Lisbon, Sintra and Estoril
Lisbon's trademark seven hills are dotted across the cityscape like lofty guardians of color and history. But venture out of the city and you will also experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on this magical day trip. Only a few hours from the capital city, Sintra is a wonderous place where daily life and nature exist in perfect harmony.
Your journey begins as you head to the World Heritage site of Sintra, a charming town nestled in the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Meander along narrow, cobbled streets and explore Pena Palace, the colorful and flamboyant 19th century palace of King Ferdinand. While here, enjoy spectacular views from atop the mountain before making your way down the Atlantic coast to Cascais, a bustling resort town that still holds to its fishing traditions.
The stylish and fashionable beaches of nearby Estoril do not disappoint with glorious white sands. Situated on a beautiful coastline that extends to the west of Lisbon, Estoril strikes the perfect balance between local charm and a prosperous atmosphere with a reputation for exclusivity.
Back in Lisbon you will enjoy stunning views of the city and the old Moorish quarter of Alfama and a panoramic view of the Castle of Saint George atop the highest hill in town. Visit the city's main squares and see the Discoveries Monument dedicated to past Portuguese discoverers and heroes.
In the district of Belem, you will view the expansive Jeronimos Monastery, completed in the 1600s in an ornate architectural style with complex maritime sculptural themes. Not to be missed is the iconic Belem Tower, part of a medieval defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River.
This full-day cultural tour is a perfect introduction to the cosmopolitan city of Lisbon and the popular beach towns along the picturesque Portuguese coast, reserve your spot now.
Reviewer: Anna Stockdale
This tour did not go as planned due to the late arrival of the ship and the weather, rain. The guide did his best taking us to the palace in Sinatra first and recommending a good place for lunch. Then a drive along the coast through Caiscais and Estoril. By the time we arrived back in Lisbon it was getting dark so I am afraid we did not see any of the centre of Lisbon. Will gave to go again!