Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.
Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.
Arrival to Lisbon
Meet at the airport and transfer to Tomar (+- 1h).
Short introductory walk around Tomar (depending on arrival time). Free time until the evening meeting and dinner.
Full day visit to Tomar with a morning introductory walk in the centre passing the main monuments and points of interest. The day will be partly guided to give a full background to the buildings and history of Tomar however there will be free time to enjoy & soak up the atmosphere of this special town.
Serra de Aires Natural Park
Today we visit the Serra de Aires Natural Park. This range of limestone hills is home to fantastic cave formations and we will visit the best.
In the afternoon we will walk trails down the valley below the caves taking us through quaint villages, shady paths and superb scenery as the valley opens out.
Our visit today will be to the valley of the river Tejo and the hauntingly beautiful castle of Almourol.
We will begin with a walk from the riverside village of Vila Nova de Barquinha and follow the river to the village of Tancos where a traditional boat will ferry us to the castle on its island in the river.
Batalha Abbey & Alcobaça Abbey
Trip to Batalha Abbey, a World Heritage site and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces. After lunch visit the world heritage site of the 12th century Abbey of Alcobaça, originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux the founder of the Knights Templar and the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers. Dinner in a local restaurant.
North of Tomar
The beautiful River Nabão is named after the ancient goddess of rivers and water. Our walk this morning follows the margins of the river north of Tomar and, at times, our route coincides with the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago. Later we refresh ourselves with a visit to a nearby winery to taste some of the delicious Ribatejo wines. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Today we visit Ourém. This remarkable hilltop village nestled within ancient walls is topped with a dramatic castle whose origins go back to Moorish times. We will have a guided tour of the village and castle after which we have time to relax in the local café and enjoy the views over the immense landscapes below. Dinner in a local restaurant.
After breakfast transfer to Lisbon airport.