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ProductID: 1096

Type: Full Day Tour Private

Country: Portugal

Theme: Private Shore and Chauffeur Guided Excursions

Region: Northern Portugal

Group Size: 2 - 6 People

Start City: Porto

Duration: 1 Day (Duration: 10h00 approx.)


 
Introduction:

Sanctuary of Fatima
The Sanctuary of Fátima is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and one of the world´s most important religious sites. A major tourist attraction for centuries, pilgrims from all over the world flock here every year, especially between May and October.

It was between May and October 1917, when three shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lúcia - witnessed apparitions of Our lady of the Rosary, (the Virgin Mary), at the site of the sanctuary. Initially regarded with suspicion by the Church, but greatly cherished by the people, the phenomenon was only officially recognised in 1930 by the Bishop of Leiria. On the 13th May 2000 the Vatican beatified Jacinta and Francisco, because it is said they could miraculously cure illness after their visions. The fame of the Sanctuary of Fátima has spread throughout the world, especially during the papacy of John Paul II, who was a devout worshipper of Our Lady of Fátima.


Coimbra, the most important city to the south of the River Douro, it was for some time the residence of the Count Dom Henrique and Dona Teresa, the parents of the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, who was born here. It was the latter king who integrated the city into the Portuguese territory in 1131. Dating from this time are some of the city´s most important monuments: the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral) and the churches of São Tiago, São Salvador and Coimbra Old UniversitySanta Cruz, representing the religious authority and the various orders that became established here.

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages, but it was the Renaissance that transformed the city into a place of knowledge, when Dom João III (1521-57) decided to move the University to the city on a definitive basis, whilst at the same time numerous colleges were created to provide an alternative to the official form of teaching.


 
Day by Day Itinerary:
1 Day (Duration: 10h00 approx.)


DAY 1:
PORTO - FATIMA - COIMBRA - PORTO
- Your private Chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel or cruise ship port (NOTE: that the chauffeur for this day is not an official guide so the clients will be taken right to all the monuments, but the clients will have to enter the monuments to visit on their own without the chauffeur.)
- In Fatima you will have free time to visit the Sanctuary and its grounds
- Lunch on your own
- After continue to Coimbra where you will visit the city´s Old Quarter, Cathedral, and University
- At the end of the day y
our chauffeur will take you to your Hotel or cruise ship and say the final goodbye.



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