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Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise

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Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise

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Cruise the romantic waterways of Aveiro on this half-day tour from Porto. After a convenient pickup from your central Porto hotel, journey to Aveiro, where you’ll glide through its scenic canals in a traditional “moliceiro” boat and see how it earned the name “Venice of Portugal.” Admire the colorful tiled facades on the local Costa Nova buildings and learn about how this postcard-perfect village came to be from your guide. You’ll even get to try the “soft eggs,” a local dessert.
  • A half-day scenic tour of Aveiro from Porto
  • Glide through the picturesque waterways in the Venice of Portugal
  • Admire the unique tiled buildings of Costa Nova
  • Take advantage of plenty of great photo ops
  • Choose from morning or afternoon departure
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River cruise in the traditonal "Moliceiro boat" : unique in the world
Private transportation for the group
Small Group Tour (Minivan up to 8 participants or Minibus up to 25 participants)
Food and drinks
Personal expenses
Hotel Pick up & Drop Off Not included
Living Tours , R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352 354, 4050-418 Porto, Portugal

Living Tours / Tourist Service located at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352 Porto - next to São Bento train Station

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The cruise is under the responsibility of the cruise operator (subject to weather and navigation conditions)
  • Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extra language
  • Tours run in groups of maximum 29 participants
  • Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, The Tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc
  • All tours depart from Porto
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We support our communities. By taking a tour with us you are contributing to our cause: we offer a meal for the homeless and people in need.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 29 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Living Tours Viagens e Turismo Lda
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise.
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What is the social distancing policy during Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Aveiro & Costa Nova Half Day Tour from Porto with Moliceiro River Cruise.

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  • "Full day would be good to have time to try the cuisine and visit the market and the small museum (if open)." See review

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star-3
Beach town brief visit
Terry_L
, Jul 2022
A nice couple hours visiting a coastal town, a refreshing boat cruise along the canals of Alveira. Nothing extravagant. It was ok.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Dear Terry, Thank you so much for your time in sharing your feedback about your experience. We always try to learn and improve from our customer's feedback, and we will have your review under consideration so we can improve daily our services. Best regards, Living Tours Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lovely trip with Guide Carlos
kharris9
, Jul 2022
Carlos was an excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable and patient. Loved the experience and highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Thank you so much for sharing your opinion about our Aveiro & Costa Nova tour with our guide Carlos. Best regards, Living Tours team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
nice tour of some small towns south of Porto
Beverly_W
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Nuno was very good. The tour is about an hour's drive south of Porto and gives you a flavor of two smaller towns along the Atlantic coast. Well worth the time to visit Aveiro and Costa Nova. Just wish we had more time to shop and eat at one of the great fresh fish restaurants there.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for taking the time sharing your opinion. We have really appreciate it. Best regards Living tours Team
star-5
Learning about the lives...
Robert_L
, Jul 2022
Learning about the lives of the locals. I am interested in canals and Paolo was friendly and informative
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Mr Robert, Thank you so much for your feedback about our tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova. Best regards Living tours Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Working AC!
Maira_M
, Jul 2022
I gave it four stars because it felt a little rushed as We were given 25-30 minutes to explore both towns. The minivan had a working AC and that was a plus as well. The weather cooperated and it turned out to be one of our favorite tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Maira, Thank you so much for your kind review about our tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova. Best regards, Living Tours Team
star-5
A great day away from Porto
Michael_R
, Jul 2022
The gondola ride and views of the canals were much better than the usual boat ride. Carlos, our guide, took good care of us. Be sure and ask him for his recommendation for ice cream. A good value.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Michael, Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback about our tour to Aveiro & Costa Nova with our guide Carlos. We are very pleased to know that you have enjoyed. Best regards Livingtours Team
star-5
Very nice trip!
Yami
, Jul 2022
Great way to spend 4 hours. The coastal towns are gorgeous and our guide, Isabel, was very nice 😃 Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, We would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us. Best regards, Living Tours team
star-5
Great half day tour
Denise_K
, Jun 2022
Very knowledgeable guide and most personable. He explained many historical facts and brought everything to life. Lovely
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Denise, Thank you very much for sharing your experience to Aveiro & Costa Nova with us. Best regards, Living Tours team
star-5
Good time on a half-day tour
Melanie_L
, Jun 2022
It was a fun half-day tour. Those two cities are particular in Portugal. This tour added value to my trip. The guide, Carlos, was very professional and friendly. I recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Melanie, First of all, thank you so much for sharing your words, and thank you for recommending our tour to Aveiro & Costa Nova. We will share your nice thoughts with our guide Carlos. Best regards, Living Tours team
star-5
Great Tour!!
Charlene_B
, Jun 2022
Paulo, our tour guide, was great. Paulo was very knowledgeable and made the overall trip enjoyable. We stopped at several spots along the way and took some nice pictures. The boat ride was fun and the weather was perfect.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for sharing your day with us. We are pleased that the Aveiro & Costa nova tour was enjoyable. Best regards, Living Tours team
star-3
Gimmicky and lackluster experience
Ashley_M
, Jun 2022
This was honestly one of the more lackluster excursions I've done. Our tour guide really did her best -- we just found Aveiro and Costa Nova to be rather boring, honestly. I got a few cool photos, I guess, but I wish we'd just stayed in Porto and wandered around, rather than spend 5 hours on this excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Dear Mrs. Ashley, Thank you so much your time in sharing your feedback about your experience. We are very sorry to hear that the tour didn't go through your expectations. Best regards, Living Tours Team
star-5
It was fun! The van ride...
Kathryn_B
, Jun 2022
It was fun! The van ride was interesting, the gondola ride was fun, the town was super cute with lots of shops and restaurants.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Greetings from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your kind review about our tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova. Best regards Livingtours Team
star-3
Not the most exciting adventure
Cindy_S
, Jun 2022
Of all the trips we have taken with Trip Advisor and Viator, this was the least notable. Our guide for the day was a lovely woman and she made sure we got where we needed to be. The problem is, these small towns really have nothing to offer for sightseeing. We strolled up and down a small beach town and then took the boat ride. We walked around town and then headed back. It is not a trip that we would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your time in sharing your feedback about your experience. We are very sorry to hear that the tour didn't go through your expectations. Best regards, Living Tours Team
star-4
Great experience: the scenery, and the local foods.
Elizabeth_T
, Jun 2022
It was a nice experience: small group; the tour guide did not speak too much; was helpful; courteous and sensitive the needs of his clients.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for taking the time sharing your opinion. We have really appreciate it. Best regards Livingtours Team
star-3
An okay way to spend half a day
Sophie_L
, Jun 2022
This tour was a good way to spend half a day, we enjoyed it and the guide was good (Alex), but the village really was far from the Venice of Porto! If you have a spare half a day then it’s a nice few hours but I can think of a lot better things to do if you are pushed for time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good afternoom from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your time in sharing your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that Aveiro city didn't correspond to your expectations. Best regards, Living Tours Team
star-4
Good Day trip from Porto !
Sebastian_S
, Jun 2022
Our time in Aveiro was great. Beautiful small town! However most of the commentary was in Portuguese addressed to three members of the group.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for taking the time sharing your opinion. We have really appreciate it. Best regards Livingtours Team
star-5
Nice spent time.
vityug
, May 2022
Moliceiro river cruise was very nice. Everything was well organized, after cruise we went to Costa Nova with really nice colorful striped buildings. Our guide was great, he was explaining everything with good English. We're very satisfied with this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your kind review about our tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova. We are very glad to know that you have enjoyed. Best regards Livingtours Team
star-5
A fun trip to beautiful places
Arjun_C
, May 2022
I had an excellent trip with Alex. He was very informative and shared a lot of history with us. It was a fun experience with all other fellow travellers. Alex was patient and gave us time to walk around, explore and take breaks whenever requested. Aveiro was beautiful and the Moliceiro cruise was 40 mins. Costa Nova was equally pretty. Definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Arjun, We would like to thank you for your time in sharing your feedback about our Aveiro & Costa Nova tour with Alexandre, we are very glad that you had fun! Warmest regards Living Tours Team
star-4
This" tour" needs free time in Aveiro.
Donna_H
, May 2022
As other reviews mention, this is more of a drive than a tour. It was an enjoyable four hours and the moliceiro ride was nice, however having no free time in Aveiro(which I was aware of before I booked this) really isn't good. Actually, if it wasn't for the wonderful driver/guide Alex, I would have given this "tour" three stars. A few minor changes by the company could turn this into something worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Donna, Dear Mrs. Judith, First of all we would like to thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us about our tour to Aveiro & Costa Nova. We will take into account all your opinions. We are looking forward to seeing you, maybe once again in Porto. Warmest regards Livingtours Team
star-1
Should have stayed in Porto
Orania_C
, May 2022
The best part of this tour was the boat ride in Aveiro. The captain and his mate were very fun and captivating. However the tour guide that drove us from Porto to Avera oh to Aviero and Costa Nova should not be working in this field. She did not provide any history or information at all about the 2 places that we visited. And, she was not very friendly in general towards the group. Additionally we requested an English tour and this tour was in English and French. This actually had very little consequence since the guide did so little talking. I have had much more positive experiences on other tours in the area.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your time in sharing this honest review. We are very sorry to hear that the tour didn't correspond to your expectations. We'll take your feedback under consideration. Thank you so much for your nice words about the captain and his mate of the cruise line. We will tell them how much you appreciated. Best regards Living Tours Team

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