Knowledgeable and attentive guide. Great tour about 10 hours long. Try and find a less touristy lunch spot, as it is your choice, and maybe that would speed things along. Monastaries were amazing, as well as the beach in Nazare. Top notch!
Outstanding! Pedro, our guide was excellent. We saw everything in the itinerary in a very relax, unhurried way. Our driver was very good and courteous. Highly recommended.
The four of us enjoyed a wonderful day in the Portuguese countryside. We were picked up on time by a very knowledgeable and personable guide. Our first stop was Fatima. We spent a couple of hours here and then proceeded to a world heritage site where we saw the tomb of Prince Henry the Navigator. For lunch we stopped at the lovely seaside village of Nazare. From here we toured a medieval walled city . We all agreed that this day was the highlight of our trip to Portugal.This is the only way to see these sights especially if you have a group of four or more not only is it economical but you get to see so much more of Portugal..
The van was on time when he picked us up at our hotel. One of the pluses of this tour was our guide, not only was he knowledgeable but also very friendly and spoke perfect English. Because this was a private tour he offer us the flexibility of pretty much customizing the tour by determining the length of time we wanted to spend at each place visited. We had a fantastic lunch in Nazare right on the beach. A fantastic private tour.
Our tour was fabulous. Our driver was personable, spoke good English, was a good driver, and timed all our stops well.
The guide was knowledgeable and personable.
I suggest that the individual days are selected, rather than this 3 day tour. We had different guides and companions each day, rather than the whole group experience.
Also, it got rather tiring having so many languages. The guides did well to cater to everyone, but it dragged things out a bit.
The company seemed disorganised as far as the accommodation and pickup were concerned. Maybe they had only just started offering this deal, but no-one seemed to know much about us.
Enjoyed the tour and extra time the overnight in Fatima provided ... possibly could of come back to Lisbon a little earlier the next day
I had the impression that this was a 3 day tour- but it was 3 one day tours...each day we had to go to a central location and join day trippers- there was 1-1/2 hours each morning to assemble and organize each new group...the day in Evora was led by an unorganized, but pleasant woman-but unfortunately we didn't get as much out of the trip as we could have, and hoped for...the day trip to Fatima had a great tour leader, but a very busy schedule...and Sintra day trip was pleasant....all 3 days we had a very nice lunch
I would go to all the same places again but would not go on the three-day, large group tour. We were picked up each day at 8:10 AM but were taken to a transfer center where we had to get on a different bus which was apparently determined by how many people spoke what languages. By the time we left for the tour, it was 9:30-9:45. It just made the day too long. The guides for this tour were knowledgeable and friendly for the most part. However, one of them was rude to me when I suggested she group people by language for the tour of the palace. We speak English and were at the back of the group so did not hear any of her explanations. She told me I should push through the group to get at the front and then discussed me with one of the workers at the palace. The guide to Evora was pleasant but took part of the group into a cathedral and went to look for another part of the group. We were 2 minutes late to the meeting place and could not find anyone. We thought we had been left which sort of panicked us. You are with a different group each day. The Portugal countryside is very pretty and we enjoyed it very much but would take a small group or private tour next time. We were so tired from the long day when we returned to our hotel that we were not able to get out and really see Lisbon.
Elena is the tour guide from hell! She was rude to the passengers, telling people over the microphone to stop talking while she is talking. She also individually approached those who were late in coming back to the bus to scold them. Apparently, I was the only one from the group who was staying overnight in Fatima, and when I asked her about the arrangements, she quickly shrugged that the company did not tell her anything about it. When she did find out the details, she told me to cross to the other side of the Fatima sanctuary with my luggage to check in by myself, because according to her the bus is too big to go there. But in fact, another bus went near the hotel to pick me up the next day!
As to the tour itself, 50 minutes is too short to enjoy Obidos. It should also be made clear in the description that the cloisters of Batalha are NOT included in this tour. There were not much information or guidance given in Fatima -- I was just left on my own on the second day except for the transfer back to my hotel. I definitely think this tour could have been better with a different guide.
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