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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.
Che F. Singapore
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!
This tour was amazing!
Our tour guide did great! Fun day out!
At first, when I was picked up at my hotel by the guide, Pedro, I was disappointed this was not a private tour, but included two other couples and I could not vary the itinerary a bit. However, Pedro was extremely knowledgeable, very personable and showed us all the important places that were described in the tour description. Much to my surprise, an hosted lunch was included in the tour, and we had a good and delightful lunch with the most wonderful new green white wine from the area. Pedro was marvelous - one of the best tour guides I've ever had and I would greatly enjoy going on another of his tours.
Best day trip ever!!!My guide Claudia is is knowledgeable and super friendly,we really enjoy the trip!!!A huge thank to Claudia from Beijing.Highly recommend!!
We really enjoyed this trip seeing beautiful sights and listening to a guide who thoroughly knew his subject. The fellow travelers and us enjoyed the company of the entire group.
Miguel was an excellent tour guide. He was obviously well-informed and was willing to tailor the tour information to the groups interests. We traveled around Braga, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, and the historical center of Guimarães. We had a very good lunch with wine. Miguel was personable, knowledgable, and had a good sense of humor. He conveyed information and conversations adeptly in two languages impressive so everyone in the group would be informed and be able to communicate with the other. Thank you for a great tour!
Braga greets us with a rain, but the tour was amazing. Our guide Miguel is very caring, cheerful and knowledgable.
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