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The local tour supervisor was Pedro. We called him at 7PM the night before, to confirm pick up time etc. He answered the phone and confirmed. Very friendly, professional, and he has a good sense of humor. Our guide, Andre arrived promptly the day of the tour at our hotel to pick us up. Andre explained that his goal was for us to have the best tour possible. We drove to Almourol Castle, went on the motor boat out to the castle on the island in the river, and explored castle not possible for wheelchairs or severely disabled people on this tour. Then we went to Tomar and saw the square, the church and a quaint Jewish Synagogue. The Synagogue and its caretaker is a delight and a must see bonus. After, we asked Andre, our guide, for a recommendation for lunch. We went there and had sea bass and shepherds pie that was very delicious and fairly priced. The we went up the hill to the Convent of Christ. Very large and impressive. Our guide explained the history of this monument as we walked through. We bought a few souvenirs in the gift shop and headed back to Lisbon. As we were delivered back to our hotel, we told Andre we thought he was one of the most knowledgeable and caring guides we have ever had. My wife and I felt like we not only had a great tour from Viator, we also made a friend today. This tour is not one of the highly popular tours, but it should be. Very interesting and informative.
Wonderful time with Andre. He was super-friendly, very polite, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. After having done a lot of tours in our time, we have decided that a small-private or almost-private tour is the only way to go. Touring like this allows you to linger where you want to and pass by what doesn't quite interest you as much. To me, nothing is worse then being hurried because the group is moving ahead of you.
This tour is great for getting a good understanding of Portugal's history and how the Templar Knights played a major role in that.
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