- 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
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.
Reviewed by Kelly, April 2013
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.
Reviewed by Tabitha M, April 2013
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.