This full-day private tour invites you to discover the amazing Alentejo region of south-central Portugal and two of its most important highlights: Arraiolos and Évora, a World Heritage Site.
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Leaving Lisbon early in the morning you will cross the rolling plains of this almost unexplored region where the olive and cork oak trees are abundant and essential to the region's economy and lifestyle.
The town of Évora, the walled World Heritage Site, is an astonishingly well-preserved piece of history. With your guide you will be invited to visit the Saint Francis church and the sinister Chapel of the Bones proving that life for some might have been just one more step towards the desired eternity.
Walking up the old narrow streets you'll reach the central Giraldo square where you will begin to walk up to the top of Évora reaching the 13th century Cathedral and the surprisingly well preserved Roman temple. But in one of the hidden corners of Évora lies the core of all its knowledge and perseverance: the 16th century University where still today hundreds of students search for the much-wanted sapience. If you're a handicraft fan then let our guide introduce you to a modern handicraft studio that they've found when walking in Évora (closed on Sunday).
After a reinvigorating lunch break in one of the much celebrated restaurants in Évora, that prepare with heart and soul the regional olive oil, bread and garlic recipes, it will be time to leave to the village of Arraiolos. The 'eternal bride', as it is called by locals, is a splash of immaculate white-washed houses on the golden plains and blue skies. Life here has slowed down the pace a little to appreciate the rhythm of nature and the skillfulness of the Arraiolos carpets being embroidered by the delicate hands of local women.
This tour is operated in a luxury vehicle as you tour the majestic sites of Portugal.
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Cruise Port Pickup passengers: you will be met by a representative outside the Reception Hall
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
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- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drink, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Virgil I, April 2013
Very interesting tour and the guide - Tiago - excellent from the professional point of view.
Reviewed by: Emily B, July 2010