Centro Region Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Centro Region Cruises & boat tours

Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

1. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a boat 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: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

2. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s channels on a tour aboard a colorful Portuguese gondola on this half-day tour from Porto. Ride along naturally-formed channels that connect to the river and to the sea.  Meet at a centrally-located spot in Porto and board a comfortable van for your transfer to Aveiro. Absorb the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. Begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Head out on an hour-long cruise on a vibrantly-painted, wooden moliceiro boat. Glide thorugh the channels on this traditional, Portuguese vessel.  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. Return to Porto by van at the end of your tour. 

Aveiro: Boat Cruise & City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Aveiro: Boat Cruise & City Highlights Walking Tour

Experience the beauty of Aveiro on a boat cruise in an authentic Moliceiro craft. Stroll through the Beira Mar district on a walking tour with a local guide and take in the lively vibe at the Aveiro Fish Market. Be welcomed by your local guide at the Freedom Obelisk in the old town of Aveiro. Follow your guide to an iconic Moliceiro boat. Embark on a cruise aboard a colorful ship through the city's waterways. Glide on an elegant boat and snap pictures of landmarks like the City Council building, a 15th century mill, and the romantic Carcavelos Bridge. Watch the old parts of the city melt into the new as you see the shopping center and a ceramic factory that was converted into a convention center. Disembark and continue on your walking tour through the narrow streets of the Beira Mar neighborhood that was traditionally inhabited by fisherman and salt workers. Admire the vibrantly colored buildings along the canal. Make your way to the bustling Fish Market, the Centennial building, and pass by richly adorned Art Nouveau buildings before ending your tour.

Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

4. Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

Start your tour by meeting your captain at the harbor of Peniche. Take a ferry towards the Berlengas archipelago, where your glass-bottom boat trip will take place. Then, take a 30-minute cruise around Berlengas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that includes various nature conservation sites. Look down into the clear waters and spot marine life. You will also enter some caves, such as the Blue Cave and the São João Batista Cave.

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

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

Cruise the canals of aboard a colorful moliceiro boat on this full-day trip to Aveiro from Porto. Take time to discover the city's highlights like the Fish Market. Discover the city of Coimbra on a guided walking tour of the medieval old town.  Start with pickup from your central-located hotel in Porto. Relax in an airconditioned vehicle on the way to to Aveiro in the central region of Portugal. Explore the city's Art Nouveau architecture and historical center. Make a visit to the bustling Fish Market. 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, the Barra lighthouse, and the São Jacinto dunes. Look for stork nests along the way find. Travel to the waterfront city of Coimbra, the country's old capital. It houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Go for a guided walking tour through the historic center of the city.  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. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off at your hotel in Porto.

From Porto: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

6. From Porto: Régua and Douro Valley Scenic Cruise

Escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Douro Valley and historic vineyards of the Norte Region of Portugal. Depart Porto at 8:30 AM and travel towards Régua. Upon arrival at Régua, explore one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. Return to Porto along the Douro River, starting from Régua Quay at 11:30 AM. Glide gently past the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, and experience the purity of nature. Lunch will be served onboard the boat at approximately 12:00 PM. Sail to the Carrapatelo Dam, and continue to the Crestuma-Lever. After crossing the 2 dams, enjoy the serenity of the Douro River as you continue to Porto for an estimated arrival at 6:00 PM.

Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

7. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

From Porto: Douro River Cruise, Winery Visit & Lunch

8. From Porto: Douro River Cruise, Winery Visit & Lunch

After meeting your guide at Estiva Quay in Oporto, board a boat heading to Pinhão. Enjoy some breakfast on board while sailing through the Douro waters, admiring the breathtaking valley.     Sail through the Crestuma-Lever Dam and the Carrapatelo Dam. Savor a delicious lunch served on board and get to know the history behind the region through your audio guide, available in four different languages. Pass by Régua, known worldwide as the capital of the Vine and Wine.   Debark at Pinhão - you’ll arrive right in the center of the Douro Demarcated Region, the first regulated wine region in the world. It is here that many of the Port Wine producing estates operate. Visit Quinta da Roêda, a charming and traditional vineyard estate. Taste some of the delicious wines that are produced here. Finally, board a bus to arrive back to Oporto at approximately 8:30 PM.

From Porto: Aveiro Half-Day Tour with 1-Hour Cruise

9. From Porto: Aveiro Half-Day Tour with 1-Hour Cruise

Depart Porto and journey south to the beautiful coastal city of Aveiro on the Ria de Aveiro lagoon. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the historical city center to admire the bold Art Nouveau residences and charming foot bridges across the canals. Take stunning pictures of the Baroque-style cathedrals and other amazing architecture. Learn more about the history of the city and how it grew from a small fishing village to the 2nd most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal. Hear how salt production in the salt marshes played an important role in the city's economy, from the days of the Romans. Then, climb aboard one of the traditional moliceiro boats used to collect sea grass in the lagoon. Cruise along the canals of the "Venice of Portugal" to admire the colorful fishermen's houses of Costa Nova beach and get amazing views of the landscape.

Aveiro: Half Day Tour with Boat Ride

10. Aveiro: Half Day Tour with Boat Ride

Spend a day exploring the beauty of Portugal, get away from the business of Porto, and visit several townships that are lesser known to tourists. Visit the city of Aveiro, where it becomes easier to navigate by boat or “Moliceiro” along its numerous water channels. This city is called the Portuguese Venice, and there is no questions why. Its enormous natural and architectural beauty, perfectly aligned with its people, give a lively ambience, of a cheerful town where water and sea play the leading role. Much of the city is decorated in the Art Nouveau style, making it a beautiful sight to behold. Discover the charm of this delicate and seductive art period of the 20th century by taking a walking tour with a guide through the Art Nouveau route, a track created to help identifying all buildings and monuments. Visit the beach of Costa Nova and its peculiar colored stripes houses, forming an unique design in fishing houses in that area.

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What people are saying about Centro Region

Carla, an excellent guide, made us a very good historical reference of the places, totally predisposed. Coimbra, Aveiro and Costa Nova highly recommended, beautiful places and doing it with Carla is great!

The bus trip was comfortable and scenic, the boat was clean and spacious. Our lunch was great and the scenery was beautiful. All in all, this was an experience we recommend.

Thanks to Joana and José for this great tour of Aveiro and Costa nova. Superb guide with humor and a lot of culture. To do it's very beautiful

Really great ! Time passed quickly our guide and the crew were very nice and the meal very good! We were not disappointed on the contrary.

Our guide was informative and the host tour was great too. Enjoyed it all