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  • Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

    1. Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

    Spend a day in the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar to discover the history of the Knights Templar. Your journey will begin in Lisbon. Tomar was the Templar capital of Portugal and Spain and one of the most important in the medieval world. The main monument of the city is the Tomar Convent which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A short distance from Tomar is the Almourol Castle. This emblematic monument was at one time controlled by the Knights Templar. The Almourol Castle and the city of Tomar are perfect examples to understand the mystique of the Templars, men that were simultaneously Warrior Knights and monks that lived under a rigid military discipline, but at the same time with a great rigor in the spiritual life. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at one of two locations in central Lisbon, either Restauradores or Marquês de Pombal. Please note, this tour ...

    Carlos was a great, informative guide…full of history and with some humor. Timely pickup and drop off.

  • Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Knights Templar Tour

    2. Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Knights Templar Tour

    Follow the footsteps of the mysterious Knights Templar, a religious-military order, on this full-day tour. The Templars played an important role Portugal's history from the country's foundation, until the era of Portuguese discoveries. Visit the picturesque village of Constância, as well as Almourol Castle, built by the Templars on a small island. See the Tomar Convent of Christ, a church inspired by the temple of Solomon. Explore its many cloisters and see the iconic Manueline window. Both offer insight to the Knights Templar. Tomar was the former headquarters of the Templars, making this place one of the most important sites in the medieval world, and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Venture next to the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a gorgeous 12th century church erected for the Knights Templar. Your guide will accompany you along the way, sharing storie...

    We spent the day with Ana. She was great! We learned so much and saw parts of Portugal that we wouldn’t even of thought of. We would highly recommend this day trip!

  • From Lisbon: Tomar, Christ Convent & Almourol Castle Tour

    3. From Lisbon: Tomar, Christ Convent & Almourol Castle Tour

    Meet your local guide and head to Tomar on a road trip that takes about one hour. When there, go directly to the Templar Castle and the Convento de Cristo Monastery and be amazed by this magnificent monument filled with history. Descend to the city of Tomar and visit the old town passing by the old Synagogue, the oldest in Portugal. You have the chance to walk around and find some of the most unique buildings in the city. Spend some free time to enjoy lunch.  Leaving Tomar, head to Constância, where Luís de Camões, the most famous Portuguese poet, is said to have lived. There, enjoy the magnificent views of the confluence of Zêzere and Tejo rivers. Take a small boat ride in the calm waters of the Tagus river up to the unique Almourol Castle island, where you have some more free time to explore. At the end of the day, return to Lisbon in the comfortable van. 

    an ideal out if the box tour for those medieval and gothic era enthusiasts. our tour guide Nuno took us to places others skipped and filled us with the history and infomation. i highly recommend.

  • From Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Castles Day Trip

    4. From Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Castles Day Trip

    Begin your excursion with pick-up at your Lisbon hotel and board a private, air-conditioned car destined for Tomar, a historic city replete with beautiful testaments to the past. Here, discover the significance of the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ and delve deeper into the history of the Knights Templar. See, two Templar churches and the Synagogue of Tomar. Then, try the Ginja and go to Constância for lunch. Visit the Almourol Castle and feast your eyes on a fine example of 12th century military architecture. Your tour concludes with drop off at your Lisbon hotel. 

  • From Lisbon: Tomar, Almourol, & Dornes Knights Templar Tour

    5. From Lisbon: Tomar, Almourol, & Dornes Knights Templar Tour

    The first stop will be at Dornes, an ancient village, founded by the Romans. At Dornes we will visit the medieval Tower, built in the 12th century by Gualdim Pais, a Portuguese crusader and Knight Templar in the service of Afonso Henriques of Portugal. Cross Portugal’s bucolic central landscape and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Castelo de Bode reservoir. Visit the ancient city of Tomar and delve into its mysticism. Discover the Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site. Its history goes back several centuries and is steeped in myth. Do you know there is a Templar treasure waiting for you inside its walls? Your itinerary will be the following: hotel pickup, Almourol Castle, Constância Village, Castelo de Bode Dam, Tomar Historic Center, lunch & free time, Tomar Synagogue, S. João Batista Church, Christ Convent, and then hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

  • Lisbon: Private Knights Templar Tour

    6. Lisbon: Private Knights Templar Tour

    You will begin your tour with a visit to the Almourol Castle in the district of Santarem. Built on a small island 310 meters long and 75 meters wide in the middle course of the Tagus River, Almourol was part of the Tagus River Line. It is one of the most representative examples of the military architecture at the time of the Christian Reconquest. You will then visit the Santa Maria dos Olivais Church. The church, also known as the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, is located on the left bank of the river Nabao, in the city of Tomar, Portugal. Next up on your tour is the Convent of Christ. The entrance of the convent is made through a portico, an authentic sculpture by João and Diogo de Castilho. This Convent crosses times and artistic languages that travel through Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque, and has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1983. In the center of...

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What people are saying about Castle of Almourol

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Superb service. Service, punctuality, driving, clarification, correction and friendliness, all faultless. A very special mention for the driver, Mr. Manuel Bernardo, who although he does not want to consider himself a “guide”, showed and shared valuable historical and cultural knowledge of the “route of the Templars” and the Order of Christ (Castelo and Convent of Christ in Tomar and Castelo de Almourol), revealing talent and proficiency in their professional activity, worthy of the greatest appreciation and gratitude. Thank you!

Super interesting tour to the Templars in the Tomar Monastery with an impressive chapel in the fortified church and an incredible 7 cloisters 8 approx. 1.5 hours. Very interesting remarks by the guide Joao on the scientific achievements of the Templars in the field of navigation. Delicious meal in a restaurant in Tomar followed by a city tour to the Arab irrigation system and the synagogue (30 min). Short boat trip to the fortification in Almourol and visit (45min) -.

Amazing sights, a lot of great information our guide carlos was funny and interactive! Great tour and brilliant tour guide!

Carlos was a great, informative guide…full of history and with some humor. Timely pickup and drop off.

Recommended for every historian! I enjoyed it very much. Almourol castle is stunning. Jörg