Gardens & Palaces of Lisbon and Sintra

Pena palace, Sintra, Portugal, view through the entrance arch
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Heritage Tours
from £1,429pp with flights

Explore the rich heritage of Portugal’s capital and the luxurious city of Sintra. On this holiday you will strike the balance between old and new as you discover an array of both modern gardens and classic Portuguese palaces.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the mysterious gardens of Quinta de Regaleira
  • Discover hidden viewpoints in the romantic gardens of Palacio Nacional da Pena
  • Experience the harmony between the gardens and architecture of Palacio de Queluz
  • Enjoy the Monserrate Palace Gardens, planted with species from around the world and planted by geographical origin

What’s included

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini coach
  • All gardens admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to private homes or castles, for which there is a separate admission fee)

Trip Notes

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Once you arrive at Lisbon Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Ericeira. There will be time to settle in and meet you Tour Manager and fellow guests before dinner.

Enjoy a day in Sintra visiting the Royal Palace, parts of which date back a thousand years. The heavy Moorish influence plays out in the details of this distinctive building. You’ll also be delighted by the Monserrate Palace – often overlooked as it lies just outside the historic centre of Sintra. This stunning ‘summer house’ is a blend of Indian, Gothic and Arabic styles. Its garden contains a variety species from around the world and is planted by geographical origin.

We begin today with a visit to the beautiful gardens at the Palace de Fronteira, which were created in the 1660s, before continuing on to the Palacio de Queluz. This exquisite national palace was one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and illustrates a beautiful link between the landscape and palatial architecture.

Today we discover the incredible Jerónimos Monastery – one of the most decorative religious buildings in the country and historically associated with the early explorers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the tomb of famed explorer, Vasco de Gama, and features a cool contrast of interiors with vast vaulted ceilings and fascinating tropical gardens nearby.

Enjoy a free day at leisure exploring the area or relaxing at our seafront hotel with well-equipped spa and outdoor swimming pools.

The Eduardo VII Park is the largest public park in Lisbon and offers a stunning view of the city. You’ll also visit the Esufa Fria or ‘cold greenhouse’ which was built in the 1930s before we move on to Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens and Exhibition.

A visit to the Pena Palace and Park makes for a stunning end to the week. Lush green forests encircle this romantic-style hilltop palace. Wander through the park to discover hidden pathways leading to breathtaking viewpoints. The gardens of the decorative 20th-century mansion of Quinta da Regaleira are a real treat! Uncover the maze of hidden tunnels and learn about the concealed symbolism and connections with ancient secret orders.

Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira - Lisbon Coast

Located in a traditional village in an enviable sea front location, the historic 4-star Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira is a local landmark building, listed for its unique green tiling. Low tide exposes the rocks immediately in front of the hotel and a lovely sandy beach.  Guests can relax at the health club which offers sauna, Turkish bath, hot tub and spa treatments.  Rooms with balconies and sea views are available. 


All the 202 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and offer a high standard of comfort. 

Each room has:

  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Room safe
  • Minibar


Outside the hotel is a swimming pool overlooking the sea and attractive gardens.

Inside, there are several bars, main restaurant and a wellness centre with a sauna, Turkish bath, gym and Jacuzzi, which are free of use for guests of the hotel. A wide range of health and beauty treatments are also available for a small charge.

The hotel also offers a laundry service and free WiFi.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Ericeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.


There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet. 

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy ingredients for your picnic lunch in the nearby shops. On some days it may be possible to visit shops on the walk, or eat in a local café; your leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

The evening meal is served in the open, airy restaurant, which offers a varied buffet catering for most diets, including vegetarians. If you have any special dietary requirements, please speak to the hotel staff on arrival.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. On most evenings you can enjoy the hotel's entertainment programme or take a walk on the beach. Alternatively relax in the bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests or walk into Ereceira for an ice-cream or coffee in one of the many pavement cafés.  

One evening we have arranged for a speaker to come and talk to our groups about this very interesting region.

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Getting to Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira - Lisbon Coast

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What to Bring

Guests should bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens.

Jim Hart

Jim Hart has been travelling for many years, across four continents so far. He leads European Special Interest and Guided Walking holidays. When not leading Jim is usually busy researching new tours, with a keen eye to create interesting holidays. He is looking forward to sharing his interests with HF guests.

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide

Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated. 

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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