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From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

1. From Lisbon: Full Day Évora Tour with Lunch

Begin the tour at Giraldo Square, the living center of Évora, full of architectural styles, from Moorish arches lined up in the Square, to the fountains of the Renaissance and the Gothic church of São Francisco. Enjoy some free time to taste a regional sweet. Then head to one of the major landmarks in Portugal, the Roman temple, also known as the Temple of Diana. Its powerful front with 14 columns in well-preserved granite astonishes those who see it for the first time. Next, you can explore the Bones Chapel if you wish. For some people, it is a dark place, for others a fascinating space consisting of hundreds of skulls and skeletons from about 5000 monks of the sixteenth century. There are also two intact corpses exposed in the chapel, so it is not a visit for sensitive people. At lunchtime, dine in one of the best Evora restaurants. Then go to the Cathedral of Evora, a Roman-Gothic church from the XIII century where you can climb the tower and get a breathtaking view of the city and the fields surrounding it. With its unique climate conditions, the vineyards of the region produce some of the best Portuguese wines. You will go to a farm where you can taste the best Alentejo has to offer. On the way back to Lisbon stop in Arraiolos and marvel at its magnificent castle wall and the famous carpets of Arraiolos. You can see firsthand how they are manually produced and grab yourself a souvenir.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Évora and Almendres Cromlech Tour

2. From Lisbon: Full-Day Évora and Almendres Cromlech Tour

Évora is the capital of the Upper Alentejo, an old city surrounded by crenellated walls, where you'll still find alive the remains of Roman presence, Arab culture and Portuguese history spanning across the last 900 years. A royal residence for long periods, Évora still keeps the glamour of the best aristocratic architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries. Tens of monuments can be explored and discovered inside the ancient medieval city featured with twisted alleyways ripped in the urban mesh of whitewashed houses with ocher painted strips. Évora is known as the Portuguese Museum City and was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1986. On this trip, you'll explore monumental Évora on a guided tour where the main monuments will be visited, like the Roman Temple and Bathes, the Gothic Cathedral, the St. Francis Church and its Chapel of Bones, the Giraldo Square, the Mudejar styled Chapel of St. Brás and much more. Walking around the city, you'll feel the history in every corner, square and alleyway. Visit the town of Arraiolos, wind up to its medieval castle and appreciate the traditional handmade embroidered rugs in famous specialized shops. Traveling in the surroundings of Évora, you can admire the beautiful landscape of the Alentejo region featured with plains, cork tree forests, olive tree groves, whitewashed houses and the bluer blue sky of Portugal. The tour begins at 08:45 and finishes about 9 hours later at your hotel.

From Lisbon: Alentejo Wine Tour

3. From Lisbon: Alentejo Wine Tour

Discover why Portugal is renowned as one of the world’s best wine-producing countries on a full-day tour of the Alentejo and Setubal Peninsula. Along the way, the guide will give many insights about gastronomy and wines in Portugal. Drive East to the sunbaked plains of Alentejo, a region that stretches from the Spanish border to the Algarve in the south. Upon arrival near Évora, visit a local winery and discover the process behind the production of these wines. Then, put your palate to the test during a 4-wine tasting of reds and whites as well as sampling some local products such as cheese, chouriço (smoked pork sausage), smoked ham and bread. Continue to the 2nd winery in Alentejo, which has a long-standing winemaking tradition and a stellar reputation for producing intense and fruity ruby-colored reds. Venture out into the neatly pruned vines during a guided vineyard tour and learn about the climate and local varietals. Compound your newfound knowledge during another wine tasting session, where a tutor will talk you through the complex flavors of each style. Have lunch here for a relaxing conclusion to the tour.

Coffee and Wine: The Best of Both Worlds

4. Coffee and Wine: The Best of Both Worlds

Come on this tour and experience two of the best drinks in the world. Learn how they are made in Portugal, and the histories that have shaped them. From coffee to wine, you are bound to have a day full of life, and full of body. Learn the history and science of coffee, one of the world most popular drinks. Visit the Coffee Science Center. See why this unique center is founded in Alentejo. The visit to the Center is a journey through time and space: to know the first myths that relate coffee to the ancient tribes, to travel overseas aboard Portuguese ships or to accompany the smugglers who transported it from Portugal to Spain. Then visit the Adega Mayor, one of the most modern cellars in Europe. Learn from those born with a passion for their craft, and willing to pursue their dreams. Learn how the first of Author's Cellars in Portugal was a surprise with the minimalist building, holding most of their wine production. Come and taste for yourself how their success ensued. 

From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

5. From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

Day 1 Depart from Lisbon, heading to Evora in the Alentejo region by crossing the beautiful suspension bridge. Admire the city and the monument to Christ-King. Evora is a place where different civilizations have thrived and the evidence still remains. See the ancient "Temple of Diana" built in the Roman period, along with the magnificent aqueduct of "Agua da Prata."  Built further in the 11th and 12th centuries by the Arabs, Evora was the residence of Portuguese kings and a point of convergence for renowned artists that were supported by the patronage and dynasty reigning in Portugal. This period of discovery created a wealth in Evora that saw the construction of numerous aristocratic mansions of the city, such as the Jesuit university. The highlight, however, is the Church of San Francisco and the Bones Chapel, clothed with skulls and bones of 500 monks. See next the medieval village of Monsaraz, its narrow stone streets and houses painted white adding special charm to this place and its inhabitants. Later, arrive in Albufeira where you will spend the night. This historic center has a traditional atmosphere, whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets filled with cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Day 2 Depart to Lagos. In the middle of the 16th century, Lagos was the great base of support for the Discoveries, and the evidence of this is highly visible. See the Sagres Fortress where cannons, a 16th century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace and a beautiful sundial await your discovery. After, visit the nearby Fortress of “Cabo de Sao Vicente” which was built in the 16th century to protect the coast from the Moorish attacks. Return to Albufeira to spend the night. Day 3 On the return trip to Lisbon you will stop of a the town of Sesimbra to visit its Moorish Castle on the hillside north of the village. Classified as a national monument in 1910, it is now one of the most visited sites in the county. Down in the bay, you will visit the Maritime Museum of Sesimbra where you will learn the connection of this village to the sea and the history of its local fishermen. Enjoy here a 3D movie that will transport you back in time to medieval times and beyond. Continue on to Setubal downtown where you can find stores for all tastes, whether global department stores or niche local antiquities. Most of the streets here converge to “Praça do Bocage,” Setubal´s local meeting point. Lined with esplanades and dedicated to one of the greatest figures of Portuguese poetry, this statue with its eyes fixed on the sea is the landmark of this busy square. Return to Lisbon.

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A very nice and fun day with the guide João!

We made a very nice trip to Évora, our sicerone, João, was very kind to us, made us feel very comfortable in the city. Maybe because it is Sunday, we could not enter the castle of Arraiolos, just saw outside and visited a street with carpet crafts, we had so much fun!

This was the first tour on our vacation and we have a perfect day in Evora with a delicious lunch. Our guide was very helpful and accommodating when our schedule had changed as well. Would recommend this tour.

Esuardo was a great tour guide. the tour of Evora was very good, with a visit to the chapel of bones highly recommended. the wine tasting and lunch was also of a high standard.

I appreciated our guide taking us to a cork factory. It wasn't on the itinerary but when he offered I was glad to accept. It was most interesting.

kindness of Mr Quia

I had trouble confirming the tour, but the guide was worth it