1. Portugal
  2. Santarém District
  3. Fátima

Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaca Private Tour

Product ID: 94545
With a local guide learn the history of the Templar Order and of the Christ Order while visiting their house in Tomar. Then skip the lines to see two of the most important monuments of Portugal, the Batalha and Alcobaça monasteries.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Portuguese

Pickup included

At hotel, bus station or train station, in the area of: Fátima, Batalha, Leiria, Alvados, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Ourém and Tomar.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar, appreciate its architectural beauty and let yourself engage in the secret Orders
  • Visit the monastery of Batalha. Admire its architecture and learn the history and legends of those that began the maritime discoveries
  • See Alcobaça Monastery and hear the tragic love story of Pedro and Inês de Castro in front of their tombs
Full description
After a pick-up at your hotel start the day by visiting the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. The tour will focus not only on the architecture, which is impressive with its several styles (romanic, gothic, manueline and renaissance), but also on 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 and you will discover the symbols that are in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders.

Next go to visit the monastery of holy Mary of victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is the Portuguese biggest gothic monument, and is also where the Manueline style was born and the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. We will see the architecture and talk about 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 biggest Portuguese gothic church is. This monument, like the Monastery of Batalha, is a UNESCO world heritage site. 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. Of course it´s inevitable, in front of their tombs, also to tell 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.

Of course during the day you´ll have time also to take a lunch or a snack, buy a souvenir, and take a lot of photos. The pace of the visit is always yours. What is most important is your satisfaction. 
Includes
  • Private guide
  • Pick-up and drop off at hotel, bus station, or train station
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Insurances
  • A bottle of water per person
  • A cup of Oporto wine, or of a typical liqueur, per person
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
Meeting point - at hotel, bus station or train station, in the area of: Fátima, Batalha, Leiria, Alvados, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Ourém and Tomar.

Children until 12 years are entitled to a 50% discount.

Pending on the pick-up point, the sequence of the visits can be changed to minimize the travel time.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
    5 / 5
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Exceptional Tour. A must if you love history and beautiful places.

Gonçalo is an exceptional tour guide who offers exceptional tours via Windland Tours. We had a great time on the tour. The locations were beautiful and filled with history of the region. Perfect if you have a whole day to spend covering these 3 locations with a well informed guide. And do get him to join you for lunch, cause he can easily recommend to you some good Portuguese food at a very nice restaurant. I highly recommend this tour with Gonçalo.

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December 11, 2017

Amazing tour and awesome guide - Highly recommended!

This private tour is the best tour we've had among the other tours we've been to. Our tour guide Gonçalo was very professional, accomodating, and knowledgeable. We had really great time exploring each wonderful sites and learn more about the history of Portugal without any stress. This is the only tour that made my mother really interested in history to the point that she even bought a book. This tour is truly fantastic. And Gonçalo and his wife Vera of Windland tours (windland.tours@gmail.com) also have other tours to offer and can even cater a tailor-made tour of your choice. We highly recommend this tour, and our tour guide if you want to visit Portugal.

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September 12, 2017

Excellent tour!

Vera est une historienne et connaît très bien son sujet. Elle a été très généreuse dans ses explications et a pris le temps de répondre à toutes nos questions. Ce tour privé nous a permis d'en apprendre davantage mon seulement sur l'histoire du Portugal mais aussi sur son peuple. Je recommande fortement ce tour!

June 8, 2019

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