SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF LISBON AND A VISIT TO SINTRA'S PALACIO DA PENA
Panorama, Nature, Culture, Premium, 2
In a nutshell
Good to know
An excursion that combines a sightseeing tour of Lisbon's most characteristic locations with a visit to the beautiful town of Sintra and its mysterious Palacio da Pena.
- Lisbon (sightseeing tour): Praça do Comércio, Rossio (Dom Pedro IV), Praça dos Restauradores and Avenida da Liberdade
- Sintra: national forest, Palacio da Pena, town centre
- Lunch at a typical restaurant
- Lisbon: Belém district and tower, Monument to the Discoveries
- We begin with a sightseeing coach tour of the centre of Lisbon including: Praça do Comércio, considered by many to be the most beautiful square in Europe; the Rossio, the name commonly given to Dom Pedro IV Square, the beating heart of the city from where all the main streets fan out; Praça dos Restauradores, the square created to commemorate the liberation of Portugal from Spanish rule in 1640, featuring an obelisk on which the dates of the Portuguese Restoration are marked; and Avenida da Liberdade, considered to be the most luxurious street in Lisbon, with its fountains and the abstract designs on its pavements, where once only members of high society were permitted to walk.
- Leaving Lisbon we travel through the protected area of the Sintra national forest on narrow roads that lead us to a world of mystery.
- We visit the fabulous, and impressively lofty Palacio da Pena, which sits immersed in a stretch of woody terrain in the park of the same name. Associated with Portuguese discoveries, the palace was built on the foundations of an old convent erected to celebrate the sighting of Vasco de Gama's returning fleet. Unmissable sights in this monumental building include the beautifully preserved chapel and Manueline-style cloisters. Together with the National Palace with its high, conical chimneys, the Palacio da Pena is one of Sintra's main attractions.
- We have some free time before lunch to visit Sintra's romantic town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
- Next we head to a local restaurant to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch.
- Before returning to the ship we head to Lisbon's Belém district to admire the tower of the same name and the Monument to the Discoveries, which was built in 1960 to mark the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator and to celebrate the geographical discoveries made by Portuguese navigators from the 15th century onwards.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.