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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

Paula D L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my small-group tour of the Castle of Almourol and the city of Tomar. Our tour guide sadly I didn't get her name was brilliant, answered every question we asked, and expounded on the historical information and significance of everything we saw. She taught me a lot in such a short time. I was sad when the day came to an end. If you enjoy history, beautiful sites, and a smaller tour group, do this! It's a day well-spent.

dsmith23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Knights Templar sites were truly fantastic and a photographer's dream. The guide was knowledgable, personal and professional. A wonderful experience!

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Learned a lot about the Knights Templar. At 1st stop lots of stairs and uneven paths.

Nuno P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Celia was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and very passionate!!

Catherine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide made this trip very enjoyable!!!

Jesse S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the only small group tour that we attended in Lisbon as all of our other tours were very private but it is definitely one i highly recommend. the group was only 8 of us so it was indeed intimate and our guide did a terrific job answering questions, providing the history of our visits to historical sites and even took us to an amazing medieval restaurant. I really can't underscore the hospitality of the professional guides in Portugal and how much they try to accommodate you. I think it will be a long time before i return to northern europe given how impressed i was with this country. Just a great job all around. Portugal is a must see and a place most people outside of europe or brazil know too much about. We recommend highly.

DCGUY

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabulous with guide and driver Fabio from CoolTours. This small group tour was one of the true highlights of my recent trip to Europe. I took about 15 day excursions and this was among the most memorable. The boat ride and visit to Almourol Castle was a great starter on a spectacular sunny day. It really felt like a true medieval castle and its location on a rock in the river was dramatic. Tomar is not to be missed, and the Convent of Christ is an incredible site. Nice to have the time to explore the town of Tomar and to see the restored synagogue. Avoid the tour with lunch at the medieval restaurant included. You can eat there if you want on your own, but it was more fun to wander the streets of the old town and catch something lighter to eat.

Keith G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Andreia was a great tour guide and the trip was better than expected. We made several stops and had plenty of time to take in the sights in the Tomar area. Andreia was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We would highly recommend this tour to others visiting Lisbon.

Cecilia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good. Isabel was on time and kept her schedule flexible and made the best to answer our questions, she was very knowledgeable . The other participants were very kind and friendly. I strongly recommend it

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a awesome time. Highly recommend this tour!

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