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1. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour
Leaving from your hotel in Lisbon, this tour is for the devout as well as for those who love the history of Portugal. Fátima is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world, and it will be your first stop so that you may visit the site where Our Lady of Fátima appeared in 1917 to the three shepherd children. You will also visit the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta Marto and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), the largest Catholic sanctuary and the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions). The tour continues to breathtaking and rural Batalha where the monastery awaits you. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota and is the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal with traces of Manueline architecture. Alcobaça is a city not to be missed by those who wish to feel the hospitality...
It was a tour that helped us visit many historical and cultural monuments, which are difficult to reach by train or bus
2. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour
Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Lisbon, and then relax on the 1-hour drive to the Sanctuary of Fátima. Pass historical villages on the way to one of the most famous pilgrim sites in the world. Learn about the Marian apparitions on a guided tour of the old and new monuments, and get some free time to look inside the Chapel of the Apparitions or other structures. Then, head to the Dominican convent of the Monastery of Batalha. Hear a tragic love story from Portuguese history, and then get some free time to try the local food and wine during lunch. Continue to the charming fishing village of Nazaré to visit a 16th-century shrine and take in the stunning views. Move on to the walled city of Óbidos to stroll the medieval streets and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Taste a traditional ginjinha liquor before the return drive to Lisbon.
The tour was good. At first a little hesitant thinking more people would be on tour but it was just myself and wife. I wish we had a little handout describing and providing history of places visited. We took notes. However, we booked with another tour the next day, and received a handout describing the significance of each location visited.
3. Óbidos, Nazaré & Alcobaça: Private Trip by Car
Enjoy a ride through the romantic village of Obidos, the first stop on this 8-hour excursion. Its medieval structures within the castle walls are a definite highlight of the trip. Stop for a taste of ginjinha, which is a traditional liqueur of this region. Afterwards, head to Nazaré, a small fishing village that is now known for its beaches and giant waves. International surfers compete here in one of the world’s largest competitions. In Alcobaça visit the monastery that dates to 1178. It was the first completely Gothic structure ever built in Portugal, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the tombs of royalty, and hear about one of Portugal’s most endearing love stories.
Myself, my partner and my mum went on this amazing trip while staying in Portugal, it was a perfect day out. We were picked up by our tour guide Miguel, who was the highlight of the trip for us! He was so entertaining all the way with his stories and very knowledgable about the areas he was taking us to. He was very relaxed and focussed on making our trip a great one, which it really was. He was patient when we wanted to stop to pick up drinks or spent a little longer than we should have at one of the sites. The old medieval town was so quaint and had some lovely shops, and Miguel also took us to the factory where they make the porcelin birds as we wanted to get some as gifts. Nazere was so beautiful and it was it was much quieter than where we were staying (Cais Cais), I would go back there for longer on our next trip. Thanks so much Miguel we will definitely be seeing you again soon
4. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour
Make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Fátima and see the homes of the 3 little shepherds who saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Learn the story of the miracle and get some free time to explore the basilicas and chapel by yourself. Next, visit Batalha Monastery and marvel at the largest Gothic monument in Portugal. Hear the history of the building and learn the legend of Henry the Navigator who helped put the nation on the map. Continue to Alcobaça Monastery, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques, in 1153. Hear the tragic story of King Pedro I and his beloved Inês de Castro, murdered on the orders of his father. Get stunning views from the beach at Nazaré and the clifftop village of Sítio. Enter the basilica of Our Lady of Nazaré to look at the famous black statue of the Virgin. End with a visit to the village of Óbidos and taste a typical cherry liqueur. Stroll the med...
5. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour
After pick-up from your Lisbon hotel, head to Fátima. Visit the Basilica, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Chapel of Apparitions and the sanctuary of Our Lady Fátima, which is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. After Fátima, head to rural Batalha to visit the monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Next, experience the hospitality of Alcobaça. Visit the tombs of the Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and best-preserved monuments in the country. After lunch, go to the romantic and picturesque town of Óbidos before ending the tour at sunset and heading back to your hotel in Lisbon.
The sights were beautiful our guides were super fantastic and they made the journey super they were friendly nice and patient
6. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour
Discover the Centro region of Portugal with a full-day private tour of Fatima, Alcobaça, the Batalha Monastery, and Óbidos. This region has a vast and diversified cultural and historical legacy that will fascinate you. Come and discover national values and emotions and have an unforgettable experience. Kick off with a visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima which welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world due to its stature as one of the most revered catholic sites in the world. The tour continues to the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, ordered by King D. João I in 1386 in thankfulness to the Virgin Mary for the victory in the battlefield of Aljubarrota. See the Monastery of Alcobaça, which began being built in 1178 by the monks of Cister and is the first completely Gothic building ever to be built in Portugal. Both the Batalha and the Alcobaça monasteries are presently UNESCO’s w...
This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide Vater was caring, patient and took our needs into account. He was flexible in his itinerary and we would not hesitate to take another tour with Vater again!! Highly recommend
7. Fátima Private Tour from Lisbon
After pick-up at your accommodation in Lisbon you start the day by going to Fátima, one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the world and where the Miracle of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima happened. You will have free time to visit the shrines or the village. You will spend the rest of the day discovering the magnificent monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, the fishing village of Nazaré (where star surfer McNamara beat world records) and the enchanting medieval village of Óbidos where you will taste the original “Ginjinha” liquor. Your guide will show you the unique secrets of each place.
8. Lisbon: Full-Day Through Lands of Cistercians Tour
On this full-day tour from Lisbon, discover the heritage left by the Cistercian order in Portugal and visit the Monastery of Alcobaça. After lunch in Nazaré, a village made famous by its giant’s waves, discover Óbidos, a medieval village completely surrounded by the old castle walls and classified as a literary town by UNESCO. Before leaving, taste the typical gastronomy, chocolate and “Ginja de Óbidos,” a kind of world-famous cherry liqueur. In the middle of the 12th century, the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques agreed with the Religious Order of the Cisterians to build the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça (UNESCO heritage site), the first entirely Gothic Portuguese construction. Throughout the remaining Middle Ages, the Cistercian monks had a major role diffusing the young Portuguese language and in the development of agricultural techniques. At the abbey, since 1269 t...
9. From Lisbon: Tour of Fatima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos
Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pickup and then relax on the 1-hour drive to the Sanctuary of Fatima. Pass through historic villages on your way to one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites. Once there, learn about the Marian apparitions, the miracle in which the Virgin Mary appeared to 3 shepherd children in 1916. See the old and new monuments and visit the Chapel of the Apparitions. Head over to the Dominican convent of the Batalha Monastery. Dating back to the 14th century, the cathedral was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It stands as one of Portugal’s most striking examples of the late-gothic style. Continue to the Monastery of Alcobaça, which was established in the 12th century by the first king of Portugal. Admire the Monastery’s gorgeous rose window and exquisitely crafted portal. Hear one of Portuguese histo...
10. Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça
After a pickup from your hotel, start the day with a visit to the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Gaze in awe at the various styles of architecture including Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance. Learn about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. You will understand the role that the orders played in the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal and in the maritime discoveries. Discover the symbols inscribed in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next, visit the monastery of Holy Mary of Victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is not only the largest Portuguese gothic monument but also the birthplace of the Manueline style of architecture and the place where the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. Learn more about the architecture, history, and legends of the ones that started the mariti...
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We really enjoyed the tour and we recommend it a lot to anyone who wants to know the region, we went through Óbidos, Alcobaça and Nazaré. Our guide Sérgio was punctual to pick us up at the agreed place, the trip was calm, pleasant and we got to know the history and curiosities of the region with the information transmitted by him, which greatly enriched our tour. We are very grateful to him for all his effort and attention to us.
It was great to be able to visit the historic sites that are hard to reach by bus or train. The accommodation located on a hill, making access a little difficult, but the guide came before the appointment. guide was very friendly and the description for the site was so good. I recommend this tour.
The excursion delivers what you propose by attending and even exceeding what you anticipated when you signed your contract. The professionalism of the driver / guide was exemplary.
Excellent experience, Carlos is a spectacular guide, he knows a lot and is very attentive. We enjoyed it very much!
Interesting tours and a friendly and considerate guide