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Knights Templars

The history of the Knights Templars has been a mystery for many centuries. Even today there are still many things to discover.
The order of the Knights Templars was founded at the beginning of the 12th century for the protection of the Holy Sepulchre and of Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy land; its name comes from their original headquarters – the Solomon’s Temple at Jerusalem.
These powerful knights helped the first king of Portugal on his war against the Moors during the “Christian Reconquista”.
On this tour we will visit monuments related to one of the most intriguing religious and military orders of the world. At the end you are going to understand why Friday 13th is a day of bad luck.

Duration 8 hours
Start and finish Starting and finishing in Lisbon
Number of people 2 or more people

Regional features

  • Mild climate
  • Rich in Portuguese history and culture
  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Warm & friendly people
  • Natural and urban landscapes

About this tour

Private

Our tours are always private (just you and our guide/driver).

Tailor-made

The tour highlights are just suggestions of places to visit. The tour itinerary will be designed according to your preferences and the tour length.

Pick you up and Drop off on the agreed spot

Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport, cruise terminal or other meeting point.

Our Premium Tours guarantee

Our guide/driver will drive you during your tour, sharing stories and curiosities about the places you’ll visit as well as its historic context. Since our guide is also the driver, and in order to provide you great tour, it’s possible that the guide won’t always join you on your visits to the inside of the monuments. Find out why.

Tour highlights

Almourol Castle

This castle was reconstructed in 1171 by the first Portuguese Gran Master Gualdim Pais. Since it was built on an island in the middle of the River Tejo, we will have to take a boat to visit it.

Constância Village

On our way to Tomar we’ll stop at a small village with only 900 inhabitants to taste the tradicional sweet ‘Queijinhos do céu’

Historic centre of Tomar

One of the historic centres of Portugal with the highest concentration of monuments, especially the churches of ‘São João Baptista’ and of ‘Santa Maria do Olival’ and the ancient 15th Century Jewish synagogue.

Tomar Castle

Founded by the Portuguese Grand Master D. Gualdim Pais, in 1160, to become the headquarters of the religious and military order of the Knights Templars.

Convent of Christ

After the extinction of the Knights Templars in 1312, King Dinis creates a new religious militia the Military Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, claiming the need to defend Portugal from Islam. The headquarters of the Order of Christ is set up in the former Knights Templars headquarters in 1357 where it will remain for centuries. Regarded as one of the greatest monastic complex in Europe was classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1983. Inside we can see the Charola, the Knights round temple, the unique western window designed in Portuguese late gothic style and the main cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

Optional experiences and visits

Fátima

Portugal’s religious capital attracts millions of pilgrims every year, due to its mystical power and atmosphere. It can hold about 300 thousand faithful at the same time and is twice the size of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.

LSHS
2 people:318€334€
3 people:341€359€
4 people:365€384€
5 people:390€410€
6 people:415€436€
7 people:441€464€
8 people:506€532€

LS Low Season: Nov 1st to Dec 14th & Jan 11th to Mar 31st

HS High Season: Apr 1st to Oct 31st & Dec 15th to Jan 10th

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