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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

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. Pass through the scenic Minho region and explore the historical centers of these two cities. Enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch. Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in 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 local restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. 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.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

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

Explore the cities on Braga and Guimarães on a guided day tour from Porto. Admire the architecture as you take a walking tour in both cities. Learn about the historic importance of both cities, with a traditional Portuguese lunch with Vinho Verde during the day. 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.  Eat a delicious 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: Tuk Tuk City Tour

5. Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

During this tuk tuk tour, pass through the most important historical and architectural points of Braga's city center to understand the importance and extensive history of the city. Within the maze of narrow streets, Gothic churches back onto modern shopping streets and grand baroque buildings surround peaceful plazas. Braga is the perfect place for history and culture, being home to numerous monuments and attractions, including one of the finest monuments in Northern Portugal, the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, a must-do for any trip to Braga. You can also visit the Sanctuary of Sameiro. Some of the other sights covered by this tour are the Holy Cross Church, Pius XII Museum, Roman Thermae of Maximinus, Roman ruins of Carvalheiras, Biscainhos Museum, Carmo Church, Mercado Municipal de Braga, Braga City Hall, and the Public Library of Braga. The number of these places visited will depend on the duration booked.

From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

6. 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.

Braga: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

7. Braga: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Braga at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Santa Barbara Garden”, “Porta Nova Arch”, “Braga Cathedral” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Praça da República" and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Santa Cruz Church". The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

8. Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in either Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, your friendly and informative guide will be waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set-off on your adventure, a journey through the ancient city of Braga.   During your 4-hour visit to this famous, religious city, you will visit the attraction known as the Triangle of Faith. The Triangle of Faith comprises the Cathedral, the Triangle Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. Visit the Braga Cathedral, characterized and famous for its different architectural styles, blending Roman, Manueline and Baroque. This Cathedral is considered one of the most important Romanesque Temples in the country and is also the oldest. Next, visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, a famous structure known for its central theme - the sacred road. Numerous chapels line the endless staircase, representing each station. This religious monument is also a truly romantic and relaxing place, with stunning views of the city. Lastly, you will explore the sanctuary of Sameiro, the second largest sanctuary in devotion to the Virgin Mary in Portugal. Marvel at the structure's architectural form before enjoying a comfortable ride back to your accommodation to complete your journey. 

Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

9. 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.

Braga: Roman Heritage City Exploration Game

10. Braga: Roman Heritage City Exploration Game

Explore Braga and its history and Roman heritage during an exciting city exploration game, all using an app on your phone. Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “The year is 311. Turbulent times cast a shadow on the Roman Empire since the death of Constantius. The empire is divided as three men claim to be the rightful emperor, but only one can succeed...” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at Balneário Pré-Romano de Bracara. It will take you around 1 to 1,5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Largo Paulo Orósio. After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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We were picked up at our hotel by Rodrigo Costas. As we drove to Braga and Guimares, he shared the fascinating story of Portugal. He was incredibly informative, attentive and helpful. He made the entire day a total pleasure. The authentic Portuguese lunch was amazing! And we were able to try green wine. One of the best parts was it was a small group. We highly recommend using this company and their knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guides.

These are "can't miss" activities. Plenty of exercise. The Bom Jesus Church is exceptional. There's more here than just a lot of stairs, and the gardens and views at the top are wonderful. The cathedral is an historical gem. Well worth the trip.

Ana the guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and overall a lovely person. The places we visited were beautiful, it was a lot more than I expected.

Excellent tour. Sergio is terrific. Love all the history. Great lunch with the waiter Daniel. Highly recommend this tour!

The young woman was knowledgeable and very friendly.