Day trip

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Cooltour Oporto

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Cooltour Oporto
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From US$ 94.88 per person

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Enjoy a full-day tour from Porto that will take you to the birthplace of Portugal: Guimarães and Braga. Explore the medieval atmosphere of Guimarães and the Cathedral of Braga before discovering the flavours of Portuguese gastronomy.

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
At your accommodation in central Porto.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the medieval atmosphere of Guimarães
  • Visit the majestic Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
  • Take in the beautiful views and history behind the beautiful cathedral of Braga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch
  • Visit Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Full-day tour with guide
  • Transfers by bus/minivan
  • Hotel pickup
  • Drop off at two drop off points (Trindade station or Bolsa Palace)
  • Exclusive guided visit to Braga Cathedral
  • Exclusive guided visit to Guimarães Castle
  • Exclusive guided visit to the Ducal Palace
  • Entry ticket to the Ducal Palace
  • Entry ticket to the Guimarães Castle
  • Entry ticket to the Sé Cathedral of Braga
  • Traditional Portuguese lunch
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    What to bring

    • Face mask or protective covering

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 188 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    We loved Braga. Guimaraes was very nice but Braga spectacular. Our guide, Sergio, was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get him as our guide on another trip as well. He’s energetic, thoughtful, so knowledgeable and funny. The restaurant we ate at was very good with outstanding staff. All in all, a great tour.

    October 23, 2022

    We had a great trip. Joao Brandao is a great guide very knoledgable and he enriched us with a lot of historic knoledge and also talked about Portugal and living there. The restaurant we went to wasn't good and I would rather not go than eat bad food. I would do less time in the cathedral of Braga and more talking about sites in the city center.

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    October 2, 2022

    We were picked up at our hotel by Rodrigo Costas. As we drove to Braga and Guimares, he shared the fascinating story of Portugal. He was incredibly informative, attentive and helpful. He made the entire day a total pleasure. The authentic Portuguese lunch was amazing! And we were able to try green wine. One of the best parts was it was a small group. We highly recommend using this company and their knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guides.

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    September 13, 2022

    Product ID: 35586