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It's taken 6 weeks of thinking about this....I did not want to post this review because it's not good but, I feel I should let you know.
On Dec. 28th we were never picked up at our hotel. The hotel called the local tour operator for 45 min. before someone picked up and I was told they would get us the next day not the day I reserved. Fine...We had 2 guides and 2 other travelers in the car, a total of 6 people, a bit crowded for a small SUV. The English/Portuguese speaking guide was was lovely. The other guy smelled awful, snored and slept in the back of the SUV for the 2 1/2 hours to Evora. It is stunning area, well worth the visit and again our main guide was wonderful. On the way home the sleeping guide drove like a jerk. Driving at 140KMH and more, which I know is about 90 MPH. He would drive up the back end mere feet away of cars in front of us and flash his lights to pass. Finally I yelled for him to STOP! 75MPH sure, 80 sure but 90 to 100?? NOT ACCEPTABLE. The 2 stars are for lovely Evora and our main guide. Visit Evora and the area but use another company.
A long day out but worthwhile. I was staying in Lisbon for a week and enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the countryside out of the city. Guide collected at the time given and spoke about what we saw as we drove over the River Tagus and explained about the cork, pine, olive trees and vines. Plenty of birds seen en route. We went to an ancient stone circle, but our visit coincided with that by a large party of students, which I felt detracted somewhat. Evora is lovely and we were shown many sites and sights.My favourites included the squares and buildings of the town, the cloisters attached to the church and the views from the church tower.
We had a great tour with Lilianna, walking in Evora. She is very knowledgeable. The olive oil tasting is okay but it gives you the chances to buy olive oil made in the region. I've really enjoyed learning more about cork trees and seeing so much of them!
John H USA
This was a terrific tour. It was a great opportunity to get out of the city and see more rural areas. Evora is a very charming town. It was interesting to see cork trees and learn about cork harvesting.
The Evora trip is well worth it! The trip well balanced covering the key sites as well as providing time to stroll around the town. Our driver - Andrea - was very informative, flexible and an absolute joy to spend the day with. She added in a wine tasting at the end of the day in addition to the olive oil tasting. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Having only 8 guests was the perfect size.
This tour was quite good. There were two couples so it was a very small group and we ended up with two guides Lilliana, who was the regular guide, and Rosio I think that was her name who was there as an apprentice guide. The tour included everything it was supposed to and the wine-tasting and olive-oil tasting were excellent. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. They ate lunch with us, which was a bonus, as they were able to explain the menu and make suggestions. The only reason I did not give 5 stars for this tour was that CoolTours refused to honour our hotel pickup. We booked the tour at least 3 weeks ahead of time, with our hotel and the hotel address included, and then around noon the day before the tour we received an email message stating that they could not pick us up before it would take too much time and it would not be fair to the other participants. As there was only one other couple on the tour, this did not really make sense and we tried to get them to do what they had agreed to do but could not get it changed. One of the reasons we selected this particular version of the Evora day trip was because it specifically stated that hotel pickup was included. Since they refused to honour that committement, we ended up spending an addition 21 euros to get to the pickup point they specified. They DID drop us off at our hotel after the hotel, although not until dropping off the others first. And I expect that it was only because we had told them that it was not at all fair to commit to something and then refuse to do it. However, none of this was the fault of the tour guides and so we did not hold it against them in any way. But be very careful when booking anything with CoolTours Lisbon to ensure you get what you are supposed to.
Our guide, Anna, was wonderful. It was a private tour which was nice. However, Viator was a misleading in their tour description. Description said wine tasting. We toured the winery with other people not with Viator. At the end of the tour, there was olive oil and 3 wine tastings. However, we only got to taste one wine because Viator only paid the winery for one wine tasting. That was disappointing. We just had to watch everyone else enjoy their 2 additional wines. I think this was a bad decision for Viator to allow us to taste only 1 wine. It was misleading, irritating to us, and there was no way we were going to purchase wine from the winery with that experience. The winery shouldn't even let that happen. Besides, that Evora was pretty neat, especially the Chapel of the Bones. Our guide, Anna, was great, and tried to rectify the situation and make us happy.
Doing what: 8-Hour Semi-Private Évora City and Vineyard Tour
This is a tour not to be missed. The mysterious menhirs near Evora are first on your visit and the town itself has a lot to offer, from Roman ruins to medieval churches. Our guide from CoolTours Lisbon, Anika I think, was excellent and I learned so much on this day trip. I won't repeat the praise of others, but just to say that this was certainly a highlight of my 15 or so day trips I took while in Europe this summer.
This was a convenient way to get to Evora and to learn about it. Our guide, Francisco, was excellent! He made the day worthwhile.
I loved Evora, and our guide Fabio was excellent. When I requested information about an online link to the shop where we tasted olive oil, the company--Cool Lisbon Tours--couldn't have been more accommodating. I highly recommend this tour.
Would have liked some free time in Evora but otherwise and enjoyable trip.
Really great tour! Evora and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. And our guide, Isabel and guide-in-training, Francisco, who also contributed to the day were outstanding! One of the highlights of our stay in Lisbon. Highly recommended!
Our small group tour to Evora was amazing we had so many great opportunities to ask questions of Cecilia and she was an amazing hub of information. Thank you Cecilia for making our day really special! I highly recommend taking this day trip and learning more about Portugal and it's amazing history!
Good tour to see the highlights of Evora. Yet, It was little bit annoying that it was a 2 language tour which takes time to hear twice the same thing as a result we did not have enough time on our own to hang around in Evora and do some shopping
We were very fortunate to have the most excellent tour guide Raquel. She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She also found us a fantastic patio for lunch that we never would have found on our own. And although we have been to Lisbon before we had not been to Evora and it was incredible.
What a trip--Evora and the megaliths outside of Guadalupe. Without our guide, Michela, we would have never learned about so many things megaliths, olive trees, olive oil, cork and all the things made from cork, acorn beer, traveling in Portugal in just one day! Our group was small, but that made it quite easy to navigate through places and to take our time when needed. When we return to Lisbon, we will ask for Michela again!
Great tour. I took it on Sep. 2. Our guide was very informative. While visiting the cathedral in Evora, go up the tower. It's not a very long climb, and the views of the town are spectacular. In addition to the Roman temple and the cathedral, Evora still has a large section of its medieval wall.
Our guide, Gustafo, was excellent. Besides being amusing and funny, he was also well informed. He shared a lot of history and cultural information as we traveled on to Evora. The stones at Cromlech were fascinating to experience and walk around, and the information on the cork tree harvesting was enlightening. We had a chance to be interactive as a small group which also was great. The walking tour of Evora was fantastic, as we saw and heard a lot and had some independent time for lunch. The entire town is very worthwhile experiencing. The wine tasting and olive oil tasting were also great. Definitely one of my favorite tours of our entire trip.
Gustavo was a great guide with the ability to juggle 3 languages. Gustavo was very friendly with a sense of humour and was happy to answer any questions. I really enjoyed Evora!
Evora was a great city to visit and the tour guide was good.
Yoki was a great guide. Full of information and little asides. She knew just when the best photo opportunity was for the storks. She recommended a nice little restaurant in Evora. Loved Evora! The intertwining of the old and new. Our free time was just enough and not too much. Cork trees, who knew how fascinating they were. The ancient stone formations were a perfect end to our day. And Yoki is a great, safe driver!
Great tour! Evora is a beautiful little town and the tour guides did a great job hitting all the good spots and sharing great information. Bruno and Isabella were wonderful and quickly made me feel welcome. They were very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this tour. The Chapel of Bones is particularly interesting.
We had a very enjoyable trip. Evora is an inviting place. The location and attractions were interesting. The guide Gustavo was enjoyable and informative.
Our guide Michaela was very knowledgeable and even though it was raining all the way from Lisbon to Evora, we were lucky that it only drizzled upon arrival. The wine tasting was very good.
lot of driving. would have liked more time in the old town of Evora. tour guide was excellent. enjoyed her a lot. had lunch with her.
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