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Sintra & Cascais Small Group Day Tour from Lisbon

1. Sintra & Cascais Small Group Day Tour from Lisbon

Spend an entire day exploring Lisbon's surroundings on a tour that takes you to Sintra and Cascais. First visit the mysterious and fascinating village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its natural landscapes and cultural and natural heritage. Upon exploring the village, you will feel as though Sintra seems to have come straight from a fairy tale, with its many palaces and Romantic architecture. You will have time to enjoy lunch among the splendid scenery and may choose to enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant, or bring your own lunch and eat outside. Next, it is time to cross the mystic mountain of Sintra towards the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see the quaint Colares village and to learn more about local wines dating to the 13th century. You’ll also see Praia das Maçãs, a small and popular local beach. Reaching the coast, you will make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Next, you will be taken to the westernmost point of continental Europe. From here, you will climb down to the beach. Continue on to Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. At the end of the tour you will dropped off at the original departure point.

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Lisbon & Sintra: Full-Day Supersaver Private Tour

2. Lisbon & Sintra: Full-Day Supersaver Private Tour

Start your sightseeing excursion with a hotel pick-up and board an air-conditioned vehicle destined for Lisbon’s top sights. First, stop at Eduardo VII Park, the largest park in central Lisbon. It was baptized in 1903 in honor of Great Britain’s King Edward VII, who had visited Lisbon to reaffirm the bonds of friendship between the 2 countries. Make your way to Róssio and Avenue da Liberdade, and then next stop is Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), a haunting 12th century structure reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris. Receive a historical overview of the city from your guide before absorbing sweeping city vistas from a viewpoint. Next, travel through the medieval streets of Alfama — Lisbon’s oldest district —  and delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the downtown. Next, head to Belem and see Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Have a quick break at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal, Pasteis de Belem, founded in 1834 for a local pastry. Stop at the famous factory of the Pastel de Belém, also known as Pastel de Nata. You will have time to taste this delicious pastry with cinnamon and traditional Portuguese coffee. Then, settle into your private car and venture to Cascais, a postcard-perfect beach town north of Lisbon. Make the most of dramatic photo opportunities by snapping pictures from the enchanting grotto at Hell’s Mouth (Boca do Inferno) and the sheer cliffs of Cape Roca (Cabo da Roca). Finally, go to Sintra and see the former summer residence of the country’s monarchy and tour the famous Pena Palace. Admire stunning views and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a drive through Sintra Natural Park and at the top of the mountain, visit Pena Palace. After poking around the palace, enjoy some free time to wander around Sintra at your leisure. When you've had your fill of sights, your guide will drop you back off at your Lisbon hotel.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

3. Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra Tour with Pena Palace

Revel in Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, with a breathtaking tour of Pena Palace followed by a stop in Sintra Village. Then visit Colares, renown for its wine making, all the while enjoying famous views of the Portuguese coast. Explore the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle, located on one of the highest peaks of the lush Sintra Mountain Range. At the end of the morning, stroll the streets of Sintra Village, which enchanted Kings and inspired poets. Enjoy local handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste delectable sweets like "queijadas" and “travesseiros.” Then you'll travel to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. Relish scenic coastal views of Guincho Beach, a windsurfer's paradise, and Boca do Inferno, a famous seaside chasm with crashing waves, until we reach Cascais, a former fishing village which is now one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.

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Half Day Private Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

4. Half Day Private Tour to Sintra from Lisbon

Your tour begins at 8:30 or 13:30, depending on your choice, with a pick-up at your accommodation in Lisbon. On this private excursion you’ll visit the national monuments of Sintra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the program provides time to explore the interior of some of the monuments. First, head to the center of Sintra, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, where you'll have time to enjoy the typical local pastries in one of the most emblematic local pastry shops. Pay a short visit to the Village Palace, a 10th-century Moorish construction that has been transformed throughout the centuries and is now one of the most iconic sites in Sintra, with its twin chimneys overlooking the village. While heading to the Pena Palace, see some of the surrounding woods and exquisite chalets along the road, as well as part of the Moorish Castle. After the Pena, there is still a chance to see the 18th-century palaces of Seteais and Monserrate, the Quinta da Regaleira, and some iconic buildings in the area before heading to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe, where breathtaking landscapes and abrupt cliffs will delight you. You’ll pass by Guincho Beach on the way to the Royal Village of Cascais and the resort town of Estoril, before heading back to Lisbon by the scenic road, if time allows. Arrive back in your accomodation by 1 PM or 6 PM depending on the departure option. Please note that on a half-day tour, there is normally time to explore only one of the palaces. During some times of the year, especially high season, the order of the route may change to avoid queues in some monuments. If the Pena Palace is the one you want to visit, it helps significantly to pre-purchase the tickets. Nevertheless, please inform the driver of your selection, in order to optimize the visits.

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Lisbon and Sintra Private Tour

5. Lisbon and Sintra Private Tour

This private tour starts at your accommodation, from where you will set out to discover the city of Lisbon. Hear how Lisbon recovered after it was practically devastated by the earthquake of 1755 and visit Belem, the Lisbon district that personifies the epic of the Portuguese Discoveries with its several monuments that are classified as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Taste the famous “pasteis de Belem”, in a traditional location where the secret recipe is passed from generation to generation. You will also explore Alfama, the city's oldest district. In the center of Sintra, you will see the imposing Palacio da Vila, or National Palace, with its two striking chimneys. The Palace used to be the chosen holiday resort of several kings throughout Portuguese history and, inside, each room is decorated differently and has a different history. The interior of the Palace is a true tile museum. Discover the charm of the narrow alleys of the town and the many regional products stores. The choice of what palace ( or palaces ) to visit it is yours, the guide will suggest that it is best for you to visit between; “Quinta da Regaleira”a palace from the 19th-century, Moorish Castle a testimony of the Islamic presence in the region, or why not the Palaçio da Pena to get  the taste of nineteenth-century romanticism. Head to Roca Cape or Cabo da Roca, the most western geographical location in Portugal and Continental Europe. Filled with mysticism and surrounded by the Atlantic except for onone side, this geological formation is also known as “The Snout of the Rock”. You will have some free time in Cascais, an ancient fisherman's village turned into a beautiful and cosmopolitan beach resort. Right next to it is Estoril, famous for its casino and where Casino Royale was written. Then go to Belem the district in Lisbon that personifies the greatness of the Portuguese discoveries with several monuments classified as Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO such as the Jerónimos Monastery and Torre de Belém.

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Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

6. Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

Leave the busy city of Lisbon behind as you travel to the quaint village of Sintra for your first tasting. Taste a ‘travesseiro’, a delicious Portuguese sweet made of soft pastry filled with egg and almond cream. Learn about the history of bakeries in Portugal and learn why pastry confectionery is so dear to the Portuguese while you stroll around the beautiful village center. From Sintra, head to Colares, just 8 km away, for a wine tasting at the Adega Regional de Colares. The oldest wine cooperative in the country, the site was founded in 1931 and gathers more than 50% of the total regional production, playing an important role in the local economy. This wine house boasts a dazzling interior due to the sheer number of casks it houses, this is where the aging process takes place. After the wine tasting and sampling, enjoy a guided tour of the site to see the process of winemaking, learn about its history, and discover how these wines have their distinctive flavor. After Colares, it's time to stop by a local restaurant to recharge your batteries and dine on a delicious Portuguese meal. Next, cross the Sintra mountains all the way to the coastline to marvel at the stunning sea views. Enjoy a scenic drive along the waterfront and past the village of Azenhas do Mar, and the beach and surf destination of Guincho. Finally, observe some local shellfish nurseries before heading for one final tasting in the Cascais Bay Area.

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Lisbon: Half-Day Small Group Tour

7. Lisbon: Half-Day Small Group Tour

Discover the beautiful city of Lisbon on the small-group tour that will show off the city's century-old history along with its thriving youthful vibe. With your guide, first head to the the Belém District, where the Portuguese navigators set sail in search of the New World. There, visit Saint Jerome’s Monastery and the Tower of Belém, which are both classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and stop at the Monument of the Discoveries where you can see the World Map of the Discoveries. Next visit Sintra, which leaves most visitors with a feeling of mystical enchantment. With its magical palaces, forests, Moorish castle, and city center, you'll feel like you're in a page from a fairytale. Afterward, visit the National Pena Palace, a marvelous palace from the 19th century that is also one of the most important examples of Portuguese architecture from the Romantic period. After lunch, drive through the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park and pass by several impressive palaces until you stop at the Roca Cape cliffs, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Guincho Beach, a surfer’s paradise. Afterward, pass by Boca do Inferno. Finally, enjoy a leisurely walk along the bay in the glamorous town of Cascais. Drive along the coast to Lisbon passing by Estoril and the casino.

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Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

8. Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais: Private 2 Days Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel for a private tour to some of the most important sights of Lisbon. Begin the tour at Eduardo VII Park, one of Lisbon's best viewpoints. Continue to downtown Baixa passing by the Marquês de Pombal roundabout, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, and Praça do Comércio. End this part of the visit at the Portas do Sol viewpoint with the Tagus River at your feet. Head to the Belem district, where the Age of Discovery was set in motion. Be amazed by the Tower of Belém and the Jeronimos Monastery. Visit one of the oldest pastry shops in Portugal to taste a famous Pastel de Belém. Explore the Expo98 territory where modernity meets the city and invites you to have a glance at 21st-century architectural masterpieces. Journey to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais from your hotel. After a short trip from Lisbon to Sintra, you will get the full Pena Palace experience. This palace seats on top of the Sintra Mountain and offers magnificent views of all the surrounding territory. Stop at the historical center of Sintra and admire the Town Palace and the Moorish Castle. While visiting some of the narrow alleys, visit the Piriquita pastry shop to taste a delicious Travesseiro de Sintra. Cross the Mountain of Sintra, home to the Natural Park of Sintra Cascais. Reach Cabo da Roca and feel the fullness of nature as you stand on the most western point of Continental Europe facing the Atlantic Ocean on top of a 460 feet high cliff. Finally, stop in Cascais, a former fishing village with a special flair. Throughout the tour, your local guide will accompany you on a unique experience always willing to meet your needs and share Lisbon citizens' culture and lifestyle.

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From Fátima: Sintra, Lisbon, and Cascais Private Tour

9. From Fátima: Sintra, Lisbon, and Cascais Private Tour

This tour can be customized according to what you want to visit and explore. Some people might want to visit monuments, others like to explore the city center, others will want to check out the local food. It's up to you. Let the local partner know and the perfect tour can be designed.  To begin, you will be picked up at your hotel before heading to Sintra or nearby areas. During the trip, learn about the history and culture of Portugal from your guide. Decide if you want to visit just one or several monuments as you explore the center of Sintra. Have lunch or a snack in either Sintra or Cascais. In Cascais, look at the ocean from Hell's Mouth and stroll through the village center where there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafés. From Cascais to Lisbon travel by a scenic road with the Atlantic Ocean always at your side.  In Lisbon, there are plenty of things to see and do. In the Belem neighborhood, there's the Monastery of Jerónimos (a masterpiece from the XVI century), the Standard of Discoveries, and the view to the river Tejo. I the city center, you can walk by Augusta street and Rossio Square or go to the top of the Triumph Arch in Commercium square. There are also the typical old neighborhoods of Bairro Alto or Alfama (with the Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church and the amazing viewpoint of Portas do Sol), where Fado music came from. Of course, we can also visit the Oceanarium in the new Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Cascais

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 61 reviews

The tour overall was quite good, but I would've liked more time to explore Pena Palace and Cascais. Cascais is a beautiful town and 40 minutes isn't enough. The tour starts in Cascais (40 minutes) then proceeds to Boca de Inferno (15 minutes or so) then Cabo de Roca (20 minutes or so) before going to Sintra for lunch. There's around 90 minutes for lunch before the tour of Pena Palace which in total was around 2 hours. The tour guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic, the driver was also very friendly so no fault of theirs, but just a little more time to explore Pena and Cascais would've been awesome. I also recommend making the size of the groups smaller, 20+ is too many for places like Pena Palace.

The whole tour is amazing, full of experience. There is plenty of time for enjoying and exploring at each stop of the tour. Tania is a great guide, she was so nice and understanding, easy to communicate. She gave as all the info we needed about the historical places and the whole area. Also she was full of fun facts and great stories about Portuguese history. I fully reccomend it!

Absolutely amazing day. Couldn’t have chosen better. Our guide was wonderful. Knowledgeable about so many things to do with the sites & history. I got very lucky with the group I was with as everyone was very pleasant & easy going. Couldn’t fault it. Would definitely recommend & do it again.

Thank you for organizing an utterly perfect day! We had a ball. The guides - Rita, Carolina and Ricardo - were a dream team. They shared so much good information with us. We thoroughly enjoyed their company -- lots of shared laughs. It was truly a memorable experience. Warmly, Molly and crew

Excellent guide, no stops for overpriced stuff, good organized. 5*