Knights Templar, 8-day Guided historical walking tour from Tomar, Portugal

The certified guides from Be Cool Travel will guide you on this Knights Templar 8-day guided historical walking tour from Tomar, Portugal, a fascinating region full of beautiful green scenery, numerous important historical sights and magnificent food and wine.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Mar, May, Oct

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Learn about the history and significance of the Knights Templar in Portugal!

  • Visit monuments, castles and archaeological sites that belonged to the Templar

  • Sample some of the delicious and outstanding local food

  • See the glorious countryside of the area

 

Join me on this 8-day guided historical walking tour and not only will you learn about the historical significance of the Knights Templar on Portugal’s culture and economy, you will also visit the archeological sites of castles, abbeys and monuments that hold such great meaning to them, as well as witness the spectacular and amazing landscape, scenery and terrain of this grand old region near Tomar, Portugal.

The city of Tomar, located in central Portugal, is a UNESCO World heritage site, and is one of the most fertile regions in the country. It was home to the headquarters of the famous Knights Templar for close to 900 years, and visitors from across the globe flock to the city to see and understand the history of this once highly influential group.

We begin the trip with a pick-up from Lisbon airport, and from there we drive to Tomar. The trip begins properly on day 2, and over the course of the subsequent 6 days we will be visiting some astonishing monuments and scenery that will be sure to have you reaching for your camera constantly.

Some of the highlights include trips to Serra de Aires Natural Park, the valley of the river Tejo and the River Nabao, all featuring tranquil, idyllic and peaceful landscape and scenery such as limestone hills, cave formations, epic valleys and mesmerizing waterways.

In terms of historical sights the tour is certifiable feast, as we head to some truly special places such as the village of Tancos, featuring majestic castles, Batalha Abbey and Alcobaca Abbey, which are World Heritage sites and the burial site of Portugals famous royal lovers, and the village of Ourem, a Moorish locale framed by ancient walls and with a towering castle looming above.

We finish the tour by heading back to Lisbon, happy in the knowledge we have visited some of the great historical and significant sites of the Iberian Peninsula.

This 8-day trip is physically and intellectually stimulating, in one of the most spectacular regions in Portugal – book now to experience it all!

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Price per person

 
 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
 Does not include: - Any services not listed as included - Flights to and from Portugal. - Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined) - Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined) - Personal expenses - Supplements - Guide services inside monuments
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arrival to Lisbon
    Meet at the airport and transfer to Tomar (+- 1h).
    Short introductory walk around Tomar (depending on arrival time). Free time until the evening meeting and dinner.

     

  • Day 2Tomar

    Full day visit to Tomar with a morning introductory walk in the centre passing the main monuments and points of interest. The day will be partly guided to give a full background to the buildings and history of Tomar however there will be free time to enjoy & soak up the atmosphere of this special town. 

  • Day 3Serra de Aires Natural Park
    Today we visit the Serra de Aires Natural Park. This range of limestone hills is home to fantastic cave formations and we will visit the best.
    In the afternoon we will walk trails down the valley below the caves taking us through quaint villages, shady paths and superb scenery as the valley opens out.

     

  • Day 4Tejo Valley
    Our visit today will be to the valley of the river Tejo and the hauntingly beautiful castle of Almourol.
    We will begin with a walk from the riverside village of Vila Nova de Barquinha and follow the river to the village of Tancos where a traditional boat will ferry us to the castle on its island in the river.

     

  • Day 5Batalha Abbey & Alcobaça Abbey

    Trip to Batalha Abbey, a World Heritage site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces. After lunch visit the world heritage site of the 12th century Abbey of Alcobaça, originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux the founder of the Knights Templar and the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers. Dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Day 6North of Tomar

    The beautiful River Nabão is named after the ancient goddess of rivers and water. Our walk this morning follows the margins of the river north of Tomar and, at times, our route coincides with the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago. Later we refresh ourselves with a visit to a nearby winery to taste some of the delicious Ribatejo wines. Dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Day 7Ourém

    Today we visit Ourém. This remarkable hilltop village nestled within ancient walls is topped with a dramatic castle whose origins go back to Moorish times. We will have a guided tour of the village and castle after which we have time to relax in the local café and enjoy the views over the immense landscapes below. Dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Day 8Departure

    After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport.

 
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next datesInfo
22/10/2019 to 29/10/2019
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required

Open to everyone

Meeting point

Lisbon Airport

Accommodation

The hotel, a fabulous luxury hotel sited in its own gardens with spa, swimming pools and fabulous views over the city of Tomar and the river Nabão is the ideal site for a very special holiday experience. It is nevertheless sited within a few minutes of the historic centre of the town and its amenities.

More info

The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

 

About the Guide

 
 

We are Portugal's most trusted walking and cultural company and have been providing services to clients from all over the world for more than 10 years.

All of our trips are fully customisable. We can always work with you to put together exactly what you had in mind. We will listen to you and take care of all the planning and logistics using our local expertise and contacts.

Based on experience, we know that many groups like to mix their activities with some more leisurely aspects, such as good food and cultural highlights. We are happy to put that together for you as well.

Contact us for a truly memorable experience in Portugal!

 
 
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