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9 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Discover the rich culture of Guimarães and Braga on this private day trip from Porto. Northern portugal is home to the historical Minho province where lies the birthplace of the nation in Guimarães and the ancient city of Braga. With your expert guide visit famous monuments such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza the striking medieval Guimarães Castle. Then, explore the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary and Cathedral of Braga where you can delve into Braga’s Christian heritage. Your private guide allows for a flexible itinerary, so enjoy a tour that can adapt to your style along the way.
  • Private day trip from Porto to the cities of Guimarães and Braga
  • Explore Guimarães’ UNESCO World Heritage-listed center
  • See historical monuments such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle
  • Visit Braga, one of Portugal’s main religious centers
  • See the Cathedral of Braga and Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary
  • Receive undivided attention from a private guide
Your private day trip to Guimarães and Braga kicks off from your Porto hotel. Meet your guide, step into your air-conditioned minivan and begin a 45-minute trip listening to medieval lure of Guimarães. Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Guimarães Old Town and learn how the city was recognized in 2012 as the European Capital of Culture. Enjoy the thriving modern art and culture scene as you wind through a maze of slender corridors and small squares.

Continue to the medieval Guimarães Castle where the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, was born. After admiring the 10th century towers, climb the hill to visit the stately Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (own expense). Inside, see an array of antique tapestries and regal armor creating an atmosphere where dukes once resided.

Stop for lunch (own expense) at a place recommended by your guide. Then, venture to northern Portugal’s historical Christian city, Braga. Enjoy this youthful city home to illustrious Christian architecture and an abundance of religious images.

Stroll to the 12th-century Cathedral of Braga, one of the city’s most important monuments as it’s the seat of the Archbishop. Observe the artistic Romanesque, Manueline and Gothic architecture which has been amended for centuries by famous architects. Finally, enjoy an excursion up a sophisticated Baroque stairway to the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary. At the top see fantastic garden views and learn about this pilgrimage site.

As the late afternoon approaches, hop back into your minivan and journey to your Porto hotel where your tour ends.

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, Aug 2017

I waited too long to rate this trip and now I don't recall the tour guide's name. She was great. Very knowledgeable. Not only did she provide the narration about the places we were passing but provided stories and legendary tales about the places we were going to. Once there she proved to be very knowledgeable of the history of each place and of the people that made that history.
The places in Braga and Guimaraes which we visited were a rich mix of history and culture for these cities. It was a great introduction to them for me and my family. Fantastic!

M
, May 2015

This tour was amazing. Our tour guide from "Cooltour Oporto" was excellent.


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