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From Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

1. From Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

In total privacy, comfort and tranquility, travel to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and discover one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world, with the option of attending a mass at the sanctuary. The tour also has an opportune stop in the historic city of Coimbra, recognized for having one of the oldest universities in Europe. This trip begins in Porto, and then onto Coimbra, the city of students and the oldest university in the country with 12th-century history, and one of the oldest in the world. Take time to visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. Visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). It is recommended you cross the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. Have lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Head then towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), and the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal. 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.

Porto to Lisbon Transfer with Tour Enroute

2. Porto to Lisbon Transfer with Tour Enroute

Begin by visiting Coimbra University, the oldest in Europe. The Joanine Library was built in the 18th century on the former prison. Its decoration was finished in the 18th century and the renovation included ceiling frescoes by Mestre António Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes. The portrait of Dom Joao V was done by the Italian Domenico Dupra. Visit other interesting places at the University including Saint Michel Chapel, Sala dos Capelos, and the cabra (bell) tower. Then, head downtown, between the Mondego river and the University, to a street where you can relax and get lost in the charming city. You will find countless cafes, pastry shops, and restaurants. Rich in culture and with unforgettable gastronomy, this area has been the commercial center of the city for hundreds, if not thousands of years, maintaining its genuine atmosphere and unique personality.  Choose to visit either Fatima or Obidos for your final stop before Lisbon. In Obidos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, travel back in time as you walk through the beautiful narrow streets full of traditional shops. Admire the old white houses and imagine how the medieval period would have looked and felt. Obidos was a wedding gift from D. Dinis to his wife D. Isabel and the village became part of the Casa das Rainhas until 1834, leaving the orders of D. Catarina to build an aqueduct and fountains. At the Sanctuary of Fatima, visit three places of interest. Choose to attend a mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, the first Chapel built following the apparitions. It occupies a prominent place practically in the center of the Sanctuary. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built in 1928 in Neo-Baroque style. It houses the tomb of Sister Lucia who passed away in 2005. See the Basilica of Santissima Trindade, built in 2007 with more than 8,000 seats and an area of 40,000 meters squared. It was designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis and is a modern imposing church.

From Lisbon: Private Coimbra Tour with Drop-off in Porto

3. From Lisbon: Private Coimbra Tour with Drop-off in Porto

Avoid the stress of traveling by public transport or a shared tour and choose the comfort and safety in the company of your private guide who will pick you up at your hotel in a comfortable vehicle with the Clean & Safe Seal guarantee. Travel time from Lisbon to Coimbra is approximately 2h. 204 km from Lisbon you will find Coimbra, the first capital of the kingdom, in the time of our first monarchs, for almost two centuries, it gained new prominence with the foundation of the University in 1290, which provided the formation of an urban core full of remarkable buildings. Visit Coimbra, an old, effervescent city that has a young population with a lot to teach and show us. You will start the visit to Coimbra at the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Paço das Escolas. With 730 years of history, the University of Coimbra is an unavoidable institution in the history of Portugal and the entire Portuguese-speaking world, having been considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, due to its unique material and immaterial heritage, fundamental in the history of Portugal. European and world scientific culture. While leaving the University, you will follow towards Sé Velha de Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra) and visit the interior. You will find the Praça 8 de Maio where you find the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra (visit the interior), National Pantheon and one of the oldest monuments of Coimbra, founded in 1131. In this Monastery are buried the first two kings of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques and his son, D. Sancho I. The Monastery of Santa-Clara-a-Velha (visit the interior), founded in 1283, by a noble lady, D. Mor Dias, and delivered to the Poor Clares shortly after. Later it was refounded by Queen Isabel of Aragon, the Holy Queen who, when she became a widow, wore the Poor Clare's' habit. Did you know that ... • the Santa-Clara-a-Velha Monastery suffered several floods caused by the Mondego River? • it was in the Paço of the Santa-Clara-a-Velha Monastery that D. Inês de Castro lived and, later, in 1355, was executed following the order of King D. Afonso IV, father of D. Pedro I of Portugal, future king of Portugal and D. Inês de Castros lover. The story doesn't end here! Find out more through our guide's testimony about Pedro and Inês on the spot? Now, it's time to go to Porto! You will arrive at your destination carrying the stories you heard through the testimony of your guide, the good mood you felt from the contact of the people from each location you visited and the emotions experienced during this wonderful day that was intended to be just a travel trip but became an unforgettable experience. The duration of the trip is about 1h30. NOTE: Not included are the entrance tickets to the monuments you will visit from the inside: The Monastery of Santa-Clara-a-Velha and Old Cathedral of Coimbra. Entrance is free: The Monastery of Santa Cruz and Patio das Escolas

From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

4. From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

Portugal is a country rich in history and culture, and this is your chance to explore some of the most beautiful and intriguing places to grace its lands. Stop by the medieval village of Obidos for a trip back in time, where you can wander through the narrow streets full of traditional shops and white-painted houses. Discover the Sanctuary of Fatima and take an optional mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in a Neo Baroque style and see the grand, modern Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Continue on to Coimbra for a visit to the oldest university in Europe. Coimbra´s University is home to the 18th century Joanine library and is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Take a stroll to Coimbra´s charming downtown district where countless cafes, pastry shops and restaurants await your discovery. If you feel so inclined, choose to stop at the restaurant Mealhada where you can taste one of Portugal's most famous dishes, “Leitao da Bairrada," a slow-roasted suckling pork. Next, visit Aveiro where you can take a Moliceiro boat to see the 3 km of canals that flow through the city or take a stroll through the Aveiro market.  After a brief stop in the old fishing town of Costa Nova, your transfer will conclude in Porto.

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

5. From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. The journey continues to the historic city of Coimbra. The city of students and the oldest university in the country, (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to: • visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. • visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). • crossing the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. • having a lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Return comfortably to your hotel in Porto after a day filled with culture and beauty that will surely stay in your best memories.

From Lisbon: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Full-Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Full-Day Tour

After pickup in Lisbon, start your private tour in Aveiro, a city of singular beauty located by the sea and the river. Its canals and the traditional boats fill the city with a unique and colorful beauty. The city has always been linked to maritime trade, fishing, and salt production. Explore with your guide the unique aspects of this city, hear about its history, and see how contemporary citizens live. Coimbra was the first capital of Portugal, but today it is known for being student city. The UNESCO World Heritage listed University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the country, and one of the first universities in Europe. Be inspired by the historical importance of the city, and enjoy the relaxed ambience. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back in Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Private Tour to Coimbra

7. From Lisbon: Private Tour to Coimbra

Coimbra was the first capital of the kingdom of Portugal for almost two centuries. It gained new status with the foundation of the University. Visiting Coimbra is like travelling back to the past, while admiring the joys of the present. You will begin by visiting the University of Coimbra, a World Heritage Site. Visit the Paço das Escolas, where you will find the Joanina Library, the São Miguel Chapel, the The Capelos Room, the Medieval and Academic Prison, the Arms Room, the Private Exam Room, and the University Tower. Leaving the University, you head to discover the Sé Velha, from its historic center with its medieval alleys and steps, up until the Santa Cruz Monastery, where the first two kings of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques and his son, D. Sancho I, are buried. Known as 'City of Black Cloaks', Coimbra is known for an infamous legend of love and punishment, the tragic love story of King, D. Pedro I and the queens maid, D. Inês de Castro. There are many attractions in Coimbra, such as the Santa Clara-a-Velha Monastery, founded in 1283, by a lady of the nobility, D. Mor Dias, and delivered to the Poor Clares shortly afterwards. It was in the Palace of the Monastery that D. Inês de Castro lived and later, in 1355, was executed. On the left bank of the Mondego River, you will find the Portugal dos Pequenitos theme park, which is divided into three themed spaces.

From Porto: Private Transfer to Lisbon with Coimbra & Fatima

8. From Porto: Private Transfer to Lisbon with Coimbra & Fatima

Get more out of your journey from Porto to Lisbon on a private sightseeing transfer with stops in Fatima and Coimbra. Travel across Portugal, exploring the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and discovering the country's oldest university in Coimbra before arriving in Lisbon. Get picked up from your accommodations in Porto and meet your driver for the day. Start driving through the city streets and head towards Coimbra known as the "city of students." Arrive in Coimbra and admire the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290. Enter the Joanina Library which contains over 300,000 books and incredibly rare manuscripts. Continue exploring the city as you cross over the river to the Santa Clara Convent and relax in a downtown tavern for lunch. After lunch, leave Coimbra behind to travel to Fatima. Make the most of your time here as you discover the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the Chapel of Apparitions. Locate the holy tree before departing the city and finally arriving in Lisbon.

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We are told that the European's oldest University is so crowd and we have only twenty minutes to look outside. So we change to the other site where we only had seventy minutes to walk and have lunch. The Obido village and Fatima are OK. The guide introduced us in the car and let us visiting by ourselves.

Excellent and Paolo the driver of 10. Recommended.