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3 Days - The Templars - The History of a Nation

3 Days - The Templars - The History of a Nation

3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$897 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Itinerary
    Lisbon to Lisbon
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    CTR-18-3085
  • Operating Days
    Thu
3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$897 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Itinerary
    Lisbon to Lisbon
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    CTR-18-3085
  • Operating Days
    Thu
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedAdmission Admission Entrance to monuments includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide ToursTours Guided visits of Almourol, Tomar, Dornes, Alcobacam Sintra & LisbonTransportationTransportation Air-conditioned luxury coachMealMeal Daily breakfast

Summary

Learn the history and culture of Portugal with this exciting 3-day tour. You will visit emblematic monuments in Lisbon, Almourol, Tomar, Batalha, Alcobaca, Sintra and Dornes.

Departure Time: 9:00 am

Departure Point: Marquês de Pombal (Lisbon) or pick up at any hotel in Lisbon

Itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon | Almourol | Tomar
Leaving Lisbon, we set off for one of the most representative monuments of the Knights Templar in Portugal: Almourol Castle. Located on a small island in the river Tagus, this is one of Europe’s most emblematic monuments. We then proceed onwards in the direction of the Castle and Convent of Tomar — the Order’s own headquarters. This is undoubtedly one of the finest architectonic works in existence in Portugal. Here, we encounter the Castle with its imposing bulwark, the Charola — considered the most well preserved Templar church with a centralised layout —, the enigmatic Manueline window and the main cloister, a masterpiece of the European Renaissance. We then get the opportunity to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, the matrix church of Tomar, with its original structure subject to renovation on the orders of King Manuel, a former governor of the Order. This thus proves a monument very much in the Manueline style. We then move onto the Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais. This fine example of Gothic architecture served both as the pantheon for the grand masters of the Order and a template for churches built throughout the Portuguese empire.

Day 2: Tomar | Dornes | Batalha | Alcobaça| Sintra
We first set off for the pretty setting of Dornes, located alongside the river Tagus. Here, we tour the Templar Tower, also known as the Tower of Dornes. We then follow this with a visit to CIBA – the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre. This provides the opportunity to “relive” one of the most important battles of Medieval Europe and decisive to Portuguese unity and identity. Lopo Dias de Sousa, a canonical religious master in the Order of Christ, proved a defining and  fundamental figure in this period of history. We then advance to the Monastery of Alcobaça with its church containing one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. This architectural masterpiece was built on the orders of Afonso Henriques, the founding king of Portugal, and entrusted to Saint Bernardo de Claraval, principal abbot in the Cistercian order and a great mentor and driver in the Order of the Knights Templar. We then depart in the direction of Sintra.

Day 3: Sintra | Lisbon
We begin the day with a visit to Quinta da Regaleira, a leading example of the Romantic architectural style and one of the most esoteric and mysterious places in Portugal. We reveal a few of the secrets of these enchanting surroundings replete with neo-Templar symbols such as the initiation well. We then take in the Tower of Belém, the Portuguese monument that symbolises the era of the Discoveries and the National Navy Museum. 

We here get the chance to see into, with the help of two of the governors of the Order of Christ, Prince Henry the Navigator and King Manuel, what was certainly the most splendid period in the history of Portugal that, as the Poet himself affirmed, gave new worlds to the World.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on buffet breakfast basis
  • Transport by air conditioned bus or minivan, as per detailed itinerary
  • Guide during the tour
  • Entry into the following monuments: Convent of Christ (Tomar), Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra), Belém Tower (Lisbon) and Museu da Marinha (Lisbon).
  • Lunch

Exclusions

  • Other expenses than above mentioned, porterage fees at the hotels, lunches, or dinners, personal expenses, entrances other than mentioned

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