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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.

Monsaraz: Departing from Évora

2. Monsaraz: Departing from Évora

Departing from Évora, it will take you about 4 hours to visit the amazing village of Monsaraz. Wander the streets and enjoy the breathtaking views of this hilltop village. Enter a time capsule that will take you back centuries. En route, the tour will stop at San Pedro do Corval, a pottery village. Stop by a family-owned pottery and have a great opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about ceramics. Afterwards, don't go home without tasting unique wines from a local winery.

From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

3. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Full-Day Tour

This tour will take you to Évora, a world heritage site, where medieval streets, palaces and beautifull tipical Portuguese houses coexist. Start the tour on direction to South, passing over the 25th April bridge at Lisbon also known as the Golden Gate replica and use the opurtunity to visit the iconic Christ King. 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. On this customizable full-day private tour, you will be able to choose the itinerary and also what to visit in depth or briefly, within the full-day tour (8 hours) restriction. Onwards, you will travel towards the border beetwen Portugal and Spain, to discover Monsaraz Castle, explore its medieval streets surrounded by stunning views of the Alentejo plains, where you can also see the largest artificial river beach in Europe.

Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

4. Evora and Monsaraz: Wine and Gastronomy Tour

The city of Évora counts back thousands of years of history. You will be taken you to see the city highlights and hear its 1,001 stories. You will definitely appreciate the beauty of this magical city. The historical center will come as a complete surprise. Inhabited since immemorial times, it is still possible to appreciate Roman remains, surrounded by medieval buildings. After visiting the historical center, the cathedral and the Bones Chapel, you will head to Alentejo to a beautiful local winery for a wine tasting. Sample regional products such as fresh bread, cheese, cooked meats, and jam. After lunch, head to the village of Monsaraz village, a fortified settlement established in the Copper Age. Admire the influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the architecture and traditions of this ancient village that has been inhabited by members of these three religions.

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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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We spent several weeks in various parts of Portugal and we can easily say that this tour was by far our favorite! João was an amazing guide who educated us on the history, traditions, and culture of Evora. He was extremely knowledgeable and curated the tour perfectly so that every aspect of the tour together was connected in one large picture. Although it was very cloudy and cold the day of our tour, Monsaraz was absolutely beautiful and the final wine tasting was accompanied with a breathtaking view of the country. We will definitely be returning with all our friends and family. 10/10 recommed!

João was an amazing guide! He speaks excellent English and knew so much about the area and how agricultural plays such an important part of the Alentejo. The stop at the pottery shop was amazing and so cool to see the traditional process. Monsaraz was incredible. The views and the village were unforgettable! The wine tasting was a nice finale and the scenery to and from Evora was great. João is a very engaging person and knows his stuff! Would definitely do it again with visitors!

With this interpreter, Joao, you can really enjoy everything you see, hear, experience while he transports you safely to your destination... Monsaraz... His almost perfect English makes everything very clear and easy to follow. ..he also knows the many background stories associated with everything he shows you ..a really great guide!!!...a golden guy❗❗...a trip well worth it ❗ thanks to Joao and his perfect knowledge and translation 8n t English of everything ❗

Wonderful tour with our guide Rodrigo. Did wine testing at lovely Monsaraz near the Spanish border. Evora was amazing, great food, beautiful churches and Roman temple. Highly recommend

I loved it! Maria is an excellent tour guide!!! Congratulations!