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3 Day Knights Templar History Tour


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Description

Knights Templar Tour map - Portugal.com

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3 Days / 2 Nights

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.

Want to learn more about the history of Portugal? Check out our series, A Brief 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.

Itinerary

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.

Highlights:

  • Almourol Castle - Tagus River
  • Castle and Convent of Tomar
  • Church of St. John the Baptist - Tomar
  • Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais - Tomar

 

Day 2: Tomar - Dornes - Batalha - Alcobaca - Sintra

Convent of Christ in Tomar

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.

Highlights:

  • Templar Tower - Dornes
  • Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Center - Dornes
  • Monastery of Alcobaça

 

Day 3: Sintra - Lisbon

Sintra well in Portugal

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.

Highlights:

  • Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra
  • Belem Tower - Lisbon

Photos

Convent of Christ - Wikipedia Commons picture - Portugal
Convent of Christ - Tomar
Convent of Christ - Tomar - Portugal
Quinta das Regaleiras - Wikipedia Commons
A sunset behind Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
A Portugal.com tour of Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon Portugal
Alcobaca Monastery
Portugal Tourism - Almourol castle near Lisbon | Portugal.com

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

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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  • No payment will be collected at this time
  • Our travel Associate will contact you via email to answer any questions and book your Package
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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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