Visit the Shrine of Fátima to experience one of Portugal’s most important pilgrimage sites, with the option to attend a mass at the sanctuary. The 10-hour tour also goes to the historic city of Coimbra, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.
What to Expect
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.
You will 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.
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.
- Pick-up and drop off
- Entrance to monuments
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Please contact vendor for any changes to tour. Changes are subject to availability and must be arranged more than 48 hours prior to tour. Refunds are only given if tour is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to start date