Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Fátima and the Sanctuary Basilica Half Day Tour from Lisbon. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
First class tour. Bus picked us up and dropped us back to hotel. Tour guide and driver were excellent.
This tour is highly recommended! There are several good points I can enumerate:
1. Very convenient – pickup was prompt and directly from the hotel. Drop off was directly to the hotel as well.
2. Content – we went to Obidos, Alcobaca, Nazare, Batalha, and Fatima. This is a lot of places in one day. Our tour guide, Ana, gives remarkable information on the sites while on the bus and on the sites themselves.
3. Value for Money – for the number of sites, experience, and Portuguese history, this brings the most bang for your buck!
4. Free Time on the sites – there are some free time allocated for some sites.
A noteworthy point, if you are after visiting a specific site in detail, like in Fatima, this might not be the best tour for you. Because there is quite little time left for free roaming and exploring, you will quickly run out of time if you want to drill down into more details, or attend service, on the programmed sites.
It was excellent. The coach ride was comfortable and the guide was friendly. It was a lovely day !
Our tour guide, Vanessa, was a sophisticated guide. We not only learnt the history of Fatima, we were also enriched by her knowledgeable introduction in agriculture, culture and other aspects of the region and area wherever the coach passed by.
Although it was a very long day, the guide Ana was charming and humorous and gave us information in reasonable chunks that were easy to absorb. Great trip!
our trip was complete success,i love the food the service and the people,specially the fatima trip
Glad that I could spend some time at Fatima and going in the houses where Lucia, Juanita and Francisco lived was a great experience.
This was a heartwarming experience. Very interesting and full of history. Our tour guide was fantastic! She shared details of each visiting site. She gave us an understanding of what Fatima is all about. We both greatly appreciate the knowledge she shared. One person insisted that our guide speak English only. The guide politely explained that she must speak in the languages everyone understands. Congratulations to her for staying calm and professional.
The tour was really well organised. We were picked up at our hotel and each given a personal nametag. Coach was really luxurious and driver and rep were dressed really smartly and looked very professional. Would highly recommend this tour. Only draw back was would like more time for shopping.
This was pretty much a standard tour, well-done but unexceptional. However, the basilica was closed, which was not the tour company's fault, but the chapel, the site of the apparitions, was open. All in all, we found it worthwhile.
Worth doing as a tour - The tour guide was very multi-lingual and spoke in about 4 different languages. Only problem with this tour was the inconsideration of a few people on the trip who didn't meet on time thus having to wait for some time. I think we should have just left them behind! Maybe the tour guide should have relayed this message from the onset!
.Fatima was a great experence ..we attended mass and looked around the church and grounds. However,the pick up spot was a diaster, had we not started calling the tour service 1 1/2 hours before pick up we would not have made the tour. Better communication needs to be done. Also not enough time to enjoy fatima.
One and a half hour one way. It turned out to a long day, but worth the trip if you made it to Lisbon.
It was all worth it, the trip to Fatima was great . I will surely recommend your company to my friends. Thank you!
Called and confirmed before 24 hours prior to tour as directed on voucher. We were told to be at a hotel that was 'next door' to our hotel about 45 mins before the scheduled start. After arriving at the appointed hotel which was really about two blocks away, the hotel concierge knew nothing about that tour company. We waited around outside for about 10 mins and they arrived and took us to meet the tour bus at another venue picking up others along the way for various tours.
It was good to have direct transport to the Shrine without having to figure out public transport on our own. The descriptions along the way was done in so many languages that I sometimes missed the English version. Good that there wasn't too much commentary. Stopped at the factory with some time to make purchases. At the shrine we had enough time to walk around and there were two services in progress. Return to the pick up point was drawn out with everyone to be dropped off. If you are looking for direct transport to and from Fatima without much more expectations, then this is for you.
As far as the tour goes, it was good and even though we had concerns that we were only given an hour and 15 minutes at the Sanctuary, it was actually enough.
However, the local contact was unreliable. First, it's hard to get them on the phone that I had to resort to using the emergency number. Turned out the lady was not in the office yet although I was calling within business hours. Had to wait 30 minutes, time I could have used to see the sights, before calling back to settle pick-up times. Then there was confusion about the pick-up. Although the tour offered complimentary pick-up at the client's hotel, mine was at the sister hotel next door which was NOT made clear. Fortunately, Fenix Garden Hotel is just across the street where the tour buses are parked so we were able to make the tour despite the mix-up. Again, while settling why we weren't picked-up at our hotel despite being at the lobby way ahead of time, I had to resort to using the emergency number to get the lady online.
Although the personal pick-up is a nice service, the need to settle your pick-up times before the tour is a hassle. Marques de Pombal Square where all the tours depart from is an easy enough location to get to as this is also where all the hop-on, hop-off tours depart so the option to simply go to this location by yourself should be given as soon as you book the tour like all the other tours I've booked on Viator before in other countries where a meeting point and lead times before departure are clearly indicated.
We are so happy to have visited Fatima and was able to get our religious items blessed by the officiating priest. We talked to him after the mass. So blessed to have come from the Philippines to see the place. Great tour!