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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

IAN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

excellent good value.

allenkathrynm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Really worth the drive from Porto. Liked the pick up/drop off at hotel too. Both cities are lovely and lots to see about each town. Lunch was at a nice resturant and the food and service were excellent.

KURIEN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was conducted by livingtours. Excellent guide Daniel, comfortable touring in an 8 seater van, good commentary and explanations, fantastic lunch included and sufficient free time. The Bom Jesus church in Braga is absolutely beautiful and a must visit.

ERNESTO R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour. You must see this church plus take the challenge of the 1000 steps from the bottom up. Lots of history to know about it.

Yucel Kivanc S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, we had a wonderful time.

Ms L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed our very full day tour to Guinares and Braga. Our tour guide Daniel was fabulous and went out of his way to make sure we had a great day. Daniel was very knowledgeable and very attuned to the needs of the group. Well worth the trip.
Lee-Anne and Geoff Australia.

Lina L. P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed our small group tour. Our guide Daniel was very funny, knowledgeable, and chill. We never felt rushed at all. We were always given some free time at each place to explore. Lunch was pretty good with huge portion. We would recommend this tour.

Celicia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was our first day in Portugal and first tour with this company. It was flawless and a superb experience. Pedro was a walking encyclopedia and very kind and lunch was amazing so much food! We could not have been happier and felt well looked after. An excellent experience!

MR F W S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a wonderful day with Daniel our Guide/Driver. He was great to be with and we enjoyed ourselves a lot. A fantastic lunch with choice of main course and all beverages included was really enjoyed by all.

evmuscat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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

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