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From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Set off on your full-day tour from Lisbon and discover one of the most scenic parts of Portugal's countryside. Make your way through Alentejo with its magnificent plains filled with olive trees, vineyards, and cork oaks. Make your first stop at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Take a guided tour inside the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Your guide will also show you around the must-see Chapel of Bones. Take time to admire the ornate architecture of the Cathedral of Évora. Your second stop will be the graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal and built within the walls of a castle. Taste one of the best wines in Portugal with the views of one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. At the end of a full day of sightseeing, return to Lisbon.  Treat yourself and your family or friends to a private experience with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Lisbon, Cascais, or Ericeira. Alternatively, you can opt for a small-group experience and meet your guide outside one of two central hotels.

Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

2. Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

Explore the cultural tapestry of Évora, capital of the province of Alentejo, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through a rustic landscape of olive and cork trees, journey 81 miles (130 km) south of Lisbon to reach the outer vineyards of this well-preserved treasure. Walk through the whitewashed Old Town to visit Évora's most famous landmark, the Roman Temple. Its large Corinthian columns date back to the first century, the era of Emperor Augustus. Another breathtaking stop will be the Cathedral of Évora, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. Then we'll head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Afterwards, stroll through Évora market to admire the colorful and tasty ingredients used to create some of the Portugal's most marvelous dishes. In the afternoon, visit one of the most important wine cellars in Portugal. Toast the day with a taste of fine wines.

Lisbon: Private Evora Tour with Wine Tasting

3. Lisbon: Private Evora Tour with Wine Tasting

Your day begins with a visit to a farmhouse, where you will learn that cork is the bark of the cork oak, a variety of oak. Portugal is responsible for 55% of the world's cork production, which is valued worldwide for decorative cork coatings used for things such as walls and floors. Your tour will then progress to the historical center of Evora, where you will discover the ancient Temple of Diana next to the Evora Cathedral, which was built during the Roman period. Alentejo wine has a unique profile, something that seems impossible to happen in a region of hot and dry climate. This makes it indispensable to add water to the vine, with soils and reliefs a very sunny zone allowing the perfect maturation of the grapes. This is a practically flat region that produces white wines that are generally soft, slightly acidic, and have aromas of tropical fruits. The red wines are full bodied and rich in tannin, with aromas of wild and red fruits. Your tour includes a visit to one of these wineries with a tasting. It is also possible to visit Monsaraz, but you will be forced to cut the wine tour short in order to time to make both. At the conclusion of your day, you will return to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

4. 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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What people are saying about Roman Temple of Évora

So glad we took this tour to the Alentejo region. Our guide, Marco, was terrific. He was flexible, friendly and informative. He stopped for us first at the "Stonehenge" of the Alentejo, which was most interesting, then we toured Evora with its interesting cathedral. Also had an excellent lunch there. Then on to Monsaraz, which is a beautiful spot high on a hill, all whitewashed buildings, with an amazing 360-degree view. The wine tasting was excellent, and we had time for a little shopping as well. A long but very rewarding day!

We had a wonderful trip with Marcus as our guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, and provided lots of information about the culture and history of the locations in Evora and Monsaraz. The Chapel of Bones was a big hit with our 11-year old. We had a great lunch in Evora at a restaurant that Marcus recommended. Overall an engaging day with opportunity to see some new areas in Portugal.

The experience was super! The tour was very well explained and interactive. The only downside of the tour was the broken air conditioner of the bus. The bus had no windows and was like a sauna the whole trip on the way back to Lisbon.

It was worth visiting Monsaraz and Évora. Beautiful landscapes. Excellent service from the guide Rodrigo, polite, attentive and well prepared, answered all our questions. I recommend this tour!

This was a fun trip. A bit of a ride out there but great to get out of lisbon and see the country side.