Day trip

From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

Day trip

From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

Activity provider: Meridian4People - Portugal

From US$ 103 per person

Experience Portugal's maritime culture on a full-day trip from Porto to Aveiro. See the canals and enjoy a cruise on the Aveiro River before exploring the historic city of Coimbra.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
Pickup optional
Meet your guide at your hotel. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available


  • Take a beautiful cruise on the Aveiro River
  • Explore the historic city of Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal
  • Visit the Barra lighthouse
Full description

Cruise the canals of aboard a colorful moliceiro boat on this full-day trip to Aveiro from Porto. Take time to discover the city's highlights like the Fish Market. Discover the city of Coimbra on a guided walking tour of the medieval old town. 

Start with pickup from your central-located hotel in Porto. Relax in an airconditioned vehicle on the way to to Aveiro in the central region of Portugal. Explore the city's Art Nouveau architecture and historical center. Make a visit to the bustling Fish Market.

Board a traditional, wooden moliceiro boat and experience the city from the water. Make your way to the Aveiro Salt Ponds passing by New Coast, typical striped houses, the Barra lighthouse, and the São Jacinto dunes. Look for stork nests along the way find.

Travel to the waterfront city of Coimbra, the country's old capital. It houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Go for a guided walking tour through the historic center of the city. 

Stop at important landmarks such as the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. If you select the option with monuments admission, visit the interiors of Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off at your hotel in Porto.

  • Bottled water
  • Coimbra monuments admission (if option selected)
  • Cruise on Aveiro River
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to monuments
  • Lunch
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet next to the Porto City Hall. Look for a guide holding a sign that reads "MERIDIAN4PEOPLE".

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The tour may be conducted by a multilingual guide
  • The maritime museum is closed on Sundays from October to February, and on Mondays, throughout the year
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 82 reviews

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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Coimbra and Aveiro. Our guide, Joao was very knowledgeable and helpful! He had a lot of great information to share! We took several tours during our visit to Portugal and this was by far the best! We highly recommend this activity! Joao was an outstanding guide!

April 1, 2023

After nearly cancelling our tour due to lack of a guide, Tiago from Meridian4people arranged a tour guide, Nelson, to take us. There were only ourselves (2) and another 2 ladies so we had a virtual private tour. Nelson, our tour guide war absolutely terrific and we had a great day. After some hesitation, we booked through getyourguide but everything was above board and worked out well. Can highly recommend.

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April 1, 2023

We were lucky to have a sunny day, so it allowed us to have this amazing experience with the boat in Aveiro as well as the visit to Coimbra University. We had the company of another brazilian couple that shared the van trip, visits and lunch with us. The only note is about not having the entrance tickets included for Coimbra University visits. We had to buy it when we arrived.

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 59001