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

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.

Dan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was the highlight of my trip to Portugal with breathtaking castles and a lot of history from our very own knowledgeable tour guide, Mihaela!

mitchelljen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

First, many thanks to our wonderful tour guide, Mihaela Nicula - she was a walking history book about the Knights Templar. This made it extra special. Started with our tour of Almourol Castle, took a quick local stop for some sweets, then headed to Tomar. Had a candlelit lunch before checking out the town. All the locals loved our guide... she didn't rush us and took time to answer our questions. The Castle of Tomar was a surprise once you got through the gate... wow! Even added a pop-in stop on the way back at another church...

Mary C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Cool Lisbon is a great company to tour with. It was small tour with 5 of us and Mihaela Nicula was fantastic. She was on time for pick up, took us to a great place for lunch. It was in Tomar at a Medieval restaurant the prices were very reasonable, I had Salmon with vegetables, a large beer and desert for 15.50 Euro. She was very knowledgeable and accommodating to the group. I really enjoyed this tour it was a good mix of different sites at a good pace with wonderful sites to see and learn about.

Sheena R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was obviously passionate about the history of Portugal particularly from the days of the knights.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Celia was a great tour guide - very knowledgeable and fun. We were only 4 people on the tour, so very small and personal. I was blown away by Tomar - the monastery goes on and on and on - really amazingly kept up.

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