This is a must tour if you are staying in Lisbon. We were picked up from our hotel in a comfortable mini van on the due time. The drivef and guide was a wonderful and knowledgeable guy, Joaquim Lopes, who kept us entertained and informed about 1001 things throughout the day. He took us to visit Queluz Palace first, which us like a small version of Versailles. We got a combination ticket for this Palace and Pena palace in Sintra. You avoid the ticket queues in Sintra and at the same time get to see this beautiful palace, which I personally enjoyed more than Pena palace. Then on to cute Sintra for a light meal and a walk around Sintra, and a shot of ginjinja liqueur in a chocolate container. Then to chaotic Pena Palace, which was packed solid and which I was anxious to get out immediately I got in. Don't get me wrong, the palace is unique, but the crowds make it impossible to enjoy. After Pena, towards the cliffs at the end of land and Cascais, which is a gem of a place. Then back to the hotel after passing through Estoril. Thank you Joaquim for a wonderfull day.
A good fun tour with the larger than life Jack, driver, historian and raconteur. You see the sights, the palaces, the magical castle at the top of Sintra, a ride down to Estoril where the Atlantic waves crash against the shore. Scheduled to arrive back by about 5pm were a good deal later back because jumping Jack had more things to show us. Great fun.
I really enjoyed the tour, it's a good route and I recommend this, if you have a short time in Lisbon.
Unfortunately, there were a few problems which is why I haven't rated it particularly well. I felt that I was paying only for someone to drive us to different locations. None of the entrance fees are included, and this was 23 on top of what I'd already paid for the Viator tour. I had hoped that our guide would give lots of information about what we were off to see I was aware that in the palaces this was self guided, information about landmarks and so on, but there was very little of this and in most cases I felt it appropriate to ask him for information to ensure I got the most out of the tour.
Furthermore, our guide was multi-lingual, which is great, although I would recommend where possible that the tours are grouped by language. Our group had 5 people 4 spoke English and the other person, only French. This meant that a lot of the time the guide was repeating himself which wasted time. What was also annoying was the French lady sat in the the front of the car with our guide, and this resulted in a lot of French conversations between the two of them. On more than one occasion I asked our guide to translate, because I'd heard various words such as Christopher Columbus, and was concerned I'd missed something interesting.
Finally, I was disappointed that I needed to call our local guide several times the night before my tour, because my pick up time had not been confirmed. He finally responded at 10.15pm.
As mentioned, I recommend this tour for convenience if you want to visit Sintra amongst other landmarks, but I think it is exceptionally overpriced considering what is offered.
Excellent tour with a very entertaining guide!
We were picked up in front of our hotel at 0845 and sat in the front of the van as there were an additional 6 already there. We then proceeded to the Palace of Queluz, all the while our guide provided stories and information about Portugal. When we arrived at Queluz, he arranged for us to purchase our tickets to there, Pena, and the bus transfer at Pena, gave us some info on the palace and grounds and allowed us about an hour and a half to explore. It is a beautiful place.
From there we headed to to Sintra and stopped off in the town. We had two hours to have lunch, explore, etc. We decided to head over to Quinta and explore their amazing grounds. It was about a ten minute walk and I believe the tickets were around 10 a piece. Bear in mind, the walk in almost entirely uphill on cobblestones and may be difficult for some. However, it is so worth it, an absolutely amazing are. We had plenty of time to come back into Sintra and enjoy some pastries and ginjihna.
We met back up with our guide by the palace and then headed up the mountain to Pena. The van can only take you to the entrance and then you can take the bus you have already purchased a transfer 3 up a steep hill to the palace door. We had about an hour and a half to explore the ground and palace. I would suggest taking the bus up and then walk back down to the entrance so you can enjoy the gardens. The views from the palace are breathtaking. I only wish there was more time so that we could have gone up to the cross at the top of the mountain quite a climb or down to the Moorish castle.
After that we headed out to the coast and got to see some incredibly large waves from the cliffs before stopping at the Boca da Inferno, a beautiful cave created by the sea. We stopped there for a bit, had a beer and then headed into Caiscais. We had about an hour and a half there to walk around.
Finally, we drove through Estoril, looked at the casino from the outside and then headed back to Lisbon. We arrived back at our hotel 1830.
All in all, it was a great tour with a great guide. I would highly recommend.
A well and smart planned trip where we had the possibility to see many interesting places in one day. The guide was easy going and well aquainted with everything he told us about. Interesting to listen to him and very good to be guided in the minibus between places and walk around on your own at the sites. Restaurant recommendation from the guide about a place in Sintra turned out to be very good. Well priced, well planned and smoothly followed out tour. Suits anyone interested in seeing the best places around Lisbon.