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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.

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 stories and curiosities about the place you visit.

From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

3. From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the natural reserve that includes the island of Berlenga Grande that has been protected by the Portuguese government since 1465 and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. See the sea caves and fortifications jutting out into the sea at the Fort of S. João Baptista. Start with being picked up by your friendly guide from your hotel in Lisbon. Travel to Berlenga Grande on a comfortable boat to explore some trails with an expert guide before heading to some dramatic sea caves by boat. Next, go to the Fort of S. João Baptista, which defended the seafarers of this archipelago for centuries. Be dazzled by the crystalline and wild waters and by the natural beauty of this remote place on the Portuguese coast before heading back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation and meet your driver/guide for the day. Travel by air-conditioned minivan or sedan north Lisbon to the town of Fátima. Upon arrival in Fátima, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and see the Apparition Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica, and the Holy Trinity Basilica. Learn about the Marian Apparitions to 3 local children in 1917 and 1918 with your expert guide. Head to nearby Valinhos and see the houses where the 3 children were born. Enjoy the serenity of this tranquil location surrounded by scenic rolling hills. Travel southwest to the village of Sintra and enjoy some free time to explore the charming streets. Take a break for lunch in one of the cafés in the village. Afterward, visit the stately Pena Palace which is situated on a hill overlooking Sintra. Learn about the history of the palace, and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area, before returning to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Tomar, Christ Convent & Almourol Castle Tour

5. 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. 

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Obidos Tour by Van

6. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Obidos Tour by Van

Discover the diverse sights around Lisbon on a tour to Fátima, Obidos, Nazaré, and Batalha. Walk through the medieval city of Obidos, see the biggest waves in the world in Nazare, visit the most religious place in Portugal, the Sanctuary of Fátima, and admire the beauty of the last Gothic convent in Batalha. Sit back and relax in your group's van and head out of Lisbon towards Fatima. Immerse yourself in religious history at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a Marian shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. Visit this location steeped in history, dating back to the times when pilgrims came to this peninsula. Now, it is one of the most significant places of the 20th century, where, a hundred years ago in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherds and the crowd. Then, admire the beauty of the Dominican convent in Batalha, the Monastery of Batalha. Built after the famous battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, this is one of the best and original examples of Late Flamboyant Gothic architecture in the country. Continue through wonderful natural landscapes on the way to Nazaré, home to the biggest waves in the world. Walk through this quiet fishing town, where a church houses the world's first statue of St. Mary. Then, head over to the fairytale, picturesque medieval town of Obidos. Meander through this fortified town's cobble stone streets up to the imposing castle at the top of the hill. Marvel at views of the surrounding landscape from the top. Finally, head back to Lisbon in the comfort of your van.

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

7. 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.

From Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Castles Day Trip

8. 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: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Mafra Palace Private Tour

Step back in time and enjoy a private tour through streets of the walled town of Óbidos, the best-preserved "museum village" in Portugal. Also, visit the Palácio Nacional de Mafra, one of the biggest 18th-century baroque palaces in Europe. Explore Óbidos, which was conquered by Portugal´s first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal’s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the Fortified village of Óbidos. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts. Discover the palace of Mafra. A magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century. Learn about its construction, which began on November 17, 1717, integrating four buildings in one: the palace, the convent, the basilica, and a library. The complex covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2). It includes an incredible 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Walkthrough the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long) that is made of limestone and marble from the Óbidos, Pêro Pinheiro, and Sintra regions.  Go inside the library, one of the most important in Europe. The impressive library has an enormous variety of books, more than 30.000 volumes, from the XVth to the XVIIIth century. Look up to see two massive towers flanking the palace. Next, see the basilica, a “centerpiece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig, commissioned by D. João V. Note that If you are visiting in July, Óbidos castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with daily parades, hundreds of entertainers and stall workers dressed as traditional merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers, and more. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.

From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

10. From Lisbon: Óbidos and Coimbra Private Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of hotel pick up in Lisbon and head to the first stop, the medieval village of Óbidos. A favorite of the Portuguese Queens, this village boasts charming small streets and ancient castle walls and is known as one of the most romantic spots near Lisbon.  Journey 2 hours onward to the city of Coimbra, home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest Portuguese university and one of the oldest in Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, many come to admire the University's elegant Joanina Library, a Baroque library from the XVII century. Admire the elaborate azulejo wall tiles of São Miguel Chapel and visit the tomb of the first Portuguese King before enjoying free time to explore the city center.  After a day full of touring, return to Lisbon in an air-conditioned car.

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based on 357 reviews

Our guide, Miguel, was amazing. He had so much knowledge about every place we went and was very excited to share his love of Portuguese history with us. We had the perfect balance of time with him and time alone to wander. Everyone interested in Templar history should do this tour.

Increíble tour dirigido por Hermes que nos enseño detalladamente cada lugar que visitamos! La van súper cómoda para el camino hacia las dos ciudades, Lo recomiendo al 1000% visitamos Fatima y luego Sintra, precioso! Gracias por todo Hermes!!!

A very nice tour. The tour guide was very friendly and entertaining. The car was extremely clean and comfortable. Everything just great

Absolutely loved my tour with Henrique. Interesting sites that he was clearly knowledgeable about and interested in.

Rick was very knowledgeable friendly and courteous