Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

1. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

Leaving from your hotel in Lisbon, this tour is for the devout as well as for those who love the history of Portugal. Fátima is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world, and it will be your first stop so that you may visit the site where Our Lady of Fátima appeared in 1917 to the three shepherd children. You will also 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 and the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions).  The tour continues to breathtaking and rural Batalha where the monastery awaits you. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota and is the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal with traces of Manueline architecture. Alcobaça is a city not to be missed by those who wish to feel the hospitality that is so intrinsic to this coast and a visit to the Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and best preserved monuments in the country. The tombs of Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro are located here as a tribute to the greatest Portuguese romantic tragedy.  After lunch you will go on to Óbidos, a town for queens until 1883 and perhaps why it has maintained a romantic and picturesque setting that has been so well preserved over the centuries. Afterwards with the sunsetting behind you, head back  to your hotel in Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Half-Day Fátima Tour

2. 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

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Lisbon: Porto Tour with Optional Fatima Visit & Bus Tour

3. Lisbon: Porto Tour with Optional Fatima Visit & Bus Tour

Pass through the agricultural region of Ribatejo and enjoy its picturesque landscape before arriving in Porto. Walk the city and discover its most beautiful corners such as the area of the near the Luís I Bridge, the famous Livraria Lello bookshop, the Majestic Café, the Porto Cathedral, the São Bento railway station, and the Stock Exchange Palace. If you choose the option that includes the visit to Fatima, after having a break for lunch, go back to the bus and head to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima - one of the most important buildings in the Christian world. Here, have time on your own to explore the Sanctuary of Fátima and the area before returning to Lisbon at the end of the afternoon. If you choose the option that does not include the stop at Fatima, have the afternoon to explore the city of Porto on your own. Try the famous Porto wine and a winery or take a ride on the cable car - you decide how to enjoy the city. In addition, include a 24-hour sightseeing bus ticket in Lisbon by selecting the relevant option upon checkout to be used the day after your Porto tour.

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From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, & Obidos Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in Lisbon and then being driven directly to the Sanctuary of Fatima. See the Chapel of the Apparitions, which stands at the center of the sanctuary. The Chapel was originally constructed by local villagers shortly after the 3 shepherd children first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. Admire the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, a gorgeous Neo-Baroque structure built in 1928 that houses the tombs of the children including Sister Lucia. Enter the modern and stark Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Designed by Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, this impressive Basilica is over 40,000 square meters and can seat 8,000 people. Visit the Batalha Monastery, a stunning masterpiece of Gothic architecture with splashes of the Manueline style. Look up at the monastery's many exquisite stained glass windows. Witness the kaleidoscopic effect of the colored light reflecting upon the church’s columns. Pause at the resting place of some of Portugal’s most famous nobility. Stand among the unfinished buttresses of the Imperfect Chapel. Stroll through the beautiful fishing village of Nazaré, a scenic seaside town dotted with pictureque churches and traditional homes. Nazaré was made famous in recent years when in 2013 American surfer Garret McNamara broke the record for surfing the highest wave. See the unique traditional fashion’s of the women of Nazaré, known as “the seven skirts.” Take a journey back in time and explore the Medieval Village of Obidos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk down Obidos’ narrow cobblestone streets full of traditional shops and painted white houses. If you're feeling adventurous, climb atop the ramparts that surround the town. Afterward, drive back to your hotel in Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

5. 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.

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From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

6. 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.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

7. 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.

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From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

10. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

Taking a pilgrimage to Fátima is an event of a lifetime. Here, in 1917, 3 children were blessed with the apparition of the Virgin Mary, and today you can visit this astonishing Basilica built in her honor. During your tour, your guide will help point out the most important points of interest. The newest church in this complex, the Most Holy Trinity (2007) is one of the largest Christian churches in the world, and well worth the time to visit. You will also have the chance to spend time in other holy sites of the region, including Nazaré. Here you can relax a bit with its beautiful beaches and lovely cuisine. After a stop for lunch, head to Batalha monastery (Entrance included), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These monuments are incredibly well preserved, given their nearly 600 years of life. They are wonders to experience, and make for some wonderful photo opportunities. Finally, end in Óbidos, the beautiful and ancient Medieval village in the hills of Portugal. Walk along the fortified walls and enjoy the typical drink of the region - Ginja served in a chocolate cup! After your tour you will be dropped off at one of two locations in central Lisbon, either Restauradores or Marquês de Pombal. Please note, this tour is available only on Mondays and Fridays.

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 265 reviews

Tour guide/driver Pedro was great! We were able to go to all the sights noted on the itinerary and spend more time at one place as we requested. Nazare is beautiful and the restaurant that Pedro recommended was overlooking the ocean. Great ambiance and fresh seafood. Would recommend this tour for first time travelers to experience the most of your visit. Thank you Pedro and Hugo G.

I know it took me a while to give my opinion, but if I came back it's because the guide was very good, I even wanted to contact him again to recommend it to other friends and family. I hope he and his family are safe during this pandemic. Thanks.

I love the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and give us time to see everything, he was very patient as well. I recommend it 100%!!!

Our tour guide was very acomodating ragarding the lenguage we spoke Also he was very informative about our tour and the history of Portugal.

Compact timetable and interesting storytelling with humor. Overall, well-organized. Thank you!