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Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

1. Lisbon: Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Tour

Explore some of the rural towns of Portugal on a day tour from Lisbon. Discover the towns of Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos, and São Martinho do Porto with the help of your guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in Lisbon and travel first to Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the former houses of the little shepherds who witnessed the apparition. Continue the journey to Nazaré, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. The next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times. Finally, relax on the journey back to Lisbon, with drop-off at your hotel.

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

2. 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: 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: Half-Day Fátima Tour

4. 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

From Lisbon: Fátima and Sintra Private Tour

5. 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.

Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

6. Fátima: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy a full-day private excursion from Lisbon to Fátima, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. In addition to the Sanctuary you’ll see the house of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, the 3 young shepherds who claimed to have seen the apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1917, when news of the apparition of the Virgin Mary spread, this once-sleepy rural village turned into an important Catholic pilgrimage site. Visit Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary (Nossa Senhora de Fátima Santuario), a place of worship visited each year by more than 4 million pilgrims, who come to pay their respects and worship at the shrine. You’ll see the Chapel of the Apparitions, built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to the 3 young shepherds, and also see the tombstones of 2 of the 3 shepherds who reported the apparition.  In Batalha you’ll visit the monastery and admire its gothic architecture. In the old fishing village of Nazaré, you’ll take in the belvedere over the beach area and the headlands. Finish off with a stop in medieval Óbidos before heading back to Lisbon.

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.

Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Fátima

8. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Fátima

Experience the rich heritage and stunning countryside of Portugal on a private guided trip to Fátima from Lisbon. Start the tour with a transfer to Fátima where you will arrive around 11:00 AM. Fatima is known throughout the world as the location of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. After your arrival at the Shrine of Fatima in Cova da Iria, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions which marks the most precise spot where the sightings happened. Then, follow your guide to admire the Rosary Basilica and the Church of Holy Trinity. Here, you can even attend mass in the Sanctuary or light a candle if you desire. Continue the tour to the town of Aljustrel to visit the houses of the 3 children who were witness to this apparition  Hear stories about Lúcia, Jacinta, and Francisco and learn about life at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, head over to Valinhos to take a walk through the stations of the cross in the Hungarian Calvary. See the statues of Our Lady and the Angel of Peace. Visit the Parish Church of Fátima, the place where the three infant shepherds were baptized and if you desire, the place where they are buried. Throughout the day, you'll have free time to further explore the city, have lunch or go souvenir shopping. At the end of the tour, head back to Lisbon where you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

9. 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.

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

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

After pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, travel to one of the most important Christian sanctuaries in the world, located in Fatima. Visit a religious item factory, where you can acquire those items to be blessed in the Sanctuary. Reflect and visit the Chapel of Apparitions, Holy Trinity Basilic, and the Our Lady of Rosario Basilica, where the 3 shepherds, all canonized, are buried. Next, head to Batalha, with a stop at the monastery of Batalha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at Nazaré, a fisherman's village with beautiful white houses and stunning cliffs. Explore the village of Nazaré and enjoy its traditional atmosphere. See the largest surfing waves in the world at Nazaré's North Beach. Then, continue to the well-preserved medieval village of Óbidos. Due to its proximity to the coast, it has been occupied by various civilizations thoruhgout the centuries including Lusitanians, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors, who each left their mark on the area. 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.

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What people are saying about Chapel of the Apparitions

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 176 reviews

Lovely experience from pick up to drop off! Our guide Andre Feldman, made the day enjoyable, memorable and meaningful with all the history and interesting facts about Fatima, Nazare and Obidos! And even managed to make quick stops to allow for photos to be taken. The times allocated to each activity was sufficient and attending part of the Sunday service made for a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend this trip but cannot guarantee you’ll get Andre Feldman!

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.

We had a great guide in Lues and we visited 3 wonderful places. I was lucky to have my picture taken with the niece of Francisco and Jacinta in their village and that was amazing beyond words.

The tour guide was amazing, the vehicle very comfortable. Loved it, would definitely do it again!

Great. Our tour guide was excellent! Really enjoyed our trip. Will book again!