Bairrada and Aveiro — the perfect wedding

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Private Coimbra Tour - UNESCO Site and Bairrada Wine-tasting with Typical Lunch
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Durations: 1 Day(s)

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Group Size: 1+

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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 £ 129.53 per person

  1. Meeting Point
  2. Tour Overview

    Bairrada and Aveiro. The Perfect Marriage.

    We start by visiting Bairrada, a lively wine-producing region.

    If you are looking for natural beauty, traditions, and history, with unique gastronomic experiences and wineries, then this is the right place.

    This was the site offights between Christians and Arabs. It was land of passages and conquests when the capital of the kingdom was Coimbra.

    It was also the place of the defense of Portugal’s independence, when it was threatened by Napoleon's armies when they were detained nearby in the mountains of Bussaco.

    These men had the pleasure of tasting the wines of the region, thus contributing from an early era to their export.

    Here we can visit the LuĂ­s Pato Winery. Considered a rebellious winegrower, JoĂŁo Pato began to bottle wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first in the Bairrada region after its demarcation.

    But there's more to see, like the Alliance Underground Museum – the first underground museum in the traditional wineries of Aliança Vinhos de Portugal.

    From Bairrada to “The Venice of Portugal”

    Located in the west of Portugal, Aveiro is a must-see for those who want to visit a region that combines the ria, canals, and urban areas like nowhere else in Portugal.

    Known as “the Venice of Portugal”, Aveiro was a fishing village that feels more like a balcony with a privileged view of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Here, tradition goes arm-in-arm with modernity.

    Loaded with colorful boats – known as “moliceiros” – Aveiro is a city of canals that invites us to embark on a journey through its historical heritage, dominated by Roman influences, leaving plenty of room for the charm of Art Nouveau and industrial architecture.

    Sparkling wine, piglet, beach and museums: where to start

    Bairrada is a land of good food, and as well as being one of the most important wine regions in the country.

    It has wines produced from various grapes varieties, such as Arinto, Bical ou Maria-Gomes and - of course, the queen of Bairrada - the Baga.

    Known for its fruity aroma and fresh taste, all are perfect for accompanying the gastronomic specialties of the region: the roasted piglet. But we'll be get there in a minute.

    One thing is for sure: you can't leave without visiting the vineyard cellars and experiencing a wine tasting.

    And, if you get the chance, don't miss out on the Bairrada Wine Museum in Anadia.
    Opened in 2003, it has collections of corkscrew, bottles, and old labels that are not to be missed.

    Discover Aveiro

    Aveiro was made for sightseeing and rest, making it the ideal destination for families.

    Embark on a mix of history and relaxation, and learn the secrets of churches and shrines such as the City Cathedral and the St. Joan's Museum, where you'll find religious art and painting exhibitions.

    But your visit cannot end without a ride on a moliceiro boat. This is vital to a visit to the Portuguese Venice, which allows you to get to know the city in a very special way.

    To end the morning in the best way, we suggest that you indulge in the wonders of a treatment that recharges and relaxes: the saline spa.

    In a unique experience, relax and let the high salinity of the water purify your skin and body.

    This is the best natural treatment you can offer your body.

    And what will you eat?

    Get ready for a very tasty lunch with Bairrada's famous roasted piglet or a chanfana.

    A wide variety of fish is also waiting for you, including the unforgettable eel, the famous cod, and different types of seafood stew.

    Pair these delicacies with the region's wines and regional sweets.

    The Barrigas de Freira of Anadia and the Amores of Curia are just a few examples of the wonders you can find. This is without forgetting, of course, the famous Ovos Moles de Aveiro.

    Join us on this private tour

    Accept our invitation on this getaway that renew your energy.

    Contact us for more details on this exclusive tour that lasts about twelve hours.

  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 JoĂŁo de RuĂŁo (16th century). The Italian architect who designed the work, AntĂłnio 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 CabrĂŁo [buck] of 1824, the BolĂŁo [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 – he is King by divine right! In the interior, the ex-libris of this religious space: the baroque organ, by Manuel de São 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.
    SĂ© 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’s seat was transferred from Conímbriga (Condeixa-a-Velha) to Æminium (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 – a date inscribed on the church’s 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 SĂŁo SebastiĂŁo
    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. SebastiĂŁo, 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.
    LuĂ­s Pato Estate
    Considered the Rebel Winegrower, JoĂŁo Pato started bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in Bairrada region after its demarcation.

  4. What's Included

    • Typical Lunch (Starter - Main course – Drink – Dessert – Coffee) with Red or White Wine of the region - €20.00
    • Moliceiro boat ride of 45 minutes through the Ria Channels - €12.00
    • Visit to Noeirinha, an Aveiro natural sea salt factory - €5.00
    • Guided visit to Aliança Underground Museum to taste the famous Portuguese Espumante “Champagne” - €7.00
    • Optional - Guided visit to Adega LuĂ­s Pato to taste the famous Portuguese Espumante “Champagne” - €15.00
    • Certified Tourist Driver.
    • Transport in luxury vehicles, with maximum comfort and extra equipment tailored to your individual needs.
    • Our executive vehicles offer Wi-Fi, bottled water, refreshments, and a relaxing atmosphere.
    • Personal accident and liability insurance.

  5. What's Excluded

    • Optional - Guided visit to Adega LuĂ­s Pato to taste the famous Portuguese Espumante “Champagne” - €15.00
    • Gratuities are not included and are left to individual discretion.
    • No Transportation of suitcases or excess baggage, unless specified.

  6. FAQs

    Please Note:

    • Fully accessible to people using collapsible wheelchairs.
    • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated in the vehicle trunk and drivers are available if needed to assist you with boarding and exiting the vehicle.
    • If you have special needs, please let us know when making your booking.
    • Accessible to people with limited eyesight; guide dogs are always welcome.
    • Accessible to people with strollers.
    • Children’s car seats available.
    • Let us know if you need a safety car seat for children under 8 years or 144 cm in height.
    • It is mandatory to present a valid photo ID for drinking alcohol in wineries. Be aware that the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years.
    • Exact destinations and itineraries may be changed due to weather, road conditions and the guide’s discretion.
    • Included wineries are subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.
    • Please do not smoke or eat or drink anything other than water inside the vehicles. Damage or soiling of upholstery (which includes stains) will incur an extra charge for repair or cleaning.
    • Operated by Endless Weekend Tours ®.

  7. Requirements

    • Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and sunscreen if it’s sunny or a raincoat and an umbrella if it’s raining.
    • Don’t forget your 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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