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  • Braga and Guimarães Full Day from Porto with Lunch

    1. Braga and Guimarães Full Day from Porto with Lunch

    Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Portugal, as well as being one of the richest regions in history. Explore the area and visit the cities of Guimarães and Braga on a full-day trip from Porto. Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal and of the first Portuguese king. See the medieval castle of Guimarães and spend some time in the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães are so well-preserved that it is easy to imagine the past. Go on to spend the afternoon in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. After lunch in a typical restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. You will also see 2 important sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

    Great tour with an excellent guide. Braga and Guimarães are really nice places and full of interesting history. Many thanks to our guide Silvia who made this day tour just perfect. She’s knowledgeable and described with detail all the places that we visited. She was also very accommodating and answered all of our queries.

  • Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

    2. Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

    Be collected at your accommodation in the city of Porto and set out to discover northern Portugal. Arrive in Guimarães for a calm walk through the medieval city and enter the Castle, which is known as the birth of the kingdom of Portugal.  Then, visit the Palace of the Dukes and be dazzled by the luxuries of royalty throughout the centuries. Your local guide will tell you the whole history of Portugal. A delicious traditional Portuguese lunch will be served in a restaurant where you can taste the famous Vinho Verde, which is produced in the region.  Travel to the city of Braga, known as the city of the Archbishops. Visit the historical center and the interior of the Cathedral. Go to the top of the mountain and visit the most magnificent Sanctuary in Portugal, Bom Jesus do Monte. 

    Hugo was a kind, knowledgeable and organized guide. The cities and sites chosen were beautiful and interesting. Highly recommended.

  • Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

    3. 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 archiepisc...

    A very well-planned trip hat shows you the richness and beauty of the culture in Braga-Guimaraes and the the surrounding areas.

  • Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    4. Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    Relax with a pickup from your accommodation. Take in the beautiful scenery on the 1.5 hour trip into the Douro Valley. Learn about the winemaking techniques that have grown with the local communities over the centuries.  Enjoy a morning tasting of Doc and Port wines from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional lunch, celebrating the regional produce and pallet. Afterwards, take a 1-hour boat ride, and admire the surrounding landscapes. Relax by the river with a regionally-flavored cocktail, before returning back to your accommodation.

    João is an exceptional tour guide. He has a deep knowledge of subject matter for his tours; food, history, culture, You ask a question and get ready for a very interesting and factual explanation. I highly recommend any of his excursionS and plan to use him again

  • Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

    5. Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

    Your friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to historic Guimarães, a 50-minute ride away. Guimarães became known as the nation’s birthplace after Portugal’s first king named it the capital in 1128. Learn about this and more ancient Portuguese history while exploring the renowned city center.  During your exploration, stop in at the 10th-century Guimarães Castle (admission included) before continuing to the Romanesque church of St Miguel. While here, visit the baptismal site of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. Stroll over to the stately Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional), built in the fifteenth century to house the royal family. Make your way toward the charming lower city to discover what earned this area of Guimarães its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Meander through a sinuous maze of narrow streets, flanked by old houses decorated with s...

    Our guide, Hugo is very knowledgeable. He shared with us the historical info of Guimaraes etc and walked through the sites with us. He’s patient and at times humorous with my kids.

  • Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

    6. 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...

  • From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    7. From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Depart from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia to see medieval Guimarães and historic center. Guimarães, the so–called Cradle of Portugal is one of the most important Portuguese historical cities, and a historic center considered a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. Spend a beautiful morning in a beautiful place. After lunch, explore historic Braga and the old Cathedral of Sé. Visit the nearby Bom Jesus Sanctuary and experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. After visiting Rome, Archbishop Diogo de Sousa drew a city where the squares and churches were abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

    Superb tour. Milena is a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable on the history of Portugal as well as stories on traditions and popular legends. A real pleadure to spend the day with her. Wish our next tours were with her. Also, daytrip from Porto to Braga and Guinaraes is a must, if you have the time.

  • Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

    8. Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

    You will be picked you up at your hotel in the morning and follow in a air-conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga). In Braga will begin the visit to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus where you will get there in a water-powered funicular built in 1882. From the top of the hill you will sight the entire city to where you will continue soon after. Reaching the center of Braga, still on the outside of the old medieval wall where you will visit the church of Congregados and then continue towards its most imposing monument, the Sé cathedral (optional visit) built in Romanesque style with finishing in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops its cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Still you will remain some churches to visit, so the old castle tower or a the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is. You will end the vis...

    George was very knowledgeable on the history of Portugal and the Braga. Guimaraes area. He also knew much about the Roman occupation and governance. Braga is a beautiful city. The Bom Jesus church is stunning. I would have loved to spend more time there and less free time wondering the town. This being said we had a treat it was Braga Roman week. A period in which the Roman roots of the town were celebrated. Lunch was unique as it was in the festival. Boy were we stuffed! Thank you for your knowledge George.

  • Guimarães: Half-Day Private Tour from Porto

    9. Guimarães: Half-Day Private Tour from Porto

    Experience the charm and unique personality of Guimarães on a half-day tour. This birthplace of Portugal harmoniously combines the past with the present and has been widely recognized for this ability. In 2012 Guimarães was named a European Capital of Culture, and in 2013 it was chosen European City of Sport. The tour begins at the medieval castle, where a mother and her son waged a battle over the creation of the Portuguese nation. Behind the Castle you will find a small church, where it is believed that the first king of Portugal was baptized. Continue on to the city center, which has been listed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães have been so well preserved that you will feel like you have stepped into another era. Discover the magnificent architecture of the Church of São Miguel do Castelo, Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, an...

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What people are saying about Guimaraes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 255 reviews

Great tour with an excellent guide. Braga and Guimarães are really nice places and full of interesting history. Many thanks to our guide Silvia who made this day tour just perfect. She’s knowledgeable and described with detail all the places that we visited. She was also very accommodating and answered all of our queries.

Patricia was our excellent tour guide. She drove very well, she explained a lot about Portugese history and the cities we visited. We we with 5 American tourists and Patricia could speak good english. I recommend this very interesting tour. Thank you Patricia and Get your Guide

Francesco was a perfect tour guide - he was not only very friendly and helpful tour guide, but also knew relatively every interesting and / or funny detail about the places visited. We can absolutely recommend the tour !!

Hugo was a kind, knowledgeable and organized guide. The cities and sites chosen were beautiful and interesting. Highly recommended.

Very nice cities. A guide takes you through the most characteristic areas. It's worth it. The great guide (Joao).