Palaces and Cascais
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: lis-001
Sightseeing in this area would not be complete without a visit to the 18th-century palace of Queluz.
Queluz Palace was a small and modest place until the reign of Queen Maria I, who decided to transform it into her favorite residence. Like elsewhere in Europe, the Portuguese Court was trying to imitate the life style of Versailles and although there is no possible way to compare, this is certainly a lovely Portuguese manor with a very strong touch of French decoration. The visit to the interior is also a great way to learn more about 18th and 19th century Portuguese history. The park and gardens are inspired by the famous gardens of Le Nôtre.
Sintra, your next stop, is an old world village nestled in tree-clad hills. Here you will see the outside of the royal palace, with its two kitchen chimneys. One of the oldest buildings in Portugal, it has been largely reconstructed over the centuries. After a brief stop in the town square to admire the outside of this royal palace, to shop or simply soak up Sintra's ancient beauty, your excursion will continue to Cascais, where a stop will be made to admire the beautiful bay.
You will return to Lisbon passing by the well-known village of Estoril, then driving along the beautiful road that borders the Tagus River.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour which involves moderate walking and some steps to climb. It is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour may operate in a different order of sites visited.