Reviewer: Rimma Barko
Excellent trip, the guide was very informative, attentively kind and funny. This made our trip the best!
Reviewer: Eleanor White
Sintra is one of most unique villages anywhere. The tour of Pena Castle was coordinated nicely by our guide who knew the history and how to show it. There were hoards of tourists but he managed our group effectively. His English was excellent and the whole day a very pleasant experience.
The tour started off with us not being able to find the van. The driver/guide showed up late, and was driving a sedan instead of a van. This affected our comfort as there were 4 people plus the driver, and also reduced our visibility of the sights we drove by, compared to what we could have seen in a a van. The guide tried to make this up to us by paying for the admission to the Sintra Palace. The Palace was the best part of the tour. It was huge, colorful, and had great views of the countryside. The rest of the tour was spent driving by scenic areas, with stops to buy pastries and later on ice cream, both at our cost contrary to what the tour description said, at least about the pastries. We were also supposed to go to or drive by the Moorish Castle in Sintra, but the only time one of us saw it was from a distance at the Palace, and then only for a few seconds before it was hidden by fog. The guide was easy to understand (hardly any accent), and he was very knowledgeable.