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From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

1. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

Benefit from pick-up in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos, and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.

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

2. 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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Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

3. Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Discover the religious and learned centers of Portugal on a 10-hour guided tour of Fátima and Coimbra from Porto, and see the nation’s most important pilgrimage destination, and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Fátima supposedly owes its name to the Moors. But the city is best known for its apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 3 children tending sheep in 1917. Since the miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, 3 different popes have been to Fátima on 5 separate occasions. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even attend mass in the Sanctuary if you desire. There will also be some free time for lunch in the bustling city center, full of modern-day pilgrims of retail therapy. Then, continue to Coimbra and discover Portugal’s only university city until the early 20th century. Founded in the 13th century, the hilltop college is one of the oldest in Europe, and provides a beautiful backdrop to a panoramic tour of the city’s narrow streets, full of young students. Visit the Sé Nova Cathedral to see the only church in Portugal to survive the Reconquista almost intact. During the visit in Coimbra's historical center you can walk through the Quebra - Costas, Arco da Almedina, Porta do Barbacã and Rua Ferreira Borges. End at the University in the former buildings of the medieval Royal Palace. Among the highlights is the stunning Joanine Library with baroque details of red and green lacquer and trompe-l’oeil features.

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Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

4. 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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From Porto: Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Private Tour

5. From Porto: Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Private Tour

This trip begins in Porto and then onto Coimbra, the city of students and the oldest university in the country (from the 12th century) and also one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. Visit the old Romanesque style cathedral (Sé Velha). Cross the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. Then have lunch at one of the taverns downtown where you can find the most delicious snacks. Afterwards, head towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, you will visit the Basilica where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), and the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal. There will also be time to see the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of Apparitions), a small temple built at the request of Our Lady of Fátima when she appeared to the three shepherd children, and Azinheira Grande, the tree that Jacinta, Lúcia, and Francisco passed before seeing the saint. The tour can be adjusted to include the Candle Procession that takes place every day from April 17 to October 31 between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM.

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Lisbon: Porto Tour with Optional Fatima Visit & Bus Tour

6. Lisbon: Porto Tour with Optional Fatima Visit & Bus Tour

Pass through the agricultural region of Ribatejo and enjoy its picturesque landscape before arriving in Porto. Walk the city and discover its most beautiful corners such as the area of the near the Luís I Bridge, the famous Livraria Lello bookshop, the Majestic Café, the Porto Cathedral, the São Bento railway station, and the Stock Exchange Palace. If you choose the option that includes the visit to Fatima, after having a break for lunch, go back to the bus and head to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima - one of the most important buildings in the Christian world. Here, have time on your own to explore the Sanctuary of Fátima and the area before returning to Lisbon at the end of the afternoon. If you choose the option that does not include the stop at Fatima, have the afternoon to explore the city of Porto on your own. Try the famous Porto wine and a winery or take a ride on the cable car - you decide how to enjoy the city. In addition, include a 24-hour sightseeing bus ticket in Lisbon by selecting the relevant option upon checkout to be used the day after your Porto tour.

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

7. 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: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

8. From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation and meet your driver/guide for the day. Travel by air-conditioned minivan or sedan north Lisbon to the town of Fátima. Upon arrival in Fátima, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima and see the Apparition Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica, and the Holy Trinity Basilica. Learn about the Marian Apparitions to 3 local children in 1917 and 1918 with your expert guide. Head to nearby Valinhos and see the houses where the 3 children were born. Enjoy the serenity of this tranquil location surrounded by scenic rolling hills. Travel southwest to the village of Sintra and enjoy some free time to explore the charming streets. Take a break for lunch in one of the cafés in the village. Afterward, visit the stately Pena Palace which is situated on a hill overlooking Sintra. Learn about the history of the palace, and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area, before returning to Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour

9. 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.

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Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

10. Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

Visit one of the great religious centers of Portugal on a full-day tour to the Sanctuary of Fátima in Cova da Iria. Learn about the Marian apparitions that took place at the site in May 1917. Look inside the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and other religious monuments, before visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions at the very heart of the sanctuary. Attracting more than 5 million visitors per year, Fátima is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world and the most popular pilgrimages occur in October and on May 12 and 13 on the anniversary of the visions. See the house of the shepherd that the Virgin Mary appeared before, and then continue to the university city of Coimbra. Explore the historic center to see medieval houses among the majestic Renaissance monuments. Discover remnants of the Roman Empire, and go to the university area to admire the UNESCO World Heritage buildings of one of the oldest universities in the world.

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What people are saying about Fátima

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.

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.

Very warm and accommodating tour guide. Sorry if I would baptize her a new name but what I can remember is that her name is Nidja. Also, I learned a lot from her especially when we went to Fatima and Obidos.

We really enjoyed seeing the small towns and walking around Obidos. It is worth the money! It was a great way to see more of Portugal.

Excellent choice of 4 different locations. Particularly impressed by Obidos.