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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.

From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

2. 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 w/ Optional Candle Procession

3. From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima w/ Optional Candle Procession

You will depart from your hotel in Lisbon towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. Here, you will visit the Basilica where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal, and the Wax Museum that depicts the story of Fátima, with 119 wax figures set appropriately in the ethnography of the time of the apparitions.  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.  The tour can be adjusted so as to include the Candle Procession that takes place every day from April 2 to October 31, between 21:30 and 23:00.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

After pick-up from your Lisbon hotel, head to Fátima. Visit the Basilica, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Chapel of Apparitions and the sanctuary of Our Lady Fátima, which is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. After Fátima, head to rural Batalha to visit the monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Next, experience the hospitality of Alcobaça. Visit the tombs of the Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and best-preserved monuments in the country. After lunch, go to the romantic and picturesque town of Óbidos before ending the tour at sunset and heading back to your hotel in Lisbon.

Porto to Lisbon Transfer with Tour Enroute

5. 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 Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

6. 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 10-hour 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, (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). We recommend 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. We recommend having lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. We then head towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, we will 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.

Fátima Private Day Trip From Lisbon

7. Fátima Private Day Trip From Lisbon

Tread in the footsteps of religious pilgrims during this private full-day tour to Fátima from Lisbon. One of the most important Catholic pilgrimages sanctuaries in Europe, Fátima is the town where, in 1917, three small children saw the Virgin Mary. Tour the homes where the children lived, visit the Sanctuary and Chapel of Apparitions and see the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. Attend mass in Fátima if you choose to. This private tour can be customized to suit your needs and includes round trip transportation from Lisbon. You start your day doing all your religious and souvenir shopping in a quick stop at Fatima's shopping center so that you can have your objects blessed at mass in the Sanctuary. You will continue your drive to Aljustrel in order to visit the Little Sheppards’ Houses and places of the Angel’s 2nd Apparition. You will also visit Valinhos, where the Virgin appeared and Loca do Anjo – place of the Angel’s Apparitions. This is one of Fátima's most sacred and peaceful places. If the weather and timing is good you will still walk up to the Plith of the Hunagrians doing some of the Stations of the Cross.  After all the walking, you will head for a very deserved lunch! Next, you go to the Chapel of Apparitions and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, which are different places of worship within the Sanctuary. Do not miss the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, which holds the tombs of the now-deceased children who witnessed the apparition - Saint Francisco Marto, Saint Jacinta Marto and Sister Lucia. If you miss the 12:30PM service, no problem - you can do the afternoon mass. From May to October there will always be an English official Mass at the Sanctuary from Monday to Friday.

Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos Private Full Day Tour

8. Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos Private Full Day Tour

By taking Fatima Batalha Nazare Obidos private full day tour, you are going to visit one of the largest sanctuaries in the world with more than 5 million visitors each year. The largest pilgrimage occurs on 13 May and 13 October.  Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, transfer by private vehicle to Fatima Sanctuary. Fatima is one of the major catholic sanctuaries in the world. Where you'll find an amazing ambiance of devotion, one of the world's most powerful. Learn about the miracle of the Virgin's apparition to three shepherd children in 1917. After you  turn west to the coast, stopping at Batalha to visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most fascinating Gothic monuments in Europe built by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary for the battle of Aljubarrota against the Spanish troops on 14th of August 1385. After lunch, there will be time to visit the Sitio, high at the cliffs surrounding Nazare, learn about the legend of Nossa Senhora da Nazare, the statue of Our Lady of Nazare is one of the oldest Christian’s piece of art. Then fall in love with Obidos - a colorful and romantic little village. Its winding streets and medieval structures, castle walls and handicraft shops, all make this stop the highlight of the trip for many people. Opportunity to taste the typical liquor of this region "Ginjinha".

Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaca Private Tour

9. Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaca Private Tour

After a pick-up at your hotel start the day by visiting the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. The tour will focus not only on the architecture, which is impressive with its several styles (romanic, gothic, manueline and renaissance), but also on 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 and you will discover the symbols that are in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next go to visit the monastery of holy Mary of victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is the Portuguese biggest gothic monument, and is also where the Manueline style was born and the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. We will see the architecture and talk about 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 biggest Portuguese gothic church is. This monument, like the Monastery of Batalha, is a UNESCO world heritage site. 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. Of course it´s inevitable, in front of their tombs, also to tell 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. Of course during the day you´ll have time also to take a lunch or a snack, buy a souvenir, and take a lot of photos. The pace of the visit is always yours. What is most important is your satisfaction. 

Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

10. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Discover the Centro region of Portugal with a full-day private tour of Fatima, Alcobaça, the Batalha Monastery, and Óbidos. This region has a vast and diversified cultural and historical legacy that will fascinate you. Come and discover national values and emotions and have an unforgettable experience. Kick off with a visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima which welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world due to its stature as one of the most revered catholic sites in the world. The tour continues to the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, ordered by King D. João I in 1386 in thankfulness to the Virgin Mary for the victory in the battlefield of Aljubarrota. See the Monastery of Alcobaça, which began being built in 1178 by the monks of Cister and is the first completely Gothic building ever to be built in Portugal. Both the Batalha and the Alcobaça monasteries are presently UNESCO’s world cultural heritage sites.  Next visit the beautiful town of Nazaré and admire its amazing landscapes. Finish with a visit to the precious village of Óbidos which was taken from the Moors in 1148 and established under king D. Sancho I in 1195. Due to its charm and beauty, Obidos has been included in the dowry of numerous Portuguese Queens throughout the centuries and you will see why. 

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What people are saying about Santarém District

We had the most glorious day!! Hugo was our guide and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to travel with! He was very energetic, interested in who we were and what we wanted out of the trip and he allowed us to make our day exactly what we wanted it to be. We loved every stop and we were able to enjoy so much while at each place. He taught us so much about the history and uniqueness of each city and wasn’t a typical tour guide, it was like he was one of us. We enjoyed everything together and it really was an amazing tour.

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!

Our guide Vasco proved an excellent and prompt escort who clearly knew his territory. We greatly enjoyed his company as he shared historic and social insights along the route and at Fatima itself. Vasco was a very considerate guide, asking us what we most wanted to see and do and then making his recommendations. We would definitely request him personally for a future outing in Portugal with Get Your Guide.

The tour was very good. Time management by the Hermes guide was very important. He is always very kind and helpful. I highly recommend!

Guide was on time, knowledgeable, very considerate to make the best that we could get for the tour and focus on us really well.