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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.

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

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. 

Customer Reviews

evmuscat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent, small group tour. Excellent guide. Relaxed and very good lunch. An enjoyable and informative day

ARITS A. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Daniel our tour guide was AMAZING! so knowledgeable, and passionate about the history and details of every place visited, full of content, professional courteous and fluent in 4 languages and more we are sure , flawless simultaneous translations and a joyful attitude we were shown the best by the best.
Highly recommend Daniel and if you book this trip make sure you request to be in his group. Incredible and impressive places! Lunch was really good! We highly recommend this tour! Obrigado Daniel!

Gail M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved the tour--went on a Monday and there were no crowds--very few people so could really enjoy and see the sights. Our guide Pedro was very good!

christine m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

cristian est un guide très gentil plein d'imagination pour changer le programme car il pleuvé beaucoup, il est attentionné, très cultivé, bref une journée excellente, visite d'un petit port ou il nous a donné une très bonne adresse on nous avons mangé le soir. Superbe journée même sous la pluie

Mi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

To be honest, I was not expect such good tour before joining. After the day, I was a little bit shocked. Our guide Claudia is amazing, not only speaks so many different languages, but also know a lot about the history and religion background of the sites we are visiting, plus by the same time she is the only driver covers the entire trip. It was a fantastic day, the pace is good as well plus the food. I would recommend it to all my friends.

Terri J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Enjoyed Braga and the cathedrals. Also liked the medieval town, Guimaraes.

Lorne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience! The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Wonderful way to experience a beautiful part of the world.

Yvette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great guide, incredible sights, excellent lunch.

Samuel Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a great experience. Tour didn't feel rushed. Had a small group which made me feel more comfortable during the duration. Would definitely recommend to travelers heading to Portugal!

Nina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The Guimaraes and Braga tour was excellent. Joan sorry, if my spelling is wrong was the best guide I have ever met. And I have to say that Portugal was the 20th country I visited, so I have a great experience in many kinds of tours, I know what I am saying. Joan was really the best. A lot of very interesting information, great attitude, assistance and charming smile - all of this we got from him. It was so easy to listen to him, not boring at all. Joan has a deep knowledge of Portugal history and culture and answered all my questions. After this amazing tour, after seeing these wonderful towns with their churches, old charming buildings, narrow and cozy streets and beautiful fields and green hills, that Joan showed to us, we fell in love with Portugal. And one more moment: it was rainy day, and Joan bought and gave umbrellas to all women in our group!
Joan, thank you very much! I cannot find words to describe how happy we were to have this tour and to meet so wonderful guide.

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