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Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

1. Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) far from the tourist crowds, and get a taste for authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was the site of a 79-foot wave, surfed by Garrett McNamara in 2011. Finally, tour the picturesque town of Óbidos, taken from the Muslims in 1148. Forming part of the dowry of numerous Portuguese queens, Óbidos maintains its medieval feel inside the old city walls, with cobblestone streets and flower-bedecked houses.

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Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

2. Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

Take a full-day, multi-city tour that brings you to some of Portugal's most popular medieval and 20th-century architectural and religious marvels, beginning in Lisbon and ending in Fátima. Depart from Lisbon by bus at 9:00 and head to Óbidos, the 'wedding present town'. This is the town that King Dinis gave to his bride, Queen Isabel, on their wedding day in 1282. This romantic village is surrounded by the 45-foot-high walls of a medieval Moorish castle, the famous Pousada do Castelo. Stop for lunch in colorful Nazaré, a traditional Portuguese fishing village. If time permits, head to Sítio to enjoy a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. Then, kick off the afternoon with a trip to Batalha Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful stained-glass windows and the Manueline-style Royal Cloister. Arrive at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and globally recognized pilgrimage destination. Housed in the Basilica are the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, peasant children who, despite threats, never denied witnessing the apparition of Mary. The heart of the shrine is in the Chapel of Apparitions. Schedule permitting, you can attend Mass. Afterwards, you will return to Lisbon on a route that takes you through a rich agricultural region.

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Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

3. 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 medieval streets of the village or walk up to the historical castle.

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Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

4. Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up in Lisbon before departing for Fátima, home to one of the largest shrines in the world, which attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. Once there, visit the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, a modern church completed in 2007. Then, stop and take your pick of religious articles or other products to get blessed at your next stop, the sanctuary. The Sanctuary is where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared and left 3 messages to the small shepherd: the end of the First World War, the end of Communism, and the attack on Pope John Paul the Second. After the sanctuary, you’ll continue your visit to the Monastery of Batalha, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive convent was built by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary following the battle of Aljubarrota against Spanish troops on the 14 August 1385 Next, visit Nazaré, near the ocean. Relax as you admire the wonderful beach, charming fishermen’s houses, and amazing cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. Feel free to visit the top of the cliff, where the famous Nazaré legend took place. After lunch, continue with a visit to the village of Óbidos. A major center of Portugal’s historical heritage, the town is home to amazing churches and historic castle walls along its perimeter. Then it’s back to your hotel in Lisbon, where this day of fascinating cultural and religious history will end.

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Fátima Private Tour from Lisbon

5. 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.

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From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Lisbon and then being driven directly to the Sanctuary of Fatima. See the Chapel of the Apparitions, which stands at the center of the sanctuary. The Chapel was originally constructed by local villagers shortly after the 3 shepherd children first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. Admire the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, a gorgeous Neo-Baroque structure built in 1928 that houses the tombs of the children including Sister Lucia. Enter the modern and stark Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Designed by Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, this impressive Basilica is over 40,000 square meters and can seat 8,000 people. Visit the Batalha Monastery, a stunning masterpiece of Gothic architecture with splashes of the Manueline style. Look up at the monastery's many exquisite stained glass windows. Witness the kaleidoscopic effect of the colored light reflecting upon the church’s columns. Pause at the resting place of some of Portugal’s most famous nobility. Stand among the unfinished buttresses of the Imperfect Chapel. Stroll through the beautiful fishing village of Nazaré, a scenic seaside town dotted with pictureque churches and traditional homes. Nazaré was made famous in recent years when in 2013 American surfer Garret McNamara broke the record for surfing the highest wave. See the unique traditional fashion’s of the women of Nazaré, known as “the seven skirts.” Take a journey back in time and explore the Medieval Village of Obidos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk down Obidos’ narrow cobblestone streets full of traditional shops and painted white houses. If you're feeling adventurous, climb atop the ramparts that surround the town. Afterward, drive back to your hotel in Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

7. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Obidos Private Tour

Explore 4 cities on a private tour from Lisbon. Depart Lisbon and head toward Fatima to visit Cova de Iria, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima's place of prayers and monuments. The Chapel of the Apparitions, considered the heart of the Sanctuary, was built in 1919, in the exact location where the Apparitions took place. In addition to the Chapel of Apparitions, enjoy a visit of the complete Sanctuary. Head then to Batalha. Classified in 1983 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Monastery of Batalha results in one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over the beach of Nazare from 'Sitio,' the highest point of the village. Nazare is a traditional fisherman's village in Portugal, now a busy summer destination, which has kept its maritime traditions. Conclude your tour in the fortified village of Obidos, one of the ex-libris of Portuguese heritage. Prepare to be surprised by this medieval village surrounded by the walls of the Castle of Obidos. Taste the traditional sour cherry liqueur called Ginjinha in a chocolate cup.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

8. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

Taking a pilgrimage to Fátima is an event of a lifetime. Here, in 1917, 3 children were blessed with the apparition of the Virgin Mary, and today you can visit this astonishing Basilica built in her honor. During your tour, your guide will help point out the most important points of interest. The newest church in this complex, the Most Holy Trinity (2007) is one of the largest Christian churches in the world, and well worth the time to visit. You will also have the chance to spend time in other holy sites of the region, including Nazaré. Here you can relax a bit with its beautiful beaches and lovely cuisine. After a stop for lunch, head to Batalha monastery (Entrance included), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These monuments are incredibly well preserved, given their nearly 600 years of life. They are wonders to experience, and make for some wonderful photo opportunities. Finally, end in Óbidos, the beautiful and ancient Medieval village in the hills of Portugal. Walk along the fortified walls and enjoy the typical drink of the region - Ginja served in a chocolate cup! After your tour you will be dropped off at one of two locations in central Lisbon, either Restauradores or Marquês de Pombal. Please note, this tour is available only on Mondays and Fridays.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

Begin your tour by meeting your friendly guide for the morning pick-up at your hotel or previously designated location. Head first to Fátima, approximately one hour away from Lisbon. The religious capital of Portugal became famous after sightings of the Virgin Mary appeared here. Pay visits to both the old and new sanctuaries and the Sanctuary Square, the location of the shrine.  Next, head to the Monastery of Batalha, elected one of the Seven wonders of Portugal and UNESCO World Heritage It’s one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Then continue to Nazaré, host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. You will have a break for lunch and you will have the opportunity to choose from one of the many tasty seafood restaurants. (At your own expense).   After lunch, continue the journey along the coast towards the historic village of Óbidos. This village of singular beauty is situated inside ancient medieval fortress walls dating back to the XII century. Its narrow streets, tiles, white-painted houses and ramparts should not to be missed! You will also get to enjoy a sample of “Ginginha”, a famous cherry liquor drunk from a chocolate cup.  To finish your tour, sit back and enjoy the picturesque coastline views offering a spectacular end to an adventurous day!

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Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos Private Full Day Tour

10. Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos Private Full Day Tour

By taking Fatima Batalha Nazare Obidos private full day tour, you are going to visit one of the largest sanctuaries in the world with more than 5 million visitors each year. The largest pilgrimage occurs on 13 May and 13 October.  Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, transfer by private vehicle to Fatima Sanctuary. Fatima is one of the major catholic sanctuaries in the world. Where you'll find an amazing ambiance of devotion, one of the world's most powerful. Learn about the miracle of the Virgin's apparition to three shepherd children in 1917. After you  turn west to the coast, stopping at Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most fascinating Gothic monuments in Europe built by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary for the battle of Aljubarrota against the Spanish troops on 14th of August 1385. After lunch, there will be time to visit the Sitio, high at the cliffs surrounding Nazare, learn about the legend of Nossa Senhora da Nazare, the statue of Our Lady of Nazare is one of the oldest Christian’s piece of art. Then fall in love with Obidos - a colorful and romantic little village. Its winding streets and medieval structures, castle walls and handicraft shops, all make this stop the highlight of the trip for many people. Opportunity to taste the typical liquor of this region "Ginjinha".

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What people are saying about Batalha

Tour guide/driver Pedro was great! We were able to go to all the sights noted on the itinerary and spend more time at one place as we requested. Nazare is beautiful and the restaurant that Pedro recommended was overlooking the ocean. Great ambiance and fresh seafood. Would recommend this tour for first time travelers to experience the most of your visit. Thank you Pedro and Hugo G.

We spent a wonderful day with Tanya, our guide. We had a lot to do in one day, so our time at each stop wasn't very long, but long enough to enjoy the beauty of each place. We particularly enjoyed watching the surfers at Nazare and lunch Paul Caetano. Tanya was an excellent host---both knowledgeable and funny! We highly recommend this tour.

I’m so glad I did this tour! Tanya was an amazing guide. The amount of time in each location was just enough, and all were very worthwhile places to go. I highly recommend going on this tour if you’re in Lisbon and want to travel outside the city.

The trip was great. I only wish they had advised me that Grayline cityrama wasn’t actually co during the tour. I would have gone to the kiosk right away. It is nice to know which company you are using, so that we know who to go to.

It was a lovely day to travel from Lisbon. Tania, our guide was terrific: welcoming to all, friendly, informative with just the right amount of talking points with details. A "just right" amount of time at each location.