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Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a short trip from Lisbon to discover the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. Escape the hustle of the city, just 12 km from Lisbon, and relax in this picturesque setting. Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket, heading straight in on arrival. Explore the Palácio de Queluz which was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer residence.  See the evolution of the Court’s tastes through 18th and 19th centuries, seeing evidence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Wander through the surrounding  queen-of-hearts formal gardens, with oak-lined avenues, fountains and an azulejo-lined canal where the royals went boating. Discover the complicated family history with a scheming Spanish daughter-in-law and eccentric British visitors. Imagine the splendour of the royals in this palace as you walk through the gilded, mirror-lined Throne Room and Pedro IV’s bedroom where he slept under a circular ceiling, surrounded by Don Quixote murals. Enjoy a break and a delicious meal in the palace’s vast kitchens, that is now house a palatial restaurant, the elegant Cozinha Velha, where you can feast on original palace recipes such as the steamed Dover sole. 

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

2. From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and heads directly to Queluz National Palace. Admire this impressive 18th century palace and learn about its rich history and former residents. Arrive in Sintra and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this charming village. Visit some of Sintra’s iconic sights, including the stunning Pena Palace and the fascinating Quinta da Regaleira. There’s also time to stop at a local cafe to sample some travesseiros de Sintra (traditional cake.) Continue the tour to Cascais, and wander around this picturesque coastal resort. Marvel at the view from Cabo da Roca, the western-most point in Europe, then feel the fresh air and sea breeze on your skin with a stroll along Guincho Beach. Before the end of the tour, gaze at the rocky formations of Boca do Inferno, then sit back and relax on the return journey to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta Regaleira, Cascais Tour

3. Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta Regaleira, Cascais Tour

Escape Lisbon city, and discover it's metropolitan area and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular attractions. Stop at the iconic Pena Palace, the awe-inspiring cliffs and Beach, and the seaside picturesque places. Stop in Sintra old Town, a Unesco World Heritage site with incredible Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and royal palaces and castles. Enjoy time to explore Pena Palace and see the great views over Sintra Nacional Park and Moorish Castle, visit Sintra Nacional Palace in the Village or visit Quinta da Regaleira in your free time. Passage in some of the sintra county beaches in the way to Cascais Vilage. And here, admire the views of the westernmost points of continental Europe, like Roca Cape and the Atlantic Ocean from the beach, and take in the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs and the natural whitw sand. Enjoy one of the Portuguese Rivieras, Estoril cost with Cascais an elegant seaside area of Lisbon, metropoliten area with its picturesque places and villages where you may stroll through the lovely seaside, fishing ports, and restored houses by many local craftsmen..

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

4. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais, Private Tour

Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra. Sintra is widely acclaimed as one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations, full of gardens, tiled villas, colorful palaces, and neo-Gothic structures, all surrounded by verdant hills rolling toward the Atlantic Ocean. Pena Palace and Park, Marvel at Pena Palace, one of the most magnificent and recognisable tourist attractions of Portugal. The palace exemplifies the 19th century Romanticism style of architecture and stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in Sintra Hills. Enjoy panoramic views of the peaceful forests and lush gardens covered by exotic plants and flowers. 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. The Castle of the Moors is a hilltop medieval castle located in the municipality of Sintra. Built by the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries, it was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and was taken by Christian forces after the fall of Lisbon in 1147. It is classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may wish to visit - Quinta da Regaleira. / Monserrate Palace. Quinta da Regaleira, The Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative 20th century residence that is situated in the town of Sintra. The grand house is split over five floors and has an ornate gothic façade, but the real attraction is to the rear with the enchanting gardens. The gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira were styled to represent ancient secret orders, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism. Continue to Cabo da Roca, One of the most marvelous views in whole Portugal – the westernmost point of Continental Europe “Cabo da Roca”. We will pass through the wonderful Sintra National Park until arriving at Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe that was mentioned by our acclaimed Luís de Camões as the place "Where the earth ends and the sea begins." It is a place of natural beauty, with imposing cliffs of 150 meters high. Here the landscape is breathtaking and absolute bliss for photography lovers. The next stop is absolutely beautiful rock wall with a very dramatic name – Mouth of Hell (Boca do Inferno). This breathtaking chasm located on a cliff seashore in Cascais will engage you with crashing waves. It is believed this place used to be a cave that over time and by the force of the sea relented and gave rise to the scenario as it is known today. Currently, Boca do Inferno is an open cavity, with a sort of arch where it enters the seawater. Cascais, this town in the 19th century became a favorite summer destination of the European aristocracy. 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 Tune your Tour way back to Lisbon.

Queluz: National Palace and Gardens Ticket & Optional Audio

5. Queluz: National Palace and Gardens Ticket & Optional Audio

Experience the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz at your own pace with an e-ticket and a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz, one of the last remaining examples of rococo architecture in Europe. Put on your headphones and discover the Music Room, the Picnic Room and the Monkey Lakes through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the ancient times. Tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the refined lifestyle of the Portuguese monarchy and the meticulously landscaped gardens of the National Palace of Queluz and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Sintra: Full day - Private Tour (up to 6 people)

6. Sintra: Full day - Private Tour (up to 6 people)

Thank you for looking into our amazing Full Day Sintra Private Tour. We will visit several national monuments, but in order to be able to do the complete Tour there is only time for you to visit 2 of them on the inside. Our driver will collect you from your hotel, accommodation, or Airbnb. We will start the Tour by visiting the beautiful Queluz National Palace, which was used as the official residence of the royal family during the 18th century. Then we will visit Sintra Palace and the village with its narrow roads. We can visit Casa Piriquita to eat the traditional Travesseiro of Sintra, which is delicious and a sweet that is impossible to resist. Then we will go through some of the most iconic monuments in Portugal, like the Castle of the Moors, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace. (Make sure you pick up to two of them to visit inside, and I definitely advise you to get your tickets online to avoid the long queues on site.) Next, we will head to the westernmost point on the European Continent – Cabo Da Roca  Cabo da Roca is around 150 meters above sea level. Here, you can have panoramic, breathtaking views over the Serra de Sintra and the coast. Then we will continue the tour, always by the coast. Guincho Beach is considered to be the pearl of wind sports, and in 2012 it won the "Seven Wonders, Beaches of Portugal" competition in the Sports Use Beach category. Boca do Inferno (Hells Mouth) is our next stop and an amazing panoramic point of great tourist attraction. The rock formation, in itself, is worthy of the visitor spending a good portion of their time admiring it.  Cascais and Estoril will be the end of our Tour. On the coast north of Lisbon, Cascais and the Estoril Coast became one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic places in Portugal, from the moment King D. Luís I chose the bay for his summer residence, at the end of the 19th century. We will then return to your hotel, accommodation, or Airbnb.

From Lisbon or Cascais: Mafra, Ericeira, and Queluz Day Tour

7. From Lisbon or Cascais: Mafra, Ericeira, and Queluz Day Tour

This tour will take you to Mafra, where a world heritage famous convent-palace takes place. The National Palace of Mafra, a complex consisting of a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, was completed in 1735, by the will of King D. João V by virtue of a promise he had made on behalf of the descendants he would obtain from the queen. It was the residence of the royal family for a few years, until the king's death, but never ceased to be one of the court's favorite places. Mafra's greatest treasure is the library. Here are kept books that are unique and rare examples of knowledge produced between the 15th and 19th centuries. After visiting the palace, head to the coast and arrive at Ericeira, a pretty fishing village. Its connection to the sea is undeniable, which you can enjoy exploring its narrow streets located in the Historic Center that take us back to other times. The cliffs along the shores of Ericeira beach also give it a unique beauty, as do the fishermen's boats that bring the best and freshest fish to land that can be tasted in many of the village's restaurants. Onwards, you will travel towards the interior, to discover Queluz National Palace, not infrequently called the Portuguese Versailles. It is an 18th century palace and was built as a summer retreat. Among the various rooms and other divisions of the palace such as the throne room, music room, ambassador's room, D. Quixote's room, among others, it is here where you will find the most interesting and important historical gardens in Portugal, present the most significant set of statues by the British sculptor John Cheere, outside English territory, which gives it great importance in the international art scene.

Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

8. Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

The first stop is the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle (Ticket Included) where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. It can’t be missed! The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira (stop fo pictures), one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical, and mysterious in the area. Explore its tunnels, mazes, and its riddles and symbols that are reminders of the mythology of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Next, you will have a tasting of the best regional wines in a special place. Discover the most western point of continental Europe. From the cliff tops, enjoy the fantastic view of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you can gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. A real sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf.  And of course you can’t leave without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village used to be a royal getaway. Nowadays it still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to all that it has to offer: boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

From Lisbon: Sintra Half-Day Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Sintra Half-Day Private Tour

Sintra is a magical and romantic location known to many across the globe. Come discover all of its natural and architectural wonders in a day you won’t soon forget! Considered many times to be the Romantic Capital of the World, Sintra will surely fill your hearts with love. Considered by unesco to be a World Heritage Site, Sintra has some great highlights for you to experience. Of the five magnificent Sintra wonders suggested in the itinerary, you will have tickets for the Pena Palace included ( If Skip-the-line option selected) - Pena Palace; - Quinta da Regaleira; - Mourish Castle; - National Palace of Sintra; - Queluz Palace. Let the adventure begin!

Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

10. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Keep in mind that these are the possible places to visit, it does not mean that you will visit all the places in the 4-hour tour. Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guincho Beach – known for its favorable surfing conditions. This is a popular beach for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Queluz Palace – one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Azenhas do Mar – a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra. Cascais and Estoril – former fishing villages that became royal getaways. Today they are among the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to an abundance of boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more. Cabo da Roca – the most westerly point in continental Europe. From the clifftops, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you’ll have scenic views of the glamorous towns of Estoril and Cascais.



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We had a great time visiting Sintra, under the watchfull, ever caring eye, of our certificated guide, Mr. Rui. He is a great, larger than life, person, that took us under his wings, taught us an astonishing amount of things, always with a big smile and a genuinely great attitude. It is clear, that he loves what he does, and it is thanks to him and his services, that we had such a fulfilling experience. Highly, highly recommended.

Our guide Riu was very knowledgable and a great driver ! He fave us plenty of time at each stop and made a few short stops too for taking photos. He booked a meal for us at a great fish restaurant by the sea. This was a fantastic trip and I would recommend it.

Very very good. Point out Jose as responsible for the fabulous day we had. Friendly, attentive and we would book an excursion with him again. Thank you

Fernando is our driver, he is excellent. He spent time with my kids, played soccer.

Best way to see Sintra by far. Rui is an excellent driver and guide