Sublime Sintra: First Entry Fully Guided Pena Palace Interior, Terraces & Gardens Tour

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4 hrs

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Just 40 minutes from the Portuguese capital, Sintra is home to the stunning Pena Palace and Gardens - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pena Palace and Gardens are understandably hugely popular with visitors to Sintra, however on the Sublime Sintra Tour we use special timings and first entry tickets to bypass the crowds so you don't spend hours waiting in line to get inside for your fully, expertly guided tour!

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.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

Prepare yourself for the perfect Pena Palace experience

Your Sublime Sintra tour begins as your train speeds out of the Portguese capital and you find the Lisbon landscape disappearing from view. After just 40 minutes, your small group and guide will disembark at Sintra. A short drive through Sintra Natural Park takes you directly to Pena Palace where tickets having been taken care of - one of just many perfectly-timed moments on this tour.

Call to mind most fairytales and, at some point, an image of a castle sitting atop a hill will likely surface. Turreted, domed and eye-catching in its colour palette; this elaborate structure is teeming with stories and begging to be explored. In Sintra, this building is known as the Pena Palace. On this to...

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Your Sublime Sintra tour begins as your train speeds out of the Portguese capital and you find the Lisbon landscape disappearing from view. After just 40 minutes, your small group and guide will disembark at Sintra. A short drive through Sintra Natural Park takes you directly to Pena Palace where tickets having been taken care of - one of just many perfectly-timed moments on this tour.

Call to mind most fairytales and, at some point, an image of a castle sitting atop a hill will likely surface. Turreted, domed and eye-catching in its colour palette; this elaborate structure is teeming with stories and begging to be explored. In Sintra, this building is known as the Pena Palace. On this tour you will not only explore the park in which it’s housed, tour its surrounding gardens and enjoy the view from its terraces, you will also be given a fully guided tour of its charming interior.

Inside Pena Palace, you’ll enjoy the guided tour before the day’s crowds descend. With your guide leading the way, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and more than enough space to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the building. An example of 19th century Romanticism, it is 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.

Hop aboard a Tuk Tuk for the next stage of the tour. Lush and green, the Sintra Natural Park is home to Sintra National Palace which you will see as you slowly make your way back into Sintra. You’re free to explore Sintra at your own pace from this point or make your way back to Lisbon by train with your return ticket!

  • Sites Visited
  • Pena Palace (interior)
  • Pena Palace Terraces
  • Pena Palace Gardens
  • Valley of the Lakes
  • Sintra Natural Park
  • Sintra National Palace (exterior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Pena Palace skip-the-line tickets
  • Fully-guided Pena Palace tour
  • Return train tickets from Central Lisbon
  • Tuk tuk ride in Sintra Natural Park
  • Transfer from train station to Pena Palace
  • Dedicated guide
  • 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.