• Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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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 at a specialist shop
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personal experience

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What You Can Expect

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

See the 1st century Roman Temple’s remnants in Évora

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.

Afterwards, 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 delicious olive oil tasting at a specialist shop. Relish samples of five 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. Afterwards, return to Lisbon at a choice of two centrally located drop off points; Marquês de Pombal or Rossio.

Customer Reviews

chris.young73

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Amazing monuments - very well planned and organized tour with good information. Carlos was an excellent guide and was able to balance fun and great humor with professionalism. Highly recommended.

a.mankiewicz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

My wife and I were looking for something different to do outside of Lisbon and chose to do this day trip. We'd recommend this trip. Evora is a lovely little town with excellent Roman ruins in the city center, with several churches (including the church of the bones) to visit. The olive oil testing was good and lunch was provided as well. The guide showed up on-time in a clean and spacious van and was very attentive. You do get about an hour and a half on your own to explore the city before leaving. We had the chance to do a wine tasting, were we brought back several bottles of wine.

jwong7704

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide Ricardo was the bomb! He was awesome by being accommodating and informative throughout the tour experience. My friend and I were traveling from Ireland and made a mistake in our booking of accommodation. Therefore, we had our luggage and was frantically searching for a place to store our luggage so we don't have it for the tour. Ricardo was so accommodating, he allowed us to leave it in the minivan when he sensed our distress. So happened, my friend and I were the only ones on the tour that day, so it felt like a private tour. We started the experience by getting picked up in one of the best-airconditioned vans that we experienced while traveling in Europe. When we got to Evora, we got to sample different olive oils. My friend and I bought some back. After, we visited iconic monuments such as the Temple of Diana. Also, Ricardo explained the history of the cork trees and the cork making process. Evora is a small and beautiful town. Ricardo gave us plenty of free time to go shopping in the town. I would recommend you save some euros and buy cork products in Lisbon. It is cheaper in price while having the same quality. Overall this was a wonderful tour of the beautiful countryside of Portugal.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We enjoyed our trip to Evora and our guide Michaela was great!

Kathryn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Vasco was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. He slowed the van so I could take some photos on the side of the road. Our small group decided to have lunch together and Vasco recommended and joined us at a wonderful local restaurant. The town was charming and the olive oil tasting was fabulous.

CRBSONGBIRD

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Daniel picked us up right on time in a sparkling clean van and drove us to Evora. He was knowledgeable, delightful, and very considerate of my travel partner who has some trouble walking. Wonderful day spent in a different part of Portugal, learned and saw a lot and was delivered back. I highly recommend this trip.

Marilyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is a good day trip from Lisbon. Daniel was a very good guide.

Teresa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

It was fantastic.
Carlos was friendly and informative and read weather and our group well.
The ancient stones, the chapel of bones, the olive oil and the wine tasting were all fabulous.
We saw Roman ruins and lots of countryside as well.

Teresa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our tour guides were so sweet and well informed. The city of Evora is amazing and beautiful! The city, the structures, the churches are all
wonderful! We had lunch at an amazing little restaurant and the food was exceptional!

William L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour with Cooltours to Evora was interesting but took a long time to get there through some rough terrain. We saw cork and olive plantations, had olive oil tastings, visited the stone monoliths at Almendres Cromlech, the Church with the Chapel of bones and saw the remnants of the Roman Temple. We had a wonderful lunch with our guide and 6 others. We highly recommend this tour to fellow travelers.

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