Private Day Trip to Tomar, Alcobaça and Óbidos
Founded during the Christian "reconquista" Portugal is a Catholic country since the 12th century and so the perfect place for monks to settle and enlarge the local faith. A key factor for development and defence for any territory, monks and their life style are still considered to be the poles of western civilization!
On this tour we'll discover two different religious houses and their daily life. . . The vows they would take , the way they dressed, ate, prayed and fought!
Covering the most notorious Monasteries of the country is also like taking an UNESCO tour since both were classified as World Heritage Sight!
In Óbidos it's now time to have a stroll, shop in the local stores and have a sample of cherry liquor!
This day trip is one of a kind. . . we'll find time to taste traditional food and drinks (including those previously produced by the monks), enjoy a countryside ride, understand the history of Portugal but above all, have a great time together!!
Leaving Lisbon we'll drive for about one hour and a half towards Óbidos where we'll spend about one hour to one hour and a half. Its a medieval village so car access is forbiden. All tour is done by foot visiting local shops, churches and view points.
Continue towards Alcobaça (30 minutes drive) to visit the Cistercian Monatery.
After lunch we'll drive to Tomar (45 minutes) to reach the Templar city and visit the Convent of Christ , one of the best preserved buildings originally built by the knights of the Temple and the following Order of Christ.
Drive back to Lisbon.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in town, your cruiseline pier, at the airport or any adress where you might be accomodated.
End location: Back to the hotel, pier or any place in the city mentioned by you.
Duration: 8 hours
Modern confortable rented car with AC. Opel Astra or similar.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - In case you want to visit both monasteries each costs 6€ per person each.
* If you're over 65 years old a discount will be done (Proof of entitlement required).
20€ for Lunch.
**Food and drinks are relatively unexpensive for European patterns: Average price of an expresso in Lisbon is 1€. A bottle of water 1.50€.
Please make sure you have some cash with you since not all places accept Credit Card. AMEX is not very big in Portugal, yet VISA and Mastercard are accepted almoust everywhere.
No restrictions. As a State Licensed Guide I can tour anywhere in Portugal including driving and touring at the same time.
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Matilde created a day trip around Lisbon for my wife and I. It included the towns of Obidos, Alcobaca, and Tomar. The trip was a perfect blend of architecture, history, and food. Matilde was able to guide us through the sights while avoiding the large tour groups that can overwhelm the experience. Her knowledge of world history, religion, and food was impressive. We would definitely recommend Matilde.