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Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

Palace of the Dukes of Braganza: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Porto to the cities of Braga and Guimarães on this guided tour. Savor an authentic Portuguese lunch. Get exclusive access to part of Braga Cathedral and stay hydrated on your trip with the included bottled water.  Starts with pickup your hotel or accommodation and relax with your group on the drive in a climate controlled van. Arriving in Braga, we will start by visiting the Bom Jesus Sanctuary and contemplating its magnificent staircase to the top of the church. After a top view of the city, visit the oldest cathedral in the country where you will have exclusive access to the chapel's and high choir. Sit down to a delicious, traditional Portuguese lunch at a restaurant where you can taste the famed "Vinho Verde" that is produced in the region. During the afternoon visit Guimarães. Have time for a calm walk on foot through the medieval city before entering in the Guimarães Castle where the kingdom of Portugal was born.  Continue to the Palace of the Dukes to be dazzled by the luxuries of royalty from other times. A whole history of Portugal will be told by your local guides along the way. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour. 

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

2. 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. 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.

From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

3. From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

From Porto, discover the beauty of one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, on a trip in a comfortable vehicle and private driver. On this trip to Minho you will get to know the best of the cities of Braga and Guimarães, two of the oldest and historical in Portugal and recognized by UNESCO. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • Braga Downtown, Braga Cathedral, Bom Jesus or Sameiro • Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, • Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Guimarães Castle • Arco da Porta Nova e Largo da Nossa Senhora Oliveira Return in comfort to your hotel in Porto after a day that will surely be unforgettable. This is a private experience tour. You can adapt the program according to your preferences.

Guimarães Tour(4Hours): From Oporto;City Tour- Half Day Trip

4. Guimarães Tour(4Hours): From Oporto;City Tour- Half Day Trip

World Heritage town. Amazing Old historical Centre. Free time on historical centre.

Porto: Hidden Charms, Guimarães & Braga day tour

5. Porto: Hidden Charms, Guimarães & Braga day tour

Discover Portugal: A Day of Charm and History Get ready for a unique experience that will take you to explore the historic gems of northern Portugal, revealing the rich history and vibrant culture of the country. Embark on your adventure from the heart of Porto, and as you travel through the picturesque Minho Region, savor the scenic views along the way. Your journey will lead you to the magnificent Braga Cathedral, one of Portugal's most notable religious landmarks. This is where spirituality intertwines with remarkable architecture, offering a truly unique and enchanting experience. Wander through its ornate corridors, where the wealth of architectural details will captivate your senses. Next, head to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, a place of pilgrimage and contemplation. The centuries-old steps leading to the church offer breathtaking panoramic views, with each step telling a story that spans through time, connecting faith and history. Continue to the Sanctuary of Sameiro, a haven of tranquility where faith and devotion intertwine with the serenity of the surroundings. This sanctuary is a spiritual retreat, a place where peace and contemplation become an unforgettable experience. Upon arriving in Guimarães, a city that is a historical treasure, your next discovery is the Guimarães Castle. This is the birthplace of the Portuguese nation, and as you explore its imposing walls and towers, you will be transported to the medieval era, living history in every stone. Next, visit the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a striking example of Renaissance architecture. As you step into the sumptuous rooms of the palace, the history of Portugal comes to life in every detail, and the grandeur of the past is palpable. This experience goes beyond a simple tour; it is a journey through Portugal's history, from the spirituality of Braga Cathedral to the grandeur of the sanctuaries and the magnificence of Guimarães' monuments. Book now and treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime, exploring Portugal's heritage in all its glory. Discover Portugal and, in doing so, discover yourself!

Private Tour From Porto: Guimarães and Braga

6. Private Tour From Porto: Guimarães and Braga

Enjoy a full day traveling trough the greener portuguese region of Alto Minho where even the wine is green! We´ll start the tour visiting Guimarães Castle and Palace following to the city center that is amidst the beautifullest Unesco world heritage european medieval cities. Guimarães it´s considered one of the cradle of the portuguese nationality where the first portuguese king was baptized around 1109 ad. Enjoy the feeling of traveling in time while you´ll walk the narrow streets of coblestone surrounded while by some of the oldest and better preserved examples of medieval, renaissance and barroque portuguese archiitecture. From Guimarães we´ll follow to spend the afternoon at Braga. First we´ll visit the Bom Jesus do monte Sanctuary recently declared Unesco site. Wonder about it´s magnificent barroque architecture dedicated to the passion and life of Christ. Experience taking a ride at the first funicular builted in Iberia and actually the oldest in the world still operating hydraulically. Following to Braga for lunch our guide can recomend you some good restaurants, from local food to other tipe of diets like vegan or vegetarian, Braga has a wide range of gastronomical ofer. After lunch you still have time to visit it´s cathedral, the oldest portuguese religious building still operating and where the parents of the first portuguese king are buried. From here we´ll roam over Braga´s crowded old town, with it´s magnificent barroque architecture and brilliant street trade before we get back to Porto.

Private Green Wine Wineries and Unesco Guimarães Tour

7. Private Green Wine Wineries and Unesco Guimarães Tour

Vinho Verde or Green Wine. Most people know it, a lot of them have tried it and everyone loves it. On our daily tours to the Douro Valley we noticed this from our guests who keep asking if we are going to taste Green Wine during that tour. Thinking about them, and about you, we decided to create this experience. We’ll start in the morning with a medium size producer located in a lovely manor house which was built between the 12th and the 18th century. After a tour around the house, your first taste will take place: one “alvarinho” and one white “vinho verde” will be paired with some local delicious treats. A short drive to the second winery will follow and there you are going to experience an authentic small producer located in a picturesque property where the owner himself will welcome you warmly and will tell you precious information about green wine. We’ll head then to Guimarães, the first capital of Portugal and a Unesco heritage site. This is where we’re going to have a stroll through the little alleyways and historic sites of town. To complete our journey we will stop at typical tasca for more green wine and snacks before we head back to Porto. By the end you’ll understand better Green Wine and why it is not green and you will be knowing much more about the first steps of Portugal as an independent kingdom and nation.

Guimarães/Braga Private City Tour

8. Guimarães/Braga Private City Tour

Visit to Guimarães where Portugal was born with King Afonso Henriques, exploring the Castle and the Paço dos Duques, discover the UNESCO historical heritage city center, visiting S. Francis Monastery and in the morning finishing with a traditional lunch, after visiting Penha viewpoint, then travel to Braga for a city tour where you will discover one of the oldest portuguese town founded by the Roman Empire and vist the Sé Cathedral is this city one can find more than 50 churches, go up hill to discover the viewpoint of Bom Jesus and after Sameiro before returning to Porto at sunset time.

Porto: Private Braga and Guimaraes Tour

9. Porto: Private Braga and Guimaraes Tour

Your tour will begin with your exploration of the first capital of Portugal, where you will discover the hill where a statue of D. Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal) and Guimaraes Castle, followed by the São Miguel Church and Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Bragança's House Palace). Last but not least, you will take a little time to taste a delicious Santa Clara’s Pastry. Next up, it will be time to visit Braga, a modern city that is full of rich Roman and Medieval history. Commencing in the Cathedral (a monument from the 11th century), one of the main attractions is the cross which was used in the first mass service in Brazil. The Bom Jesus Elevator is the only water powered elevator in use in the world. Its construction is due to an idea by a 19th-century Bracaran businessman, and it was built by two well-known engineers of the time, Nikolaus Riggenbach and Raul Mesnier. Whilst here, you will be taught the mechanics behind this fascinating mechanism. Next you will visit the Bom Jesus Sanctuar, which is composed of a staircase which represents the Via Sacra do Bom Jesus and that goes up to the church. The architectural complex also includes the Bom Jesus Park (a forest area), and some hotels which are surrounded by a lush forest. You will then visit the Braga Cathedral. Even today, you will be able to observe the influences of various periods in time in its walls and facades, and in its predominantly Baroque interior. The main entrance and the side entrance enable the locals to use the cathedral to cut their way through their busy routines, and give the Sé an unusual, almost familiar charm that shows the grandeur of this space. The Cathedral continues to be a great symbol of Braga, surprising those who enter with its ceilings and organs of pipes. After your discovery of the cathedral, you will return to Porto.

Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

10. Private 8-Day Tour of Portugal from Lisbon

Experience a fantastic 8-day tour of Portugal’s beautiful cities, and enjoy a week full of exciting and interesting activities. Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrival in Lisbon Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon. You have the rest of the day to spend as you wish, for example you can use this day to enjoy a stroll through the city. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 2 (Thursday): Lisbon Explore Lisbon on a scenic drive through the old town to Alfama, the oldest district of the city. Afterwards you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, home to one of the most beautiful cloisters in the world. You will then continue on to Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries before heading back to the hotel. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 3 (Friday): Lisbon – Coimbra Leave the capital city and drive to the picturesque village of Óbidos, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll. Afterwards you will head to the traditional fishing village of Nazaré, where you will visit the famous Monastery of Batalha. Continue on to Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims every year. From there you can take a trip to the traditional university city of Coimbra. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 4 (Saturday): Coimbra – Porto Enjoy a tour of the Baroque library and St. Michael’s Chapel of the oldest university in Portugal, which was founded in 1291. Afterwards you will drive to Porto, the second largest city in the country. Here you can enjoy an extensive panoramic tour of the city to the cathedral. You will then visit the old stock exchange of Porto – the Palácio da Bolsa – before sampling local wine at a famous port winery. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 5 (Sunday): Porto – Vila Real Today you will leave the capital of the north and head to the green province of Minho, where you will explore the region of Vinho Verde (green wine). Visit the old town of Braga, which is also known as the Rome of Portugal. You will then head to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte with a monumental stairway. Afterwards you will drive to the city of Guimarães, the cradle of Portugal. Explore the old town and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. You will then drive through Amarante to Vila Real. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 6 (Monday): Vila Real – Guarda After breakfast you will drive to the station of Vila Real. Travel by train through the Port wine region, and along the Corgo River to Régua. Enjoy a fantastic trip to Lamego, known for Presunto (dry-cured ham), where you can take a break. Continue on through Viseu to the city of Guarda at 1,000 meters above sea level. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 7 (Tuesday): Guarda – Lisbon Today you will head through the mountainous areas of Portugal to the city of Castelo Branco. Explore the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace before heading towards the city of Tomar. There you will visit the Templar Castle before driving back to Lisbon. Overnight stay with breakfast at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 8 (Wednesday): Depart Lisbon Transfer to the airport in Lisbon.

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4.8 / 5

based on 426 reviews

Bruno was an outstanding guide! We’d give him ten stars if we could. He’s extremely knowledgeable with an never-ending arsenal of fascinating facts and anecdotes; patient, charming and generous with his time. He was excellent company and a most agreeable host at lunch. It was a truly memorable day, thanks to Bruno. And, to cap or all, he boasts the most impressive parking skills we’ve ever seen …

The guide was very friendly and highly knowledgeable. We learned a lot about historical sights in Braga and Guimarães.. lunch was extremely good and the green wine was amazing. We strongly recommend people to take this trip to learn about a part of Portugal’s history.

Pedro was a great guide, full of information and genuinely concerned that we enjoy the tour and get the most out of the sites we visited, while keeping us spot on-time. Five stars all day!

Only two people were recruited, but it went as planned and I was satisfied as it was like a private tour.

Pedro was an excellent guide, we had a very pleasant day and learned more about the history of Portugal!