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

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

Embark on a full-day tour of Fatima, Obidos, Batalha, and Nazaré from Lisbon. See the shrine of Fatima, explore the seaside resort of Nazaré, and enjoy liqueur tasting in Obidos. Benefit from pickup 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.

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.

Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

3. 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, 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 August 14, 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 town that 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 cultural and religious history will end.

Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

4. Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

Head to the Atlantic Coast from Lisbon, visit the romantic village of Óbidos, and see the important religious pilgrimage site of Fátima on this day trip from Lisbon. Journey into the rolling hills of the Portuguese countryside and on to the coast. Board a climate-controlled van in Lisbon and experience life as a religious pilgrim at the Sanctuary of Fátima. Learn about the visitations of the Virgin Mary to 3 local children as you view the stained glass art and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Discover the stunning 14th-century Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the lovely Gothic windows in the west façade and admire the stained glass art that depicts the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Flight into Egypt, and the Resurrection.  Go to the Founder's Chapel, the Cloisters, and the unfinished chapels. Ride along the Atlantic coast, passing the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto. Stop in Nazaré for lunch and take in the sights from the top of the Nazaré Cliffs. As you travel to Óbidos, listen to the commentary of your expert guide. You'll fall in love with this romantic village as you admire its medieval architecture, including its castle and fortified wall. Return to Lisbon at the end of your day trip. 

Lisbon: Full Day Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

5. Lisbon: Full Day Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

Start the day with pickup from your hotel and meet your friendly guide for the tour. The first stop of the day is the most famous sanctuary in Portugal, Fátima. Here, learn all about the apparitions that took place in 1917, when 3 little shepherds saw the image of the Virgin Mary. Explore the Chapel of Apparitions, the spot where the iconic moment occurred. Admire the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, where the tombs of the shepherds are located and then visit the more modern building of the sanctuary, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. The next stop is the town of Betalha to visit one of the most impressive buildings in the country, the Monastery of Batalha. Built by order of King John I, its construction was a way of celebrating the victory in a battle against the Spanish, the Aljubarrota battle, that put the independence of Portugal at risk. Inside, marvel at the tombs of both the King and his wife, as well as their sons and daughters including the famous tomb of Prince Henry, the Navigator, who had a crucial role in the Discoveries period in Portugal. The tour then moves onto Nazaré, located near the coast, this is the perfect location to stop for lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, the town of Óbidos is the last stop of the tour. Take some time to stroll around the medieval-looking streets of this lovely town surrounded by old walls and try the famous sour cherry liquor sold in every corner of Óbidos.

Lisbon: Fátima Half-Day Tour

6. Lisbon: Fátima Half-Day Tour

Take a trip north from Lisbon to visit the town of Fatima, home of the majestic Our Lady of Fatima Basilica, and famous for reported religious visions in the early 20th century. We will arrive first at the basilica, completed in 1953 and built at the site of religious apparitions that gained fame around the world. The basilica holds the tombs of the three children said to have seen the Virgin Mary, as well as a beautiful and ornate white marble interior. While at the basilica, you are free to attend mass if you wish. Afterwards, we will visit various sites related to the religious apparitions throughout the town. See the very site of the apparitions of an angel, and the place of the fourth apparition of Our Lady in 1917. After seeing the home of these extraordinary events, and experiencing this unique spiritual town, we will return to Lisbon in the evening.

Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

7. Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Travel to Fátima and Coimbra on a full-day trip from Porto. See the Shrine of Fátima and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Choose from a tour with lunch and hotel pickup, a tour with lunch and a meeting point, or a tour with a meeting point.   Relax on the drive in an airconditioned vehicle to Fátima where apparitions of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared 3 children tending sheep in 1917.The miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, and 3 different popes have been to Fátima since. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even have the option to attend mass in the Sanctuary. Spend some free time for lunch in the bustling city center which is full of modern-day pilgrims. Continue to Coimbra and discover the area that was 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. Today the university provides a backdrop to the city's charming streets.  Head to 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. Return to Porto at the end of your tour.

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

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

Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Fátima and learn why millions of pilgrims make their way to the sanctuary each year. Continue to Batalha to see some of the best 14th-century architecture in Portugal, including the monastery built in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. Next, go to the charming seaside town of Nazaré and savor some fresh fish at lunch (own expense). Take a scenic coastal drive through São Martinho do Porto and the Óbidos Lagoon en route to the medieval walled village of Óbidos. Stroll around the cobbled streets and taste some authentic ginjinha (cherry liqueur).

Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

9. Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

Explore some of the rural towns of Portugal on a day tour from Lisbon. Discover the towns of Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos, and São Martinho do Porto with the help of your guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel first to Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the former houses of the little shepherds who witnessed the apparition. Continue the journey to Nazaré, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. The next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times. Finally, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your hotel.

4-Day Portugal Tour from Madrid: Lisbon and Fatima

10. 4-Day Portugal Tour from Madrid: Lisbon and Fatima

Discover the sights and sounds of Portugal on a 4-day package tour from Madrid, crossing the scenic region of Extremedura en route to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Learn about the Spanish conqusitadors at Trujillo, and the Portuguese Age of Discoveries in Belem. See old trams on the streets of Alfama, and learn about the apperance of the Virgin Mary in Fatima. Accommodation will be at a 4-star hotel in central Lisbon, with optional evening activities and day tours for your pleasure. Day 1: Madrid - Trujillo - Lisbon Depart Madrid at 08:00 and drive through the scenic Extremadura region of Spain, stopping in historic Trujillo to discover a city enriched by the Spanish conquistadors. You will have time to wander the city center to see stunning medieval and Renaissance buildings, such as the main Plaza Mayor, where an equestrian statue of Francisco Pizarro stands guard. Continue across the border to Portugal, and check in to the 4-star Hotel Lutecia on arrival in Lisbon. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus, the Portuguese capital is a delight to explore at night. You can join an optional fado show to experience the typically melancholic folk songs of Portugal, or relax on your own at leisure. Day 2: Lisbon Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. Marvel at the medieval Castle of São Jorge, overlooking the Alfama from its hilltop location, and see old trams trundling down the cobblestone streets. Continue to Belem, dominated by the fortress Tower of Belem and ornate Monastery of Los Jeronimos. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure, or take an optional excursion to the fairytale palaces of Sintra, and the glorious beaches and resorts of the Estoril Coast and Cascais. Day 3: Lisbon - Fatima - Lisbon Today you will visit one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in Portugal on a day trip to Fatima. Learn the story of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 3 shepherd children as they tended their flock in the Cova da Iria. You will be free to explore sites such as the Sanctuary of Fátima and Chapel of the Apparitions. See the mosaics and stained glass windows of the Basilica, and enjoy some quiet time in the Holy Trinity Church. Return to Lisbon for your overnight stay. Day 4: Lisbon - Caceres - Madrid Depart Lisbon and re-cross the border with Spain en route to Madrid. Stop at the historic walled city of Caceres, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 for its beautiful mix of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Discover some of the 30 remaining Islamic towers, and glorious Renaissance palaces, as you wander the narrow streets at leisure. Continue to Madrid for the end of tour services.

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Andre Feldman is the BEST tour guide we’ve ever had. Been travelling to Europe for over a decade now and all of our tour guides are good at what they do, but Andre is just beyond amazing. From start to finish he is just so good, knowledgeable, professional, funny, great sense of humor, amazing photographer, speaks multiple languages and he can also sing! I mean the guy is multi talented! he has it all. Thank you for providing us with the best tour guide. He made our trip extra special ;)

Pedro was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable, respectful of our private prayer time and made our tour thoroughly enjoyable. We especially enjoyed the Candle Museum - very thoughtful of Pedro to include that for us & on the spot translate - very impressive!

I highly recommend this tour! NuNu was our guide. He had a vast knowledge about Portugal and answered any and all questions in an interesting and passionate way. Take this tour and you won’t be disappointed! Best tour I’ve taken during my Portugal visit so far!!

Good activity. Small group, guide Manuel very knowledgeable, speaking to three different groups in 3 languages.

Our guide Orlando was dynamic, knowledgeable and helpful… we enjoyed the tour!