Aveiro And Coimbra Day Trip From Porto

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Porto centrally located hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Glimpse the seaside city of Aveiro, traditionally known for the production of tiles and ceramic as well as for it's economical activities related with the ocean, such as fishing, salt production and ship construction. Visit the beach area to find the famous coloured stripped houses and the biggest Portuguese lighthouse. Follow to the city center to appreciate the fish market, enjoying a river cruise on a Moliceiro (typical local boat) and taste the Ovos Moles (traditional sweets). Continue next to Coimbra, an hystorical city, where lunch takes place. Let yourself be conduced on a walking tour through the old town while you learn about the Portuguese history. At last but not least pay a visit to the University of Coimbra, the first in Portugal, dated from the 16th century.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

In this tour you start to visit the city of Aveiro, the so called "Portuguese Venice", name given because of the seawater channels that flood the city center.

Once in Aveiro the tour goes to Costa Nova, by the seaside, where you can appreciate the typical fishermen houses full of colored stripes. Next you will visit Barra's beach. Here you will learn about the influence of the sea over the population of Aveiro during the 17th and the 18th century. Following that, we will take you to visit the city center, where you will see the 15th century cathedral, the old train station with it's 19th-century portuguese tiles and the fish market. To finish, you will take a boat tour at the city channels on a typical "moliceiro" boat.

After lunch, the tour continues towards the "city of knowledge", Coimbra. This historical city was the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and the capital of Portugal. Visit the first Portuguese university from the 13th-century, and walk on the narrow streets of the medieval city center. Here, visit the 12th century Santa Cruz church, where is placed the tomb of the first Portuguese king. Moreover, meet Café of Santa Cruz (in the place of a former gothic church), Mosteiro of Santa Clara a Velha and Portugal dos Pequeninos.

Come and enjoy the mixture of nature and history!

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Professional tour guide

Panoramic stops

Cities walking tour

Bottled water

Exclusions

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-May-2019

    It's great trip with very nice guide. Thank you for helping us during the trip Diana. Hope to see you again.

  • 05-Oct-2018

    Two nice towns. Our tour guide/driver was Tiago--a great guy who truly cared about us having a good time. Be warned, however, that the tour does not include a trip inside the library in Coimbra--very disappointing. Aveiro along the beach front with the small, colorful houses was the highlight of the trip.

  • 26-Aug-2018

    Tiago was a great guide. He is fluent in English, knowledgeable not only in the history, economy and political environment of Portugal but also current world events. He is genuinely friendly an kept us entertained with information of the country and the places we visited. We visited Coimbra in the cooler part of the morning with a boat ride and a great lunch at a local restaurant of Tiago's recommendation. We finished the tour with a visit to the beach at Aveiro and enjoyed the cool breeze and the beautiful beach by the Atlantic.

  • 14-Aug-2018

    Fantastic day out!

    Our guide Hélio picked us up from our hotel and drove us to the beautiful city of Aveiro Portugal's answer to Venice where we took a boat tour and viewed the wonderful fishing houses. In contrast to this sleepy seaside area, we were then taken to the historic city of Coimbra, a place that reminded me much of Bath, my old place of residence in the UK. Here we went up to the prestigious university, which we learned inspired aspects of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, and then further explored the medieval city.

    Throughout the trip Hélio gave us an extensive and interesting history of both locations, and how this related to the larger history of Portugal. Not only a great story-teller, Hélio had an impressive wealth of knowledge, and answered our questions well, and his enthusiasm was infectious. In addition to this he was flexible, adapting the tour to your preferences, punctual to the minute and the best at parking I have ever seen!

    If you are interested in getting to know more about Portuguese culture and history outside of Porto, this is the tour for you.

  • 27-May-2018

    It was great to visit Aveiro and Coimbra was stunning. However, I was quite surprised that we had to pay for entrance fees. I would have thought these would have been included on such a tour.

  • 12-May-2018

    Our guide, Helio, arrived not only on-time, but was already in front of our hotel when we got there a few minutes early. He introduced himself, got us situated and immediately started to tell us about the history and background of where we were headed. As this was a small/private type tour, we could decide on the amount of time we wanted to spend at each location. We enjoyed the cute colorful houses at Costa Nova and the canals of Aveiro. Our guide introduced us to the local dessert and even treated us each to one. But the highlight is the background provided by our guide, which really helped us appreciate the importance of these places in the history of Portugal.

    After eating a nice meal at a recommended restaurant, we headed toward Coimbra. Helio knew we wanted to visit the university so he called ahead to book us the entrance tickets so we could skip the lines And the tickets were included as part of the tour. He showed us where to start our tour and let us explore at will. Then he took us to Old Town Coimbra where we visited the Church of Santa Cruz and strolled around.

    We know there are more sites to see in Aveiro and Coimbra, but we saw everything we wanted to. Helio was willing to give us as much time as we wanted at every location. He was courteous and personable, making sure the tour was customized to our expectations and that we didnt miss any important facts/sites. There were things I wouldn't I have noticed if he didn't point them out. He is curious about people and also shares about himself. We love it when our guides are passionate about their home country as Helio is. Overall, this was an excellent tour and we learned a lot. My family would definitely recommend this tour.

  • 28-Mar-2018

    Our guide was excellent.

  • 23-Sep-2017

    Our guide was very good and we enjoyed both places - Coimbra is a must - the university is outstanding as is the library in the university.
    We would have liked to have spent more time in the city centre of Coimbra and have had lunch there instead of a restaurant which was too far from the city center and took up a lot of time.

  • 07-Apr-2016

    We had a wonderful time. The guides were helpful and full of information on the region. Went beyond expectations to make the tour an enjoyable experience. Would do it again.