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From Fátima: Private Tour with a Local Guide

1. 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.

Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

2. Lisbon Classics and Fátima Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

Explore the Portuguese capital and its landmark sights on a morning tour of Lisbon, before driving to the pilgrim site of Fátima in the Portuguese Centro. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive down the elegant Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s main boulevard for luxury shops and restaurants. Continue to Rossio Square (Praça de D. Pedro IV), once a site of bullfights, revolts and executions! Take a short walk through Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. Next, drive along the banks of the River Tagus, admiring Praça do Comércio and the Tagus Bridge along the way. Learn about Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” in Belém, and see the Torres Belém and Discoveries Monument, built to commemorate the famous explorer, D. Henrique o Navegante (Henry the Navigator). Visit the monumental Mosteiro dos Jerónimos to marvel at its Manueline façade. Next, go to the Coach Museum to see the world’s largest collection of carriages and coaches. Break for lunch at your own leisure. Depart Lisbon in the afternoon, and head north to Fátima. The historic pilgrim site is awash with Christian monuments, including the church where you will find the tombstones of the 3 children that saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Go to the Chapel of Apparitions at the heart of the shrine. Time will be provided to attend mass, or to tour the sanctuary grounds if you prefer.

From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

3. From Lisbon: Van Tour to Fatima, Nazare and Obidos

After the pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point in Lisbon, travel to Fátima in a comfortable van with air-conditioning, and hear insights from your guide about the region and culture. Spend the morning in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, one of the most important and biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, with more than 9 million visitors in 2017. Hear the stories of the 100 years passed since the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three shepherds Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. During the break for lunch, relax in the picturesque village of Nazaré, known for the world’s largest waves. There is a strong culture of fishing in the village that has resulted in unique living and tasty restaurants. Alcobaça and Batalha are located in the same central region of Portugal and you may also visit them on this tour. On the way back to Lisbon, see the fascinating Óbidos, a romantic medieval village famous for its sinuous streets, whitewashed houses covered with flowers, vases, and tiles. All this within the walls of a magnificent 12-century castle. Also, take the opportunity to taste the local liqueur of “ginginha” before making the return journey to your hotel or the meeting point.

Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Private Tour

4. Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Private Tour

Fátima, a city in central Portugal, 130 km from Lisbon, and one of the most important places of worship for Catholics, with around 5 million visitors every year. After the visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima, from which the Chapel of Apparitions, where Our Lady appeared to the three shepherds in 1917 Nazare for a fresh fish and seafood lunch. This fishing village was one of the first points of international tourist interest in Portugal, during the last century. Currently, it is known worldwide for its giant waves and surf records. Óbidos, a romantic medieval village, famous for its winding streets, whitewashed houses covered with flowers, vases and tiles - all within the walls of a magnificent 12th century castle.

From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

5. From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sesimbra, you will head to Fatima, where you will enjoy one of the most important places of Christianity around the world. Once in Fatima, you will visit the sacred sanctuary, the memory chapel, and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity which in 2009 received the outstanding structure award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. You will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, which was built at the site of the Marian apparitions which were reported by three Portuguese children in 1917, and better known as Our Lady of Fátima. Later you will see the tombs of Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Sister Lúcia dos Santos and the three children, with scenes of the Marian apparitions shown in stained glass. Afterwards, you will be driven west where you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Batalha, which was built in a Gothic style and classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. On this private tour you will then take a break for lunch in the colorful fishing village of Nazaré, where you can have a meal of fresh fish. Nazaré is composed by a sandy beach where you can listen to the rhythm of the pounding waves. It is also a perfect place for undisturbed walks along the shore, surfing, tanning, and of course, visiting the biggest wave in the world located on the north beach. You will be driven along the beautiful west coast where you can observe the multiple wild beaches of this remote area. The last stop is in the medieval village of Óbidos, famous for cobbled streets and steep staircases which wind up to the ramparts. From here you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards.

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What people are saying about Santarém District

Our guide, Nelson Rodrigues was amazing. He had so many interesting tidbits to share regarding not only the “Little Visionaries” but also about what was like living during that time in Fátima. He knew so many of the people from the area, including the 99 year old the niece of Sr Lucia, whom he introduced us to. I would highly recommend hiring Nelson if you want the best tour possible. Nelson picked us up at our hotel in a very comfortable van. There were 4 of us adults in the tour. He truly knew the area like the back of his hand. He welcomed our questions, and did not rush our tour at all. It was evident that he knew what he was talking about, and was eager to share his knowledge with us.

Excellent,professional well organized, knowledgable.

Our tour guide was prompt, vehicle was excellent. Tour was organized and enjoyable. Guide allowed for our groups interest. His speaking manner was enjoyable to listen to. Tour was completed in a relaxed and timely manner. Company responded promptly to my emails.

An excellent tour! The detail of Gabriel our guide, the patience to answer all the questions and the knowledge he has was incredible! Very grateful and happy to have taken this tour !!!

Nelson was absolutely FABULOUS! He was full of interesting facts and stories. He went above and beyond! I would recommend this tour highly! Nelson made it a wonderful experience!

Excelente, Mario nuestro guía y conductor, se esmeró enteramente y nos ayudo a que tuvieramos una experiencia espectacular!. 100% recomendado, canfiable, respetuoso y amable.