• Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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 Christ, once a fortification where the knights resided. With numbers limited to eight people, enjoy a more intimate experience alongside your guide.

Highlights

  • Knights Templar day trip from Lisbon in a small group with no more than 8 passengers
  • Explore the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar
  • See the incredible Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site
  • Take a boat to Almourol Castle and explore inside
  • Visit the church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures personalized attention

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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 Vaz de Camões, famous for his poem Os Lusíadas, who used to spend much of his time here. Alongside your guide, stroll through the illustrious Parque Constância, 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 Olival, a gorgeous 12th century church erected for the Knights Templar.

Following Tomar, step back into your minivan for your return trip to Lisbon.

Customer Reviews

susanjxu USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

You have to go to Tomar to see the convention. It is amazing.

Rita K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Tour guide was fantastic, attentative, very knowledgable and made the tour interesting and fun. It was a shame about the weather but nonetheless a really enjoyable day. Worth the experience.

Maryjane T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a great tour !!! Carlos, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and keep the conversation moving. Which was saying something since there were only 4 people on the tour. I really enjoyed each of the places we went and loved hearing the history behind each place. We were all able to take our time and see what we wanted with out feeling rushed. The place chosen for lunch was very good and certainly were the cost. If you are not sure, take the tour !!

Anthony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

If you have any interest in the Knights Templar or Knights of Christ, this tour is perfect for you. Visit the castles of the Knights Templar and hear all the history of Knights Templar both internationally and in Portugal.

jjwalden2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, I have quite an interest in anything Templar. At lunch we selected regional fare of chicken and apple tagine, OMG it was awesome, however we were rushed along by our guide after that and Im not sure why. Overall a wonderful day.

Diane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fantastic and a must do for all those who love history!

Roxie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! We had a great time. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of history and fascinating facts about the Templers and the Convent of Christ. There was a lot to see at the Convent. It was a full day, including a very delicious lunch at a local restaurant. We also enjoyed seeing Almourol Castle, walking on the and climbing up the tower.

SHARON S K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very interesting about the Knights and what they have build and our currant banking system is based on their ideas.
The castle is very old and the walk ways need to be improved for walking. However it is only opened in the last 4 years and it will take time to develop the area. We took a small boat to get to the island.......
The guide was so nice and friendly..... loved him...

Anne C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really loved this tour. We didnt know that much about the Knights Templar, but this tour really educated us and had the cool factor as well! The communication and pick up with the local operator was excellent. Guide was great. Love the small tours!

j.delfab

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very interesting, informative and enjoyable. The castles and church, the boat ride and the road trip, the Guide and the lunch - all were excellent.

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