"Lisbon and Surroundings"

(Full-Day tour)

This tour takes to wonderful places in the surroundings of Lisbon: a learning and discovery experience of former royal palaces, beautiful landscapes of the mountain of Sintra and the Atlantic coast that stretches west of Lisbon.
Your private driver and guide will pick you up to start the day with a visit to the National Palace of Queluz, a sort of Portuguese Versailles. This 18th century summer residence of the kings of Portugal has stunning stately rooms with fine painted ceilings and intimate apartments with silk lined walls, fine carpets and the original furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The formal gardens in the French manner were the setting of royal summer entertainment parties.

From there you will go to Sintra (Unesco World Heritage Site) which was for more than 500 years the favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family. You will  enjoy your free time strolling in the old quarter of Sintra. In the main square is the National Palace, the first palace built for the royal family. Around the square there are shops with the Portuguese handicrafts and cafés with nice terraces.

Sintra was Lord Byron's “glorious Eden”. A beautiful drive in the Serra de Sintra will take you to one of the highest peaks of the mountain range and to the Pena Palace. You will visit this 19th century fairy-tale palace built on the orders of the Bavarian prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, the consort of the Portuguese queen Maria II. The Pena Palace is the best example of the Romantic revival in Portugal: one section of the palace corresponds to the remains of a 16th century monastery adapted into royal apartments, the other section combines the Moorish, Manueline and Oriental revivals. Surrounding the palace is the very beautiful Pena Park that covers 500 acres and is planted with rare species of trees, both nordic and tropical.

Lunch on your own in Sintra.

The Serra de Sintra ends in the ocean forming a promontory 459 ft high: Cabo da Roca, continental Europe's  most westerly point where we will make a stop for photographs.

You will enjoy a scenic drive from Cabo da Roca to Cascais passing by Guincho Beach, a windswept sand-dune beach, open to the Atlantic, a popular surfing and windsurfing beach.

Cascais is a fishing port and a charming town. In the 19th century Cascais and nearby Estoril became a resort for the wealthy. Built on the promontory overlooking the bay of Cascais is the Citadel of Cascais, a summer residence of the Portuguese kings from 1879 until the end of the monarchy in 1910. You will have time walk in the centre of the town. After that we will start making our way back to Lisbon taking the coast road. We will pass by Estoril and its casino with beautiful gardens, and approaching Lisbon will see the mouth of the Tagus River. Along the coast there are several forts dating from the end of the 16th century, built to defend the entrance to the port of Lisbon.

This is a flexible tour allowing you to choose monuments or sights other than the ones that we propose you (National Palace of Queluz and the Pena Palace).

Other monuments that you may want to include in your program are:
National Palace of Sintra - The National Palace of Sintra is situated in the historical quarter of Sintra. This former royal residence was built at the end of the 14th – beginning of the 15th centuries on the orders of king John I and his English princess Philippa of Lancaster, the parents of prince Henry the Navigator. In the 16th century king Manuel I decided to enlarge and embellish his summer residence with ceramic tiles imported from Andalusia, Spain. The palace has the most remarkable collection of hispano-arabic tiles, several courtyards in the Moorish style, beautiful wooden Gothic-Mudejar ceilings and the original furniture. The two conical chimneys of the kitchen are one of the most striking aspects of the building.
Pena Park - If you are a lover of Nature you may want to spend more time in the park that covers 200 ha-500 acres on the granite slopes of the Serra de Sintra. It should be visited on foot to see fully its great charm, and to have time to find all the native and exotic trees and plants that make it a real botanic garden.
Castelo dos Mouros - The Moorish Castle built in the 8 – 9 th centuries still has a battlemented perimeter wall guarded by four towers from where there are commanding views of Sintra and its National Palace, the Atlantic coast and the Pena Palace perched on its height. Recent archaelogical excavations made it possible to discover buildings dating from the Moorish occupation, but also findings from early pre-historical settlements.
Convento dos Capuchos - This Capuchin Monastery, set in a striking landscape of granite blocks, was built in the 16 th century on the orders of D. Álvaro de Castro, a Portuguese nobleman and State Counsellor of king Sebastião of Portugal. The many tiny, precarious monks’s cells were cut out of the living rock and the walls lined with cork, the best insulator at the time. This convent was lived in by the Franciscan monks until the suppression of religious orders in Portugal in 1834.    Quinta da Regaleira - The palace and gardens created between 1904 and 1911 by Carvalho Monteiro to the design of Manini comprise the mytical magical dreams of its owner. They bear particular witness to the Romantic era – it is a revival of the Gothic and Manueline style.
Monserrate - This landscape park surrounding the neo-Oriental palace was built by Sir Francis Cook who purchased the estate in 1856. It contains many different species of trees and plants including cedars, arbutus, bamboos, bracken, camellias, etc. which stand beside pools and waterfalls. The palace was designed by the English architect James T. Knowles as the summer residence of the Cook family.

Included in the price:

Your De-luxe air-conditioned Private car.
English-speaking driver and Private Official Guide.
Optional: Possible to include lunch in a traditional Lisbon restaurant.



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