In Roman times, Aveiro was known as Aviarium, which in Latin means “gathering of birds” due to the large number of birds inhabiting the city’s lagoon area. Today, Aveiro is known for being one of the largest metropolitan areas in Portugal (when ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

I loved this tour! This beautiful and charming place is just about an hour from Porto! You'll start the day at Costa Nova with charming houses that are painted with colorful stripes like candy canes. You'll have about half an hour to explore and then head off to Aveiro. It's so pretty! The ride on the canal on the moliceiro is awesome! Plus, there's lots to do here in this little town. The only suggestion I have is that this should be a full day tour because there's too much to do in Aveiro for just 2 hours. Next time I visit this town, I'll go on my own on the train to have more free time. But, for a first time experience, I loved the tour. Our guide was very nice and dropped us off on the other side of the river, in Gaia, overlooking the river. We spent the rest of the day exploring the neighborhhod. I was hesitant to try this tour because it had no reviews. I went for it and loved it! If the tour company is reading this review, please think about making the tour a little longer..More time in Aveiro would have made this tour perfect!

Doing what: Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

One of my favourite tours in Porto! Aveiro is such a cute town. We did a short walk with the guide, had free time and then got on a Moliceiro boat for a short cruise, which was very enjoyable. On the way to Aveiro we visited other small village which was very colourful and very different to any other towns we had visited. The tour guide was excellent; she was fun and very knowledgeable; we learn so much about Portugal! It was one of the highlights of our trip, and I recommend spending an extra half day in Porto to visit Aveiro.

Doing what: Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2012

Aveiro is a very unknown Portuguese tourist destination, as well as it is a beautiful and calm city in the Atlantic seaside center of Portugal!
It is a shame no one knows it and its tourism board do nothing about to promote it... specially in the Internet!
As a native tour guide for the cities of Aveiro, Porto, and Vigo (Galícia-Spain), I strongly recommend a guided visit to the city, followed by a quick boat trip in its lagoon (Ria) and I can assure you will be astonished with its natural beauty!
If I knew how to join Viator's website as a guide, I'd certainly build an exclusive Aveiro city tour for them to sell in here... and you certainly could enjoy a fantastic budget visit to this remarkable city, to remember forever!
Ana Albuquerque
(Aveiro-Portugal)

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2014

The tour was interesting and the tour guide friendly and informative. We would liked to have spent more time walking through the town, the Moliceiro Cruise and the canals was overrated. But an enjoyable tour.

Doing what: Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2014

This was our third Viator trip in Portugal. While our host Susanna was lovely and very informative. The trip felt very rushed. It is a 45 minute trek out to Aveiro and 45 minute back which takes up 1.5 hours of the 4 hour excursion. The boat ride on the canal was lovely-(which took another 45 minutes) but I expected to hear a bit more about the town, plus the boat is motored along which was NOT quite the same as rowing along the canals -which I had expected. It was a gorgeous sunny day in Aveiro but we had a few minutes to explore which really wasn't enough time. If the trip was 5 hours then it would be worth the money. Not our favorite trip for sure.

Doing what: Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

Dawn E
South Africa

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2014

The tour was a total washout ! Arrived in Aveiro and it began raining. We sat on the Moliceiro boat holding umbrellas, and were then afterwards herded into a crowded pastry shop and told to wait there for 20 minutes while the guide searched for a parking spot. Total waste of money !

Doing what: Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

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