• Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Stephanie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

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.

jacksal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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!

Lilian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!

jessmelch229

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide did great! Fun day out!

Wolf Richard B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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!!

Kenneth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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.

Marianne T M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

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!

Yinci Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Braga greets us with a rain, but the tour was amazing. Our guide Miguel is very caring, cheerful and knowledgable.

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