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.
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
Your Guimarães and Braga day trip begins with meeting your professional guide in Porto. On your way to your first stop, get familiar with Portugal’s fascinating history. Listen to your informative guide explain interesting anecdotes that dates all the way back to the Romans. When you arrive at your first stop, the city of Guimarães, get out of your transportation and stretch your legs. Soon you’ll see why Guimarães was annointed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. Surrounded by the scenic ancient Minho wine region and a 10th-century castle, this is an ideal place to start your Portugal history lesson. See the Dukes of Braganza Palace and then move on to the historic monuments in the city center. Savor a delicious two-course lunch of fish or meat at an authentic Portuguese restaurant. Then, it’s onward to Braga, a city founded by the Romans. Today Braga is known as the City of Archbishops due to its multitude of religious monuments. When you reach Sameiro Sanctuary, listen to your guide illuminate its history as you gaze upon the church of Our Lady of Sameiro. Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary in Tenões and walk up a monumental stairway to reach the pilgrimage church with panoramic views of Braga at the top. Save some time to explore Braga’s historic downtown core, where Portugal’s oldest Christian city began. Admire the Baroque fountains, ruins, and buildings and monuments that pay tribute to Jesus Christ. Then continue back to Porto where you tour ends.
Christian is one of the best tour guides EVER and Carlos is one of the best drivers EVER!!! This was an amazing tour with absolutely exceptional customer service from Christian and Carlos. Highly recommended!
Yes you will enjoy what you see and learn of this tour. However, more free time is needed at Boms Jesus and Braga. Guimaraes is Cute but small, a walk thru is good but free time is really unneeded. NuNu is a cool guide!
Ana was a very good guide and we had a fun albeit long! day. Since Guimaraes has only the castle to visit, my suggestion would be to shorten the time spent there so as to have more time in Braga, where there is lots to see!
Lunch was very good.
This trip beat all expectations. The Rick Steves guidebook doesn't cover anything north of Porto, and it misses two gem cities that this tour covers. Braga has the incredible steps that should not be missed, and Guimarães is packed with more than anyone would expect. We were looking for something a bit different already been to Douro valley and Coimbra, and this was a great day trip from Porto. Great guide, good company on the tour 8 of us in the minivan from three different countries, not including the guide, and a great day.
Paola was a fantastic guide. I have taken tours all over the world, and she is one of the most knowledgeable guides that I have encountered. I was lucky enough to take this tour on my first day in Portugal, and her detailed history of northern Portugal and how it was relevant to each stop actually made my entire trip better by giving me a unique historical perspective of the region and the country. Braga and Guimaraes are two excellent stops, and I often see it recommended that a day in each is better, but I felt like the time at each location was perfect.
Loved the Guimaraes and Braga Day Trip from Porto. To see the Guimaraes Castle from the 10th century. Stairs and a walkway have been installed so you can walk around the inside wall of the castle which gives you a great view of the surrounds. It gives you a perspective of what it would have been like for people inside looking to defend the monastory from attacks. The Samerio Sanctuary is beautiful and overlooks the surrounds of the city of Braga. Plus the grand old Braga Cathedral. Lunch was at a great restuarent where we had green wine, fish, and pork, with roast vegetables. Plus the Good Jesus of the Mount, outside of the city of Braga. A pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque staircase that climbs 116 metres with beautiful gardens. Plus the funicular that uses water and steam as a weight and pulley system to pull the trolley cars up and down the hill.
If you're short on time in Portugal, this day trip is a must in your itinerary! The day tour gave us both a glimpse of the powers both the Church and Monarchy held during the early days. It's a nice balance of knowing the history in different perspective. Our tour guide, Andre was really good in explaining to us the background of the places we've visited and had given us enough time to go around on our own. I would suggest next time to be grouped in an all-English speaking tour so that it's easier for communication. Overall, this place is a must see!