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Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Travel to Fátima and Coimbra on a full-day trip from Porto. See the Shrine of Fátima and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Relax on the drive in an airconditioned vehicle to Fátima where apparitions of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared 3 children tending sheep in 1917.The miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, and 3 different popes have been to Fátima since. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even have the option to attend mass in the Sanctuary. Spend some free time for lunch in the bustling city center which is full of modern-day pilgrims. Continue to Coimbra and discover the area that was Portugal’s only university city until the early 20th century. Founded in the 13th century, the hilltop college is one of the oldest in Europe. Today the university provides a backdrop to the city's charming streets.  Head to the Sé Cathedral to see the only church in Portugal to survive the Reconquista almost intact. During the visit in Coimbra's historical center you can walk through the Quebra Costas, Arco da Almedina, Porta do Barbacã, and Rua Ferreira Borges. End at the University in the former buildings of the medieval Royal Palace. Among the highlights is the stunning Joanine Library with baroque details of red and green lacquer and trompe-l’oeil features. Return to Porto at the end of your tour.

From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

Meet the guide at the meeting point to start the tour. Relax in an airconditioned vehicle on the way to Coimbra. Start by exploring Coimbra, a historically university city, because of the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe and one of the largest in Portugal. One of the oldest cities in the country, it was the capital of Portugal before Lisbon, until 1255, and is home to the first National Pantheon, the Monastery of Santa Cruz. Stroll through the streets of Coimbra. Stop at important landmarks such as the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. If you select the option with monuments admission, visit the interiors of Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. After visiting the main monuments, you will have free time for lunch (at your own expense), the guide will be able to suggest restaurants where you can have lunch. After enjoying lunch, return to the VAN with the guide to continue the journey to Aveiro. Aveiro in the central region of Portugal, considered the small “Venice of Portugal”, where where you can visit the Fish Market, Aveiro's railway station. Explore the city's Art Nouveau architecture and historical center. Board a traditional, wooden moliceiro boat and experience the city from the water. Make your way to the Aveiro Salt Ponds passing by New Coast, typical striped houses. Look for stork nests along the way find. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off at the same place of meeting point.

University of Coimbra Walking Tour

University of Coimbra Walking Tour

Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest university in Portugal). Founded originally in 1290, the University of Coimbra has occupied its spot in the city of Coimbra since 1537. Hear about the ways it shaped modern Portugal. Accompany your knowledgeable guide to the Royal Palace, Chapel of St. Miguel, Joanina Library, Academic Prison and other highlights. Go deeper than the average tourist with stops throughout the old university area.

Discovering the charms and places of Coimbra

Discovering the charms and places of Coimbra

Coimbra is a city of students, full of charms and nooks. Your guide will take you on an adventure full of history, memories and wisdom. Begin your tour along the banks of the river Mondego, towards the Tollgate. From the bridge, enjoy panoramic views of the magnificent city of Coimbra and the surrounding mountains. Along the tour route, discover the vast historical, cultural and natural heritage of this ancient city. Explore some of the mysteries hidden along the streets and staircases, from the downtown area to the high zone of the city, and the University of Coimbra, the oldest university in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Tower of Almedina, the Tower of Anto, the Joanina Library, the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra, the Santa Cruz Monastery and National Pantheon, and the Monasteries of Santa Clara-a-Nova and Santa Clara-a-Velha.

Coimbra Train Tour through the Historic Area

Coimbra Train Tour through the Historic Area

Enjoy a Train ride tour through the historic area of Coimbra with explanatory audio system at each landmark in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French (The audio is generally transmitted one language (Portuguese, Spanish, English and French) at a time through the train speakers located in each carriage.) Explore Coimbra's rich history and culture in a comfortable and informative way. This unique experience allows you to discover the most emblematic points of the city, from the majestic University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the charming Sé Velha and the picturesque medieval streets. With the audio guide, each location comes to life with fascinating stories and interesting facts, providing a complete immersion in Coimbra's tradition and historic landmarks. Whether you're a lover of history, culture or simply a curious traveler, this visit offers an affordable and engaging way to discover the secrets and beauty of this university city. Embark on this trip and let yourself be enchanted by ancient and modern Coimbra, learning about its crucial role in the formation of Portugal and its cultural legacy that continues to this day. The train does not make stops during the journey, the starting point is the same arrival point, that is, its only stop

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Explore the University of Coimbra on a guided walking tour, including visits to the Joanina Library, S. Miguel Chapel and the Royal Palace. Start your tour in Porta Férrea, where you can access the ancient historic sections of the University of Coimbra. Visit the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of S. Miguel and the Joanine Library. Next, see how this area has transformed over time with a walk through the Upper Town. Stop near the New Cathedral and learn about the student traditions that still take place there. Pass by the "Repúblicas", typical student houses in Coimbra. End our visit in the area of the Cathedral of Santa Maria (Old Cathedral), site of the biggest student party (academic festival) in the country: Queima das Fitas. Learn about the Monumental Serenade and other rich student traditions.

Coimbra: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Coimbra: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. In the history-filled city of Coimbra you will first visit the beautiful Santa Cruz Church. Then the unique Praça do Comércio and then the irreplaceable Barbican Gate. This wonderful route continues to the Sé Velha. As a fifth stop you will find the National Museum Machado de Castro. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting New Cathedral. Of course, the University of Coimbra could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Minerva Stairs. The penultimate destination is the enviable Praça Dom Dinis. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Jardín Botánico de la Universidad. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

Sanctuary of Fátima and Coimbra City Tour

Visit one of the great religious centers of Portugal on a full-day tour to the Sanctuary of Fátima in Cova da Iria. Learn about the Marian apparitions that took place at the site in May 1917. Look inside the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and other religious monuments, before visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions at the very heart of the sanctuary. Attracting more than 5 million visitors per year, Fátima is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world and the most popular pilgrimages occur in October and on May 12 and 13 on the anniversary of the visions. See the house of the shepherd that the Virgin Mary appeared before, and then continue to the university city of Coimbra. Explore the historic center to see medieval houses among the majestic Renaissance monuments. Discover remnants of the Roman Empire, and go to the university area to admire the UNESCO World Heritage buildings of one of the oldest universities in the world.

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. The journey continues to the historic city of Coimbra. The city of students and the oldest university in the country, (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to: • visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. • visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). • crossing the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. • having a lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Return comfortably to your hotel in Porto after a day filled with culture and beauty that will surely stay in your best memories. This is a private tour. You can adapt the program according to your preferences.

From Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

From Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

In total privacy, comfort and tranquility, travel to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and discover one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world, with the option of attending a mass at the sanctuary. The tour also has an opportune stop in the historic city of Coimbra, recognized for having one of the oldest universities in Europe. This trip begins in Porto, and then onto Coimbra, the city of students and the oldest university in the country with 12th-century history, and one of the oldest in the world. Take time to visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. Visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). It is recommended you cross the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. Have lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Head then towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, visit the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta Marto, and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), and the largest Catholic sanctuary in Portugal. There will also be time to see the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of Apparitions), a small temple built at the request of Our Lady of Fátima when she appeared to the three shepherd children, and Azinheira Grande, the tree that Jacinta, Lúcia, and Francisco passed before seeing the Saint. This is a private tour. You can adapt the program according to your preferences.

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Jose who was our guide was great he gave is so much information on the trip down to Fatima about the different areas we were driving through and when we reached Fatima he gave us all the information about the times of the mass and where to go, also when we were in Coimbra he really made the trip for us.

Amazing. He was very informative, very friendly and we discovered a whole side of Coimbra, the history and many locations that we wouldn’t have otherwise found. Highly recommend everyone to do this tour when they get to Coimbra.

We had a very relaxing, pleasant and most informative walk around Coimbra. I really enjoyed my afternoon, thanks so much Sergio.

Thank you very much to José, our great guide and our great driver. We had a great day with him, well done!!!

Our guide Alexandre was brutal! The experience in Fátima without words to describe it.