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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.

Full-Day Tour to Guimarães and Braga from Porto

6. Full-Day Tour to Guimarães and Braga from Porto

Leave the hustle and bustle of Porto for the day for a trip to Guimarães, classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity site for its historic significance as the place where Portugal was born. Upon arrival in Guimarães you will have some free time to explore the city center and enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant.  Continue to the Dukes of Bragança Palace, known as a Potuguese National Monument for its fabulous façade and wonderful interior. You will also go to Guimarães Castle, where you can climb the tower for panoramic views of the city. End with a stop in Braga and discover one of the most beautiful cities in northern Portugal at sites such as the Sé Church and Sanctuaries of Sameiro and Bom Jesus.

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

7. 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.

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.

Guimarães and Braga Private Tour

9. Guimarães and Braga Private Tour

Take a private tour and discover these 2 impressive cities. Your tour starts in Guimarães, where Portugal was born, with a visit to Castelo de Guimarães where everything started and from where Don Afonso Henriques (Portugal's 1st King) governed the kingdom. During the morning you will discover narrow and medieval streets where the king and nobles used to wander, important squares where important battles took place and many other historic sites. Not far away from Guimarães (a couple kilometers) you will reach Braga, founded by the Romans around 2000 years ago, and named Bracara Augusta. You will discover the historic city center, churches, beautiful architecture and understand why the history of the city is often confused with that of a bishop. Like many other Portuguese cities Braga mixes tradition, history and modernity with important universities and technology centers. Those two unique cities know how to blend, in the best way possible, history and heritage with the dynamism and entrepreneurship that characterize modern cities. This tour can be tailored according to your desires and time available.

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4.8 / 5

based on 841 reviews

It was the deliciously chill yet exuberant and enlightening day I needed. My guide was Antonio “TONY” Brãs. Smart, knowledgeable and very friendly. Just right for this trip. Thankfully not one of those loud and brash guides. He gave us free time, but kept us in schedule. Lunch was DELICIOUS. Grilled fish with veggies and white wine. The drive was smooth. I could have done a longer tour with my group. We had drinks afterwards. It was sooo nice.

It was a fantastic tour led by Pedro, very informative and covered a lot of history in both cities. Pedro is a great guide, a sense of humour and an absolute wealth of knowledge on Portuguese history and of all the sites we visited

Francisco was an excellent guide! He had a lot of knowledge about the cities, and the walking tours were filled with engaging stories about the history. He kept things fun, light, and enjoyable!

Tiago was an EXCELLENT host, great sites to admire, he's very knowledgeable & helpful--great time for some shopping, snacks & lunch was delicious!!!

It is a long day, but full of information and beauty. The church in Braga Olin one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!