knights templar

April 25th – May 6th, 2025

$ 3700
  • pp double occupancy

Guided by Kris Kimball

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Depart from home and head to Lisbon, Portugal.

Arrival in Portugal

The group arrives and is greeted by our local tour manager who will help us transfer from the airport to our hotel. Guests not on the group flight should get their checked bags and meet the tour at the city center for a guided tour. 

After checking into our hotel, we begin our tour at the City Center in Lisbon. Here, we explore sights such as Belem Tower and the Jeronimo’s Monastery. Each of these sites is rich in Knights Templar traditions.

Knights Templar Sites

Belem Tower

This historic fortress us a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Serving as a defensive structure in the 16th century, it is known for its Manueline architecture, as well as its inclusion of Knights Templar designs and symbols. Here, we explore more thoroughly the connections Lisbon holds with the Knights Templar Traditions.

Jeronimo’s Monastery

Built in the 15th century, this monastery holds ties to the Knights Templar traditions only geographically. Where this ancient monastery stands, there formerly was a Knights Templar chapel. Therefore, this monastery is responsible for burying Knights Templar Traditions. Traditions, that we will uncover and reveal during our visit.

Later is our welcome dinner at the hotel. Expect to enjoy basic introductions and review some basic tour information as well.

Today, our sites will include those more traditionally associated with the overall history and culture of Portugal, rather than the Knights Templar. Including, the picturesque town of Sintra, where we see Pena Palace and Quinta de Regaleira.


Renowned for its enchanting landscapes and historical significance. It stays nestled amidst lush hills of Portugal. Its roots trace back to Moorish rule and subsequent Christian reconquest. It served as a retreat for Portuguese royalty, and is further enriched by the medieval churches, elegant palaces, and charming streets that have witnessed centuries of Portuguese history.

Pena Palace

Constructed in the mid- 19th century, Pena Palace us a masterpiece of Romantic architecture. Its interior reflects the tastes and interests of King Ferdinand II, featuring opulent rooms adorned with intricate furnishings, tiles, and decorative arts. The palace is known for its distinctive red and yellow facade, decorative turrets, and extensive gardens. Its fairy tale appearance drives visitors from all over. 

*Access by bus is very limited and it is possible that guests may be asked to walk uphill (30-40 minutes) to reach the palace, or take a tuk-tuk at their own expense. More information will be available as we approach departure.*

Quinta de Regaleira

Much like Pena Palace, this remarkable estate captivates visitors with its fairy-tale like ambiance. The grounds include a palace, chapel, and a luxurious park with enigmatic structures, tunnels, and gardens. The most iconic feature is the “Initiation Well,” a spiral staircase leading underground, often associated with mystical and esoteric symbolism.

Overnight in Lisbon.

Knights Templar Sites


This historic city is rich in Knights Templar traditions, as well as boasts a well-preserved historic center. The city is adorned with notable landmarks, including the Roman Temple of Evora, the Cathedral of Evora, and the Chapel of Bones. Beyond its historical charm, Evora is celebrated for its vibrant local culture, traditional cuisine, and a welcoming atmosphere that captivates visitors exploring the city’s centuries-old streets.

Almendres Cromlech

Dating back to the Neolithic period, around 6000 – 4000 BCE, this megalithic complex is one of the oldest in Europe. The cromlech consists of a circular arrangement of standing stones, with a main structure in the middle. Known as the “Almendres Menhir.” Unfortunately, the purpose of this structure remains unclear, however, it is believed to have ritualistic or astronomical significance.

Bone Chapel

Both a macabre, as well as fascinating site, this chapel was constructed in the 16th century. Known for its unique interior, which is decorated entirely in human bones and skulls. The purpose behind the creation of the Bone Chapel is to provoke contemplation on the transient nature of life and inevitability of death. Although not directly related to the Knights Templar traditions, we will discuss some connections we have discovered.

After exploring these sites, we travel to Tomar to overnight.

Knights Templar Sites


A historical city, Tomar played a large role in the Knights Templar traditions. Including, housing the Covent of Christ, originally a stronghold for the Knights Templar. Additionally, this city plays a major role in the medieval history of Portugal. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tomar attracts visitors with its rich history, medieval charm, and the cultural legacy of the Knights Templar.

Convent of Christ

As previously mentioned, this Convent was a stronghold of the Knights Templar. Originally serving as the stronghold, it was transitioned into the Convent after the Knights Templar was disbanded. The complex features key attractions, including the Charola ( a circular Knights Templar temple), the the intricated Manueline window in the Chapter House. Here, we also find the statue of Gualdina Paes, and learn more about their significance to the exposition of the Knights Templar.

Other sites we find on the Convent of Christ complex include: the Church of St. John the Baptist and Santa Maria do Olival, as well as the walk through of the Mata Nacional dos Sete Mones.

Overnight in Tomar

Knights Templar Sites

Almoural Castle

Almoural Castle holds a significant connection to the Knights Templar. Originally, this castle was built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar as a defensive strategy along the Tagus River. Serving as a key stronghold during the Reconquista, it provided a defensive position against the Moors. Today, this castle stands as a monument, offering visitors a glimpse into the medieval military architecture and Knights Templar’s presence in the region.

Knights Templar Sites

Aqueduct of Pegoas

Constructed to supply the Convent of Christ with water, we stop to see this site as we journey towards Alcobaca Monastery.

Alcobaca Monastery

Constructed in the 12th century, we find Knights Templar influences in symbols and structures. This monastery is renowned for its vast size, elegant design, and the purity of its architectural style. The church within the monastery houses the tombs of King Pedro I and Ines de Castro, creating a poignant connection to Portuguese history.


This town is known for its historical and architectural heritage. Notably, the castle of Pombal was donated to the Knights Templar organization. Over the centuries, the castle has undergone renovations and changes. 

While historically significant, todays sites don’t hold heavy ties to the Knights Templar traditions. Here, we will continue our exploration of the wonderful culture of Portugal.


One of Portugal’s oldest cities, this town is known for its historical importance. Originally, it served as the country’s medieval capital and is now home to a well-preserved medieval old town.

        – The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest cities in the world. The university’s Joanina Library and Royal Palace are noteworthy and historical landmarks as well.

Ingreja de Santa Cruz

This church in Coimbra holds significance as the final resting place of the first two kings of Portugal (Alfonso Henriques and Sancho I). The church has both Gothic, as well as Manueline architectural elements, reflecting the transition between these two styles.

Again, we take time to explore the rich traditions of Portugal in between our Knights Templar Sites. Along side these sites, we have the opportunity to take a 50 minute 7 bridges tour on the river.


One of the oldest European cities, with a rich history dating back to Roman times. The historic center, Ribeira, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by narrow streets, colorful buildings, and historic landmarks. As a historic district, the area is picturesque area with medieval architecture, charming squares, and lively restaurants.

Sao Bente Train Station

Located in the city center of Porto, renowned for its exquisite azulejo (traditional Portuguese ceramic tile) panels that depict historical and cultural scenes. Not only a transportation hub, but also a cultural attraction appreciated for its artistic and historical elements. 

Braga is a marvelous place to explore the traditions of the Knights Templar. Known as the “Rome of Portugal,” Braga is a significant spiritual and religious center. We explore the Se de Braga (Braga Cathedral) and the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary while we are there,

      – Bom Jesus do Monte: A sanctuary with a monumental baroque staircase, Bom Jesus do Monte offers panoramic views of the city. The Sanctuary is a pilgrimage site, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage candidate.

In the morning, before visiting any Knights Templar sites, we have the opportunity to attend an LDS sacrament meeting. After the meeting, we will begin touring our sites for the day. 

Knights Templar Sites

Ponte de Lima

Founded in 1125, this is one of the oldest towns in Portugal. It boasts a well-preserved medieval center with narrow streets, traditional houses, and historic monuments. The city’s name translates to “Bridge of Lima,” referring to the ancient Roman bridge that spans the Lima River. 

From here, the group will walk to Arcozelo along the Camino de Santiago (2.8 miles). From there, the group is picked up by the coach and continue their journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Our last city of exploration in this Knights Templar traditions tour, is Santiago de Compostela. Here, we are guided through the old town and visit the cathedral as a group. In the afternoon, everyone is free at leisure to explore the town and do some final shopping.

Not sure what to do with your free time? Check out our video about tips for using free time on our tour. This can be found under our FAQ section at the top of the page.

This morning we transfer to the Santiago de Compostela airport, where we will begin our travels home.

Payment Terms: $300 pp deposit required at time of booking. Final payment due 90 days before departure. 

**this tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 48 passengers.

*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes

Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our  tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.

A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night.  This is just to let you know of this possibility.  In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.