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Private Tour: The Mystical, Magical, Medieval Town of Sintra with tickets and lunch

    What to Expect
    In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.

    Sintra is simply a must, if you are in the area of Lisbon! The old Moorish city, which was recaptured in 1147 by the Portuguese King Alfons 1, has been the summer residence of the Portuguese kings and the aristocracy for more than 600 years. Today Sintra is a popular tourist spot, surely not least because of its mild humid climate and its picturesque location at the foot of the small coastal mountains Sierra de Sintra that rise sharply above the city. The main attraction, however, are its historical sights.

    The landmark of Sintra is the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), with its huge, conic, white twin chimneys, which rise above the large palace kitchen, and are visible from quite a distance.  It is one of the most important examples of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National Monument. 

    The palace was continuously inhabited as a royal summer residence from the 14th to the 20th c.  It is a conglomerate of different architectural styles. Elaborate wood carved ceilings, which arch over the rooms and marvellous wall decoration with ceramic tiles from the 15th/16th centuries, the Azulejos,, bear witness to the Arabic influence.  The tiles were manufactured in Seville and it is the oldest and most extensive collection on the Iberian Peninsula. 

    Begin your day tour with a pick up at you hotel at 9AM.

    Arriving to Sintra visit the historic town’s most famous monuments.
    • Pena Palace
    • Moorish Castle 
    • Sintra Village
    • National Palace of Sintra
    • Regaleira Estate (Quinta da Regaleira)
    • Roca CapeAt your request we can add or stop in others places / monuments like Monserrate Palace

    After a day full of sightseeing, we return back to your hotel at 6PM
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This is a Private Tour and we provide free and flexible pick-up and drop-off from your located accommodations.

    Please provide your Hotel / Address for the Pick-up


    • Lisboa Airport, Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lisbon 1700-111 Portugal

    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    • Driver/guide
    • Transportation via an air conditioned van
    • Vehicle gas and tolls
    • Insurances and taxes
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Moorish Castlel Tikects
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • 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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    Popular mentions
    While in Lisbon last week, we knew we wanted to see Sintra and a few beaches during our trip. We searched dozens of sites, companies, etc. looking for the exact trip we wanted that would be within our budget. After days of looking, I decided to reach out to Knight Riders to
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    Ruben was by far one of the best tour guides. He was very knowledgeable about all the history and went out of his way to ensure that we saw everything we wanted to in the short period of time we had. Thank you for everything! I would highly recommend Ruban if you ever require
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    I started researching a day before my flight to Lisbon on half day Sintra tours. Due to my limited availability and inflexibility in my schedule I was looking for a quick half day tour to Sintra. I found a couple of tours but the minimum to book them was 2 travelers and they
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    Jose was great. My husband and I went with my 79 year old parents. Although the weather didn’t cooperate at times Jose was prompt, and explained things well. He was flexible and full of information. His van was clean. He took us to a great old school restaurant out of town
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    About the operator

    This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

    By: Knight Riders Tourism
    104 reviews
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    Great day
    Had a wonderful day trip with Hugo! He was very friendly, and shared with us a great deal of history about the
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    West Springfield, Massachusetts
    Very informative
    Hugo was our guide and was very informative to the city of Porto! The drive to Porto was 3 hours long so it was a
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    Cliff R
    Great personal tour
    Phillip totally made the trip! He had so much knowledge about everything in the area. For lunch we asked him to
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    Toly V
    Very unprofessional
    I booked this tour more than 2 month ago and contacted tour provider around 6 p.m. night before to make sure all
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    New York City, New York
    A great way to see Porto from Lisbon
    We had a short amount of time in Portugal and were fortunate to come across this tour by Knight Riders. If you
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    Rosalind C
    Brisbane, Australia
    Best day trip
    We went with Feeling Berlengas who were excellent. We walked to fort and then went on glass bottom boat for a view
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    Private 8 hour tour from lisbon to nazare
    Pickup and dropoff at the hotel was fantastic. From the very outset my guide Hugo was friendly knowledgeable warm
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    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Excellent tour
    John was an excellent knowledgeable enthusiastic guide. Highly recommend the tour. Port was excellent also!
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    Rosalita F
    An awesome way to spend a day in Porto
    We booked this September tour in July. We did not know what to expect. We just know that we wanted to see Porto.
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    Manila, Philippines
    Day trip to Porto
    We had a private tour for 2 persons in Lisbon with Philippe as our driver. He was very informative and
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    Orlando, Florida
    Hugo was a fantastic tour guide!
    Our tour guide, Hugo, had to walk up the hill to our hotel because cars aren't allowed on the street but he was
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    Los Angeles, California
    A definite must!!
    The host was great. Philippe was very knowledgeable and friendly. He showed us a lot of great sights and tailored
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Awesome day with Philipp in Porto
    We are a family of 5 with three adult offspring ranging in ages from 21-26. We all loved our day trip to Porto
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    Toronto, Canada
    A Beautiful Adventure
    We had a great tour of the Portuguese coast, Lagos was beautiful, and this trip gave us a real appreciation for
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    Daniel B
    Private day tour to Porto
    We had a great day; our guide (Phillipp) was excellent, very friendly and was flexible on what we could see and
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