The highlights of this tour are the University of Coimbra and the mystical Knights Templar Castle in Tomar.
Our first visit is Tomar, with its charming historical center on the banks of the Nabao River, followed by the magical Convent of Christ (Knights Templar castle), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 8 different cloisters, the famous “Manueline Window”, and the round church inspired on the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Here we unveil some of the secrets of the Knights Templar, we’ll learn about the extinction of the order and its succession as the Order of Christ in Portugal.
Stop for lunch at Mealhada to taste the famous wood fired oven cooked suckling piglet (optional).
Located in the center region of the country, Coimbra, the “City of Knowledge”, was the capital of Portugal until 1255. From the banks of the Mondego river to the University hill, the city of Coimbra is intellectual, peculiar, full of mysticism but also burlesque and picturesque. Here we will visit the Joanine library considered by the British newspaper “The Telegraph” the most spectacular library in the world.
Whether you choose a single-day or a multi-day tour, you will always be driven in the comfort of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles and escorted by our certified professional driver-guides.
| Total Cost in €: Euros
|2People: 390€ (195€ per person)|
|3People: 410€ (137€ per person)|
|4People: 420€ (105€ per person)|
|5People: 440€ (88€ per person)|
|6People: 460€ (77€ per person)|
|7People: 480€ (69€ per person)|
|8People: 490€ (62€ per person)|
|9 or more passengers please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Up to 8 hours
Place designated by you in accordance with Premiere Tours
The Order of the Knights Templar, or Templars, entered in Portugal in the beginning of the 12th century, even before the founding of the Portuguese kingdom. This Order became prominent in Portugal when the Portuguese Knight Gualdim Pais was instructed by the founder of the Templars in Jerusalem, Hugo of Payens to establish the first Templar headquarters in Europe. The city of Tomar was than built as a replica of the Holy City of Jerusalem. On its dominant hill, the Convent of Christ proudly stands guard over the city. Walking tour through the old streets of Tomar.
With the extinction of the Knights Templar in 1307, all of its wealth and assets became part of the new Portuguese Order of Christ. We will visit the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Europe, the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of inspiration for legends and stories written in books and adapted for the cinema.
If you wish to stop for lunch, your guide can recommend restaurants in the area of Coimbra. The famous dish is “leitao da Bairrada” wood-fired oven cooked suckling piglet, amongst other specialties.
The city of Coimbra known internationally for its University (one of the oldest in Europe), was the capital of Portugal until 1255. The “City of Knowledge”, as it is known, breathes culture everywhere, from the banks of the Mondego River to the hills where the university is located. Here we will visit the Joanine Library, considered by the British newspaper The Telegraph , “…the most spectacular library in the world…”. Its construction was commissioned by Portuguese King Joao V. This baroque-style library of indescribable beauty and wealth, was the result of the cultural vision of the richest monarch in Europe at that time. His royal safes were overflowing with gold from “Minas Gerais” in the Portuguese colony, Brazil. Free time to walk in the town’s center and visit the Santa Cruz Church where we can find the tombs of the first king of Portugal, King Afonso I and of his son King Sancho I. You can also try tasting the local sweets and pastries “Pasteis de Santa Clara, “Pasteis de Tentugal” and the ” Arrufadas de Coimbra” if you so wish.
A private tour with an accredited professional driver-guide, exclusively at your disposal, who will accompany you on visits to monuments and other places of interest whenever possible, (in certain areas of the city, car parking is not available or not allowed in which case the driver-guide will drop you off and schedule a time with you for pick-up, back at the same place of drop-off).
The start and ending of the tour will always be at a place designated by you, in accordance to the agreement previously established between you and Premiere Tours .
This tour is completely personalized. If you wish to change our suggestions of places to visit with others chosen by you, we will gladly do our best to accommodate your choices or options.