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Sintra, Cascais – Private Full Day Tour

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Duration

8 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Español, Português, Русский

Overview


Journey from the city to the coast to the mountains on this full-day private tour from Lisbon and sample the highlights of Portugal’s capital region. Kick off your adventure soaking up the dreamy landscapes of mountaintop Sintra and visit the fairy-tale Pena Palace. After exploring Sintra’s UNESCO-listed historic center, head to the coast to take in the views from Cape of Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and visit the lively seaside resort of Cascais.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the fairytale palaces and gardens of Sintra Natural Landscapes.
  • Marvel at the whimsical architecture of Pena Palace.
  • Go to “Cabo da Roca”, continental Europe’s westernmost point.
  • Pass the surfing beaches of Cascais.
  • Discover the Devil’s Mouth” grotto.

Itinerary

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Pena Palace and Park
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. The Pena Palace richly decorated with Moorish and Manueline motifs. 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.

Sintra Historical Center
Sintra Historical Center

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.
Visit Sintra Village Historical Center with free time to taste the traditional "Travesseiros de Sintra"
The Historical Village of Sintra is one of the most known and romantic Portuguese villages. Due to its palaces, woods and the fog typical of its mountains, Sintra has become a magical place with countless legends to tell.
You will have free time to see this beautiful village and also the small and charming traditional shops, antique shops, restaurants and historic cafes but above all the landscape that has already inspired countless artists, writers and kings.

Cabo da Roca
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.
A few centuries ago, there was a fort that played an important role in the defense of Lisbon and the third oldest lighthouse on the Portuguese coast is still here in operation. Here the landscape is breathtaking and absolute bliss for photography lovers.

Guincho Beach
Guincho Beach

Part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Guincho Beach is endowed with a surrounding landscape of great beauty in which the white sand dunes contrast with the deep tones of the Serra de Sintra hills, looming in the background.
Given both its strong winds and waves, the Beach attracts a great following among bodyboarders and surfers. Throughout summer, there is generally a good northerly wind ensuring Guincho is excellent for windsurfing.

Hell’s mouth
Hell’s mouth

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 close to 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.
In days of rough waters it is possible to hear the sound of water hitting the rocks, such a unique sound that makes an analogy to the location´s name. Arriving at Boca do Inferno is possible to contemplate the beauty of the place from the top, however, there is also a path that leads to the other side of the “arc” of the cavity, where the water enters.

Cascais
Cascais

After viewing the landscape of Mouth of Hell we will stop at the fishing village –Cascais with its lovely harbor full of small fishing boats. This town in the 19th century became a favorite summer destination of the European aristocracy and noble families for its idyllic location and a pleasant climate. Stop in the elegant resort town of Cascais, a once quiet fishing village that was discovered by the European nobility for its idyllic setting, and became a favorite destination for the international jet set thereafter. Stroll along the harbor, before transferring back to Lisbon.

Estoril
Estoril

The drive will take you along the Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean and panoramic view over Casino Estoril. Estoril has one of the most beautiful leisure areas by the sea with fine sand beaches and crystal clear water. Along the coast we find besides an extensive beach, Casino Estoril, the largest casino in Europe but also where the famous secret agent, James Bond, was conceived. Portugal was a neutral country in the 2nd World War, which attracted people from the spy networks on both sides of the coin.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Lisbon
  • Tour guide
  • Free Wi-Fi on board of a vehicle
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Personal and accident insurance.
  • Free time to explore at each stop.
  • Pena Palace and Park entrance fees (must add tickets while booking).
  • Lunch

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417alainn

08/06/2020

"Awesome time with an awesome guide

The one day tour of the sintra was amazing we had the private tour and it was the highlight of Portugal thank you go 2 Lisbon tours !!!!"

Jean M

08/06/2020

"Beautiful Lisbon

We had 3 private tours w/ Go2Lisbon. Two with Carlos, who was an excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable, funny, patient, and a good driver in crazy Lisbon traffic. The first tour was to Sintra and Cascais. Both excellent experiences. Second day, was in Lisbon. We were lucky to have him for 2 tours. Our third tour was to a Fado in the evening. Our driver, seemed confused and didn't know exactly where the restaurant was. We were a little late for the performance, but enjoyed the evening once we were seated. We asked her not to wait for us and, fortunately, we were able to walk back to our ship."
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Frem862

08/06/2020

"Comfortable Private Tour

We took a half day private tour to Sintra and Cascais. Alexandra was very prompt in responding to emails and answering all the questions I had. We had a Mercedes Benz car for the tour and our driver cum tour guide Vlad was very good. He drove safely, gave us a wealth of information and clear instructions when we went to Pena Palace, as well as anywhere he dropped us off. We did not go to Cabo da Arica or the Devil's Grotto as we were told there was no time. Dissappointing as they were both listed on the itinerary that was sent to confirm the tour."
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Tracey B

08/06/2020

"Great tour and tour guide!

My husband, 8-year-old daughter, and I came to Portugal for Spring Break and took the private 8-hour, day trip to Sintra/Cascais with Daniel when we were in Lisbon. It was terrific! Totally worth it. Do the private tour so you're in a smaller van. Daniel was great, very positive, informative and friendly. Our trip wouldn't have been the same without this tour. And Sintra is absolutely stunning. It's like nothing you've ever seen and I've traveled far and wide."
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Phil H

08/06/2020

"Amazing tour with Antonio to Cascais, Sintra, Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira!

The day we spent with Antonio was by far our most enjoyable day in Portugal. Our family of four – myself, my wife and our two daughters ages 8 and 10 – did a private tour that included Cascais, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Pena palace. Antonio picked us up at our flat, his car was immaculate and spacious, and he spoke excellent English and was impressively knowledgeable about Portuguese history, culture and present-day event. Antonio went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic time, including dropping us off for dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, near the TimeOut market, a few hours after the designated end of the tour. We never felt hurried throughout the day, and was always willing to answer our questions with surprising depth. We would also note that Antonio is an impressive driver – we felt safe the entire time. Cas cais is an old fishing village that is now a go-to beach destination for Lisbon. It has fantastic beaches and a central square with dining and shopping. Antonio arranged for us to go there in the morning (10-11) before the afternoon crowds and tours arrived, which we really appreciated. We spent the hour playing on the beach with the kids and wandering around the town for some delicious coffee and treats. We would definitely consider spending a few days in Cascais next time. From Cascais, we drove north along the beautiful coastline, making a few stops to see interesting geological and historic points (westernmost point in continental Europe, devil’s mouth), before Antonio took us for lunch to a local town outside of the tourist areas. This was one of our best meals in Portugal – the grilled octopus was phenomenal and our kids enjoyed their steaks as well as a chance to run around. We then went to Sintra and spent an hour wandering to various shops, trying the famous grinja (cherry liquor served in chocolate cups) before going to Quinta da Regaleira. This was definitely worth it to our family – visiting the grottos and gardens, with Antonio’s descriptions of the free mason culture as part of Portuguese history. Finally, we went to the pena palace, a spectacular castle sitting on top of a mountain with great views of Sintra and Lisbon. We would highly recommend Antonio and Go2Lisbon!"
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