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From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Porto to the cities of Braga and Guimarães on this guided tour. Savor an authentic Portuguese lunch. Get exclusive access to part of Braga Cathedral and stay hydrated on your trip with the included bottled water.  Starts with pickup your hotel or accommodation and relax with your group on the drive in a climate controlled van. Arriving in Braga, we will start by visiting the Bom Jesus Sanctuary and contemplating its magnificent staircase to the top of the church. After a top view of the city, visit the oldest cathedral in the country where you will have exclusive access to the chapel's and high choir. Sit down to a delicious, traditional Portuguese lunch at a restaurant where you can taste the famed "Vinho Verde" that is produced in the region. During the afternoon visit Guimarães. Have time for a calm walk on foot through the medieval city before entering in the Guimarães Castle where the kingdom of Portugal was born.  Continue to the Palace of the Dukes to be dazzled by the luxuries of royalty from other times. A whole history of Portugal will be told by your local guides along the way. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour. 

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

2. Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

The tour starts with a visit to the birthplace of the Portuguese nation – the city of Guimarães. This was the first city of Portugal chosen by the first king, Afonso Henriques. Known as the cradle of Portugal, Guimarães has preserved a medieval atmosphere at its core and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop takes place in the northern part of the city with a visit to the imposing 10th century castle and the majestic Dukes of Bragança Palace. Afterward the historical Santa Maria Road leads you to the charming square in the heart of the old town, Largo da Oliveira. After a relaxing lunch break in Guimarães that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of the north of Portugal, it will be time to continue towards Braga, the oldest religious capital of Portugal. Known to the Romans as Bracara Augusta, for centuries Braga has been and archiepiscopal seat and pilgrimage site. Your first stop is Sé, the 12th century cathedral built by Henri de Bourgogne and Dona Teresa. Then you will head to Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site. The 581 steps that the pilgrims climb up to the top of Bom Jesus are one of the most glorious stairways in Portugal. After a visit to these landmarks of faith in the country you head back to Porto.

Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

3. Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

Your premium day tour of Braga and Guimarães begins with a pickup in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle by your certified guide. You will be led through the streets of Braga, to the busy commercial street of Souto. Along the way, you'll have the chance to gaze at the city's exquisite Baroque facades as well as its beautiful gardens, including the Santa Bárbara Garden. Visit Braga's cathedral, the Sanctuary of Sameiro, and the UNESCO Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, a Baroque masterpiece and a famous pilgrimage site. Afterward, pause and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  Visit the medieval city of Guimarães where your friendly guide will lead you through the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Listen as they recount historical events from Portugal's past, including the history of the country's independence. Continue the tour by discovering the medieval streets and churches of the city. Before finishing the tour, you will also have time to explore the traditional commercial area of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

Full-Day Tour to Guimarães and Braga from Porto

4. Full-Day Tour to Guimarães and Braga from Porto

Leave the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day for a trip to Guimarães, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity site for its historic significance as the place where Portugal was born. Upon arrival in Guimarães you will have some free time to explore the city center and enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant.  Continue to the Dukes of Bragança Palace, known as a Potuguese National Monument for its fabulous façade and wonderful interior. You will also go to Guimarães Castle, where you can climb the tower for panoramic views of the city. End with a stop in Braga and discover one of the most beautiful cities in northern Portugal at sites such as the Sé Church and Sanctuaries of Sameiro and Bom Jesus.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 287 reviews

the day was well organised with pickup taking place on time. The guide Sergio , was friendly and knowledgeable. Travelling with a small group is the best way to your, money well spent. I was kept in the loop at all times and knew exactly what to expect.

Rodrigo was amazing. Best tour and great kind. Speaks English perfectly and made sure we enjoyed the tour. He’s a real asset to the tour company. We have done many tours in Porto and his was the best.

Maria is an excellent tour guide, professional, knowledgeable and thoughtful. We are lucky to have her as our guide. Highly recommend!

Our tour guide was Rodrigo. The tour was very informative and he did an amazing job answering all our questions. Highly recommend!

We were 5 in our group. Excellent knowledgeable tour guide. Fabulous delicious lunch. Wonderful tour. Highly recommend.