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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

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About
Unless you rent a car, traveling between the dispersed landmarks of Sintra and Cascais is a difficult task. Journey along Lisbon’s Atlantic coast with ease on a small-group day trip, limited to just eight people to guarantee personalized attention from your guide. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Pena National Palace, enjoy time at your leisure in the historic center of Sintra, and stop at the affluent coastal town of Cascais.
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Duration: 8h
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Live guide: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Relax during a hassle-free day trip to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon 
  • Avoid the stress of renting a car and travel between landmarks with ease
  • Enjoy a mix of guided tours and free time in Sintra and at Pena National Palace
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to eight people

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Entrance ticket to Pena Palace & Park
  • Guided visit to Pena Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Park and National Palace of Pena
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance ticket to Sintra National Palace, the one that can be visited during free time in Sintra.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

This guided tour begins in central Lisbon. Greet your guide and board an air-conditioned minivan destined for Sintra. Your first stop is Pena National Palace, where you can explore the neighboring Pena Park and take a guided tour of the colorful palace. After ample time to photograph the UNESCO World Heritage Site, take advantage of free time to wander the historic center of Sintra and purchase lunch (own expense). Once you’ve reconvened with your guide, return to the coach and travel past Quinta da Regaleira and the Palace of Monserrate. Stop at the cliffside lookout point of Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point, and pay a brief visit the Hell’s Mouth (Boca da Inferno) and Cascais, a charming seaside resort. Here you can enjoy some time to stroll along the beach. Your tour concludes at your original departure point in Lisbon.

Start:
  • Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa, Av. da Liberdade 2, 1250-144 Lisboa, Portugal
    Please meet our guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Most of the times the guide will park the vehicle in a underground parking lot, so don't worry if you don't see any vehicles approaching.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5383SINTRACASCAIS

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Duration of stop at Cascais Beach depends on weather conditions
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Infant / child seats are mandatory for children aged 0-11. These are available on request if child age is advised at time of booking.
    • There is no room in our vehicles for strollers and luggage
    • If the booking is for more than 8 people, the group might be divided in separate vehicles
    • In peak season, very rarely, might be operated in a 24 seat minibus
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Where is the meeting point?
    The meeting point for this tour is Hard Rock Cafe Lisbon, Av. da Liberdade 2, 1250-144 Lisboa.
    Answered Jul 2019

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5383SINTRACASCAIS

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa
      Av. da Liberdade 2, 1250-144 Lisboa, Portugal
      Please meet our guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Most of the times the guide will park the vehicle in a underground parking lot, so don't worry if you don't see any vehicles approaching.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Park and National Palace of Pena
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      See details
    • 2
      Centro Historico de Sintra
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 3
      Cabo da Roca
      Stop: 30 minutes
      See details
      Pass by
      Guincho Beach
      Boca do Inferno
    • 4
      Centro Historico de Cascais
      Stop: 90 minutes
      See details
      Pass by
      Casino Estoril
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Inside Lisbon Tours
      8,048
      Lisbon, Portugal
      Joined in April 2010
    • T1369OLkimm
      0 contributions
      Fantastic tour!
      This was the first tour we did after arriving in Portugal and it was fantastic! We covered a lot of ground, the size of the group was perfect, and our guide was very helpful and informative.
      Written February 27, 2024
    • dave20144
      0 contributions
      Brilliant tour, lovely guide, great cherry brandy!
      A great way to see some interesting food/drink locations. Alex was really nice, helpful, knowledgeable and a fantastic guide! Would definitely recommend
      Written February 27, 2024
    • Mini_the_Minx
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend this walking tour
      Pedro was a very knowledgeable and engaging guide. Glad we booked this tour and also enjoyed the food and drink which was included. Highly recommend.
      Written February 27, 2024
    • Patricia L
      0 contributions
      Great first experience of Lisbon!
      Joana was the best walking tour guide. She made sure we were comfortable, she was super knowledgeable, funny and nice. Highly recommend this tour because you get to see the highlights of lisbon on foot, get to know the history and really fall in love with the culture. Book this tour and ask for Joana!
      Written February 27, 2024
    • Snoopy1014
      0 contributions
      Excellent day trip!
      Our tour director was Mar. She was knowledgeable and had a wonderful personality. She made sure that everyone had a great experience. Highly recommend requesting her tours!! The tour was exactly what we expected. Just lacked a good weather day. Just can’t trust the weather forecast.
      Written February 27, 2024
    • jamiebX6456WP
      0 contributions
      A beautiful city presented very well
      An excellent tour, down to earth and well balanced between history, culture and lifestyle. Alexandria was perfect with her delivery and communication throughout with good humour and real charm. A beautiful city to be proud of.
      Written February 26, 2024
    • Hannah I
      0 contributions
      Wonderful tour!
      I had a wonderful time learning about Portuguese history through the different food and drinks on the tour. My guide was very informative and I found it very easy to meet other people on the tour because everyone spoke English. This is a great way to gain a new local experience and meet new people if you are traveling solo!
      Written February 26, 2024
    • mspeay510
      0 contributions
      3 city adventure
      Felipe was an excellent guide for the day. He created a family environment with my group and by the end of the tour we were like a family. Excellent restaurant recommendations for Nazare and yummy gingha shot in Obidos.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • bdoc909
      0 contributions
      A Couple Traveling for Anniversary
      Great crash course on Lisbon. Tour guide was amazing. So much history. Bring comfy shoes! They provide snacks and a wine!
      Written February 24, 2024
    • 51desmondl
      0 contributions
      Brilliant tour highly recommend!!
      Joanna was a fantastic guide for our half day walking tour of the city. She had amazing knowledge of the city’s history and some brilliant tricks on how to navigate the hills through a network of “secret” lifts and elevators! By the end of the tour we felt more confident to explore the city further on our own. Would highly recommend taking this tour as early as you can in any visit to Lisbon
      Written February 24, 2024
    • Smeashy
      0 contributions
      Excellent
      Great tour guide, the tour guide was we excellent!! The good and drink was delicious and it was definitely worth the money. Would highly recommend
      Written February 24, 2024
    • Sarah G
      0 contributions
      Great tour
      My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. We booked it for our first full day in Lisbon, pre our arrival. The communication on where to meet our guide was excellent. The tour itself was very informative but also a lot of fun. Lesley was just brilliant in every way. She was kind, considerate and imparted so many facts about Lisbon to us. This tour is a fantastic introduction to Lisbon. Thank you Lesley.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • anickc2023
      0 contributions
      A brilliant walking tour that really shows off what the wonderful city of Lisbon has to offer!
      We just got back from our trip to beautiful Lisbon. This walking tour is a fantastic way to see the city especially if you're only in Lisbon for a short amount of time. Be prepared for a lot of walking but it's so worth it! Filipe was a fantastic guide who was friendly, funny and very passionate about the city. He was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of information about the history of Lisbon, took us to some fantastic viewpoints, the Santa Justa Lift, made us aware of some great shortcuts to get around the city. as well as the beautiful Alfama area amongst many other places. This tour helped us to really appreciate how wonderful Lisbon is and what it has to offer. Would definitely recommend!
      Written February 24, 2024
    • JudiS3792
      0 contributions
      Great tour!
      Leslie was very warm, charming, fun & informative. She cared for and brought the group together. She knew her food & wine & taught me a great deal!
      Written February 23, 2024
    • JM_016
      0 contributions
      Amazing Lisbon food & wine tour
      We had the most amazing time doing the food and wine tour in Lisbon. Filipe, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The food and drinks we had tasted incredible. Would definitely recommend!
      Written February 23, 2024
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    4.5
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    Stephanie A
    Beaverton, OR769 contributions
    Feb 2020
    Tour was in both French and English, which made it hard to ask questions, because the guide was constantly flipping between languages to give his speech twice for each highlight. Too much time spent in shopping districts -- one that wasn't open yet (too early in the day) and one that was overrun with tourists. This "tour" isn't really much more than a narrated van ride where you pay for your own lunch, and get entrance to the castle. The castle is cool, but there have to be better options than this van ride. The lunch spot was tasty but overpriced. We had many, many meals throughout Portugal for less than half the price.
    Written March 4, 2020
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    Adam S
    7 contributions
    Aug 2023
    We almost always give 5 stars. But……. We booked this specifically because we had read about the horrible lines at Peña Castle. The description promised to take us to the castle first, before the crowds, followed by various other stops. On the day of the tour, the greeting was orderly (on the street in front of the Hard Rock Cafe) and we were sorted into our groups. The driver then informed us that the tour was not able to get enough morning tickets, so some vans would have to reverse our tour order and enter the castle at 2:30. Big bummer. This meant huge traffic jams on the one lane twisty road into Sintra. Furthermore, we could have simple purchased timed entry tickets ourselves for 2:30. The guided portion of the tour inside the castle was good. The driving was not great. A girl in the back of the van nearly got sick several times. Having booked this over a month in advance, we are very perplexed that we didn’t get the morning slot that was promised while other vans leaving the same morning did??? They clearly got overbooked, but didn’t respect the booking order as they planned which van would go in which time slot. Not cool. Thus, 3 stars. If we did this over, I would buy a timed-entry ticket, and take the train from Lisbon. We are also an active family, so climbing the hill would have been an awesome hike (though most would probably NOT agree, very steep). Then hike back down for lunch on one of the many many many quant restaurants in the historic town center carved into the cliffs (which reminded us of the Amalfi Coast).
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Hello Adam S., On that day, Pena Palace platform had an unexpected problem in the system, which gave us no other chance than to send some of our tour guides in an afternoon schedule. As a last minute issue, it gave us no time to check which were the oldest reservations (the people were already distributed in the Vans). As so, we really sorry if that fact impacted your experience negatively. Best regards,
    Written October 26, 2023
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    Piero H
    3 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Family
    The itinerary fails to tell you that you wont be spending some free time on some of the main attractions of the Sintra park. It is ONLY the palace even though nearby theres a lot to see.

    The tour is most often bilingual so you will have to be lucky to get a guide that can smoothly switch between both languages. Mine spent 80% of the time on the language that we havent selected until we complained.

    Lack of microphone for the tour guide made things difficult too since the Sintra palace is pretty tight while walking the corridors and there's a lot of people.

    If you choose this tour, you will be giving up some precious time in Sintra park. If you dont have time its fine, but we decided to abandon the tour group since it was uncomfortable for us to be together because of the language barrier and also we would miss most of Sintra. Specifically the mouros ruins.

    Giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because the tour provided us 80% refund since we abandoned it, so at least customer service took responsability. Would not recommend though.
    Written September 7, 2023
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    Hello pieroh69, We understand your will to visit as many atractions as possible, however, to do things accordingly to what you said, it was not an 8h tour, but a 12h tour, or more. This tour is not just to Sintra, although it gives you the oportunity to visit the well known Pena Palace and the little town. Regarding the bilingual comentary, let me clarify that in our company, it may be in bilingual but it is not "most often bilingual", actually. We hope that you enjoyed your time after quiting the tour, at least. Best regards
    Written October 3, 2023
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    Grendy
    14 contributions
    Jun 2021
    We were so glad that we booked this tour as it was an easy way to see other sights outside of Lisbon that would have been cumbersome and aggravating to get to on our own. Our guide was a pleasant and informative man. The reason I am giving this tour three stars is because in the town of Sintra ,which was one of the most charming places I have seen,..... filled with adorable cafes and bakeries we were taken to a formal, overpriced and family run restaurant where we were seated with the other family on our tour who spoke French and did not speak English. We were all encouraged to order three course meals that took a long time to be served and honestly were not tasty and were overpriced. That lunch took up over an hour of our day and most importantly took time away that we could have had exploring Sintra. When we got to the town of Sintra just 5 minutes down the road we only had an hour to see the whole town which was not enough. Why would you now ask the tour group for their preference as to what they would like to do? I could imagine that most people would have opted to eat on their own at one of the dozens of restaurants in Sintra. All of us are on the tour to see Portugal not to sit in a family run restaurant on the outskirts of the main attraction. When we saw how lovely Sintra was my husband and I could not stop talking about how we wish we had more time there. We had already booked their other popular tour to Nazare,Obidos and Fatima so I called the company afterwards and requested that we be given free time during the time for our lunch and explore. I was so glad that I had that conversation as we really enjoyed our lunch in Nazare. We found a little cafe right on the water where we had $2 euro local beers and Sangria, a great fish sandwich for $4 Euro and then treated ourselves to an amazing gelato place down the street. It was fast and informal and we had plenty of time to walk around and actually see Nazare. The usual restaurant that they take groups to wasn't on the water and had very formal meals. I am not suggesting that isn't appealing to some folks but when I travel I am there to see the local sights and take in the culture of the place. It was uncomfortable I am sure for all of us to be sat with other tourists at the same table who do not speak the same language. I speak zero French and felt so badly for the nice couple who was trying to struggle through making conversation in English. It was also noted that our guide chose not to sit with us so we were on our own to try to make conversation with each other for over an hour. The cod fish pastry had bones in it and the meat was so tough it was hard to cut. We also had a fish soup that based on the smell I opted to not even try.
    Written July 3, 2021
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    Dear Wendy, First of all thank you for your feedback and our apologies for this situation. Usually we give 1h30 free in Sintra to visit the village and to have lunch. Sometimes the guides can recommend a restaurant where it's possible all the customers join a meal. We're sorry to know that it didn't correspond to the expectations even though the lunch is not included on the tour. We hope that you had enjoy all the other places we visit along the tour and at least we're happy to know that your tour to Fátima and Obidos run in a different way.  Once again we do apologize for the situation. Kind regards,
    Written July 12, 2021
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    Pedro
    5 contributions
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    My family and(group of 4) went on the Sintra-Cas Cais tour with Rodrigo as our tour guide. Rodrigo was very knowledgeable and a very well mannered guide, making the tour, not only informative, but very enjoyable. We toured the Pena Palace and were left to tour the town of Sintra afterwards. Rodrigo gave us insider tips on a few of the bakeries and gift shops in the area.
    Next, we headed to a local restaurant named Julio’s. Here, we enjoyed our favorite meal of our Portuguese vacation! We had a 3 course meal with a few bottles of red and white wine for only 25€ and I truly recommend having the roasted lamb! After lunch, we quickly visited the western most tip of Portugal and off to the chíc beach town of Cas Cais. Here, Rodrigo explained the allure of Cas Cais and its history of noble residents and visitors. Again, we were left to explore Cas Cais’s beach front for an hour before taking the scenic drive back to Lisbon. This day trip was well worth the costs and a great way to expand on a vacation visit to Lisbon. I highly recommend Rodrigo! He is an asset and a shining star!
    Written September 1, 2022
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    Anish Pednekar
    20 contributions
    Nov 2019
    Made a day trip to Sintra and Cascais from Lisboa. Since I was with my wife and infant son, we took a tour and the guide was very warm and friendly. She spoke passionately about the history and culture of her country. We really enjoyed the Fado music she played and tried teaching us!
    Written October 15, 2020
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    Alexandra R
    4 contributions
    Feb 2023 • Solo
    Alberto was a great guide! He was very knowledgeable, and answered any questions the group had in great detail. He made a slight detour to one of his favourite spots on the way and this turned out to be a really special and peaceful moment for everyone involved. I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the city of Lisbon and if you’re lucky enough to have Alberto as your tour guide, you WILL NOT be disappointed. Thank you Alberto :)
    Written May 26, 2023
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    Andrew A
    Atlanta, GA49 contributions
    Jan 2020 • Family
    David Campos was our guide and he provided our family of 8 an amazing and unforgettable experience. Great tour throughout, in the car and on foot. Felt very well taken cared of and all suggestions were spot on, from places to take photos to all meal and snack locations. Very fun!
    Written January 6, 2020
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    Melissa
    5 contributions
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    We had an incredible day exploring Sintra and Cascais with our tour guide, Patricia. From the moment she picked us up (perfectly on time), she was engaging, informative and entertaining. We laughed, we sang and we explored beautiful sites. She even went above and beyond to keep our mom company when she needed to take some breaks with walking up the stairs. The description of the tour does advise there are some physical limitations so keep them in mind when booking this tour. Lots of stairs at Peña Palace but there is a mini bus up to the palace which was a welcome surprise. Patricia never made us feel rushed and was sure we got to see every bit (and more!) described in this tour. She even made our lunch reservation at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. Lunch is not included in the price, but very reasonable for all that was included with the meal, and it was delicious!! It’s an excellent way to see some very special areas of Portugal. You won’t be disappointed!
    Written August 20, 2022
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    Ritu D
    Tallinn, Estonia18 contributions
    Apr 2019
    Simply out of the fairy tale, it was a dream come true. The visit enatiled a fantastic experience of witnessing how the various discoveries of land, includig the one discovered by Vasco de Gama eventually influenced the architecture of one side of the Penna palace constructed in the Indian (Rajasthani style) style of architecture with domed windows etc. I strongly recommend.
    Written February 29, 2020
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