Sintra Half Day: Pena Palace

Daily Tour 4 hours Availability: 2019-01-06
Largo Vasco da Gama, 2710 Sintra, Portugal Palácio da Pena

THIS JOURNEY IS FOR…

People short on time who want to feel the magic of Sintra and explore the world famous red-and-yellow Pena Palace.

 

We love Sintra. Like, really LOVE it. But even we can admit It has one big problem. Once you start exploring this enchanting patch of the world, it’s almost impossible to stop, and we know a lot of you don’t have the time to spend days and days exploring every last forest track like we did as kids. Luckily, you still have time to see the star of the show, the so-called Disney palace that’s somehow even more breathtaking in real life than in photos: Pena Palace.

Plus you’ll get to climb into the back of one of our sweet Portuguese-made ex-military 4WDs and we’ll bounce along century-old forest roads for an unforgettable half-day journey. We’ll drive by historic palaces (Sintra National Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira) and the 8th-century Moorish Castle, sharing the best legends, stories and facts about each along the way. But best of all we’ll stop to stroll through the stunning Pena Palace together. Here we’ll snap photos with the famous red-and-yellow palace of your Instagram dreams.

Sintra is a magical, mysterious place to embrace with your whole heart – and they say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. So, we just can’t let you leave without tasting the town’s traditional sweet “travesseiro” pastry and homemade “ginja” liqueur.

This half-day journey finishes at 1.30pm. We can drop you in town with some lunch suggestions or back to the train station. If you have the time, combine this with our sunset tapas hike to a secret beach in the afternoon.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the stunning Pena Palace with a local
  • Feel the wind in your hair as we go off-road through the lush forests of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
  • View all five castles and palaces of this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Take a Polaroid photo memory home
  • Taste traditional pastries and liqueur
  • Up to 7 people per jeep. Contact us for bigger groups.

★★★★★

Our guide was amazing, it was like hanging out with one of your friends. You get a lot of time on your own to explore and see the beauty of Sintra.” – Diane, Jan 2020

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“It was a small and unique tour and our tour guide Diogo was wonderful. He made us seem like we were his friends and was just showing us around. I would recommend this experience to anyone!” – Maria, Dec 2019

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“The whole trip had so much personality; we felt completely immersed in Portuguese culture. The views were incredible, the stories were fascinating and the driving was filled with adrenaline.” – Luke, Feb 2020

  • An awesome local driver
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Sintra train station 
  • Off-road experiences in a legendary restored vintage Portuguese UMM 4×4
  • Booming sound system (yeah!!) + free wifi on board
  • Taste of unique Portuguese “Ginja” liqueur or Porto wine
  • Traditional “travesseiro” pastry 
  • Free Polaroid photo to take home
  • Smartphone chargers, blankets, umbrellas, sunscreen
  • We usually speak English, but we can also speak Portuguese and Spanish
  • Water
  • Great memories to take home
  • Entry fee for Pena Palace. The ticket is cheap and we can skip the queues.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Good vibes
  • Each UMM jeep seats up to 7 people and guests ages 12 and up can attend. If you have a larger group, contact us for a private tour.
  • This journey is not recommended for people with reduced mobility, back problems or pregnant women.
  • You cannot bring luggage as we have no space for it in the jeep.
  • Journeys are carried out in English, but we also speak Spanish, a bit of French and – of course – a ton of Portuguese.
  • The start location and end point are in different locations.
  • Please let us know in advance about dietary requirements
  • Please be on time 🙂

price 

35 per person

99 per private jeep (includes 5 people)

Note: private jeeps seat up to 7 people. Extra guests are €20 per person.

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Need to know 

Pick up location: Portela de Sintra train station
Pick up time:  14.30pm  – please arrive 10 minutes early
Duration: 4 hours
Drop off location: Portela de Sintra train station

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We’ve adapted in response to COVID-19

To keep our guests and staff safe while having fun we’ve added new safety and hygiene measures to our experiences and transfers. Our staff have received extra training and Portuguese authorities have given us the “Clean & Safe” seal. Read about our COVID-19 measures here.

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Stop one

We’ll pick you up from the train station and head straight for Pena Palace, the world-famous red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak.

 

Stop two

Jump back in our restored convertible jeep – it’s time to explore Sintra. We’ll pass by the many palaces and castles that give the town its UNESCO World Heritage label. Saying “olá” to the Moorish Castle, Sintra National Palace, Seteais Palace, Monserrate and Quinta da Regaleira as we pass by. We’ll share the best legends, stories and facts as we go.

 

Stop three

It’s time to stop at our favourite lookout to enjoy local flavours with a view. Try Sintra’s traditional “travesseiro” pastry and homemade “ginja” liqueur. Afterwards we’ll drop you back to the train station or in town.

 

Keep exploring!

How does sunset tapas on a secret beach sound? As this is a half-day journey you can combine it with our afternoon sunset hike and beach wine picnic. That gives you enough time to have lunch and explore the historic town.

Where you’ll be

Just 30-minutes from downtown Lisbon, spend half a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of Sintra with us. Bounce along secret forest paths and century-old roads in our convertible vintage jeeps, passing by half a dozen historic palaces and the castle. Best of all, we’ll explore the stunning Pena Palace.


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  • Pick up at Portela de Sintra’s train station at 2:30PM
  • Pena Palace (stop)
  • Sintra historic area (drive through)
  • Viewpoint (stop)
  • Drop-off at Portela de Sintra’s train station around 6.30PM






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The number of seats available is 7


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