5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Discover the pilgrimage site of Fatima and the university city of Coimbra on a day trip from Porto! The full-day tour includes a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima where several apparitions of the Virgin Mary are said to have taken place. Attend mass inside the sanctuary’s basilica, soaking up the serene atmosphere, and then spend the afternoon in Coimbra, seeing the university and Old Cathedral of Coimbra on a walking tour.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Fatima and Coimbra from Porto with an expert local guide
  • Explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima
  • Visit the sanctuary’s basilica to attend mass
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Coimbra, Portugal’s prestigious university city
  • Hear the history of the Old Cathedral of Coimbra and admire its Romanesque architecture

What You Can Expect

Best Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip from Porto

Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima!

Leave your Porto hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel south to Fatima, a small city in central Portugal that has been a Christian pilgrimage site since medieval days. After traveling for roughly two hours, arrive in the town and then head inside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima – a complex that’s just as large as its name suggests.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a good trip! I had Paula as my guide and she explained everything very well. She gave tips on food, where to visit, and answered all our questions. It was a comfortable and smooth trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great day going to Fatima and seeing Porto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Definitely worth going. Our guide Elsa was just amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

excellent tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was great, more than I was expecting. The great things: pick up up my hotel right on time, a easy and comfortable van, nice and well educated lady, excellent pronunciation and knowledge of the culture and surroundings, great timing and route. She was more than a driver, she was a tour guide very familiar and nice with us and with the kids. I do not have absolutely nothing wrong or bad comment for this; just good, super good and excellent reviews for me. Thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was educational and relaxing. There was time to engage and participate in the events on site. Tour guide and training guide were delightful companions, making this tour fantastic. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great tour! A very intelligent solution for seeing the most important nearby sites in 1 day as well as customized for a small group of people (7-8) in a mini-van. No stress, no rush, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The guide, Paula Marinho, was very good: very professional, friendly, multi-lingual (she led the tour in 2 languages: English and Portuguese, driving the van at the same time and guiding us through the sites, which is not easy). The sanctuary in Fatima is very beautiful and the town itself is also very nice and the Coimbra famous university and city centre are very attractive as well. The local cuisines are very delicious. Will definitely recommend the tour and the company to friends.

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