Day trip

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Cooltour Oporto

Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Cooltour Oporto

From US$ 97.19 per person

Enjoy a full-day tour from Porto that will take you to the birthplace of Portugal: Guimarães and Braga. Explore the medieval atmosphere of Guimarães and the Cathedral of Braga before discovering the flavours of Portuguese gastronomy.

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
At your accommodation in central Porto.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the medieval atmosphere of Guimarães
  • Visit the majestic Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
  • Take in the beautiful views and history behind the beautiful cathedral of Braga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch
  • Visit Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a hilltop pilgrimage site
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Full-day tour with guide
  • Transfers by bus/minivan
  • Hotel pickup
  • Drop off at two drop off points (Trindade station or Bolsa Palace)
  • Exclusive guided visit to Braga Cathedral
  • Exclusive guided visit to Guimarães Castle
  • Exclusive guided visit to the Ducal Palace
  • Entry ticket to the Ducal Palace
  • Entry ticket to the Guimarães Castle
  • Entry ticket to the Sé Cathedral of Braga
  • Traditional Portuguese lunch
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    • Face mask or protective covering

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

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    •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 192 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    We took the tour in a small group (4 people), and our guide Rodrigo was excellent, very attentive and with detailed information about each location. We visited the Church of Bom Jesus, the Cathedral of Braga, the Castle of Guimarães and the Palace of the Dukes. At the Cathedral, we visit places that we would not have been able to access without a guide, such as the crypt of the parents of King Afonso Henriques. We had time to explore the surroundings at each location, and lunch was excellent. Pick-up and drop-off was at the door of our hotel. I recommend!

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    January 10, 2023

    We loved Braga. Guimaraes was very nice but Braga spectacular. Our guide, Sergio, was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get him as our guide on another trip as well. He’s energetic, thoughtful, so knowledgeable and funny. The restaurant we ate at was very good with outstanding staff. All in all, a great tour.

    October 23, 2022

    A very complete trip, with interesting visits and clear explanations. Too bad there is no time for more. The lunch restaurant formidable in food and service. Sergio, the very friendly and knowledgeable guide about the cities, so he took us through attractive places and gave recommendations on what to do in free time. Very nice cities to visit

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    October 16, 2022

    Product ID: 35586