Cultural Sightseeing & Easy Walking Tour / Based in TomarA one week unique walking tour on the trail of the Knights Templar visiting the important monuments related to the Knights Templar. This tour is in an area with captivating scenery. Once seen, never forgotten. The tour is designed for lovers of history, culture, and tradition. You will visit some of the most important historical Knights Templar locations in the world.
DAY 1 - ArrivalDAY 2 - TomarFull day visit to Tomar with a morning introductory walk in the centre passing the main monuments and points of interest. The day will be partly guided to give a full background to the buildings and history of Tomar however there will be free time to enjoy & soak up the atmosphere of this special town. DAY 3 - Serra de Aires Natural ParkVisit the Serra de Aires Natural Park. This range of limestone hills is home to fantastic cave formations - visit the best. In the afternoon walk trails down the valley below the caves taking us through quaint villages, shady paths and superb scenery as the valley opens out.DAY 4 -Tejo ValleyVisit to the valley of the river Tejo and the hauntingly beautiful castle of Almourol. Walk from the riverside village of Vila Nova de Barquinha and follow the river to the village of Tancos where a traditional boat will ferry us to the castle on its island in the river. DAY 5- Batalha Abbey & Alcobaça AbbeyTrip to Batalha Abbey, a World Heritage site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces. After lunch visit the world heritage site of the 12th century Abbey of Alcobaça, originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux the founder of the Knights Templar and the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers. DAY 6 - North of TomarThe beautiful River Nabão is named after the ancient goddess of rivers and water. Walk follows the margins of the river north of Tomar and, at times, our route coincides with the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago. Later refresh with a visit to a nearby winery to taste some of the delicious Ribatejo wines.DAY 7 - OurémVisit Ourém. This remarkable hilltop village nestled within ancient walls is topped with a dramatic castle whose origins go back to Moorish times. Guided tour of the village and castle after which time to relax in the local café and enjoy the views over the immense landscapes below.DAY 8 - Departure