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From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

1. From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

From Porto, discover the beauty of one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, on a trip in a comfortable vehicle and private driver. On this trip to Minho you will get to know the best of the cities of Braga and Guimarães, two of the oldest and historical in Portugal and recognized by UNESCO. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • Braga Downtown, Braga Cathedral, Bom Jesus or Sameiro • Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, • Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Guimarães Castle • Arco da Porta Nova e Largo da Nossa Senhora Oliveira Return in comfort to your hotel in Porto after a day that will surely be unforgettable.

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

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

Depart from Porto to see medieval Guimarães and the 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 abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

Porto: Private Braga and Guimaraes Tour

3. Porto: Private Braga and Guimaraes Tour

Your tour will begin with your exploration of the first capital of Portugal, where you will discover the hill where a statue of D. Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal) and Guimaraes Castle, followed by the São Miguel Church and Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Bragança's House Palace). Last but not least, you will take a little time to taste a delicious Santa Clara’s Pastry. Next up, it will be time to visit Braga, a modern city that is full of rich Roman and Medieval history. Commencing in the Cathedral (a monument from the 11th century), one of the main attractions is the cross which was used in the first mass service in Brazil. The Bom Jesus Elevator is the only water powered elevator in use in the world. Its construction is due to an idea by a 19th-century Bracaran businessman, and it was built by two well-known engineers of the time, Nikolaus Riggenbach and Raul Mesnier. Whilst here, you will be taught the mechanics behind this fascinating mechanism. Next you will visit the Bom Jesus Sanctuar, which is composed of a staircase which represents the Via Sacra do Bom Jesus and that goes up to the church. The architectural complex also includes the Bom Jesus Park (a forest area), and some hotels which are surrounded by a lush forest. You will then visit the Braga Cathedral. Even today, you will be able to observe the influences of various periods in time in its walls and facades, and in its predominantly Baroque interior. The main entrance and the side entrance enable the locals to use the cathedral to cut their way through their busy routines, and give the Sé an unusual, almost familiar charm that shows the grandeur of this space. The Cathedral continues to be a great symbol of Braga, surprising those who enter with its ceilings and organs of pipes. After your discovery of the cathedral, you will return to Porto.

Braga and Guimarães: Tour from Porto

4. Braga and Guimarães: Tour from Porto

On this tour visit Braga and Guimarães. Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and extremely rich in culture and tradition. It offers an abundance of old squares and churches all over the city! After unraveling the wonders of Braga, head to the medieval city of Guimarães, which is regarded as "The Cradle of Portugal". Walk through the streets of Old Town, a World Heritage site, and visit the main sights and monuments. In Braga a few of the places you will visit are, the historical center of the city, its cathedral, the Good Jesus Sanctuary and the Sameiro Sanctuary. In Guimarães you will also visit its historical center, the palace of the dukes, the cities castle and the Saint Michael Chapel. On the day of your tour, you will be picked up at your accommodation. During the whole tour, a guide will tell you about the history of the places you are seeing, so you can make the most out of your trip to Portugal! After the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Superb day of excursion with 2 magnificent sites. Sumptuous cathedral of Braga and magnificent staircase leading to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus. In Guimaraes, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza is magnificently furnished, and the Church of Our Lady of the Olive Trees richly decorated.

Guide with a lot of knowledge about the region. Very kind and listens to our questions and responds quickly. He is your competent. The fish meal was special for us who are not used to having a whole fish on the plate.

Sergio was a really helpful guide and my family's day was very nice, with us there was a nice couple from Malta and we had a great time.

Our guide Carlos was very conscientious and very pleasant. To recommend

Excelenteee!! Recomendamos el guía y el servicio 100%