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Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

Porto, Portugal
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Explore the coastal canals of Aveiro that include a Moliceiro cruise during a half-day guided trip from Porto. Aveiro’s charm lies in its Venice-like canals, which you will experience aboard a classic ‘moliceiro’ boat. Walking alongside an expert guide, discover more captivating sights of Aveiro’s town center. On your voyage back to Porto, stop in the spirited fishing town of Costa Nova and visit its spectacular white sand beaches. For your convenience, this tour offers both morning and afternoon departures.
  • Half-day Aveiro tour from Porto, led by an expert local guide
  • Explore Aveiro on a walking tour, seeing sights like Aveiro Cathedral
  • Learn about the town’s Roman and medieval history
  • Cruise around Aveiro’s canals aboard a traditional moliceiro boat
  • Visit the sandy beach of Costa Nova and admire its candy-colored fishing houses
Your exciting Aviero guided tour with moliceiro cruise starts with a pickup at your Porto hotel. Hop aboard your comfortable air-conditioned coach and head south on northern Portugal’s scenic Rota da Luz towards Aviero. Learn about the charming history of Aviero’s fishing roots and thriving medieval seaport. Then, discover the countless canals as you arrive in the ‘Venice of Portugal,’ so to speak.

Hop out here and begin traversing the canals on a walking tour. With your expert guide, see an abundance of alluring Art Nouveau homes and then stop at the 15th century Aveiro Cathedral to observe its Baroque architecture. Hear stories of the town’s Roman settlement heritage as you pass Museo de Aveiro, formerly a famous Convent of Jesus of the female Dominican Order.

Your walking tour ends at a canal, but your 1-hour moliceiro cruise begins! Aboard your vibrantly painted gondola-like vessel, learn how it was formerly used to harvest seaweed. Capture more Aveiro’s sights cruising the calm waters and finish your cruise at Costa Nova.

Hop off the boat and relish some free time to stroll the white sandy beaches of Costa Nova. Along its coast, enjoy snapping fun photos of candy cane-striped fishing homes that line the town’s beachfront. Perhaps, pop into a a café for a snack and a drink (own expense) and then rendezvous with your guide for your pleasant ride back to your Porto hotel.

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Our guide Andre was great! Very...
, Sep 2018
Our guide Andre was great! Very enthusiastic and willing to share all sorts of news/things to do in Porto and elsewhere!
A must do. Most enjoyable and...
Jennifer A
, Nov 2017
A must do. Most enjoyable and interesting. Our guide was Claudia, was brilliant.
Francisco was an amazing guide. He...
Esther B
, Oct 2017
Francisco was an amazing guide. He went the extra mile. Very informative.
Nice trip and guide was informative...
Margaret E C
, Sep 2017
Nice trip and guide was informative. However we seemed a little rushed we could have had more time in Aveiro to shop for the World Famous Sweets and a little longer in Costa Nova to have a good look round and get to the beach. But we all enjoyed the excursion.
Aveiro was a cute city and the tour...
, Sep 2017
Aveiro was a cute city and the tour guide did great getting every one from place to place. It would have been nice to be able to walk thru the city a bit but we just didn't have time before moving on to another small town. I think half a day is plenty to see this town but I think we could have skipped the second town and walked around Aveiro a bit more.
Arrived at Aveiro to be frogged...
sandra c
, Sep 2017
Arrived at Aveiro to be frogged marched round the town extremely hard to keep up with the tour guide and then when we got to the boat we were informed that it was going in a couple of minutes and we had to be quick if we wanted to use a local café toilet facilities. Unfortunately, there was a long queue and consequently the boat went without a member of our party.The tour guide did nothing to help us or tell the captain of the boat that not all of us were onboard-very disappointing.Then when we got to New Coast we were told we only had 20 minutes which is not long enough to look round or have a coffee/drink .At no - point did the tour guide apologise and was continuously in a hurry. I feel this tour would be much better if it was for 6 hours not 4 hours so that touists can spend an hour in each location looking round.
We enjoyed this trip, but both felt...
Anita M
, Aug 2017
We enjoyed this trip, but both felt that the time to travel to Aveiro and Costa Nova was too long - around an hour by mini-bus each way. This was not at all clear from the info on the trip when we booked. The pick-up was prompt and our local guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The moliceiro boatman was very friendly, informative and fun!
The hotel pickup was on time and...
, Jul 2017
The hotel pickup was on time and made this a very easy tour for my first day in Porto. I would have liked to spend a little more time in Costa Nova - 20 minutes is not nearly enough to get a sense of the town. In addition, I would skip the Moliceiro Cruise and spend the time enjoying more of Aveiro. The cruise is literally a ride down a canal that is not very scenic and back the same way. Our guide, Sophia, didn't seem to have very much energy or enthusiasm for what she was doing and provided minimal information.
Took the half day tour to Averio...
Gilles L
, Jul 2017
Took the half day tour to Averio. Had a great guide to visit this beautiful place with colourful stripped houses bordering a peaceful lagoon. Took a small boat tour through the canals however we would have preferred more time to explore the village or take a bike ride along the lagoon. Maybe the full day tour would have given more time to explore.
I booked a morning tour and was told...
Jennifer E
, May 2017
I booked a morning tour and was told they were out of room. While they were willing to reschedule, I had limited time in Porto and was unable to reschedule. The company refuses to speak to me, return my phone calls or emails. Would recommend taking the train instead and save a little money.

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