Embark on a captivating journey to two extraordinary cities, Aveiro and Coimbra, as we unveil their unique charm and historical treasures. This private excursion invites you to immerse yourself in the enchanting wonders of these remarkable destinations.
Our first stop is Aveiro, often referred to as the Venice of Portugal. This picturesque city is a true delight for the senses, with its intricate network of canals and vibrant moliceiro boats gliding along the waterways. Experience the charm of Aveiro on a traditional moliceiro boat trip, where you will be captivated by the colorful fishermen’s houses that line the shores. Marvel at the exquisite architecture, as Aveiro proudly showcases some of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Immerse yourself in the allure of Arte Nova, a unique architectural style that has left an indelible mark on the city. Aveiro is a true city-museum, beckoning you to explore its streets and uncover its hidden treasures.
Our journey continues to Coimbra, renowned as the student city and a bastion of tradition. As we step foot in this ancient capital of Portugal, we are transported back in time, surrounded by magnificent monuments and historical gems. Walk through the city’s old medieval gates and feel the weight of history in the air. Discover the splendor of the two cathedrals, the Old and the New, each bearing witness to centuries of faith and architectural prowess. Explore the esteemed University of Coimbra, an iconic institution that stands as a testament to knowledge and academic excellence. Delight in the rich tapestry of Coimbra’s cultural heritage, as you encounter the city’s other significant landmarks that paint a vivid picture of its illustrious past.
This private excursion is an opportunity to explore Aveiro and Coimbra at your own pace, with a knowledgeable guide to illuminate the path. Whether you wish to delve into the history, soak in the architectural marvels, or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere, this experience is tailored to your preferences. Allow us to create a personalized itinerary that encapsulates your interests and desires, ensuring that every moment is truly captivating.
Join us on this enchanting journey through Aveiro and Coimbra, where beauty, history, and tradition converge. Uncover the secrets of the Venice of Portugal, revel in the splendor of Arte Nova, and immerse yourself in the vibrant student culture of Coimbra.
Book your private excursion today and embark on an unforgettable adventure through Aveiro and Coimbra.
We will pick up at at your hotel in a comfortable car or minivan in Oporto around 08:45 AM or at any time according to your preference.
Aveiro has plenty of fishing culture. It is a lovely place to visit, to see the traditional fishman small houses, to enjoy the saltpans, to taste the amazing fish and seafood typical gastronomy and to feel close to fishman and small village kind of life. Coimbra, where was built the first portuguese university, from XIII century, one of the oldest in the world still operating. There are a lot of historical treasures to find is this beautiful destination.
Your guide will gladly fix a custom itinerary based on the small group interests but always going by the main revelant spots, stoping by local pastry, offering the option to experience the traditional Moliceiro boat cruise, knowing the most typical people and places of the region, and off course, introducing the deepest history of the so famous Coimbra University and the fishman village traditional lifestyle.
70km south of Porto we will stop in Aveiro, the city they call “the Portuguese Venice”. After a short walk in the historical city center, enjoy a moliceiro boat cruise which are the boats used to collect and transport the “moliço” which is a seaweed very commun to find in Aveiro. After your Moliceiro cruise enjoy the typical Ovos-Moles which are a conventual sweet born in Aveiro that began to be confectioned about 500 years ago. For sure your guide will pick the best place.
Around lunch time we’ll start the drive to Coimbra and stop in a town called Mealhada to taste some of the best portuguese dishes. Arriving in Coimbra, rising scenically from the Rio Mondego which is the 3rd biggest portuguese river, Coimbra is an animated city steeped in history. It was Portugal’s 2nd capital for more than a century and it’s home to one of the oldest and most prestigious university in the world dating the 13th century. Its steeply stacked historic centre dates to Celtic times and is wonderfully atmospheric. On summer evenings, the city’s old stone walls reverberate with the haunting metallic notes of the guitarra (Portuguese guitar) and the full, deep voices of fado singers. Visit the most important places such as Sé Velha, Igreja de Santa Cruz, Jardins da Quinta das Lagrimas.
During our visit to the region we will recommend many places to see, to take pictures, to enjoy, to taste and to walk around. We will also recommended you the bestplaces for lunch according to your preferences (Typical Snacks, Sandwiches, traditional food, fishfood, Seafood, Vegetarian and also international food). Freetime will be given and you can choose wherever you want to go. It will be a pleasure hosting you in our hometown. Please, feel free to ask our guide anything you may want to know about the region, but as well about your tour experience. We really want to provide you the best tour ever, in the North of Portugal.