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From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

1. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

Experience a mix of historical, cultural, and scenic sights in Portugal on this full-day small group tour in an air-conditioned van. Discover the history and heritage of Fatima, Óbidos, Batalha, and Nazaré, as you make your way through many of central Portugal's highlights. Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in the Lisbon city center and enjoy a scenic drive to the Shrine of Fatima, a major Catholic pilgrimage site. Learn about the miracle of the Virgin Mary's apparition to 3 shepherd children here in 1917. Next, visit the Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Gothic monument, built by King John I of Portugal. After a lunch of regional foods, visit the seaside resort of Nazaré, a popular destination for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. From the top of the rock, see the black Madonna statue by Saint Joseph and the colorful fishing boats. Finally, explore the medieval village of Óbidos, known for its cobbled paths, medieval houses, handicraft stores, and Ginjinha sweet cherry liqueur.

From Alvarenga: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

2. From Alvarenga: 516 Arouca Bridge & Paiva Walkway Tour

Discover the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways on a tour from Alvarenga. Explore one of the most beautiful wild river gorges in northern Portugal with a guide. Start your tour in Alvarenga, where you'll meet your guide and have a safety briefing and get some information about Arouca Geopark and the Paiva River Valley. Then, you'll start the hike through old village paths, towards the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge. When you get to the bridge, your crossing will take place at an exclusive time, with only your tour mates and guide. Feel like you're walking on air as you immerse yourself in the imposing surrounding landscape. If you don't want to cross the bridge on foot, you can be transferred to the other side in a 4x4 free of charge. After getting across the bridge, walk along the Paiva Walkways. Your guide will show you some great spots for photos while highlighting the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, idyllic waterfalls, and impressive cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Halfway through, you'll rest for a while at Vau River Beach. There, you can take in the landscape while you can restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice and fresh fruits. On a hot day, you can take a refreshing dip in the river, so make sure you bring a swimsuit. After your stop, hike along the wooden walkway along the river back to your starting point.

Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Knights Templar Tour

3. Lisbon: Tomar and Almourol Knights Templar Tour

Follow the footsteps of the mysterious Knights Templar, a religious-military order, on this full-day tour. The Templars played an important role Portugal's history from the country's foundation, until the era of Portuguese discoveries. Visit the picturesque village of Constância, as well as Almourol Castle, built by the Templars on a small island. See the Tomar Convent of Christ, a church inspired by the temple of Solomon. Explore its many cloisters and see the iconic Manueline window. Both offer insight to the Knights Templar. Tomar was the former headquarters of the Templars, making this place one of the most important sites in the medieval world, and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Venture next to the Gothic-style Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a gorgeous 12th century church erected for the Knights Templar. Your guide will accompany you along the way, sharing stories and curiosities about the place you visit.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Tour

Anticipating a full day is always a great suggestion. Your trip will start in Lisbon, then depart for the famous sanctuary of Fátima. Behind each monument, there is a history and the history of Fatima is permanently associated with events in which three local children: Lucia and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, saw, on May 13, 1917, a flash and visions of a "lady dressed in white", in the shadow of the holm oaks in a place called Cova da Iria. This place is now called the Chapel of Apparitions. The blessed Virgin Mary said she had been sent by God with a message to every man, woman and child of our century. It appeared at a time when civilization was being punished by war and bloody violence. She promised that Heaven would give peace to the whole world. You can enjoy this free time to attend Mass if you wish. In addition to the Sanctuary of Fatima, you can take advantage of the Monastery of Batalha, which is part of the list of the 7 wonders of Portugal. Known for its old and unfinished but beautiful chapels. Have you met Nazaré? The beach that has become internationally famous for having the biggest waves in the world and as a result is now better known as the mecca of surfing. Nazaré is a charming coastal town full of beaches, seafood and viewpoints with superb sea views. Take the opportunity to enjoy the view and take beautiful photos.

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Óbidos, and Nazaré

5. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Porto, Óbidos, and Nazaré

Discover three amazing Portuguese cities: Porto, Nazaré, and Óbidos with a bus sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Portugal and feel inspired by the architecture, history, and culture of these beautiful cities. Get comfortable in an air-conditioned vehicle as you start your journey toward the town of Óbidos, where we will start with a guided tour accompanied by a local guide. Completely surrounded by ancient walls and preserving all its medieval charm, Óbidos is one of the most famous and visited places in Portugal, and a must-see in the surroundings of Lisbon. The narrow cobbled streets that can be seen in Óbidos will immediately transport you to a medieval atmosphere. These streets are home to perfectly preserved old houses, historic buildings, and important monuments. Dominating the historic center in the highest part of the village, visit the Castle of Óbidos, which is declared one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. Start at the village main gate, and discover the amazing narrow streets outside of the beaten track. Visit the secret Jewish neighborhood and its white-painted houses with some great spots to take pictures. Walk along Rua Dereita, the most famous street, full of stores and traditional restaurants, and get to the castle of Óbidos. It was built in the 12th-century, although it has Roman constructions in its beginnings. It can be said that it is one of the best preserved and largest fortresses of the country, being listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. From there, you will clearly see the great wall of Óbidos, another of the town’s great symbols. Continue the trip heading to possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal, Nazaré, where you will visit the Forte de Sao Miguel. This site has become world-famous for the giant wave that hits its coast every winter and attracts lots of surfers from all over the world. Then, walk through O Sitio, where the famous streets present a collection of religious buildings and are a hugely popular site for pilgrims from all around the globe. Hike your way up to the summit, where you'll find medieval fortifications, 17th-century churches, and modern shrines. Wander the courtyards and plazas surrounded by ornate structures, basilicas, and statues. Next, head to Oporto, the last stop of the day. First you will have 1h to have a typical Portuguese lunch on your own to regain energy, and then, the visit will start. A vibrant 1.5-hour walking tour, where you will admire the stunning Old Town on the picturesque Douro River, complete with six bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Igreja Carmen, Estação São Bento, Igreja São Francisco and Ponte Don Luis. At the end of your tour, you will return to the center of Lisbon and your guide will recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

6. Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

Spend a day in the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar to discover the history of the Knights Templar. Your journey will begin in Lisbon. Tomar was the Templar capital of Portugal and Spain and one of the most important in the medieval world. The main monument of the city is the Tomar Convent which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A short distance from Tomar is the Almourol Castle. This emblematic monument was at one time controlled by the Knights Templar.  The Almourol Castle and the city of Tomar are perfect examples to understand the mystique of the Templars, men that were simultaneously Warrior Knights and monks that lived under a rigid military discipline, but at the same time with a great rigor in the spiritual life. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at one of two locations in central Lisbon, either Restauradores or Marquês de Pombal.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

7. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Full-Day Tour

Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Fátima and learn why millions of pilgrims make their way to the sanctuary each year. Continue to Batalha to see some of the best 14th-century architecture in Portugal, including the monastery built in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. Next, go to the charming seaside town of Nazaré and savor some fresh fish at lunch (own expense). Take a scenic coastal drive through São Martinho do Porto and the Óbidos Lagoon en route to the medieval walled village of Óbidos. Stroll around the cobbled streets and taste some authentic ginjinha (cherry liqueur).

From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

8. From Porto: 516 Arouca Bridge and Paiva Walkways Guided Tour

Join a guided trip to the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and Paiva Walkways from Porto. Discover one of the most impressive wild river gorges in the north of Portugal. Join a certified local guide in crossing the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge 175 meters above River Paiva. Start your adventure from Porto with comfortable transportation to the Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark and a safety briefing. Set off on the Paiva Walkways, an 8.7 km wooden walkway built along the cliffs of the Paiva River Gorge. Begin the hike through old village paths. Then, prepare for the most exciting 516 meters of your life on the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension pedestrian bridges in the world. Be suspended by Tibetan-style steel cables in the sky, 175 meters above River Paiva and Aguieiras Waterfall. Feel as though you’re walking in the air, immersing yourself in an imposing landscape of wild and stunning nature. If you want a more laid-back experience, be transferred to the other side of the bridge by a 4x4. Moving on, along the Paiva Walkways, stop at scenic viewpoints to snap photos. See the famous zig-zag staircases, riparian forests, waterfalls, and cliffs of the gorge. Halfway through, take a break at Vau River Beach and restore your energy with some traditional snacks, juice, and fresh fruits. On hot days, take a dip in the river. From here to the end of the trail, get closer to the river. Feel the strength of the rapids through their roaring sounds. After the hike, be driven to the mountain area of Arouca. Finally, treat yourself to a traditional Arouquesa roasted veal in a typical restaurant (included in the option "With Lunch"). For dessert, taste some ancient conventual pastry, next to its origin, the Santa Maria de Arouca Monastery.

From Porto: Douro River Cruise to Régua with Lunch

9. From Porto: Douro River Cruise to Régua with Lunch

Embark on a day trip to Régua and relax on a cruise along the Douro from Porto. Enjoy a delicious onboard breakfast before admiring the Carrapatelo Dam, and Crestuma-Lever Dam with an audio guide. You will also explore the town of Régua after savoring an authentic lunch on the boat.  Meet your guide at the Estiva quay in Porto, then board a boat heading to Régua, known worldwide as the capital of "Vine and Wine." Enjoy some breakfast on board while sailing through the Douro waters, admiring the breathtaking valley. Go through the Crestuma-Lever Dam (height of 14 meters) and the Carrapatelo Dam (height of 35 meters). Tuck into lunch served onboard and learn about the history of the region with commentary from your audio guides, available in four different languages. Hop off the boat and explore Régua at your own pace. After enjoying some free time, make your way back to Porto by bus, arriving in the evening. 

From Lisbon: Tomar Templar Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Lisbon: Tomar Templar Full-Day Private Tour

Embark on a journey back in time as you explore the history and beauty of Tomar, a 12th-century Templar town located just a short drive from Lisbon. Your day begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel, where you will be met by your expert guide and transported in comfort to Tomar by air-conditioned vehicle. As soon as you arrive in Tomar, you'll be struck by the town's stunning architectural heritage, including the imposing castle and the awe-inspiring Convent of Christ. This stunning structure, which was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, served as the Portuguese headquarters of the Knights Templar and is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, architecture, and religious heritage. Next, delve into the heart of Tomar's historic center, where you'll discover the Church of Santa Maria do Olival, a 12th-century funerary pantheon of the Knights Templar, and the 16th-century Church of São João Baptista. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the town's rich history to life as you explore these beautiful structures, learning about the important role that Tomar played in the history of Portugal and the Knights Templar. After exploring Tomar, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch, based on your preference. Whether you opt for a traditional Portuguese meal or something more modern and contemporary, you'll be able to savor the flavors of the region while taking a well-deserved break. The afternoon will take you to another magnificent castle that was once part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar - the Castle of Almourol. This stunning castle, which is situated in the middle of the Tagus River, can only be reached by boat, adding to the adventure of the day. As you explore the castle's ramparts, you'll learn about its rich history and the important role it played in the defense of Portugal. Finally, as the day comes to a close, you'll enjoy a scenic drive back to Lisbon, taking in the rolling hills and relaxing landscapes of the region. From breathtaking castles and historic churches to delicious local cuisine and breathtaking views, this tour is the ultimate way to experience the best of Tomar and the surrounding region.

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based on 671 reviews

What an amazing experience!!! Flavio was the BEST tour guide we could ever imagine, patient, informative and entertaining. He provided great stories on every places we visited. We fell in love with the medieval Óbidos, the ocean views of Nazaré and the charming Porto. Definitely a must-do trip! Worth your time and money!

Great day! Great Tour Guide! Big thanks to out awesome Tour Guide Nunu! Highly recomment to do this Tour! First stop in fatima (~1h), then batalha monastery, Nazare (~1.5h) and Last obidos.

Great tour of almoural castle and Tomar. Caught a nice little boat to the castle, learned a lot about the Templars and Portuguese history. Guide was excellent, informative and engaging.

Antonio was an exceptional guide today. He was well informed, skilled at managing people and the usual issues that arise in groups.

It was a fantastic day, full of beautiful sites and historical information. Our guide (Carlos) was fantastic! Highly recommend.