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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

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. Pass through the scenic Minho region and explore the historical centers of these two cities. Enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch. Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in 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 local restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. 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 with Lunch

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

Explore the cities on Braga and Guimarães on a guided day tour from Porto. Admire the architecture as you take a walking tour in both cities. Learn about the historic importance of both cities, with a traditional Portuguese lunch with Vinho Verde during the day. 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.  Eat a delicious 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. 

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

3. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

5. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

6. Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

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.

From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

7. 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

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

Depart from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia to see medieval Guimarães and 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 were abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

9. Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

Your friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to historic Guimarães, a 50-minute ride away. Guimarães became known as the nation’s birthplace after Portugal’s first king named it the capital in 1128. Learn about this and more ancient Portuguese history while exploring the renowned city center.  During your exploration, stop in at the 10th-century Guimarães Castle (admission included) before continuing to the Romanesque church of St Miguel. While here, visit the baptismal site of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. Stroll over to the stately Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional), built in the fifteenth century to house the royal family. Make your way toward the charming lower city to discover what earned this area of Guimarães its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Meander through a sinuous maze of narrow streets, flanked by old houses decorated with statues. Arrive at the towering Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church, where you can glimpse the ancient Padrão do Salado monument. Then journey to the outskirts of the city to explore Toural Square’s weekly fair. Pick up some goodies before driving back to your hotel.

Porto: Private Braga and Guimaraes Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Guimaraes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 175 reviews

Really nice tour of two important cities, was amazing to see the cultural and religious sights and hear about the history of both places from our tour guide, Nuno. He did a good job of explaining everything in both English and French for us and gave us plenty of free time as well, to explore what we wanted. Traditional Portuguese lunch in Braga was a nice touch.

Martin was very knowledgeable and patient with all our questions . He took the time to explain all the historical sites to us in length and detail ; I learned about Braga , Guimarães and Portugal in general . Thank you for an awesome Tour !

Our guide NUNO was excellent! His memory for historical dates and events was amazing and impressive. He gave us plenty of time at each stop and took us to a great place for lunch. Thanks Nuno. Highly recommended to have Nuno as your guide.

two very interesting cities near Porto to visit, thanks to our guide Daniel for giving us the benefit of his historical knowledge and all his good advice to make the day memorable.

Great tour. Plenty of free time and you see the highlights of both cities. Our guide and driver were great.