Escape the metropolitan bustle of Lisbon and delve into the historic legacy of Tomar and Almourol on a private 8-hour excursion. Ideal for history enthusiasts, this tour reveals the UNESCO-listed Castle of Tomar and Convent of Christ, and the ancient monuments of Tomar, home to Portugal’s oldest synagogue. Take a boat to Almourol Castle island and see, too, the Ribatejo plains and Santarém during a scenic drive. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lisbon are included.
Your excursion begins with pickup from your Lisbon accommodation, where you’ll board a private, air-conditioned vehicle and greet your guide. During the 1-hour journey to Tomar, your guide brings the history of the Order of the Knights Templar to life.
Your first stops are the Castle of Templar and the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ, the medieval headquarters of the Knights Templar. From the hilltop perch of the convent, you’ll descend to historic Old Town of Tomar, where you’ll visit the oldest synagogue in Portugal.
Following free time in which to purchase lunch at your own expense, you’ll proceed to Constância, which plays host to the former home of renowned Portuguese poet, Luis de Camões.
Absorb panoramic views of the Zêzere and Tejo rivers and then enjoy a short boat ride on the Tagus River to Almourol Castle island, where you’ll have more free time to explore.
Your tour culminates by following a route that traverses the Ribatejo plains and passes Santarém, replete with Gothic architecture. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your Lisbon accommodation.