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Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

1. Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

The tour starts with a visit to the birthplace of the Portuguese nation – the city of Guimarães. This was the first city of Portugal chosen by the first king, Afonso Henriques. Known as the cradle of Portugal, Guimarães has preserved a medieval atmosphere at its core and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop takes place in the northern part of the city with a visit to the imposing 10th century castle and the majestic Dukes of Bragança Palace. Afterward the historical Santa Maria Road leads you to the charming square in the heart of the old town, Largo da Oliveira. After a relaxing lunch break in Guimarães that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of the north of Portugal, it will be time to continue towards Braga, the oldest religious capital of Portugal. Known to the Romans as Bracara Augusta, for centuries Braga has been and archiepiscopal seat and pilgrimage site. Your first stop is Sé, the 12th century cathedral built by Henri de Bourgogne and Dona Teresa. Then you will head to Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site. The 581 steps that the pilgrims climb up to the top of Bom Jesus are one of the most glorious stairways in Portugal. After a visit to these landmarks of faith in the country you head back to Porto.

Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

2. Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

Take an amazing tour through the history of Portugal on a private tour of Braga and Guimarães, with round-trip transportation from Porto. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort to one of the oldest cities, known as Bracara Augusta during the Roman Empire when it was the capital of the province of Gallaecia. See landmark monuments, such as the Sé Cathedral and sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. Marvel at the grandeur of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro as you make your way to the medieval city of Guimarães, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval architecture. Walk the streets of the historic center to see sights such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle, built in the 10th century as a defense against the Moors. See the medieval Church of São Miguel do Castelo before getting dropped off at your accommodation in Porto.

Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

3. Porto: Braga & Guimarães FD Tour

You will be picked you up at your hotel in the morning and follow in a air-conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga). In Braga will begin the visit to the sanctuary of Bom Jesus where you will get there in a water-powered funicular built in 1882. From the top of the hill you will sight the entire city to where you will continue soon after. Reaching the center of Braga, still on the outside of the old medieval wall where you will visit the church of Congregados and then continue towards its most imposing monument, the Sé cathedral (optional visit) built in Romanesque style with finishing in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops its cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Still you will remain some churches to visit, so the old castle tower or a the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Circo is. You will end the visit at the prestigious Astoria Café, one of the most beautiful and old of the city. Here you can glimpse part of the old Wall. Towards Guimarães, its time to have some lunch! After tasting the local delicacies, it is time to visit Guimarães. In this walking tour through the historic center, you first visit the castle, but first a brief visit to the Romanesque church of St. Miguel, where was baptized the first king. A little further down you'll visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional visit), an imposing building built in the fifteenth century to house the Royal family. In this museum space you can see much of the furniture, weapons or tapestries and crockery sources as diverse as the number of sites visited in the maritime expeditions. But there's still so much more to discover in your way to the historical center in the lower part of town. Get to know the beautiful narrow streets heading to Padrão do Salado and to the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church then to immediately descend into the outskirts of the ancient city where the weekly fair happens, today Toural Square to sample the sweets, convent specialties in a typical pastry shop if you feel like indulge in the traditional pastry.

Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

4. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

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4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

A very worthwhile experience with a knowledgeable and personable guide who appreciated, that in a 9 hour day, a little free time is great. Living in the Algarve, I was extremely taken with the towns of Braga and, particularly, Guimaraes - it's Portugal but a "real" Portugal - green and verdant as opposed to hot and arid - loved it and highly recommend taking the Cooltour's offering - I have also done a city tour of Lisbon with them and was equally impressed with their professional approach to guided tours.

We were picked up at our hotel by Rodrigo Costas. As we drove to Braga and Guimares, he shared the fascinating story of Portugal. He was incredibly informative, attentive and helpful. He made the entire day a total pleasure. The authentic Portuguese lunch was amazing! And we were able to try green wine. One of the best parts was it was a small group. We highly recommend using this company and their knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guides.

Wonderful well balanced tour to see both cities. Comfortable mini van and small group made the experience feel relaxed. The guide Rodrigo provided a lot of interesting information and have some time to explore on our own as well.

The two cities- Braga and Guimares are worth visiting. Our tour guide, João has a sense of humor which made the trip more enjoyable. Would surely recommend this activity!

Excellent tour. Sergio is terrific. Love all the history. Great lunch with the waiter Daniel. Highly recommend this tour!