The highlights of this tour are the oldest university in Portugal and the mysterious Knights Templar Castle.
Starting with Tomar with its charming historical center on the banks of the Nabao River, we will visit the mysterious Convent of Christ , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 8 cloisters and the famous “Manueline Window”, its 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.
Lunch can be a stop at Mealhada to enjoy the famous suckling piglet (optional).
In the center region of Portugal, Coimbra, the city of knowledge, the capital of the country until 1255. From the banks of the Mondego river to the University hill, the city of Coimbra is intellectual, also peculiar, full of mysticism but also picturesque landscapes. Here we will visit (optional) the Johannine Library, considered by the British newspaper “The Telegraph” the most spectacular library in the world, with an incredible collection of over 200,000 books stored on magnificent carved gold leaf shelves.
Let us drive you in the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, with AC and WiFi, and be escorted by one of our certified professional driver-guides.
| Total Cost in €: Euros
|2People x 170€: 340€|
|3People x 117€: 351€|
|4People x 93€: 372€|
|5People x 78€: 390€|
|6People x 69€: 414€|
|7People x 62€: 434€|
|8People x 55€: 440€|
|9 or more passengers please contact us.|
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 12th century, even before the founding of the kingdom. This Order gained fame in Portugal when the Knight Gualdim Pais was instructed by the founder of the Templars in Jerusalem, Hugo of Payens to establish the first Templar headquarters in Europe. Thus, the city of Tomar was born as a replica of the Holy City of Jerusalem and on its dominant hill, the Convent of Christ is built overlooking the city. Walking tour through the streets of Tomar.
With the extinction of the Knights Templar in 1307, all its wealth and assets became part of the new Order of Christ. We will visit the headquarters of the Templars in Europe, the Convent of Christ, a World Heritage Site, a place of inspiration for legends and stories written in books and adapted for the cinema.
If you wish to have lunch, your guide can recommend restaurants in the area of Coimbra. (the famous dish is “leitão da Bairrada” – suckling piglet cooked on wood-fired oven).
The city of Coimbra recognized internationally for its prominent 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 of the University. Here we will visit the Johannine Library, considered by the British newspaper “The Telegraph”, the most amazing library in the world. Its construction was ordered by 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 Portugal’s colony of Brazil. Free time to walk around the center of town 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 will also enjoy tasting the local sweets and pastries “Pasteis de Santa Clara, “Pasteis de Tentuga”l and the ” Arrufadas de Coimbra”.
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.