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

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

Take this day trip from Lisbon to see the beautiful World Heritage Site of Évora. Leave Lisbon via the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the Tagus River, and spend the day admiring top Évora sights like St Francis Church and Giraldo Square. Enjoy an olive oil tasting before heading to Almendres Cromlech, one of the largest existing groups of upright standing stones, called menhirs, in Europe. You’ll also have some free time to explore on your own. This small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • 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

Leave Lisbon with your guide – passing over the Vasco da Gama Bridge on the River Tagus – and soak up the stunning scenery of the Alentejo Region, where magnificent plains are filled with vineyards, crops, olive trees and cork trees, which produce the well-known Portuguese cork. After the 1.5-hour drive, you’ll arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Évora.

Shaped by the styles of many periods, the well-preserved city of Evora has a rich culture, history and artistic heritage. You’ll visit many of its important historic sites, first of which is St Francis, a Gothic-Manueline church that is home to the 16th-century Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), whose walls are covered with human bones, mainly skulls.

Next, see the ruins of the 1st-century Roman Temple and admire the Gothic- and Renaissance-style palace of King Manuel, where Vasco da Gama was told to explore the sea route to India. Then see the famous Cathedral of Évora (Sé de Évora), built between 1280 and 1340, and explore with your guide the picturesque streets and Gothic arches surrounding Giraldo Square (Praça do Giraldo), the city’s main square.

Have free time to grab lunch in one of the local restaurants (own expense) and roam the historical streets on your own, soaking up the atmosphere or browsing through charming souvenir shops. Then meet back up with your guide, who will lead you to an olive oil tasting with one of the most prestigious olive oil producers in Portugal, the Adega da Cartuxa. Savor samples of three olive oils, and learn about the history and architecture of this place.

The last stop of your day trip is Almendres Cromlech -- a megalithic complex that dates back to 4000 BC and is one of the largest groups of structured menhirs (large stones that stand upright) in Europe. During its thousands of years of existence, this site was used to celebrate the solstice and equinox.

Customer Reviews

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour!

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was great! She had to speak Brazilian Portuguese not the same as Portuguese, Spanish and English. She provided each language group with all the information we needed to enjoy a wonderful day! She even found time for a wine tasting!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour! Evora is a beautiful little town and the tour guides did a great job hitting all the good spots and sharing great information. Bruno and Isabella were wonderful and quickly made me feel welcome. They were very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour. The Chapel of Bones is particularly interesting.

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