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Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

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
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Moliceiro cruise
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto city center
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

Our Tourism office is located on the top of Rua Mouzinho da Silveira door number 352-354, near São Bento Train Station.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Vila Nova de Gaia
Starting the tour to Aveiro.
Stop At:  
Aveiro
Famous city for traditional moliceiro boats and known as the "Venice of Portugal". Learn about the history and traditions of Aveiro: a fishing village founded on salt production and trade.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ria de Aveiro
The magic of this visit begins now, with a 45-minute cruise on a typical Moliceiro boat used to pick up the seaweed. Along the stunning canals of the city, relax and be enchanted by the tremendous landscapes that Aveiro presents you.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Praia da Costa Nova
You will travel to Costa Nova, a beautiful white sandy beach. Discover the famous typical fisherman's houses, painted in bold colors and with vertical stripes.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sé de Aveiro
Founded in 1423, in baroque style, and declared National Monument.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • There is no bathroom on board the bus
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • The tours may be changed without prior notice
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Minimum passenger required to run - 2 persons
  • Most travelers can participate
  • European Certificate Vaccination or a Covid 19 negative test is mandatory if meals are included in tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cityrama
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Porto: Aveiro Tour Including Moliceiro Cruise.

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star-4
nice spots and great guide
FrequentFlier806015
, Dec 2019
The tour guides is very professional and nice which will take care everyone. Unfortunately, it's only a half day tour which the time is a bit rush. Recommending a all day tour for this spots.
star-4
Our guide Andre was great! Very...
Tin
, Sep 2018
Our guide Andre was great! Very enthusiastic and willing to share all sorts of news/things to do in Porto and elsewhere!
star-5
A must do. Most enjoyable and...
Jennifer A
, Nov 2017
A must do. Most enjoyable and interesting. Our guide was Claudia, was brilliant.
star-5
Francisco was an amazing guide. He...
Jacobie_B
, Oct 2017
Francisco was an amazing guide. He went the extra mile. Very informative.
star-4
Nice trip and guide was informative...
MargaretE_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.
star-4
Aveiro was a cute city and the tour...
Laura_C
, 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.
star-2
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.
star-2
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!
star-3
The hotel pickup was on time and...
juliaanicholson
, 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.
star-4
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.
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