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The hidden jewels

This is a full-day tour highly requested by those who want to skip the crowds and have the monuments all to themselves. Come with us and know more about the two most outstanding palaces, in Portugal: Ajuda Palace and Mafra Palace and Convent.

Sightseeing tours Sightseeing private tour
Duration 8 hours
Start and finish Starting and finishing in Lisbon
Number of people 2 or more people

Regional features

  • Majestic palaces
  • Sun / characteristic sunlight
  • Warm & friendly people
  • Portuguese history and art

About this tour


Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).


The tour highlights recommend some places to visit, however, there are others that may interest you, so we list some of them on ‘optional visits and experiences’. Our main goal is to provide you an unforgettable day therefore we have the flexibility to customize the itinerary according to your preferences and tour length.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting points.

Our Premium Tours guarantee

Our tours are escorted by very experienced expert guides, all of whom work with us full time. With excellent English, permission to skip lines and expertise that came from real-life experience and on-the-ground knowledge, they are the key to accessing hidden gems and experiencing the true authenticity of our culture. Our guides are non-smoking.


The Ajuda Palace closes every Wednesday and on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th and December 25th.
The Mafra Palace and Convent closes every Tuesdays and on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, Ascension Day and December 25th.
It isn’t accessible to people with reduced mobility. In these cases we have other options, contact us!

Tour highlights

Ajuda Palace

Ajuda Palace was the official residence of the Portuguese monarchy, in the first years of the 19th century. Its construction began in 1802 but has not yet been completed.
The Palace was closed after the proclamation of the Republic in 1910 and reopened to the public in 1968 as a Museum and it is still used today, for special events, by the Presidency of the Republic.

Mafra Palace and Convent

Mafra Palace and Convent built in the 18th century by the order of King João V in fulfillment of a vow he made to be blessed with an heir. The building was made in limestone and marble of the region and has 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, 29 inner yards and courtyards and an amazing library with 36.000 volumes. Its considered the most important baroque monument in the country.

Traditional trade area

Located in ‘Praça do Comércio’ it is one of the largest squares in Europe and for many centuries the main entrance to the city of Lisbon. To reach the downtown you’ll have to pass under the Triumphal Arch and walk up Augusta street. Currently the square is used for cultural events, New year’s eve and music concerts.

Belém district

Launching point for the Portuguese discoveries, with significant historic monuments in a beautiful open riverside setting. Here you can see the Belém Tower, the Discoveries Monument and Jerónimos Monastery.


A small fishing village with beautiful sandy beaches. Today considered to be a World Surfing Reserve.

Optional experiences and visits

Pena Palace

A summer palace constructed in the 19th Century by Kind consort Ferdinand II of Portugal. He turned a 16th Century monastery ruins into one of the most eclectic palaces in Europe by blending different types of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements to it. Around the palace he created a park where he planted different exotic species of trees from all over the world. An astonishing fairytale palace located on one of the highest peaks of the Sintra mountain range.

Demonstration flight and exposure of birds of prey

Eagles, snitches, hawks, Owls and Eagle Owls. Keep the photographic record of this fantastic experience!

Village Museum José Franco

A place that shows habits, work activities and aspects of the Portuguese rural life and traditions.

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2 people:352€433€455€
3 people:381€469€492€
4 people:430€529€555€
5 people:472€581€609€
6 people:516€635€666€
7 people:561€691€724€
8 people:632€778€816€
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LS Low Season: Nov 1st to Dec 14th & Jan 11th to Mar 31st

HS High Season: April, June, July, August & Dec 15th to Jan 10th

SS Special Season: May, September & October

Our vehicles

We provide the best transportation in our Mercedes-Benz vehicles, guaranteeing you a safe and pleasant ride

Air suspension system

Air suspension

Ensures you an amazing comfort on tours of short and long distance

Independent air-conditioning


Guarantees indoor temperatures tailored to the needs of each one

Fresh bottled water<br> and Wi-Fi

Fresh bottled water
and Wi-Fi

Guarantee fresh bottled water and wi-fi on board so you can always be connected

Up to 7 passengers

Up to
7 passengers

Vehicles with room up to 7 passengers with practical storage solutions

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