Welcome to Coimbra


During the academic year, you’ll be sure to feel the university’s influence. Students throng bars and cafes, and graffiti scrawled outside Repúblicas (communal student dwellings) address the political issues of the day. On a summer evening, the city’s old stone walls reverberate with the haunting metallic notes of the guitarra (Portuguese guitar) and the full, deep voices of fado singers.

Then there's the city’s modern side – a contemporary riverfront park with terrace bars and restaurants, a spiffy pedestrian bridge across the Mondego, and vast shopping complexes.


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$118.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Porto to Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip

Leave your Porto hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel south to Fatima, a small city in central Portugal that has been a Christian pilgrimage site since medieval days. After traveling for roughly two hours, arrive in the town and then head inside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima – a complex that’s just as large as its name suggests.A national shrine, the sanctuary is built on the spot where the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary were said to be witnessed by three shepherd children: Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Their children’s tombs are within the sanctuary walls, as well as a beautiful Neoclassical church that’s dedicated to their memory. Head inside the church for mass (lasting roughly 30 minutes) and gaze in awe at the serene yet majestic surroundings while worshiping. After the service, enjoy some free time to explore the city at leisure and enjoy lunch (own expense). Return to your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel to Coimbra – a historical town just less than an hour away. Stretch your legs on a walking tour around the city center, seeing its prestigious university and the Old Cathedral of Coimbra – a glorious example of Romanesque architecture that’s said to be the most important Roman Catholic building in Portugal.Enjoy some free time to explore the city, perhaps visiting the University of Coimbra to see its famous old library. Entrance fees to all Coimbra attractions are at your own expense.Make your way back to your coach and relax on your journey to Porto. Your tour finishes in the city center in the early evening.

$760.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lisbon and Fátima Portugal 5-Night All-Inclusive Tour

1st Day (Tue.) MADRID – AVILA – SALAMANCA - PORTODeparture from JULIÁ TRAVEL bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 a.m. Drive to Avila. A city that preserves its medieval wall. Short stop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City Heritage of Humanity of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto. Accommodation. 2nd Day (Wed.) PORTOBreakfast. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. In the afternoon, possibility of an optional visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous "port wine". Accommodation. 3rd Day (Thu.) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation. 4th Day (Fri.) FATIMA – BATALHA - NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA - LISBONBreakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro and then to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado, typical Portuguese song and music. 5th Day (Sat.) LISBONBreakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting “Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past. Accommodation at the hotel. 6th Day (Sun.) LISBON – CACERES – MADRIDDeparture to  Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town with its famous Medieval Quarter. Continue to Madrid. END OF OUR SERVICE.

$116.56 Day Trips & Excursions

Coimbra and Tomar Day Trip from Lisbon

You'll leave the magnificent and sunny Lisbon and head to the city of Coimbra, with narrow streets, patios, stairways and medieval arches, Coimbra bathed by the Mondego river was the cradle of birth of six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty. In Coimbra, clear emphasis on its famous University connoted as the first University in the country and one of the oldest in the world and the first registration as a university in 1290. On your visit to the University, you will see the Palace of the schools, the rich library Joanina, the room of Capelos, Examinations room and the weapons room located along the tower where you find the best “balcony” over the Mondego river. Coimbra is a complete city as it adds the old and the modern the opposite of youth culture, religion and sport in Coimbra, lacks nothing or almost nothing, this city has a rich historical, architectural and cultural to it, are a precious collection of common Humanity, now recognized by UNESCO. You will have free time for lunch in Coimbra. (1-hour) After walking in Coimbra, you will continue towards Tomar, land of the Templars who formed a praetorian reinforcement helping the Christian army at the time of D. Afonso Henriques because it is at the epicenter of the war served as the backdrop to the many battles that were fought where the force of arms and faith were measured. Today, Tomar is part of the rich mosaic of history of Portugal which is represented in their convents, churches, castle, Covento and even the amazing synagogue we will have to visit opportunity. In Tomar, you also will visit a winery and enjoy do a taste of wine.The following monuments will be visited along the way: In Coimbra: Coimbra University – Palace of schools – Hall of Capelos – Exams Room - room Weapons – Baroque Library – University Tower – Old Cathedral – New Cathedral – Riverside area – Church of Santa Cruz – Santa Clara Convent Old. In Tomar: historic center of Tomar – Convent of Christ – the Templar Castle – Church St. John the Baptist – Church of Santa Maria do Olival – Aqueduct.

$142.72 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Tour of Aveiro and Coimbra

Be picked up from your Oporto hotel in the morning and through the salt fields and the fishing port, from where the brave men left for cod fishing in distant seas of Norway, you will arrive at Costa Nova, with houses full of color and beauty involved in a natural landscape, and the nearby city of Aveiro.In the afternoon, you will go further south between the sound of guitars and the traditional student capes where you will visit Coimbra, the city that was once the nation's capital and home of one of the oldest universities in the world. In a walking tour by its narrow streets hide the love stories of thousands of students who passed by the University. Among aqueducts and gardens, convents and monasteries, Coimbra delights  in all aspects and you will visit the major sights with time for amazing photos.Visit downtown Aveiro, get a panoramic view to Costa Nova, then head to Coimbra and have some free time for lunch (at own expense). See the University of Coimbra, visit to the cathedral, and visit to the Historical Center before heading back to your hotel.

$65.41 Day Trips & Excursions

Coimbra and Buçaco Full Day Private Tour from Porto

With your hotel as the starting point, your private driver takes you to the Palácio do Buçaco. Considered the last legacy of the kings of Portugal, is located in the Bussaco National Forest and is a charm of nature. Wrapped in beautiful gardens, has neo-Manueline features and is decorated by tile panels, frescoes and paintings depicting the Discovery Ages. Next we head to Coimbra, the city of students, with the oldest university in the country (twelfth century), and one of the oldest in the world. Enjoy visiting the Baroque library with a collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts from all over the country. We propose one of the downtown taverns to have lunch where you can find the most delicious snacks in the city. In the afternoon you will get to know the Old Cathedral, of Romanesque architecture. Across the river we recommend a visit to the Convent of Santa Clara and the Quinta das Lágrimas, a place that witnessed the love of King Pedro and his beloved D.Inês. Make sure to explore "Portugal for the Little Ones", a theme park featuring the major monuments and Portuguese houses in reduced size. The Mondego River and the Choupal National Forest are great spots for a relaxing evening. We return to Porto assured that you had an unforgettable day in the City of Love.

$130.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fátima and Coimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Porto

The tour will start with a visit to Fátima, one of the most esteemed religious centers in the world and a highly sought-after tourist destination in Portugal.Every year, thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit the Sanctuary of Fátima, especially during the days of pilgrimage on the 13th of May and October. Upon arrival at our destination, you will visit the imposing neoclassical basilica that rises at the Shrine of Fátima and the Chapel of Apparitions. During your tour, you will have approximately one hour of free time to get lunch (at own expense). After the visit in Fatima, we will pass by the small village where the three shepherds lived, Aljustrel. "Pastorinhos de Fatima", also known as The Three Shepherds, is the name given to the three Portuguese children who claimed to have witnessed the apparitions of the Angel of Portugal (or of Peace) and of the Virgin Mary that took place in Fatima between 1916 and 1917. After Fátima, you'll continue along the road to Coimbra, home to the oldest university in Portugal and other monuments and historical treasures. The tour will come to an end when you are returned to your hotel.Main Attractions:Fátima: Fátima Shrine Basilica of the Holy Trinty Chapel of the Apparitions Free time for lunch Free time for religious activities Coimbra: Coimbra Historical Center University of Coimbra Cathedral of Coimbra