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

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

Activity provider: Meridian4People - Portugal

From US$ 93.02 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
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Pick-up at your Porto hotel is provided.
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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point is located next to Porto City Hall. Look for your guide who will be holding a sign with the logo of the local partner on it.

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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
  • Due to COVID-19, vehicle capacity and tour plans are subject to change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 65 reviews

Review summary

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Our guide has been very good. The destination also very interesting. There was a mix-up at the meeting point, they changed it for us and then it was the original. Finally, we thought that the visit was with a guide inside the monuments and no, it only includes the entrance, the visit is free.

August 14, 2022

Great day out.

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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September 16, 2019

Little time in Aveiro and no time in Costa Nova

I think the tour was not well organized as far as the weather is concerned, since in Coimbra we were a long time (until lunchtime) and in Aveiro we were only to take the boat ride and a small pedestrian walk twenty'. In Costa Nova we pass with the vehicle and do not stop to take a picture, we saw it from a vehicle without stopping and also the Salinas area. The best, the guide.

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April 29, 2019

Product ID: 59001