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  • Braga and Guimarães Full Day from Porto with Lunch

    1. Braga and Guimarães Full Day from Porto 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.

    Great tour with an excellent guide. Braga and Guimarães are really nice places and full of interesting history. Many thanks to our guide Silvia who made this day tour just perfect. She’s knowledgeable and described with detail all the places that we visited. She was also very accommodating and answered all of our queries.

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

    2. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

    Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a 10-hour excursion to Gerês National Park. Enjoy a day of hiking, kayaking and savoring local food. The itinerary can be altered to make the best of the weather conditions in winter and summer. Travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. After around 90 minutes, you’ll reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking in the it‘s calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to your vehicle. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, where you will taste local food and wine. In the afternoon you will find a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside.

    It was amazing, wow, started off being picked up from our hotel which was great. We had a ride of 1.5 hrs, which was still entertaining thanks to Emanuel was great, charismatic fun and informative. We got there and kayaked and paddle boarded it was so amazing peaceful and fun enjoying stunning views thanks to the know of Emanuel. We followed on to an amazing Portugese Lunch which was delicious and various, they even catered for the dietary options of the whole group some of which were gluten free and vegan. After this we went a but offroading which was fun and drove to this secret water fall swimming spot which was breathtaking. We then were driven back to our hotel in porto. All in all a big credit to this amazing experience was Emanuel he made it fun and memorable for all of us. Such a character, thank you so much Emanuel! Emma and James!

  • Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

    3. Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

    Be collected at your accommodation in the city of Porto and set out to discover northern Portugal. Arrive in Guimarães for a calm walk through the medieval city and enter the Castle, which is known as the birth of the kingdom of Portugal.  Then, visit the Palace of the Dukes and be dazzled by the luxuries of royalty throughout the centuries. Your local guide will tell you the whole history of Portugal. A delicious traditional Portuguese lunch will be served in a restaurant where you can taste the famous Vinho Verde, which is produced in the region.  Travel to the city of Braga, known as the city of the Archbishops. Visit the historical center and the interior of the Cathedral. Go to the top of the mountain and visit the most magnificent Sanctuary in Portugal, Bom Jesus do Monte. 

    Hugo was a kind, knowledgeable and organized guide. The cities and sites chosen were beautiful and interesting. Highly recommended.

  • Porto: Guimarães & Braga Tour with Entry Tickets and Lunch

    4. 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 archiepisc...

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

  • Douro Valley: Premium Full-Day Tour Experience

    5. 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.

    João is an exceptional tour guide. He has a deep knowledge of subject matter for his tours; food, history, culture, You ask a question and get ready for a very interesting and factual explanation. I highly recommend any of his excursionS and plan to use him again

  • Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

    6. Braga: Tuk Tuk City Tour

    During this tuk tuk ride you will be taken through the most important historical and architectural points of the city center of Braga to understand the importance and extensive history of the city. Within the maze of narrow streets, Gothic churches back onto modern shopping streets and grand baroque buildings surround peaceful plazas. Braga is the perfect place for history and culture, being home to numerous monuments and attractions, including one of the finest monuments in Northern Portugal, the Bom Jesus do Monte church, a must-do for any trip to Braga. Some of the other sights covered by this tour are the Holy Cross Church, Pius XII Museum, Roman Thermae of Maximinus, Roman ruins of Carvalheiras, Biscainhos Museum, Carmo Church, Mercado Municipal de Braga, Braga City Hall, and the Public Library of Braga. The number of these places visited will depend on the duration booked.

  • Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    7. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

    Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

    Just an amazing day. We can only recommend it. A lot of things to learn, to discover with the guide. We were not used to take a guide, but for this time, it was very helpfull to find what to see and where to go. Just go and enjoy!

  • Portugal: Braga Cathedral Entry Ticket

    8. Portugal: Braga Cathedral Entry Ticket

    Visit Portugal's historical Braga Cathedral and benefit from a combi ticket that gives you access to its three beautiful chapels, the choir room, and the treasure museum, which contains valuable pieces of sacred artifacts. Admire the architecture of a church with more than 900 years of history. Since June 23rd of 1910 Braga Cathedral has been considered a Portuguese National Monument. The Braga Cathedral was the first Portuguese Cathedral to be built even before Portugal was considered a country. Its construction began at the end of the XI century by Bishop D. Pedro and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary on August 28, 1089.  Explore the Cathedral’s treasure museum where you will be able to marvel at pieces of sacred and valuable art. Additionally, get access to the Kings, S. Geraldo, and Glory Chapels as well as the Choir.

  • Half-Day Braga City Tour

    9. Half-Day Braga City Tour

    You will get picked up at your hotel in the morning and ride in an air conditioned minivan towards "Bracara Augusta" (Braga), the ancient roman city. Begin your visit in the sanctuary of Bom Jesus and prepare yourself to get there in a water-powered funicular (included) built in 1882. From the top of the hill be dazzled with the spectacular belvedere with the entire city below. Reaching the historical center of Braga, it's time to do a small walking tour to get to know the city better. In the outside of the old medieval Wall, visit the church of Congregados and then head  towards the most imposing monument, the Sé Cathedral built in Romanesque style with finishings in Gothic style. Braga being the city of the archbishops, it's cathedral is indeed one of the most spectacular. Visit the old castle tower or the new avenue designed in the early twentieth century where the famous Teatro Cir...

    Steve was an excellent guide and seemed very knowledgeable about Braga. We had meet Steve the day before on a different tour we did (although he was not our guide on that trip)He was on time and we had a great time.

  • From Oporto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    10. From Oporto: Braga and Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Travel back in time to discover 2 of the oldest cities in Portugal and see historic monuments existing side by side with modern-day life. Choose a guided public or private tour according to your preferences. Following pick-up from your hotel in Oporto, begin the day by visiting Braga, nicknamed the "Rome of Portugal" for its rich culture and traditions. See the emblematic squares and churches of Portugal's oldest city, along with monuments such as the Sé Cathedral, Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Sameiro Sanctuary. After visiting the monuments in Braga, delight yourself with the delicious dishes of Portugal in a typical restaurant of the city of Braga (The guide will inform you about the dishes available on the day of the visit) Then travel to the medieval city of Guimarães, considered the "Cradle of Portugal." Walk the streets of the historic district and visit the main attractions and monum...

    It was a very interesting and lovely day with our tourguide. We got all information about the cathedrales, churches, areas and more. We spend time in an original restaurant and enjoyed the meal. We absolutely recommend this tour ,it was a perfect day with our guide. It was amazing!

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What people are saying about Braga

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 188 reviews

Our guide was extremely familiar with the history of the cities, interesting n passionate of the cultural, food n wine aspects of this region. We have a group of 6 ( 3 men n 3 women) and we all have fun. Definitely an enjoyable day trip. Personally, I like Guimaraes- the town center is village-like with tree-lined plazas. Perfect relaxing town to spent vacation!!!

Patricia was our excellent tour guide. She drove very well, she explained a lot about Portugese history and the cities we visited. We we with 5 American tourists and Patricia could speak good english. I recommend this very interesting tour. Thank you Patricia and Get your Guide

Pablo was a great tour guide. He explained all the wonderful things and said a lot about nature. We even saw wild horses and boars !!! The tour is highly recommended! thanks

Very nice cities. A guide takes you through the most characteristic areas. It's worth it. The great guide (Joao).

Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Safe driver. Pleasant to spend day with. Wonderful day Elizabeth