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Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

Product ID: 56042
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Learn more about North of Portugal, represented in its most iconic cities, Braga with Roman origins and also Guimarães, the birthplace of the nation!
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese

Pick-up service

Hotels in the historic centers of Porto/Gaia. If airbnb's are not in a central street, pick-up is in a nearby central street.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy amazing city views from Bom Jesus
  • Be led by an art historian guide
  • Get to know Portugal's history
Full description
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 visit at the prestigious Astoria Café, one of the most beautiful and old of the city. Here you can glimpse part of the old Wall.

Towards Guimarães, its time to have some lunch! After tasting the local delicacies, it is time to visit Guimarães. In this walking tour through the historic center, you first visit the castle, but first a brief visit to the Romanesque church of St. Miguel, where was baptized the first king. A little further down you'll visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional visit), an imposing building built in the fifteenth century to house the Royal family. In this museum space you can see much of the furniture, weapons or tapestries and crockery sources as diverse as the number of sites visited in the maritime expeditions.

But there's still so much more to discover in your way to the historical center in the lower part of town. Get to know the beautiful narrow streets heading to Padrão do Salado and to the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church then to immediately descend into the outskirts of the ancient city where the weekly fair happens, today Toural Square to sample the sweets, convent specialties in a typical pastry shop if you feel like indulge in the traditional pastry.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport in air-condition minivan
  • Walking tour of Braga and Guimarães historical center
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to Bom Jesus Funicular, Guimarães Castle and Braga's Cathedral
What’s Not Included
  • Entrances fees

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.