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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.

Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

2. Porto Half-Day Historical Tour & Port Wine Tasting

Explore Porto on a half-day city tour that emphasizes the history of the area. Begin at Pena Ventosa, the birthplace of the city of Porto. Visit the cathedral, built in the 12th century, before continuing to the S. Bento train station. This station is known for its tiles representing important moments of Portugal's history and culture. Next, see the Clérigos Church. Clérigos, built by the famous architect Nasoni, is known for its Classic Renaissance style. As for the Lello, it has a Neo-Gothic facade and remarkable plaster interior. During the tour, you will be given important information regarding several streets and places in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, the Majestic Café, the Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Then continue to visit a few neighborhoods located by the water before heading to a Port wine cellar in Gaia. Learn how this national drink is produced, bottled, sold, and tasted, then enjoy a tasting of your own.

From Lisbon: Discover Porto

3. From Lisbon: Discover Porto

Porto, the city that gave Portugal its name, is known worldwide for its wine, bridges, and contemporary and ancient architecture. Its historical center, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a can’t-miss attraction. Spend a full day exploring the amazing monuments and landscapes of Porto on this guided cultural and heritage tour from Lisbon.   Start at Igreja e Clérigos Tower, built in the 18th century, a remarkable architectural complex. Visit the Lello bookstore, which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world—its stunning dark wood and red velvet interior will amaze you. Head to the beautiful Sao Bento Railway Station to admire its 20,000 azulejo tiles. Visit the Porto Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church that is one of the oldest in the city.   Take lunch at Ribiera in the historic center of the city before visiting a wine cellar where the famous Port wine is made. Finally, enjoy a boat trip to see the 7 bridges that cross the water. After a day well spent, you’ll be returned to your hotel in Lisbon.

Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

4. Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

After collecting at your hotel or accomodation, let's start our half-day private tour at the City Hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the place of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special moments. Admire the famous Lello Bookstore with its magnificent staircase that connects it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookstore inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. In the same area, you will see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view of the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historic center of the city and introduce you to its highlights. Learn about the history of famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand hand-painted tiles illustrating events in Portuguese history. Discover the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Mercado do Bolhão.  Next, find the essence of the river as you reach Ribeira, with the typical Rabelo boats and the well-known Port wine cellars. Above the river, find the unique D. Luis Bridge, 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the largest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are located. Lastly on this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world famous Port wine.

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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.

Excellent tour... It was worth every dollar paid. Joao was an excellent guide. He knew a lot about the history of the place and explained in detail each site visited. Very friendly and empathetic, with an excellent sense of humor and an impeccable command of Spanish and English. 100% recommendable!!!!

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

Excellent guide Sergio, comfortable van, great sites and lunch