After a pickup in Lisbon by your professional guide, hop in your air-conditioned coach and journey north for your full-day tour to Portugal’s historic villages and religious landmarks. Gaze over the serene countryside as you arrive in Óbidos, a walled medieval town with cute house and tightly wound streets. Follow you guide through alleys and along stoney streets and learn interesting tidbits as you examine the town’s Gothic architecture. Then, either unwind at a café or head to one of the abundant wine shop and taste a classic Ginja liqueur.
Continue aboard your coach to Alcobaça. Here, see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça, the largest gothic monastery in Portugal. Afterward, take a break for lunch (included) in Nazaré, a fishing village which boasts a vibrant appeal. Enjoy some local fare at a restaurant and then stroll the avenues of one of Portugal’s famed vacation spots.
Next, take a lovely cruise through Portugal’s farm country as you make your way to Sítio for picturesque Atlantic beaches and coastlines. After snagging some photos, continue to the village of Batalha and its renowned Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside this classic gothic building and ogle the elegant design and ornate stained-glass windows.
Your last highlight is a visit to Fátima, famous for its 1917 visions of the Virgin Mary by three agrarian children. Also regarded as Our Lady of Fátima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima) this once quiet village is now host to millions of Christian pilgrims who pay homage at the Sanctuary of Fátima. Spend time on your own exploring this basilica and the shrine that honors the Virgin Mary.
As you begin your return journey to Lisbon, take a short break at Ajulstrel and visit the homes of the three children who experienced the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.