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Explore the ancient Roman city of Évora and savor an amazing olive oil tasting on this small-group guided tour from Lisbon. From Portugal's capital, venture east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge which spans the Tagus River and see top attractions in Évora such as Giraldo Square and St Francis Church. Savor smooth olive oil at a complimentary tasting and then journey to see one of the largest free standing stone monolith collections (menhirs) in the world in Almendres Cromlech. Enjoy plenty of attention from your guide on this small-group tour with numbers limited to eight people.

Highlights

  • 9-hour day trip to Évora from Lisbon
  • Discover the history and beautiful sights of this World Heritage Site with a professional guide
  • See monuments like the Cathedral of Évora, the Roman Temple and the Almendres Cromlech
  • Visit the magnificent Chapel of Bones in St Francis Church and admire the walls made of human skulls
  • Take part in an olive oil tasting from the prestigious Adega da Cartuxa (included)
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personal experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to see some remarkable sights: a chapel with walls made of human skulls, a massive group of large standing stones, and sprawling fields of olive and cork trees. Plus, you'll sample several and olive oils on this well-balanced excursion.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

Taste delicious olive oil in this small group tour

After you meet your guide at your central Lisbon hotel, begin your small-group tour to Évora with a drive east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge. After crossing the the Tagus River spend the next 1.5 hours gazing across the beautiful Alentejo region. Hear about the cork and olive trees, vineyards and produce that populate this serene countryside.
Arrive in the city of Évora and discover its abundance of culture, heritage and history formed by centuries of influence. Learn why Évora became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town as you step into the St Francis, a well preserved church built in Gothic-Manueline style. Inside wander to the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), built in the 16th century, which displays human skulls and bones upon its walls.
Afterward, explore the Roman Temple’s remnants which date back to the 1st century and visit the the palace of King Manuel where explorer Vasco da Gama was commanded to find a route to India. Next, ogle the Cathedral of Évora (Sé de Évora) constructed between late 13th and early 14th centuries. Then, promenade along charming streets and under Gothic arches in Évora’s main Giraldo Square (Praça do Giraldo).
Take a break from your guided tour and explore the historical streets on your own. Grab lunch at a place of your choice (own expense) and spend time ducking into a few souvenir shops. Then, rendezvous with your guide and head to a world-class olive oil tasting at Adega da Cartuxa. Relish samples of three olive oil flavors while gaining insight into the architecture and history of the city.
Finally, hop aboard your vehicle and continue to Almendres Cromlech, one of Europe’s largest stone complexes. Arrive and see an astounding structure of menhirs (huge stone monoliths positioned upright) put here about 6000 years ago. As you walk alongside your guide, learn how their arrangement was used to determine the equinox and solstice.
Afterward, return to your Lisbon hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Gabriele M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful experience. Nice tour guide

DCGUY

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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.

Andrade

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Superb service. Friendly guide and driver. Weather was gorgeous too.

Marcella T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful day trip with an excellent guide who was full of knowledge.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

very much worth the price--so much to see! We especially enjoyed the small group touring experience.

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a convenient way to get to Evora and to learn about it. Our guide, Francisco, was excellent! He made the day worthwhile.

Klaus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. Small group. Knowledgeable, friendly guide. Right mix of guided walks and spare time. Guide spoke English well

Dominic A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide was extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. He could not have been better. He took us to all the expected sites and a couple more. The vehicle was also excellent and very comfortable. This is our third European Viator tour and they have all been perfect.

Dorothy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

great tour, good tasting, good food

Larry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

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.

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