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  • Location:Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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.


  • 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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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the Knights Templar come alive. I would recommend friends and family do this trip.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We were very lucky and ended up getting a private tour for the two of us due to the time of season. Our tour guide was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and flexible. We expressed an interest in seeing a church not on the standard tour agenda, and he worked with the volunteer tour guide in the town to have her open it up for us on a day it was closed. I can't thank him enough for making this a really special day! This is a great tour agenda with really interesting stops. Truly was the highlight of our trip! Highly recommend.

Liliana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing. Wonderful tour guide . Great day !!!

MIchael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very informative, enjoyable day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Isabelle our tour guide is awesome/excellent. She is knowledgeable, accommodating and passionate in explaining and answering our questions.

Grace H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great small group tour we took on Nov 5. Our tour guide Michaelaspelling?? was full of great information. We highly recommend the tour

Rafael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It is a must see when visiting Portugal, excellent piece of history, Michaela our guide was very informative, it is obvious that she loves Portugal and its history, but she also made it very interesting, highly recommend her.

Brandon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Mikayla I hope I spelled that right was very knowledgeable about the Knights templar history and the history of area itself. She was very energetic and a great tour guide. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Beautiful area and Tomar was a great city

Stuart L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great guide and very interesting

Katherine Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent trip and a very knowledgeable guide. I would highly recommend this trip!

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