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Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

1. Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Explore the history of Portugal on a tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, make your way to Évora, the historic capital of the Alentejo. Start the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, this megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Admire the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars. Next, explore the UNESCO-classified city center of Évora. See remnants from Roman through Renaissance times. Visit the Temple of Diana and learn how cork is extracted from Cork Oak Trees. Visit the medieval Évora Cathedral and climb to the roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones, covered in human skulls and bones, before returning to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

2. 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.

From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

3. From Lisboa: Evora & Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Évora, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical Portuguese houses coexist. Start the tour to the south, passing over the 25th April bridge at Lisbon also known as the Golden Gate replica, and use the opportunity to visit the iconic Christ King, with the best views over the city of Lisbon. On arrival at Évora, beside the Historical Centre, there are nearby a lot of interesting points to visit, such as Evora's Roman Temple, the Cathedral, Saint Francis church, King Manuel Royal Palace, the local market, and one of the most famous and iconic places, the Chapel of Bones, entirely made with monk bones lifted from an ancient cemetery. Onwards, you will travel towards the border between Portugal and Spain, to discover Monsaraz Castle, and explore its medieval streets surrounded by stunning views of the Alentejo plains, where you can also see the largest artificial river beach in Europe, the Alqueva.

Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

4. 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.

Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

5. Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

Visit Évora, a Portuguese town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day tour from Lisbon. Évora is sometimes referred to as the "White City" and also "City Museum," because it dazzles its visitors with lush architectural and artistic monumental churches, historic squares, white houses, and narrow medieval streets. Évora invites you to discover a city that is synonymous of mix of cultures; from the Romans to the Arabs, Jews to Christians, all its traditions and expressions are clearly present here. On your small group trip to Évora, you will be picked up from your Lisbon hotel at 8:30 AM before setting out. After arrival, make your way to the historic city center. Évora was taken from the Moors and went on to become one of the most prosperous cities of the kingdom, especially during the Avis Dynasty (1385-1580). Next, visit the Roman Temple of Évora, often referred to as the Temple of Diana. It is a Corinthian-style temple, built in the early first century A.D. Continue on to the Chapel of Bones. It is a chapel located next to the Church of St. Francis, and its walls are all lined with human bones. After lunch, visit Évora Cathedral. This is a Romanesque-Gothic building and you can climb to the towers and go to the roof where you have amazing views over the city and the countryside. After leaving the city, continue to visit a wine farm, Here visit the facilities and learn about the manufacturing and packaging of wine. Then enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting (not included). On your way back to Lisbon, pass by Arraiolos, located about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Évora. Visit the castle and the church of "Senhor dos Passos." Then learn about the famous Arraiolos carpets, wool rugs embroidered with the stitch of the same name, on a jute cloth made of cotton or linen. The knowledge of this craft has been passed from generation to generation in Arraiolos. You will return to Lisbon around 5:00 PM.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

Delve deep into Portuguese heritage on our exclusive rural van tour, stopping off at some of the most important cultural sites on the way. We will pick you up from your hotel at the designated time. On this tour, immerse yourself in the real Portugal, with its magnificent patchwork plains of vineyards and grain fields. See the olive trees from which the famous Portuguese olive oil is pressed and the endangered cork trees from which the famous Portuguese Cork is harvested. Visit the oldest stone circle in Southern Europe in the city of Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the Roman temple and enter the famous Chapel of Bones. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Portugal and is one of the most impressive works of architecture of its kind.

Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

7. Évora Private Tour from Lisbon

You will be picked up in Lisbon in the morning. Take a journey from Lisbon to Évora passing by the iconic Alentejo landscape with its lowlands full of cork trees and white washed houses. Visit Évora surrounded by medieval walls. The city is a World Heritage Site - also called the "City Museum" because of the ancient artistic manifestations found in its inner walls. During your visit you'll get to see the admirable "Capela dos Ossos" (Bone Chapel), the Roman Temple in the Iberian Peninsula, and the cathedral. In Évora, you'll be able to taste the most genuine flavors of typical Portuguese cuisine with some of the best wines and olive oils of the country. Your guide knows the best places to find these. While you walk the narrow and charming streets of Évora you'll get to shop for hand-made products on the street markets, discovering an abundance of goods made with the region's famous cork and clay. In the evening you will be taken back to your accommodation in Lisbon. 

From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

8. From Lisbon: Private Customized Small-Group Tour to Evora

Discover the wonders of the ancient city of Evora on this customized tour. Want to see the finest Gothic building in Portugal? Then visit the 13th-Century Cathedral of Evora. Stop off where you like and see the sights you want to at your own pace. Start off your sightseeing experience with a pickup from your driver, jump in the car and enjoy the ride. Immerse yourself in this old but vibrant city, known for its cobbled streets, medieval palaces, and plazas, all within its ancient walls. Visit The Roman Temple of Évora, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Want to see something chilling? Be sure to stop at the Church of St Francis. The eerie Bones Chapel is decorated with human bones and skulls, which will send shivers down your spine.

Albufeira: Algarve Coast Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Albufeira: Algarve Coast Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Enjoy half a day of discoveries in the Algarve region on this guided tour and wine tasting trip. Experience the best of the region, from pristine beaches, secret spots, and dramatic cliff coasts, to sampling some of the region's finest wines. Start in Albufeira with a passage through the marina of Albufeira and a small stop at the lighthouse. Take in a fantastic view over the city before heading to Praia do Arrifes, a beach with three cliffs. Make another beach stop at the popular beach of São Rafael while heading to a small fishing community called Senhora da Rocha, where the pier and beach serve as a refuge for fishermen's boats. The beach is flanked by cliffs, where an old fort and the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha are located, as well as a tunnel excavated in the rock. Later, visit Praia da Marinha, one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Afterward, head to one of the best wineries in the Algarve with international recognition and several decades of history and winemaking experience. Explore the natural beauty of the grounds, then round off your trip with a wine tasting, with experienced winemakers passionate about wine production. Conclude the tour with a drop-off back at your hotel.

From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

10. From Lisbon: Évora Private Historic Discovery Tour

This tour is designed for history lovers and will show you the city’s varied collection of historic landmarks. After relaxing on the trip (1 hour 30 minutes) from Lisbon to Évora, you reach this UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll be transported back to Roman times, then past the Moorish occupations, all the way through the middle ages, and then back to today's Portugal. You'll discover the history of the Roman Temple, often incorrectly referred to as the Temple of Diana. You will also enter the famous Sé Cathedral, the largest medieval cathedral of Portugal. It was built between 1186 and 1204 and was only finished to its final beauty in 1250. Your guide will show you the cloister, basilica and then you will go all the way up to the rooftop to have a fantastic birds-eye-view over the whole city. Then you will explore the creepy Bone Chapel, with its carefully arranged skulls and bones of about 5000 people that cover the walls and columns. It is supposed to make visitors reflect on the inevitable facts of life and death. Make sure you look up at the inscription on the entrance, which reads: "We bones that here are, await for yours." As well as the above sites, you'll also have the chance to stroll along the Giraldo Square and discover many other historic details of this city and see the locals way of life. Not to forget, you should try some of the simple local gastronomic specialties if you get hungry. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Chapel of Bones

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based on 237 reviews

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.

We did this trip and our guide was Nuno. He was very passionate about Portugal and all it has to offer. He was engaging and knowledgeable with the content. The bone church was amazing and the Roman ruins were really cool to see. We were not rushed and it was a nice relaxing day. We had a great experience Would recommend this trip to others!

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.

John is an excellent guide! Passionate about what he does, he showed us the best of Évora. trust! You will be positively surprised.

Flexible hours, guide showed a lot of knowledge about the history of Évora