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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.

Lisbon: Fátima Half-Day Tour

2. 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.

Full-Day Fátima Tour from Lisbon

3. 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.

From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

4. From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Learn the story of the apparitions of Fátima on a private tour of the sanctuary, and get insights from a local guide. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions, where Our Lady appeared before 3 shepherd children in 1917. Then, enter the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary to look at the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Admire the modern Basilica of the Holy Trinity, consecrated in 2007 as part of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. Continue to the village of Aljustrel to discover the home of the children, and the church where they were baptized. Visit the sites of the apparition of the Angel of Peace and the 4th apparition of Our Lady at Valinhos.

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).

From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

6. 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

7. 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: Fátima Self-Guided History Tour

8. From Lisbon: Fátima Self-Guided History Tour

Avoid the restricted timetables of other sightseeing tours and learn the history of Fátima at your own pace. Get an interactive folder to guide you around the shrine at leisure. Go to the Chapel of the Apparitions, built where Our Lady appeared to 3 shepherd children in May 1917. Visit the Monument of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the center of the sanctuary, designed to represent the central position Jesus plays in the message. Next, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima, where the mortal remains of the seers are buried at the site where the shepherd children were playing before Our Lady appeared. See the path that the pilgrims take on their knees to pay for their promises. Look inside the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, designed by the architect Alexandros Tombazis to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. Finally see the Tall Cross erected in 2007 in the grounds of the Santissima Trindade Church.  

Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

9. Full-Day Fatima, Batalha, Nazare and Obidos Tour

Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned, 8-seat vehicle to the Fatima Sanctuary. Learn about the miracle of the apparition of the Virgin to local shepherd children in 1917.  Next, your 8-hour tour moves west to the coast, with a stop at Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating Gothic monuments in Europe. King John I of Portugal built the monastery to give thanks to the Virgin Mary over a battle against Spanish troops in 1385. After lunch, you’ll visit Sítio, a clifftop village that offers some of the best views in Portugal. From high on the cliffs surrounding Nazaré, you’ll learn about the legend of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. The statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is one of the oldest Christian art pieces. Continuing on, you’ll fall in love with the colorful, romantic village of Obidos. Its winding streets and medieval structures, castle walls and handicraft shops make this stop the highlight of the trip for many people. You’ll have the opportunity here to taste the typical liquor of this region known as ginjinha, or simply ginja.

From Lisbon: Fátima and the Three Little Shepherds' House

10. From Lisbon: Fátima and the Three Little Shepherds' House

Discover historic sites and natural beauties in the famous Fatima region on this full-day tour. Your guide will accompany you at all times, sharing stories and curiosities about the places visited along the way.  After being picked up from central Lisbon and driving to Fatima, visit a local workshop. Buy rosaries and other religious articles for the blessing at the Shrine of Fatima. Next, head to the Sanctuary of Fatima. Visit the exact spot where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young shepherds in 1917 to entrust her three secrets. Explore the Chapel of the Appearances, and get the opportunity to attend mass. Then, continue to the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, where you can pray near the tombs of the little shepherds. Next stop is the village of the three young shepherds.  Here you'll find a faithful reconstruction of the shepherds' home as it was in the past. See old objects such as family photographs, kitchen utensils, and furniture, among others. You'll then be dropped back to central Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Santarém District

Although the tour bus showed up at the pick-up hotel about an hour after the scheduled time, which made us worried and kept us in limbo (we didn't have e-mail access. We'd have recieved the delay notice if we did), the entire tour turned out to be wonderful. The guide was a very very nice guy, friendly and knowledgeable. I was amazed that he continued without a break telling us the stories about the places we were about to visit while driving very fast, and he spoke English and Portugese at the same time. Non Christian visitors might have felt it difficult to see the significance of the sites, if it were not for his fascinating story telling. He was also very flexible amending the time frames according to our requests. We spent two hours at Castelo de Obidos, where we enjoyed 3 to 5 cups per person of Ginja de Obidos.

My family and I (2 kids 9 and 12) went on this private tour of Fátima and Sintra. Hermes was our driver and was a great guide to Fátima and Sintra. He was really accommodating throughout the tour and did an amazing job explaining Sintra's Palace of Pena. He also gave us time to explore Fátima and Sintra's restaurants ourselves which was nice. I really enjoyed this tour and would definitely do it again! Thanks, Hermes!

We had an excellent trip with Hermes! He was so nice and was really great and explained everything we saw with a lot of detail. He let us decide how much time we wanted at each monument or for breaks and eating making the day super customizable to what you preferred seeing. I would highly recommend this tour and honestly any tour with Hermes.

We really enjoyed this tour to see some of the sites outside Lisbon. Luis was a great guide and shared lots of interesting stories. We had a good amount of time at each of the stops and didn't feel rushed.

Every place we visited was great and worth the time spent, especially Nazaré