Designed for couples, families, and even large groups to tour by private vehicle. Contact Hello@GoBe.com for available dates and pricing.
Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Fatima
- Chapel of Apparitions: Take a moment of contemplation in this small yet elegant open-air place of worship, built with handsome wooden pews and tile flooring on the site of apparitions of the Virgin Mary between May and August of 1917.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica: It took over two decades to build this gorgeous sand-colored church, its soaring bell tower topped by a crown and cross, and a detailed sculpture of Mary in an alcove over the main doorway.
- Free time: Grab a bite to eat or cup of coffee at one of the nearby restaurants and cafes, or check out the museums within walking distance of the complex.
About This Lisbon Tour
On May 13, 1917, as World War I raged throughout much of Europe, three children in Fatima were playing in a field, on a break from tending their sheep.
Suddenly, the sky filled with a bright flash of light, as if from a storm. The children decided to head home in case it rained, even though the sky above was clear. But as they began walking the pasture, they saw another bright flash, and a beautiful lady dressed all in white appeared and spoke to them.
This was the first apparition of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, there in the small town of Fatima. In the midst of the most devastating war the world had yet seen, she instructed the children to pray for an end to global violence and asked them if they would bear suffering on behalf of the world's sinners. On her last appearance, the Virgin requested the construction of a chapel in her honor. The results of that request are visited by an estimated seven million religious pilgrims each year.
The Chapel of Apparitions is a humble gathering place with a marble pillar and glass-enclosed statue of the Virgin on the exact spot where she is said to have appeared. Small masses are held there almost every day; many of them are livestreamed so that millions of devout Catholics around the world can participate.
Less than three years after the apparitions, two of the three children, ages 10 and 11, were dead. But Lucia, who the Virgin said she chose to spread her heavenly message, lived to 97.
Whatever your beliefs, Fatima is a moving tribute to the power of faith, the grandeur of its holy sites rooted in the testaments of three children watching over a flock of sheep.
Lucia, the child who lived the longest, said the Virgin gave her three secrets. In 1943, she wrote down and sealed the last of them; it was opened in 2000 by Pope John Paul II, who said it spoke of a holy bishop dressed in white attacked by a gunman – as he had been in 1981. He personally placed a bullet from the assassination attempt in the crown of a statue of Mary that resides in the Chapel of Apparitions, crediting her with saving his life.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side to the tour loading area and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. Please note Fatima City is very hot during the summer months and very cold and rainy during the winter months.
At religious venues such as the Fatima Shrine, the Basilica, or the Apparition Chapel, travelers should dress respectfully (no short shorts or tank tops). Travelers should also be as silent as possible. Mobile phones should be silent as well.
Lunch is not included on this tour. However, there are a number of restaurants around the shrine. Local stores sell religious souvenirs and/or religious related items.
A minimal amount of walking is required. Upon advanced notice, a wheelchair lift-equipped vehicle can be ordered. Folding wheelchair accommodated on all vehicles. Contact the Hello@GoBe.com if you need a fully-accessible lift vehicle.
Full Day, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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