Lisbon & Tomar – The Knights Templars Heritage – Portugal Group Walking Holidays

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Grade: Leisurely (2/8)

Lisbon & Tomar – the Knight’s Templars heritage is a one-week unique walking and sightseeing tour on the trail of the Knights Templar and some of the most fabulous towns in Portugal.

We will visit some of the most important and historical sites connected with this religious order but also, experience marvellous countryside and enjoy great food and wine.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

Lisbon & Tomar – the Knight’s Templars heritage is a one-week unique walking and sightseeing tour on the trail of the Knights Templar and some of the most fabulous towns in Portugal.

The Templars were founded in Jerusalem in 1118. However, their heyday was connected with the founding of Portugal and the crusades against the moors. This resulted in them being granted prime sites of castles and land-primarily sited around the Tomar region. Despite their fearsome, battle-hardened reputation, the Knights Templar have learned men, dedicated to protecting travellers and pilgrims of all religions, not just Christians. They were great statesmen, politically adept, economic traders, and they were apparently allied with the great sailor fraternity that had created a worldwide trading empire in Phoenician times.

 

Lisbon

Lisbon is so many special things; it’s the sound of vintage trams rambling up and down cobblestone streets, a medley of heartfelt Fado songs, an open-air gallery of historic heritage, a haven for free spirits, a surprise for fashionable shoppers, and Portugal’s ‘coolest city.

Lisbon, Monument to the Discoveries

Lisbon, Monument to the Discoveries, evokes the Portuguese overseas expansion.

Steeped in history and culture, this enchanting ‘city of light’ boasts a natural luminosity and effortless charm unlike any other in the country and has become a popular European destination for its exciting diversity, beautiful sites, and enviable, sunny climate.

 

Tomar

The dramatic city of Tomar has been nominated a UNESCO World Heritage site and rightly so. The Convento de Cristo or Convent of Christ was the Headquarters of the Knights Templar of Portugal for nearly 900 years from where their influence spread across Europe. It is contained within the site of the Castle which dates from 1160. This magnificent building dominates Tomar from the hill above the city.

Tomar River Nabao captivating scenery

River Nabao in Tomar, the river embellishes the historic center and freshens up the Mouchão Park.

Lying either side of the tranquil river Nabão, Tomar as well as the surrounding area boasts some of the most significant and magnificent monuments in the entire country.

This tour was designed for lovers of history, culture, and tradition. You will visit some of the most important historical Knights Templar locations in the world. But it will be much more than just visiting castles and abbeys. We will also show you the marvelous countryside and enjoy great food and wine!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival at Lisbon airport

On arrival at Lisbon Airport, we will have a private coach transfer to our centrally located hotel. Depending on our arrival time, we’ll have an orientation walk before dinner.
Dinner included.

Tomar center

Tomar centre, Stroll along the old streets and discover the Synagogue and the many windows with historical and architectural interest.

Day 2 – Bairro Alto and Praça do Comércio

This first day’s walk-in Lisbon will give a wide overview, not only of one of the most picturesque old quarters in the city but excellent views over all the rest.
The Bairro Alto is an old and picturesque neighbourhood in the centre, with narrow, cobbled streets, secular houses, small traditional shops, restaurants, and nightlife venues.
Praça do Comércio, locally known as Terreiro do Paço, is a square in downtown Lisbon, located next to the river Tagus. The dramatic and imposing buildings frame one of the most beautiful and impressive city centres in Europe.
Dinner is not included.

Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Belem Tower, Lisbon. It is often portrayed as a symbol of Europe’s Age of Discoveries.

Day 3 – Jerónimos – Belém

The monument we visit today goes back to the golden age of Portuguese Discoveries, and to the magnificent creations that were built to celebrate that era.
The Jerónimos Monastery is a royal foundation that dates back to the late 15th century. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site will sweep you away with its majestic display of Manueline opulence portraying the wealth of the crown.
Further downriver, the magnificent tower of Belém, built in 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, is one of the greatest symbols of Portugal’s Age of Discovery and World Heritage Site.
Dinner is not included.

Jeronimos Monastery Lisboa

Jeronimos Monastery Lisboa. A masterpiece of 16th-century architecture in Portugal, the Monastery of Jerónimos is listed as a National Monument and inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage

Day 4 – Batalha & Alcobaça

Transfer from Lisbon to Tomar. En route, we’ll visit the “Batalha Monastery”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, that was born out of a promise of gratitude for a won battle that granted Portugal its independence.
During the 150 years that it took to be built, the initial project was subjected to numerous changes that resonate with the evolution of architectural styles, from the exclusively Portuguese “Manueline Style” to the Renaissance techniques.
After lunch, a visit to “Alcobaça Monastery” a 12th century UNESCO World Heritage Site. This colossal complex was originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux the main reformer of the Cistercian Order and built to reflect the “White Monks” principles: austerity, prayer, penitence, hard labour, and constant silence, alongside the ones in need. This monastery is also the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers and their tragic history – “Pedro and Inês”.
Dinner in a local restaurant.

UNESCO World Heritage Batalha Monastery Portugal

Batalha Monastery, one of the most impressive religious buildings of Portugal, was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.

Day 5 – Tomar

A day dedicated 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. After a break downtown, we’ll make our way to the town’s “Piece de Resistance”: “The Convent of Christ”. Built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th century, it still reminds us today of the power, knowledge, sacrifice, and history of one of the most famous religious orders of all times – The Knight’s Templars.
In the afternoon there will be free time to enjoy this fabulous town.
Dinner is not included. 

Tomar Knights Templar

Tomar Zona Ribeirinha. Tomar is an ideal tourist destination if you are interested in Portugal’s history or culture.

Day 6 – Serra 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.
The “Santo António Caves” was discovered in the 1950s by a small boy that decided to follow a bird and saw it disappear through a deep hole in the ground. Seventy years later, we are now privileged to witness a part of our planet’s geological wonders.
After lunch, we’ll walk the trails down the valley below the caves taking us through quaint villages, shady paths, and superb scenery as the valley opens out.
Dinner is not included.

River Nabão Tomar Portugal

River Nabão in  Tomar Portugal. Tomar is the most important place of Templar History in the whole world since it has preserved an imposing castle and church, practically intact.

Day 7 – North of Tomar

Named after “Nabia” – the pagan goddess of rivers and water – the “Nabão River” is a 60km river with luxuriant riverbanks that runs from the northern village of Ansião to the south, eventually flowing into the Zêzere River.
Our walk this morning follows the margins of the river and, at times, our route coincides with the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago.
Later we’ll visit a nearby winery where there’ll be a tour through the winery and wine cellar, with some disclosure of the secrets behind the art of making wine. This visit also includes a wine tasting.
Dinner in a local restaurant.

Tomar window Knights Templar Castel

Tomar window Knights Templar Castel. The castle in the city of Tomar or “Castelo dos Templarios” is considered one of the most important Portuguese military buildings of the 12th century.

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer to Lisbon airport.

 

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax

3 nights in Lisbon
4 nights in Tomar

  • Shared ensuite room with a travelling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 3 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on last day – group transfer by bus
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers are available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Walks and Activities

  • Walks according to program
  • Visits: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Santo António Caves, Mosteiro Batalha, Mosteiro de Alcobaça, Convent of Christ and a wine tasting.

Exclusions

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

Insurance

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