5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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

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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 July 2015

We had a great day out visiting Braga's religious sites and learning about the history of Portugal and Guimarães. Our tour guide Sofia was knowledgeable and went out of her way to make everyone on our small group tour feel welcome and comfortable. We stopped for lunch at a lovely restaurant and filled up on fish, turkey and salad. It was a hot day but Sofia made sure we kept cool. Thanks again Sofia for a wonderful day out!

Krishan S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a wonderful day! I have taken many day trips in various countries and this was one of the best. Great sites and tour organisation too. The guide Paula was simply fantastic the tour company is lucky to have such a passionate and enthusiastic member of their team.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a very enjoyable tour under the perfect blue sky of your picture! We were only 4 on this tour, in a minivan. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a warm personality. Historic buildings were sumptuous. A copious lunch in a local restaurant was included. Absolutely worth embarking on!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice tour covered all the best of the intinary, professional and friendly guide Elsa provide a cosy accompany with us. And there's only 6 members in the tour, very private and leisure. WE highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Extraordinary!. The guide was wonderful, courteous, and with tons of knowledge. We got to see a lot in one day and for a fair price. I recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

excellent tour good guide with us thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Perfect welcome by Claudia. Small group, very intersting trip - a professional guide and well choosen places.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a wonderful trip from Porto to Braga and Guimaraes. Our guide, Elsa, could not have been better and we loved both towns. An excellent day - thank you Elsa!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Beide Städte sind sehenswert. Die Kathedrale von Braga ist allein wegen seiner Orgeln einen Besuch wert. Die Treppe zum Heiligtum Bom Jesus ist sehr interessant, aber es war so regnerisch und neblig, dass sie kaum zu sehen war. Schade.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our tour guide Joana was wonderful! It was an interesting day, beautiful sights. The meal was great. The only thing I would change is more free time in Guimaraes.

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