Private Day Trip to Sintra and Cascais
No doubt one of the most fascinating and romantic sites of Portugal Sintra has a range of Monuments waiting to be visited.
My favorite is definetely the Capuchin Convent: embedded in the dense forest at 1700 feet high from the sea level it's often nicknamed the Cork Convent, because its minuscule cells are lined with cork. Sometimes even considered by visitors as a proper place for hobbits to live this is a unique place, away from the crowds and buzz!
As an option to this Convent my second suggestion goes to Quinta da Regaleira Estate, a magnificent freemason summer house and its mithical gardens!
Driving along the narrow streets we'll reach the westernmost point of mainland Europe: the Roca Cape and its amazing views.
Next we head to Cascais driving along the waterfront to finally reach one of the renowned local restaurants where seafood is a must!
On the way back to Lisbon we'll drive pass white sandy beaches and aristocratic summer houses starting at the town of Estoril with its famous Casino.
After picking you up at your hotel or pier cruise we'll leave Lisbon towards Sintra Historical Village to visit the Capuchin Convent (an hermitage from the 16th century) or the Regaleira Estate (a tradesman summer house from the 19th century). Free time for a stroll or shopping in the village.
Continue towards the Roca Cape and then along the waterfront until Cascais for a beautiful lunch break.
Driving back to Lisbon we'll cover other coastal cities such as Estoril and Carcavelos.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in town, your cruiseline pier, at the airport or any address where you might be accommodated.
End location: Back to the hotel, pier or any place in the city mentioned by you.
Duration: 8 hours
Modern confortable rented car with AC. Opel Insignia Station Wagon.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Euro - 5€ - Capuchin Convent fee
6€ - Regaleira Estate
If you're over 65 years old a discount will be done (Proof of entitlement required).
45€ - Average amount needed for a seafood lunch
Food and drinks are relatively unexpensive for European patterns:
Average price of an expresso in Lisbon is 1€. A bottle of water 1.50€.
Please make sure you have some cash with you since not all places accept Credit Card. AMEX is not very big in Portugal, yet VISA and Mastercard are accepted almoust everywhere.
No restrictions. As a State Licensed Guide I can tour anywhere in Portugal including driving and touring at the same time.
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Matilde is simply a superb guide, and a great personality. Knowledgable and conversant about her subject and any tangential questions. You will have a spectacular experience with her. We learned about history, politics, historical figures and characters, geography and she mixed in personal stories pertinent to the locations we visited. She managed our schedule such that we go the most out of our time together. We later joined a 10 day group tour and we wished Matilde was still our guide.