Coimbra and Buçaco Private Tour - City, University and Buçaco Mountain

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On the river banks of Mondego, lies the Coimbra city with beautiful monuments, churches, monasteries, gardens, parks and natural reserves.
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...
On the river banks of Mondego, lies the Coimbra city with beautiful monuments, churches, monasteries, gardens, parks and natural reserves.
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 one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the Palace of Buçaco rises majestically at the heart of Buçaco Woods and takes us away into a world of fairy tales full of magnificent fantasy.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary
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Stop At: Porta Ferrea, Rua de Sao Pedro 20, Coimbra 3000-370 Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Via Latina, R. do Norte 37, 3000-295 Coimbra, Portugal

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...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Porta Ferrea, Rua de Sao Pedro 20, Coimbra 3000-370 Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Via Latina, R. do Norte 37, 3000-295 Coimbra, Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-295 Portugal

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].

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Escadas Monumentais, R. Castro Matoso Coimbra University, Coimbra 3000-104 Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chapel of St Michael, Praca Cortes de Coimbra, Coimbra 3040-250 Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Biblioteca Joanina, Praca da Porta Ferrea Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-447 Portugal

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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Prisao Academica, Largo da Porta Ferrea - Foyer da Biblioteca Geral Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3040-202 Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Se Nova Catedral de Coimbra, Largo da Feira dos Estudantes, Coimbra 3600-213 Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), Coimbra Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3001-801 Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sao Sebastiao Aqueduct, Praca Joao Paulo II, Coimbra 3000-227 Portugal

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. Sebastião, with the aim of taking water from the town's high to the hill that lies ahead, (...)

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Torre de Almedina, Arco de Almedina 15 Pátio do Castilho, Coimbra 3004-509 Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Rua do Arco Almedina, R. do Arco Almedina, 3000-179 Coimbra, Portugal

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Igreja de Santa Justa, Ladeira de Santa Justa, Coimbra 3000-182 Portugal

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mata Nacional do Bucaco, R. Porta do Bucaco, Luso 3050-261 Portugal

At the far end of Buçaco Mountain, where the highest range is 547 meters high, you’ll find Buçaco Woods, surrounded by a high wall with eleven entrance doors. Make them your starting point for a stroll through Nature in the region and fall in love with the serene exuberance, almost magical, of Buçaco’s intense green colour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Palace of Bucaco, Bussaco Portugal

Considered one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, the Palace of Buçaco rises majestically at the heart of Buçaco Woods and takes us away into a world of fairy tales full of magnificent fantasy.Designed by stage designer Luigi Manini, this stunning building is a recreation of the famous Manueline architecture, inspired by works such as Belém Tower or Jerónimos Monastery and it recreates their decoration full of details.

Duration: 1 hour

Important Details

Included
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Personal accident and liability insurance.
  • Our chauffeurs have knowledge and ethics required for confidential business matters
  • Our chauffeurs provide a concierge service for any requirements.
  • Gourmet Lunch with wine.
  • Our executive vehicles provide Wi-Fi, bottled water, refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Entry/Admission - Mata Nacional do Bucaco
Not Included
  • Entry/Admission - Biblioteca Joanina
  • Entry/Admission - Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra)
  • Entry/Admission - Torre da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Entry/Admission - Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
  • Entry/Admission - Chapel of St Michael
  • Entry/Admission - Prisao Academica
  • Admission to venues & attractions along the tour route.
  • Gratuities are not included and is left to individual discretion.
  • Entry/Admission - Se Nova Catedral de Coimbra
Departure Point
Praça da Liberdade 19, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Porto Airport, Porto Portugal


Ports

  • Leixões Port


8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Service animals allowed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible for those with limited eye sight.
  • Accessible for those with limited mobility.
  • 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.
  • It's forbidden to smoke, eat or drink any drink other than water inside the vehicle.
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
  • For international guests, please be aware the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years of age.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.