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Tomar and Almourol Castle Tour

£292.62

Walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in this wonderful trip to their heartland in Portugal, Tomar.

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An amazing full day guided tour. The settlement of the Knights Templar took place very early, before the constitution of the Kingdom of Portugal in the 12th century. With the first monarch, King Afonso Henriques, the land donations made to this order will be strategic: at the forefront of the Christian reconquest.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Considered the most Templar among all places, the region of Tomar was donated to the Templars around the year 1159. Later, when the extinction of the order was declared by the Pope, Portuguese King Dinis, the sixth of Portugal, negotiated the creation of a new military and religious order – the Order of Christ – to which he transferred the assets of the Templars. Some centuries later, the human and economic resources of this order will be crucial for the outset of the Portuguese Discoveries, under the command of its Grand Master, Henry “the Navigator”.

Many other famous historic figures were linked to the Order of Christ as Pedro Alvares Cabral (the discoverer of Brazil), Vasco da Gama (the first European to reach India by sea, connecting Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route), Bartolomeu Dias (Portuguese explorer), Francisco de Almeida (first viceroy of the Portuguese State of India) or Ferdinand Magellan (Portuguese explorer responsible for the first circumnavigation of the Earth).

Pegoes Aqueduct, Castle and Wall of Tomar (Unesco World Heritage), Convent of Christ (Unesco World Heritage), medieval Abraao Zacuto Synagogue, Santa Maria dos Olivais Church, Saint John the Baptist Church, historic centre of Tomar and Almourol Castle, among others.

Departure Point:

Client’s hotel (in Oporto, Gaia, Matosinhos, Aveiro, Coimbra, Batalha and Fatima)

Departure Time:

8 a.m. recommended

Duration:

10 hours (approx.)

Return Details:

Client’s hotel

Inclusions:
  • Professional and multi-lingual historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Souvenir digital photos
Exclusions:
  • Entrance fees (Convent of Christ, access to the Almourol island and castle by boat – 2 Euros/person – and Almourol Castle – 2 Euros/person)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Voucher Info:
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