Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
Your day starts at 9am and the first region to visit is Guimaraes, known as the birthplace of Portugal and also the birth of the first Portuguese king. In the visit to Guimaraes you will spend some time in the historical city center, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Experience the opportunity to see the Medieval Castle of Guimaraes, where the resident people believe that D Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, was born. Visit the S. Miguel church, the Oliveiras Square and have a panoramic view of the Santa Clara Convent. During the visit, you will observe that the streets and the monuments are so well-preserved that is so easy to imagine the past.
After visiting Guimaraes, the Tour goes to Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and one of the most important religious centers in Portugal. Braga is known by its several baroque churches, houses from the heighten century, gardens and thematic parks. Braga counts with more than two thousand years of history as a city. In Braga, enjoy a lunch in a typical restaurant and after that, visit the Cathedral and the historical center. Before making your way back to Porto, you will also see two important Sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte.
The tour will end in Porto around 6:30pm.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off for option with pick up included
- Local guide
- Braga: visit Sameiro and Bom Jesus Sanctuary and the unique Staircase (Escadório) with 34 steps below the churchyard, overcomes a 116-meter slope with more than five hundred granite steps and is divided into three precious parts
- Lunch in a local restaurant for option with lunch included
- Sé/Cathedral of Braga: the oldest in Portugal
- Visit to the city centre of Guimarães: Unesco World Heritage since 2001
- Visit to Guimarães Castle: medieval castle, considered one of the most important of the country where D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal might have born
- Visit to S. Miguel Church: considered the baptism place of the first king of Portugal
- Dukes of Bragança Palace
- D. Afonso Henriques Statue: one of the best representations of Portugal´s first King
- Square ("Largo") Martins Morais Sarmento: the area where the first portuguese archaeologist lived
- Santa Maria street: identified in several documents from the 10th century and one of the oldest in the city
- City Hall: Former Convent of Santa Clara (year 1553)
- Santiago Square: buildings of the 16th century, still inhabited today
- Church of Senhora da Oliveira ("Lady of the Olive Tree"): The pre-Romanesque monastery founded in 949
- Personal expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Third party services are subject to availability and may change without notice
- Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extras language or more.
- Tours run in samll groups between 8 and 30 people
- Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, The Tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc
- Pick up: Free of charge in central Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia hotels, for option with pick up included
- Reservation is mandatory and requires an email request/confirmation. Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours befor the date of the servisse. Cancellations within 48 hours or less will be fully charged.
- All tours depart from Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
- The services included in the tours/wine estate visits, restaurants, etc) are subject to 3rd party availability and may change without prior notice.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- Lunch: included for option with lunch
- Meeting point (for option with no hotel pick up): Living Tours at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4050 - Porto, next to São Bento train Station
We were amazed by our tour guide, who switched with ease between Spanish and English for each groups of his guests. The sites were beautiful and amazing, and we enjoyed everything we saw.
Interesting trip! Despite the heavy rain in the morning, which make our guide to change the route, we had a very nice trip. Lunch with green vine was delicious
This tour was amazing. Our driver, Daniel from Living Tours is a great trilingual guide/driver, and it was a pleasure getting to know this unknow beautiful region of my very own country, Portugal. The other passengers who accompanied us were also great. It was a thoroughly fabulous experience.
Nuno was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. The small group size made the tour personal and everyone was friendly. The sites around Braga and Guimeres were beautiful and lunch was tasty!
After taking this tour you will come away with a better understanding about the three largest cities in Northern Portugal. If you have already spent a day or two in Porto you already understand why it is the commercial center of the three aforementioned cities. This tour will enlighten you as to why Braga is the religious center of the north and Guimaraes the center of nobility. The van picked us up at our hotel at 9:00. We stopped at a nearby hotel to pick up the third member of our group and off we went. Our driver and guide, Pedro, was absolutely outstanding. His knoweldge of both the political and religious history of the north was amazing. In Braga we visited two religious shrines on the outskirts of the twon and from there we visited the cathedtal in the center of the city. After our visit to the cathedral we stopped for lunch. The menu of the day included soup, a choice of meat or fish, salad, dessert and your beverage of choice. From Braga we made the ten-minute drive to Guimaraes where we visited the Castle and then leisurely made our way to the center of town strolling through the world heritage streets. We were back in the van at 5:00 and reached our hotel at 6:00. A most enjoyable experience!