The Knights Templar’s Heritage

The Ribatejo region where the tour is based is a beautiful, green and tranquil area. We will give you a magical experience in this magical region.

A one week unique walking tour on the trail of the Knights Templar visiting some of the most important historical Templar locations in the world, in an area with captivating scenery.

Former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, Tomar is a city of great charm for its artistic and cultural wealth.

Each evening dinner is a special occasion that will feel like a delightful dinner party of friends. Throughout our week of cultural sightseeing and easy walks, you will be pampered, wined and dined, and treated as our special guest. You’ll see a Portugal you’ve never imagined that existed and that you’ll never forget!

The Knights Templar is probably best known from the book and the film “The Da Vinci Code”. But there is much more to discover about these fabled mediaeval warrior monks.

The Templars were founded in Jerusalem in 1118. However their heyday was connected with the founding of Portugal and the crusades against the moors. This resulted in them being granted prime sites of castles and land primarily sited around the Tomar region.

We will visit some of the most important and historical sites connected with the Knights Templar. Located within a short radius of our luxurious hotel are wonderful abbeys, castles and other sites, but it will be much more than just visiting monuments. We will also show you the marvellous countryside and enjoy great food and wine.

There is much to see but there will be plenty of time to relax as well. Our intention is that you will have the experience of a life time.

The dramatic city of Tomar has been nominated as a UNESCO World heritage site and rightly so. The Convento de Cristo or Convent of Christ was the Headquarters of the Knights Templar of Portugal for nearly 900 years from where their influence spread across Europe. It is contained within the site of the Castle which dates from 1160. This magnificent building dominates Tomar from the hill above the city. Lying either side of the tranquil river Nabão, Tomar as well as the surrounding area boasts some of the most significant and magnificent monuments in the entire country. A true feast for the senses.

We'll be lodged in Hotel dos Templários, a fabulous luxury hotel sited in its own gardens with spa, swimming pools and fabulous views over the city of Tomar and the river Nabão. Is the ideal site for a very special holiday experience, within a few minutes of the historic centre of the town and its amenities.
Visit to Batalha Abbey, a World Heritage site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces;
Visit to 12th century Alcobaça Abbey;
Visit to Caves in the Serra de Aires natural Park (Grutas de Mira de Aire);
Boat tour to the hauntingly beautiful Templar castle of Almourol set in the middle of the river Tejo;
Visit to a winery including wine tasting
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region and its history
The hospitality and warmth from the local population

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in the exquisite Hotel dos Templários.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at Lisbon Airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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