Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

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With a local guide learn the history of the Templar Order and of the Christ Order while visiting their house in Tomar. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Batalha and Alcobaça monasteries at your own pace.

Highlights

  • Be amazed by the architectural beauty of the Knights Templar Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar
  • See the largest gothic monument in Portugal and learn about its history and legends
  • Discover the Alcobaça Monastery and hear the tragic love story of Pedro and Inês de Castro

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After a pickup from your hotel, start the day with a visit to the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Gaze in awe at the various styles of architecture including Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance. Learn about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. You will understand the role that the orders played in the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal and in the maritime discoveries. Discover the symbols inscribed in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next, visit the monastery of Holy Mary of Victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is not only the largest Portuguese gothic monument but also the birthplace of the Manueline style of architecture and the place where the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. Learn more about the architecture, history, and legends of the ones that started the maritime discoveries, like Henry the navigator, who is buried there. Your last stop will be at the Royal Abbey of Alcobaça where the largest Portuguese gothic church is. In this monument, you can admire the gothic architecture of the twelfth century and discuss the influence of the Order of Cister in the creation of the kingdom of Portugal. Listen to the tragic love story of King Pedro I, the cruel one, and his beloved Inês de Castro, who was murdered by his father's order. In your free time, you'll have the opportunity to savor lunch or a snack, buy souvenirs, and take photos at your own pace.

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Hotel pickup and drop-off

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