regaleira, and the 8th-century Moorish Castle. Stroll through the stunning Pena Palace together with your guide. Snap photos, share stories of the palace, and listen to fun facts. During the half-day tour, stop the sample the town’s traditional sweet ‘travesseiro’ pastry and sip a homemade ‘ginja’ liqueur. Finish the tour with a drop off back in town or at the train station. Enjoy a local lunch in Sintra, continue to explore the town, or carry on to your next tour.

Sintra: Countryside Gastronomic Tour in a Vintage Car

10. Sintra: Countryside Gastronomic Tour in a Vintage Car

Uncover the beauty and flavors of the countryside surrounding Sintra on this tour in a vintage car. Take some free time to explore the cobble stone streets in the seaside village of Ericeira.  Meet your guide at the Portela de Sintra train station and sit back and relax in a stylish classic car on the drive to a hidden waterfall in the mountains. Have some time to snap some pictures before heading to a rural village.  Sit down in a picturesque country village and breathe in delicious aromas. Immerse yourself in local cuisine while taking in views of the unique landscape.  See the sights along the main street of Mafra city and admire the “Convento de Mafra” palace. Make your way to the seaside village of Ericeira, a world surf reserve. Take some free time to walk in the center of the village before returning to you meeting point in Sintra.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 79 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.

Best tour we could have had! Maria our guide was very knowledgeable about history of all the places we visited and knew the tips to be early and see as much as possible. We would not have been able toaxize our time without her. She was flexible and professional and it has been the highlight of our Portugal trip Would not hesitate to book with this company again. The small group tour is heads and shoulders above big group tours- worth every penny and more.

¡Excelente tour privado en castellano! Nuestra guía, Carolina, hablaba un español excelente y nos llevó por muchos rincones del recinto patrimonial de Sintra y el Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. Todo fue muy profesional y, aunque el tiempo no acompañó del todo, pasamos un día fantástico.

The best experience we had in Portugal!!! Maria was our tour guide she was amazing!! Very attentive, very insightful and always willing to go the extra mile with us. Highly highly recommend!!!

5 stars for a reason! This was a great small group tour (there were 5 of us) so the benefit of a guided tour without being packed into a crowded bus.