Private tour

Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

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16 reviews

Activity provider: EFun Tours
Private tour

Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

Activity provider: EFun Tours

From US$ 204.75 per group up to 2

Known as the birthplace of the nation, Guimarães is a fascinating place to visit, with its proud castle and well-preserved medieval quarter.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotels in the historical centers of Porto and Gaia
Private group


  • Visit Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the 10th century Guimarães Castle
  • Learn all about the foundation of Portugal
Full description
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.
  • Professional tour guide
  • Pick-up & drop-off at hotel
  • Transport in air-conditioned minivan
  • Walking tour in the historical center of Guimarães
  • Entrance to Guimarães Castle
  • Entry to Guimarães Castle

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Pickups and drop-offs are only available within the limits of the historical centers of Porto and Gaia; for Airbnbs not located in a central street, the local partner set the pickup in a nearby central street or in Trindade Metro Station
  • Parents should bring a baby car seat adjusted to the infant's age (1 to 3 years old). The local partner only has seats available for children aged 4 years and over
  • The tour can sometimes be done in two languages
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Our guide arrived on time and we were the only 3 people on the tour.. The van was comfortable, but we arrived late due to traffic en route. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable, but in a little bit of a rush since he had a 3PM tour after ours. The sites were ok. I guess my expectations were a little different from reading the description.

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March 26, 2023

Our guide was Joao. The weather was very bad but this didn’t stop them from giving us the best Guimaraes experience. We saw the castle, the city and learnt about the history of Portugal. Everything was perfect and Joao wasn’t only a great guide but also a great adventure friend! 100% recommanded, we are super satisfied and can’t wait for our next trip

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March 26, 2023

Steve haalde ons op bij het hotel en samen gingen we naar Guimarães. We waren de enige die meegingen dus het was een privétour voor mij en mijn partner. Steve liet ons het kasteel zien, maar ook de prachtige stad van Guimarães. Het was absoluut fantastisch om dit te doen en het was het helemaal waard. Een absolute aanrader voor iedereen!

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 151073