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

1. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour 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.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

2. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, and then discover the "Cradle of Portugal" on a day trip to Guimarães and Braga. Upon arrival in Guimarães, visit the birthplace of Portugal's first king at the medieval Castle of Guimarães. See the Chapel of St. Michael where he was baptized, and discover the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Continue to the Church of Our Lady of Consolation (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira) and the Holy Steps. Then, discover a favorite meeting point for several generations in Guimarães on Praça da Oliveira. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the historic center, including the beautiful Town Hall. Venture down one of the oldest streets of Guimarães on Rua de Santa Maria, and contemplate the Convent of Santa Clara before you take a break for lunch and soak up the city's youthful vibe on Praça de Santiago. Continue in the afternoon at the old city of Braga. Visit Praça da República, admire the unique façade of the Igreja dos Congregados, discover the House of Riddles and the famous A Brasileira café. Go to the fortified tower of the Torre de Menagem and see the 18th-century fountain of the Largo do Paço. Admire the cathedral that survived many earthquakes to emerge as one of Portugal's most important monuments. Then, head to Monte do Bom Jesus, 6 kilometers from the city center, and see the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga to experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. Depart Braga as the sun begins to set, and return to Porto to get dropped off at your hotel.

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

3. 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. 

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

4. 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 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.

Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

5. Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

Take an amazing tour through the history of Portugal on a private tour of Braga and Guimarães, with round-trip transportation from Porto. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort to one of the oldest cities, known as Bracara Augusta during the Roman Empire when it was the capital of the province of Gallaecia. See landmark monuments, such as the Sé Cathedral and sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. Marvel at the grandeur of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro as you make your way to the medieval city of Guimarães, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval architecture. Walk the streets of the historic center to see sights such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle, built in the 10th century as a defense against the Moors. See the medieval Church of São Miguel do Castelo before getting dropped off at your accommodation in Porto.

Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

6. Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

During this tuk tuk ride you will be taken through the most important historical and architectural points of the city center of Braga to understand the importance and extensive history of the city. Within the maze of narrow streets, Gothic churches back onto modern shopping streets and grand baroque buildings surround peaceful plazas. Braga is the perfect place for history and culture, being home to numerous monuments and attractions, including one of the finest monuments in Northern Portugal, the Bom Jesus do Monte church, a must-do for any trip to Braga. Some of the other sights covered by this tour are the Holy Cross Church, Pius XII Museum, Roman Thermae of Maximinus, Roman ruins of Carvalheiras, Biscainhos Museum, Carmo Church, Mercado Municipal de Braga, Braga City Hall, and the Public Library of Braga. The number of these places visited will depend on the duration booked.

Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

7. 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 and churches of the city. Before finishing the tour, you will also have time to explore the traditional commercial area of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Guided Tour

8. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Guided Tour

Experience the historical origins of the country of Portugal on this guided day trip from Porto. Explore the sights of Braga and Guimarães alongside a tour guide with entry tickets included. Enjoy panoramic views, medieval sights, famous cathedrals, and more. After leaving Porto, begin your day by exploring the very first Portuguese castle in Guimarães. Walk inside the castle walls and climb its tower. Afterward, visit St. Michael's Chapel where the first King of Portugal was baptized. Then get ready for one of the most impressive palaces in Portugal ─the Duke's Palace. Appreciate the many beautiful rooms filled with stunning furniture, art, and history. Walk down the oldest street of the city to the UNESCO medieval city center where you will be dazzled by centuries-old beauty. Enjoy some free time for lunch and choose from many different options in the medieval city center. In the afternoon, head to Braga – the-2000-year-old-city. Wander around the city center to visit Roman ruins, the main squares, the gardens of Santa Bárbara, and the Arco da Porta Nova, a landmark of Braga. Marvel at the Cathedral in Braga, the oldest monument in Portugal. Visit one of the most beautiful and imposing sanctuaries in the country with amazing views over the city: the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. Finish the day back in Porto.

Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

9. Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, this full-day tour commences with a scenic journey over the border between Portugal and Spain, crossing the magnificent landscape of Minho and winding to Spain's Galicia Province. You will arrive at Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Center famous for its pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James). In Santiago de Compostela you will have the opportunity to visit the gorgeous 11th-century cathedral, dedicated to the apostle James. Should you wish, you will also be able to attend the pilgrim mass. After taking a pause for lunch (not included), you can walk around and explore local shops and arts and crafts stalls. After visiting Santiago, you will begin your journey back home, stopping along the way in the Portuguese fortress city of Valença do Minho. Inside this lovely medieval town, you will venture inside its fortress where you’ll be served a local traditional delicacy, accompanied with a glass of the unique vinho verde.

Minho: Private Braga and Guimarães Tour

10. Minho: Private Braga and Guimarães Tour

Your first stop will be in Braga, a city known by its heritage and religious events as one of the oldest cities in Portugal and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. Being a religious city, it is mandatory to visit the Triangle of Faith Cathedral, and the Sanctuaries of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. Braga's cathedral is characterized by the different architectural styles, including Roman, Manueline and Baroque. It is considered a center of episcopal irradiation, and is one of the most important Romanesque temples in the country. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus is famous for its endless stairs and Baroque details, and above being a religious monument is also a truly romantic and relaxing place complete with stunning views of the city. The Sanctuary of Sameiro is known for being Catholic, but is also very famous for it's architecture. Before you depart to Guimarães, you will take a short break in the historical center of Braga where you can enjoy a tasty and traditional lunch. Guimarães is where the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques, was born. The history of Guimarães is related to the foundation of the national identity and the Portuguese language. Here you can explore the Castle of Guimarães, and observe the imposing statue of D. Afonso Henriques.

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What people are saying about Guimaraes

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 243 reviews

Really a good tour and guide,Fernando,Miguel were good! The tour was well organised and places we visited were good,and had wonderful time! Thankssame as above good town and excellent food in the town and good icecream in gomeraes. Will recommend to friends

With our guide Mino, he made us travel back in time, with a magnificent setting in Braga, and a splendid discovery in Guimaraes. We were amazed all day, rich in emotion. Lunch is very good. 'nod to our guide Mino, very welcoming, friendly. Thank you.

Excursion to do without hesitation. Jorge our guide was perfect and speaks French very well; he was listening to us and present to explain the history of these two cities to us but also knew how to give us free time to discover for ourselves.

Amazing day, intimate and fun. Well spoken guide, great food and a bit of time to explore by yourself - perfect!

Two beautiful cities, beautiful views, a lot of history