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Sintra: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

1. Sintra: Guided Tour and Entry Ticket to Quinta da Regaleira

Meet your friendly local guide at the entrance of Quinta da Regaleira and get ready for a cultural deep-dive into one of Sintra's iconic palaces. First, get immersed with a brief introduction to Sintra's history, legends, and curiosities. Learn about tales of the Templars Freemason secrets to the international poets who were inspired by this fairy-tale location. Then, it's time to step inside the palace and explore the impressive Quinta da Regaleira. Learn how the Gothic architectural masterpiece was built in the 19th century with alchemy in mind. Finally, wander its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Wells. At the end of the tour, you'll leave enriched with amazing facts and memories of the palace.

Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

2. Sintra: Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour with Pastry

Uncover the mysteries of Sintra and discover hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Sintra. Listen to local curiosities, legends, and secret stories from your guide.  Meet your friendly and passionate local guide outside Sintra train station. You will start your tour admiring the fantastic city hall building. Walking along the promenade towards the center of the village, admire the statues displayed along the way. After a brief stop at the Moorish fountain, head into the historical center. Now it's time to have a tasting of the typical pastry from Sintra, the famous Travesseiro. Enjoy the impressive views of Moorish castle from the National Palace. Next, head towards the Palace of Seteais, passing by the church of San Martinho, the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula, and a small romantic waterfall. From the Palace de Setais, you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Pena Palace and the Atlantic Ocean. End the tour by visiting the impressive Quinta da Regaleira and explore its lush gardens, lakes, grottoes, and enigmatic constructions, including the world-famous Initiation Well.

Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

3. Sintra: Walking Tour with Palace, Castle, and Old Town Visit

Meet at the local supplier's office in Sintra which is located a one-minute walk from Sintra train station. On arrival at the office, you can view the big wall topographic map of the region that shows all the options of the walking tour. In a small briefing, design your personalized walk through Sintra town. Then, start your walk through the picturesque tracks with some views. Chat about the history, legends, morphology, and vegetation. Visit a Moorish castle, archaeological site, Pena Palace and gardens, Chalet of the Countess, Villa Sasseti, and historic center of Sintra. You can choose different monuments and paths according to your physical condition.

Lisbon: Tailored Tour

4. Lisbon: Tailored Tour

Book your personal guide for one day and determine your individual tour according to your wishes. You are completely free to decide which destinations you want to visit or you can let your guide advise you and tailor the best tour to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you want to take a closer look at Lisbon historically, culinarily, culturally or architecturally, there are no limits to your imagination. Visit the sunny towns of Estoril and Cascais on the beautiful Atlantic coast, also known as the Portuguese Riviera. Or experience the mystical, literary worlds of Sintras with its fairytale castles and romantic alleys. Get an introduction to the Portuguese language or taste culinary highlights such as port wine, the famous Pasteís de Belém or the special seafood cataplana. Lisbon also offers numerous museums covering topics such as naval and shipping, modern and historical art, carriages, militaria, oriental studies and city history. Explore the oceanarium with children or sail the Tagus and the Atlantic on a historic sailing ship, enjoy a speedboat tour or tuk-tuk ride or go diving or surfing - the possibilities are endless.

Sintra: Legends and Medieval Stories Private Walking Tour

5. Sintra: Legends and Medieval Stories Private Walking Tour

The tour starts in the Historic Center of Sintra as you meet your guide for the day, an expert historian and researcher. Listen to an insightful introduction to the medieval history of Sintra and how this has influenced the region today. Learn about the true origins and legends of Sintra and hear fascinating stories that although might seem fictional, are in fact true. As you walk up to Sintra castle, find remnants of historical legends along the way and listen to your guide revive the past with his commentary. Learn about the Reconquista and its impact on the castle as well as its importance to the city. At the top of the castle, from a carefully selected watchpoint, admire the views across Sintra and hear your guide share information about the old Portuguese and Medieval chronicles. Learn about the intriguing legends and stories of Medieval Sintra, such as the dishonest monks who once lived here, feuding neighbors, and a carpet made of treetops. There’s also plenty of opportunities to marvel at the landscape of Sintra at a selection of view points that overlook Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Sintra National Palace.

Sintra: Guided Walking Tour

6. Sintra: Guided Walking Tour

From our meeting point to the historical center your will get an overview of Sintra’s history and tales. Along the 20 minute walk some places of interest and panoramic view will be present. Arrived at the village center, the National Palace will tell you about the evolution of architecture in Portugal along the centuries. The village, the mountain and the Moorish Castle will make the perfect picture of this panoramic view. Explore the village on your 20 minute free time. Getting back on track, the next stop is Seteais Palace. Apart from the tale and history, this palace has one of the best views over Pena Palace. Get your camera ready! Quinta da Regaleira is next. The extravagant palace and garden, is made on purpose for you to get lost. The grouts, inverted tower, tales, legends of the occult, are meant to be explored. Our visit will finish after the visit of Quinta da Regaleira. A restaurant will be suggested or a walk back to the meeting point.

Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra: Private Photo Shoot & Walking Tour

7. Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra: Private Photo Shoot & Walking Tour

Choose from a 1-hour or 30-minute photo shoot in Lisbon, or make your way to Sintra or Cascais for a private shoot with a professional photographer. Venture into historic districts such as Alfama or the Bairro Alto, or go to landmark attractions such as São Jorge Castle or the Sé de Lisboa. Your photographer will advise you on the best places to go depending on the light conditions and other factors to create a portfolio of perfect pictures. Join the jet set in Cascais or head to Cabo da Roca for a shoot at the westernmost point of continental Europe. Stand in front of the fairytale palaces of Sintra and indulge your romantic side.

Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

8. Sintra: Half-Day Climbing Experience

The Sintra Mountains will always amaze you. Climbing is an experience in nature that will not leave you indifferent. This is an ideal climbing experience for anyone who wants to start climbing.  During the initiation to the activity, you will be instructed on subjects such as the material, safety rules and the types and forms of climbing. The Penedo da Amizade is a geological monument of rare natural beauty, long known to the people. The verticality of its walls has provided a true mecca for climbing lovers, and its natural architecture provides several routes of different degrees of difficulty. Your experienced guides will guarantee the best safety conditions.

From Lisbon: Sintra Sightseeing Private or Group Tour

9. From Lisbon: Sintra Sightseeing Private or Group Tour

Meet your expert guide at the Sintra train station and listen to their fascinating insight into Sintra’s history, culture, traditions, and legends. Discover why Sintra has such a fairy-tale reputation with a visit to the National Palace. Admire the palace’s stunning mix of Moorish, Medieval, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, and Romantic era architecture. Continue to the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira, another of Sintra’s most popular landmarks. Learn about the site’s similarities to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Next, head into the charming downtown district, bursting with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir stores. Mingle with the locals and get a sense of life in this romantic little town. At the end of the tour, enjoy the freedom to spend the rest of the day exploring Sintra on your own, or travel back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Design Your Guided Tour

10. Lisbon: Design Your Guided Tour

Book a personal guide for the whole day and plan your itinerary around exactly where you want to go. Take a closer look at the historical, culinary, cultural and architectural paradise of Lisbon.  Choose whether to visit the sunny towns of Estoril and Cascais on the beautiful Atlantic coast, known as the Portuguese Riviera, or to experience the mystical world of Sintra, with its fairy tale castles and romantic lanes. Introduce yourself to the Portuguese language or try culinary highlights such as port wine and the famous cream tarts.  Visit as many of the museums as you can, or explore the aquarium with the kids. Take the chance to sail on the river Tagus on a historic ship. Discover the spectacular city of Lisbon at your own pace and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 294 reviews

Really lovely tour! Diogo was so passionate and knowledgeable about Portuguese history and Quinta da Regaleira that it was impossible not to enjoy this tour. He took a moment to get to know us and tailored things to our interests and preferences. We saw all the highlights of the grounds but it felt more like a casual, informative stroll with a friend than a formal lecture. Everyone in our group was very happy with the experience.

Amazing tour! We went with the guide Márcio who was impeccable! He knew everything about the history, besides being very humorous. It was a really good tour! I recommend it to everyone.

João was a great guide - very kind and knowledgeable about the history, plants, and geology of Sintra. The hike was really beautiful and at a good pace for us. Highly recommended :)

Joao was a very compitent and flexible gide. We had a great time in Sintra and learned a lot. Highly recommended.

All very well. The guide explained everything great.