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From Porto: Day Tour of Aveiro & Coimbra

Product ID: 43383
In Aveiro, the "Venice of Portugal," discover the typical "moliceiro" boats and natural sights. Get to know the fishermen's houses and taste the sweet "ovos moles." Visit Coimbra, the "City of Knowledge," and explore its university and historical center.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Pickup included

Hotel pick-up from Porto.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the "Venice of Portugal"
  • Drive along Portugal's coast
  • Enjoy a Moliceiro boat tour
  • Marvel at natural sights along the journey
  • Visit Coimbra's university
  • Explore the city's medieval cathedral
Full description
Visit the city of Aveiro known as the "Venice of Portugal" due to its water channels that enter the city from the river.

Once in Aveiro, the tour goes to Costa Nova, by the seaside, where you can appreciate the typical fishermen's houses full of colored stripes. Next, visit Barra's beach. Here, you will learn about the influence of the sea and the population of Aveiro during the 17th and the 18th centuries.

Visit the city center, where you will see the 15th-century cathedral, the old train station and the fish market. To finish, take a boat tour through the city's water channels on a typical "moliceiro" boat.

After lunch, the tour continues toward Coimbra, the "City of Knowledge." This historical city was the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and once the capital of Portugal. Visit the first Portuguese university from the 13th century and the cathedral, and walk on the narrow streets of the medieval city center. Visit the 12th-century Santa Cruz church, where the tomb of the first Portuguese king lies. Explore the Café of Santa Cruz, in a former Gothic church, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha and Portugal dos Pequeninos theme park.


  • Pick-up and drop off at the hotel
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Boat tour
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch (optional €10)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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The best, guide Elio.

We had bad luck because of the weather and because a girl got bad, we didn't see much of Aveiro since we had to approach her to a station so she could go home. Elio the guide, he cared a lot for us and tried to please us at all times, he was very nice and took us to a viewpoint that did not enter the route, because of the inconvenience. As for the company, we believe that the tour is too expensive, since there is NO entry and you have to pay them separately. Getting on the boat in Aveiro cost € 10, entering the University of Coimbra € 12 .... If you add the € 95 of the tour ... It is quite expensive.

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May 1, 2018


Very good experience. A splendid day, all day we were with our Spanish guide "Daniel" an excellent person and as a very good guide. It makes you love what you see. He also took us to eat a splendid plate of leiton very well priced. I advise and recommend doing the tour. You enjoy to the maximum what you see.

September 22, 2017

Excellent option to experience Aveiro and Coimbra in one day!

This tour is great for those who want two distinct experiences on a single day: Aveiro with its beautiful nature and water canals, and Coimbra with its university atmosphere. The tour includes pick up and drop off at hotels and custom locations. Groups are small (4 people including me when I took the tour) so it is very personalized. Make sure to take the ride on the moliceiro as it gives a different perspective of Aveiro (Portugal's Venice). Bring comfortable shoes as there is some walking in Coimbra including going uphill in some streets. Our guide Hélio drove us safely, provided interesting information about the cities, and made sure all the questions were answered. He also recommended a good restaurant in Coimbra and got us tickets to the library without having to wait in line. As noted in the tour description, the boat ride and library entrance fees are not included. When I took the tour they cost €10 and €7 respectively. I enjoyed the day exploring both cities!

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August 26, 2017

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Oporto Road Trips

Product ID: 43383