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From Lisbon: Fátima Self-Guided History Tour

1. 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.  

From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

2. 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.

Fátima Private Tour from Lisbon

3. Fátima Private Tour from Lisbon

After pick-up at your accommodation in Lisbon you start the day by going to Fátima, one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the world and where the Miracle of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima happened. You will have free time to visit the shrines or the village. You will spend the rest of the day discovering the magnificent monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, the fishing village of Nazaré (where star surfer McNamara beat world records) and the enchanting medieval village of Óbidos where you will taste the original “Ginjinha” liquor. Your guide will show you the unique secrets of each place.

Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

4. Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

Visit one of the great religious centers of Portugal on a full-day tour to the Sanctuary of Fátima in Cova da Iria. Learn about the Marian apparitions that took place at the site in May 1917. Look inside the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and other religious monuments, before visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions at the very heart of the sanctuary. Attracting more than 5 million visitors per year, Fátima is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world and the most popular pilgrimages occur in October and on May 12 and 13 on the anniversary of the visions. See the house of the shepherd that the Virgin Mary appeared before, and then continue to the university city of Coimbra. Explore the historic center to see medieval houses among the majestic Renaissance monuments. Discover remnants of the Roman Empire, and go to the university area to admire the UNESCO World Heritage buildings of one of the oldest universities in the world.

Fátima and Coimbra

5. Fátima and Coimbra

Benefit from pickup in Porto city center, and then take a scenic drive to the Sanctuary of Fatima. The pickups are made between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and after that your journey will begin. You will go directly to Fátima where the famous apparitions occurred. Along with this, you will learn about all the important historical events that occurred at this place. The guide will be with you, giving all the explanations you will need. When all the group agrees, you will have some free time so that you can eat lunch and enjoy the local gastronomy. After you leave this amazing place, with all that energy inside you still, you will go to Coimbra. The city of students, in which is the oldest university in Portugal. This area also has other monuments and historical treasures that you will also get to see.

From Lisbon: Private Tour to Fátima Candlelight Procession

6. From Lisbon: Private Tour to Fátima Candlelight Procession

Departing from Lisbon, head to Fátima to take part in the world-famous candlelight procession. Admire the scenery along the way and learn more about the town and its religious significance from your tour guide. Upon arrival in Fátima, spend some time exploring the town before the start of the procession. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions, the exact spot where Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children. Next, head to the Basilica, where you can see the sculpture of Fatima and the tombs of the three children. Alternatively, you can choose to go for a meal or explore the town at your own leisure before the procession begins. After the blessing of the candles in the chapel, join the atmospheric procession, accompanied by thousands of other pilgrims, and march through the town singing songs of praise and holding your candle as you walk beneath the beautifully-lit Basilica.

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What people are saying about Santarém District

Fatima Sanctuary & Coimbra City Tour

The City Tour was well planned and nice. The guide presented a lot of interesting information, both during travel and in visited places. However, I would recommend to split this city tour into two - one only for Fatima and one for Coimbra. In Fatima we had free time for religious activity, however it need to be done in huge rush. In Coimbra we made a short walk and have only 30 minutes.

Exceptional guide, Riccardo, well prepared, we spent a busy day but full of news and wonderful places. Riccardo was fundamental for everything, advice and explanations ... recommended ....

It is a tour that you can go to your time without trouble and is highly valued in large people.

It was a wonderful experience and everything was well organized.

Well organized trip. A competent and polite guide.