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From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Trip

1. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Trip

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. Optionally, you can also enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. 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 an important sanctuary, Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch

2. 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

3. 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.

Gerês Braga: Horseback Ride in Peneda Gerês National Park

4. Gerês Braga: Horseback Ride in Peneda Gerês National Park

If you’ve always wanted to ride a horse but never had the chance, give it a try in the pristine surroundings of Peneda-Gerês National Park. Your horse riding adventure begins with a meet-and-greet with these majestic animals. After getting comfortable with your riding companion for the day, embark on a 2-hour journey across stunning Portuguese landscapes. As you ride, let go of your fears and get in touch with nature along a guided route of incredible beauty. Ascending to the top of a mountain via dirt paths and ancient trails, pass through the village of Campo de Gerês and the ruins of Vilarinho da Furna, venturing back into a bygone era when horses were the only mode of transport.

From Porto: Wonders of Braga & Guimaraes Private Day Trip

5. 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.

From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

6. From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Depart from Porto to see medieval Guimarães and the historic center. Guimarães, the so-called Cradle of Portugal is one of the most important Portuguese historical cities, and a historic center considered a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. Spend a beautiful morning in a beautiful place. After lunch, explore historic Braga and the old Cathedral of Sé. Visit the nearby Bom Jesus Sanctuary and experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. After visiting Rome, Archbishop Diogo de Sousa drew a city where the squares and churches abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

7. 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.

Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

8. Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

Relax with a pickup from your accommodation. Take in the beautiful scenery on the 1.5 hour trip into the Douro Valley. Learn about the winemaking techniques that have grown with the local communities over the centuries.  Enjoy a morning tasting of Doc and Port wines from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional lunch, celebrating the regional produce and pallet. Afterwards, take a 1-hour boat ride, and admire the surrounding landscapes. Relax by the river with a regionally-flavored cocktail, before returning back to your accommodation.

Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

9. Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour

Your premium day tour of Braga and Guimarães begins with a pickup in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle by your certified guide. You will be led through the streets of Braga, to the busy commercial street of Souto. Along the way, you'll have the chance to gaze at the city's exquisite Baroque facades as well as its beautiful gardens, including the Santa Bárbara Garden. Visit Braga's cathedral, the Sanctuary of Sameiro, and the UNESCO Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, a Baroque masterpiece and a famous pilgrimage site. Afterward, pause and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  Visit the medieval city of Guimarães where your friendly guide will lead you through the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Listen as they recount historical events from Portugal's past, including the history of the country's independence. Continue the tour by discovering the medieval streets and churches of the city. Before finishing the tour, you will also have time to explore the traditional commercial area of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

10. Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

Travel to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, passing by luxurious green mountains, untouched forests, and crystal clear lakes and waterfalls. On the way, you will be able to enjoy viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes.  You can discover the roots of this old civilization and the traditions kept alive by the locals at the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho da Furna, before sitting down to enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Following lunch, your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you to one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the country, which is the Mountain Shrine of São Bento da Porta Aberta. After this visit, it's time to relax on a river beach, while enjoying a cocktail harmonized with regional flavours.

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4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

On October 5, 2022 we took this full day trip with our guide Andre Vidal and driver Jose Augusto and had a wonderful experience visiting Braga and Guimaraes. We started with Guimaraes and spent a few hours roaming the Historic town and the Castle. Beautiful city! Wish we had more time to explore. Then we headed to Braga and this city surprised us as it was heavenly with the most beautiful architecture, pedestrian shopping/restaurant district, beautiful churches including Bom Jesus do Monte. It was stunning and has a very relaxed ambiance where you can sit with a glass a wine and fabulous dessert and enjoy the culture and flair of the city. Most enjoyable as well is the knowledge that Andre Vidal had of his country and Portugal's history, he was a wonderful guide and educated us throughout the day. It was a pleasure meeting them, the cities and the other travellers from all over the world that made this trip GREAT!! Highly recommend!!

We loved Braga. Guimaraes was very nice but Braga spectacular. Our guide, Sergio, was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get him as our guide on another trip as well. He’s energetic, thoughtful, so knowledgeable and funny. The restaurant we ate at was very good with outstanding staff. All in all, a great tour.

The guide is very knowledgeable and courteous. I learnt lots of things histrionically & geographically by him.

Our guide Francisco was very good ! He kept our spirits up even in the pouring rain! I recommend this tour.

It was informative, good food, good info nice bus.