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What to expect

The Knights Templar

Discover historical abbeys, monasteries and castles

Serra de Aires Natural Park

Witness geological wonders

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Explore the Batalha Monastery & Alcobaça Abbey

About the trip

Follow in the footsteps of the famous Knights Templar for an escorted walking break with a ready-made group of solo travellers, perfectly designed for lovers of history, culture and tradition in this picturesque region of Portugal.

Walking Grade: Easy to Medium

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What's Included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Solos Board – breakfast and dinner daily
  • Drinks included with evening meals
  • 6 fully guided walking days
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected


  • Arrive in Portugal
  • Tomar
  • Serra de Aires Natural Park
  • Tejo Valley
  • Batalha & Alcobaça
  • Nabão River
  • Ourém
  • Departure Day


  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches

What you'll be doing


Arrive In Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to our four-star hotel – Dos Templarios in Tomar. If time allows, an introductory walk will be offered.

Transfer time approx: 2 hours

Meals Included: Dinner


Discovering Tomar

The day will be dedicated to the town that will welcome us for the week. A morning introductory walk in the centre will allow us to pass the main monuments and points of interest. After lunch (at own cost), we’ll make our way to the town’s masterpiece – ‘The Convent of Christ’. Built as a Templar stronghold in the 12th Century, it’s a reminder of the power, knowledge, sacrifice and history of one of the most famous religious orders of all time – The Knight’s Templars.
Within a short drive away, we’ll take time to enjoy the views and the engineering prowess of the ‘Pegões Aqueduct’, a 6km long aqueduct built in the 16th Century during the ‘Philippine Dynasty’ which supplied water for the convent.

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Exploring Serra de Aires Natural Park

After breakfast, we visit the Serra de Aires Natural Park’s range of limestone hills and fantastic cave formations. The ‘Santo António Caves’ were discovered in the 1950s by a small boy that decided to follow a bird and saw it disappear through a deep hole in the ground. Seventy years later, we are privileged to witness a part of our planet’s geological wonders.
After lunch (at own cost), we’ll walk the trails down through the valley below the caves, taking us through quaint villages, shady paths and superb scenery as the valley opens out.

Transfer time – approx. 1 hour
Distance: 6.3km/3.9 miles
Ascent +98m


Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


Islands, Art & Gardens in Tejo Valley

Amongst the middle reaches of the longest Iberian Peninsula river, on a small picturesque and picture-perfect rugged island, sits one of the most beautiful medieval military monuments in the country: the ‘Almourol Castle’. Using a traditional boat to ferry us to this enigmatic island, we will have time to explore this 12th Century structure, where we’ll enjoy some of the best views of the week.

Back on dry land, we follow Tanco’s shoreline towards the delightful garden of ‘Vila Nova da Barquinha’, a public garden and an open door gallery of modern sculptures from some of the most respected national artists.

Transfer time – approx. 45mins
Distance: 4km/2.5mi
Ascent/descent: minimal

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


Time Travel in Batalha & Alcobaça

Our day comprises of a time travel visit through Portuguese history and its glorious buildings.
The ‘Batalha Monastery’ – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and one of Europe’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, was born out of a promise of gratitude for a won battle that granted Portugal its independence. During the 150 years that it took to build, the initial project was subjected to numerous changes that resonate with the evolution of architectural styles, from the exclusively Portuguese ‘Manueline’ style to the Renaissance techniques.

After lunch, we visit the ‘Alcobaça Monastery’ a 12th Century UNESCO World Heritage Site. This colossal complex was originally given to St Bernard of Clairvaux – the main reformer of the Cistercian Order and built to reflect the ‘White Monks’ principles: austerity, prayer, penitence, hard labour and constant silence. This monastery is also the burial site of Portugal’s most famous royal lovers and their tragic history – ‘Pedro and Inês’.

Transfer time – approx. 1h
Distance: 2km/1.2 miles
Ascent: Minimal
Descent: Minimal

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


Nabão River Walk & Winery Visit

Named after ‘Nabia’ – the pagan goddess of rivers and water – the Nabão River stretches for 60km, with luxuriant riverbanks that run from the northern village of Ansião to the south, eventually flowing into the Zêzere River. Our walk this morning follows the course of the river and, at times, our route coincides with the Portuguese ‘Caminho de Santiago’.
Later, we’ll visit a nearby winery where there’ll be a tour through the winery and wine cellar, with some disclosure of the secrets behind the art of making wine. This visit also includes wine tasting.

Transfer time – approx. 20mins
Distance: 6.3km/3.9miles
Ascent/Descent: flat

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


Guided Tour of Ourém

Our last day is dedicated to the medieval village of Ourém. This remarkable hilltop village, nestled within ancient walls, is topped with a dramatic castle whose origins go back to Moorish times. We will enjoy 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.

Transfer time – approx. 1 hour
Distance: 1.3km/0.8mi

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


Departure Day

Today we check out of our hotel and say goodbye before transferring to Lisbon Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer Time – Approx. 2 hours


Hotel dos Templarios - Tomar Four-star

Our beautiful hotel for the week is perfectly situated in the heart of Tomar next to the historic centre overlooking the river Nabão.



Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurant, bar and lounge, two swimming pools including indoor pool, gym with sauna and massages and beauty treatments available by appointment (charges apply) free Wi-Fi throughout.

Room Includes

The comfortable rooms include ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers, flat screen satellite TV, small fridge, digital safe, free Wi-Fi, desk with chair, living area and balcony with views over the river or castle. We recommend to bring a travel kettle and tea, coffee for the room if required.

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