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Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

4.7 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: EFun Tours

Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

Activity provider: EFun Tours

From US$ 96.73 per person

Learn more about North of Portugal, represented in its most iconic cities, Braga with Roman origins and also Guimarães, the birthplace of the nation!

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Duration 8 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy amazing city views from Bom Jesus
  • Be led by an art historian guide
  • Get to know Portugal's history
Full description
You will be picked you up at your hotel in the morning and follow in a air-conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga). In Braga will begin the visit to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus where you will get there in a water-powered funicular built in 1882. From the top of the hill you will sight the entire city to where you will continue soon after. Reaching the center of Braga, still on the outside of the old medieval wall where you will visit the church of Congregados and then continue towards its most imposing monument, the Sé cathedral (optional visit) built in Romanesque style with finishing in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops its cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Still you will remain some churches to visit, so the old castle tower or a the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is. You will end the visit at the prestigious Astoria Café, one of the most beautiful and old of the city. Here you can glimpse part of the old Wall. Towards Guimarães, its time to have some lunch! After tasting the local delicacies, it is time to visit Guimarães. In this walking tour through the historic center, you first visit the castle, but first a brief visit to the Romanesque church of St. Miguel, where was baptized the first king. A little further down you'll visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional visit), an imposing building built in the fifteenth century to house the Royal family. In this museum space you can see much of the furniture, weapons or tapestries and crockery sources as diverse as the number of sites visited in the maritime expeditions. But there's still so much more to discover in your way to the historical center in the lower part of town. Get to know the beautiful narrow streets heading to Padrão do Salado and to the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church then to immediately descend into the outskirts of the ancient city where the weekly fair happens, today Toural Square to sample the sweets, convent specialties in a typical pastry shop if you feel like indulge in the traditional pastry.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport in air-condition minivan
  • Walking tour of Braga and Guimarães historical center
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to Bom Jesus Funicular, Guimarães Castle and Braga's Cathedral
  • Entrances fees

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4.7 /5

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Quite positive despite the language problem

Booked tour with Italian guide. Then replaced (after communication) with English guide. We had to give up a great deal of information but it went well thanks to the helpfulness and professionalism of the guide. Including lunch was appreciated, which had not even been indicated in the list of included services. There were only 4 of us and we traveled in a comfortable and comfortable pickup. It was better than by bus. In the end everything is ok

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July 24, 2019

George was very knowledgeable on the history of Portugal and the Braga. Guimaraes area. He also knew much about the Roman occupation and governance. Braga is a beautiful city. The Bom Jesus church is stunning. I would have loved to spend more time there and less free time wondering the town. This being said we had a treat it was Braga Roman week. A period in which the Roman roots of the town were celebrated. Lunch was unique as it was in the festival. Boy were we stuffed! Thank you for your knowledge George.

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May 27, 2019

Excellent can say it all. A wonderful tour with a guide of great historical knowledge, humor and attention. Not only was a guide (Hugo) from such an experience, two other guides (Joana and Bruno) participated in the tour that enriched our experience. The tour is ultra recommended. Thank you!!!!

November 7, 2019

Product ID: 56042