Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

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Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise
from USD $61.72
Discover Portugal’s answer to Venice – the pretty coastal town of Aveiro – on a half-day trip from Porto! Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then set out to explore the town with an expert guide. Soak up the charms of Aveiro’s town center on a walking tour, and then see the sights surrounding its canals from a traditional ‘moliceiro’ boat. Before returning to Porto, visit the sandy white beach of Costa Nova and admire the colorful architecture of the area’s charming old fishing houses.
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In Brief

Porto, Portugal
4 hours
Hotel pickup included
Instant Confirmation
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Led by a local guide
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Oporto, Portugal, 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Starting the tour to Aveiro.

Stop At: Aveiro Portugal

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

Stop At: Ria de Aveiro, Aveiro Portugal

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

Stop At: Costa Nova Beach, R. da Quinta do Cravo 17, 3830 Gafanha da Encarnação, Portugal

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

Stop At: Sé Catedral de Aveiro (Igreja de São Domingos), 3810-164 Aveiro, Portugal

Founded in 1423, in baroque style, and declared National Monument.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Moliceiro cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto city center
  • Entry/Admission - Ria de Aveiro


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

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

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact the tour operator in order to confirm your pick up time and local till 24hours before the tour.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great city!
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
A must do. Most enjoyable and interesting. Our guide was Claudia, was brilliant.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
Francisco was an amazing guide. He went the extra mile. Very informative.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
Excellent half day trip from Porto. Especially enjoyed Costa Nova beach and the striped houses. Christian was an excellent guide.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
Linda, linda!!! Um excelente passeio! Faz jus a fama de Veneza Portuguesa!!!
• Submitted 23 Jan 2017
This is charming excursion if you are visiting northern Portugal. It's a small city with a delightful energy. Although I would not compare the canal ride to Venice, our guide was a quirky young man who was fluent in many languages and very willing to charm the boat riders with tales of his town. A worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2016
Friendly guide, excellent stops at a great value.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
This was a lovely trip. Pedro was so knowledgable and interesting, and went out of his way to make the day a great experience for all of us. It was lovely to see a truly different area.
• Submitted 27 May 2016
Aveiro is a very pretty town and we were blessed with sunny weather which I think is essential to a visit to Aveiro. The boat trip was fun and it was interesting to see the striped cottages on the Coasta Nova.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2016
Very interesting.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2016
The town of Aveiro was like taking a step back in time. It was very relaxing as we walked through the town. We also saw men fishing near the shore. This trip also included a cruise through the many canals.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2015
Awesome tour
• Submitted 19 Aug 2015
Awesome tour
• Submitted 19 Aug 2015
This was a great complement to the other tours we took from Porto it helped us get a broader view of the diversity of northern Portugal.
• Submitted 11 Aug 2015
Nice to be able to see the city from another point of view.
• Submitted 21 Jul 2015
Really thought this would give us a different view of Portugal and it certainly did. we had been on a river cruise on the Douro plus visiting historic sites like Obidos, Sintra and Guimares but we had no visual of the coastal living that existed. We had not been to the Algarve. Our host/driver Joao Brandao was great. He had to alternate between Spanish, French and English for the 4 couples and it was a wonder he did it so well. We enjoyed Aveiro and stopping at the beach in Costa Nova and having a café and nata on the promenade along the inlet. Highly recommend - and ask for Joao!
• Submitted 08 May 2015
• Submitted 25 Oct 2014
Great trip. Loved the fisherman's village, now a vacation destination
• Submitted 12 Sep 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!
• Submitted 19 Apr 2014
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.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2013
Our guide Andre was great! Very enthusiastic and willing to share all sorts of news/things to do in Porto and elsewhere!
• Submitted 01 Sep 2018
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.
• Submitted 22 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.
• Submitted 16 Sep 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.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2017

In Brief

Porto, Portugal
4 hours
Hotel pickup included
Instant Confirmation
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Led by a local guide