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The Essential Sintra Experience provided by Portuguese For a Day

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The Essential Sintra Experience

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Essential Sintra Experience
Private tour limited to 5 people. Required to wear a face mask inside the vehicles.
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Portuguese For a Day
    Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Park and National Palace of Pena
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 4
    Sintra National Palace
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 5
    Quinta da Regaleira
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Pass by
    Palacio de Monserrate
  • 6
    Azenhas do Mar
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Cabo da Roca
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Guincho Beach
Important Information
  • Central Lisbon hotel/apartment pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Informative driver/guide
  • Bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese For a Day
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Guided visits inside the monuments
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Park and National Palace of Pena
  • Entry/Admission - Sintra National Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Quinta da Regaleira
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Resvan wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago11 contributions10 helpful votes
We chose this tour organizer because they seemed to be one of the few that took you to both Pena Palace and Quinta de Regaleria and had such good reviews on Tripadvisor. Before and during the tour Portuguese for a Day excelled. We were a bit uncertain about the size of our
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Date of experience: February 2020
Lynne D wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne Beach, Florida290 contributions85 helpful votes
We booked to see Sintra castle but due to roads being closed unexpectedly, the company called and offered a refund or an adjusted tour. We decided to go on the changed itinerary. We were picked up and later returned to our hotel. However, the van was TOO small for the number
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Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from PortugueseForADay, Manager at The Essential Sintra Experience
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Hello Lynne, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour to Sintra. May we just correct that you were not on a private tour but rather on a shared tour, this can lead to some confusion on future travelers because a private tour is not shared with other people. It's important to review, but it's also important to know what you're reviewing. We are happy you appreciated the fact that we contacted you beforehand to let you know of the changes, we think it's the best way to do it. We are sorry you felt crowded in the van, it is an 8 seat van for 8 people. Your guide added more than just the restaurant stop to compensate for the Pena Park being closed, he took you to other areas of Sintra that we usually don't go on the shared tour and he did 2 more stops than usual, so the restaurant was not to fill the time, but rather the normal lunch break time. We hope you can join us on your next visit to Portugal, and hopefully you can chose one of our Private Tours for a more flexible time. Happy New Year, Filipa
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carolfitz2 wrote a review Dec 2019
Boston, Massachusetts6 contributions
Our tour guide JOÃO Da Silva was very knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. I usually like to explore places on my own but was glad we did a tour instead. We wouldn’t have been able to see all we did in one day without having someone who was knowledgeable about the lines and
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MKT_traveller wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions5 helpful votes
This tour is highly recommended. Our guide, Valter, was friendly and very knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was relaxed and the group was small.
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Response from PortugueseForADay, Manager at The Essential Sintra Experience
Responded Dec 17, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your day with Walter. We're happy you enjoyed your day in Sintra. See you soon. Kind regards, Filipa
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Barbara J wrote a review Nov 2019
12 contributions5 helpful votes
Such a great day with Walter who is honest in his opinions, straight forward and extremely knowledgeable. With a small group we were able to get all of our questions handled.
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Portuguese For a Day
A must while in Lisbon
I think going on this road trip was the best thing during my 3 day trip to Lisbon. Sintra is a hidden treasure that
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A memorable day with an amazing tourguide (Highly recommended)
What an amazing day it was with Andre. It's my second time in Lisbon and it felt like the first thanks to the amazi
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Perfect day trip!
Amazing private tour with Joao! He was really knowledgable, helpful and patient and gave us plenty of time at each
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Excellent!! Definitely recommend
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. would recommend to anyone!! Very prompt timings and didn't feel rushed at al
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Would not let us visit Pena Palace even though it was possible
We recently did the small group tour to Sintra from Lisbon with the expectation of visiting Pena Palace. We were on
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Clean, safe and fun!
Best tour of our trip so far! During this unprecedented time, Portuguese for a Day tours remain open during the COV
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" Wonderful and Memorable Tour and Amazing Tour Guide!"
This was a wonderful tour of Sintra and the surrounding area. Our group of six loved visting the Pena Palace, the
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They are amazing!!! They were on time when picking us up from the hotel. The van is comfortable with A.C. The tour
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A Lovely Day!
My daughter and I had a wonderful time on our day trip to Sintra and our guide was fun and informative. We appreci
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Brilliant Trip, Amazing Tour Guide
Our tour guide was Joao he was very knowledgeable but funny too, which kept the dialogue very interesting. Pena pa
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Day tour Sintra
Had a wonderful day. Pick up at door in a mini van in total 8 guests. Valter our guide was very helpful and informa
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Amazing experience
It was amazing day!We see so many beautiful places just in one day really great experience. Or gide was very good,
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Scott M
Great driving tour.
Our guide João picked us up promptly at the designated spot, and along with two other couples provided us with a pl
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Do not skip this tour!
Walter (Valter) was punctual and most informative throughout our entire trip. Our only suggestion was to speak a li
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Best Private Tour from and around Lisbon
Just got back from our visit to Portugal. 5 of us in our party, and friends celebrating a 50th birthday for a long
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Portuguese
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