Tour code: 5507KNIGHTSTEMPLAR
Delve into the rich history of the Knights Templar during this small-group guided tour of the Portuguese villages Constância and Tomar from Lisbon. Spend the day learning about the Christian military force that contributed to the famous crusades during Europe’s Middle Ages. Discover Almourol Castle, erected by the Knights Templar and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent Christ, once a fortification where the knights resided. With numbers limited to eight people, enjoy a more intimate experience alongside your guide.

Highlights

  • 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

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

After meeting your guide in central Lisbon, journey north in a cozy minivan to Almourol Castle one of Portugal’s most historical sites. Along the drive learn about the Knights Templar who used this castle to secure the boundary created by the Tagus River. Arrive at the river near the castle and enjoy a boat cruise to its gates. Then, wander through this medieval fortification and steep in its history.

Continue from here with a drive to the serene village of Constância. Hear about the renowned Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões, famous for his poem Os Lusíadas, who used to spend much of his time here. Alongside your guide, stroll through the illustrious Parque Constância, where the Knights Templar used to savor the natural atmosphere. After your walk, stop for a delectable bite of an almond and egg treat (included).

Next, head to the charming city of Tomar, home to some of Portugal’s most impressive monuments and buildings. Gain insight from your guide about how the Knights Templar used a religious code to form the city, like the four monuments stationed around the city to resemble a crucifix. In Tomar, see famed monuments such as the 12th century Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the Castle of Tomar. Then, take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). Afterward, venture to the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a gorgeous 12th century church erected for the Knights Templar.

Following Tomar, step back into your minivan for your return trip to Lisbon. 

Customer Reviews

Abowes441

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour with a lot of interesting history, our tour guide, Fabio was excellent, very knowledgeable and very attentive to travelers needs. Brought to a great Medieval restaurant in the town of Tomar, great tour of castle and history of Knights Templar and Convento d' Christo. Highly recommend

Mary C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was great the guide was really good it was with CoolTour Lisbon, our guide Mihaela Nicula was wonderful. Lots of good information. The place for lunch was delicious. Pick up and Drop off at Hotel was on time. The van was small it was a small group of us - 4 in total. The sites were spectacular to see. Portugal is a beautiful country. I look forward to returning again one day.

Tim G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very informative with pleasant and knowledgeable guide.

Paul L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great trip. Our tour guides were very knowledgable and helpful. It was certainly value for money. The castles were awesome.

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful tour with exceptional guide. It rained much of the day, but the trip was still fascinating.

Dorothy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

great tour, very interesting

Larry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Isabella was a wonderful guide with historical knowledge about the Templars that spilled over. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Tomar.

Tracy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An excellent day. Our guide Francisco was knowledgeable, charming -- and had the patience of a saint!

MLR D Sri Lanka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent all around. Guide was highly committed and made all the difference to the tour.

diana s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

During our 52 day Spain-Portugal wander, we scheduled 10 full- or half-day tours, rating the Knights Templar tour the best of all. Of course, the sites--Almourol Castle and Tomar--have fascinating histories. We loved the tour because we had a top notch guide--Andrea Alves of Cool Tours Lisbon. We travel to learn, and the multi-lingual Ms. Alves suited us perfectly. Devoted to her subject, with a wealth of readings to draw from, full of wonderful detail, she had a most engaging manner of story-telling. We had a wonderful experience.

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