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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. 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.

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

2. 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: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

3. Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

After a pickup from your hotel, start the day with a visit to the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Gaze in awe at the various styles of architecture including Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance. Learn about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. You will understand the role that the orders played in the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal and in the maritime discoveries. Discover the symbols inscribed in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next, visit the monastery of Holy Mary of Victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is not only the largest Portuguese gothic monument but also the birthplace of the Manueline style of architecture and the place where the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. Learn more about the architecture, history, and legends of the ones that started the maritime discoveries, like Henry the navigator, who is buried there. Your last stop will be at the Royal Abbey of Alcobaça where the largest Portuguese gothic church is. In this monument, you can admire the gothic architecture of the twelfth century and discuss the influence of the Order of Cister in the creation of the kingdom of Portugal. Listen to the tragic love story of King Pedro I, the cruel one, and his beloved Inês de Castro, who was murdered by his father's order. In your free time, you'll have the opportunity to savor lunch or a snack, buy souvenirs, and take photos at your own pace.

Lisbon: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour

4. Lisbon: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour

While heading north towards the Convent of Christ at Tomar and the Knights Templar headquarter in Portugal, you will discover the centuries-old link between them and the Kingdom of Portugal. With your guide, visit the convent's famous Manueline Window and the original round church (Charola), built at the end of the 12th century by the first great Master of the Templars. You will then proceed to Batalha, a 14th-century monastery built as a fulfillment of a promise made by King João I in gratitude for the victory in a battle against Castile. This secured the throne and guaranteed the independence of Portugal. You will then witness the Monastery of Batalha, a national Gothic-style building influenced by Manueline art. Following that, you will have an hour's free time for lunch at Batalha town. Finally, prepare to be dazzled by a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art, the 12th-century Monastery of Alcobaça, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques. For its size, purity of architectural style, quality of materials, and the care with which it was built, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1989. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

5. Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

Day 1: On the first day of your private adventure, discover many of the historic sights that Lisbon - Portugal's capital city has to offer. First, see Saint George's Castle, one of the few vestiges of Arabic culture in the city. Admire the building which has witnessed multiple reconstructions since Roman times and is today one of the most visited monuments in the country. Then, head over to Alfama, the oldest quarter in Lisbon. Discover the small alleyways of the Medina which acted as the perfect defensive system during the 8th to 12th century. Continue into Lisbon's downtown Baixa neighborhood and learn about the terrible earthquake of 1755 which influenced Portuguese history and architecture forever.  Finally, explore the Belem or Bethlehem district to the west of central Lisbon. Marvel at how this area combines historic monuments, fascinating museums, and attractive gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary. See the place where the shipyards and harbors used to be from where Portuguese explorers in the 15th-century set out to discover sea routes to India, Africa, and Brazil. Day 2: On the second day, visit the enchanting small village of Sintra which boasts a great concentration of historic palaces and interesting monuments. Your guide will give you information about all of the attractions you can visit and the choice is yours for what you would like to see. Then, head to Cabo de Roca - the most western point in Europe. Marvel at 165-meter-high Lighthouse which dates back to 1772. After this, continue to the beach town of Cascais, known for its picturesque streets and fishing village charm. Stop at one of the many restaurants serving fresh seafood. Return to Lisbon taking the coast road with stunning panoramas of the sea and Estoril. The town is known for its famous casino which boasts the largest gambling room in Europe and was made famous by Ian Fleming's Jame Bond novel 'Casino Royal'. Day 3: On the final day of your tour, set off to explore the Sanctuary of Fatima. Here, find various chapels including the Chapel of the Apparitions and have the option to attend a Mass. Visit the Monastery of Batalha another important landmark in the history of Portugal. Next, continue on to the scenic village of Nazare which has an intense past that is best portrayed in its architectural heritage. Admire the many picturesque churches and traditional houses. Lastly, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Obidos. Step back in time, as you walk through the beautiful and narrow streets full of traditional shops, and white painted old houses. Return to Lisbon where your 3-day experience concludes.

Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

6. Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

Travel to the charming town of Óbidos and the coastal town Nazaré on a day trip from Lisbon. Expand your knowledge of Portuguese history as you explore these ancient settlements. Stop by the Gothic monastery of Batalha and the Baroque monastery of Alcobaça. Be picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon and relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned car as you drive to the town of Óbidos. Admire the well-preserved examples of medieval architecture in this hilltop town which is surrounded by fortifications. Travel to the picturesque seaside village of Nazaré. Take in sweeping views of its long sandy beaches and white buildings with red roofs. Watch as surfers try to catch one of the large waves that the town is famous for. Drive to the 12th century monastery of Alcobaça. View the rose window and see the catholic monastic complex where Portuguese royalty was once laid to rest. Continue to the monastery of Batalha to see its imposing Manueline Gothic architecture before returning to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Batalha

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Carolina our guide was excellent, her English was impeccable, her knowledge of the history of not only Portugal but the world (made my dad say she could be a lecturer with her English and knowledge). My dad is not easily impressed but Carolina impressed him. Carolina was a good driver and tour guide. She went all out to ensure we were all comfortable. She was very caring towards us and kept check we were all right and tailor everything to everyone’s need. The places we visited was worth it. Everyone needs to do this tour if nothing else while in Lisbon.

The tour was wonderful all along the way, and everything went smooth. It is extremely well organized. Our guide Tania is friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable. She provided us with all the important details about the places we visited. I highly recommend this tour.

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.

The overall trip was wonderful and fantastic The tour guide did an amazing job. She is very knowledgeable and explained the history of each place very clearly. But I wish I could have a little more time in Fatima.

I enjoyed the tour. Our guide Tania was excellent. She provided interesting information about each site as well as information about other things such as the cork trees and the PamAm sign.