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  • Location:Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

Explore the ancient Roman city of Évora and savor an amazing olive oil tasting on this small-group guided tour from Lisbon. From Portugal's capital, venture east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge which spans the Tagus River and see top attractions in Évora such as Giraldo Square and St Francis Church. Savor smooth olive oil at a complimentary tasting and then journey to see one of the largest free standing stone monolith collections (menhirs) in the world in Almendres Cromlech. Enjoy plenty of attention from your guide on this small-group tour with numbers limited to eight people. 

Highlights

  • 9-hour day trip to Évora from Lisbon
  • Discover the history and beautiful sights of this World Heritage Site with a professional guide
  • See monuments like the Cathedral of Évora, the Roman Temple and the Almendres Cromlech
  • Visit the magnificent Chapel of Bones in St Francis Church and admire the walls made of human skulls
  • Take part in an olive oil tasting from the prestigious Adega da Cartuxa (included)
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personal experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to see some remarkable sights: a chapel with walls made of human skulls, a massive group of large standing stones, and sprawling fields of olive and cork trees. Plus, you'll sample several and olive oils on this well-balanced excursion.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

Taste delicious olive oil in this small group tour

After you meet your guide at your central Lisbon hotel, begin your small-group tour to Évora with a drive east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge. After crossing the the Tagus River spend the next 1.5 hours gazing across the beautiful Alentejo region. Hear about the cork and olive trees, vineyards and produce that populate this serene countryside.

Arrive in the city of Évora and discover its abundance of culture, heritage and history formed by centuries of influence. Learn why Évora became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town as you step into the St Francis, a well preserved church built in Gothic-Manueline style. Inside wander to the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), built in the 16th century, which displays human skulls and bones upon its walls.

Afterward, explore the Roman Temple’s remnants which date back to the 1st century and visit the the palace of King Manuel where explorer Vasco da Gama was commanded to find a route to India. Next, ogle the Cathedral of Évora (Sé de Évora) constructed between late 13th and early 14th centuries. Then, promenade along charming streets and under Gothic arches in Évora’s main Giraldo Square (Praça do Giraldo).

Take a break from your guided tour and explore the historical streets on your own. Grab lunch at a place of your choice (own expense) and spend time ducking into a few souvenir shops. Then, rendezvous with your guide and head to a world-class olive oil tasting at Adega da Cartuxa. Relish samples of three olive oil flavors while gaining insight into the architecture and history of the city.

Finally, hop aboard your vehicle and continue to Almendres Cromlech, one of Europe’s largest stone complexes. Arrive and see an astounding structure of menhirs (huge stone monoliths positioned upright) put here about 6000 years ago. As you walk alongside your guide, learn how their arrangement was used to determine the equinox and solstice.

Afterward, return to your Lisbon hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Liliana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip. Gustavo the guide was very good . He knows a lot. He is nice ,very friendly. Amazing day trip

rmgillespie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a magical trip, from start to finish. Helpful pickup near our apartment. Lovely drive with thoughtful and educated guide. Great city. Excellent advice about lunch. Beautiful forest and standing stones. Could not have been better.

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really great tour! Evora and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. And our guide, Isabel and guide-in-training, Francisco, who also contributed to the day were outstanding! One of the highlights of our stay in Lisbon. Highly recommended!

Martha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a well done and terrific day tour. Gustav, the tour guide, was truly an historian who brought to life all of the sights through story telling. The travel, tours of the sites, the walks, the food, ....all added up to a terrific adventure and time well spent. Thank you Gustav.

Heather C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our small group tour to Evora was amazing we had so many great opportunities to ask questions of Cecilia and she was an amazing hub of information. Thank you Cecilia for making our day really special! I highly recommend taking this day trip and learning more about Portugal and it's amazing history!

Keith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide, Gustafo, was excellent. Besides being amusing and funny, he was also well informed. He shared a lot of history and cultural information as we traveled on to Evora. The stones at Cromlech were fascinating to experience and walk around, and the information on the cork tree harvesting was enlightening. We had a chance to be interactive as a small group which also was great. The walking tour of Evora was fantastic, as we saw and heard a lot and had some independent time for lunch. The entire town is very worthwhile experiencing. The wine tasting and olive oil tasting were also great. Definitely one of my favorite tours of our entire trip.

Katherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a trip--Evora and the megaliths outside of Guadalupe. Without our guide, Michela, we would have never learned about so many things megaliths, olive trees, olive oil, cork and all the things made from cork, acorn beer, traveling in Portugal in just one day! Our group was small, but that made it quite easy to navigate through places and to take our time when needed. When we return to Lisbon, we will ask for Michela again!

Ross USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. I took it on Sep. 2. Our guide was very informative. While visiting the cathedral in Evora, go up the tower. It's not a very long climb, and the views of the town are spectacular. In addition to the Roman temple and the cathedral, Evora still has a large section of its medieval wall.

Nancy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour!

farganiceholes United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was the highlight of our week in Lisbon. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get our of Lisbon and visit the surrounding areas. We had an incredible guide in our small group of four people. He went out of his way to make my 11-year old daughter feel comfortable and be a part of the tour. His knowledge of the history of the local area painted a story that explained the purpose behind everything we were looking at. The highlight of the tour was the Chapel of the Bones. Do not miss this!!! 5000 human bones decorating the walls of a small chapel within the bowels of a much more ornate church. Sounds creepy but there was a fascinating reason behind it. Loved it.

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