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Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

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    What to Expect
    After you meet your guide at your central Lisbon hotel, begin your small-group tour to Évora with a drive east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge. After crossing the the Tagus River spend the next 1.5 hours gazing across the beautiful Alentejo region. Hear about the cork and olive trees, vineyards and produce that populate this serene countryside.

    Arrive in the city of Évora and discover its abundance of culture, heritage and history formed by centuries of influence. Learn why Évora became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town as you step into the St Francis, a well preserved church built in Gothic-Manueline style. Inside wander to the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), built in the 16th century, which displays human skulls and bones upon its walls.

    Afterwards, explore the Roman Temple’s remnants which date back to the 1st century and visit the the palace of King Manuel where explorer Vasco da Gama was commanded to find a route to India. Next, ogle the Cathedral of Évora (Sé de Évora) constructed between late 13th and early 14th centuries. Then, promenade along charming streets and under Gothic arches in Évora’s main Giraldo Square (Praça do Giraldo).

    Take a break from your guided tour and explore the historical streets on your own. Grab lunch at a place of your choice (own expense) and spend time ducking into a few souvenir shops. Then, rendezvous with your guide and head to a delicious olive oil tasting at a specialist shop. Relish samples of five olive oil flavors while gaining insight into the architecture and history of the city.

    Finally, hop aboard your vehicle and continue to Almendres Cromlech, one of Europe’s largest stone complexes. Arrive and see an astounding structure of menhirs (huge stone monoliths positioned upright) put here about 6000 years ago. As you walk alongside your guide, learn how their arrangement was used to determine the equinox and solstice. Afterwards, return to Lisbon at a choice of two centrally located drop off points; Marquês de Pombal or Rossio.
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    Departure Point
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Pick-up at your hotel (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Mercado da Ribeira or Saldanha areas). Parque das Nações area is not available for pick-up.
    Please note that you may have to walk a short distance from your accommodation to be picked up.
    Return point: Returns to a centrally located drop off point in Marquês de Pombal and/or Restauradores square.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Cais do Sodré train station or Saldanha metro station)
    • Drop-off at 2 centrally located points: Restauradores square / Marquês de Pombal
    • Small-group tour (8 people max.
    • Professional but informal local guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Live commentary on board
    • WiFi available in the minivan
    • Tastings of 5 different olive oil types
    • Entry/Admission - Capela dos Ossos
    Exclusions
    • Guided visits inside monuments
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please contact the company at least 24 hours before the activity for exact pick-up location and time (normally between 08:00 AM to 08:45 AM).
    • Pick-up at your hotel (or nearest location possible) only in certain areas of the city (center). It may be required to get to a standard pick-up point (i.e Mercado da Ribeira or Saldanha areas). Parque das Nações area is not available for pick-up.
    • Please note that you may have to walk a short distance from your accommodation to be picked up.
    • Drop off (done in only two locations: Restauradores square or Marquês de Pombal).
    • Please be reminded that there may be more than one language spoken during the tour (max. two languages).
    • English, Spanish and Portuguese are available all year round. French, Italian, Russian and Romanian ONLY ON REQUEST (according to availability).
    • Please note that infants and children occupy a seat.
    • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
    • Child rate applies only when accompanied by, at least, 1 paying adult.
    • Maximum of 8 persons per vehicle.
    • It's a good idea to wear tennis shoes or other appropriate footwear for the tour and bring along a bottle of water. In summer bring your sunscreen and in winter it gets very cold so make sure you bring a jacket.
    • A minimum of 2 people and maximum of 8 people per booking is required: there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
    • Not wheelchair accessible.
    • In case of adverse weather conditions (e. g. heavy rain), the tour will not be canceled, unless there are warnings and alerts by official organisms.
    • We are not responsible for any traffic congestion in the city, resulting from cultural, sport and religious events, or even demonstrations / strikes, etc. However we will always offer alternatives to avoid these situations; one of them is to change the pick-up and drop-off locations. Unfortunately, this may be transmitted without prior notice.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 24 July 2019

    This was a terrific trip. Our guide Elizabeth was very knowledgeable about the history of everything we saw. The sites were well chosen and the olive oil tasting was informative and delicious! We had an authentic Portuguese lunch and saw some truly amazing places. The...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Alison A
    Reviewed 28 June 2019

    My wife and I did this tour at the end of June 2019 and were very disappointed with the entire tour. We picked this tour because it didn't have wine tasting (my wife doesn't drink wine) so thought the olive oil would be interesting. The...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Renato P, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Cooltour Lisbon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2019

    Hello Mr. C. M., It is with a mixture of surprise and disbelief that we read your review of your trip to Évora. This tour is an authentic journey into the interior of the country and to secular traditions. The trip is relatively long to...More

    Reviewed 1 June 2019

    We enjoyed this small group tour with Carlos. It was interesting to see the stone circles and learn about the history of Evora. We had plenty of time to see the sights of Evora both as a group and alone and enjoyed lunch in the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank cello8
    Reviewed 27 April 2019

    Joined this tour, whilst it was informative I didn't enjoy it as much as I had the two I took with Cooltours Oporto. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. Perhaps I had chosen the wrong tour - I found it lacking. I was picked...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank travellover077
    Reviewed 16 April 2019

    We had Vasco as our tour-guide. This was an excellent tour. He was very knowledgeable about the sites, he kept us on track with sufficient times at the locations. He also made good recommendations for food.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank AHINSAA A
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    Hi would the tour be passing by Evora University? Is lunch included in the tour cost?. Thank you
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