Meet your guide at your Lisbon hotel, then take in views of the peaceful countryside during the 1 hour, 45-minute drive to Évora, one of Portugal’s best-preserved medieval cities. Learn about the Romans, Moors and Portuguese people who have struggled for control of the picturesque spot as you start your tour at Geraldo Square, a scenic plaza named for ‘Gerald the Fearless,’ who seized the city from the Moors in the 12th century.
Take in the beautifully-preserved ruins of a 2nd-century Roman temple, said to have honored the goddess Diana; explore the Gothic cathedral whose heavy towers and stone walls dominate the town. Get tips from your guide on the best place to break for lunch, then see a beautiful church and chapel of bones dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi.
Visit the award-winning Saint José de Peramanca vineyard for a wine tasting in a stunning Baroque mansion, and experience the unique terroir of this traditional wine growing region. Continue to the mysterious archeological site of Cromeleque dos Almendres, where researchers have unearthed an array of hulking stones from thousands of years before Christ. Learn how Neolithic people may have used the menhirs for observing the stars or religious ceremonies, then finish your day with a return trip to your Lisbon hotel.