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Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

1. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a 45-minute ride onboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Start along the Central Canal of the lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro. Traverse the center of the city, from the garden of Rossio to the old building of the Capitania of the Port of Aveiro. Follow another canal that formerly served as a waterway to the Antonio Maria Campos brick factory, where the Aveiro Cultural and Congress Center was established along with other public services. Then, cruise down Canal das Pirâmides (the pyramids canal), which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and stretches from the old fish market to the central canal. During the summer, enjoy a beautiful landscape made up of hundreds of small white pyramids of salt that represent one of the most characteristic features of this region.

Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

2. Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

Embark on an adventure and take a trip to Aveiro, which is never complete without a Moliceiro boat trip. The Moliceiro is a traditional boat that is part of the Aveiro culture, similar to a Venetian gondola. Starting from the dock of Largo do Jardim do Rossio, pass through some of the most iconic sights of the city, such as the Art Nouveau, the Aveiro salt pan, the traditional neighborhood of Beira-Mar, the Jerónimo P. Campos ceramics factory, and the Fish Market. Marvel at the breathtaking city from its channels together with a guide. Expand your knowledge about the cities history and learn some secrets of Aveiro.

Porto to Lisbon Transfer with Tour Enroute

3. Porto to Lisbon Transfer with Tour Enroute

Begin by visiting Coimbra University, the oldest in Europe. The Joanine Library was built in the 18th century on the former prison. Its decoration was finished in the 18th century and the renovation included ceiling frescoes by Mestre António Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes. The portrait of Dom Joao V was done by the Italian Domenico Dupra. Visit other interesting places at the University including Saint Michel Chapel, Sala dos Capelos, and the cabra (bell) tower. Then, head downtown, between the Mondego river and the University, to a street where you can relax and get lost in the charming city. You will find countless cafes, pastry shops, and restaurants. Rich in culture and with unforgettable gastronomy, this area has been the commercial center of the city for hundreds, if not thousands of years, maintaining its genuine atmosphere and unique personality.  Choose to visit either Fatima or Obidos for your final stop before Lisbon. In Obidos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, travel back in time as you walk through the beautiful narrow streets full of traditional shops. Admire the old white houses and imagine how the medieval period would have looked and felt. Obidos was a wedding gift from D. Dinis to his wife D. Isabel and the village became part of the Casa das Rainhas until 1834, leaving the orders of D. Catarina to build an aqueduct and fountains. At the Sanctuary of Fatima, visit three places of interest. Choose to attend a mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, the first Chapel built following the apparitions. It occupies a prominent place practically in the center of the Sanctuary. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built in 1928 in Neo-Baroque style. It houses the tomb of Sister Lucia who passed away in 2005. See the Basilica of Santissima Trindade, built in 2007 with more than 8,000 seats and an area of 40,000 meters squared. It was designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis and is a modern imposing church.

From Porto: Sanctuary of Fatima & Coimbra Private Day Trip

4. 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 10-hour 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, (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). We recommend 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. We recommend having lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. We then head towards Fátima, where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherd children in 1917. Here, we will 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.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

5. From Lisbon: Half-Day Trip to Fátima

Begin your amazing journey by meeting your friendly local guide at your accommodation. Sit back & relax while traveling to the center of Portugal and hearing about the region. After driving 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Lisbon, arrive at your first destination, the region of Fátima. Explore the religious capital of Portugal. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions to see the stone pillar that marks the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared, the Shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima. Enjoy free time to enjoy the sight. Learn interesting facts about Fátima and Portuguese Catholic and religious traditions from your guide. At the other end of Fatima’s Shrine is the Most Holy Trinity Church (Lesser Basilica, from 2007). Witness this modern piece of architecture. In 1917 a religious event changed the history of this location forever. 3 shepherds witnessed successive apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (another name for the Virgin Mary) turning it into one of the most important landmarks in Marian worship, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. Next, be whisked away to a local village 2 kilometers away. This is where the 3 young shepherds (responsible for the importance of Fatima’s landmark) were born. Get an insight into their lives and costumes, along with a context of this landmark of Portuguese history.

Lagos: Private Powerboat Tour to Ponta da Piedade and more

6. Lagos: Private Powerboat Tour to Ponta da Piedade and more

Meet your local experienced skipper at the Marina, before setting off for an adrenaline-filled sightseeing adventure. You will take a cruise through the estuary of Lagos out to sea, passing the world-famous Praia da Batata and Praia Dona Ana Beaches. Admire the beautiful scenery of Ponta da Piedade and Porto de Mos, before heading along the coast to the volcanic rock formation of Rocha Nigra (Black Rock) and down to Praia da Luz. Your skipper will share facts and information about the area as you enjoy the views. After exploring the Algarve coastline at a comfortable pace, your tour guide will pick up the speed and head a little further out to sea. Admire a spectacular panoramic view of the coastline from this unique point of view before heading back to the Marina.

Pardilho: Aveiro Lagoon Standup Paddleboarding Guided Tour

7. Pardilho: Aveiro Lagoon Standup Paddleboarding Guided Tour

A Stand Up Paddle tour with Picapeixe becomes an experience of contemplation and serenity surrounded by nature. It is a way of connecting with the landscape and nature of the Ria de Aveiro, and peacefully observing the birds and the local flora. Combining the movement of the body and the balance of the spirit, paddling in tranquility through the channels of the Ria. We also have Wooden boat tours that offers a different and unforgettable experience! Our paddle boards are built in wood by us, as we have a great cultural influence on shipbuilding and we want to minimize our ecological footprint in its manufacture. All tours are guided by certified instructors

Fátima Full-Day Private Personalized Tour from Lisbon

8. Fátima Full-Day Private Personalized Tour from Lisbon

Spend the day at the Shrine of Fatima on a private full day tour from Lisbon, and discover one of the world's most popular pilgrimage sites on an itinerary customized to your preferences. Meet your guide at your hotel/accommodation in Lisbon (other location available on request) and travel to Fátima in the Central Region of Portugal. On arrival, explore one of the world's most important religious shrines at your own pace. Discover every corner of the Sanctuary of Fatima, including the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima where the three little shepherds are buried. Pray in the Chapel of the Apparitions. Visit the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity and see the amazing Temporary Exhibition "Faces of Fatima" which is on display until October 15, 2022. Enjoy some free time for lunch and the opportunity to buy religious and devotional items in the many specialty stores of Fátima. Then, head to the small village of Aljustrel to visit the homes of the three Little Shepherds who witnessed the apparitions in 1917 and Valinhos, site of Our Lady's fourth Apparition on the 19th August 1917, before your transfer back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

9. From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

Travel from the bustle of Lisbon to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and see the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Church of the Holy Trinity. View the elegant Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary which has been visited by many Catholic pilgrims and tourists. Next, stop in Batalha to visit the monastery and appreciate one of the most important Gothic sites in Portugal which took over a century to build. Journey to Alcobaça, to marvel at the famous Convent of Alcobaça. Head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you have the option to stop for lunch to try the fresh fish while admiring a wonderful sea view. Enjoy visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré and learn more about the Legend of Nazaré. Finally, drive to the medieval town of Óbidos to go to the fortifications at the Castle of Óbidos. Drink like a local with cup of Ginjinha de Óbidos, served in a chocolate cup.

Fátima Half-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

10. Fátima Half-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy a half-day private excursion from Lisbon to Fátima, one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Catholic world. In addition to the Sanctuary you’ll see the house of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, the 3 young shepherds who claimed to have seen the apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1917, when news of the apparition of the Virgin Mary spread, this once-sleepy rural village turned into an important Catholic pilgrimage site.

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4.3 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Beautiful trip. Very helpful to purchase tickets on line because it can get very hectic with so many tourists.

We really liked this tour of the canal. We got to know a bit of Aveiro, since we only spent one day.

Very good experience!! the canals of the city are toured and the guide is very kind and friendly !!

funny and friendly tour guide, keeping us all engaged while speaking many languages

Joao the tour guide was very informative, entertaining and approachable.