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Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

From £36.24 per person

Aveiro is known as the "Venice of Portugal" for the extensive network of water channels running through the city. Enjoy a cruise on a "moliceiro,” a traditional boat that will take you along the channels as you admire the city’s unique tile façades.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Your hotel in Porto and Gaia city center.


  • Cruise along Aveiro’s channels in a unique "moliceiro" boat
  • Learn about the city’s culture and its traditional connections with the river and the sea
  • Admire the brightly colored houses on a walk through Costa Nova
Full description
Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s water channels, which are natural formations along the Portuguese coast. Traditionally connected to the river and to the sea, the city has been called the Venice of Portugal. You’ll feel the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. The half-day tour begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Next you’ll head out on an hour’s cruise along the city’s beautiful water channels. Travel by a typical, yet unique boat called a moliceiro that is decorated with motifs related to the local culture. After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes.
  • Pickup and drop-off service (if option chosen)
  • Guide
  • 1-hour cruise
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Next to São Bento train station Porto, R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Usually, tours run in one language but there are cases where one extra language or more can be used
  • Tours are available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French
  • The group size will be from 8 to 27 people
  • The tour duration is an estimation, subject to local traffic and visit schedules
  • Pick-up is included from central Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia hotels
  • Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the date of the service
  • Children from 4 to 12 years pay half price
  • Children aged 0 to 3 are free of charge
  • The services included in the tour are subject to third party availability and may change without notice
  • This tour is not available on December 25 and January 1
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 167 reviews

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I had a great time on the tour with Carlos. Wwe were a small group (perks of travelling off-season), so I got to ask a million questions to which I got very topical and interesting answers. The tour around Aveiro is half boat, half walking; it was nice, but a little underwhelming considering its reputation. I enjoyed Costa Nova a lot; if you can, walk over the dune to get to the ocean, the views are something else.

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25 October 2021

Great if you're looking for a quick trip from Porto. You get to see Aveiro and Costa Nova. The tour is very quick, wish there was more time to spend in both places, you get about 15 minutes in Aveiro and 25 minutes in Costa Nova. It would have been nice to get at least an hour to explore in both places. My tour specifically was in three languages which was impressive, but also distracting since the tour guide had to constantly explain everything three times. Lastly, I've done similar tours where the guides volunteer to take photos to ensure you document your trip, however the tour guide was occupied translating in three different languages to offer this. Overall, I would recommend if you have limited time in Porto and want to quickly see Aveiro and Costa Nova. If you have more time, I would recommend checking these places on your own since they're are a quick train ride from Porto - it will allow you to spend time in each time and actually see what they have to offer.

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14 September 2021

Very nice trip. Our guide, Ricardo, was at the meeting point on time. Ride was very pleasant. He also provided us with a lot of information about Portugal, Porto, etc. Stay in Aveiro was very pleasant, as was the Goldel trip through the canals. We recommend. Big thanks again to our driver Ricardo.

17 August 2020

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