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English | Spanish | French | Portuguese

Overview

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.
  • 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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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.

Reviews

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, Aug 2018

If you are interested in the Knights Templar, then this is the tour for you. We had a very knowledgeable guide who took us to Almourol castle which can only be accessed by boat. Then, we visited the Templar Convent and castle in Tomar, and tasted local foods along the way.

, Aug 2018

We had a small group tour 8 people in medium-sized van today with Carlos, and it was very enjoyable...

We had debated on saving money by going to Tomar on our own to see the Convent of Christ -- a MUST-SEE in Portugal, one of the best sites we visited in our 5-week stay here! -- but we opted for this tour because we wanted to see more than just that, plus have the convenience and knowledge of a guide.

Carlos did not disappoint... he told the stories of the Knights Templar and their follow-up Order of Christ very well, summarizing it into a perfect condensed version while on our way to the sites to see.

The sites we visited were perfect, and all in all it was a great day. I chose this tour for the extra sites, the convenience over trying to do it ourselves via train to Tomar from Lisbon, and the extra guidance such as spoken information... and this was, perhaps, the most informative tour of the 3 or 4 we have taken in Portugal.

If you want to save a few bucks and only see the Convent, you can take the train. But if you want to save time and stress, learn some history, and see more sites including a short but beautiful boat ride in the rider to the wonderful castle at Almourol, take this tour.

, Jul 2018

The tour was excellent, our guide couldn't be better. Ricardo had the knowledge and the charm to make the day a success. I strongly recommend this tour
The only detail that I didn't like : in Viator says that I would be pick up and drop back from my hotel and I was not. Someone has to correct that.

, Jul 2018

My husband and I booked this day tour via Viator to Tomar and the Almoural Castle on June 21, 2018, near the end of our Portugal stay in Lisbon. We were at first apprehensive, as a previous day-tour similarly booked through Viator was quite a negative experience for us.
What a difference this Cool Tour was, led by our top-notch Ricardo as guide. He organized the tour so well that it was simply a bliss by following him to a most wonderful experience of a must-do destination, particularly if you are a history buff interested in the medieval history of the Templar Knights in Portugal.
The weather and the conditions were cooperating, so we were able to take the boat ride to the Almoural Castle. The history details Ricardo provided us with made the climb to the top of this magnificent castle and its surrounding all the more impressive. Next Ricardo brought us to the Convent of Christ (Convento de Cristo/Mosteiro de Cristo) - and led us through all its magnificent rooms, hallways and the cloisters. The Interior of its Round church, decorated with late Gothic painting and sculpture are all exquisite and stunning, everything well worth its fame as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ricardo then took us to a gourmet restaurant, and our group of 8 people (mostly couples) could freely order our own dish and enjoy each other’s company over lunch.
Our trip ended with the visit to a hidden gem, the Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais in the centre of the old medieval town, which is the final resting place of Gualdim Pais, founder of Tomar, along with the tombs of other Templar Knights. Ricardo detailedly pointed out to us the many hidden symbols of the Order in the church, giving us a history background that we would not soon forget.
The tour director you are with definitely makes all the difference to the outcome of your trip. Ricardo is not only knowledgeable and proud of his heritage, he is also most considerate and paid great attention to details to care for his clients and make them comfortable. A case in point: he would always go the extra distance of getting his car first, started it up so it is nice and cool, before coming round to pick us up again.
This is totally unlike the other tour led not by a professional guide but just a driver - He would drop you off anywhere at his own convenience. And then if you exited an attraction and lost your bearing, he would not even be there to find you!
After all, it is not a matter with the money you pay, but whether you feel you are being treated fairly as a deserving client. Ricardo of Cool Tours has given us one of the best tours that we have so far experienced. My husband and I would have no hesitation in joining other tours led by him.
HC from Toronto, Canada

, Jul 2018

Excellent tour. Friendly and knowledgeable guide. Pick up was on time. Had a great time learning about some of the history of Portugal.

, Jun 2018

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

, Apr 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.

, Apr 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 !!

, Mar 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.

, Mar 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.


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