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

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 a wine and 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 wines and olive oils on this well-balanced excursion.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Small-Group Evora Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

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 a wine and olive oil tasting with one of the most prestigious wine and olive oil producers in Portugal, the Adega da Cartuxa. Savor samples of three wines and olive oils, and learn about the history and architecture of the winery and its cellars.

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 April 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it. It was very informative and fun. Our guild was top notch. She new all about the Lisbon. She was also very knowledgeable about the food and wine. It was very personal and a great experience. I would do this tour again.

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