Supreme Sintra: First Entry Guided Pena Palace Interior & Terraces plus Quinta da Regaleira Tour

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9 hrs

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Why take this tour?

What’s not to love about Sintra? It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the remarkable Pena Palace, and boasts the mesmerising Quinta da Regaleira. These attractions are hugely popular among visitors to Sintra, but we ensure you bypass the crowds for a fully-guided tour of the palace interior along with its surrounding gardens and terrace with first entrance tickets, before enjoying skip-the-line access to the mesmerizing Quinta da Regaleira!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a specially-timed, in-depth tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Pena Palace with a dedicated guide before the crowds arrive
  • Created with Sketch.Experience spectacular views from the terrace, then take a guided tour through the gardens (including the fairytale-like Valley of the Lakes)
  • Created with Sketch.Experience the wonder that is Quinta da Regaleira - an estate brimming with labyrinths, tunnels, grottos and secret waterfalls - on a complete guided exploration
  • Created with Sketch.Take in the sights and sounds of Sintra Natural Park on a Tuk Tuk ride through the area
  • Created with Sketch.Explore Sintra Village at your own pace, with open-ended train tickets back to Lisbon city
  • Created with Sketch.Don't waste time picking up tickets or finding transport - all tickets and on-site transfers are included on this tour, with a dedicated guide to handle all logistics (including your train from Lisbon)
  • Created with Sketch.Relax knowing your tour is in English only, so you won't have to wait around as your guide translates into several different languages

Savour the sights of Sintra in a single day

Seduced by its scenic landscape and captivated by its rich history, visitors to the Portuguese capital regularly (and wisely!) include a trip to Sintra in their Lisbon itinerary. With more than a fleeting feel of the fairytale about it, Sintra is perfectly picturesque, and our tour of the area is an ideal choice for anyone who enjoys delving into the history and natural spaces of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On this tour you will not only explore the gardens surrounding the Pena Palace and enjoy the view from its terraces, you will also be given a fully guided tour of its charming interior along with the wonder that is Quinta da Regaleira.

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Seduced by its scenic landscape and captivated by its rich history, visitors to the Portuguese capital regularly (and wisely!) include a trip to Sintra in their Lisbon itinerary. With more than a fleeting feel of the fairytale about it, Sintra is perfectly picturesque, and our tour of the area is an ideal choice for anyone who enjoys delving into the history and natural spaces of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

On this tour you will not only explore the gardens surrounding the Pena Palace and enjoy the view from its terraces, you will also be given a fully guided tour of its charming interior along with the wonder that is Quinta da Regaleira.

Your trip begins as the Lisbon landscape fades as you speed out of the Portuguese capital on a train bound for Sintra, with your guide leading you every step of the way. After arriving in Sintra, you’ll be met by a car. Travel through Sintra Natural Park before being the first to arrive at the Pena Palace - timing it perfectly with opening hours!

You’ll make your way by foot directly to the entrance of the palace, with your guide sharing points of interest along the way. Learn not only about Pena Palace itself, but the beautiful town of Sintra in which it stands. With tickets taken care of, you’ll step inside the palace before enjoying a fully-guided tour!

With the day’s crowds yet to descend, you have plenty of time to interact with your guide and more than enough space to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the building. An example of 19th century Romanticism, the interior is brimming with character, complete with chandeliers, wall carvings, and an abundance of ornately-designed furniture. Move freely from room to room, and get more than a passing sense of the lives led by those who once called this palace ‘home’. Your tour will come to an end just as the palace begins to fill with other visitors - yet another perfectly-timed moment of the day!

With the memory of the palace interior still fresh in your mind, your guide will lead you to the terraces. Here you will be given the chance to take in truly spectacular views from the terrace, walk the palace walls, admire the building’s wholly unique exterior aesthetic, and maybe even take a photo or two!

Undeniable in their beauty, time spent touring the Pena Gardens is time well spent in Sintra. With your guide leading the way, you’ll visit the Valley of the Lakes, and along the way you will see the Temple of the Columns, Camellia Garden, Friar’s Tank, Manueline Chapel, Bird Fountain, and Cold Greenhouse.

Always wanted to get acquainted with the historic town of Sintra? Now’s your chance! Hop aboard a tuk tuk with your guide and enjoy a journey downtown before breaking for lunch, and taking some time to do a little exploring at your own pace.

What do you know about the Quinta da Regaleira? If you think it has to be seen to be believed, you’re right. Imagine a real-life fantasy world, brimming with all the wondrous elements normally considered the reserve of fairytales and fables, and now picture it unfolding before you as you take your first step inside this wild, iconic landmark. After skipping the lines into this enchanting estate which is brimming with natural beauty, your adventure in the footsteps of the freemasons officially begins. Lose yourself among secret waterfalls, hidden tunnels and underground labyrinths, find out how one specific well relates to Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell, and marvel at extraordinary sites including the Gate of the Guardians, the Waterfall Lake, and the Cave of Legend, among many others. Delight your inner child as you weave your way through a network of elaborate shapes and structures, and throw caution to the wind as you suspend your cynicism and relax into the wonder that is Quinta da Regaleira. With your guide on hand to not only recount its history but explain the significance behind the symbolism you encounter, your time in Quinta da Regaleira will not only be genuinely exciting, but hugely informative too!

Make your way back through the lush and green surrounds that is Sintra Natural Park - home to Sintra National Palace - before traveling into Sintra by tuk tuk and making your way back to Lisbon by train with your return ticket!

  • Sites Visited
  • Pena Palace (interior rooms and terrace)
  • Pena Palace Gardens and Valley of the Lakes
  • Quinta da Regaleira Palace
  • Quinta da Regaleira Gardens with Initiation Well & underground tunnels
  • Sintra National Palace (exterior)
  • Sintra Natural Park
  • Tour Includes
  • Pena Palace skip-the-line tickets
  • Fully guided Pena Palace interior plus terrace & gardens tour
  • Skip-the-line Quinta da Regaleira tickets
  • Fully guided tour of Quinta da Regaleira Gardens
  • Tuk Tuk ride through Sintra Natural Park
  • Return train tickets
  • Transfer to train station
  • Mono language tour (English only)

FAQ

Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers.
Are hotel transfers included on this tour?
No.
Is lunch included on this tour?
Lunch is not included on this tour.