Welcome to Tomar

But to understand what makes Tomar truly extraordinary, cast your gaze skyward to the crenellated walls of the Unesco World Heritage–listed Convento de Cristo, which forms a beautiful backdrop from almost any vantage point. Eight-and-a-half centuries after its founding, this venerable headquarters of the legendary Knights Templar is a rambling concoction of Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance architecture that bears extravagant witness to its integral role in centuries of Portuguese history, from the founding of Portugal as a nation state to the Age of Discoveries.

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$97.05 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

Departing from central Lisbon, head to one of the most mystical places in Portugal, Almourol Castle, which was built by the Knights Templar to defend the boundary line below the Tagus River. Take a boat ride on the river to the castle, where you’ll have half an hour to explore and soak up the medieval atmosphere.Next, enjoy the drive in a comfortable minivan to the beautiful village of Constância, known for being one of the places frequented by famous Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões, who wrote the epic poem Os Lusíadas. With your expert guide, take a walk in Parque Constância, one of the most magnificent parks in this region of Portugal, and enjoy the contact with nature, just like the Templar Knights did. Here you will also taste a typical delicacy made from almonds and eggs (included).Your next stop is the beautiful city of Tomar, one of Portugal’s historical gems. The city was built according to the rules of the Knights Templar, with four religious monuments constructed around the city to form a perfect crucifix. The most impressive of these monuments is the ensemble of the Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Templars in the 12th century. Visit the castle and convent with your guide. You'll spend a good part of your day in Tomar, where you can enjoy lunch at a local eatery (own expense) and walk to popular Tomar attractions like the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, built in the 12th century as the pantheon for the Knights Templar. After exploring Tomar, return to Lisbon by comfortable minivan.

$79.92 Cultural & Theme Tours

Following the Templar Trail Small Group Tour from Lisbon

This tour starts with a pick up from your accommodation in Lisbon and we will head to the city of Tomar. Our first stop is at the Almourol castle, one of the best examples of the military architecture from the medieval times, whilst being a fairy tale island castle that appears to float on the river Tagus.Next stop is Tomar, a major Templar city with its stunning castle of the Knights Templar and the Convent of the Order of Christ, a 12th century UNESCO world heritage place that was the main location or the headquarters of the Templar knights while they were chased trough out the world.This is a tour for a group with a maximum of 8 persons to give you a fully personalized experience, and to provide the best day possible on your holidays.

$1061.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Batalha 6-Day Tour from Lisbon

Experience northern Portugal on this six-day tour from Lisbon to the country's renowned cities and historical monuments. Discover Óbidos, a beautiful medieval village; Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal; and Coimbra, home to one of the most ancient universities in the world and the beautiful Mateus Palace gardens. Spend time in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the city's Stock Exchange Palace and St Francisco Church. See historical monuments like the Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória), the Alcobaça Monastery, the Cathedral of Braga, Amarante's São Gonçalo Convent, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.During your six-day tour you will learn interesting facts about the attractions and cities from your guide, who will lead you through the main sights of the locations you visit. You will also have free time to explore more on your own in the towns of Nazaré, Guimarães, Barcelos, Viseu and Tomar.Five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and five continental or buffet breakfasts are included.Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

$65.25 Day Trips & Excursions

The Templars Private Tour from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalStart the day at your hotel in Lisbon, where a the driver will meet you in the morning. Set off for three significant historical monuments built by the Templars, also known as Knights Templars, Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ, or the Temple of Solomon.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Castelo de Ourem, Ourem, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe town of Ourém, home to a historic medieval castle. After spending time exploring the castle - very amazing views and sightseeing points - get back in the car for a 45-minute drive to nearby Tomar.Physically challenging walking and hiking is required at this stop as the Castle has no indoor sections and no hand-rails due to it's poor lack of conservationDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Pegoes Aqueduct, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalAqueduct of Pegões, desgined to supply water to the already existing Convent nearby. Also some physical fitness is required to hike the stairs and enjoy the view from the top of the AqueductDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Convent of Christ, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalThe convent was founded by the Order of Poor Knights of the Temple (or Templar Knights) in 1118. Its construction continued until the final part of the 12th century with the construction of the oratory, in one of the angles of the castle, completed by the Grand Master D. Gualdim Pais (sometime around 1160). Around 1190 it was encircled and resisted the armies of caliph Abu Yusuf al-Mansur who was successful in taking strongholds in the south.During the second quarter of the 13th century, Tomar was transferred into the control of the Templars, becoming its seat. The castle became an integral part of the defence system created by the Templars to secure the border of the young Christian Kingdom against the Moors, which at the time occupied the area to approximately the Tagus River. But, following the dissolution of the Templar Order, on 14 March 1319, and following the request of King Denis of Portugal, Pope John XXII instituted the Order of Christ.[1] The seat of the former Knights Templar was converted in 1357 into the seat of this new order.The famous round church (rotunda) of the castle of Tomar was also built in the second half of the 12th century. The church, like some other templar churches throughout Europe, was modelled after the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, which was believed by the crusaders to be a remnant of the Temple of Solomon. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem may also have served as model.This is a UNESCO classified Monument !Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Pelourinho de Tomar, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalA stop for lunch is in order ! Enjoy the typical cuisine of the center part of the country in the city of TomarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Castle of Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha, Santarem District, Central PortugalHop back in the car for a short trip to beautiful Almourol Castle, where visitors can take a boat ride during the summer months crossing the river to enter the Castle, as it is located on a small island. After exploring the grounds, return to the car and head back to LisbonDuration: 1 hourStop At: Magnificat Tours, Lisbon, Lisbon District, Central PortugalHead back to Lisbon, where your guide will drop you off at your hotel.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$125.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Coimbra and Tomar Day Trip from Lisbon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Coimbra District, Central PortugalUniversidade of Coimbra.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), Coimbra, Coimbra District, Central PortugalCathedral of Coimbra.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalIgrejaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pegoes Aqueduct, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalTomarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Convent of Christ, Tomar, Santarem District, Central PortugalConvent of Christ.Duration: 1 hour

$142.72 Tours & Sightseeing

Templar Knights PRIVATE Full Day Tour

This tour will start from your Hotel/Apartment/Cruise. You will be driven up North  and visit the Almourol Castle (subject to river and weather conditions - also closed on Mondays during low season). If the weather conditions don't allow the river crossing by boat, you will still be close enough to take photos of the walls of the castle. Then we will go to the city of Tomar, where you will have time to visit some of the most important places related to the Templar Knights, such as: - Santa Maria do Olival Church; - São João Baptista Church; - Convent of Christ and the Templar Castle. You will have time to visit the historic centre of this UNESCO World Heritage site, its churches and also the Jewish Synagogue (under renovations at the moment but you can see all the artifacts from the Synagogue at a temporary exhibition centre). You will also have time to have lunch between visiting the sites. Since this is a PRIVATE Tour, you can change everything on this itinerary and make it your own personal experience with the help of your Driver/Guide.