Welcome to Tomar
Tomar is one of central Portugal’s most appealing small towns. With its pedestrian-friendly historic centre, its pretty riverside park frequented by swans, herons and families of ducks, and its charming natural setting adjacent to the lush Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes (Seven Hills National Forest), it wins lots of points for aesthetics.But to understand what makes Tomar truly extraordinary, cast your gaze skyward... Read More
Top experiences in Tomar
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.
6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, 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.
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.
Private Tour: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries from Lisbon
After your morning pickup, start your day with a visit to the Monastery of Alcobaça, also called Royal Abbey of Santa Maria. Observe the magnificent Gothic tombs of the two lovers King Pedro and Ines de Castro, characters of a true romantic Portuguese story from the 14th century, similar to "Romeo and Juliet". Then, head to the Monastery of Batalha, an incredible creation of Portuguese Gothic influence, built in 1386. Admire the stained-glass windows of the Founder's Chapel, Chapter House, and the Unfinished Chapels. Next, visit the beautiful and historic town of Tomar, where you will find the Convent of Christ and Knights Templar Castle. UNESCO awarded the classification of world heritage to the Templar Castle and the Convent of the Knights of Christ in Tomar in 1983. Finish the tour with a visit to the Aquaduct of the Convent of Christ. This aqueduct was built to supply water to the Convento de Cristo and was build in 1593. Head back to your accommodations at the end of your long and culturally-rich day.
The Templar Castles Route from Lisbon
Our first stop will be the Almourol Castle. It is believed that the castle was constructed on the site of a primitive Lusintan castro that was later conquered by the Romans during the 1st century B.C. The castle of Almourol is one of the more emblematic and cenographic medieval military monuments of the Reconquista, and best representation of the influence of the Knights Templar in Portugal.The journey proceeds with a visit to the Castle of Tomar integrating the Convent of Christ and that is certainly one of the most beautiful historical legacy of the Middle Ages in Portugal.Originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.The Convent of Christ of Tomar is one of Portugal's most important historical and artistic monuments and has been in the World Heritage list of UNESCO since 1983. We will also visit several interesting spots of the city of Tomar. Lunch at the Medieval Restaurant a Taverna, a restaurant where medieval times are recreated. After lunch our journey proceeds Castelo de Bode Dam towards the village of Constância, a nice village near the junction of the two rivers Tagus and Zêzere, a very special place for its beauty.
Semi-Private Tour from Lisbon: The Old World of The Templars
Get picked up from your Lisbon hotel by a guide and travel via comfortable, air-conditioned coach to picturesque Santarém. The region has been inhabited since the neolithic period by Romans and Christians and is known as “the capital of the Gothic.” Head to the Ancient Walls and Garden Portas do Sol for a beautiful view of the Tagus River and visit the Convent of San Francisco, a famous Graça Church. After a period of free time for lunch, head to the enigmatic Almourol Castle, one of the most emblematic monuments of the Christian reconquest. Situated on an island, Almourol is one of the most distinctive castles in Portugal due to its historical importance and surrounding countryside. The town of Tomar was a stronghold for the Knights Templar (Order of Christ) and offers visitors the chance to see the beautiful Convent of Christ. The site displays five centuries of unique architectural styles and was part of the defense system created to protect the kingdom from attacks. Your guide will return you to your hotel in Lisbon at the end of the day.