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Portugal: Last Redoubt of the Knights Templar

Discover one of medieval Europe’s most pivotal societies Tour Code 5266

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A one week unique walking tour on the trail of the Knights Templar visiting some of its most fascinating monuments along the way. This tour is in an area of captivating scenery. Once seen, never forgotten. This holiday in Portugal is designed for lovers of history, culture and tradition.

Proposed Itinerary

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21 May 2017 7 nights London (Heathrow)

Day 1 We fly to Lisbon with a one hour coach transfer to Hotel dos Templários, in Tomar. Depending on our arrival time we may have an orientation walk of the town.
Day 2 Full day visit of 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 and there will be free time to relax and soak up the atmosphere of this special town.
Day 3 A walk in the Serra de Aires Natural Park to visit all its wonders.
Day 4 A visit to the hauntingly beautiful Templar castle of Almourol set in the middle of the river Tejo and the surrounding area.
Day 5 Trip to Batalha Monastery, a World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces. After lunch we will 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 Morning walk and afternoon visit to a winery to taste some of Portugals’ most fragrant and delicious wines.
Day 7 Visit to the historic town of Ourém and its ancient castle, one of the most beautiful in Portugal, with Templar links.
Day 8 Free time before returning to Lisbon by coach for the flight home.

Travel Information

  • Flights: Heathrow – Lisbon (c 2hrs 40mins), TAP Portugal.
  • Provisional times: Outward departure/return arrival: 1120/1740.
  • Arrival transfer by road c 1hr.
  • UK add-on flights: available, British Airways.
  • Upgrades: Business class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

Accommodation and Meals

We stay in the Hotel dos Templarios located in its own extensive gardens. The hotel has a spa, swimming pool and offers fabulous views over the city of Tomar and the river Nabão. The hotel is within a few minutes walk from the historic centre of the town and its amenities. We will take breakfasts in the hotel and enjoy dinners in local restaurants, giving us a true taste of Portugal.
 

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21 May 2017
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01 Oct 2017
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