All year round
Dates
4 / 10
Physicality
+/- 8 Hours
Duration
1+
Age
Braga, Guimarães
Location

Two cities with an important role in the construction of the Portuguese identity, as a nation and  religion.

We set off from Porto towards Guimarães and start by visiting the Guimarães Castle, symbol of the cradle of the Portuguese nation.

We`ll visit to the Chapel of S. Miguel, where D. Afonso Henriques, the First King of Portugal wsa baptized.

Right next door, we`ll visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, an imposing palace from the 15th century which is now the official residence of the President of the Republic in Northern Portugal.

A selfie next to the statue of D. Afonso Henriques will be followed by a walk through the oldest and historic Santa Maria street arriving at Largo da Oliveira where we will be able to appreciate the medieval center that is Unesco heritage and see the Oliveira Square and Church. We`ll say goodbye to Guimarães with a photo of the wall where there is an mythical inscription saying “Here was born Portugal”.

After a delicious traditional lunch, it is time to visit Braga. The center of Braga has about 105 churches! It is the capital of the Baroque style and the oldest city in the country with more than 2000 years!

We`ll visit the Roman ruins of the city, the baroque fountains and the magnanimous Cathedral de Braga – the oldest in the country!

Afterwards, a walk along longest pedestrian way in this country and see some of the most emblematic baroque buildings, the gardens of Santa Bárbara and the Arco da Porta Nova, a landmark of Braga.

Finally, we`ll visit one of the most beautiful and imposing sanctuaries of the country: The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga, with an impressively beautiful stairway.

To get at the very top of the Sanctuary, we`ll use the first funicular built in the Iberian Peninsula. It is currently the oldest in the world to working with an amazing ancient system water balance!

PICK UP/DROP OFFAt your hotel or accommodation
START AT / END09:30 am / 06:00 pm (approx)
INCLUDED
Pick up/drop off at your hotel

Traditional lunch

Bottled water

Entrance Fees: Guimarães Castle and Dukes of Bragança Palace

Tickets to: Funicular and Braga Cathedral

NOT INCLUDED
Personal expenses
Gratuities

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions

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Detailed itinerary

Let’s get to know two of the most authentic and important Portuguese cities.

– Departure from Porto towards Guimarães

  • Castle of Guimarães
  • S. Miguel Chapel
  • Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
  • Santa Maria street and Medieval center of Guimarães
  • Traditional lunch
  • Center of Braga
  • Cathedral of Braga
  • Arco da Porta Nova (Arch of the New Gate)
  • Gardens of Santa Bárbara
  • Funicular
  • Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga

– Return to your hotel or accommodation in Porto

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End of the Tour


The first portuguese castle - Guimaraes
the cradle of the nation writen on the city wall
Statue of Don Afonso Henriques - the first king of Portugal
The dukes of Braganza palace in Guimaraes
church of s. miguel, where don Afonso henriques was baptized
oliveira square in Guimaraes
Padrao do salado in Guimaraes city center
the stairway of good jesus sanctuary in guimaraes
churches at braga
the city of Braga doorway
gardens of guimarães and mount Penha
sameiro sanctuary in braga
view over braga city from the rooftop of sameiro sanctuary

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 5 reviews
02/08/2019

Norberto gave us a fantastic tour around Guimaraes and Braga. We had a lovely day — a special highlight was the amazing lunch we had with vino verde in the mountains where he regaled us with his travel stories!

We also really appreciated that he could pick us up in Amarante (rather than Porto).

Thank you!

08/04/2019

3 days touring Braga and Guimaraes, Douro Valley and Porto!
Norberto was wonderful as a guide . He was above and beyond . We learned so much about the history And culture of Portugal..His knowledge of the area enriched our trip And made our trip so much more memorable. I would highly recommend Norberto as a guide. Five Stars !!!

18/08/2018

Mucho conocimiento con un excelente guía!

Nuestro guía y chofer Norberto Pinto nos permitió conocer al máximo las atracciones que visitamos, desde el Castillo y el Palacio de Guimaraes hasta los santuarios de Braga.
Fue un viaje muy completo, lleno de lugares que desconocía. La experiencia de subir a los dos santuarios (Bom Jesus y Sameiro), el teleférico, el castillo… Todo era formidable y además siempre las explicaciones y la conversación de Norberto que ayudaban a conocer el contexto.
Además, se adecuaba a nuestro ritmo, considerando que yo viajaba con mi madre, que tiene 85 años, pero que se divirtió mucho.

ennetours
11/11/2017

“Guimaraes and Braga : Ennetours highly recommended ”
We had a super pleasant day with Norberto discovering those 2 villages, Norberto is very friendly, gave us an overview of the Portugal both historical and economical and is a very easy going guy. Norberto managed to even improve our very positive feedback of Porto !!

27/07/2017

We had an excellent tour, 9 hrs plus, our guide was Norberto and he really knew his stuff. He was very personable and passionate,even shared some of his own experiences touring different countries on his own, which made it an enjoyable day. We laughed as he drove and walked around our different places included in the tour. I would recomend this tour guide! Thank you Norberto!

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