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.
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.
We had a wonderful guide who had grown up in Evora and really knew the area. It is a gorgeous (but hot ) town full of historical interest and wonderful buildings, especially the Roman temple. Our guide showed us a great little restaurant for lunch and one amazing pastry shop that specialised in convent cakes for coffee and cakes later in the day. The wine and olive oil tasting provided a great break and we stopped to see cork trees and the cromlech before going back to Lisbon. Pretty amazing day!
Tour leader was brilliant which makes it a lot more interesting. Loved Evora!
Excellent guide who was from Evora and who quickly picked up on our interests. Excellent visit to the Cromlech which was of real interest to me being a Celt myself. Lots of real facts about cork growing and harvesting. In Evora, we were amazed at the number of Roman remains we were shown which were not even indicated to tourists. The Chapel of Bones was really interesting.
The journey to and from Lisbon was really interesting.
An excellent guide who brought everything to life.
A nice trip to see the UNESCO Heritage Site of Evora. Interesting history and charming facilities.
Our guide was well spoken and friendly but had only 2 weeks of tour experience.
Edgar and Antonio Chavez were absolutely awesome hosts on our day trip to Evora. We had a wonderful time with them and can't sing there praises enough! It was a fascinating and beautiful trip!
Our tour guide, Miguel Condeco, was excellent, the very best guide we have ever had for twenty years. He was knowledgeable in the old culture, local politics and economics. He was always friendly and almost never stop talking ,explaining to us the sights and their background all the time. He made our tour to Evora very enjoyable. He spoke perfect English.
Our small group turned out to be just my wife and I so our guide was able to provide undivided attention to us. She was well versed in the culture and history of Portugal in general and the Evora area in particular. Her love of Portugal and enthusiasm to provide excellant service for foreign visitors was a refreshing change of pace from large group scripted tour guides. The winery personnel were gracious and spent time answering our questions about their wine making process. Needless to say, the wine was excellant. I highly recommend this tour to this UNESCO world heritage site.
Our trip to Evora was very good and the place is beautiful and interesting. The time of visit was short and could be longer but the explanation of our guide was exellent and I want to return to explore more.
The guide/driver was only "fair".
In a full 9 passenger vehicle those people in the rear could not hear/understand her.
Also we were not shown some key sights in Evora.
There is enough to see and do in Evora that we could have skipped the site with the stone formations out side of Evora.
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