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Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

1. Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) far from the tourist crowds, and get a taste for authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was the site of a 79-foot wave, surfed by Garrett McNamara in 2011. Finally, tour the picturesque town of Óbidos, taken from the Muslims in 1148. Forming part of the dowry of numerous Portuguese queens, Óbidos maintains its medieval feel inside the old city walls, with cobblestone streets and flower-bedecked houses.

From Lisbon: Fatima, Nazaré, Óbidos Full-Day Trip

2. From Lisbon: Fatima, Nazaré, Óbidos Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring Portugal, while your guide teaches you the history of the area. Discover the three secrets of Fatima and visit the spot where the apparitions took place. Stop in Nazaré, a traditional fishing village, and stroll through the fortified city of Óbidos. Get a unique perspective of Portugal and its many traditions. Meet your guide at your hotel and leave with them to travel to Fátima. Start the tour by visiting the village and houses where the three little shepherds lived and meet their direct family members. Go to Cova da Iria, where several of the apparitions happened. See the sanctuary where the tombs are and feel the devotion of pilgrims from all over the world. Travel to the Batalha Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Continue to Nazaré and witness the famous giant waves where all the world surfing records were set. Take a break here to enjoy lunch. Lastly, wander around the narrow medieval streets of Óbidos. Try ginja, a traditional sour cherry liquor, and relax before heading back to Lisbon. 

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

3. From Lisbon: Fátima, Óbidos, Batalha, & Nazaré Private Tour

Begin your tour by meeting your friendly guide for the morning pick-up at your hotel or previously designated location. Head first to Fátima, approximately one hour away from Lisbon. The religious capital of Portugal became famous after sightings of the Virgin Mary appeared here. Pay visits to both the old and new sanctuaries and the Sanctuary Square, the location of the shrine.  Next, head to the Monastery of Batalha, elected one of the Seven wonders of Portugal and UNESCO World Heritage It’s one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Then continue to Nazaré, host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. You will have a break for lunch and you will have the opportunity to choose from one of the many tasty seafood restaurants. (At your own expense).   After lunch, continue the journey along the coast towards the historic village of Óbidos. This village of singular beauty is situated inside ancient medieval fortress walls dating back to the XII century. Its narrow streets, tiles, white-painted houses and ramparts should not to be missed! You will also get to enjoy a sample of “Ginginha”, a famous cherry liquor drunk from a chocolate cup.  To finish your tour, sit back and enjoy the picturesque coastline views offering a spectacular end to an adventurous day!

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

4. 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.

Fátima Private Tour from Lisbon

5. 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.

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

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

Explore 4 cities on a private tour from Lisbon. Depart Lisbon and head toward Fatima to visit Cova de Iria, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima's place of prayers and monuments. The Chapel of the Apparitions, considered the heart of the Sanctuary, was built in 1919, in the exact location where the Apparitions took place. In addition to the Chapel of Apparitions, enjoy a visit of the complete Sanctuary. Head then to Batalha. Classified in 1983 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Monastery of Batalha results in one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over the beach of Nazare from 'Sitio,' the highest point of the village. Nazare is a traditional fisherman's village in Portugal, now a busy summer destination, which has kept its maritime traditions. Conclude your tour in the fortified village of Obidos, one of the ex-libris of Portuguese heritage. Prepare to be surprised by this medieval village surrounded by the walls of the Castle of Obidos. Taste the traditional sour cherry liqueur called Ginjinha in a chocolate cup.

Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos Private Full Day Tour

7. 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".

Óbidos/Nazaré/Alcobaça/Mafra Private tour from Lisbon 9 hour

8. Óbidos/Nazaré/Alcobaça/Mafra Private tour from Lisbon 9 hour

On this full-day tour from Lisbon, discover the heritage left by the Cistercian order in Portugal and visit the Monastery of Alcobaça. After lunch in Nazaré, a village made famous by its giant’s waves, discover Óbidos, a medieval village completely surrounded by the old castle walls and classified as a literary town by UNESCO. Before leaving, taste the typical gastronomy, chocolate and “Ginja de Óbidos,” a kind of world-famous cherry liqueur. In the middle of the 12th century, the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques agreed with the Religious Order of the Cisterians to build the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça (UNESCO heritage site), the first entirely Gothic Portuguese construction. Throughout the remaining Middle Ages, the Cistercian monks had a major role diffusing the young Portuguese language and in the development of agricultural techniques. At the abbey, since 1269 the first public school was established and also assistance and work for the less favored. Here, you will also find the remarkable tombs of King Peter I and Ines de Castro, a tragic and beautiful love story, now lovers side by side for eternity. Upon arrival, it is strongly recommended to drink a cup of coffee and try the famous monastic pastries at the Alcoa pastry coffee shop. After the visit to the Abbey, you will pay a short visit to SPAL Ceramics. Afterwards, enjoy free time for lunch at the fishing village of Nazaré, outstanding for its sea related traditions and sightseeing. Stanley Kubrik and Cartier-Bresson were some of the world famous photographers that lost their way photographing the village and its traditions. The giant 30 meter waves that Garrett McNamara surfed are also famous worldwide. After lunch, stroll through the narrow alleys of Óbidos, a medieval wall surrounding the village conquered from the Moors in 1148, and taste the famous Óbidos cherry liqueur, a cultural heritage from that era.   

From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fatima, Batalha, Nazare & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

After pick up at the hotel, the tour start in direction of one of the most important Christian Sanctuary in the world, located in Fatima. You will visit a religious item factory, where you can acquire those items to be blessed in the Sanctuary. You will have time to assist the mass, reflect and visit the Chapel of Apparitions, Holy Trinity Basilic and Our lady of Rosario Basilic, where the 3 shepherds, all canonized, are buried. After these spiritual moment, head to Batalha, with a mandatory stop at the monastery of Batalha, classified by the UNESCO as world heritage. Build in honor of the victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarota, decisive to Portugal due to dynastic crisis. Following the tour, you will arrive to Nazaré, a fisherman village with beautiful white house and stunning cliffs. Even today, it is possible to see in its street and alleys the local culture and custom well portrayed. One of them, its people (the fishermen) wearing plaid shirts and black pants and the woman with traditional seven petticoats. Enjoy and get to know the village of Nazaré, as well as the natural phenomenon that takes place at Nazaré's North Beach where are surfed the biggest waves in the world. To finalize, you will see Obidos. A Medieval village, well preserved. For it's proximity of the Atlantic coast, it aroused the interest of invading peoples from the Iberian Peninsula, having been occupied by Lusitanians, Romans, Visigoth and Muslims, attributing to the latter the fortification of the village. Conquered from the Moors by King D. Afonso Henriques ( 1st time), having been definitively conquered in the reign of Sancho I. The village was donated in marriage by D Dinis ( 1279-1325) to Queen Santa Isabel during the nuptial spent there. This village became part of dowries for all the queens of Portugal until 1834. Inside of the walls, you will find a castle well preserve, a labyrinth of streets and white houses. Nowadays a lot of those houses are transformed into gift shop, restaurants and regional sweet stores. Between the flowered windows, colorful streets, churchs and squares, you can taste the ginjinha of Obidos, one of most traditional Portuguese liquors, obtained from the maceration of the cherry fruit, served normaly or in a chocolate cup, ending the day on a sweet way.

Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

10. Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour

Day 1: On the first day of your private adventure, discover many of the historic sights that Lisbon - Portugal's capital city has to offer. First, see Saint George's Castle, one of the few vestiges of Arabic culture in the city. Admire the building which has witnessed multiple reconstructions since Roman times and is today one of the most visited monuments in the country. Then, head over to Alfama, the oldest quarter in Lisbon. Discover the small alleyways of the Medina which acted as the perfect defensive system during the 8th to 12th century. Continue into Lisbon's downtown Baixa neighborhood and learn about the terrible earthquake of 1755 which influenced Portuguese history and architecture forever.  Finally, explore the Belem or Bethlehem district to the west of central Lisbon. Marvel at how this area combines historic monuments, fascinating museums, and attractive gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary. See the place where the shipyards and harbors used to be from where Portuguese explorers in the 15th-century set out to discover sea routes to India, Africa, and Brazil. Day 2: On the second day, visit the enchanting small village of Sintra which boasts a great concentration of historic palaces and interesting monuments. Your guide will give you information about all of the attractions you can visit and the choice is yours for what you would like to see. Then, head to Cabo de Roca - the most western point in Europe. Marvel at 165-meter-high Lighthouse which dates back to 1772. After this, continue to the beach town of Cascais, known for its picturesque streets and fishing village charm. Stop at one of the many restaurants serving fresh seafood. Return to Lisbon taking the coast road with stunning panoramas of the sea and Estoril. The town is known for its famous casino which boasts the largest gambling room in Europe and was made famous by Ian Fleming's Jame Bond novel 'Casino Royal'. Day 3: On the final day of your tour, set off to explore the Sanctuary of Fatima. Here, find various chapels including the Chapel of the Apparitions and have the option to attend a Mass. Visit the Monastery of Batalha another important landmark in the history of Portugal. Next, continue on to the scenic village of Nazare which has an intense past that is best portrayed in its architectural heritage. Admire the many picturesque churches and traditional houses. Lastly, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Obidos. Step back in time, as you walk through the beautiful and narrow streets full of traditional shops, and white painted old houses. Return to Lisbon where your 3-day experience concludes.

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Carolina our guide was excellent, her English was impeccable, her knowledge of the history of not only Portugal but the world (made my dad say she could be a lecturer with her English and knowledge). My dad is not easily impressed but Carolina impressed him. Carolina was a good driver and tour guide. She went all out to ensure we were all comfortable. She was very caring towards us and kept check we were all right and tailor everything to everyone’s need. The places we visited was worth it. Everyone needs to do this tour if nothing else while in Lisbon.

The tour was wonderful all along the way, and everything went smooth. It is extremely well organized. Our guide Tania is friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable. She provided us with all the important details about the places we visited. I highly recommend this tour.

I’m so glad I did this tour! Tanya was an amazing guide. The amount of time in each location was just enough, and all were very worthwhile places to go. I highly recommend going on this tour if you’re in Lisbon and want to travel outside the city.

The overall trip was wonderful and fantastic The tour guide did an amazing job. She is very knowledgeable and explained the history of each place very clearly. But I wish I could have a little more time in Fatima.

I enjoyed the tour. Our guide Tania was excellent. She provided interesting information about each site as well as information about other things such as the cork trees and the PamAm sign.