Tomar

Tomar

Tomar

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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR AND THE MAKING OF PORTUGAL

Tomar and more, with a Licensed Guide

Discover the intimate connection between the Knights Templar and the making of Portugal, almost 900 years ago, and how they helped our first king consolidate his conquests, both as warriors and military architects. In Tomar, take a fascinating “journey” through their 150-year long headquarters, a Unesco’s World Heritage site since 1983, and learn how their successors, also seated there, contributed to make Portugal the center of a 4-continent empire, with their symbol painted on the caravel sails. And, more about the Portuguese Templars before returning to Lisbon. All this written in stone! A dive into to the soul of Portugal and a must for History and Art lovers.

Time for lunch on your own, downtown Tomar.

  • This private tour requires dedicated transportation. We can arrange for a deluxe, air-conditioned sedan (for up to 2 travelers) or a deluxe, air-conditioned, touring van (for up to 6 travelers) and a professional driver, accordingly. Please advise.
  • Tour starts and ends at your hotel in Lisbon area, though other locations are also possible – please advise accordingly.
  • Portions of this discovery experience require walking, so average physical fitness and appropriate footwear are recommended.
  • The contents of this full-day tour are also customizable. Please advise if you wish any adjustment.

TEMPLARS & PILGRIMS

Tomar and Fátima, with a Licensed Guide

Discover the intimate connection between the Knights Templar and the making of Portugal, almost 900 years ago, and how they helped our first king consolidate his conquests, both as warriors and military architects. In Tomar, take a fascinating “journey” through their 150-year long headquarters, a Unesco’s World Heritage site since 1983, and learn how their successors, also seated there, contributed to make Portugal the center of a 4-continent empire, with their symbol painted on the caravel sails. All written in stone!

A short drive away is Fátima, one of the most important shrines in the world consecrated to Virgin Mary, that attracts thousands of pilgrims or simple visitors every year. Among the three churches, there, is the Chapel of the Apparitions where the three shepherd children claimed to have seen Our Lady of the Rosary, in 1917. Take your time to explore the shrine’s area, do your prayers or light a candle.

Time for lunch on your own, downtown Tomar or in Fátima.

  • This private tour requires dedicated transportation. We can arrange for a deluxe, air-conditioned sedan (for up to 2 travelers) or a deluxe, air-conditioned, touring van (for up to 6 travelers) and a professional driver, accordingly. Please advise.
  • Tour starts and ends at your hotel in Lisbon area, though other locations are also possible – please advise accordingly.
  • Portions of this discovery experience require walking, so average physical fitness and appropriate footwear are recommended.
  • The contents of this full-day tour are also customizable. Please advise if you wish any adjustment.

Cancellation Policy:

Up to 72 hours: no penalty
Up to 48 hours: 50% penalty
Less than 48 hours or no show: full payment

Reservations and confirmation subject to availability