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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.

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Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

2. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days with one hop-on hop-off bus, tramcar, and cable car ticket. Discover the history of the city from its old monuments such as the Cathedral and Carmo Church, to cultural offerings such as Serralves and Casa da Música. With your cable car ticket, travel to the top of Guidais or Virtudes and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. You could hop off at any of the city's best dining spots and try the famous Francesinha in Ribeira or seafood specialties in Matosinhos. On the bus, learn all about Porto's history and culture from the built-in audio guide system. Your ticket also includes entry to Quinta da Boeira where you can enjoy a port wine tasting and learn all about the history of Porto's wine culture.

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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. 

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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.

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Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

5. Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

Portugal and Spain are well represented on this excursion to Santiago. The pickups are made between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and, after this, the adventure will start. First, you discover the Capital of Galicia - a very special place. Santiago de Compostela is visited by millions of people, many of them pilgrims arriving through the Camino de Santiago. A center of the Catholic faith, it is considered a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. When all the group agrees, you will have some free time so that you can have lunch and enjoy the local gastronomy. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you can find the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia and the historically rich center of the city.

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Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

6. 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.

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The Surf 'N' Food Porto Bike Tour

7. The Surf 'N' Food Porto Bike Tour

From the city center, take a bicycle, and conducted by your local guide, enjoy the cycle paths of Porto along the river until you reach the beach. Discover a mix of vibrant neighborhoods and dramatic landscapes on this eco-friendly bike ride to the beaches of Porto. Get to know the banks of the Douro, where circulates the famous tram No. 1, and an eclectic variety of shops and cafes that populate all the beaches of Foz. Cycle through the most beautiful parks of the city, and be in contact with nature. Exchange your bike over a surfboard to explore the Atlantic waters along the coast. Surfing the sea, the waves are not too big or too small, which makes it possible to have a nice surf session for everyone. Enjoy an incredible surf session including all the equipment you need such as surfboard, wetsuit and the instructor, of course. To recover forces, delight yourself with a one-off lunch - a gourmet sandwich, or "Soundwich" that comes in a box accompanied with music. On the terrace of a country house in City Park, one of the jewels of the city, savor one of 7 of these delicious soundwiches, or 7 salads, designed by 7 of the most respected chefs of Invicta, accompanied by a refreshing lemonade or beer. This tour is absolutely perfect for those who want to know a different Porto, and have the opportunity to surf on the Atlantic coast. Lunch at City Park is the icing on the cake! Itinerary: District of Miragaia Arrábida bridge Cantareira Garden Passeio Alegre Digue of Foz do Douro Beaches of Foz Beach of Matosinhos Surfing session City Park Original meal on the City Park Park of Pasteleira Calem Garden / bird watching District of Miragaia Lunch Menu: Sandwish or Salad Soup Lemonade or Beer Coffee

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

8. From Oporto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Travel back in time to discover 2 of the oldest cities in Portugal and see historic monuments existing side by side with modern-day life. Choose a guided public or private tour according to your preferences. Following pick-up from your hotel in Oporto, begin the day by visiting Braga, nicknamed the "Rome of Portugal" for its rich culture and traditions. See the emblematic squares and churches of Portugal's oldest city, along with monuments such as the Sé Cathedral, Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Sameiro Sanctuary. After visiting the monuments in Braga, delight yourself with the delicious dishes of Portugal in a typical restaurant of the city of Braga (The guide will inform you about the dishes available on the day of the visit) Then travel to the medieval city of Guimarães, considered the "Cradle of Portugal." Walk the streets of the historic district and visit the main attractions and monuments, such as the Palace of the Dukes, Guimarães Castle and S. Miguel Chapel.

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Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

9. 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.

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From Porto: Coimbra & Buçaco Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Porto: Coimbra & Buçaco Full-Day Private Tour

With your hotel as the starting point, your private driver will take you to Palácio do Buçaco. Considered the last legacy of the kings of Portugal, it is a charm of nature located in the Bussaco National Forest surrounded by beautiful gardens with Neo-Manueline features decorated by tile panels, frescoes, and paintings depicting the Age of Discovery. Next, head to Coimbra, the city of students, with the oldest university in the country (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Enjoy visiting the Baroque library with a collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts from all over the country. A downtown tavern will be suggested for lunch where you can find some of the most delicious snacks in the city. In the afternoon, see the Romanesque architecture of the old cathedral. Across the river, visit the Convent of Santa Clara and the Quinta das Lágrimas, a place that witnessed the love of King Pedro and his beloved D.Inês. Make sure to explore Portugal for the Little Ones, a theme park featuring the major monuments and Portuguese houses in miniature. The Mondego River and the Choupal National Forest are both great spots for a relaxing evening. Return to Porto after an unforgettable day in the City of Love.

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What people are saying about Porto District

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 299 reviews

What an amazing day we had. We had this tour with tour guide Tiago( sorry if I spelled name wrong). So much history, fun stories Tiago told us during the tour. Very tasty lunch was provided during the day. Tiago is vey knowledgeable and intelligent person. Answered to all our questions. I really recommend to book this tour if you see available days without any doubts. Good service was provided from picking up us from hotel to the end of the day. Well done!!! Thank you Tiago for wonderful day in your beautiful city!!!

The tour was pleasant and we had an amazing time exploring all the fascinating historical places, and what made it even better, is our guide Emmanuel. He was very knowledgeable, super friendly, and patiently answered all of our questions.

We had a lovely trip with our two guides Tiago & Patricia. They were very nice, helpful and informative, we give them a rating of 5 stars. We were so impressive when we visited Braga & Guimaraes. Lovely places with rich history.

Diego was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. The sights were absolutely amazing. Lunch was very good and we learnt about our small group of travelers a bit. We will highly recommend this tour! Highly!

It was a good experience with a good guide (thanks Philip!) The lunch was worth it and was a good meal. I enjoyed the small group and getting to know other travelers.