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Discover the ancient town of Évora and the stunning stone circle complex of Almendres Cromlech during this private day trip from Lisbon. This private tour explores the unique Roman ruins in the town of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See a different angle of Portugal’s history as you explore the macabre monument Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) and visit one of the largest megalithic monuments Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro). Finally, marvel at Almendres Cromlech, one of the largest group of structured monoliths in Europe.

Highlights

  • Private day trip from Lisbon to the Golden Plains, including the town of Évora, an ancient Roman farm and the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro
  • Stroll the streets of beautiful Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit cathedrals and churches
  • Visit the mysterious Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) inside the Church of St Francis
  • Spend time at Tourega Villa, an ancient Roman farm just outside of Évora
  • Stop by Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro), the largest dolmen in all of Iberia
  • Wander around the Almendres Cromlech stone circle, one of the most important megalithic sites in Portugal
  • Receive the undivided attention of an expert guide on this private tour for up to eight people

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Évora and Almendres Cromlech Day Trip from Lisbon

Visit the magnificent Évora Cathedral

Get picked up by your guide at your central Lisbon hotel for your private day trip to Évora and Almendres Cromlech. Hop into your air-conditioned minivan and begin your journey to Évora. During your hour drive, learn about this 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage town and its preserved Roman city center.

In Évora, hop out and stroll the cobblestone roads as you make your way toward the medieval Cathedral of Évora of and its cloisters. Enter the 12th century church and ascend to the roof for magnificent countryside views.

Continue to the famous Temple of Diana, a Roman monument that honors the 1st century emperor of Rome, Augustus. Follow your guide into the Church of St Francis and discover the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos). See the walls decorated with human bones and skulls creating an eerily mysterious ambiance.

Enjoy a tasty lunch (own expense) and then drive to Tourega Villa. At this ancient Roman farm, learn about the processes used for agriculture two millennia ago. Next, weave your way through olive and cork trees to the 6,000-year-old Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro). Marvel at the oldest megalithic monument on the Iberian peninsula.

Finally, see the wondrous Almendres Cromlech. As you admire one of the largest existing assembly of menhirs in Europe learn how this site is believed to be one of mankind’s first monuments. Amble around and listen to your guide tell tales of how Almendres Cromlech may have been used for sacred rituals and as a primitive astronomical observatory.

After finishing your tour of Almendres Cromlech, return to your Lisbon hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Marie Dreiss W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide was outstanding. This was very interesting as we learned about cork trees, pigs and the black ham - yummy! Almendres did include the room of skulls and bones. We enjoyed the architecture as well.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent trip with a knowledgeable and personable guide. I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves history and wants to understand more about the culture and attitudes of the Portuguese people. There were many highlights and we enjoyed every aspect. On reflection this trip would have been very difficult for us to organize by ourselves. We would never have seen half as much or have the opportunity to have it contextualized without mammoth pre-visit research. Well worth the money

susancourtney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

BADRUL HISHAM S

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

It was worth a 2-hour trip to see the historical site of the Portugal. The tour guide was very helpful and master the subject very well. She knows the general knowledge and history of Portugal. She even help us to communicate with the shopkeeper when we want to buy the souvenirs and we got cheaper price than usual.

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