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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

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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

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Michaela was a witty,congenial,and knowledgable tour guide.

Jay R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Super tour, the guide was great. Take this tour, you'll see some amazing sites!

Sung I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good tour learning the cultures and history of Portugal.
People were great, kind, courteous, cultured, and accommodating to visitors.
Great experiences, and would like to visit Portugal more.
Thank you very much, Andrea, our great tour guide.

Ekirtman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great and informative trip. Guides were great and fun. Would recommend this tour to all.

paleojohn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guides Patricia and Michaela were very knowledgeable. They answered all our questions and provided a great deal of information. This was a full day tour comfortable shoes are a must!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I would say this one of the most informative tours I have ever been on.Our guide knew so much history on this topic she was brilliant.And going out on small boat to visit a castle in the middle of river,was so much fun.Be prepared of along a long day though.

leschang68 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We where pleasantly surprised with this trip. We did not know much about it as compared to the more popular excisions but were very happy with out choice. The two main stops were very intriguing, interesting, and different than what we have normally experienced.
Also, not being the most popular was a plus as they were not crowded and easy to get around. Maybe I shouldn't be saying this as it may draw more people in the future...Kidding aside, it is a must see!

Geri V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour and guide were amazing!! Andrea did a fantastic job and this was while handling a group in English and 1 person in Spanish. I recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning more about the Knights Templar in Portugal.

Winnie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great time by travelling through time with our guide, who is a knowledgeable story-teller. The castles and the convent are awesome. We also enjoyed a delicious meal in a medieval restaurant at Tomar.

Angela E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Thelma was a wealth of knowledge a moving history book. Those of you who like Dan Brown historical fiction novels like Angels and Demons will love hearing and seeing the real history. The convent in Tomar is breathtaking. It is quite an interesting drive to get to the location too.

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