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  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
On this historical tour from Lisbon, spend a lovely day in the charming Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar, and discover the history of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order that played arole in the great battles of Europe during the Middle Ages. Visit Almourol Castle, built by the Knights Templar, and the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former Templar stronghold. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized and valuable experience with your guide.


  • Knights Templar day trip from Lisbon in a small group with no more than 8 passengers
  • Explore the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar
  • See the incredible Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site
  • Take a boat to Almourol Castle and explore inside
  • Visit the church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

Best Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

Departing from central Lisbon, head to one of the most mystical places in Portugal, Almourol Castle, which was built by the Knights Templar to defend the boundary line below the Tagus River. Take a boat ride on the river to the castle, where you’ll have half an hour to explore and soak up the medieval atmosphere.

Next, enjoy the drive in a comfortable minivan to the beautiful village of Constância, known for being one of the places frequented by famous Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões, who wrote the epic poem Os Lusíadas. With your expert guide, take a walk in Parque Constância, one of the most magnificent parks in this region of Portugal, and enjoy the contact with nature, just like the Templar Knights did. Here you will also taste a typical delicacy made from almonds and eggs (included).

Your next stop is the beautiful city of Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical gems. The city was built according to the rules of the Knights Templar, with four religious monuments constructed around the city to form a perfect crucifix. The most impressive of these monuments is the ensemble of the Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Templars in the 12th century. Visit the castle and convent with your guide. You'll spend a good part of your day in Tomar, where you can enjoy lunch at a local eatery (own expense) and walk to popular Tomar attractions like the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, built in the 12th century as the pantheon for the Knights Templar.

After exploring Tomar, return to Lisbon by comfortable minivan.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was well worth every penny. Andrea, our tour guide through cool tours was truly amazing. We saw 2 great castle areas. We also had lunch at a medieval themed restaurant which added to the experience. It was a long day but quite enjoyable. A definite must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

fab tour guide, learnt so much, a beautiful country, recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This trip was terrific! There were only four of us so every question we had was answered and the castles were as awesome as advertised. Our tour guide was very friendly and professional. We would definitely recommend CoolTours to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing tour. We saw a lot. This was very interesting. We had a great guide. It was very personal. I like the small group feel. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was very interesting and enjoyable. Our guides were terrific and would recommend it to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely beautiful day - what made it better was having a lovely tour guide who was very easy to get along with and very knowledgable. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour through the templar area of central Portugal was undoubtedly interesting, though it attracts less travelers. The guide was very knowledgeable and lively in handling her small group. Perfectly blue sky all along. I would recommend this slightly out-of-the-way tour.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I can't recommend this tour highly enough. Although you have to be fit to managed the 1st stop at Almoural Castle until they put in a decent pathway, you won't miss much if you pass. The rest of the tour is not to be missed. Our Guide was welcoming, friendly and informative. The Covenant of Christ, Tomar a UNESCO world heritage site, is a wonder to behold. We had a themed lunch not included prior to our visit which was an interesting experience and also enjoyable. The Synagogue of Tomar tucked away down a narrow photogenic street is priceless. I can't thank our guide enough for her attention to detail. If you are even remotely interested in the history of Portugal take this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great and highly interesting tour to a lesser known part of the historical part of Portugal at least for me.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. I'm a history buff, so this was right up my alley. The Almoural Castle is beautiful and the Convent of Christ and Tomar are exceptional. Really nice day. Celia was the tour guide and she was very good. Bruno and Gui were also there as they are new and were training. Wonderful people all of them. They were so friendly and comfortable to be around.

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