Great tour! A very intelligent solution for seeing the most important nearby sites in 1 day as well as customized for a small group of people (7-8) in a mini-van. No stress, no rush, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The guide, Patrick, was very good: very professional, friendly, multi-lingual (he led the tour in 2 languages: English and French, driving the van at the same time and guiding us through the sites, which is not easy). We visited also a very impressive old stone-edge-site built about 6-7 thousands years ago on our way to Evora. Evora is nice with the remains of the Roman Temple and beautiful city centre. the local cuisine is very delicious. Will definitely recommend the tour and the company to friends.
Highly disappointing! Evora itself is worth seeing, but our guide gave us very little information about each site and what he did tell us was not even factually correct (i.e. he told us the bone chapel was built with bones because there was no other building material around--uh, why is nothing else built with bones then?) Not very respectful of others' beliefs either--he insisted on going to see one of the churches right at the time he knew they were having mass--and then got all upset when he was kindly asked to come back at a later time. Overall one of the worst tours I've ever done.
Not on time and tastings were not good
Evora was interesting
I would go to all the same places again but would not go on the three-day, large group tour. We were picked up each day at 8:10 AM but were taken to a transfer center where we had to get on a different bus which was apparently determined by how many people spoke what languages. By the time we left for the tour, it was 9:30-9:45. It just made the day too long. The guides for this tour were knowledgeable and friendly for the most part. However, one of them was rude to me when I suggested she group people by language for the tour of the palace. We speak English and were at the back of the group so did not hear any of her explanations. She told me I should push through the group to get at the front and then discussed me with one of the workers at the palace. The guide to Evora was pleasant but took part of the group into a cathedral and went to look for another part of the group. We were 2 minutes late to the meeting place and could not find anyone. We thought we had been left which sort of panicked us. You are with a different group each day. The Portugal countryside is very pretty and we enjoyed it very much but would take a small group or private tour next time. We were so tired from the long day when we returned to our hotel that we were not able to get out and really see Lisbon.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Evora day trip even though the weather wasn't the best. Our guide, Madalena, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable- so much so, that I gave her my TripAdvisor Excellence pin. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel (the other tour with another Lisbon company required that we meet in a central location). The van was comfortable, and we were very happy with only a few extra people, whom we enjoyed talking to, as opposed to a huge busload of strangers. I was happy that this day trip took us to another part of Portugal that we would not have seen on our own and Madalena told us more about the sights - the cork trees, Lusitano horses, vineyards etc. The menhirs and chapel of the bones were very interesting. There was a "medieval" fair set up and we chose to sample what was sold there (delicious bread baked right at the fair) and explore Evora some more, instead of going to a restaurant, and that was fine with Madalena. Also enjoyed the wine tasting. And we never felt rushed. I felt that Madalena really focused on our enjoying our trip with her.
My daughter and I really enjoyed this tour. The guide picked us up in our lobby and drove us to our destination, Evora, pointing out various sights on the way. In the town, he showed us buildings and relics whose origins spanned 2000 years. He explained how both ancient and modern events affected what we saw. He introduced us to a small, inexpensive restaurant whose patrons all seemed to be local. The wine and food tasting portion of the activity was delicious and informative.
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Edgar was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone enjoyed themselves, including the children. Evora and the standing stones were worth the trip and the small group format was perfect for us.
We had a wonderful day in Evora. Our tour guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and helpful. We especially enjoyed touring the chapel of bones and the Cromlech.
I like the small town of Evora. Special thanks to our tour guide Madeleine for making our experience so good. She was very knowledgable and gave us lot of information on our way..Though the tour said 3 wine and olive oil tasting we were able to go 2 different places and tasted 6 wines. All Thanks to her :) :)
We liked our travel company and guide, but were disappointment with Evora. It was not worth the long hours. There are many beautiful places to see near Lisbon. The visit to the cork farm was good. The wine tasting was good, although the location is just a wine shop. Wines were expensive, but good quality. This is more a sales pitch rather than a real wine tour, FYI.
We had a wonderful time on our trip especially because of Edgar. He is a wonderful guide and a very knowledgeable young man. Not only did give a thorough explanation of the town, the ruins, the cork forest, the menhirs, he was also able to talk about films, politics, the economy etc. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with him. His father must be very proud of him. In addtion there were tow languages in our group and he easily managed to make sure that everyone understood it all. He also facilitated the group as we all had lunch together. Since we came from 5 different countries in the group, we had an enromously interestingtime exchanging thughts on the world situation and also on our experiences of Portugal.
This was one of the most delightful days we spent in Portugal. The selction of things to do was excellent between seeing the countryside, the city of Evora, the forest, the prehistoric stones we really had quite a day.
I really enjoyed my visit to Evora. The small group was nice. Madelina (sp?) was very sweet and personable. Evora is beautiful and has very interesting historical sites, from the Chapel of the Bones to the huge Roman temple to the pre-historic "stonehendge" I never would have seen without the tour. I loved wine-tasting and sampling the local cheeses at lunch. Seeing a bit of countryside instead of just cities was refreshing.
This trip was disorganized from the beginning. We got a late start as we had to wait for additional guest and go a long way out of our way to pick them up. This caused a time constraint on the trip. Overall it was a weak trip, especially the wine tasting which was simply done in a store in Evora.
Lovely day trip in a small group to visit the town of Evora. Knowledgeable guide which shares history of the country and town and recommends a good and cheap restaurant for lunch in Evora.
Our tour group comprised 4 Brazilians and 2 Americans. We departed Lisbon on time and drove through a light drizzle to visit first a megalith complex, and then Evora, where we were given a brief orientation of the major landmarks, taken to several of them for visits to interiors, and then turned loose for 2 hours of free exploration/shopping/dining time. We rendezvoused at 3:30 to participate in a wine and cheese tasting, before returning to Lisbon.
Throughout, our guide, Madelaine Sting, was extremely helpful and articulate, switching easily between Portuguese and English, giving individuals in the group her full attention and helping me improve my fitful Portuguese. She is also an attentive and excellent driver. I can't say enough good things about how she reshaped and improved my opinion of Portugal, explaining some aspects of Portuguese life that I hadn't understood in context. She made me want to return for an extended trip next year, which I had NOT planned on doing before excursion.
My only quibble with the trip is I thought the wine-and-cheese-tasting portion was a little thin: I expected more than 1 white and 1 red, and more than a tiny plate of a single cheese.
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