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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy stunning natural beauty in Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra during this guided day trip from Lisbon. A green jewel on the coast of the Sado Estuary, Arrábida Natural Park is a protected region blanketed by Mediterranean vegetation. With your local guide, journey through the park to Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira), the fishing town of Sesimbra, the clifftop Cabo Espichel and Sesimbra’s compelling monument, the Moorish castle. Enjoy leisure time to explore Setúbal Castle and Palmela Castle, lounge on Arrábida’s serene beaches, or taste local delights in Azeitão. Alternatively, skip the leisure time and upgrade to a 3-hour dolphin cruise.
  • Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra day trip from Lisbon
  • Travel through beautiful Arrábida Natural Park and see Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira) with an expert guide
  • Learn about Our Lady of the Cape at the clifftop sanctuary in Cabo Espichel
  • Visit the Moorish castle in the charming fishing village of Sesimbra
  • Relax on the hidden beaches of Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach) in Arrábida
  • Enjoy free time to visit Setúbal Castle and Palmela Castle, or savor local wine and food in Azeitão
  • Upgrade to spot dolphins on an optional 3-hour catamaran cruise
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Wine and food samples (if option selected)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We'll pick you up at your Hotel or Apartment, or even the Port or the Airport.
Please note that you may need to join us at a nearby meeting point, in some areas of the city where we can't reach your address.

Please contact our team previously to assure all necessary arrangements.

Airports

  • Lisboa Airport, Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lisbon 1700-111 Portugal


Ports

  • 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20002, USA


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your local Lisbon hotel for your day trip to Arrábida National Park and Sesimbra. Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), often compared to the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco. Then, leave behind Lisbon’s cityscape for the oscillating Cascais coastline.

Drive an hour or so and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Traverse this park while learning from your guide the history of this protected region. Continue to the golden sands of Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira) and watch windsurfers and marine birds swirl in its waters.

Cruise onward to the beautiful cliffs of Cabo Espichel (Cape Espichel). Here, hop out to see Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a 600-year-old religious site where pilgrims gathered to honor Our Lady of the Cape. Then, snap some clifftop panoramic shots of the stunning Atlantic coast.

Next, drive to the charming seaside town of Sesimbra, where local fishermen haul in fresh catches from the choppy waters. On your own, stroll to the Moorish castle and discover its medieval roots. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) in Sesimbra or nearby at the bay of Portinho da Arrábida.

Reconvene with your guide and sail off on your 3-hour dolphin cruise (if upgrade selected). Step aboard an extravagant catamaran and enjoy live commentary as you search the Atlantic for dolphins.

Or, you can, continue to use remaining your free time soaking up the sun at Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach), Arrábida’s hidden golden beaches. Your day trip from Lisbon offers you options from here, either visit the stately Palmela Castle and Setúbal Castle or tantalize your taste buds with a food and wine tasting at a local Azeitão village wine cellar. Taste two varietals of Portuguese wine paired with local small plate specialties.

After an adventurous day join with your group for a ride back to your Lisbon hotel where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
25 de Abril Bridge
Cross over the iconic 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and, as you travel, feel free to ask your guide any questions you have; the beauty of a private tour is that the commentary is entirely tailored to your interests. Take in the city sights and the breathtaking Cascais coastline, then, after around an hour, find yourself traveling through the luscious Arrábida Natural Park.
Pass By:  
Aldeia do Meco
Pass by Aldeia do Meco and its beautiful beaches! If the tour is running on time, maybe you can stop for a little.
Stop At:  
Cabo Espichel
Make your first stop at Cabo Espichel to visit Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a peaceful sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of the Cape. Explore the religious site with your guide and enjoy sweeping panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean from your clifftop vantage point.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castelo de Sesimbra
Explore the Castle of Sesimbra and admire the magnificent tiles in its church, while learning about the fishing village of Sesimbra. Admire the amazing views over Sesimbra's bay and the infinitude of the blue ocean.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sesimbra
Have free time in Sesimbra for lunch (own expense), where you can find the freshest fish in Portugal, as this is one of the most important fishing ports of the country.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Parque Natural da Arrabida
Drive through the Arrábida Natural Park to Portinho da Arrábida and all the other magnificent beaches in this Natural Park.
Stop At:  
Portinho da Arrabida
Enjoy the views and take some time for a swim, if you prefer. There are several options of beaches you can visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Praia de Galapinhos
Enjoy the views and take some time for a swim, if you prefer. There are several options of beaches you can visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Praia dos Coelhos
Enjoy the views and take some time for a swim, if you prefer. There are several options of beaches you can visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Azeitao
In alternative to the famous beaches, you can visit an ancient winery or learn about the art of painting, and making, tiles. It's an option you can choose.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado
During the Summer season (April to October), you can also opt for embarking in a dolphin watch cruise departing from Setúbal or Sesimbra.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Around Lisbon

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Nuno was great! The tour was...
Tomasz C
, Sep 2017
Nuno was great! The tour was very unique to be able to see a peaceful coastline of Portugal. We really liked how we were given the chance to stop a various lookout points throughout the tour, and to see different vistas. A trip we will never forget.
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Nuno was a wonderful tour guide! We...
Suhayl S
, Sep 2017
Nuno was a wonderful tour guide! We loved him, our tour was very informational and Nuno had a great sense of humor. I'd gladly and 100 recommend this tour to anyone who will be in Lisbon for a few days. It's a great way to get out of the city and see what else Portugal has to offer. We made several great stops and never felt rushed, we had plenty of breaks and really felt like we used the full day efficiently, Nuno kept us all very well informed at each stop and was happy to answer all questions. Thanks Nuno!
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really good day out , the guide was...
giovanna e
, Jun 2017
really good day out , the guide was really friendly and informative
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It was really an amazing trip. The...
GHADA ELNIMR
, Apr 2017
It was really an amazing trip. The guide arrived on time to pick me up from my hotel. We stopped in many places on the way to the port to start our cruise in the ocean. Many thanks to our guide Ruy for giving me one of the most wonderful cruise in my life. It really worth to upgrade to see the dolphins in the ocean.
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The description clearly states Or...
Payal S
, Dec 2015
The description clearly states Or, you can, continue to use remaining your free time soaking up the sun at Praia dos Coelhos Rabbits Beach and Praia do Piloto Pilots Beach, Arrábidas hidden golden beaches. Your day trip from Lisbon offers you options from here, either visit the stately Palmela Castle and Setúbal Castle or tantalize your taste buds with a food and wine tasting at a local Azeitão village wine cellar. Taste two varietals of Portuguese wine paired with local small plate specialties. So either we would do beaches, castles OR wine/food tastings. When we asked if we would be doing the wine and food tasting in Azeitão, our tour guide was very rude and said we don't have time for that. This is an option they would have to be notified about ahead of time for. He picked the beaches for us on our behalf and we spent half of our day laying on the beach. We could have taken a bus ourselves to the beach from Lisbon and didn't need to be paying so much money for him to be just laying in the sad. Our trip to Portugal was 6 days long, I didn't spend so much time and money to come from New York City to watch him take a swim. The website didn't set expectations properly and neither did he at the start of the tour. Instead he was rude and embarrassing in front of the other guests on the tour. I would never use this tour company or recommend them to anyone else.
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Amazing Tour - Nuno was an amazing...
MEHENDI B
, Sep 2015
Amazing Tour - Nuno was an amazing guide. I am sure he will remember us the crazy 8 friends for a long long time. A perfect way to see beautiful places of Portugal.
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Very, very enjoyable tour. I highly...
Thomas H
, Aug 2015
Very, very enjoyable tour. I highly recommend the dolphin cruise! Very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.
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Great trip. Just a small group...
Mary Ellen N
, Jun 2015
Great trip. Just a small group which was what I was looking for. Guide was very considerate of my husband who has a hard time getting around. Learned and saw a lot. No problems. I would definitely use this guide again.
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The tour was amazing. Nuno was an...
Moshier
, Jun 2015
The tour was amazing. Nuno was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledgable and friendly. What a great way to see The beautiful sights of Portugal!
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great tour, flexibly adjusting to our...
Reka V
, May 2015
great tour, flexibly adjusting to our needs, great guide!
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