Delve into medieval myth and legend on this private Coimbra world heritage 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Known as the city of black capes, Coimbra overlooks the mythical Mondego river, home to legends of love and punishment. Hear the tragic love story between King D. Pedro I and D. Inês de Castro, the queen’s maid. Learn about the history and traditions of one of the oldest university towns in the world on this private, customizable tour.
Your tour begins at the World Heritage site, the University of Coimbra, after a morning pickup from your Lisbon accommodations. Visit the Royal Palace, home to many landmarks, including the Joanina Library, the Sao Miguel Chapel, the Great Hall of Acts, the Medieval and Academic Prison, the Armory, the Private Examination Room, and the University's Tower.See the renowned Machado de Castro Museum on the university’s campus. Outside its confines, explore the Old Cathedral (Sé Catedral), wandering through its historic center and medieval staircases. Marvel at the Monastery of Santa Cruz, burial site of Portugal’s first and second kings, Afonso Henriques and his son Sancho I. Wander down the narrow streets at your own pace, accompanied by your guide.Coimbra abounds with attractions as well, such as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, founded in 1283 and soon after gifted to the Poor Clare nuns. Inês de Castro lived in the Palace of the Monastery and was executed here in 1355. On the Mondego River’s left bank, you will find the Portugal dos Pequenitos theme park, divided into three areas. The first is dedicated to regional miniature houses and typical Portuguese villages, the second to Portugal’s most significant monuments, and the third to former Portuguese colonies. Take a break for lunch (at own expense) or shopping before your guide drops you off at your Lisbon hotel.