Sintra And Cascais Small Group Tour From Lisbon

163 Reviews 5 Write a Review
From USD 53.82
Lowest Price Guaranteed

Tour Information

Tour Details

Overview

Explore the Portuguese countryside on a full-day tour from Lisbon. Admire the romantic architecture in Sintra, visit the beach at the westernmost point of continental Europe (Cape Roca), make a stop in one of the most picturesque small seaside towns (Azenhas do Mar), try the famous travesseiros (pillows) and the Sintra cheesecakes and stroll the streets of Cascais. Small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 8 persons for a relaxed experience and easy pace.

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small-group tour
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Led by a local guide
  • Family friendly

Know More about this tour

Departing from Lisbon, head toward the rippling and dewy Sintra. Start the day with a visit to the amazing Pena Palace. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. The current palace dates back to 1839, when King Ferdinand II bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence according to his romantic taste. Today, the palace constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century romanticism in the world.

Next, you will be ready to explore Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. You will have some free time to explore the village that the Greeks named the "Mountain of the Moon," a true fairy tale village that is also full of Muslim influences. Here, you will have free-time for lunch. Also, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some famous travesseiros (pillows), which are light puff pastries that are turned, rolled and folded seven times, then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar. You can also enjoy the famous Sintra cheesecakes, whose origins date back to the XIII century.

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. Upon reaching the coast, you'll make a stop in one of the most picturesque seaside towns, Azenhas do Mar, which has a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

It is now time to leave the beautiful and magical Sintra Mountain and head in the direction of Cascais. At midpoint, you'll make a stop at the wild Cabo da Roca, a sheer 150m (500ft) cliff that forms the most western point of continental Europe. Afterwards, visit Cascais, a former fishing village that gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late XIX century and early XX centuries. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists, as well as a village with small museums, picturesque gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianized old town.

During your stay here, you'll get to try the most famous ice cream of Portugal, Santini’s Gelati, which you may then consider the best ice cream in the world. It is truly a gift from the gods. Santini’s has been tantalizing Portuguese tongues since 1949.

All of this takes place in the company of a local guide, and is done in a relaxed and informal way. We only work with small groups - maximum 8 people (sorry, but we don’t like big groups). This is not recommended for regular tourists, and we provide secrets to the city that we only share with you.

Inclusions for Sintra And Cascais Small Group Tour From Lisbon

  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions for Sintra And Cascais Small Group Tour From Lisbon

  • Entrance fees (Pena Palace: winter, €11.5 per person; summer, €13 per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

The tour will be only in English

Pena Palace entrance fee: winter, €11.5 per person; summer, €13 per person

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
Reviews

Write A Review

163 reviews by the users

  • Our tour guide, Manuel, was very friendly and had an amazing wealth of information. My only critique is that the van was a little cramped but I'd still recommend the tour.

  • Excellent tour to magical Sintra which took in the seaside resort of Cascais and a visit to the westernmost point of continental Europe. Our guide, Tanya was great. Her knowledge of the places we visited, other places we drove past, and Portuguese history was outstanding. I would like my next tour with Lisbon Riders to be with her.

  • We travelled with Lisbon Riders, and the lady driver/guide was excellent throughout the 8 hour trip around Lisbon. We were treated with plenty of knowledge of each location, and in a leisurely manner.
    Just great, highly recommended.

  • Great tour! The guide was very nice and knowledgeable about Portugal.

  • The guide was really good in providing the historical background of the Sintra.

  • Very friendly n knowledgeable guide. Saw all the best sights with plenty of photo n gourmet eating opportunities. Sintra n Cascais very different but equally delightful. Fair bit of walking - climbing in Sintra but flat in Cascais. Comfortable minibus. Just great ! :

  • Tanya was a great tour guide and knew everything! Highly recommend!

  • Our tour guide Katerina was amazing. She is very knowledgeable about Portugal's history and very pleasant. Pena Palace is a must see site. so are the downtown and beaches of Cascais. All in all, a great tour!

  • A friend recommended this tour and we weren't disappointed! Meeting arrangements were easy and the vehicle very comfortable. Manuel was an excellent guide, who gave an interesting narrative throughout the tour, in excellent English. We visited the palace in Sintra first, followed by Sintra itself. En route to Cascais, we then visited a small fishing village and Caba da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe - well worth seeing. Cascais itself was very pleasant and there was time for a lovely ice-cream! The route back to Lisbon was also interesting and we all learned a great deal during the day. Manuel was kind and courteous, accommodating the differing needs of group members very well. This was a really great day out, well worth the money - highly recommended.

  • We loved our one day trip to Sintra and Cascais. Manuel, the guide, was amazing, knowledgeable, caring and just very good. Highly recommend this trip

  • Show More

You Might Also Like

USD 47.39