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.