Best Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip from Porto
- Hotel pickup included
- Led by a local guide
A national shrine, the sanctuary is built on the spot where the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary were said to be witnessed by three shepherd children: Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Their children’s tombs are within the sanctuary walls, as well as a beautiful Neoclassical church that’s dedicated to their memory. Head inside the church for mass (lasting roughly 30 minutes) and gaze in awe at the serene yet majestic surroundings while worshiping.
After the service, enjoy some free time to explore the city at leisure and enjoy lunch (own expense). Return to your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel to Coimbra – a historical town just less than an hour away. Stretch your legs on a walking tour around the city center, seeing its prestigious university and the Old Cathedral of Coimbra – a glorious example of Romanesque architecture that’s said to be the most important Roman Catholic building in Portugal.
Enjoy some free time to explore the city, perhaps visiting the University of Coimbra to see its famous old library. Entrance fees to all Coimbra attractions are at your own expense.
Make your way back to your coach and relax on your journey to Porto. Your tour finishes in the city center in the early evening.
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Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip from Porto
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel pickup
- Local guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fee to Coimbra University (approx. 6 euros)
- Hotel drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Reviewed by: David S, September 2015
Fantastic day with Claudia our tour guide and driver. There were 8 tourists on this tour, 2 Spanish, 3 French, 1 Italian, me an English and Portuguese speaker who understands Spanish and my partner who speaks English and French. Claudia, was able to speak all of these languages but we all agreed that she take the tour in Spanish and French so that she didn't have to translate 3 or 4 times, which could have been like a conference at the United Nations! Claudia also suggested to the group that we visit Coimbra first followed by Fatima, as there would be more choice of places to lunch. Before arriving at Coimbra, Claudia gave us a brief overview of the city and on arrival, we walked the grounds of the University and given a thorough tour of the city. We had an hour and a half for lunch to further explore the city and Claudia also suggested a few cafes and restaurants that we should eat at. After lunch we continued onwards to Fatima and having been there before, it was not the main reason for having taken this tour. However, we were really surprised because before visiting the Sanctuary of Fatima we were taken to the homes of the three children who saw the Apparitions of Fatima. These houses and the countryside around it are a well hidden gem that many tourists who visit Fatima do not always find or go to as they tend to head directly to the Sanctuary. We were then taken to the Sanctuary and our guide told us the story of Fatima and we were given 45 minutes of free time and Claudia suggested which areas of the Sanctuary to visit. On this occasion the Basilica was closed for preparations for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions which is in May 2016. I would highly recommend this trip, Claudia was a fantastic guide, she had a great sense of humour, her grasp of languages was hugely impressive and she was great company on the day. Thank you Claudia for a fantastic day!
Reviewed by: Raelene W, July 2015
We had a fantastic day out visiting Fatima and Coimbra, and only wished we had more time to explore Coimbra! Our tour guide Paula was knowledgeable and professional and went into great detail about Portugal's history as a nation, as well as the stories behind Fatima and the three shepherd's and Coimbra and its university heritage. We were lucky to have just three people on our tour so it was rather intimate and made the day all the more special. Highly recommended!