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Sintra Tour

Experience the Magic of Sintra: An Unforgettable 1 Day Trip ✨

Discover the Enchanting Beauty of Sintra:

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the fairytale landscapes of Sintra. Join us on an unforgettable journey to this enchanting town, just a short distance from Lisbon.

✨ Sintra’s history is as rich and varied as its landscape. Here’s a condensed overview:

  Early Settlements: The region around Sintra has been inhabited for thousands of years. Its strategic location near the Atlantic coast made it attractive to various civilizations, including the Romans and Moors.   Moorish Influence: The Moors, who occupied the Iberian Peninsula for several centuries, left a significant mark on Sintra. The Moorish Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town, is a testament to their architectural prowess.   Christian Reconquest: Sintra was retaken from the Moors by Christian forces in the 12th century. The town was granted to Christian nobility, and it became a royal retreat. Royal Retreats: Sintra’s mild climate and lush surroundings made it a favorite retreat for Portuguese royalty. Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, and subsequent monarchs built palaces and estates in the area.   Cultural Hub: During the 19th century, Sintra became a hub for writers, artists, and intellectuals. The romantic allure of its landscapes inspired many creative minds, including Lord Byron.   UNESCO World Heritage Site: In 1995, Sintra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural significance and the preservation of its historic monuments.   Modern Attraction: Today, Sintra is not just a historical gem but a thriving tourist destination. Its well-preserved medieval structures, romantic 19th-century architecture, and natural beauty draw visitors from around the world.

Sintra’s history is like a tapestry woven with threads of conquest, culture, and creativity. Each palace, castle, and cobblestone street tells a story of the people who shaped this enchanting town.

Pena Palace, or Palácio da Pena in Portuguese, is a fairy-tale castle that crowns the Sintra hills, creating an almost magical silhouette against the sky. Here’s more about this enchanting palace:
  Origins: The site of Pena Palace has ancient roots. It started as a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena in the Middle Ages. After the Christian reconquest, a monastery was built on the site.   Royal Retreat: In the 19th century, during the Romantic era, King Ferdinand II acquired the old monastery and surrounding lands. He had a vision of transforming the site into a romantic palace that blended various architectural styles.   Eclectic Architecture: Pena Palace is a masterpiece of architectural eclecticism. It combines Moorish, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance elements, creating a unique and vibrant structure. The bright colors, including shades of red, yellow, and blue, contribute to its whimsical appearance.   Parks and Gardens: The palace is surrounded by extensive parkland with gardens that are a mix of formal landscaping and wild forest. The Pena Park features lakes, fountains, and a fern garden. The Queen’s Fern Garden is a particularly serene spot.   The Clock Tower: One of the notable features is the Clock Tower, which stands tall and can be seen from many points in the park. It’s a key reference point in the palace’s architecture.   The Interior: The palace’s interior is equally lavish, with rooms decorated in various styles reflecting the tastes of Portuguese royalty. The Arab Room, with its intricate tilework, and the Noble Room, adorned with paintings and sculptures, are highlights.   Chapel: The Chapel of Our Lady of Pena, the original structure on the site, is integrated into the palace. It adds a touch of history and spirituality to the overall fairy-tale atmosphere.   UNESCO World Heritage Site: Pena Palace is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It represents the Romantic architectural and landscape ideals of the 19th century.   Tourist Attraction: Today, Pena Palace is one of Portugal’s major tourist attractions, drawing visitors not only for its historical significance but also for its breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.  

Visiting Pena Palace is like stepping into a storybook, where history and fantasy blend seamlessly, creating an atmosphere of wonder and delight.

Quinta da Regaleira is a mysterious and enchanting estate located near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal. Here’s more about this intriguing place:
  Origins: The estate was originally owned by the Viscountess of Regaleira in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was later purchased by António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, a wealthy Portuguese businessman, who commissioned the construction of the eclectic palace and its surrounding gardens.   Architectural Styles: The palace at Quinta da Regaleira is a fascinating blend of architectural styles, incorporating Gothic, Renaissance, Roman, and Manueline influences. The result is a structure that looks like it’s been plucked from a fairy tale.   Symbolism and Mysticism: What sets Quinta da Regaleira apart is its rich symbolism and mysticism. The entire estate is filled with esoteric and Masonic symbols, reflecting Carvalho Monteiro’s interest in alchemy, the Knights Templar, and other mystical traditions.   Initiation Wells: Perhaps the most emblematic feature of Quinta da Regaleira is its pair of wells. These are underground shafts with spiral stairs leading to a central platform. They are thought to symbolize a journey to the depths of the earth and spiritual rebirth. These wells are like inverted towers, one the Initiatory Well and the other the Unfinished or Imperfect Well.   The Palace: The palace itself is adorned with intricate carvings, stained glass, and other ornate details. The interior reflects the eclectic taste of Carvalho Monteiro, with influences from various historical periods.   Chapels and Tunnels: The estate includes several chapels, including the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. A network of tunnels connects various parts of the property, adding to the sense of mystery.   Gardens: The lush gardens surrounding the palace are a delight to explore. They are filled with exotic plants, lakes, grottoes, and sculptures. The gardens are designed with winding paths and hidden corners, encouraging a sense of discovery.   UNESCO World Heritage Site: Quinta da Regaleira is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Tourist Attraction: Today, Quinta da Regaleira is open to the public and is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the palace, gardens, and the fascinating network of tunnels and wells.  

Quinta da Regaleira is not just a historic estate; it’s a journey into the realms of symbolism, mysticism, and imagination. Exploring its grounds is like stepping into a surreal world where every corner tells a story.

The Palácio Nacional de Sintra, or the National Palace of Sintra, is a historic palace located in the heart of Sintra, Portugal. Here’s more about this significant landmark:
  Historical Significance: The Palácio Nacional de Sintra is one of the best-preserved medieval royal palaces in Portugal. It has a rich history that spans several centuries.   Architecture: The palace’s architecture is a mix of Moorish, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance styles, reflecting the various periods of its construction and renovation. The iconic twin chimneys are one of its most recognizable features.   Royal Residence: It served as a royal residence for Portuguese kings from the early 15th century to the late 19th century. It was a favored summer residence due to Sintra’s cooler climate.   Palace Layout: The palace consists of various wings and courtyards. Notable rooms include the Sala dos Cisnes (Swan Room) and the Sala das Pegas (Magpie Room), each named after the motifs adorning their ceilings.   Manueline Wing: The palace underwent significant renovations during the Manueline period, and the result is the Manueline Wing, characterized by intricate decorations and symbols of the era.   Azulejos: The palace features stunning azulejos, traditional Portuguese painted and glazed ceramic tiles. They depict various scenes, including hunting and religious motifs.   Views: Due to its strategic location, the palace offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle.   Cultural Heritage: The Palácio Nacional de Sintra has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, as part of the cultural landscape of Sintra.   Tourist Attraction: Today, the palace is open to the public, allowing visitors to explore its rich history and architecture. The interior is furnished with period pieces, giving a glimpse into royal life.   Events and Exhibitions: The palace occasionally hosts cultural events, exhibitions, and concerts, adding a contemporary touch to its historical significance.  

Visiting the Palácio Nacional de Sintra provides a fascinating journey through Portugal’s royal history, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of monarchs who once called this palace home.

What Our Tour Offers:
  • Guided Tours: Expert drivers will lead you through the rich history and significance of Sintra.
  • Time Travel: Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere and take part of this adventure.
  • Cultural Exploration: Discover the charm of Sintra local culture, cuisine, and traditions.
  Be sure to check with our specialist for specific details about what is included and what is not included in your tour service to avoid surprises during the trip. If you’re seeking more information about Sintra that you haven’t found on our page, visit the Parques de Sintra website, or alternatively, send your questions to our email.

Informations

What is included in the tour service:
  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Lisbon to Sintra is included in the tour service. A comfortable and secure vehicle will be provided for your convenience. Feel free to book a premium vehicle for extra comfort.
  • Insurance: All our activities are covered by liability and personal accident insurance.
  • Experienced Driver: An experienced and knowledgeable driver will provide key point information about the attractions, history, culture, and curiosities of Sintra. The service of an Interpreter Guide is an additional service (not included in this package).
  • Entrance Fees to Attractions: Some of our tours include entrance fees, to find out more about the cost of entrance fees click here.
  • Free Time for Exploration: The tour will include periods of free time for you to explore the attractions on your own, take photos, shop at local stores, or enjoy meals.
  • Information and Cultural Context: In addition to information about the attractions, the driver will provide a broader cultural context about Sintra, giving you a deeper understanding of the city and its historical significance.
What is not included in the tour service:
  • Interpreter Guide: The service of an interpreter guide comes at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation: The 1-day tour package does not include overnight stay or accommodation, please talk with our assistant or choose a multiday tour option.
  • Meals: Meals are not included in the tour service. You will be responsible for purchasing your own meals throughout the day.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses, such as souvenirs, individual purchases, or extra costs, are not included in the tour price.
  • Optional Activities: Activities or attractions not mentioned in the itinerary and not included in the tour entrance fees will be the participant’s responsibility.
  • Gratuities: Tips for the guide, driver, or other service providers are not included and are optional, but generally appreciated.
  • Extra Expenses: Any expense not explicitly mentioned as included in the tour will be the participant’s responsibility.

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This cancellation policy applies to tourism services offered by Portugal Sensation Tours, Lda for tours and activities. Our priority is to ensure a positive and satisfying experience for all our customers. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise that lead to the cancellation of a booking.

Below are the details of our cancellation policy:
Customer Cancellation:

Cancellation requests made up to 48 hours before the scheduled tour date: Full refund of the amount paid.

Cancellation requests made between 24 and 48 hours before the scheduled tour date: 50% of the total tour price will be refunded.

Cancellation requests made less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled tour date: There will be no refunds.

Cancellation due to Weather Conditions or Force Majeure:

If extreme weather conditions or unpredictable events beyond our control (such as strikes, natural disasters, pandemics, etc.) make it impossible to carry out the tour safely, we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

In such cases, customers will be given the option to reschedule the tour for an alternative date or receive a full refund of the amount paid.

Cancellation by the Company:

We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to unforeseen circumstances such as security issues, vehicle maintenance, lack of availability of main attractions, among others.

In case of cancellation by the company, customers will have the option to reschedule the tour for an alternative date or receive a full refund of the amount paid.

Changes to the Itinerary:

We reserve the right to make changes to the tour itinerary due to unforeseen conditions such as traffic delays, temporary closure of attractions, etc. We will do our best to provide an equivalent or better experience.

Cancellation Process:

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to our customer service email.

When requesting a cancellation, please provide details such as name, reservation number, tour date and reason for cancellation.

Refunds:

Refunds will be processed within 2 days of confirmation of cancellation.

The refund method will be the same as the original payment.

No Show (No-Show):

In the event that a customer fails to show up at the departure point on the scheduled tour date and time, no refund will be granted.

When booking a tour with Portugal Sensation Tours, Lda, customers agree to abide by this cancellation policy. We recommend that customers read the information provided carefully and contact us with any queries before booking.

This cancellation policy is subject to change without notice. Last update: August 04, 2023

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