Private Coimbra Tour - UNESCO Site and Bairrada Wine-tasting with Typical Lunch

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Private Coimbra Tour - UNESCO Site and Bairrada Wine-tasting with Typical Lunch
Duration

Durations: 1 Day(s)

Group Size

Group Size: 1+

Languages

Languages: English

Visit a UNESCO Site and enjoy Bairrada Wine-tasting with a typical Italian lunch for an authentic food and drink experience in Rome.

From £ 122.93 per person

  1. Meeting Point
  2. Tour Overview

    It also has Portugal's first university classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2013, and one of the oldest in Europe. 

    At this university, you can find Biblioteca Joanina which is Europe's richest libraries of the Portuguese Baroque style, built between 1717-1728. 

    Another interesting place to visit in Coimbra is the main gate of the medieval wall named Arch of Almedina.

    The parish of Almedina is majestic Old Cathedral, another point of reference of the city, together with the New Cathedral or the College of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.

    At lunch, choose between Roasted Suckling Pig Bairrada Style or Old Goat Stew.

    In the Afternoon, we will visit Luís Pato Winery and its personal wine library and the cellar. In the end, shall be given a wine tasting with the newly released wines and some old relics.

  3. Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 : Railway door
    Entrance of the old Royal Palace to which were added, in 1634, two portals with allegorical sculptures of the ancient Faculties (Medicine, Law, Theology and Canon Law), the founding monarch, King D. Dinis, the monarch who definitively establishes the general studies in Coimbra, King D. João III, and the Sapience, the institution’s insignia.
    Via Latina
    A big colonnade built in the end of the 18th century, which name remembers the old rule that prohibited any other language to be spoken, asides from Latin, beyond that point. At the centre, a sculptural group, by Claude Laprade, with the allegoric figures of Justice and Fortress, on which was added a sculpture representing King D. José I by the end of the 17th century.
    Coimbra University Tower
    Symbol of the University and of the city itself, it was built during the 18th century, replacing the previous one, designed by João de Ruão (16th century). The Italian architect who designed the work, António Cannevari, added baroque aspects in italian style. The construction was overseen by Portuguese Gaspar Ferreira. There is a small balcony at the top, with four clocks below (one on each side), joined by four bells that govern the academic life: the Cabra [goat] of 1741, the Cabrão [buck] of 1824, the Bolão [Big Ball] of 1561 and the Quartos [quarters].
    Escadas Monumentais
    Due to the reforms that the building was subjected to around 1724, Gaspar Ferreira was in charge of recreating the communication ladders between the University and the public street. The work is a testimony that the whole building is dedicated to Sapience: crowning the arch of the staircase arises the baroque sculpture, evocative of Sapience, by Friar Cipriano da Cruz.
    Chapel of St Michael
    Former oratory of the Royal Palace, dating from the 12th century, it was subjected to major enlargement construction works during the reign of King D. Manuel I, projected by Marcos Pires and Diogo de Castilho. The port archway is an allegory to the political ideology of King D. Manuel I ‚Äď he is King by divine right! In the interior, the ex-libris of this religious space: the baroque organ, by Manuel de S√£o Bento, decorated with chinoiserie painted in gold.
    Biblioteca Joanina
    Commonly known as Biblioteca Joanina [Joanina Library], a unique and internationally recognised work made during the reign of King João V, whose large portrait by Domenico Duprá occupies the last room of the library. The exterior portal, in stone, is reproduced inside by marbled wood arches, each one with the symbol of the several faculties existing at that time, which delimits the great hall into three rooms. The walls are covered with exotic wood shelves, with two floors, polychrome and decorated with chinoiserie art. Also worth mentioning are the frescoes on the ceilings, executed in tromp l’oeil, with allegories to faculties, virtues and continents.
    Prisão Académica
    Established in 1593 in the north wing of the building, it was transferred in 1773 to what had been left of the old royal jail built by King D. John I in the late 14th century, and which then served as infrastructure for the Library House. It remained here until the extinction of the academic court, in 1832.
    Sé Nova Catedral de Coimbra
    Established in 1542 by the Jesuits, it was the first college of the order and the largest in the city. Its purpose was to prepare missionaries for all the territories discovered and conquered by the Portuguese.
    Old Cathedral de Coimbra
    When the Bishop‚Äôs seat was transferred from Con√≠mbriga (Condeixa-a-Velha) to √Üminium (Coimbra) a temple would have been built in this area. However, the only physical evidence that proves the existence of such a building dates from 1117 ‚Äď a date inscribed on the church‚Äôs consecration stone.
    Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
    Founded in 1131, with the approval and encouragement of King Afonso Henriques, for the Order of Saint Augustine, it was the most influential convent house in the city, contributing to the cultural, economic and political development of the country.
    Aqueduct of S√£o Sebasti√£o
    Saint Sebastian Aqueduct, usually known as the Garden's Arches by Coimbra's inhabitants because it's right at the surroundings of the Botanical Garden. It was built around 1570 by D. Sebasti√£o, with the aim of taking water from the town's high to the hill that lies ahead, (...)
    Torre de Almedina
    Built on the Arch of Almedina, it had the function of guarding and defending the main access door to the interior of the wall. Its construction may be from the time of D. Sesnando (11th century), and has been reformed and remodeled several times.
    Arco de Almedina
    It was the main gate of the medieval wall. The oldest part of the door is attributed to century IX, being initially constituted by two cubes united by an arc. Its current aspect may be the result of a reform of the early 16th century, by order of D. Manuel I.
    Igreja de Santa Justa
    The first building of the Church of Santa Justa dates back to the 12th century, and was located elsewhere. The current temple was opened in 1724. The façade is three-storey, flat and flanked by towers.
    Luís Pato Estate
    Considered the Rebel Winegrower, Jo√£o Pato started bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation.

  4. What's Included

    • Gourmet Lunch¬†with the Region "Bairrada" Red or White Wines.
    • Lu√≠s Pato Estate Wine Tasting
    • Transport by luxury Crossover SUV which is high in comfort, refined in ride, and rich in features;
    • Personal accident and liability insurance.
    • Our executive vehicles provide Wi-Fi, bottled water, refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere.
    • Our chauffeurs provide a concierge service for any requirements.
    • Our chauffeurs have knowledge and ethics required for confidential business matters.
    • Live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
    • Wineries included subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.¬†
    • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.¬†¬†

  5. What's Excluded

    • Admission to venues & attractions along the tour route.
    • Gratuities are not included and is left to individual discretion.¬†
    • Transportation of suitcases or excess baggage, unless specified.

  6. FAQs

    Please Note:

    • Accessible for those with limited mobility.
    • Accessible for those with limited eye sight.
    • Stroller / Pram Accessible.
    • Not wheelchair accessible.
    • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
    • If you have limited mobility, please inform us when you call to confirm your reservation.
    • Service animals allowed.¬†
    • Infants must not sit on laps.
    • You must inform us if you need child safety seat for children under 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches (144 cm) tall.
    • For international guests, please be aware the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years of age. You must present a valid photo ID in order to drink alcohol in wineries.
    • Hotel pickup commences between 8:00am - 9:00am depending on the location of your Porto/Gaia hotel or B&B (exact pickup time will be advised at reconfirmation).¬†¬†¬†¬†

  7. Requirements

    • Be sure to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen (if it's sunny), a raincoat, and an umbrella (if it's raining).
    • Swimwear and Towels if you want to dive into some beach.
    • Camera.¬†¬†

  8. Cancellation Policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 5% if booking is cancelled 999 days or less before event

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