The trip was the best experience I had in Portugal - well worth it. Pedro was a most perfect guide. Highly skilled in several languages, well educated, outspoken, helpful and competent. I could not have better spent that day! The included lunch was of great quality, tickets to university attractions were even included, and everything went perfect. Thank you Pedro!
The tour was conducted by livingtours. Excellent guide Pedro, comfortable touring in an 8 seater van, good commentary and explanations, good lunch included and sufficient free time.
This trip I would recomend to everybody. Very good, nice and very knowledgeable tour guide.
We had a very fantastic day.
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.
learned a lot from my guide...the finer details of fatima and coimbra
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bruce W United Kingdom
Excellent guide and overall a good and interesting tour. I have my doubts about the Fatima/Coimbra combination - our small group divided between those who were interested mainly in Fatima and some hardly or not at all in Coimbra and those who would have preferred more free time in Coimbra with the opportunity to visit some of the sights rather than just walk past them.
Amazing trip! Poured rain for most of the day but didn't dampen our enthusiasm. Pedro was a terrific guide - spoke excellent English! Extremely knowledgable about the history of Fatima. There is a lot of construction at site which I didn't expect. All in preparation for the Pope's visitl next year marking the 100th year of the visit of the Blessed Virgin to the little Shepherds. We were unable to do the walk through Coimbra due to the weather - so instead we toured the University of Coimbra - very worthwhile. Appreciated that Pedro had a plan B. It was a full 10 hour day, but well worth it!
We were the only people on the trip and the tour company took the opportunity to send two trainee guides as well as an official guide. We enjoyed the trip and had a lot of personal attention. We liked Coimbra and we enjoyed seeing where the children were born in Fatima
Totally enjoyed Fatima. Our guide, Elio, also took us to the house of Lucia. It would have been nice though if we stopped and went down for a while to take pictures. The tour of Coimbra and its oldest University was inspiring. But we were not able to go into its famed Library due to the volume of tourists visiting the place. They can only accommodate 20 persons at a time. We had to wait 2 hours if we want to see it but our tour time is only 45 minutes. But this tour is still worth taking.
We booked this tour BECAUSE it said we would be at Fatima in time for Mass. I even expressed how important that was to me after completing the 800KM walk on the Camino de Santiago. It did not happen and for no reason except it was not really the plan. The rest of the tour was literally a 'drive-by' walking tour of Coimbra. Churches, the University, Monastery all on the tour but not included in the price OR the time alotted! Very disappointed! If all you want is a fly by on Fatima and Coimbra, GREAT!
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