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3 Day Knights Templar- History of a Nation Tour


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Description

3 Days / 2 Nights - This historic tour follows the trail of the Knights Templar. Having arrived in Portugal in the time of Countess Teresa, the mother of Portugal’s first King, Afonso Henriques, the Knights Templar were present at many of the landmark moments in the history of Portugal, ranging from its foundation as a nation and the construction of it identify through to the period of maritime discoveries. The Order’s cross remains until today the symbol of the Portuguese Navy and Air Force. We shall be visiting monuments, reliving past events and speaking of the figures that will open up the history of both this Order and European nation that has the longest standing permanent borders.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Lisbon / Almourol / Tomar (164 Km/103 miles)

Leaving Lisbon, we set off for one of the most representative ,monuments of the Knights Templar in Portugal: Almourol Castle. Located on a small island in the river Tagus, this is one of the Europe’s most emblematic monuments. We then proceed onward in the direction of the Castle and Convent of Tomar – The Order’s own headquarters. This is undoubtedly one of the finest architectonic works existing in Portugal. Here, we encounter the Castle with its imposing bulwark, the Charola – considered the best preserved Templar church with a centralized layout - the enigmatic Manueline window and the main cloister, a masterpiece of the European Renaissance. We then gain the opportunity to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, the matrix church of Tomar, with its original structure subject to renovation on the orders of King Manuel, a former governor of the Order. This thus proves a monument very much in the Manueline style. We then move on to the Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais. This fine example of Gothic architecture served both as the pantheon for the grand masters of the Order and a template for churches built throughout the Portuguese empire. Tomar – overnight.

Day 2 - Tomar / Dornes / Batalha / Alcobaca / Sintra (253 Km/ 158 miles)

We first set offer for the pretty setting of Dornes, located alongside the river Tagus. Here, we tour the Templar Tower, also known as the Tower of Dornes. We then follow this with a visit to CIBA – the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Center. This provides the opportunity to “relive” one of the most important battles of Medieval Europe and decisive to Portuguese unity and identity. Lopo Dias de Sousa, a canonical religious master in the Order of Christ, proved a defining and fundamental figure in this period of history. We then advance to the Monastery of Alcobaça with its church containing one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. This architectural masterpiece was built on the orders of Afonso Henriques, the founding King of Portugal and encharged to Saint Bernardo de Claraval, principal abbot in the Cistercian order and a great mentor and driver in the Order of the Knights Templar. We then depart in the direction of Sintra. Sintra – overnight.

Day 3 – Sintra | Lisbon (30 Km/19 miles)

We begin the day with a visit to Quinta da Regaleira, a leading example of the Romantic architectural style and one of the most esoteric and mysterious places in Portugal. We reveal a few of the secrets of these enchanting surroundings replete with neo-Templar symbols such as the initiation well. We then take in the Tower of Belem, the Portuguese monument that symbolizes the Era of the Discoveries and the National Navy Museum. We here gain the chance to see into, with the help of two of the governors of the Order of Christ, Prince Henry the Navigator and King Manuel, what was certainly the most splendid period in the history of Portugal that, as the Poet himself affirmed, gave new worlds to the World. End of our services.

What's Included

Includes

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis at 4 star Hotel dos Templarios, or similar and 4 star Hotel Tivoli Sintra or similar
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Airport Transfers

Languages

  • Portuguese, English, Spanish & French

Departures 

  • Please refer to price table

Dates & Rates

Prices per person in US Dollars
Single = 1 person per room
Double = 2 persons per room
Triple = 3 persons per rooms

Departure DateSingle SuperiorDouble Superior
8/2/2018$818$789
8/16/2018$818$789
9/6/2018$818$789
9/20/2018$818$789
10/11/2018$818$789
10/25/2018$818$789
11/15/2018$803$786
12/13/2018$803$786
1/10/2019$803$786
2/14/2019$803$786
3/15/2019$803$786

General

Booking your Tour Package

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per person is required to confirm and hold your reservation
  • Tour departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change until confirmed
  • Full payment due 45 days from departure

Booking your Tour Package with Air

  • This tour package does not have an airfare option. We can hold your tour package land reservation while you book air. Once you confirm your air itinerary we can then proceed with collecting a deposit and confirming your land portion

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellation 45 to 22 days prior to departure: 20% of total price minus deposit
  • Cancellation 21 to 8 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
  • Cancellation 7 to 2 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Less than 48 hours, "no shows" and unused services - No refund

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Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 

Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance

Hotels

Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Should alternate hotel be required, it will be of same or better rating .

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Photos

Convent of Christ - Wikipedia Commons picture - Portugal
Convent of Christ - Knights Templar
Convent of Christ - Tomar - Portugal
Quinta das Regaleiras - Wikipedia Commons
Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon Portugal |Portugal.com
Alcobaca Monastery
Portugal Tourism - Almourol castle near Lisbon | Portugal.com
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