Meet your guide at your Lisbon hotel and soak up the scenery on the 30-minute drive to Sintra. Catch your first glimpse of Pena Palace as you climb through the idyllic Sintra Hills and drive through the exotic gardens of the Pena Park.
As you approach, hear how the royal castle was built for King Ferdinand II in the 19th-century and learn about its eclectic mix of architectural styles. Enter through the Arabesque archway and stroll around the fairy-tale palace, as your guide points out the unique Romantic architecture, with elements borrowed from Gothic, Moorish and Manueline styles. After marveling at the castle façade and taking in the views from the hilltop, follow your guide inside to peek into the opulent King’s Apartments.
Make a stop in historic Sintra to explore the UNESCO-listed center and sample the village’s famous pastries (own expense), before heading back to Lisbon. After a full morning or afternoon adventure, end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.