Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
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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.

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Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

2. Braga and Guimarães Private Tour from Porto

Take an amazing tour through the history of Portugal on a private tour of Braga and Guimarães, with round-trip transportation from Porto. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, and then travel in air-conditioned comfort to one of the oldest cities, known as Bracara Augusta during the Roman Empire when it was the capital of the province of Gallaecia. See landmark monuments, such as the Sé Cathedral and sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. Marvel at the grandeur of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro as you make your way to the medieval city of Guimarães, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptionally well-preserved medieval architecture. Walk the streets of the historic center to see sights such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle, built in the 10th century as a defense against the Moors. See the medieval Church of São Miguel do Castelo before getting dropped off at your accommodation in Porto.

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What a terrific tour of an area I knew little about. We had an outstanding professional guide in Violeta who combined immense historical knowledge with very good logistical and communications skills. I also appreciated the flexibility of the tour company to pick us up at our hotel instead of some hard to find place in Porto. I highly recommend both the tour and great guide, Violeta. Well worth our time and money.

Violeta was a great guide, very knowledgeable and very personable. There were four of us, my wife and I speaking only English, and a Brazilian couple speaking only Portuguese. She handled it perfectly.

Our touguide Violetta was well informed and responded to our interests. We were the only participants and had a very interesting excursion. Braga is better than Guimaraes for a break.

A very well-planned trip hat shows you the richness and beauty of the culture in Braga-Guimaraes and the the surrounding areas.

Nice visit with Isa who is a passionate who will take you through all the eras of her 2 cities.