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$104.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Heading north from Porto with your guide, start your historic and cultural excursion into Portugal's past and present. The first stop of your day trip is the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guimarães, in the wine region of Minho. Portugal's history comes alive as you see the city's 10th-century castle and Dukes of Braganza Palace. Then drive through the historic city center to see Guimarães' squares and monuments backed by the forested slope of Mt Penha.Enjoy a two-course lunch of fish or meat in a local restaurant before continuing to Braga, founded by the Romans as Bracara Augusta and known today as the City of Archbishops for its many religious monuments. At Sameiro Sanctuary, see the domed church of Our Lady of Sameiro, followed by a visit to Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary in Tenões. Here, walk up a crisscrossing Baroque stairway to reach the hilltop pilgrimage church, where you can admire panoramic views over Braga.Then take a drive through Braga's historic center, where Portugal’s oldest Christian city was born. See the city's Roman ruins, Baroque fountains, grand religious buildings and palaces, and numerous churches and towers before returning to Porto.

$51.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

Guimarães has its historic center classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, and is one of the best preserved medieval centers in the country. We start this tour in the biggest symbol of the city, the Castle of Guimarães, the birthplace of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and the Chapel of St. Michael, where he was baptized. Close to these landmarks you will find the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, one of the five most visited monuments in the country. We continue to the Church of Our Lady of Consolation and Holy Steps and then to the meeting point for several generations of Guimarães, Oliveira Square, where we find the ancient Town Hall, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and beautiful porches homes. We head to Santa Maria Street, one of the first to be opened in Guimarães, and contemplate the Convent of Santa Clara, which currently houses the services of the City Council. In the Santiago Square we can take a break for lunch and breathe the young atmosphere of the city. On the arrival to Braga, your driver takes you to the República Square, where the visit begins in the Arcades, the Congregados Church, the House of Riddles and the so famous cafe "A Brasileira". In the medieval and historic Braga visit the Torre de Menagem, the Largo do Paço with a fountain dating from 1723 and the amazing Cathedral, that century after century "faced" earthquakes and several architectural projects, culminating in what is the oldest cathedral of Portugal. Then we head to Monte do Bom Jesus, not without first passing to Porta Nova and the Church and Convent of Pópulo. Located six kilometers from the center, the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga is the best known religious sanctuary of Portugal. With the sun setting behind, we say goodbye to Braga and return to Porto and to your hotel.

$69.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Porto to Guimaraes, Braga Day Trip with Sightseeing Bus Tour

Meet your guide in central Porto, and settle into your seat aboard an air-conditioned bus for the approximate 1-hour drive to Guimarães, famed for its World Heritage–listed Old Town comprised of cobblestoned squares and narrow streets lined with medieval buildings and candy-colored houses.When you arrive, stretch your legs on a walking tour. Follow your guide through the warren of streets in Guimarães Old Town, and take in sights such as Guimarães Castle (Castelo de Guimarães), which dates back to the 10th century and is known for being the birthplace of Portugal’s first king. Other sights include a palace, Paço Duques de Bragança, and a church, Igreja de Nossa Senhora Consolação e Santos Passos.Afterward, you have a little more than an hour of free time to explore independently before continuing to Braga, known worldwide for its elaborate Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations. The chorus of chiming bells and bevy of baroque churches serve as a reminder of Braga’s status as the oldest Christian city in Portugal while the chic boutiques, bustling cafes and bars packed with university students reveal a new side to the city. Take a guided tour of Braga’s timeworn streets and Arcada, the main square, and admire sights like Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary and Sé Cathedral (the oldest in Portugal). Then enjoy more free time to explore at your leisure or have lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. When the time comes, return to your coach and travel back to Porto, where your day trip concludes back at the original starting point.Port hop-on hop-off tour: This day trip also includes access to two different hop-on hop-off tour routes in Porto. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours from time of first use and can be taken at any point during your stay.

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Braga and Guimarães Small-Group Day Trip from Porto

After hotel pickup from your accommodation, make your way to Braga, a city rich in culture and tradition. In the city, there are emblematic squares and churches abound.City in the extreme of Portugal, northeast of Porto. It is known for heritage and religious events Enjoy an hour of free time for lunch (own expense). After Braga, travel to the medieval city of Guimarães. Here, walk through the streets of the city's historic district and visit the main attractions and monuments of the city. Guimarães is located in the district of Braga. is a historic city with a crucial role in the formation of Portugal.  Guimarães is one of the most important historical cities of the country, and its historical center is considered World Cultural Heritage, making it definitely one of the largest tourist centers in the region. Its streets and monuments breathe history and delight those who visit it. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. Main attractions: Braga: Historic Center Sé Cathedral of Braga Bom Jesus Sanctuary Sameiro Sanctuary Guimarães: Palace of Dukes Guimarães Castle S. Miguel chapel Historic Centre of Guimarães 

$1077.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Batalha 6-Day Tour from Lisbon

Experience northern Portugal on this six-day tour from Lisbon to the country's renowned cities and historical monuments. Discover Óbidos, a beautiful medieval village; Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal; and Coimbra, home to one of the most ancient universities in the world and the beautiful Mateus Palace gardens. Spend time in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the city's Stock Exchange Palace and St Francisco Church. See historical monuments like the Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória), the Alcobaça Monastery, the Cathedral of Braga, Amarante's São Gonçalo Convent, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.During your six-day tour you will learn interesting facts about the attractions and cities from your guide, who will lead you through the main sights of the locations you visit. You will also have free time to explore more on your own in the towns of Nazaré, Guimarães, Barcelos, Viseu and Tomar.Five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and five continental or buffet breakfasts are included.Please see the Itinerary section below for details on each day of the tour.

$49.23 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Guimares and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Meet your private guide at your Porto hotel, then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and relax on the 45-minute journey to Guimarães. As you travel, discover how Guimarães has a charming medieval center, as well as an active contemporary culture scene, which has continued to thrive since its stint as European Capital of Culture in 2012. On arrival, take a journey into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Guimarães Old Town and explore the labyrinth of tiny squares and narrow streets. See the 10th-century Guimarães Castle, the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. Then ascend the hill to the majestic Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Pay an entrance fee to head inside and look at the rare armor and tapestries on display in the old ducal residence. Let your guide recommend a good spot for a relaxing lunch (own expense), then hit the road for the journey to Braga. Like Guimarães, Braga has a hefty history and is the oldest Christian city in Portugal. It’s home to numerous religious buildings and symbols of faith, but it also has an exciting youthful spirit.Venture into the heart of its historical district to admire the most imposing of all its religious structures: the 12th-century Cathedral of Braga, which features a mix of architectural styles including Romanesque, Manueline and Gothic. After, take a pilgrimage out to the hilltop Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, which can be reached via an intricate Baroque stairway.In late afternoon, travel back down to Porto, where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.