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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Benefit from a guided tour to Pena Palace, Sintra Historical Centre, Cabo da Roca and Cascais. Embark on an immersive journey that will uncover the Romantic enchantment of the Pena Palace and Sintra, the rugged beauty of Cabo da Roca and the charming seaside of Cascais. Meet your guide and driver at the Tugatrips Meeting Point (Parque Eduardo VII Viewpoint) where a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle awaits to transport you to your first destination. Depart from Lisbon while the first rays of dawn break over the city! Find the colorful Pena Palace hidden behind the tallest trees of Sintra! This unique masterpiece seems to make all the fairytales come true. Allow yourself to wander around the palace’s yards and gardens and take the chance to explore its lavish chambers. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Take recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. Find Sintra’s local flavors where time slows, and every corner reveals a slice of the town's magnificent gastronomy. Immerse yourself in the town's romanticism as you explore its cobblestone and picturesque squares. You shall also have time to taste Sintra’s typical pastry, such as the Travesseiro and the Queijada, amongst others. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe and amaze yourself with the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. Enjoy the harmony between the sound of the waves and the fresh breeze, where “earth ends, and the sea begins”. Allow yourself to be embraced by the Portuguese Riviera, while enjoying a short walking tour around the charming Cascais. Unveil this town’s unique gems, feel marveled with its amazing beaches and absorb the cascalense vibrant energy. After a short walk, take the chance to know your own adventurous self while discovering a little more of this place that was once called home by a humble fishermen community, but also the Portuguese Royal Family, with some free time! In a world where each corner holds a different facet of wonder, this journey becomes a chapter in your of exploration around Portugal. Finish this wonderful experience with amazing experiences etched in your mind and a camera roll filled with lifelong memories. Relax back on board your air-conditioned vehicle and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast, in Estoril, as you make your way back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Tour

2. Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Tour

> Small groups of up to 8 people. The tour is in English. If option chosen "Tour without Tickets" - 20 euro per person will be collected at the pick-up point for the ticket > Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations - the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the glamorous seaside town of Cascais. > 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. > Beginning the tour in the morning will improve the chances of avoiding long lines, and our guide starts the tour through the exotic gardens and finishes the first part on the impressive interiors of the Pena palace. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade, and extravagant interior. > Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 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, > 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 permits, stop at Guincho Beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing and kite destination. > Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Walk around 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 our air-conditioned vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon. > Our team took special care to make this journey most memorable and this offer comes with a free souvenir Photo-Gift

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

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

Discover Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this day tour. Admire the town via minivan, surrounded by a natural park, a medieval castle, palaces, and chalets. Walk along the medieval streets of Sintra and drive through the national park. Take in the rare fauna, the unique trees, the Moorish Castle, Monserrate Palace, and the several chalets along the road. Next, visit Pena Palace, one of the most impressive architectural expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world, and one of Portugal’s seven wonders. Continue on to the westernmost point of continental Europe at Roca Cape. Finally, travel along the Atlantic coast. Discover the natural seawater pools at Azenhas do Mar beach. Stop in Cascais, was once a holiday retreat for the royal family and the European aristocracy.

Lisbon: Sintra, Pena, Cabo da Roca Coast & Cascais Day Tour

4. Lisbon: Sintra, Pena, Cabo da Roca Coast & Cascais Day Tour

Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of enchantment with our Sintra and Cascais guided tour, where you'll witness the allure of Portugal's most mesmerizing destinations. Brace yourself for an extraordinary adventure that promises lasting memories. The first part of the tour takes you to the captivating town of Sintra, renowned for its immense historical significance and natural beauty. Instead of heading directly to the palace, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the town's enchanting streets. As you wander through Sintra, you'll feel the echoes of a time long past, with its cobbled streets, ancient buildings, and local tales that resonate with history. Delight in the town's unique architecture, vibrant local markets, and the whispered legends of kings and queens that seem to linger in every corner. Next, you'll make your way to the majestic Park and National Palace of Pena, an enchanting hilltop retreat that seems like it's been plucked straight from a fairy tale. As you ascend towards the palace, you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of lush greenery and the surrounding countryside. The palace itself is a dazzling fusion of colors and architectural styles, showcasing an eclectic blend of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Renaissance, and Moorish influences. Take your time exploring the charming gardens, dotted with exotic plants and hidden grottoes as you uncover the romanticism that pervades every corner of this enchanting haven. Continuing your journey, you will drive through the incredible coastline of Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe. You will find incredible views of the ocean before arriving at the mesmerizing Guincho Beach. Let the forceful waves of the Atlantic and the gentle rustle of surrounding dunes envelop you in nature's embrace. This stunning sandy expanse is a testament to nature's raw beauty, where you can feel the cool ocean breeze, hear the roaring surf, and be awed by the sheer vastness of the coastline. Your journey then brings you to the charming coastal town of Cascais, a haven of elegance and relaxation. Wander through its picturesque streets, lined with quaint cafes, boutique shops, and beautiful architecture. Feel the vibrant energy of the town as you interact with friendly locals and immerse yourself in its laid-back atmosphere. The two hours spent in Cascais will give you ample time to soak in the coastal charm and perhaps enjoy some delicious seafood by the water's edge. While passing through Estoril, another coastal gem, there won't be a stop, but you'll catch glimpses of its cosmopolitan allure. As your adventure comes to a close, you'll carry the memories of Sintra's enchanting palaces, the exhilaration of standing at the edge of Europe, and the coastal charm of Cascais.

From Lisbon: Pena Palace, Regaleira, Sintra & Cascais Tour

5. From Lisbon: Pena Palace, Regaleira, Sintra & Cascais Tour

Travel to the wonderfully preserved city of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. Have some free time to explore Pena Palace, see stunning views of the National Park and Moorish Castle, and stop at the viewpoint at Guincho Beach for panoramic views of Roca and Cascais. Be picked up from our meeting point or Hotel 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 ,free time at Quinta da Regaleira and Sintra Old Town to admire one of the many views over the National Park and the ocean. Continue to Guincho Beach, where you can see the westernmost point of continental Europe, Roca. Snap some breathtaking shots of the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs and cross the sand dunes in front of the ocean. 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.

Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Day Trip

6. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais Day Trip

Head on a magical adventure with this exclusive tour. This tour promises a day filled with beauty, culture, and fascinating stories, ideal for those seeking an unforgettable experience in Portugal. Begin by exploring the enchanted town of Sintra and its fabulous Pena Palace, a gem of romantic architecture that seems straight out of a fairy tale. Enjoy the stunning views from Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and be charmed by the sophisticated allure of Cascais and Estoril. The first stop is in Sintra, where you'll have the chance to walk through its historic streets and visit the Pena Palace. This colorful palace is world-famous for its unique mix of architectural styles and lush gardens. Continue on your tour and head to Cabo da Roca. Witness spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and have the opportunity to walk along the cliffs to truly feel the magnitude of nature. Head to Cascais, an elegant fishing village turned into a sophisticated leisure destination. Afterward, visit Estoril, known for its famous casino and beautiful beaches. Each location offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Conclude your tour with a peaceful return to your hotel or a central location in Lisbon, leaving you with ample time to relax or continue exploring on your own. This journey not only offers a comprehensive view of Portugal's cultural and natural treasures but also leaves lasting memories and the desire to explore even more. This tour is the perfect choice for those who want to experience the essence of Portugal in one day, combining history, nature, and culture in a unique way. With experienced guides and comfortable transportation, it is guaranteed that you will have a pleasant and enriching experience. Come discover the secrets and beauties of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril with your guide.

From Lisbon Sintra, Regaleira, Pena Palace, and Cascais Tour

7. From Lisbon Sintra, Regaleira, Pena Palace, and Cascais Tour

Experience a multi-award-winning and bestseller tour, a classic experience one must have when in Lisbon. Begin in Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll have free time to explore the village center with its typical narrow, steep cobblestone streets, and outstanding sceneries. Later, head to Quinta da Regaleira, which is 4 hectares of lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions like the Iniciatic Well, a true must-see. Next, stop at the enormous Pena Park, a unique botanic garden with 85 hectares of pure nature easy to fall in love with. Enjoy nature and see stunning lakes, winter gardens, and viewpoints. Then, make your way through Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Last but not least, visit the beach town of Cascais, a former fisherman town and now an elite and chic hotspot, where you’ll have free time to stroll around.

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

8. Lisbon: Sintra, Regaleira, Pena Palace, Cascais Day Tour

Leave Lisbon and discover some of the area's highlights with a visit to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Pena Palace and Sintra's Historic Center. Travel to Cape Roca to take in the stunning views of the coast and enjoy a local lunch in the fishing village of Cascais. Depart from Lisbon and travel to Sintra, and stop at the Palace of Pena to admire the beautiful architecture and feel the romanticism of the palace as you explore one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Move on to the historic center of Sintra, and explore a charming and picturesque town where you can walk and wander the streets and try typical pastries. Absorb amazing views from the Cape of Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, gaze out at the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, and breathe in the fresh air. Travel to Cascais, a local fishing village, and see its historic buildings while wandering the streets. Take two hours of free time to walk around and visit the beautiful beaches. Choose one of the local restaurants and take some time to try the typical local food offered.

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

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

Embark on a full-day trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from Lisbon, choosing between a private or a shared guided tour. Soak up the dramatic views at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Sintra. After pickup from your hotel, make your way to Sintra and discover the medieval streets, castles, and palaces of this world heritage site. Learn about the colorful architecture and surrounding forest. Continue towards the Atlantic Ocean to discover Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. Drive along the sea and admire Guincho Beach's enormous sand bed, which hosts many international surfing events due to its gigantic waves. Pass through Cascais and Estoril, both famous for their cosmopolitan environment, and finally visit Estoril’s world-renowned casino and beautiful gardens. Return to Lisbon by driving along the Estoril Coast, admiring the breathtaking sight of white-sanded beaches along the way.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cabo da Roca Hike Trip

10. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, and Cabo da Roca Hike Trip

Meet your guide in Lisbon city center and travel to romantic Sintra in a comfortable van or minibus with air conditioning. Arriving at one of the highest points of the Serra de Sintra, you will see the Pena Palace, one of the best expressions of 19th century Romanticism in Europe. If the upgrade option is selected, enter its gardens accompanied by your guide and appreciate the exotic trees from all over the world, making this a magical and mysterious place. Head for the Pena Palace, one of the main residences of the Portuguese royal family during the 19th century to be amazed by the intentional mixture of architectural styles and understand why King Fernando II deserved the nickname of "King-Artist". Enjoy the views from on high to the Moorish Castle, a testimony of the Islamic presence in the Iberian Peninsula, built in the 9th century and conquered by the Portuguese during the formation of the Portugal Kingdom. Immerse yourself by the Cultural Landscape of Sintra classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site before heading down to the picturesque village of Sintra to stroll freely through its charming streets or taste its regional products such as the famous travesseiros and queijadas de Sintra. Continue the tour on an unforgettable soft hiking experience from Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, until praia da Adraga, a beautiful beach nestled between towering cliffs and crystal-clear waters, on a 5-km trail with breathtaking views of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the Atlantic Ocean. Feel the crisp and fresh air coming from the forest where we will find some of the oldest vineyards in the region and learn about the history and culture of wine production in Portugal. Then from a fantastic viewpoint, marvel at the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding coastline with its high cliffs. An idyllic setting where our senses are awakened. Along the hiking you will find the perfect spot for a lifetime post card photo. Whether you're an experienced hiker or if it is your first time on this kind of adventure, your tour guide will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience every step of the way, while telling you stories and interesting facts about fauna and flora of Sintra- Cascais Natural Park. The hike will end in Praia da Adraga, one of the most famous rocky beaches in the Sintra-Cascais region. Find a natural and preserved environment, where the rocks, caves and tunnels make a unique landscape. Return to Lisbon in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan while your guide offers recommendations for the rest of your stay. Have fun in a premium small group!

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Overall rating

4.9
(51 reviews)

All the stops that we had were great and we experienced many facets of Portugal during our trip. Felipe was very knowledgeable and his ultimate aim throughout was to ensure that the clients had the best time possible. He was consultative throughout. Some tour guides that I’ve experienced have the knowledge but lack the personality but Felipe has this in abundance. If you are lucky enough to have Felipe as your guide then you are guaranteed to have a great day!

Miguel is a cheerful guide who took us on all the highlights of Sintra and Cascais. We started the morning with delicious pastries and an efficient drive to Sentra. He is very knowledgeable of the history of the area which he shared with us. A safe and efficient driver we always felt at ease with him. I highly recommend this tour. Thank you Miguel!

Filipe is one of the best guide ever! He is knowledgeable, humorous and considerate! Hearing about those stories in the history was FUN! Filipe took us to his secret place for wave watching and we all received our photos printed!!! Definitely worth the money and a good start for my stay in Lisbon

It was a fantastic day. Our guide, Ruben, was not only lovely but very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.

Had a great day and Diogo was a fantastic guide! :)