After crossing Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest one in Europe) we will drive through the Alentejo plains heading to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Évora. After circling the medieval walls, we will park the van and go for a pleasing walking tour, crossing the old city and stopping in the most iconic sights in town: the Bones Chapel, São Francisco Church, the Cathedral, the Roman Temple and the University.
Make a guided visit (1 hour) to the Cartuxa Wine Cellars, known for the famous Pera Manca Red Wine, one of the best wines in Portugal, and have 3 wine tastings at the end. We will then have free time for lunch in the main central square of the city. In the afternoon, on the way back to Lisbon, we will stop at the Medieval Castle of Palmela and the viewpoint of Cristo Rei and then return to the capital through the 25th of April Bridge – another opportunity to appreciate impressive views over Lisbon.
IncludedWinery visit with 3 wine tastings
If the visit to Cartuxa Wine Cellar is unavailable, an alternative will be provided.
Tickets to Bones Chapel
Pick-up at 9am at the Hotel
Not included: Lunch; tickets to other monuments.
1 to 8 Pax – Total Price: 510 € + 30€ per person
Start the day from Lisbon heading southeast, towards Alentejo. We’ll pass Évora and go straight to Reguengos de Monsaraz where we will visit the famous Esporão Wine Cellars in an area that has been producing wines since the Bronze Age. After a visit of the facilities we’ll finish with a wine tasting. After this we head back to Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we stop for lunch and for a walk tour which will take us into the heart of this ancient walled city. After the circuit, we’ll go just outside the town and visit the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, home of the world famous Cartuxa and Pera Manca Wines, where after a guided visit into their old cellars, we’ll relax and have a wine tasting before getting back to Lisbon.
Herdade do Esporão: guided cellar visit with 2 wine tastings (1h30). More options available.
Cartuxa Cellars: guided cellar visit with 3 wine tasting (1h30). More options available.
If the visit to Cartuxa and Esporão Wine Cellars are not available, alternatives will be provided.
Meeting point: Hotel pick up at 9h00am
1 to 8 Pax – Total Price: 510 € + 35€ per person
We start the tour driving north to Tomar, through the agricultural lands of Ribatejo. In Tomar, we visit the Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ), originally built by the Knight Templars, and we explore its Templar castle, Romanesque round, Manueline church, renaissance convent and monastic enclosures (ticket included). We will learn how the Knight Templars originated the Order of Christ, and how this new order became pivotal in the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. This convent was then partly forgotten until becoming the UNESCO world heritage site of today.
We then head for lunch in the beautiful town of Tomar, with the beautiful Nabão river crossing the town. After hearing about the Jewish heritage in the city and explore its narrow streets full of history, we stop for free time for lunch, where you can enjoy a meal of traditional Portuguese food in one of its many restaurants (meal not included in the price).
After lunch, we will return to the car and head back to the town of Mafra. There, we will be amazed by the scale of the sumptuous baroque Mafra National Palace, with its 220-meter-long façade, 1200 rooms, and 4700 doors and windows. We will have free time to explore its many rooms without missing the big library with its colony of bats, which protect the books from harmful insects. Learn how the palace played an important role at the end of the Portuguese monarchy. If there is time, enjoy a traditional sweet in a typical pastry shop (not included) before returning back to Lisbon.
Pick-up – 9:00 am at your hotel (since located at the city center)
Ticket to the Palace of Mafra
Ticket to the Convent of Christ in Tomar.
Not included: Lunch and guided visit inside monuments
1 to 8 Pax – Total Price: 510 € + 12€ per person for the tickets to Palace of Mafra and Convent of Christ