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$146.66 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour to Arraiolos and Evora - UNESCO World Heritage City

Leaving Lisbon early in the morning you will cross the rolling plains of this almost unexplored region where the olive and cork oak trees are abundant and essential to the region's economy and lifestyle. The town of Évora, the walled World Heritage Site, is an astonishingly well-preserved piece of history. With your guide you will be invited to visit the Saint Francis church and the sinister Chapel of the Bones proving that life for some might have been just one more step towards the desired eternity. Walking up the old narrow streets you'll reach the central Giraldo square where you will begin to walk up to the top of Évora reaching the 13th century Cathedral and the surprisingly well preserved Roman temple. But in one of the hidden corners of Évora lies the core of all its knowledge and perseverance: the 16th century University where still today hundreds of students search for the much-wanted sapience. If you're a handicraft fan then let our guide introduce you to a modern handicraft studio that they've found when walking in Évora (closed on Sunday). After a reinvigorating lunch break in one of the much celebrated restaurants in Évora, that prepare with heart and soul the regional olive oil, bread and garlic recipes, it will be time to leave to the village of Arraiolos. The 'eternal bride', as it is called by locals, is a splash of immaculate white-washed houses on the golden plains and blue skies. Life here has slowed down the pace a little to appreciate the rhythm of nature and the skillfulness of the Arraiolos carpets being embroidered by the delicate hands of local women.This tour is operated in a luxury vehicle as you tour the majestic sites of Portugal.

$85.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Evora visiting Alentejo region and Arraiolos

This amazing full-day tour takes you 130 kms away from Lisbon to visit one historic and cultural treasure of Portugal, the city of Évora. On the way we'll get a flavour of the peculiar ambiance of the Alentejo region.Évora is the capital of the Upper Alentejo, a very old city surrounded by crenellated walls, where are still alive the remains of the Roman presence, the Arab culture and the Portuguese history along the last 900 years. Used as royal residence for long periods, Évora keeps the glamour of the best and aristocratic architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries. Tens of monuments can be explored and discovered inside the ancient medieval city, featured with twisted alleyways ripped in the urban mesh of whitewashed houses with ocher painted strips.Known as the Portuguese Museum City, Évora was classified as World Heritage Site in the year of 1986.This tour takes you in a relaxed way to the discovery of Évora and its historic monumental heritage. We will also have a look to the surroundings of Évora where you'll admire the plains of Alentejo, the rustic landscape of cork oak tree forests and the town of Arraiolos, the capital of the Portuguese embroidered rugs.Throughout this tour we will let you learn many things about Évora, Arraiolos and the Alentejo Region.The tour finishes about 8 hours later, around 6 pm in your hotel.

$59.16 Day Trips & Excursions

Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

The ruins of the Temple of Diana are a good example of the Roman presence in the city and the cathedral is an example of medieval times. The historic center of Évora is surrounded by walls built in the XVII century.Back in Lisbon we pass the Alentejo village of Arraiolos located about 20 km northwest of Evora. Highlight is the Castle (the XIV century), and the Lord of the steps of the church (rebuilt in the nineteenth century)We can not fail to visit the famous Arraiolos carpets. The Arraiolos carpets are carpets embroidered in wool, with the stitch with the same name, on a jute fabric, cotton or linen, generation after generation in knowledgeHighlights of Évora Tour:S. Francisco Church, Cathedral, Roman Temple, Arraiolos Village, visit to a winery and wine tasting.Notes: Pick-up at 9am, (Lisbon) transport in a comfortable car with air-conditioning, obligatory insurance, and free time to visit sites.

$69.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Evora and Arraiolos Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

After a convenient pickup in Lisbon, begin your tour in Evora, where history shines through its monuments and medieval streets. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city retains traces of various eras and civilizations. It was here that King D. Manuel I authorized Vasco da Gama’s voyage to seek a sea route to India. Visit the landmark Diana Temple, one of the main symbols of Portugal’s Roman occupation. Admire the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Evora, Portugal’s largest medieval cathedral, perched atop Evora’s highest point.Inside the sacristy of the Church of St Francis, uncover one of Evora’s most visited monuments, the Chapel of Bones. Upon entering, note the ominous warning: "We bones that here are, for yours await." Built by three naves, the chapel houses over 5000 skeletons from church and convent cemeteries throughout the city.Next, set out for the town of Arraiolos, home to the world famous Arraiolos rugs. Containing centuries of history, their hand-embroiderers go back generations. Wander along narrow streets lined with painted white houses and a distinctive circular castle, and arrive at the Arraiolos Rug Interpretive Center. Here you can learn about the origins, history, methods, and techniques of rug manufacturing before returning to Evora.

$112.40 Food, Wine & Nightlife


In this visit to Évora you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape, plains filled with vineyards, cork trees and olive trees. Arriving in Évora called City Museum you will be fascinated with a magnificent architectural and artistic ensemble, monumental churches, historic squares, and narrow medieval streets. Not to be missed the Roman Temple, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Portugal and the famous Chapel of Bones. We’ll then go down to Arraiolos village and have a visit at a family-owned winery. You will visit the vineyards and have wine tasting. Also include in this tour a visit to a Private Carriage Driving Museum. A Tour Not to be missed! Our guide will accompany you along the way, sharing stories and curiosities about the places visited. We do the best tours because we do it with passion!

$76.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Évora & Arraiolos Tours

The tour will start at 9am, and includes the pickup and drop off at your hotel. This is possible in the following cities: Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Ericeira and any village not more than 15km away from the cities mentioned before. Your own private driver / guide, will take you through the picturesque rural roads of Alentejo towards the historic city of Évora. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Évora has been preserved throughout history and is full of important monuments, that you'll be able to visit throughout this one day tour. You will get to visit the enigmatic church of San Francisco and its famous Bones Chapel, before you have the chance to walk up the narrow streets of the old city to the Giraldo square, where one day it was the headquarters of the Inquisition. You will spend some time visiting the ancient Roman Temple and take a look at the 12th century cathedral built between 1280 and 1340. After checking out all the main places in Évora it's time for lunch in the recommended local "Alentejo" restaurant. Enjoy these delicious dishes before you get on your way to the next attraction. We will pass by the village of Estremoz to see a marble quarry and learn how it is extracted, ahead of visiting Arraiolos, where you will visit the circular castle and the very iconic Arraiolos carpets. From Arraiolos we'll be on our way back to the starting point, as you will be dropped off at your hotel, in one of Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Ericeira or any other village (not more than 15km away from the cities mentioned before).