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6 days to explore

The center of Portugal is a region where all the sceneries are magical and cast pure energy. In Fátima you can find one of the most emblematic religious places in the world. Do you allow us to be your guide on this trip?

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DAY 1

The Arrival

Welcome to Portugal!

 

These are your very first hours, of your first day, on this wonderful country of ours.

You can now relax because you are in good hands! From the moment you arrive until it’s time to leave we will be here sole and exclusively for you.

 

We will offer and show you what makes Portugal a unique destination.

We are going to introduce you to this much-loved country!

 

The next few days, all dedicated to you, will be spent visiting Fátima and the Center of Portugal.

 

We will begin this trip with a slight welcome surprise and then, comfortably and safely, head to your first destination: Fátima.

 

Those who get to know this region leave with more than pictures to show their friends. They leave with stories, experiences, emotions and memories that will last a lifetime.

 

You will take a portion of this country, Fátima and the Center of Portugal in your luggage!

DAY 2

Discovering Fátima

The Shrine of Fatima is one of the greatest references of Marian worship, which pilgrims come from all over the world.

Morning
Walk accompanied by our friendly and professional local guide in Fatima. Enjoy a guided tour of the Fatima Sanctuary followed by a pilgrimage to the core of the main apparitions linked to the Miracle of Fatima: the Valinhos. You can ask our guide for special meditation accompaniment. This tour passes through the Via Sacra and leads us to one of the apparitions of Our Lady, as to the Angel's place. After this trip we found ourselves near the village of Aljustrel where the little shepherds were born and which we will visit. We will then take a ride to visit the Parish Church of Fatima and receive a guided tour on the Olive Oil Museum.

Free afternoon
After this visit we are ready to enjoy a rest, because at 9.30 pm we can not miss the celebration in the chapel of Apparitions where the rosary is said and afterwards participate in the candle light procession.
DAY 3

Paths of History

Not far away from Fátima, we find a vast number of cities with massive timeless wealth and heritage.

 

Morning

We are already in our seats and the landscape around, that is offered by nature itself, is beautiful.

Shortly after, we will find the ideal village to make the first stop: Batalha, where we will visit Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery – classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. With a flashy Gothic style, had its construction extended for over 2 centuries without ever being finished.

In here, we will also witness the tribute paid by Portugal to the soldiers who fought in the First World War present in the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Next stop is Alcobaça, where we will visit the Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaça - classified as World Heritage by UNESCO - this imposing monastery is one of the most impressive and beautiful testimonies of the Cistercian architecture throughout Europe. Its church is the first and largest in primitive Gothic style, built in Portugal during the Middle Ages.

At the end of the tour, we will have a mandatory stop at one of the most traditional confectioneries of the Portuguese Conventual Confectionery: Alcôa.

 

Afternoon

We will proceed our journey, this time, towards the sea, towards Nazaré.
In here smells like the sea, sand and salt and the fishing tradition of the village remains, so we suggest taking a break for a spontaneous lunch at a local restaurant.

The city is known for its giant waves, shown to the world by the unbeatable records achieved in them. The “Nazaré Cannon” is one of the most pursued surf destinations in the world.

However, Nazaré it´s not just that, at all! Actually, much before this giant waves being explored, is known for the several legends and the cult to Our Lady of Nazaré and we will visit its Sanctuary, as well as the Chapel, built in celebration of the Miracle that took place here in the XII century.

We will finish our discoveries in Óbidos by taking a visit at this village, which is one of the most picturesque in Portugal. It is all about history, from the Paleolithic period, through the Roman and Arab periods. Within walls, in a medieval style, we will see a well-kept castle and a maze of streets and white houses that delight those who stroll there.
Among Manueline porches, flowered windows and small squares, there are numerous reasons to visit and good examples of the religious and civil architecture of the golden times of the village.

Well, we can only be as amazed as we are tired, so we will return to the hotel to recover our energies for tomorrow.

DAY 4

The Templars

Much is said about the Templars, this enigmatic Order, created to preserve and protect the Holy Land and its pilgrimages, an order that became the strongest, richest and most independent of the controls of Kings and the Pope. Only God and His rules dictated their way.
Years later, all this power made them be pursued by the same men who accepted their creation.
Today, we have traces of heritage, architecture, knowledge and data in the few books that have survived over the centuries…
However, this mysterious order of Christian Knights also left a rich inheritance in our imagination, where legends mix with truths and inspire us, from stories and tales in the style of “King Arthur” to the great Hollywood productions.

In fact, did you know that, nowadays, rumors and investigations still prevail that the Holy Grail is in Tomar


Morning

Our first stop will be in Tomar, the city par excellence of the Templar Knights. We will follow the clues, we will learn about the Templars and their secrets, we will visit the Castle and the Convent of Christ - In the Middle Age, this World Heritage location was the headquarters of the Portuguese Templar Knights.

From here on, all the air that you breathe is involved in belief, faith, magic and mystery and you can even feel this secret world in the bones of your body.
We go down to the historical center where we find colorful gardens on the shore of the Nabão river and also religious places of interest, such as the XVth century church of São João Batista and the old Synagogue.
This Templar experience does not end here! We will be eat like real knights in the main square, where a medieval lunch awaits us at “Taberna Antiqua”.


Afternoon

Now we are ready to continue our tour and even if we don’t have any armor on the chest, at least, our bellies are very happy.
Santa Maria dos Olivais Church is our next stop - this Gothic church was used as the burial place of the Templar Knights and later of the Order of Christ, the successors of the Templars in Portugal.
Our last stop is Almourol Castle. Its construction was ordered by Gualdim Pais, Grand Master of the Portuguese Templars. It is located on a small island in the Tejo River, making this a strategic point in the defense of the Portuguese Kingdom. The route to the castle is made by boat and our visit ends at this stunning fortress.

Well, to be honest, it only ends when we arrive at the hotel, which will be about 40 minutes away and this is the greatest feature of Portugal and this program, in whatever direction Fatima is, in just a few dozen kilometers, we have diverse cultural realities, spectacular heritage, geography and many stories to learn, tell and remember!

With that said, let's rest our bodies and mind, because tomorrow there is much more to discover!

DAY 5

Romans, Codfish and Knowledge

Romans, codfish and knowledge? What a title! But what does it all have in common?

The answer is short and simple, the city of Coimbra! Does it ring a bell? Don’t worry, we will explain everything.

 

Today we are going to visit the Machado Castro National Museum, a Codfish factory and we will be students or, at least, we will walk where they have been for more than 700 years.

Coimbra has been a city of significance since the time when Rome enacted laws, built its villages, aqueducts and roads around here.

 

Morning

Codfish is an ambassador icon of our gastronomy and its confection has centuries of tradition, plus, like we say a lot, proper Portuguese folk know how to cook it, at least, in 1001 different ways. There is no cod like ours, despite being hooked thousands of kilometers away, in the northern cold seas.

Are you curious enough? Well, this morning we left behind the usual itineraries and we are starting our visit in Lugrade – The best codfish in the world - where we will get to know the process of preserving this traditional fish.

As we already know, Portugal is much more than gastronomy! The city of Coimbra is culture, knowledge, history, heritage and fantastic sights and, for this reason, from here we will go to the Santa Clara a Nova Convent to enjoy a panoramic view over the Mondego and its town.

Lastly, let’s go downtown. By this time, we have a slight hunger, so, lunch break time! Now, you are certainly able to choose a codfish dish and, between us, it will be delicious, regardless of the choice!

 

Afternoon

We desire a productive afternoon, so we suggest a pedestrian visit through the city center. During this walk we will take a look on several emblematic places:

First off, we will take a look at the University, where we will visit one of the most impressive libraries in the world - Did you know that for over 500 years, even today, the library is purposely inhabited by bats to prevent moths from eating books?

Next, we will visit The Machado de Castro National Museum, and walk by the New Cathedral, the Old Cathedral and the Santa Cruz Church.

Visiting so many places stimulates our appetite, so let's try the Tentúgal pastries, the most traditional pastry delicacy around here.

Finally, with our souls replenished, we will return to Fátima.

DAY 6

The farewell

We got to our final day and farewell is to be given, but first, let us enjoy our last moments on this trip, together.

Without any dought we are sad with the goodbye, no one prepares us for this wonderfull and intense experience, but time flyes and passing it with friends makes everything more authentic and meaningfull.

We, Portuguese are not very good with goodbyes...
We mixture the sadness of the departure, with the joy of the decision to come!
Definitly the word "saudade", that proudly we say it is ours,
with you we may share it now!

Hope you enjoyed this time together as much as we did
Até Já!
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