Sintra Jeep Safari: Palaces & Culture

Daily Tour 7 hours Availability: 2019-01-06
Largo Vasco da Gama, 2710 Sintra, Portugal


Lovers of palaces and cultural heritage, with a side serve of our signature off-road driving experience.

Imagine kings and queens in mountain-top palaces, a kaleidoscope of bright colours. Magical forests filled with fairies, hidden treasure, or even ghosts. Some kids grew up dreaming of fairy tales. But we didn’t have to imagine. Our hometown, Sintra, is a region filled with real life castles and mysterious legends. 

Join us as we explore this UNESCO World Heritage town known for its romantic architecture and landscaping. We’ll start the day with a visit to the magical Quinta da Regaleira, a palace and its gardens filled with mystery, metaphors and underground tunnels. We’ll take in the view of all five palaces and the 8th-century Moorish Castle as we drive Sintra-Cascais Natural Park in one of our restored convertible jeeps. With our Portuguese-made UMM 4x4s we can take you off-road to epic lookouts and secret spots other visitors can’t reach.

Next stop, a delicious lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village. Think fresh fish or tasty meat on the wood-fired grill and plenty of wine! After a quick cafezinho (coffee) we’ll get back on the road passing through dense forests to the 12th century Peninha Sanctuary. Built 500 metres above sea level, from here you’ll take in 360-degree views of the forest, the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. It’s the sort of place you’ll want to sit and soak in views for a while – which is why we bring snacks. We’ll (try to) teach you how to pronounce “Travesseiro de Sintra”, a century-old sweet pastry recipe, but we promise it tastes just as good in any language. The day finishes with a visit to Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second highest peak.

Sintra is Lisbon’s best day trip for good reason. We want you to leave with amazing memories, a deeper perspective and an aching stomach from all the laughs.


  • Explore Sintra’s two most popular palaces, Quinta da Regaleira and 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
  • Soak in 360-degree views from the 12th-century Peninha Sanctuary
  • Enjoy a local lunch with traditional Portuguese cuisine
  • Drive by all five palaces and the Moorish Castle
  • Take a Polaroid photo home 
  • Taste local pastries and liqueur
  • Listen to sweet tunes
  • Up to 7 people per jeep


“Not only did I get the chance to see some really amazing sites with a bit of history given to me, but I was given time to explore on my own. I never felt like one of those zombie tourists following around a guide with some flag on a pole. This was an experience not to be missed.” – Patrick, Oct 2019


“Wow… It’s too hard to put into words how amazing and life changing this experience was. And it wasn’t just WHERE we were it was WHO was taking us around and how it was presented. Everything was absolutely STUNNING. Our tour guide knew everyone in Sintra, so everyone we ran into treated us like royalty.” – Hannah, Oct 2019


“I wouldn’t change anything about this day! Andres was our tour guide, but felt more like a friend who we could’ve known for a lifetime before this trip. He had unique insight into Sintra because he’s grown up there.” – Kiran, Oct 2019

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  • An awesome local driver
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Sintra/Cascais train stations 
  • Off-road experiences in a legendary restored vintage Portuguese UMM Jeep
  • Epic sound system (hell yeah!) and free wifi 
  • Local and traditional sweet “Travesseiro de Sintra” pastry
  • Salty snacks to nibble on board
  • Taste of unique Portuguese “Ginjinha” Liqueur or Porto wine.
  • Free Polaroid photo for you to take home.
  • Smartphone chargers, blankets, umbrellas, sunscreen and a few good surprises here and there
  • We usually speak English, but can also speak Portuguese and Spanish 
  • Water
  • Great memories to take home
  • Entry fee for Quinta da Regaleira. 
  • Entry fee for Pena Palace. 
  • Lunch. Expect to pay just €15-20, including wine!

The entry tickets are 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 🙂


60 per person

229 per private jeep

Note: private experiences are meant for up to 5 people but our jeeps seat up to 7.
The 6th and 7th guests are €20 per person.
At check-out please write on the booking notes how many guests will attend.

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Need to know 

Pick up location: Portela de Sintra train station
Pick up time:  10am  – please arrive 10 minutes early
Duration: 7 hours
Drop off location: Portela de Sintra train station


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 start the day at Quinta da Regaleira, an historic palace and lush gardens filled with mystery, symbols and metaphors. It’s a must for photos!


Stop two

We’ll stop at a few unnamed, epic lookouts on the way to lunch, where we’ll feast at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in a small village – expect fresh grilled fish or meat with plenty of vinho! Where we go changes depending on the day (and what the special dishes of the day are, plus dietary needs of course).


Stop three

Ready to go off-road? We’ll pass through dense forests to the 12th century Peninha Sanctuary for 360-degree views with local snacks.


Stop four

We’ll end the day with a walk through Pena Palace, the red-and-yellow Disney-like castle that sits atop Sintra’s second-highest peak.

Where you’ll be

With more than six palaces from the romantic era and a Moorish Castle from the 8th century topping one hill, Sintra is UNESCO World Heritage area. This journey stops at the two most popular palaces – Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace. Plus drive off-road in one of our epic jeeps through the magical and mystical forests that surround the town. Passing through Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, we’ll drive up to an incredible lookout.

  • Pick up at Portela de Sintra train station at 10AM
  • Quinta da Regaleira (stop)
  • Peninha Santuary (stop)
  • Pena Palace (stop)
  • Drop-off at Portela de Sintra train station

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    The number of seats available is 7

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