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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

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    Your Guimarães and Braga day trip begins with meeting your professional guide in Porto. On your way to your first stop, get familiar with Portugal’s fascinating history. Listen to your informative guide explain interesting anecdotes that dates all the way back to the Romans. When you arrive at your first stop, the city of Guimarães, get out of your transportation and stretch your legs. Soon you’ll see why Guimarães was annointed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. Surrounded by the scenic ancient Minho wine region and a 10th-century castle, this is an ideal place to start your Portugal history lesson. See the Dukes of Braganza Palace and then move on to the historic monuments in the city center.

    Savor a delicious two-course lunch of fish or meat at an authentic Portuguese restaurant. Then, it’s onward to Braga, a city founded by the Romans. Today Braga is known as the City of Archbishops due  to its multitude of religious monuments. When you reach Sameiro Sanctuary, listen to your guide illuminate its history as you gaze upon the church of Our Lady of Sameiro. Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary in Tenões and walk up a monumental stairway to reach the pilgrimage church with panoramic views of Braga at the top. 

    Save some time to explore Braga’s historic downtown core, where Portugal’s oldest Christian city began. Admire the Baroque fountains, ruins, and buildings and monuments that pay tribute to Jesus Christ. Then continue back to Porto where you tour ends.
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    Departure Point
    Pick up in Porto Hotels
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Professional guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Lunch
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 August 2019

    If and only if you are interested in the history and culture (especially the religious aspects) this trip is wonderful. Our very knowledgeable guide filled us with historical information as we traveled on a comfortable van. The architecture and landscaping we saw was beautiful. A...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank LynnDoster
    Reviewed 16 January 2019

    The group guide is very friendly and helpful. We learned a lot about the history and local culture from him. For those who travel on their own, it's better to take advantage of this small group visit than to work out your individual itinerary.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank wjin2016
    Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

    I chose to do this tour instead of a wine tour of Douro Valley - as this is the tour most people do. Definitely worth it. First stop was Guimaraes- we did a trip to the fort/castle and small church, the cathedral, and did a...More

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