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From Porto: Guimarães and Braga Tour with Monuments Entry

Product ID: 35586
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.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese

Pickup included

At your accommodation in central Porto.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
  • Explore the Braga Cathedral on an exclusive guided visit
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 pick-up and drop off
  • Exclusive Guided visit to Braga Cathedral
  • Entry ticket to Guimarães Castle
  • Entry Ticket to the Ducal Palace
  • Entry Ticket to Bom Jesus do Monte
  • Traditional Portuguese lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 141 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Superb guide, superb day, thank you Cool Tours

We had the most amazing day with a totally excellent guide who was so knowledgable and friendly, we wanted for nothing. We had a lovely meal in a restaurant in Braga and our guide explained what all the local food was. We loved both Braga and Guimaeres and had plenty of time to enjoy both. The whole day was just so enjoyable and so much to see in both towns. Can thoroughly recommend this tour company, don't hesitate to book with them, You will not be disappointed.

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March 31, 2019

I enjoyed my trip to Braga and Guimaraes very much! Our tour guide, Violet, was very friendly and knowledgeable on the history of each area. She answered our questions in detail and made our tour go smoothly. We visited the city of Braga first And saw their beautiful Cathedral and then went to Bom Jesus do Monte, which was lovely. After breaking for a traditional Portuguese lunch. We then spent the afternoon in Guimaraes. We walked thru the town and stopped at the castle , church and a royal residence, among other sites. The day was very enjoyable! I highly recommend this tour!

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May 11, 2018

the most perfect guide ever

I totally enjoyed this tour: our guide Violeta was terrific, always willing to deliver the best possible experience for all the participants, although the age range was from 26 to 60. Furthermore, beside bringing us to have a very comfy and traditional lunch, she kept high our enthusiasm by guiding us through Braga's and Guimarães' history, highlight those little facts and curiosities you will hardly find out in a different manner. Therefore, I totally recommend this tour.

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May 9, 2018

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Product ID: 35586