Two very typical Portuguese cities. Aveiro is known as the Portuguese Venice. Coimbra is a former capital of the country and today is known as the student’s city.
We`ll start our visit by the train station of Aveiro where the hand-painted panel tiles will be an excellent introduction to the city`s history, culture and traditions.
Aveiro is a city of singular beauty. It is located by the ocean and the canals fulfill the city with a unique beauty. You will stroll through the city canals on board a “moliceiro” – the traditional boats including a historical explanation about its importance for the history of the city.
Afterwards, it`s time to wander through the old quarter, see the main emblematic buildings of Art Nouveau, the fish market and taste one of the local delicacies: sweets eggs!
Our tour continues onto Costa Nova: the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colours. A unique place!
Time to set off towards Coimbra. Once in the city center, lunch will be at a very traditional restaurant. Our afternoon begins through the streets of the historical center and with a visit to the Church of Santa Cruz, where the remains of the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, lies.
Coimbra had a significant historical importance in the construction and diffusion of the Portuguese language and culture and, today, it is as city of the students that proudly presents itself. To reach this World Heritage Site, we`ll walk up the medieval streets, pass through the Almedina Gate and Tower and meet the fantastic Old Cathedral on our way.
The University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the country and one of the first universities in Europe. You`ll embrace a historical epic tour when visiting the Paço das Escolas, the Royal Palace, the S. Miguel Chapel and, at last but not the least, the Joanina Library – one of the most beautiful and valuable libraries in the world!
|PICK UP/DROP OFF||At your hotel or accommodation|
|START AT / END||09:00 am / 06:00 pm (approx)|
Tickets to: Joanina Library, Real Palace and S. Miguel Chapel
Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions
– This tour starts at 09:00am and we set off towards Aveiro;
– Aveiro old train station;
– City center, fish market and sweet eggs tasting;
– Boat ride at the Aveiro canals;
– Costa Nova – the fisherman village;
– Traditional lunch in Coimbra;
– Stroll through the city center and visit the Church of Santa Cruz;
– Almedina Door and Tower, and the Old Cathedral;
– University of Coimbra: Royal Palace, Paço das Escolas, S. Miguel Chapel and the Joanina Library;
– New Cathedral of Coimbra;
– Return to your hotel or accommodation in Porto.