Depart from your hotel in Lisbon and travel out to Mafra in your air-conditioned vehicle with free wi-fi for a full-day trip to the royal palaces of Lisbon, led by an expert guide.
This Baroque architectural complex, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, encompasses a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent.
The Palace of Mafra boasts important collections of sculptures, paintings, two carillons, historic organs, an 18th-century hospital and an important 18th-century library with around 38.000 volumes.
Regularly visited by kings, who came to hunt in the game reserve, it was here that the last king of Portugal - Manuel II - spent the last night in the kingdom (1910), before his departure for exile.
Next, hop back in your vehicle and continue onward to the Palace of Queluz, one of the most harmonious examples of the link between landscape and palatial architecture in Portugal.
Initially designed as a summer residence, became the royal family’s preferred place for leisure and their permanent residence from 1794 until their departure for Brazil in 1807, as a result of the French invasions. Enjoy a stroll through its beautifully landscaped formal gardens.
Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) and then continue visiting the National Palace of Ajuda, previous residence of the Portuguese royal family. See opulent chambers, at its original arrangement and decoration, including important collections of decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Strategically placed on the top of the Ajuda hill, in this palace took place Councils of State, court ceremonies, banquets and great balls. The palace was closed down in 1910 following the establishment of the Republic and the subsequent exile of the royal family.
Now it’s time to board the van back to your hotel in Lisbon.