Guimaraes Tours

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The city of Guimaraes was originally settled in the 9th century and is widely regarded as being “the cradle of the Portuguese nationality.” It served as center of government for the historic county of Portugal after the Moorish invaders were pushed out by the Kingdom of Galicia in the 10th century. It was also the site of the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, and may have been the birthplace of Afonso I of Portugal, the first Portuguese king.

Today the historic city center of Guimaraes is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it’s said to be an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval town into a modern city. Among the well-preserved 15th to 19th-century Portuguese architecture is the medieval Guimaraes Castle, and the famed Palace of the Dukes of Bragança.

Today, Guimaraes has been described by the New York Times as one of the emerging cultural hotspots of the Iberian Peninsula. Among the innumerable museums, monuments, and art galleries the Vila Flor Cultural Center stands out. Housed in the renovated Vila Flor Palace it has a concert cafe, exhibition gallery, and award-winning gardens. Guimaraes is also famous for its Guimaraes' pies, and Toucinho do céu, translated as “bacon from heaven.”

Practical Info

Guimaraes is about a four-hour rail journey from Lisbon, and can also be reached from most major Portuguese cities by direct Rede Expressos bus. Within the city center, getting around is easiest by foot, but a public bus service is also available. Entrance at most public sights, including Vila Flor Cultural Center and Guimaraes Castle, is free, while others, including the Palace of the Dukes, have admission fees.
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Journey to two of Portugal’s northernmost cities, Guimarães and Braga, on this immersive guided day trip from Porto, including lunch. Meet your expert guide and set out for Guimarães, an UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. See the 10th-century castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace. Enjoy a satiating lunch at a local restaurant. Next, venture to Braga, where you will learn about its extensive Roman history from your informative guide. This is a great tour for Portuguese and European history buffs.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour from Porto with Lunch

Come to visit the place where Portugal has born and the beautiful places in this city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip with Lunch from Porto

Discover the beauty of one of Portugal’s most underrated regions on this full-day guided tour of Minho, from Porto. Located in Northern Portugal, Minho is known for its bucolic countryside, lush terrain, vineyards and delicious cuisine. Spend the day exploring it all with the help of a knowledgeable guide, including eating a memorable lunch at a local restaurant. Visit two cities, Guimaraes and Braga, to get to know the heart of the region.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto Including Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Baroque churches, turreted castles and medieval relics are just a few of the sights you can expect to see on this day trip to two of Portugal’s best-loved towns. Following pickup from central Porto, travel to Guimarães and explore its candy-colored Old Town with your guide. Then, continue to Braga, where you'll visit sights like Sé Cathedral on a guided tour before exploring independently. You’ll also receive a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, valid for 48 hours.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Braga & Guimarães Tour - Historical Castle, Palace, Cathedral and Lunch included

Explore two of Northern Portugal’s oldest cities—Braga and Guimarães—on this full-day tour from Porto. Discover the spiritual heritage of Braga, visit the magnificent Braga Cathedral, and enjoy a lunch of traditional Portuguese cuisine at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Guimarães, where highlights include the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Guimaraes and Braga Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

Venture beyond the streets of Porto to discover the cities of Braga and UNESCO-listed Guimarães on a day trip into northern Portugal. As you explore with a guide and small group, you’ll learn about the cities’ architectural heritage and the wider history of Portugal itself. An authentic Portuguese lunch with local vinho verde wine is included, and numbers on the tour are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Guimarães and Braga Historic Full Day Tour

• Pick-up at the Hotel in Porto (Center); • 8-hour Tour to the two most importante city's in Minho, Guimarães and Braga; • Visit to historic center of Guimarães; • Visit to the historic center of Braga; • Visit to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus;
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Semi-Private Minho City Tour: The Cradle of Portugal

Experience the Minho region of Portugal and its two most significant cities on this day trip from Porto. Visit Guimarães, often called the ‘cradle city,’ which dates back to the 9th century; its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then continue to Braga, and see the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. You’ll have free time during the tour to buy lunch, plus enjoy the lovely scenery of wineries and hills, where the region’s ‘green wine’ is made, as you travel to each place.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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USD124.34
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Guimarães Medieval Tour with Lunch

Guimarães has one of the best preserved medieval centers of Portugal, where time seems to have really given way and magically stopped.Come to know more than the history and monuments of Guimarães. Visit the suburbs of the city, with its traditions, historical and cultural heritage, local gastronomy and its nature with cable car trip.It's Historic Center is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a historical city of medieval origin and has its origin in the tenth century, known as “Cradle of the Nation” or “Cradle City”, for its crucial role in the formation of Portugal, and here the first Portuguese King was born.Highlights: Full day tour (10h)Pickup & Drop-offEntrance to monumentsUNESCO Heritage siteRide by cable car to Penha mountainLocal gastronomyPhotos of the tourSmall groups
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Mountain Bike Challenging Tour

Are you a mountain bike enthusiast and want more challenging courses? This activity is for you!The activity begins at the Arts Platform, where a brief briefing on the tour and bikes will be held.The route continues through the historical center of the city, city park and follows to Paçô Vieira where begins the ascent of the mountain. Here the trails cross forests, fields, and villages and take you to the destination, the peak of Penha mountain at 605 meters of altitude.Here you will find leafy forests with vegetation composed mainly of oaks but also corktree, strawberry trees, cypress, cedar and linden trees. It is also possible to observe several species of birds, some rodents, and squirrels.After a short snack, we begin the downhill, one of the most fun parts of the tour, by the trail more suitable for you.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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