Óbidos the Museum Village and Mafra Private Tour
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Estatua do Marques de Pombal, Estacao de Metro do Marques de Pombal Praca Marques de Pombal, Lisbon 1250-161 Portugal
You start by being picked-up for your private tour (just you and your guide), at a hotel or cruise port in Lisbon.
From here we will drive north to Óbidos & Mafra.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Obidos Village, Obidos Portugal
Explore Óbidos, conquered by Portugal´s first king, D. Afonso Henriques, on January 11th, 1148. Since then, Óbidos continues to be part of Portugal’s history. Here you will visit the various highlights of the Fortified village of Óbidos. Walking inside the village also allows you to taste the Ginjinha and other local goods and crafts.
Each July (at an extra cost) Óbidos castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing banners and heraldic flags set the mood together with hundreds of entertainers and stall holders dressed as merchants, jugglers, jesters, wandering minstrels, soldiers and more.
Visitors can shop at the traditional handcrafts fair or watch medieval shows, horse displays and a costumed parade that winds its way through the streets. There are also displays of jousting knights and armed combat.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Terreiro Dom Joao v, Mafra 2640-492 Portugal
Discover the palace of Mafra, a magnificent building that was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing King João V to carry out the building of the biggest baroque palaces from the 18th century.
Its construction began on November 17, 1717 and it integrates 4 buildings in one: the palace, the convent, a basilica and a library.
You will walk though the longest corridor ever built in a palace (232 m long). All made of limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 sqm2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156 stairways and 29 inner yards and courtyards.
The library itself is one of the most important in Europe, having an enormous variety of books (more than 30.000 volumes) from the XVth to the XVIIIth century.
Flanked by two towers, the basilica is the “center piece” of the facade having been designed by the German architect Johann Friedrich Ludwig and commissioned by D. João V.
Duration: 2 hours
- Pick up and drop off at a hotel in Lisbon or from cruise port
- Transportation by car or van with air-conditioning
- Private Guide
- Entrance fees
- Entry/Admission - Obidos Village
- Entry/Admission - Palacio Nacional de Mafra
- During July, the entrance fee to the 'Medieval Market'
- Lunch and any other items not mentioned in the description
- During winter, the entrance fee to the "Chocolate " or the "Xmas" Markets
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- At time of booking, hotel clients must provide the following information at time of booking: hotel name and address
- At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Had a wonderful time on this trip with our amazing guide Rodrigo. Beautiful and interesting! Thanks!
We almost exclusively choose Viator when seeking an independent tour of a city as their tour guides are great. This time our guide surpassed even our expectations. John Joao Dickmann was extremely knowledgeable about Lisbon and our chosen sites of the king and queens hunting palace and the medieval village of Obidos. John was very personable and showed flexibility when our interests expanded to include other historical topics. He even showed us quaint patisseries! Thank you, John.
An amazing experience for anyone fascinated by Roman, Moor and Portuguese history, all rolled into one charming village. The stop in Mafra for a visit to this royal palace was just as awesome. Our guide from Taking U There was distinguished and knowledable. It was really a first class tour.
Joao picked us up for our tour to Obidus from our hotel. We were expecting a small van, so you can imagine our surprise when it was us just out for the day. Joao is a font of information and most charming. We were at the fortress town before lines of tourists and had a beautiful time strolling the street lined with interesting crafts. The view from the top of the rampart wall was stunning. Joao is flexible to your tastes, it's not set how long you stay or what you see. He later drove us to the Mafra Palace, truly magnificent and to see this with just him instead of the huge crowds that came as we were going made you feel like the King and Queens had just left for the day. The cathedral within was a marbled sight to behold with its still functioning five organs. And then we see the biggest library in Europe with rare books and stories of bats that are free to roam and eat worms that damage wood and books. Joao has many different tours on offer, all small and I think his expertise of Morocco would make this a trip unique.