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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.

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Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

2. Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour

This 8-hour from Lisbon stops first at Fátima, where the famous apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima occurred. Explore the Sanctuary and experience the peaceful environment of this pilgrimage site. Visit the Chapel of the Apparition and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. See the houses of the little shepherds as well. Continue the journey to Nazare, known around the world for its giant waves and McNamara's world record for the largest wave ever surfed. Enjoy lunch at the beach and see the giant waves for yourself. Next stop is Óbidos, a place of ancient legends and miracles. Enter the walls of the most romantic village in Portugal and experience what it was like to live in medieval times.

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Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

3. Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

Discover the archipelago of Berlengas, located approximately 7 miles from Cape Carvoeiro. Consisting of 3 island groups - Berlenga Grande, Estelas, and Farilhões-Forcadas, the archipelago is considered part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO Enjoy views beneath the waves on the glass-bottom ferry across to the archipelago. Stroll on the calm beaches and enjoy the sounds of the waves calmly lapping at the shore. Follow a hiking tour to learn about Berlenga’s cultural and historical significance. Go sightseeing in the caves of the area.

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From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

4. From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour

Benefit from pick-up in Lisbon city center, and then take a scenic drive to the shrine of Fatima. Learn more about the important Catholic pilgrimage site before going to the Gothic convent at Batalha. Admire the Manueline style of architecture typical of Portugal in the 16th century, and then enjoy a delicious lunch of regional food. Next, visit the beautiful seaside resort of Nazaré, popular with surfers and water sports fans. See the statue of the black Virgin Mary by Saint Joseph and look at the colorful fishing boats on the sandy beach from the top of the rock. Try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja in the medieval village of Obidos, and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths and small medieval houses. Browse the handicraft stores along narrow streets, and then journey back to Lisbon through the lovely landscapes of central Portugal.

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Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

5. 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.

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Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

6. Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos: Small Group Tour From Lisbon

Follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims on a full-day sightseeing tour of Central Portugal from Lisbon. Transfer from the Portuguese capital, and drive through a vast variety of landscapes. Your first stop will be the extraordinary town of Fátima, where an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 children every month between May 1917 and October 1917. Now one of the major shrines of the Catholic faith, the complex contains the tombs of 2 of the young shepherd children, the crown of the Virgin in the Chapel of the Apparitions, and a section of the Berlin Wall (said to be a tribute to God’s part in the fall of communism) . Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (own expense) far from the tourist crowds, and get a taste for authentic Portuguese food. Continue to the fishing port of Nazaré for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Popular with surfers, Nazaré was the site of a 79-foot wave, surfed by Garrett McNamara in 2011. Finally, tour the picturesque town of Óbidos, taken from the Muslims in 1148. Forming part of the dowry of numerous Portuguese queens, Óbidos maintains its medieval feel inside the old city walls, with cobblestone streets and flower-bedecked houses.

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Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon

Spend a day in the Portuguese villages of Constância and Tomar to discover the history of the Knights Templar. Your journey will begin in Lisbon. Tomar was the Templar capital of Portugal and Spain and one of the most important in the medieval world. The main monument of the city is the Tomar Convent which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A short distance from Tomar is the Almourol Castle. This emblematic monument was at one time controlled by the Knights Templar. The Almourol Castle and the city of Tomar are perfect examples to understand the mystique of the Templars, men that were simultaneously Warrior Knights and monks that lived under a rigid military discipline, but at the same time with a great rigor in the spiritual life. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at one of two locations in central Lisbon, either Restauradores or Marquês de Pombal. Please note, this tour is available from Tuesday to Saturday.

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Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

8. Fátima and Coimbra Full-Day Tour from Porto

Discover the religious and learned centers of Portugal on a 10-hour guided tour of Fátima and Coimbra from Porto, and see the nation’s most important pilgrimage destination, and one of the oldest university cities in Europe. Fátima supposedly owes its name to the Moors. But the city is best known for its apparitions of the Virgin Mary to 3 children tending sheep in 1917. Since the miracle was recognized by the Vatican in 1930, 3 different popes have been to Fátima on 5 separate occasions. Visit the stunning Neoclassical Basilica and Sanctuary, and can even attend mass in the Sanctuary if you desire. There will also be some free time for lunch in the bustling city center, full of modern-day pilgrims of retail therapy. Then, continue to Coimbra and discover 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, and provides a beautiful backdrop to a panoramic tour of the city’s narrow streets, full of young students. Visit the Sé Nova 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.

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Coimbra: Private World Heritage Site Tour

9. Coimbra: Private World Heritage Site Tour

Explore the medieval streets of Coimbra throughout an overview of the city complemented by its many gorgeous geographical details. As you learn about the lifestyle, history, and culture, you'll also receive useful tips on how to best spend the remainder of your time in the city. Your tour will help you feel like a local as you take the panoramic lift to discover the highlights of Coimbra on foot. From there, explore the main squares of the city before proceeding onward to the Old Cathedral, the Almedina Tower, and the Monastery of Santa Cruz, among other sites. Your itinerary later includes the oldest university in Portugal, the "Joanina" Library, the Chapel of Saint Michael, the Arms Room, the Yellow Room, the "Capelos" Room, the Private Examination Room, and the Academic Prison. Your experience finally concludes with a tasting of a typical pastry.

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

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

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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,339 reviews

For a private day trip covering three destinations (Obidos, Nazaré and Alcobaca) in a relaxed pace, the tour was quite reasonably priced and worthwhile. Our driver guide Luis Miguel was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly and we had a great time exploring a bit the smaller towns outside Lisbon. Highly recommended if you want a change of pace from hectic and frenetic Lisboa

Lovely day outside Lisboa with a very nice guide, Andreas, who shared a lot of quality info all the way (~ 10h). He definitely loves what he's doing. So, I warmly recommand this tour.

We really enjoyed seeing the small towns and walking around Obidos. It is worth the money! It was a great way to see more of Portugal.

It’s nice to get back in time and see where thr templars live and learned of their contribution to the modern day.

This tour was wonderful! Very informative. The guide was unusually educated and informed on the subject.