Chapel of the Apparitions

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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 on your way to the towns of Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos.  Travel in an airconditioned van to 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. Visit one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, a complex which 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. Buy lunch in a local restaurant far from the tourist crowds and taste authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was where Garrett McNamara surfed a 79-foot wave. 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.

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

2. 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.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima w/ Optional Candle Procession

3. From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima w/ Optional Candle Procession

You will depart from your hotel in Lisbon towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to 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), the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal, and the Wax Museum that depicts the story of Fátima, with 119 wax figures set appropriately in the ethnography of the time of the apparitions.  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 so as to include the Candle Procession that takes place every day from April 2 to October 31, between 21:30 and 23:00.

4-Day Portugal Tour from Madrid: Lisbon and Fatima

4. 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.

From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

5. 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.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima Tour

6. From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima Tour

Explore the phenomenon of Our Lady of Fátima on a half-day tour of the shrine to the Virgin Mary. Stroll around the grounds of the sanctuary on arrival to see monuments dedicated to the sightings of Mary in 1916 and 1917. Visit the Chapel of the Apparitions that marks the most precise spot where the sightings happened and admire the stone and marble Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Most Holy Trinity Basilica, built in 2007. Go to the town of Aljustrel to see where the 3 shepherd children who saw Mary lived. Marvel at faithful reconstructions of scenes from the story using old objects such as family photographs, clothes, kitchen utensils and furniture. Itinerary: 9:00 AM - Depart from Lisbon  10:30 AM to 11:10 AM - Guided visit of the 3 shepherds old houses 11:20 AM - Arrival at Fátima Sanctuary (free time to attend mass, purchase souvenirs and explore the area)  1:00 PM - Return to Lisbon 2:30 PM - Drop off at Marquês de Pombal or Rossio square

From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

7. From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

Begin your amazing journey by meeting your friendly local guide at your accommodation. Sit back & relax while traveling to the center of Portugal and hearing about the region. After driving 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Lisbon, arrive at your first destination, the region of Fátima. Explore the religious capital of Portugal. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions to see the stone pillar that marks the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared, the Shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima. Enjoy free time to enjoy the sight. Learn interesting facts about Fátima and Portuguese Catholic and religious traditions from your guide. At the other end of Fatima’s Shrine is the Most Holy Trinity Church (Lesser Basilica, from 2007). Witness this modern piece of architecture. In 1917 a religious event changed the history of this location forever. 3 shepherds witnessed successive apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (another name for the Virgin Mary) turning it into one of the most important landmarks in Marian worship, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. Next, be whisked away to a local village 2 kilometers away. This is where the 3 young shepherds (responsible for the importance of Fatima’s landmark) were born. Get an insight into their lives and costumes, along with a context of this landmark of Portuguese history.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

8. 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.

Fátima Full-Day Private Personalized Tour from Lisbon

9. Fátima Full-Day Private Personalized Tour from Lisbon

Spend the day at the Shrine of Fatima on a private full day tour from Lisbon, and discover one of the world's most popular pilgrimage sites on an itinerary customized to your preferences. Meet your guide at your hotel/accommodation in Lisbon (other location available on request) and travel to Fátima in the Central Region of Portugal. On arrival, explore one of the world's most important religious shrines at your own pace. Discover every corner of the Sanctuary of Fatima, including the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima where the three little shepherds are buried. Pray in the Chapel of the Apparitions. Visit the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity and see the amazing Temporary Exhibition "Faces of Fatima" which is on display until October 15, 2022. Enjoy some free time for lunch and the opportunity to buy religious and devotional items in the many specialty stores of Fátima. Then, head to the small village of Aljustrel to visit the homes of the three Little Shepherds who witnessed the apparitions in 1917 and Valinhos, site of Our Lady's fourth Apparition on the 19th August 1917, before your transfer back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Fátima

10. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Fátima

Experience the rich heritage and stunning countryside of Portugal on a private guided trip to Fátima from Lisbon. Start the tour with a transfer to Fátima where you will arrive around 11:00 AM. Fatima is known throughout the world as the location of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. After your arrival at the Shrine of Fatima in Cova da Iria, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions which marks the most precise spot where the sightings happened. Then, follow your guide to admire the Rosary Basilica and the Church of Holy Trinity. Here, you can even attend mass in the Sanctuary or light a candle if you desire. Continue the tour to the town of Aljustrel to visit the houses of the 3 children who were witness to this apparition  Hear stories about Lúcia, Jacinta, and Francisco and learn about life at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, head over to Valinhos to take a walk through the stations of the cross in the Hungarian Calvary. See the statues of Our Lady and the Angel of Peace. Visit the Parish Church of Fátima, the place where the three infant shepherds were baptized and if you desire, the place where they are buried. Throughout the day, you'll have free time to further explore the city, have lunch or go souvenir shopping. At the end of the tour, head back to Lisbon where you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.

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This was a very nice day trip from Lisbon. It was a small group trip in English. Our tour guide Carolina was Portuguese and spoke English better than some Americans. She was so friendly and knowledgeable. After being picked up the first stop was in Fatima where we spent a shorter amount of time because of some traffic we had along the way. It was still enough time though to go into both churches, the chapel and the gift and book shops. Back into the van, which was comfortable, and on to Nazrene. This cliffside village was our stop for lunch on our own. We ate outside at one of the places Catolina suggested which was great. Then she spoke about the town and we walked around and admired the ocean from some great viewing spots. Last stop Obidos which is a midevil town. So many little shops here and I wish we had a bit more time to explore them all. My husband and I climbed up the wall surrounding the town but did not "walk the wall" as it was not a safe thing to do. Great day.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Manuel. He was knowledgable. The time allowed at each place was perfect. Not too much or too little. The van had cold a/c. He had extra umbrellas which we used. We were impressed with his knowledge of Portugal history, societal changes, and even of American politics. Each location: Fatima, Nazare and Obidos were so interesting. We would have never chosen Nazare and Obidos and were so glad they were part of the tour.

The tour guide was really knowledgeable and accommodating. Had quite elder folks in the group and we were not rushed to move to places and we got to see everything that was planned. Highly recommend this tour.

Uma experiência incrível pela beleza das cidades frequentadas e principalmente pelo trabalho realizado pela guia. Ela trouxe energia pro tour e foi muito atenta aos detalhes históricos de cada local.

Our guide was polite, knowledgeable, prompt and answered all questions thoroughly.