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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

1. Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Escape Lisbon and go on a full-day, guided journey to some of Portugal’s most popular locations stopping at the iconic Pena Palace in Sintra, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Cabo da Roca, and the ritzy seaside town of Cascais. Choose between the shared tour or private tour options. Your journey from Lisbon starts at the famous city of Sintra, whose Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the freedom of choice on whether you want an included entry ticket and tour of the colorful Pena Palace, or whether you prefer to gain some extra free time instead. Arriving early at Sintra means greater chances of avoiding long lines if you choose to go with your guide on a comprehensive tour through its lavish interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the palace’s fairy-tale-like appearance, beautiful facade and extravagant interior. Next, head over to the center of Sintra and get 1.5-hour of free time to wander on your own. Get recommendations of the city’s must-see locations as well as the best restaurant options for delicious traditional Portuguese dining from your guide. Continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and take in the impressive views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. If weather permitting, stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high swells have made it a popular surfing destination. Lastly, arrive in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera. Stroll through the lovely city center and make sure to check out Cascais’ luxury marina, its charming fishing port, and a restored fort that houses many local craftsmen. After your free exploration time in Cascais, relax back on board your air-conditioned vehicle, and admire more breathtaking views of the Portuguese coast as you make your way back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

2. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

3. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. 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.

Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

5. Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

Hop aboard for a 3-hour journey and spot dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a welcome drink of moscatel de Setúbal, as start your tour and then journey out to see the dolphins. After spotting the dolphins, you will receive an explanation in Portuguese and English.  Then, make a short stop to swim or snorkel and hear some explanations about the main interest points. Passing by Arrábida Mountain will also offer completely different sights of the region. The catamarans have two underwater rooms that can be used to see the bottom of the sea or you may even see a dolphin from them.

Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

6. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real 

Melides: Horse Riding on the Beach with Wine Tasting

7. Melides: Horse Riding on the Beach with Wine Tasting

Enjoy a horseback ride that will connect you with nature. Breathe in the fresh sea air under an immense sky. Explore the woods of Grândola near the coast and discover the local wildlife. Pass through dunes and pine forest of the protected area of Melides. Ride along a beach that stretches out for over 60 kilometers with the ocean at your side. After the beach, you will ride close to the Melides freshwater lagoon, where you will be able to spot a variety of bird species. If selected, at the end of your activity, enjoy a wine tasting session of three different types of wine produced in the region or a barbecue lunch. You can also opt to book a private instructor and enjoy a memorable day with a group of your friends or family.

Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

8. Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

Navigate along the charming coast of Cascais, where you will see all the famous sights from the sea. From the center villa to the classic chateaux and mansion, to the fortress used to protect the coast against pirates a long time ago, to the Casino, as well as other famous 007/ James Bond spots. Then you'll travel toward the open sea to the beautiful cliff of Costa da Guia. Relax and admire the sun "touching" the sea as you sip on a welcome drink.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

9. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Enjoy a boat tour in Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves, and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After this stop, sail towards Cabo Espichel where you will visit more caves and landscapes of incredible wonder. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

10. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the protected area to explore the different types of habitats, from the mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast by kayak to locate sacred caves that are only accessible by boat. Encounter secret beaches as you make your way towards the remarkable karst formation of the Gruta do Frade. Soak up the coastal scenery and get up close to the impressive rock formations with the help of your guide. Then, make your way back towards Sesimbra and stop at the tranquil beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. Enjoy a snack and go for a swim in the transparent waters, surrounded by dramatic rock formations. Taste some typical sweets from the region to end your amazing experience.

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What people are saying about Lisbon District

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I would have liked to attend a fado club. However, my schedule and those of the clubs in Lisbon did not match up for the night i had available. Fafo in Chiado filled the gap very nicely for me. The theatre in conveniently located for the Lisbon Metro.

Fun and a Good way to Learn a lot of Lissabon’s history, about the people who has lived there for many century, the special streets, the many artist from all around the world who has set their signature by painting stories at many walls

Had the absolute best time with our tour guide Miguel! We covered all of Lisbons main attractions and Miguel was able to recommend various places to eat, drink and watch fado. I would recommend this tour to anybody visiting Lisbon.

Excellent tour and experience! Diego was very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and helpful. The bus driver was very nice and the bus was very clean and comfortable. Fantastic!!

Amazing tour of Sintra! Our tour guide Miguel was so friendly and extremely informative. Would recommend this tour to anybody visiting Lisbon.