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Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle) Tours

Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle)
Since the 11th century, St. George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) has stood tall in the Lisbon skyline, viewable from almost every point in the city. The Moorish castle overlooks various districts and offers some of the best panoramas of the city. Even if you have only a few hours, the former fortress offers plenty for you to do.
 
The Basics
The highest point in Lisbon has always been dominated by fortresses; various castle remnants here are attributed to the Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Portuguese. Today you can spot these invaders’ ruins as you stroll around the castle grounds, learn about the citadel’s tumultuous history, and see recent discoveries at the complex’s small archaeological museum.
 
Many sightseeing and themed tours stroll past the castle (or whiz by it on Segways) while visiting Alfama. For more detailed information about the castle, book a private tour and delve deep into Lisbon’s oldest district. Hop-on hop-off bus tours, which enable you to explore the city at your own pace, stop here.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • St. George’s Castle is a must-visit for history buffs and all first-time visitors to Lisbon.
  • The castle is perched on the highest hill in Lisbon, so wear comfortable shoes for the climb (if you walk up), and to walk around the grounds and walls.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and water to explore the grounds, which can take a few hours.
  • It gets cold in Lisbon during the winter months (December to about March). Be sure to dress warmly as you tour the castle, which is exposed.
  • Due to steps and uneven cobblestones, the castle is not readily accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get There

St. George’s Castle sits atop an Alfama hill, which you can walk up in about 15 minutes from Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio) or Martim Moniz Square (Praça Martim Moniz). Alternatively, take tram 28 to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia stop or city bus 737 to Castelo.
 
When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 9am to 6pm November 1 to February 28, and to 9pm March 1 to October 31. The castle is closed January 1, May 1, and December 24, 25, and 31. Arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the long lines that form by midday.

The Long-Standing Castle
From ancient times, São Jorge hill has held some type of fortress to protect the city from unwanted invaders. Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian, and Roman ruins have been found in the area among the Moorish and Portuguese “renovations.” Much of what you see today was fixed and added during the early 20th century to renovate and shore up the historically significant castle, which was damaged in the Great Earthquake of 1755.
Address: R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, Lisbon, Central Portugal 1100-129, Portugal
Admission: Varies
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

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See Portugal's natural and architectural wonders on a small-group, guided tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. On this journey, experience the rich vegetation of Sintra Natural Park, the hidden trails and caves at Pena Park and the bluffs of Roca Cape. Tour the immaculate Pena National Palace and then drive along the Atlantic Coast to Cascais for a leisurely walk through town to its scenic beaches.
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  • 8 hours
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Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin

Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin

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Succumb to Sintra's romantic, fairy tale allure with this full-day city sightseeing tour. This excursion allows you to travel to Sintra, Cascais and Cabo Roca in one day, transportation included, with a small group of 8 people or fewer. Pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Lisbon hotels included.
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  • 8 hours
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Sintra, Cascais and Pena Palace Guided Tour from Lisbon

Sintra, Cascais and Pena Palace Guided Tour from Lisbon

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Benefit from a guided full-day tour of Sintra and Cascais that takes you through the top attractions, mountains, and coastal villages of the region. Depart from Lisbon to the Sintra mountains and stop at Pena Palace for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Cabo da Roca and Cascais for an in-depth experience of its natural beauty and traditions.
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  • 8 hours
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$70.51
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Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon

Sintra and Cascais Small Group Tour from Lisbon

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Discover the wonders outside of Lisbon on this full-day guided small-group tour of Sintra and Cascais. Spend the day exploring central Portugal’s magnificent coast and charming village. First, explore the quaint streets of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the captivating Pena Palace. Then head to the coast with your guide, where you can soak up the sun with locals in the famous beach town of Cascais. If you’re looking for an excuse to escape the city, this is it.
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  • 8 hours
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Lisbon Half Day Private Tour

Lisbon Half Day Private Tour

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Make the most of your time in Lisbon with a 4-hour, private tour that takes in the very best of the city. Enjoy the convenience of hotel or port transfers, work with your personal knowledgeable driver to create the perfect itinerary for your interests and experience Portuguese history and culture firsthand. Walk the narrow streets of the picturesque Alfama district and take in sweeping views from a hilltop castle. See the scenic coast of Belém and a UNESCO-recognized monastery, or find the best places to sample Portugal’s iconic egg tarts.
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  • 4 hours
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Lisbon Super Saver: 2-Day Sintra, Cascais, Fatima, Nazare and Obidos Small-Group Day Trips

Lisbon Super Saver: 2-Day Sintra, Cascais, Fatima, Nazare and Obidos Small-Group Day Trips

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Experience two top-selling small-group tours of Lisbon’s surrounding region at one low price on this 2-day super saver package. Accompanied by a professional guide, travel to Sintra renowned for its UNESCO-listed Pena National Palace and visit the popular vacation hot spot of Cascais. Your other tour combines a pleasant voyage to three small towns rich with Portuguese history including Nazaré, Fátima, and Obidos. Plus, tours can be scheduled in either order. Enjoy plenty of attention from your guide on each small-group tour, limited to eight people.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

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Discover the highlights of Portugal on this full-day small-group tour of Sintra and Cascais. After meeting your friendly and informative guide, head to the royal village of Sintra. See why this historic and scenic place earned UNESCO World Heritage status, as you stroll its opulent buildings and charming streets. Go deeper when you tour Pena Palace (ticket not included), then enjoy a leisurely lunch. After, continue to the westernmost point of Europe (Cabo da Roca), and the rustic fisherman's village of Cascais. On your way back drive past the coastal town of Estoril. This tour is limited to 15 people or less, for a personal experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Small group tour to Sintra, Pena Palace, Regaleira, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

Small group tour to Sintra, Pena Palace, Regaleira, Cabo da Roca and Cascais

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Explore beyond Lisbon city limits—and see several of Portugal’s top attractions in one day—on this seamless, small-group tour. Set off in the morning via air-conditioned vehicle and head to UNESCO-listed Sintra. Skip the long lines and explore the rainbow-hued Pena Palace and the Gothic wonder of the Quinta da Regaleira (tickets additional expense). Then, stop by Cabo da Roca (continental Europe’s westernmost point) and Cascais on your way back to Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour on a Classic Convertible VW Beetle

Private Lisbon and Sintra Sightseeing Tour on a Classic Convertible VW Beetle

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Pop the top of your refurbished VW Beetle convertible and discover Lisbon on this privately guided tour. Pile in with friends and explore Lisbon’s top attractions such as the Jeronimos Monastery and Senhora do Monte Viewpoint and sample Ginja liquor and traditional Portuguese pastry. Voyage to Alfama, Baixa, and Belem and marvel at the cultural highlights and monuments in each district. Upgrade your tour to include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Sintra and make your trip a full-day exploration.
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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$108.24
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Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

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Journey from the city to the coast to the mountains on this full-day private tour from Lisbon and sample the highlights of Portugal’s capital region. Kick off your adventure soaking up the dreamy landscapes of mountaintop Sintra and visit the fairy-tale Pena Palace. After exploring Sintra’s UNESCO-listed historic center, head to the coast to take in the views from Cape of Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, and visit the lively seaside resort of Cascais.
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  • 8 hours
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Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Tour from Lisbon

Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Tour from Lisbon

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Explore the beauty of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril on this experiential full-day private tour from Lisbon. Enjoy a day of exploring central Lisbon with your own personal guide and driver. Travel with an insider who can give you informative insights into the local history and culture. In Sintra, stroll the charming streets and see postcard-perfect views, then get a glimpse of its royal history when you tour Pena Palace (entrance fees not included). Savor lunch overlooking the hills and valleys, then head to the coast to see Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of Europe). Don't miss a visit to the Cascais Fisherman Village, or Estoril on the way back to Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
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Lisbon All-in-One Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tour with River Cruise

Lisbon All-in-One Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tour with River Cruise

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Spend three days exploring the best of Lisbon with tickets for a hop-on hop-off bus tour and a boat tour of the Tagus River. In addition to the river cruise and unlimited access to multiple open-top bus circuits, this Lisbon access pass gets you free airport transport, public tram rides, and entrance to the Santa Just Lift and Lisbon funiculars, as well as discounts to monuments, museums, and activities.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra and Estoril Coast

Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra and Estoril Coast

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See the town of Sintra’s captivating Romanticism architecture, the beauty of the Estoril Coast, and explore the rich heritage of Lisbon on this privately guided tour from Lisbon. On this tour, visit UNESCO-listed Sintra and marvel at its fairytale castles set upon hillsides. Spend time glimpsing over the stunning golden beaches of the Estoril coast and immerse yourself in the lively capital of Lisbon. It’s the most comprehensive tour covering the top sites and landmarks. Plus, with your private guide, you can enjoy an experience tailored to you.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon

Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon

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Discover Portugal’s unspoiled Atlantic coastline on this private day trip from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais. See hilltop Pena National Palace, Guincho Beach and Sintra’s medieval village; snap photos from Cabo da Roca cliffs and outside opulent palaces; and explore Cascais, a pretty fishing village come resort town.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$222.66
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Lisbon Go 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour

Lisbon Go 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour

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Lisbon’s steep hills deter many travelers from exploring the city by bike, however, this electric bike tour of Lisbon allows you to ascend to incredible viewpoints without getting tired. Motorized bicycles mean you exert little energy when ascending to high points such as the Castelo de Sao Jorge and the Miradouro Senhora de Monte. Explore the historic districts of Alfama, Graça, and, if you’ve opted to take an evening tour, watch a magical sunset from an elevated vantage point. Small-group tour limited to 15 cyclists.
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  • 3 hours
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$40.67
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Catamaran Sunset Sailing

Catamaran Sunset Sailing

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Escape the crowds on land and see Libson at its most magical during catamaran cruise at sunset. As you sail on the Tagus River, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of top Libson sights such as Belem and the 25th of April Bridge, and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide through commentary.
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  • 2 hours
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Best HIGHLIGHTS of Lisbon Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Best HIGHLIGHTS of Lisbon Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

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Discover the best of Lisbon and its surroundings on a full-day private tour. See key historical landmarks such as Saint George’s Castle, the Jeronimos Monastery, the enchanting Pena Palace, and the quaint seaside village of Cascais. Learn about Lisbon’s rich history from your informative guide and take in the beautiful views from many vistas throughout the day.
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  • 7 hours
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$148.44
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Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Day Trip

Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Day Trip

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On this full-day guided tour from Lisbon, you’ll discover the Estoril Coast, enjoy the beaches of Cascais and admire the mountains of Sintra. Alongside your guide, you’ll start by visiting famous Lisbon monuments such as the Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower and the UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery. Then, experience the beauty of National Palace of Sintra and the village of Colares before you spend the afternoon cruising along Estoril Coast to Cascais. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$101.44
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Sintra Cabo da Roca Cascais Estoril Private Tour

Sintra Cabo da Roca Cascais Estoril Private Tour

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Make the most of your vacation time with a private tour to the top destinations outside Lisbon. With a flexible itinerary, you'll have the ability to choose the places you want to see or experience, from historical landmarks to culinary attractions. This allows you to enjoy a tour tailored just for you. Sights you might check out include the UNESCO–listed monuments of Sintra, such as the National Palace of Pena; Cape da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe; or the beach resort town of Cascais.
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  • 8 hours
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$222.66
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$222.66
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Private Tour: Lisbon Sunset Walking Tour with Fado Show and Dinner

Private Tour: Lisbon Sunset Walking Tour with Fado Show and Dinner

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Romance and culture run deep during this private guided sunset walking tour with Fado show and dinner in Lisbon. As the golden sun begins to dwindle, wind along old cobblestone streets of Alfama and relish the multicultural ambiance of the Mouraria district. This private tour is highlighted by a taste of classic sour cherry ‘ginjinha’ liqueur, and your guide enlightens you to the roots of Fado in Alfama. Plus, capture stunning sunset views from a panoramic viewpoint. Then, cap off a perfect evening at a traditional restaurant where you savor a 3-course Portuguese feast and watch a rousing performance of melancholic Fado.
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  • 4 hours
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$152.51
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$152.51
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Lisbon food and cultural tour with S. Jorge Castle visit

Lisbon food and cultural tour with S. Jorge Castle visit

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On this food & cultural walking small group tour, we will feel and taste real Portuguese food by exploring the oldest part of Lisbon (Alfama and Mouraria neighborhoods) and visiting the most famous monument in Lisbon, a medieval fortification, the São Jorge Castle. This tour starts with some delicious petiscos (it’s the Portuguese name for tapas) in a hidden place in the downtown. After that, we will head to Mouraria, the most multicultural area of the city and we'll taste the Indian and African influence in our cuisine. Then it is time to give food a little break and visit the São Jorge Castle (10€ ticket included). You'll have a guided visit and the opportunity to enjoy outstanding views over Lisbon and the river Tejo (Tagus). After it’s time to get lost in the narrow streets of Alfama and taste more Portuguese food. We favor local restaurants because the food is real and made with love. We'll have 10 tastings and 4 drinks (wine included of course!), so be hungry!
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  • 4 hours
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$68.04
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$68.04
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Foodie Tour of Alfama and Old Town Lisbon on a Segway

Foodie Tour of Alfama and Old Town Lisbon on a Segway

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Embark on a thrilling Segway tour featuring Lisbon’s main points of interests and delicious Portuguese food. With the assistance of your local guide, glide through Lisbon’s scenic streets as you take in sights such as the iconic Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, the St Anthony of Padua Church in the charming Alfama neighborhood and the medieval Castelo de São Jorge. This tour goes beyond just sightseeing, as you’ll have the opportunity to taste authentic cuisine like Portuguese pastries and ice cream, and visit shops run by locals. This is a small-group tour limited to eight people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$61.85
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Sintra & Cascais, Private Tour, a Dream-like Experience!

Sintra & Cascais, Private Tour, a Dream-like Experience!

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This tour will be a day trip where travelers can enjoy the different faces of Sintra & Cascais with the company of their own private guide. Travelers will visit the Pena National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as Monserrate Palace, National Palace the Moorish Castle and Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe. Since this tour is 100% customizable travelers can decide which monuments to visit in the inside or can decide to visit monuments only from the outside. During the tour you will discover the hidden treasures only locals know of and will have the opportunity to try the fantastic Portuguese cuisine. The itinerary is designed in a way travelers will always avoid crowds. Join us!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.90
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$94.90
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