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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.

Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

5. 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.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour

6. 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.

Half-Day Braga City Tour

7. Half-Day Braga City Tour

You will get picked up at your hotel in the morning and ride in an air conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga), the ancient roman city. Begin your visit in the sanctuary of Bom Jesus and prepare yourself to get there in a water-powered funicular (included) built in 1882. From the top of the hill be dazzled with the spectacular belvedere with the entire city below. Reaching the historical center of Braga, it's time to do a small walking tour to get to know the city better. In the outside of the old medieval Wall, visit the church of Congregados and then head  towards the most imposing monument, the Sé Cathedral built in Romanesque style with finishings in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops, it's cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Visit the old castle tower or the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is located. The visit ends at the prestigious Astoria Café, one of the most beautiful and old cafes in the city. Here you can still get a glimpse of part of the old Wall. After a half day strolling around Braga, relax and enjoy your journey back to Porto.

Braga: 4–Hour Walking Tour

8. Braga: 4–Hour Walking Tour

In half a day, get to know the essential Braga. Explore the Bracara Augusta the Romans founded in 16 A.D., discovering all the markings of the 2000 years of history. Get to know museums and monuments, façades that register the city's evolution, squares that set the pace of the dwellers of one of the most dynamic cities of Europe. Wander inside the medieval streets of the city centre and discover its unique details. Hear the stories and curiosities that made Braga such a unique city and disocver how and where to eat like a local so you can fully enjoy this city.

Braga: Full-Day Historical Tour with Transport

9. Braga: Full-Day Historical Tour with Transport

This millennial city carries remains from the Neolithic era, and has been in non–stop use since the Iron Age and gained greater importance when the Romans founded it, in 16 B.C. Discover the different layers of the ever–present history and how it all fits into one of the cities in Europe with the youngest population and innovative new businesses. Head through medieval streets that open up to renaissance squares, and enjoy baroque façades next to contemporary buildings. You will, of course, taste some of Braga's best traditional delicacies, then move on to the outskirts for a visit to impressive monuments including Bom Jesus.

Braga: Roman Heritage City Exploration Game

10. Braga: Roman Heritage City Exploration Game

Explore Braga and its history and Roman heritage during an exciting city exploration game, all using an app on your phone. Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “The year is 311. Turbulent times cast a shadow on the Roman Empire since the death of Constantius. The empire is divided as three men claim to be the rightful emperor, but only one can succeed...” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at Balneário Pré-Romano de Bracara. It will take you around 1 to 1,5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Largo Paulo Orósio. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 188 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.

Very pleasant and informative tour. Knowledgeable and engaging guides. Comfortable pace, convenient transportation, good lunch, etc. A day well spent!

Carla was wonderful. she grew up in Braga and really knew the history. The tour is a must when you come to Braga.