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Explore one of Portugal’s most holy sites, Fatima, and the university town of Coimbra on this insightful day trip from Porto. Get out of Porto’s city limits and discover the wealth of cultural experience nearby. In Fatima, learn about the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary and the alleged Virgin Mary apparitions that have happened here. Immerse yourself in the local religious culture by attending mass at the basilica inside the sanctuary. After, enjoy time in Coimbra, where you will see many university students during an informative 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

Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip from Porto

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

Your full-day tour of Fatima and Coimbra begins by meeting your guide in Porto. Settle in to your comfortable air-conditioned coach and begin your scenic journey south to Fatima. On the ride there, get to know your guide and learn bits of historical anecdotes, like how Christians have pilgrimaged here for hundreds of years. 

After two hours, depart the bus and begin exploring by foot. Head to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, a shrine that was constructed at the location of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy an immersive experience inside the church for a 30-minute mass, admiring the magnificent architecture and service. 

Next, reflect during time on your own while discovering the city and enjoying a leisurely lunch (own expense). After lunch, re-board your coach and venture to your next destination: Coimbra. Upon arriving at this university town approximately an hour later, enjoy a walk while taking in the sights. See  city’s Romanesque Old Cathedral of Coimbra, believed by some to be the most significant Roman Catholic structure in the country.

Continue exploring on your own, then return to your coach to relax and reflect on the drive back to Porto. Your tour in central Porto in the early evening. 

Customer Reviews

Vineta Latvia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip I would recomend to everybody. Very good, nice and very knowledgeable tour guide.
We had a very fantastic day.

Juanita G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a wonderful tour! We were picked up from our hotel in Porto and went to Fatima first. On our way to Fatima, Claudia gave us information on Portugal's history, Fatima's history, what to expect weather-wise, and pointed out all the storks that were nesting near the highway.
We picked a perfect date to visit Fatima on the 12th of May it wasn't crowded and there were very few lines.
On the way back to Porto, we stopped and visited Coimbra. It is a very nice city, lots to see and a lot of history here.
The only complaint of the entire tour is not enough time at each of these locations! We would have been happy to have left earlier left hotel at 0830 and returned later returned about 1730 in order to have spent more time at each of these beautiful locations.

Wilzon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

learned a lot from my guide...the finer details of fatima and coimbra

Behroze S. S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This small group trip by van to Fatima and Coimbra was very good. This was our second visit to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima - enjoyed it as much, if not more, the second time around. A very spiritual place indeed-very special to pray and light candles at the site where the 3 children saw the apparition of Mary.The Basilica is closed for renovations, so attended the tail end of the mass at the new cathedral in the complex-beautiful altar! Passed thru the town where the 3 little children who saw the vision of Mary lived, but did not stop to visit them. In Coimbra, we had adequate time to visit the river and main street of the old town of Coimbra on our own.The University of Coimbra is well worth the visit -it is still active and has been at this location from the 1500s- the architecture and grounds are wonderful.The black caped university students add to the beauty of this place. Climbed the tower -great views of the city from the top. Unfortunately could not visit the much talked about library of the university as no tickets were available till much later that evening-a real shame as it is meant to be really unique and the highlight of the university! Our guide Elio was very good and considerate- on our way down from the university he stopped for some of us for a quick look at the church of Santa Clara which we had somehow missed it on our walk in Coimbra town earlier that afternoon.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic day with Claudia our tour guide and driver. There were 8 tourists on this tour, 2 Spanish, 3 French, 1 Italian, me an English and Portuguese speaker who understands Spanish and my partner who speaks English and French. Claudia, was able to speak all of these languages but we all agreed that she take the tour in Spanish and French so that she didn't have to translate 3 or 4 times, which could have been like a conference at the United Nations! Claudia also suggested to the group that we visit Coimbra first followed by Fatima, as there would be more choice of places to lunch. Before arriving at Coimbra, Claudia gave us a brief overview of the city and on arrival, we walked the grounds of the University and given a thorough tour of the city. We had an hour and a half for lunch to further explore the city and Claudia also suggested a few cafes and restaurants that we should eat at. After lunch we continued onwards to Fatima and having been there before, it was not the main reason for having taken this tour. However, we were really surprised because before visiting the Sanctuary of Fatima we were taken to the homes of the three children who saw the Apparitions of Fatima. These houses and the countryside around it are a well hidden gem that many tourists who visit Fatima do not always find or go to as they tend to head directly to the Sanctuary. We were then taken to the Sanctuary and our guide told us the story of Fatima and we were given 45 minutes of free time and Claudia suggested which areas of the Sanctuary to visit. On this occasion the Basilica was closed for preparations for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions which is in May 2016. I would highly recommend this trip, Claudia was a fantastic guide, she had a great sense of humour, her grasp of languages was hugely impressive and she was great company on the day. Thank you Claudia for a fantastic day!

Raelene W

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!

Kaylie Y

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.

Terrence M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great day going to Fatima and seeing Porto

Vaclav M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Definitely worth going. Our guide Elsa was just amazing!

porto tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

excellent tour guide

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