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Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

4.7 / 5

15 reviews

Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

From $52.59 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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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 or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • 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
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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

4.7 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Very good half-day tour to Guimaraes, our guide Hugo knew how to liven up the trip very well with a lot of interesting information, which made the 40-minute journey more enjoyable. Once there, a visit to the castle and a very well explained walking tour of the old town and we even had free time to lose ourselves in the alleys at our own pace. Worth.

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August 22, 2020

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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August 25, 2019

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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July 5, 2021

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