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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.

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

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

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find 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.

From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

3. From Porto: Peneda-Gerês Park 4x4 Tour with Lunch

Explore one of the most unknown treasures in Portugal and discover the nature of Gerês-National Park during a small group tour. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Leave your accommodation in Porto in the morning and travel to the Gerês National Park in an air-conditioned Land Rover. After around 90 minutes, arrive to the heart of Gerês. Imagine fantastic green lagoons where you can swim and relax, hear the sound of the waterfalls and see amazing rainbows. Visit an old village, where you will meet the locals and enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch with local green wine (included). Continue to one of the most beautiful and unknown lagoons in Gerês National Park: the blue lagoon. Explore remote areas of the park and enjoy the breathtaking valley. During your exploration, if you're lucky, you might even see the wild horses (Garranos). End your visit to Gerês at one of the most impressive viewpoints in the region.  After a full day enjoying the best spots of Gerês National Park, relax on the trip back to your Porto accommodation, arriving in the early evening.

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

7. 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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

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.

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 175 reviews

The tour was amazing! We got to see various sights in the national park and our tour guide Miguel was the best. We had a nice traditional lunch in Fafião, an old village in the park, and got to learn about its fascinating history. The lagoons were great to swim in and the whole park is just beautiful. If you plan on visiting Gerês national park, you shouldn’t miss out on this tour.

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!