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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

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 of Christ, once a fortification where the knights resided.
  • Knights Templar day trip from Lisbon in a small group
  • Explore the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar
  • See the incredible Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take a boat to Almourol Castle and explore inside
  • Visit the Church of Santa Maria do Olivais in Tomar
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personalized attention
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Hotel pickup (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Cais do Sodré train station or Saldanha metro station)
Drop-off at 2 centrally located points: Restauradores square / Marquês de Pombal
Small-group tour (8 people max.)
Professional but informal local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Boat ride to Almourol Castle (susceptible to weather conditions)
Entrance + guided visit inside Convent of Christ
Food and drinks (including meals), unless specified
Hotel drop-off
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Lisbon , Lisbon, Portugal

Pick-up done only at few selected areas in the city center

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8:00 AM

Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Restauradores Square , Praça dos Restauradores, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal

    End point #1

  • Marquis of Pombal Square , Praça Marquês de Pombal, Lisboa, Portugal

    End point #1

  • Please provide us your Hotel Pick-up at your hotel (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Mercado da Ribeira or Saldanha areas). Parque das Nações area is not available for pick-up. Please note that you may have to walk a short distance from your accommodation to be picked up.
    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 de Camões, famous for his poem 'Os Lusíadas,' who used to spend much of his time here. Alongside your guide, stroll through the illustrious Constância Park, 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 Olivais, a gorgeous 12th-century church erected for the Knights Templar.

    Following Tomar, step back into your minivan for your return trip to Lisbon.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Castelo de Almourol
    We start this awesome medieval journey towards Almourol Castle, one of Portugal’s trademarks and most famous ‘postcards’ in the country. Erected 18m (60 ft) above sea level this small granite island has 310m (1.000 ft) long by 75m (245 ft) wide in the middle of the Tagus River waterway.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Constancia
    Afterwards we continue to Constância, a small charming village where Luis de Camões (one of the most famous Portuguese poets) lived and used to write some of his lyrical poems until we reach Tomar.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Tomar
    Tomar was a land given as a fief to the Templars. It was especially important in the 15th century when it was a center for Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator, the Grand Master of the Order of Christ, the organization that succeeded the Templars in Portugal. In here we can visit the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, the headquarters of the Knights Templar and a pantheon of all Grand Masters.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais
    In here we can visit the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, the headquarters of the Knights Templar and a pantheon of all Grand Masters.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Convento de Cristo
    We finish this day in a great fashion: The Convent of Christ is a magnificent monument, a Templar stronghold back in the day, constructed under the orders of Gualdim Paes and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Please contact the company at least 24 hours before the activity for exact pick-up location and time (normally between 08:00 AM to 08:45 AM).
    • Pick-up at your hotel (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Mercado da Ribeira or Saldanha areas). Parque das Nações area is not available for pick-up.
    • Please note that you may have to walk a short distance from your accommodation to be picked up.
    • Drop off (done in only two locations: Restauradores square or Marquês de Pombal).
    • Please be reminded that there may be more than one language spoken during the tour (max. two languages).
    • English, Spanish and Portuguese are available all year round. French, Italian, Russian and Romanian ONLY ON REQUEST (according to availability).
    • Please note that infants and children occupy a seat.
    • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
    • Child rate applies only when accompanied by, at least, 1 paying adult.
    • Maximum of 8 persons per vehicle.
    • It's a good idea to wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear for the tour and bring along a bottle of water. In summer bring your sunscreen and in winter it gets very cold so make sure you bring a jacket.
    • A minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8 people per booking is required: there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
    • Boat ride is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given an alternative.
    • In case of adverse weather conditions (e. g. heavy rain), the tour will not be canceled, unless there are warnings and alerts by official organisms.
    • We are not responsible for any traffic congestion in the city, resulting from cultural, sport and religious events, or even demonstrations / strikes, etc. However we will always offer alternatives to avoid these situations; one of them is to change the pick-up and drop-off locations. Unfortunately, this may be transmitted without prior notice.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY The Cooltours (Lisbon)
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Be prepared for lots of stairs, but worth the climb." See review
    • "Be aware that there are a lot of stairs (to me) and uneven surfaces." See review
    • "If you want to save a few bucks and only see the Convent, you can take the train." See review

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    Fun Castle and Convent Tour
    Daniel_K
    , Nov 2021
    Beautiful scenery and excellent guide. If you are interested in history, then this is a great tour for you. It was such a fun day going to the castle and the convent. Our tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable. We had a great discussion with him on the drive to the sites and back and a very fun and informative lunch. I would recommend this tour to anyone who’s interested in Templar history.
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    star-5
    Carlos is the best!
    Anna_D
    , Nov 2021
    The tour was wonderful. Our guide, Carlos, took it to the next level and made the experience amazing!
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    star-5
    Carlos was a...
    Jarem_R
    , Nov 2021
    Carlos was a knowledgeable and kind tour guide. It was well worth our time, and money, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get some more information about the Templar knights in Portugal.
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    star-5
    One of our best tours
    Mahendra_M
    , Nov 2021
    One of the best tour we experienced and we owe it to the guide. The guide was extremely informative and gave a detailed story before we reached Knights Templar Castle. He engages kids / teen into his story telling. This is useful as the trip from Lisbon to the castle is approx. 90mins. I would highly recommend the tour and especially the guide.
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    star-5
    Superb Tour, Experience lunch and Tour Guide
    Ronald_P
    , Oct 2021
    Wonderful day trip from Lisbon! Exceeded all expectations. One of our best of 9 in days Portugal. The guide was very personable and very informative. The castles were great and lunch at Infante was out of this world! Highly recommended!
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    star-5
    Great tour
    John_C
    , Oct 2021
    Great tour of knights templar sites north of Lisbon. Tour included several locations and guide Ricky was very knowledgeble.
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    star-5
    A marvellous tour with a top guide
    Esther_K
    , Sep 2021
    I felt privileged to have such an excellent tour guide! I really enjoyed every minute of the excursion, saw wonderful places and learnt a lot. Ricardo definitely feels love, pride and respect for what he was showing us and this is precious. Also perfect lunch break in a restaurant to be recommended.
    HelpfulHelpful1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Knights Templar
    Vitaly_M
    , Sep 2021
    Carlos was terrific! Incredibly knowledgeable and engaged all in fun trivia questions recommended a fantastic restaurant - food and service delicious We came away completely enchanted with his love of history.
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    star-5
    Amazing Templar Knights Tour
    Ana_A
    , Sep 2021
    It was an amazing tour! It’s a must for everyone that has Templar interest. Our guide/driver, Ricky was absolutely excellent in every way. He was knowledgeable, professional, kind and just an all around pleasant company. Our lunch was a culinary delight! The wow factors of his tour were truly worthy of all the “wows” that you will be exclaiming. We have renamed him “ Ricky Wow”. He is truly an asset to this company.
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    star-4
    A learning journey
    Lei_W
    , Sep 2021
    I wish I could give it 5 star reviews but some fellow travelers made the trip a bit difficult. The tour guide handled the situation well. I have learned so much about knights Templar. Very long and confusing history. I watched too much of that movie Da Vinci Code. So this trip satisfied my curiosity about knights Templar. The castle was small but wonderful. The convent of Christ made my jaw drop. Very worthwhile the trip. My eyes are opened! I respect Portugal and Portuguese people much more after this trip. It was a long day of driving. The tour guide took good care of everyone.
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