This history tour follows the trail of the Knights Templar. Having arrived in Portugal in the time of Countess Teresa, the Knights Templar were present at many of the crucial moments in the history of Portugal.
The Templars were important figures in events ranging from Portugal's foundation to its maritime discoveries. The Order’s cross is still a part of the symbol of the Portuguese Navy and Air Force. On our tour, we will visit monuments, relive past events, and learn about the important historical figures.
Day 1: Lisbon - Almourol - Tomar
Leaving Lisbon, we set off for the first day of our history tour. Check out some of the classic monuments to the Knights Templar in Portugal. We will see the Order’s headquarters, and several examples of preserved Templar churches in Tomar. These three churches feature beautiful designs and artwork that shows off Templar style.
Today, we'll tour important monuments and learn about the history of this great country. First, we'll hear about Lopo Dias de Sousa. He was a religious master in the Order of Christ, just one defining figure in this period of history. Later, we will learn about Afonso Henriques, the founding King of Portugal. He was also a member of the Order of the Knights Templar. We will spend the night in Sintra.
Templar Tower - Dornes
Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Center - Dornes
Monastery of Alcobaça
Day 3: Sintra - Lisbon
Masonic initiation well in Portugal
We begin the last day of our history tour in Sintra. Here, we will get a chance to tour one of the most mysterious places in Portugal. Later, we'll return to Lisbon to learn about the Portuguese Era of Discoveries and the important Templar figures who made it possible.
Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis at 4 star Hotel dos Templarios, or similar and 4 star Hotel Tivoli Sintra or similar
Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan as per detailed itinerary
Guide during entire tour
Entrances into following monuments: Castelo de Almourol (Almourol), Castelo de Tomar, Convento de Cristo (Tomar), St. Johns Baptist (Tomar), Santa Maria dos Olivais Church (Tomar), Torre Templaria (Dornes), Mosteiro da Batalha Cloisters (Batalha), Alcobaça Monastery (Alcobaca), Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra)
Does not Include
Other expenses than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotel, dinners, personal expenses, event or monument entrances
Portuguese, English, Spanish & French
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Tomar - Hotel Dos Templarios
Set in luxuriant grounds, Hotel Templarios offers spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the Nabão River and Mouchão Park. It features a spa and lagoon-style pool with views of Tomar Citadel.
Each of the hotel’s rooms is bright and elegantly decorated with wooden furnishings. A minibar and cable TV are also available. The private bathroom comes with a separate bathtub and bathrobes.
Hotel Dos Templarios features a spa area with classical décor, including dry and wet saunas and an indoor pool. Guests can treat themselves on a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.
The hotel has a game room where guests can play pool. There are also a gym and a tennis court on site.
Convento De Cristo, once the stronghold of the Medieval Order of Knights Templar, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Historic central Tomar is just 650 ft away.
Sintra - Hotel Tivoli Sintra
In the heart of the UNESCO heritage town of Sintra, the Tivoli hotel has accommodations in a tranquil setting, and panoramic views out over a dramatic landscape.
All guest rooms at the Tivoli Sintra hotel feature air conditioning, a minibar and satellite TV. Many of the rooms offer far-reaching views out over the town towards Sintra Cascais Natural Park.
The Monserrate Restaurant offers some of the best views in the hotel, and serves an eclectic menu of local and international dishes. The Panoramic Bar provides a small and intimate environment in which to enjoy an evening drink.
Hotel Tivoli Sintra can arrange a variety of local tours, including sailing, hiking and wine-tasting. Guests can also practice their golf swing in the nearby golf courses.
The hotel is just over 1 mile from Pena Palace, a 19th-century monument. It is 22 miles from Lisbon Airport.
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