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From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Porto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Minho is known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Portugal, as well as being one of the richest regions in history. Explore the area and visit the cities of Guimarães and Braga on a full-day trip from Porto. Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal and of the first Portuguese king. See the medieval castle of Guimarães and spend some time in the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets and monuments of Guimarães are so well-preserved that it is easy to imagine the past. Go on to spend the afternoon in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. After lunch in a typical restaurant, visit the cathedral and the historical center. You will also see 2 important sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte, before making your way back to Porto.

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Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

2. Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

Relax with a pickup from your accommodation. Take in the beautiful scenery on the 1.5 hour trip into the Douro Valley. Learn about the winemaking techniques that have grown with the local communities over the centuries.  Enjoy a morning tasting of Doc and Port wines from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional lunch, celebrating the regional produce and pallet. Afterwards, take a 1-hour boat ride, and admire the surrounding landscapes. Relax by the river with a regionally-flavored cocktail, before returning back to your accommodation.

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Douro Valley: Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

3. Douro Valley: Exclusive Tour in a Tesla

Start with a pickup from your accommodation and a drive to the village of Casal de Loivos. Take a tour of the old olive oil mill turned into a museum, learn more about this very important product of the region, and taste 3 table wines, olive oil, almonds, and honey. Make a short detour to the neighboring viewpoint, considered to be the best one in the Douro Valley and one of the 7 best in the World. Descend to the village of Pinhão and visit the train station, an ex libris of the region, decorated with 24 tile panels depicting the history and traditions of the Douro Valley. Enjoy an upstream boat cruise, and get a better perspective of the great producers located in the area. Head to the Vineyard, where lunch will be served. Try and taste multiple typical flavors throughout the meal, always paired with excellent wine. After lunch, take a tour of the estate, and learn about the process of producing Porto Wine from this award-winning vineyard. Taste their Porto wines, a Rosé, a Tawny, and a Ruby Porto. Enjoy a tour of Quinta do Ventozelo, the Crown Jewel of the Gran Cruz Corporation. Visit the museum and experience the Douro Valley in a single estate. Lastly, relax in the comfort of the Tesla with a return trip to your hotel.

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Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

4. Vinho Verde Full-Day Premium Wine Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Porto, Braga, or Guimaraes, head off on a journey into Portugal’s wine country. Discover landscapes of the “Green Region” on the way to the historical city of Amarante with its 13th-century bridge and the 16th-century church. Enjoy trying the northern regional cuisine. Then you’ll be off and running down the Romanesque Route, a trail that travels back in time through Portugal’s rich history by connecting its most famous monuments.  After seeing churches, memorials, castles, and ruins, you’ll head to the first Vinho Verde producer of the the day, learning of the unique methods used to create Portugal’s famous green wine. To cap things off, you’ll continue down the picturesque country roads to another vineyard. Taste more Vinho Verde, gathering skills to differentiate the particular grape varietals used to make each stunningly crisp wine. After discovering some of Portugal’s undisputed cultural gems, you’ll head back to your accommodation.

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Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

5. Ponte de Lima & Viana do Castelo: All-Inclusive Private Tour

The day starts with a meeting at your hotel in Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães and you’ll head towards the beautiful green area of Portugal, a title given to this region due to the fertility of its soils that confers a vivid green color to the landscape as far as your eyes can reach. Onboard a comfortable air-conditioned minibus, head towards Ponte de Lima, considered the oldest town in Portugal. Here, you will be guided through the picturesque streets, narrow alleys, and the ancient bridge of Ponte de Lima. Nearby this town you will have a relaxing moment with one of the treasures of the region, the green wine (Vinho Verde). This guided visit takes place inside a baroque palace that dates from the XVII century, where you will find a hospitable wine producer that will explain the uniqueness of this wine while you taste as well some local cheese and smoked sausage. This will also be the moment to enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven to Viana do Castelo, a city located between the river the ocean and the mountains. The rich history of this wonderful city will be explained while walking through medieval streets, blue-tiled churches, and traditional jewelry shops where you will find the famous heart from Viana. Enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world - the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. Cap off the experience with a perfectly crafted cocktail by the sea, while going over what has been learned about the history of Portugal, in the picturesque city of Viana do Castelo.

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Porto: Green Wine Region Tour with Tastings and Lunch

6. Porto: Green Wine Region Tour with Tastings and Lunch

You will start by discovering the techniques of cultivation and transformation of grapes in nectar, known as “green wine”. For this you will visit an interpretive center located in one of the oldest and most flowered villages in Portugal: Ponte de Lima. Throughout a complete lunch served in a restaurant, you will then discover the flavors and aromas that make up the best gastronomy of the Minho region, as well as Portugal on a broader scale. Following lunch, encounter one of the oldest crafts of the region, pottery. You'll make a visit to some Barcelos artisans where you will be able to get your hands on the clay to see how the “crockery of Barcelos” is modeled. Before returning to Porto, you'll visit a green wine producer where you will taste a variety of green wines accompanied by local delicacies.

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Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

7. Peneda-Gerês: Full-Day Premium Tour

Travel to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, passing by luxurious green mountains, untouched forests, and crystal clear lakes and waterfalls. On the way, you will be able to enjoy viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes.  You can discover the roots of this old civilization and the traditions kept alive by the locals at the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho da Furna, before sitting down to enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Following lunch, your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you to one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the country, which is the Mountain Shrine of São Bento da Porta Aberta. After this visit, it's time to relax on a river beach, while enjoying a cocktail harmonized with regional flavours.

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What people are saying about Braga District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 382 reviews

The trip with Sergio exceeded our expectations. For the short version: it is highly recommended to do this tour with Sergio. For the details, this trip has multiple experiences in one, the experience of a Tesla car, the experience of being with a very knowledgeable guide like Sergio, the experience of seeing the secret spots of the valley, the experience of being on a flexible and adjustable tour that matches your needs while exceeding your expectations! Finally the experience of having a lunch a very unique spot in the valley. If you are looking for a tour that is less touristy and makes you see the valley with local eyes, then I recommend going on this tour with Sergio, also if you can merge it with a star gazing tour (that Sergio offers but we couldn’t do due to timing) I’d highly recommend doing it as he’s an expert in that as well.

It was a great trip. The church in Braga is a delight. So was the church in Sameira. We were treated to some delicious Portugese food (Acorba). The town of Guimaraes is a little, hidden gem. Finally, Pedro (our guide) was very engaging and knowledgable. We also had great co-travellers. Overall, we really enjoyed the day.

The tour was pleasant and we had an amazing time exploring all the fascinating historical places, and what made it even better, is our guide Emmanuel. He was very knowledgeable, super friendly, and patiently answered all of our questions.

The guide was excellent but unfortunately I don't know how to spell his name. I would totally recommend this trip Braga id the top of the Forbes list of European destinations for 2021, second is Rome.

It was a good experience with a good guide (thanks Philip!) The lunch was worth it and was a good meal. I enjoyed the small group and getting to know other travelers.