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$288.72 Private & Custom Tours

Porto or Braga to Barcelos and Peneda Geres Private Day Trip

Depart early in the morning for your first stop in Barcelos. Sites to see here include the medieval bridge plus the historical center with its beautiful squares. Learn the historical significance of the sites you see, as you go. Here you will have free time for lunch (at your own expense). After, head to explore the Peneda Gerês National Park with its natural beauty and its astonishing views. Classified as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO, this park has so much to offer that you will never forget.Next, visit the Vila of Gerês and Portela do Homem, passing through the heart of the park and then visit Pedra Bela, Arado Waterfall or Tahiti Waterfall.After all this, you will start your way back, and end your tour with a drop-off at your hotel.

$87.39 Day Trips & Excursions

Porto to Minho Full-Day Trip with Admission Ticket and Lunch

After pickup from your Porto hotel, travel north by air-conditioned minivan and listen as your expert guide gives an interesting overview of the history, culture and flavor of the Minho region. Bordered by two rivers, the Douro and Minho, and with a third river, the Lima, running through it, the Minho province boasts a well-watered and extremely fertile terrain. Admire the lush landscapes as you cruise up the coast.Stop in Barcelos, a medieval walled market town that is the birthplace of a Portuguese national symbol: the rooster. Legend has it that an innocent pilgrim passed through Barcelos and was wrongly accused of a crime, only to have dead rooster miraculously save his life. Discover more about the rooster myth at an open-air archaeological museum, which features a 16th-century cross that's engraved with images depicting the famous legend.After working your way through Barcelos historical center, continue onto Ponte de Lima, a pretty rural village populated with antique buildings and set along the banks of the Lima River. Admire its striking stone arch bridge, then call into a local restaurant, where you’ll be treated to typical regional delicacies, such as Arroz de Sarrabulho (rice stewed with pork meat and blood), as well as local wine.Following lunch, hit the road again for a short journey to Viana do Castelo, a seaside resort town hemmed in by forest-covered mountains and the Atlantic coast. Make your way to the hilltop Basilica of Santa Luzia and look down upon breathtaking views of the town below.Next, take in educational exhibits at the nearby Costume Museum, which focuses on traditional Portuguese clothing and culture, before indulging in a delectable princesinha do lima (a regional egg-and-sugar confection).Come evening, you’ll be chauffeured back to your accommodation in Porto, where your tour concludes.

$98.17 Day Trips & Excursions

History and Culture Tour of Braga and Barcelos from Porto

You will be picked up at 8:15am at a centrally-located departure point and transported to Braga, known as the Portuguese Rome. Your extensive city walking tour in the historic center includes the Santa Barbara Garden; the ancient remnants of the Castle of Braga, the Keep Tower, declared a National Monument in 1910; and the Arco da Porta Nova. Next you will visit The Cathedral of Braga, Sé de Braga, one of the most important monuments in Braga; the Portuguese sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte, famous for its stairway and panoramic view over Braga; and Nossa Senhora do Sameiro Santuary, one of the most popular shrines to Mary in all of Portugal.After your tour of Braga concludes in the late morning you will be transported to Barcelos, the city of the Portuguese rooster, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant.You will tour the historic center of Barcelos on a city walking tour. You will visit the Barcelos Medieval Bridge, classified as a National Monument; the Castle Keep Pottery museum; the Parish church; the Archaeological Museum of Barcelos and the Municipal Chamber Building. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Bom Jesus da Cruz Temple.Your tour will conclude when you are returned to your hotel at approximately 5:15pm.

$103.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Campo da FeiraOn Thursdays you have the possibility to visit the biggest market of Portugal. This market takes place right in the center of Barcelos. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Church of Senhor da CruzWe will visit this baroque church with its lovely blue tiles and golden carvings. This church is known for its legend about a dark wooden cross. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Torre do Cimo da Vila, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalOne of the old city doors. On the top of the tower you have an beautiful view on the baroque gardens and the marketsquare. Inside of the tower there is an interesting artcraft expositions from local artists. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Igreja Matriz da Paroquia de Santa Maria Maior, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalWe will visit the main church which is the oldest church in the city. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Museu Arqueologico de Barcelos, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalHere you will discover the legend of the rooster and see the original cross from the legend.There are also some other interesting artifacts found all over the city.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Ponte Medieval de Barcelos, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalEnjoy the lovely view on the Medieval bridge from the 15th century castle of the duke of Bragança. Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Arco Da Porta NovaWe will start our citywalk in Braga entering by the old citygate. Stop At: Braga CathedralWe will visit the main church of the city. Parts of this church are even older than Portugal itself.In one of the chapels of this cathedral you will find the tumuls of the parents of the first King of Portugal.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Garden of Santa BarbaraWander around in the Gardens of Santa Barbara and enjoy the flowers of the season. Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Praca da Republica, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalOn the central square of Braga -where the ´old locals´ gather around to socialize- you will see a mix of interesting architure from different periods. Pass By: Torre de Menagem, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalYou will pass by the remainings of the 11th century castle part of the old city wall.Stop At: Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte is famous for its extensive staircase and its lovely gardens.Here you will enjoy the beautiful scenery with a spectacular view over the city of Braga.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sameiro SanctuaryEnjoy the silence at the most peacefull sanctuary of Braga. The sanctuary is build in neoclassical style and is the the largest Marian devotional shrine in Portugal, second only to the Sanctuary of Fátima. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Guimarães CastleFrom the top of the mountains in Braga you will drive to Guimarães, the cradle of the nation, here you will discover the castle where the first King of Portugal was born and the chapel where he was baptised.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe Palace of the Dukes of Bragança was built in the 15th century by D. Afonso. He was the ´bastard´ son of King João I. We will also visit the museum on the first floor of the palace with a collection of national and international antiques. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Igreja de Sao Miguel do Castelo, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalAccording to the legend the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was baptized here. The presumed baptismal font that was used in the ceremony is kept here.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalFrom the palace of the dukes we will walk though the typical narrow streets of the city. We will follow the ´street of santa maria´, and visit the 2 famous squares ´Praça de San Tiago´ and ´Largo de Oliveira´. Stop At: Praca de S. Tiago, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe charming square of San Tiago is marked by the presence of the old City Hall building and some residencial buildings from the 17th and 18th century. Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Largo da Oliveira, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe typical Largo da Oliveira is named after a miracle with a 500 years old olivetree what was situated on the square.The square is surrounded by some 17th century traditional ´Porch Houses´ and the ´Nossa Senhora da Oliveira´ Church. In the middle of the square there is a porch called "Padrão do Salado".The porch referes to the succesfull battle of Salado in the 14th century. Duration: 10 minutes

$86.62 Tours & Sightseeing

Green Wine Tour - Full day tour from Porto

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nau Quinhentista, Vila do Conde, Porto District, Northern PortugalYou will start by the coast visiting the authentic villages and you will end up tasting the best Vinho Verde (green wine )Duration: 2 hours

$50.53 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Minho Day Trip from Porto

Start with pickup from your central Porto hotel and venture into the heart of Minho with your private guide. This fertile region is often referred to as the ‘Costa Verde’ (Green Coast), in reference to its dense green landscapes. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to Barcelos, a pretty medieval riverside town famous for its ceramics and for the legend of the Rooster of Barcelos. The rooster is a national icon that can be found in souvenir shops the length and breadth of Portugal. To find out more about the legend, pay a fee to enter the city's open-air museum. Then, explore the historical town center, home to the distinctive octagonal Baroque Church of Senhor da Cruz.Accompanied by your guide, continue on to Ponte de Lima, a charming town that dates back to Antiquity. Look out for the medieval bridge of its namesake, a picturesque bridge that features four stone arches from an earlier Roman construction. Pause for lunch (own expense) and take the opportunity to sample some local dishes, such as Arroz de Sarrabulho (rice stewed with pork meat and blood).After eating, make your way to Viana do Castelo, a lively fishing port situated at the mouth of the Lima River, sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains. Climb Mount Santa Luzia to reach the Neo-Byzantine church at its summit, then admire the sensational views over the ocean and town below.Browse the displays at the nearby Costume Museum (own expense), which reveals how textiles and clothing have changed over the years and explains their role in Portuguese culture. Sample a sweet princesinha do lima (a local egg-and-sugar confection), before beginning the journey back to Porto. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Porto hotel.