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.
I really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Evora is a charming town with some very interesting things to see. The church is beautiful--especially the courtyard--and the chapel of bones is definitely something to see, albeit quite creepy. I enjoyed the wine and the area behind Adega da Cartuxa was just lovely. The trip to Almendres Cromlech was very interesting. The road through the cork trees is beautiful. The road was washed out and so we ended up having to hike a bit to make it to the Cromlech, but I thought this only added to the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour with this company.
We really enjoyed this tour. It was great that it was such a small group. My husband, 8 year old son, and I were on the tour with only one other person. Our guide Joanna and driver Antonio were so friendly and kind. Evora was beautiful and we saw some very interesting sights. Joanna was very knowledgeable about the history and was just a pleasure to be with for the day. The wine tasting was terrific! The vineyard was beautiful and the wine was delicious. They weren't skimpy on the tastings either. The vineyard gave us 3 FULL glasses of wine (rose, white, and red). All were so good. We highly recommend this tour.
I've read ratings from previous tours of Evora and wasn't too impress but I was keen on going to Evora. Nuno works for CoolTour that Viator use, he is an extraordinary young man. Because our tour was on Xmas Eve, some sites were closed early and Nuno replaced with different sites. He had given us a memorable 12/24/12. in Portugal. Thank you, Nuno
I had the impression that this was a 3 day tour- but it was 3 one day tours...each day we had to go to a central location and join day trippers- there was 1-1/2 hours each morning to assemble and organize each new group...the day in Evora was led by an unorganized, but pleasant woman-but unfortunately we didn't get as much out of the trip as we could have, and hoped for...the day trip to Fatima had a great tour leader, but a very busy schedule...and Sintra day trip was pleasant....all 3 days we had a very nice lunch
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