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Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

1. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real 

From Lisbon: Day-Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

2. From Lisbon: Day-Trip to Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra

Explore three Portuguese cities in a single day on this guided tour from Lisbon. Learn more about the culture and history of Porto, Nazaré, and Coimbra. Discover some of their key locations and points of interest such as Porto's Dom Luis Bridge and the University of Coimbra. Depart early and head to Nazaré. Start with a guided tour of what is possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal. Nazaré has a unique historic atmosphere and is a place where traditions continue to thrive. Visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become famous because of the giant waves that hit the coast every winter and make it a destination for surfers from all over the world. Walk through O Sitio and admire religious buildings that attract pilgrims from around the globe. Hike toward the summit and check out the medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander through the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Continue to Porto and explore its UNESCO Heritage-listed old town on the picturesque Douro River. Walk through the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, Igreja Carmen, Estação São Bento, Igreja São Francisco, and Ponte Don Luis on a guided tour. Enjoy some free time to have lunch before you visit a winery. The third stop is the famous city of Coimbra. Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest in Portugal). Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is one of the key sites in the city. After the visit to Coimbra, return to the center of Lisbon. Your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon

3. 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. 

Óbidos, Nazaré & Alcobaça: Private Trip by Car

4. Óbidos, Nazaré & Alcobaça: Private Trip by Car

Enjoy a ride through the romantic village of Obidos, the first stop on this 8-hour excursion. Its medieval structures within the castle walls are a definite highlight of the trip. Stop for a taste of ginjinha, which is a traditional liqueur of this region. Afterwards, head to Nazaré, a small fishing village that is now known for its beaches and giant waves. International surfers compete here in one of the world’s largest competitions. In Alcobaça visit the monastery that dates to 1178. It was the first completely Gothic structure ever built in Portugal, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the tombs of royalty, and hear about one of Portugal’s most endearing love stories.

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

5. 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

6. 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: Nazaré and Óbidos Day Trip

7. From Lisbon: Nazaré and Óbidos Day Trip

Get out of the big city on a day trip with a local guide. Visit Óbidos, an authentic medieval village, see the looming Óbidos Castle and see the surfers at Nazaré Canyon. Meet your guide in Lisbon and head towards your first stop, Óbidos. See the many sights of this national heritage town and learn about their history from your guide. Climb up the Porta da Vila and get a stunning view of the town before heading towards Óbidos Castle. Continue to the 3km long Aqueduct before heading to see the Óbidos Lagoon, Portugal's largest salt lake. Join the locals in a stroll down Rua Dereita and stop in one of the shops to get a local craft or try the local Ginjinha, a cherry liqueur served in chocolate glasses. As you wander through town, stop at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a delicious traditional dish, soup of enguias. After you've finished lunch, return to your bus and head to Nazaré. Explore this small fishing village with your guide. Marvel at the Nazaré Canyon and spot the surfers catching massive waves. Stroll to the marina, see the many fishing and sailing boats, and snap a picture of the dried fruit vendors in colorful clothes. Finish your tour with a stop in Sítio at the Mirador de Subero for a stunning view of Nazaré. Get a postcard-perfect picture before heading back to Lisbon.

Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

8. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Discover the Centro region of Portugal with a full-day private tour of Fatima, Alcobaça, the Batalha Monastery, and Óbidos. This region has a vast and diversified cultural and historical legacy that will fascinate you. Come and discover national values and emotions and have an unforgettable experience. Kick off with a visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima which welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world due to its stature as one of the most revered catholic sites in the world. The tour continues to the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, ordered by King D. João I in 1386 in thankfulness to the Virgin Mary for the victory in the battlefield of Aljubarrota. See the Monastery of Alcobaça, which began being built in 1178 by the monks of Cister and is the first completely Gothic building ever to be built in Portugal. Both the Batalha and the Alcobaça monasteries are presently UNESCO’s world cultural heritage sites.  Next visit the beautiful town of Nazaré and admire its amazing landscapes. Finish with a visit to the precious village of Óbidos which was taken from the Moors in 1148 and established under king D. Sancho I in 1195. Due to its charm and beauty, Obidos has been included in the dowry of numerous Portuguese Queens throughout the centuries and you will see why. 

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

9. 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.

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

10. From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

Travel from the bustle of Lisbon to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and see the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Church of the Holy Trinity. View the elegant Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary which has been visited by many Catholic pilgrims and tourists. Next, stop in Batalha to visit the monastery and appreciate one of the most important Gothic sites in Portugal which took over a century to build. Journey to Alcobaça, to marvel at the famous Convent of Alcobaça. Head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you have the option to stop for lunch to try the fresh fish while admiring a wonderful sea view. Enjoy visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré and learn more about the Legend of Nazaré. Finally, drive to the medieval town of Óbidos to go to the fortifications at the Castle of Óbidos. Drink like a local with cup of Ginjinha de Óbidos, served in a chocolate cup.

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We initially wanted to cancel the Fatima tour as we have been to other religious pilgrimage sites in this trip like Santiago de Compostela and Braga. We’re glad we didn’t as this tour happened to be the best tour we had in Portugal. The Fatima tour was amazing and gave us a deeper perspective as it was both religious and historical. We had a great seafood lunch at the picturesque seaside town of Nazare then off to the shell-shaped bay of Sao Martinho do Porto and the well-preserved medieval caste of Obidos. This tour combination is a must and I would highly recommend it to my Filipino friends. The best part of the tour is our tour guide Andre Feldman. He such a lively, knowledgeable and kind person. The depth of knowledge and insights in so many aspects of the tour are astonishing. He shows respect to the culture of others, speaks different languages and drives defensively unlike many ‘rally’ drivers in Lisbon. He is the best tour guide we have had in years. Thank you Andrei.

Andre is knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip was enjoyable. Seen lots, All three places were good to see. We had a good group of eight. Andre was considerate, and excellent guide. Three of us (all over 70) were in the back seat and found it was a rough ride and not very easy to get in and out.

Really easy to use on all transport. Unfortunately didn't get given a guide book when we collected them at the airport as we probably could have used them in more places for discounts etc but a hassle free way to get around Lisbon

Super day trip from Lisbon seeing three great sites - each different but amazing.

The Lisbon card is great value. I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Lisbon.