Pena Palace, Sintra and Lisbon with Lunch

Pena Palace, Sintra and Lisbon with Lunch

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      Lisbon, Portugal
      7.5 Hours
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      • Pena Palace: Enjoy the stunning, playful castle that pays a colorful homage to architectural styles including neo-Moorish and Gothic with towers, tilework, domes, and spires; its endless views of the Portuguese coast are equally jaw-dropping.
      • Free time in Sintra: Walk around this picturesque town nestled in the rolling green mountains and explore its Moorish castle, regal town hall, colorful homes and lush, woodland hiking trails.
      • Belem: Lisbon's historic upscale district on the banks of the Tajo River includes the magnificently detailed San Jeronimos Monastery, the elegant Tower of Belem, and the opulent pink and white palace of Portugal's president.
      • Lunch: Dine on delightful Portuguese fare including bread, smoked ham, Beirao-style potato and cabbage soup, beef or pork kebab, salad and a special dessert.

      Designed for couples, families, and even large groups to tour by private vehicle. Contact Hello@GoBe.com for available dates and pricing.

      Meeting point

      Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side to the tour loading area and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather.

      It is strictly forbidden to take photos with flash inside Pena Palace. Video shooting requires a special permit from the venues that should be requested at least one week prior to your visit.

      Please do not touch the pieces on display at the venues.

      Getting around

      Sintra is very steep with narrow streets and Pena Palace contains numerous narrow steps and cobblestone street that are not suitable for wheelchairs. Travelers with a fear of heights should not visit the parapet wall that surrounds the exterior facade.

      Activity type

      Full Day, Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic

      Included amenities

      Meal with Non-Alcoholic Beverage

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-PRT-LISB-EN-1008

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      In 1838, King Ferdinand II knew that he needed a special architect to complete his dream project: a fantastic palace on a seaside hill, to be used as a summer retreat for the royal family. Ferdinand also wanted the lavish structure to pay tribute to the greatest styles of architecture in history.

      An unconventional style required an unconventional supervisor. Instead of choosing an established architect with a thorough history, he commissioned Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege, a German mining engineer with a passion for great buildings. Von Eschwege had visited many of the famous castles of southern Bavaria, and using their influence combined with the unique instructions of Ferdinand and his wife Isabella, the amateur got to work.

      The rookie engineer's results have inspired envy among the most seasoned professionals ever since. The magnificent castle appears to have been dropped from a colorful ether. Vivid reds and bright yellows contrast gorgeously with the dark green hills rolling every direction underneath it. The proximity of its gray dome and red crowning tower to the clouds above gives the palace an especially otherworldly appearance.

      Its interior is equally lavish, with terraced courtyards, detailed tilework and a stunning dual-stairway entrance. The handsome study added by King Carlos I in the early 20th century features rich wood, luxurious furniture and elegant murals inspired by Greek satyrs and nymphs.

      Famous composer Richard Strauss called it "The castle of the Holy Grail." In 1995, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It's enough to make you think they ought to amend the old saying – amateurs built the Pena Palace, professionals built the Titanic.

      Colorful controversy

      By the mid-20th century, after nearly a century in existence, the dazzling colors of the Pena Palace had faded, turning almost completely gray. To restore the magnificent castle to glory, conservationists re-painted its exterior, restoring its kaleidoscopic original color scheme. Many Sintra residents had no idea that the palace was originally so colorful, and several voiced extreme displeasure with the restoration of its bright exterior.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Lisbon, Portugal
      Great photo opportunities
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