- 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
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What You Can Expect
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.
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.
This was a wonderful tour. I was thrilled to cross the famous Vasco da Gama Bridge on the way out of Lisbon. Some highlights of the trip were: a statue of a pregnant Madonna in the cathedral, and a chapel next door lined with human bones and skulls (Bones were taken from communal graves about 2 centuries after the Black Plague); a Roman temple and the remains of Roman baths; Moorish elements in church design, including Moorish arches and tiling. We had a very informative guide, who was able to answer our many questions. An interesting and enjoyable day.