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SINTRA - ERICEIRA - MAFRA 

FULL DAY TOUR

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HIGHLIGHTS:

What about taking part on a Tour through the most romantic places of Portugal?
Let’s discover  the most impressive and famous lands around Lisbon!
Plunge into a majestic and romantic environment!
Be enchanted by the magical village of Sintra and its picturesque streets and sweets!
Visit the extravagant, stunning and magic Pena Palace!
Let’s go to the Portuguese Mecca of Surf and celebrate within World Surfing Reserve!
Did you Know that Mafra's greatest treasure is a stunning library?

Come and discover, with us, the wonders of Portugal’s countryside on this private full day tour to Sintra and Mafra!
This an amazing experience! 
Admire 6 unique  imponent pipe organs and the oldest Carrillion!
More! Enjoy a wonderful Falconry show!
Get marveled with the history and splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage site!

Please note:

Mafra Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

We can however adapt your itinerary if you wish to do this tour on Tuesday.

THE GUIDES SPEAKS:

English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and Romanian

​Italian: On request

TOUR: 8H - ALL DAY

PICKUP HOUR: 08H30 (or  9H00)

LOCAL PICKUP: Our local guide will pick you up at your Hotel, Airport, Cruise terminal or other meeting point

MAXIMUM PEOPLE: 6

MORE THAN 6 PEOPLE: On request 

INCLUDED: 

Pick-up and drop-off at your Hotel in Lisbon

Personalized transport in a car or minivan, in safe & comfortable conditions

Professional guide/driver service

Public liability and personal accidents insurance

Free time to explore at each stop and for photos

24h/7 Customer Service Assistance

NOT INCLUDED:

Flights to and from Portugal
Personal expenses
Other expenses (or entrances) not mentioned
Meals

Entrance to monuments

Tour   Program

FAST INTRODUCTION

With this full day private tour you’ll have the opportunity to know the interesting Western region of Portugal. 
We’ll visit the romantic Sintra and its incredible palace, from there we will continue across Sintra mountains and go along Lisbon’s West coast heading to Ericeira a fisherman’s village and its famous beaches.
Next stop will be Mafra where you’ll have the chance to meet Mafra’s imponent Convent and its National Palace. You can also enjoy yourself with a wonderful Falconry show and get marvelled by the important Library, synthesis of the encyclopedic knowledge of the XVIII century.

Discover for yourself!

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HISTORICAL CENTER OF SINTRA

We will start the Tour visit to Sintra by passing through its historical center where you will be able to see the beautiful old streets.  You might want to take pictures of everything including the astonishing National Palace of Sintra.

Remember to try the fragrant Portuguese coffee along with a local sweet: Queijadas, Travesseiros or Fofos de Belas.

PENA PALACE

From there we’ll continue to the Pena Palace, the most extravagant palace built on a rock at 500m Altitude dominating the whole coast of Lisbon district. It brings together different architectural styles, including the Gothic-Manueline style as well as symbols of the Portuguese historical past,. It is one of the most attractive monuments of this region.

PECULIAR MANSIONS

While driving up the mountain, you might notice several peculiar beautiful majestic old    mansions typical of this area.
You will enjoy seeing the famous landscapes, across Sintra’s mountains and along the Atlantic coast, having time to lunch and try the amazing local gastronomy. 

ERICEIRA - PORTUGUESE MECCA OF SURF

Finally, we will reach a  very special magical place, it is a treasure for Portuguese and international surfers alike.

The unspoiled fishing village, just 30k from Lisbon, has retained all of its historic charm with its labyrinth of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses set high on the cliffs above the azure blue Atlantic.
Originally the holiday resort of European royalty, Ericeira is now heralded as the contest and practice in 8 km of pristine coastline,  containing seven quality surf breaks, including Pedra Branca, Reef, Ribeira d’Ilhas, Cave, Crazy Left, Coxos and São Lourenço. 

The sea is calling you!

LUNCH TIME

Next stop is for a traditional Portuguese lunch.

Is there a better way to reward your ripping other than with fresh caught fish or grilled lobster? Ericeira is famous not only for its spectacular surf but also for its tantalizing gastronomy. The unpolluted waters have provided locals with the freshest seafood for centuries and the restaurants in town serve up traditional recipes which draw in the foodies from all over Portugal.

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MAFRA

Time to visit Mafra National Palace and its Convent, built during the reign of King John V (1707 - 1750), as consequence of a vow the King made in 1711, to build a convent if his wife, Queen Maria Ana of Austria gave him descendants. 
Is one of the biggest palaces in the world. Its vast dimensions are staggering: the whole complex covers 40,000 square meters and has more than 1,200 rooms, 5,000 doors and windows, and 156 staircases. A wildly exuberant statement of Baroque magnificence, extravagance, and iron-fisted royal power!

THE MONASTERY AND NATIONAL PALACE OF MAFRA

It is a stunning feat of architectural engineering and craftsmanship as well as a perfect example of how the vast wealth extracted from Brazil and the Americas was lavishly spent. 

You know? This complex and grandiose construction came to inspire one of the most famous novels by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, Baltasar & Blimunda (originally Memorial do Convento).

"THE MOST AWESOME LIBRARY IN THE WORLD"

The magnificent Library is the undoubted highlight of Mafra Palace and one of the most celebrated book depositories in Europe. This is the largest and noblest room of the palace. The Rococo-style wooden bookcases hold a priceless collection of more than 36 thousand  books in gold-embossed leather bindings, dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, covering themes as diverse as Theology, Canon and Civil Law, History, Geography and Travel, Mathematics, Art, Music and Medicine!

"THE MOST AWESOME LIBRARY IN THE WORLD""

Among the more noted volumes housed here is the Nuremberg Chronicle, (dated 1493), and a copy of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius (dated 1595), considered to be the first true modern atlas. A trilingual copy of the Bible from 1514 is also stored here, while a prized first edition of Os Lusíadas (dated 1572) by the great Portuguese poet - Luís de Camões - is regarded as a national treasure. 

But, not surprisingly, public are not allowed to browse any of the books and can only proceed a short way in from the library's entrance. But it's enough to get marveled by the sumptuous interior and muse upon the fact that the valuable contents are kept free from insect infestation by a colony of bats that lives in the eaves.

THE TOWERS AND THE BELLS

The twin 68-meter-high towers soaring over the basilica hold 58 bells each: those in the North tower carillon were wrought in Liège by Nicolau Levache, while those in the South tower were made in Antwerp by Willem Witlockx.

They are the largest historic carillons in the world!

THE BASILICA

Consecrated in 1730, the magnificent domed Basilica is the central point of the main façade. It was designed by German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, who drew his inspiration from St. Peter's Church in the Vatican and the Jesus Church in Rome. This is the first church dome ever built in Portugal. 

THE BASILICA´S PIPE ORGANS

The six pipe organs of the basilica are remarkable for the fact that they were all built at the same time (between 1806 and 1807) and were originally conceived to play together. The instruments were constructed by António Xavier Machado e Cerveira and Joaquim António Peres Fontanes, in their day, two of the most celebrated Portuguese organ builders.

The church is open to the public and can be visited independently of the convent and palace.

THE FINEST ASSEMBLY OF BAROQUE SCULPTURE

The interior makes abundant use of Sintra marble which is of contrasting colors. Adorning the atrium of the Basilica you will see a collection of 14 statues of saints carved by members of the Mafra School of Sculpture under the auspices of the Italian master Alessandro Giusti (1715-99). This is the finest assembly of Baroque Italian sculpture found outside Italy.

FALCONRY SHOW

You’ll be amazed by the wonderful Falconry show.

RETURN

And before coming back to Lisbon, we will end our Tour with a panoramic view. Then, drop-off at your hotel or apartments.

Have a Nice Day with Us!

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Pricing

We have three options for You:

SILVER
Just You and our expert Driver in tourism
GOLD
Just You and our exclusive and specialized Guide/driver
PLATINUM
Just You and our exclusive Guide and specialized Driver
In that case there will be a Driver and a Guide that will be at your service to go along with you during all your visits. 

N.º Pax   Silver        Gold          Platinum     
  1- 2          195€           
280€         On request


  3-4          220€          300€         On request


  5-6          240          320€         On request

 
  + 6   
On request   On request    On request

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