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From Lisbon: Knights Templar Day Tour in Tomar

1. From Lisbon: Knights Templar Day Tour in Tomar

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 Almourol Castle near picturesque village of Constância, 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: 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. 

From Lisbon: Knights Templar in Tomar Private Day Trip

4. From Lisbon: Knights Templar in Tomar Private Day Trip

Let us take you on a private sightseeing tour and show you the history of the Templar Knights settled in Portugal in the 12th century, a period when they helped the first portuguese kings in the Christian reconquest. When the Order of the Templar Knights was dissolved 2 centuries later by Pope Clement V, the Order of Christ was created, becoming their true heirs and custodians of all their spiritual and material wealth, and preserving its crusading spirit during the portuguese Discoveries period. We’re specialized in services and unique travels experiences in Portugal. Our experience is your garantee that we understand, meet and exceed your expectations. Where you will know the best of Portugal!

From Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Castles Day Trip

5. 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: Templar Castles & Riverside Village Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Templar Castles & Riverside Village Day Tour

Conquered by Christians in the First Crusade in 1098, Jerusalem was again surrounded by the Arabs in 1116. It was at that time that Hugues de Poiens, cousin of Saint Bernard and Godefroid de Saint-Omer, French nobles, swore in the church of the Holy Sepulcher (the temple of Christians) to live in perpetual poverty and defend the pilgrims who came to the Holy Land. The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ was born, renamed, in 1118, as Order of the Knights of the Temple - the Templars. You will visit the Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ which was the seat of the Order of the Templars and the Order of Christ. Classified by UNESCO in 1983 as a World Heritage Site. Built on a small rocky island in the middle of the Tagus River, the Castle of Almourol is one of the most romantic and emblematic medieval monuments in Portugal for its meaning and the surrounding landscape. Imagine a place where everything conspires in favor of Beauty! You will visit Constancia Known as Poem Village. This tour was created from our own experience and learning during our visits to Tomar over the past few years. However, the itinerary presented can be changed and made to your needs if you have any preference in choosing the places to visit or in another attraction in these localities.

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What people are saying about Constância

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At first I was not keen to continue the tour since when I booked it, I haven’t realised it’s a private tour that is good for eight persons. Since my friend unfortunately left her phone in the hotel I approach them if we can collect her in our hotel and it turned out that there’s two of us who signed the tour. The two tour guide was very accommodating and we picked her up in our hotel. As we began the tour we really enjoyed it since it’s very convenient and one of the tour guide named Henrique actually both of them are brilliant. We learned a lot about the history of Portugal. Very informative. I will highly recommend them to my friends.

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.

Great tour of almoural castle and Tomar. Caught a nice little boat to the castle, learned a lot about the Templars and Portuguese history. Guide was excellent, informative and engaging.

It was a fantastic day, full of beautiful sites and historical information. Our guide (Carlos) was fantastic! Highly recommend.

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