5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

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  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Travel north on a day trip from Porto to two of northern Portugal's historic cities, which are currently basking in the European spotlight. First, discover the country's origins in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Guimarães. Home to a 10th-century castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace, the town today is filled with pride for being named the European Capital of Culture for 2012. Then visit the city of Braga, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. The oldest Christian city in Portugal, Braga is celebrated today as the 2012 European Capital of Youth.

Highlights

  • Northern Portugal day trip from Porto to Guimarães and Braga
  • See Guimarães' UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center and the Dukes of Braganza Palace
  • Sample local delicacies during lunch in Guimarães (included)
  • Tour the Bom Jesus sanctuary in Tenões
  • Drive through Braga's historic center, the oldest Christian city in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world
  • Walk around Braga's city center with your local guide

What You Can Expect

Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Guimaraes and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Heading north from Porto with your guide, start your historic and cultural excursion into Portugal's past and present. The first stop of your day trip is the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guimarães, in the wine region of Minho. Portugal's history comes alive as you see the city's 10th-century castle and Dukes of Braganza Palace. Then drive through the historic city center to see Guimarães' squares and monuments backed by the forested slope of Mt Penha.

Enjoy a two-course lunch of fish or meat in a local restaurant before continuing to Braga, founded by the Romans as Bracara Augusta and known today as the City of Archbishops for its many religious monuments.

At Sameiro Sanctuary, see the domed church of Our Lady of Sameiro, followed by a visit to Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary in Tenões. Here, walk up a crisscrossing Baroque stairway to reach the hilltop pilgrimage church, where you can admire panoramic views over Braga.

Then take a drive through Braga's historic center, where Portugal’s oldest Christian city was born. See the city's Roman ruins, Baroque fountains, grand religious buildings and palaces, and numerous churches and towers before returning to Porto.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Love the tour and Paula our tour guide was fantastic. I enjoy that tour very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent tour we visited beautiful charming places. The tour guide was very patient did a good job. He had comments and interesting information to share with us.
Food and wine very good, but the best are the pastries.

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