This tour combines knowledge and beauty. Located in the center region of the country, Coimbra, the “City of Knowledge”, was the capital of Portugal until 1255. From the banks of the Mondego river to the University hill, the city of Coimbra is intellectual, peculiar, full of mysticism but also burlesque and picturesque. Here we will visit the Joanine library considered by the British newspaper “The Telegraph” the most spectacular library in the world.
For lunch, we can stop at Bairrada where you can taste the famous wood fired oven cooked suckling piglet (optional).
Just a few kilometers away from Coimbra, we reach Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal. Here we’ll be vising the historic center, with beautiful Art-Noveau style houses from the first quarter of the 20th century, built by wealthy local entrepreneurs who made fortune with the the salt trade. You can also take a mini-cruise (optional) in one of the colorful Moliceiro boats that ride the canals and visit the salt pans. In Aveiro you will be able to taste the famous local sweet, Ovos Moles.
Whether you choose a single-day or a multi-day tour, you will always be driven in the comfort of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles and escorted by our certified professional driver/guides.
| Total Cost in €: Euros
|2People: 480€ (240€ per person)|
|3People: 510€ (170€ por persona)|
|4People: 540€ (135€ por persona)|
|5People: 580€ (116€ por persona)|
|6People: 600€ (100€ por persona)|
|7People: 651€ (93€ por persona)|
|8People: 712€ (89€ por persona)|
|9 or more passengers please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Up to 9 hours
Place designated by you in accordance with Premiere Tours
The city of Coimbra known internationally for its University (one of the oldest in Europe), was the capital of Portugal until 1255. The “City of Knowledge”, as it is known, breathes culture everywhere, from the banks of the Mondego River to the hills where the university is located. Here we will visit the Joanine Library, considered by the British newspaper The Telegraph , “…the most spectacular library in the world…”. Its construction was commissioned by Portuguese King Joao V. This baroque-style library of indescribable beauty and wealth, was the result of the cultural vision of the richest monarch in Europe at that time. His royal safes were overflowing with gold from “Minas Gerais” in the Portuguese colony, Brazil. Free time to walk in the town’s center and visit the Santa Cruz Church where we can find the tombs of the first king of Portugal, King Afonso I and of his son King Sancho I. You can also try tasting the local sweets and pastries “Pasteis de Santa Clara, “Pasteis de Tentugal” and the ” Arrufadas de Coimbra” if you so wish.
Time to taste the famous “leitao da Bairrada” (suckling piglet cooked on wood fired oven) at one of the many local restaurants (optional). This is one of the most typical and celebrated dishes of Portuguese cuisine. Of course, there is a variety of other choices in the region for your lunch if you so desire.
Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal. A tour in a Moliceiro, the traditional boat of this region, is a must. You will cruise through the innumerable water channels that run through the city and the “Ria” (a saltwater river) where the salt industry has been one of the main work occupations for residents since the Roman Era. Leisure time to walk around the historic center, dominated by “Art Noveau” style buildings, local stores and pastry shops where you can buy the famed “Fleur de Sel”, the king of salts. You can also taste the famous “Doce de Ovos Moles” of Aveiro, the traditional egg sweets of the region.
A private tour with an accredited professional driver/guide, exclusively at your disposal, who will accompany you on visits to monuments and other places of interest whenever possible, (in certain areas of the city, car parking is not available or not allowed in which case the driver/guide will drop you off and schedule a time with you for pick-up, back at the same place of drop-off).
The start and ending of the tour will always be at a place designated by you, in accordance to the agreement previously established between you and Premiere Tours .
This tour is completely personalized. If you wish to change our suggestions of places to visit with others chosen by you, we will gladly do our best to accommodate your choices or options.