Discover the rich history and traditions of Coimbra and its ancient university during this guided tour. Join your dedicated tour guide and walk around the campus of Portugal’s oldest university, visiting the Royal Palace, chapel, the assembly room, and the stunning Joanina Library. Then, venture out to the city to see key landmarks including the cathedral, the Barbican Gate, and the Santa Cruz Monastery.
The University of Coimbra is the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe. Join a former student and explore the grounds of the school, learning about the centuries-old history, traditions, and secrets. Walk around campus and visit St. Michael’s Chapel, the St. Sebastian Aqueduct, and conclude at the stunning Joanina Libary.
Visit remote places up in the mountains outside Coimbra that take a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to reach on this private tour of the schist villages around Lousã Mountain. Drive up into the mountains to see a series of these scenic villages made of shale stone, some of which will involve hiking to reach and passing through forest home to local wildlife. Places on this tour are limited to travelers.
Discover one of Portugal’s largest Roman settlements—and couple visits to ancient ruins with a museum excursion—during this private-half day Conimbriga tour. Choose between morning and afternoon start times, depart from your Coimbra hotel, and travel via private vehicle. You’ll discover Conimbriga’s ruins and famed aqueduct, will visit the PO.RO.S - Portugal Roman Museum in Sicó, and can also explore the Museu Monografico de Conimbriga.
RM Guided Tours Coimbra was born from the idea of transforming visits to the University of Coimbra into a unique experience, transforming the guided tour into a pleasant experience of knowledge and cultural enrichment in an interesting way. Therefore, in our company, we always seek to combine the beautiful history of the University of Coimbra with the present and its customs that permeate our institution to this day. This has all been made possible by the training we have in the areas of history, sociology and tourism. Our employees are former students of the University of Coimbra, which brings great appreciation and knowledge to our services.
If you like the idea of continuing your visit to the city of Coimbra, you can book our other tour, just search Tripdavisor for "Guided tour of the University and city of Coimbra"
When booking a visit with Gonçalo Lopes Walking Tours, you don't need to stand in line to secure your ticket, we always guarantee entry to the Joanina Library. Book the most complete tour of the University of Coimbra and its experiences. Our visits are private, only your group will go with us, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the guide, without fear. Our guides are former students of the University of Coimbra, from areas such as History, Art History and Tourism, with enormous knowledge. They are qualified guides, we have specific guides by language and knowledge of the monuments.
This visit has a considerable demand for people, because they know that it is a unique visit and that they cannot be missed, so we advise you to book as soon as possible, and we will be happy to welcome you soon in our city from Coimbra.
Fátima is widely considered among Portugal’s most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, but visiting independently means missing its spiritual significance. On this tour, begin with a pickup at your Coimbra hotel and explore three of the chapels and basilica around Fátima. Visit Valinhos and the homes of the three shepherds before whom the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, and learn of the sites’ importance to Catholics across the world.
In this tour, we'll discover the Holy City of Fátima and the historical towns of Óbidos, Alcobaça and Batalha, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Batalha and Alcobaça Monasteries, and Nazaré.
We'll start with Fátima, and visit the Sanctuary and the Chapel of Apparitions. We will then meet the Batalha Monastery in all of its glory.
After Batalha, we'll go to Alcobaça, and you'll be in awe with the pure beauty of the city centered Monastery, which in itself houses a beautiful royal love story. With a brief visit, you'll leave Alcobaça with a wide smile (even wider if you taste the pastries!).
This tour wouldn't be complete without gazing at the Sea. We'll go to Nazaré, the famous fishing village that sometimes has 30-meter waves (you might even be lucky enough to see one!). Enjoy the atmosphere present in this wonder of a village!
To top it all off, we'll visit Óbidos and appreciate the historical walls which present breathtaking views! We're sure you'll love it!
Lose yourself in the flavours and sights of the Douro Valley with this private guided tour. Travel to Peso da Régua for port wine tasting and views of the Douo River. Drive along the scenic N-222 road through the valley to Pinhão to see its ornate railways station and take a rabelo boat cruise on the river. Sample some local olive oil and honey with a visit to another winery.
Welcome to Fátima, the holiest city in Portugal. You will be surprised to know that every year millions of people visit there, where in 1917, the Virgin Mary is said to have first appeared to three little shepherd children to deliver them three secrets and perform several miracles. Now that place is known as the Chapel of the Apparitions. Where once sheep used to graze, now there are two huge basilicas on opposite ends. This Portuguese city is a religious complex, which welcomes pilgrims journeying through the Iberian Peninsula every year.
Our local guides are professional, fun and with vast knowledge and general culture, which, in addition to the Templar mythology and history, allow the visitor to customize the visit according to their personal tastes and interests.
World Heritage classified sites in Portugal: Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça!
Also known as the “Templar City”, in Tomar we will unveil the charms of the “Mata dos Sete Montes”, the Castle and Convent of Christ (listed by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1983)! There will also be time for a quick stop so that you can enjoy a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants located in the typical commerce streets on the banks of Nabão River.
In Batalha we will visit the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória (also known as Mosteiro da Batalha, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1983)!
Then we will be visiting Alcobaça and its beautiful Monastery, one of the most imponent testimonies of Circestience architecture in all of Europe (classified by UNESCO since 1989).
This is an exclusive of mine, product of continuous research of GO! Walks Portugal guides and city archaeologists through the years!
During this guided tour I will walk you through the memories of Jewish Coimbra.
The first signs of the Jewish presence in Coimbra date back to the 10th Century, signaled by the transaction of land properties in a nearby village. We know that later, during the rule of D. Afonso Henriques, some guarantees and lands were granted to this community, which expanded through all the Portuguese territory up to the 16th century.
More than just buildings or material testimonies of the Jewish presence, this is a tour about the rich history and culture of this community.
Explore the Portuguese pilgrimage site of Fátima on this half-day tour. After a convenient pickup from your Fátima hotel, visit the Chapel of Apparitions and the basilica where the three children to whom the Holy Lady of Fátima appeared a century ago are buried. Visit their homes in the village of Aljustrel, see the church where they were baptized, and learn their compelling story from an informative local guide.
TRANSFER FROM LISBON TO FÁTIMA
FROM AND TO …AIRPORT, HOTEL OR OTHER DESTINY
We provide ‘Transfers Services’ with comfort, security and free wi-fi from and to the airport, hotel or other destiny, with an experient driver in car or van depending on the number of passengers or extra needs.
Located just north of Coimbra, the 19th-century Buçaco Palace is a beautiful piece of architecture tucked away in the forest of the same name. On this private excursion, take a guided tour of the palace, gardens, and surrounding forest to learn about the history of the neo-Manueline style building.
Discover one of Portugal’s most important religious landmarks (and UNESCO World Heritage sites) on this private tour of the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Meet your guide right outside the landmark (or opt for pickup from your hotel), head right in (tickets own expense), and soak up this 14th-century convent’s spectacular interiors. The landmark was once a stronghold of the Knights Templar, and you’ll learn all about its wealth of history.
Just outside of Coimbra are the schist villages of Lousã, homes made of crystalline stone. On this private tour, visit the villages of Cerdeira, Candal, and Talasnal in just a few hours. Explore each village and admire the shale houses, cork trees, narrow streets, and panoramic views of the Lousã mountains.
Despite the vestiges of human presence dating all the way back to the prehistoric era, it is only during the Medieval Ages that populations started to settle on this territory. From a count of 27 historic villages that make part of the “Schist Villages Network”, our visit will focus mainly on two of them - Candal and Talasnal - which contain constructions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. These are located at the Lousã Mountain, a few kilometers away from the city of Coimbra!
Discover the old capital of Portugal, Coimbra, on a private walking tour around the city. Learn about the rich history of this ancient city as you visit key landmarks such as the University of Coimbra, the New and Old cathedrals, the Monastery of Santa Cruz located in the Moorish part of the city, the old Jewish Quarter, and Santa Clara a Velha convent, where Queen Isabel lived and died.
Bairrada is one of Portugal’s most prestigious wine regions and lies just north of Coimbra. On this tour, learn more about Portuguese wine and Bairrada’s wine-making heritage as you visit one of two wine cellars, and sample the region’s famous sparkling wine. Afterwards, explore the natural landscapes of the Bussaco Forest and perhaps stop at a local restaurant to sample local delicacy, Roasted Piglet (own expense).
Come and discover Coimbra in a different way! We offer a unique experience on a classic car ride.
On this city tour you will have the chance to take a unique tour through the streets of Coimbra and learn about the stories it contains. In addition, you will enjoy the comfort and elegance of our classic car.
Aboard a comfortable 1931 Ford Model A, this tour includes places of historical and cultural value in Coimbra. Thus, you will be able to discover the Lower and Upper parts of the city, also passing by the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest university institutions in the world and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
The Agricultural Colony of Ílhavo located 5 minutes from the center of Aveiro has a stunning landscape with unmissable fauna and flora.
All this immensity allows you to have a feeling of being in a completely stunning and natural place, in the middle of the forest.
The breathtaking views make the tour an incredible experience.
The Roman Empire had a huge weight on our culture and evidence of this can be found all over the Sicó area.
In this adventure we will set out to discover the complex of the Roman ruins of Conímbriga where you can contemplate the architectural capacity of the Roman people and the way they lived.
From here we will head towards another ex-libris of this region, the Buracas do Casmilo, majestic geological formations that were once complex underground caves that are now exposed to the surface.
All this and more is what we will discover in this Adventure…