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Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Step back centuries ago and see the well-preserved Museum Village on this private tour of Óbidos and Mafra from Lisbon. Wander the streets of a walled town overflowing with history dating back to the 4th century B.C. With your local guide, feel free to modify your itinerary to enjoy a more personalized experience.
  • Private tour of Óbidos and Mafra, departing from Lisbon
  • Discover the fascinating Óbidos’ Museum Village with your guide
  • Stroll the charming streets of one of Portugal’s most captivating villages
  • Convenient hotel or port pickup and drop-off included
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Pick up and drop off at a hotel/Airbnb in Lisbon or from cruise port;
Transportation by private air-conditioned car/van;
Private tour with Professional guide. Participants will be you and your guide;
Entrance fees to Óbidos Historic Village;
Entrance tickets to the National Palace of Mafra, its Library and Monastery;
Guaranteed to skip ticket lines.
Lunch and any other items not mentioned in the description;
During summer, entrance tickets to the “Medieval Market” in Óbidos;
During winter, entrance tickets to the "Chocolate" or the "Christmas" Markets in Óbidos.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Guide. The meeting point will be at your hotel or accommodation, or your Guide will meet you at a convenient location close to your hotel or accommodation.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY TakingUThere, New Travel Experiences

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Óbidos historic village and Mafra Palace Private Tour.

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Obidos & Mafra Private Tour by Taking U There Tours
Linda F
, Oct 2019
We had a great day at Odeidos and Mafra with Ricardo of Taking U There Tours. He was engaging and knowledgeable, and he spoke excellent English. Mafra is truly a hidden gem--he showed us the palace, fantastic library, and hospital where the monks carried for the nobles and others--truly a fascinating site and not crowded (esp. when compared with Sintra and Pena Palace).
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Nice to hear form you again, dear Linda! As you state correctly, Óbidos and Mafra are still some of or few hidden gems. Lisbon and Sintra are getting very overcrowded and the locations outside of Lisbon are still "very typical" ;-) You can still walk around and actually see "locals" and get another view of our culture, history and gastronomy. Warmest Regards, Joao Dickmann
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Fantastic private tour!
WineFoodLaughs
, Jul 2019
Had a wonderful time on this trip with our amazing guide Rodrigo. Beautiful and interesting! Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for taking time in writing a review about us! Óbidos & Mafra are very special places, if you have the time to explore them. ;-) Warmest Regards and hope to take you to other places in Portugal, João Dickmann
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Amazing Sites and Tour Guide!!
Rebecca E
, Jul 2019
We absolutely loved our tour of Obidos and Mafra. Obidos is a lovely town and Mafra has an amazing palace/hospital/basilica. Although it is a less visited site, we felt Mafra was well worth seeing. Our guide, Joao (John) Dickman was absolutely incredible. So knowledgeable, fun, and easy going. Highly recommend this tour with John!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you very much for these kind words! What is amazing is Óbidos & Mafra! Both of them, very different locations, but very special in their own way. It´s still part of the "hidden places" near Lisbon, that not many travellers know. Warmest Regards and wish you all the best, Joao Dickmann
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We almost exclusively choose Viator...
William E
, Aug 2018
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.
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An amazing experience for anyone...
Janice S A
, Jan 2018
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.
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Loved Obidos and our guide, Rodrigo...
Anne C
, Jan 2018
Loved Obidos and our guide, Rodrigo! He was super knowledgeable and accommodating. Great communication setting up the meeting place before the tour. We essentially were able to customize the day to our desire.
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Very pleased with this tour - the...
Athena K
, Dec 2017
Very pleased with this tour - the explanation was in great details of the two sites we visited
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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed...
Sandra N
, Oct 2017
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was a private excursion with an amazing guide named Rodrigo. He was friendly, well-organized and had a wealth of information about the places we visited and as well as Portugal in general. Our first stop was the medieval village of Obidos. We went on a walking tour and it was like travelling back in time. We learned about the history of the village and stopped in to see various places of interest. We had time to buy some souvenirs. Afterward we drove off to the town of Mafra and had a lunch in a delightful café. We then went on a walking tour of an enormous, fascinating palace with Rodrigo's vast knowledge bringing the place to life. All in all a great day!
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Joao picked us up for our tour to...
Robert N
, Sep 2017
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.
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This is an excellent tour to one of...
Ted
, Sep 2016
This is an excellent tour to one of the top locations outside of Lisbon. We had a superb trip to Obidos and to Peniche formerly a fishing village and great for the view of the coast and for a late lunch. The company, TakinguThere, provides private tours for 2-6 people The pick up at the hotel was on schedule and seamless...getting us to Obidos before the crowd. We were able to walk around the village and to the top of the ancient city wall wear decent hiking or walking shoes with adequate soles if you want to do this as the climb to the top of the wall is a gravel and rock path we're in our late 60s and reasonably fit but path is a bit narrow and there are no railings along the way or at the top...something to keep in mind if you have younger children along. The views from the top of the wall are spectacular keeping in mind that Obidos is inland so you can't see the ocean. The history and architecture date to the Moorish and medieval periods. There are interesting examples where the earlier buildings were adapted into newer buildings as the ruling elite changed...a good guide is necessary and this tour delivers.If you aren't interested in going to the top of the wall, there is plenty of opportunity to sip coffee, try the Portuguese cherry liqueur Ginjinha, and to shop. The tour goes from Obidos to Peniche, a former fishing village along the rocky coast line. Here you can see the cliffs and get a feel for the hazards of navigation the lighthouse was blaring siren warnings to small boats due to the fog. The tour company is a small group that delivers high quality at an incredibly reasonable price. I can recommend them without hesitation for this tour and I would expect they deliver the same high quality on their other tours. Our guide, Rod, was very personable and knowledgeable, drawing on his world travels. He covered history, culture, science, technology and agriculture during our discussions and provided great advice on ordering lunch. Perfect day!
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