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An excellent tour and definitely worth every minute. My Journal explains......
Sometimes you just make the right choices and today was one of those days, a day trip to the Portuguese towns of Óbidos, Nazaré, Fatima and Batalhait was always going to be long day.
You may or may not know but it is autumn fall in Lisbontoday it is going to be 28 degrees, I am so glad that I only packed thermals and jumpers not. Obviously, I need some cooler clothes, tomorrow might see me doing some shopping!!!
The first stop was the town of Obidos, an extremely charming medieval village and I loved it, absolutely adored it, it kind of had a feel like san Gimignano Italy, high castle walls, and a town that is only allowed to use blue and yellow on their house colors . And I absolutely love the fact that the castle is a hotel this is now on my bucket list to stay there.
The other interesting and unique part of the town is the drink they serve, it is a cherry liqueur served in a cup, which is made of chocolate. Now I am not fan of cherries, however I decided to try it knowing that I could spit it out lady like of course if I did not like it. For 1 euro, it was a good chance to take. I can report that it was very delicious. So madly seeing as much of Obidos in the 45 minutes I had, I think I did alright with just looking at a couple of choice sights.
Next was a quick stop to visit a monastery at Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça a UNESCO heritage sight. Beautiful unique and a great love story behind it. The story of the dead queen, which I will park and research more lately. I also caught the drivers having some time out which you will see in the in the photos -we had a great laugh about this
Next stop another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, another monastery - Batalha Monastery and then followed by a lunch at a very picturesque fishing village of Nazaré.
At lunch, I sat with a family from Brazil, between the sign language, the broken English and some help from the tour guide we managed to have a great conversation over lunch. Rhyss an FYI there are some sons out there that take their mum on holidayI will leave you with that thought.
Lunch was overkill, but a good overkill, entrée of buffalo cheese, then verge soup very delicious then seafood and salad and finally a to die for chocolate cake, with amaretto and coffee. I could have curled up and slept all afternoon needless to say I passed on dinner.
The final stop was at Fatima, known for the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary and ostensibly one of the most important Christian sites in the world, whether you believe it or not it was quite a surreal experience.
The other part of Fatima was that it has a part of the Berlin Wall located there...now that was really interesting - to actually see the construction and the height of the berlin wall was pretty damn good.
A couple of favorites today were Obidos and the beach at Nazaré.
Adios from one very tired puppy!!!
Loved this tour! Saw so much in the one day. Everything was timed nicely.
Vanessa D. United Kingdom
It has been a very memorable experience and very educational too! We had very limited time to check out each because of the travel time to go from one place to another. I strongly recommend experiencing this tour if you would like to check these 4 beautiful Towns in One Day!
We had a great day! There is a lot to see so it is normal to have limited time at each locations. The lunch at San Miguel restaurant in Nazare was delicious. Our guide Paula was very good, friendly and knowledgeable.
A lovely day in Portugal, with a memorable stop in Obidos, which was delightful. The seaside lunch was enjoyable in the well organised restaurant. The seafood was tasty, and the company was great.
Rhonda T USA
This was the greatest tour I have every taken. The city of Obidos was small, charming and so heartwarming. Nazare' was beautiful too. Fatima was surreal. It was amazing to walk there where Our Lady has appeared. It was a very quiet and peacefully serene place. Perfect place to pray and reflect. Definitely would recommend this tour.
A well-organised tour. Tour guide, Louisa, was very knowledgable. She basically spoke very clearly. However, the constant switch from Portuguese to English sometimes was hard to follow.
We chose the lunch option. Food was of reasonable quality. However, given the enough time for lunch, it might be unnecessary to choose this option. A quick lunch might have left us more time to explore Nazare a little bit.
Wonderful tour of the four sites. However, we only had an hour to visit Fatima...need at least two to do it justice. Great guide and tour, otherwise. Great lunch!
Perfect trip, perfect tour guide, and perfect driver
It was great but I wish we had more time in Fatima. I will have to return to really experience the place. Our guide Lydia was very good, very informative. The bus ride was very comfortable also. Highly recommend this tour.
I like all the planning even though I hesitated at the beginning as I don't like to be in guided groups but the day, the trip, the places and the guide were all great... Portugal and the Portuguese are wonderful polite friendly and so welcoming... I booked my trip for August 2017..
This is an amazing tour, you will be taken to some beautiful places and get to experience the real 'Portugal'.
Obidos - is a beautiful town with such pretty buildings, lots of lovely cafes and lots of history.
Nazare - a lovely seaside town, I did not take the 'lunch' option when booking and this allowed me to spend an hour on the beach enjoying the spectacular scenery.
Fatima - this is such a special place, very glad I got to go there.
- This tour is so well organized, adequate time is allowed at each location.
- Our guide was lovely and she provided a lot of valuable information.
- Highly recommend this tour.
The lunch was wonderful. They came by if you wanted seconds, but the first serving was plenty. Tour guide was excellent.
Nice people, great places, great info about the destinations! Very comfortable ride.
Nice tour, 4 languages, interesting places to visit and good food!
Time is enough to visit the places and learn a bit from Portugal
We spent a very pleasant day. Tour was well organised all the sites are worth seeing,
. Ana our guidend and our driver Antonio were amazing.
Its a wonderful trip. I hope someday we will have the chance again to see this beautiful places. Just don't have enough time. I hope next time we will stay a little bit longer.
Awesome tour with an swesome tour guide. Ana is so good at explaining the history in 4 lamguages! All the places we went were excellent! Best value for the money!
Everything went as planned. I recommend the tour, given that spent by 7 cities and the guide was always very polite and informative .
Excelent tour for getting a brief visit to a lot of close-to-Lisbon places. Very well performed by the organizers.
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