Braga and Guimarães Tour - Full Day

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Introduction

Surprise yourself on this wonderful full day trip to the gems of Minho Region: Braga and Guimarães, two imperative cities full of history.

Braga is one of the most important Portuguese cities and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world (with more than 2.000 years of history!). Guimarães is known as “The Cradle of Portugal, famous for its unique historic center – UNESCO World Heritage.

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   Daily    9 hours
Highlights

Explore the Triangle of Faith in Braga: the Cathedral, the Sameiro Sanctuary, and the Bom Jesus do Monte

 

Get to know amazing landscapes, peaceful and beautiful places, king’s histories and Portuguese culture and devotion

 

Visit the Guimarães Castle, a building full of history and the "birthplace of Portugal"

 

Appreciate, on a walking tour, the medieval city of Guimarães. With small modern details, it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Key details

LANGUAGES

Portuguese, English, Spanish or French. 

DURATION

9 Hours 

SCHEDULE

Daily: at 08.30 AM

PICK UP AND DROP OFF (choose your option)

With Hotel Pickup/Drop-Off: hotels in the city center of Porto or Gaia - other types of accommodation are not included; you will be picked up in the most nearby hotel

Without Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off: at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352 - in front of the São Bento train station


Full description

This exciting journey has its first stop will be Braga, the Capital of Minho, and then we will discover the historic city of Guimarães. Prepare your cameras and come with us to explore two of the most important cities for the History of Portugal!

Our tour starts in the direction of Braga. Along the way, enjoy the lush landscape and green of the mountains, valleys, and rivers. Braga is a deeply religious city and this guided tour will allow you to visit the Triangle of Faith: the Cathedral, the Sameiro Sanctuary, and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Exciting, right?

The Sameiro Sanctuary, a Marian shrine, is a strong proof of the Christian heritage. A dazzling building that attracts a great number of devotees and tourists. Did you know that Mount Sameiro is the highest point in the city? From there, you will have breathtaking views that run hundreds and hundreds of kilometers. Not only for the Catholic faith but for its architecture, you will understand why this monument is so incredible in everyone's eyes.

Later, we will find the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, one of the greatest highlights of this tour. Famous for its endless stairs and Baroque details, this place will definitely impress you! Not only a religious monument but also a truly romantic and relaxing place, with stunning views of the city. Here, Nature is privileged and protected with the utmost affection.

It's now time to visit the magnificent Cathedral of Braga (also known as Sé de Braga), a monument that combines three different styles: Romanesque, Manueline and Baroque. It is the oldest Cathedral in Portugal - it was even built several decades before the founding of the country! Undoubtedly, this imposing Cathedral is the greatest landmark of Braga.

We will take a break in the historic center of Braga to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch (optional). Relax and appreciate this time.

After lunch, we will drive to Guimarãesthe birthplace of Portugal and a World Heritage Site, since 2001. This was the city where the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. The history of Guimarães is related to the foundation of the national identity and the Portuguese language.

We will have the opportunity to enter and explore the Castle of Guimarães, the 10th-century national symbol. From the outside, its medieval structure looks impressive; on the inside, you can have stunning views over the city. Then, we will continue passing through the Palace of the Bragança Dukes and visit the São Miguel Church. 

Observe the imposing statue of D. Afonso Henriques and walk through the Martins Sarmento Square. To end this short walking tour, you will discover the Santa Maria Street, the City Hall, the Santiago Square, and the Senhora da Oliveira Church

Guimarães is an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval city throughout History! 

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Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off - only when selected.
  • Professional local guide.
  • Transportation on a comfortable minibus.
  • Complete lunch in a traditional restaurant - only when selected.
  • Entrance to Sameiro and Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
  • Entrance to Sé/Cathedral of Braga: the oldest in Portugal.
  • Entrance to Guimarães Castle: medieval castle.
  • Entrance to S. Miguel Church.
  • Walking tour in Guimarães: Unesco World Heritage since 2001.

Excluded

  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities (optional).

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Reviews

Atendimento e Tour Fantásticos!!!
A começar pela técnica de atendimento, Carla Moreira, adorei o seu atendimento, dedicação, rapidez e uma tremenda simpatia! Ao guia Ricardo pela seu à vontade na informação técnica e comunicação, pura simpatia, excelente animador e divertido e para não falar da escolha dos Spots fantásticos e vistas maravilhosas. Também queria agradecer ao motorista, que nao me recordo do nome, agradecer empréstimo do guarda-chuva :D
Dina Nunes
Good Tour
This tour was good, the guide though could have spoken clearer english. The sites are nice to see.
Phil
Good Tour
This tour was good, the guide though could have spoken clearer english. The sites are nice to see.
Phil
Great tour!
It was a great tour.....Claudia was very knowledgeable and informative. I will highly recommend it!!
Magdalena Ordonez
Braga and Guimarães Tour (Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte)
I went to this tour with the same agency. There were a lot of history to absorb during the one-day trip. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus was amazing. Jorge spent his time fairly within the Spanish/Portuguese and English-Speaking groups explaining all the important information about the sites we were visiting. We highly appreciated his effort to introduce us about the history of some of the Portugal sites.
Vin
Braga and Guimarães Tour (Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte)
I went to this tour with the same agency. There were a lot of history to absorb during the one-day trip. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus was amazing. Jorge spent his time fairly within the Spanish/Portuguese and English-Speaking groups explaining all the important information about the sites we were visiting. We highly appreciated his effort to introduce us about the history of some of the Portugal sites.
Vin
Braga and Guimarães Tour (Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte)
I went to this tour with the same agency. There were a lot of history to absorb during the one-day trip. The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus was amazing. Jorge spent his time fairly within the Spanish/Portuguese and English-Speaking groups explaining all the important information about the sites we were visiting. We highly appreciated his effort to introduce us about the history of some of the Portugal sites.
Vin
Excellent tour guide made this tour very exciting.
Loved the places we visited. Only criticism was lunch wasn’t the standard I expected.
Robert Ford
Great!
A really great tour to Braga and Guimares. Professional guiding, tasty lunch and a lot of religious and historical attractions visited. Had a very good time today.
Krzysztof Mas?owski
Good day!
We did the Minho tour to Braga and Guimares was a full day tour our guides Andre and Ricardo were very knowledgeable. Saw Some great sights was a great day and good way to see the main sights of both places . Lunch was included and was also very nice food . . Thanks to you both for a good day . Anne and Ronnie (Tasmania)
Anne Kidd
Tour of sameiro,bom jesus,braga,guimaraes
I enjoyed the tour of sameiro,bom jesus,braga,guimaraes. The tour leader explained many things.It was very easy to understand the histories of these cities. And I enjoyed delicious lunch at Braga.
Hiroko Kobayashi
A wonderful day
A wonderful day and an excellent tour guide (Bernardo).
Cynthia Wilson
Jean Malo
Me and my wife did the Braga and Guimaraes tour on Tuesday with Claudia and we did the Douro tour on Wenesday with Miguel and they were both fantastic. They were really gentle and also fluent in many langages. They explained really well and answered all the questions. We also got the chance to meet people from all around the world. I recommend those tours and especially those two guides. Cheers.
Braga and Guimaraes tour
Excellent
The Guimarães/Braga tour was excellent in spite of the rain and the cold weather. The two towns and their churches are exquisite. Andre, our guide was delightful. Extremely knowledgeable and professional,he had a lot to tell the group about the history of Portugal and its devotion to Catholicism. He did his best to make the small group feel comfortable and well taken care of. Our lunch was excellent! I wholeheartedly recommend the tour
Rosemary A.
Don't miss these sites
Our guide for the Minho tour was one of the best we've ever had. Paula was articulate (in English) and extremely knowledgeable of the sites we visited. She was able to convey the importance & historical significance of Braga & Guimares. She was also adept in providing information about Portugal as a whole. Lunch in Braga was excellent. Highly recommend this small group tour.
Beverly and Jeff
Me and my wife enjoyed very much the guided tour to Guimaraes and Braga
Just to say that me and my wife enjoyed very much the guided tour to Guimaraes and Braga guided by Manuel on the 18th or the 19th of May. Manuel was well equipped to give us a comprehensive background regarding the history of all the Sites we visited. He is patient, well informed and willing to satisfy his passengers. Manuel kept the timetable in a manner that enabled us to Enjoy all the places of interest that we had to see. Kind regards Isaac & Yemima Ergas
Isaac & Yemima Ergas
Je tiens à féliciter notre guide MIGUEL
Mon épouse et moi-même avons utilisé vos services de Livingtours à Porto le vendredi 29 juin 2018, ou nous avons séjourné une petite semaine dans votre jolie ville. Nous sommes de grands voyageurs, assez indépendants et votre système de voiture 8 places pour faire connaître, Guimares & Braga,nous convenait tout à fait. Cela permet de faire connaissance avec les autres passagers car c’est toujours enrichissant l’échange intellectuel. Je tiens à féliciter notre guide MIGUEL pour les raisons suivantes : - Gentillesse & amabilité. - Passionné par son Pays et ses connaissances très pointues de l’histoire du Portugal. - Conducteur sérieux. - Changement de langue avec une facilité déconcertante (Anglais, Français). - Toujours prêt à répondre à une question des passagers. Vraiment BRAVO à Miguel pour le métier qu’il pratique avec conviction. Nous avons gouté la Franchechina, très copieux pour le soir. La prochaine fois on essaiera de manger l’autre spécialité de Porto les tripes. Ce sera l’occasion de revoir « Los tripeiros ». Nous vous souhaitons une bonne continuation dans votre activité, avec le succès que vous méritez.
Annie & Humbert AGUIRRE
I thoroughly recommend this tour to 2 fascinating and beautiful towns.
Daniel was our tour guide - we could not ask for a more knowledgeable, articulate and witty professional who clearly has a great deal of love for his country as well as his vocation. Nothing was too much trouble for Daniel (including helping me to tackle the gorgeous fish lunch!) and he ensured that we all had a lovely time - a consummate gentleman. The booking experience at the office was also very smooth, with special thanks to Ricardo. This tour is an absolute must if you have some time in Porto! London, UK
Rita
Je vous remercie énormément de votre sérieux, accueil, et conseils...
et je vous félicite de votre organisation, programmes et surtout vos merveilleux guides "des coups de coeur". Avec vos programmes Sintra, aveiro & costa nova tour, Minho tour you made may holidays.
Salma Touati
Thanks to Ricardo Guimaraes for an excellent day visiting Braga and Guimaraes.
Thanks to Ricardo Guimaraes for an excellent day visiting Braga and Guimaraes. He’s a great guide, very thorough and credible and a professional at his job. Sue and I followed that day with a night at the Fado at restaurant Candares tipico Fado. Another 5-Star experience. We’d recommend Living Tours to all our family and friends. Save & Sue, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Save & Sue
The day truly was fantastic!
For our final full day in Portugal, we went with Living Tours ([email protected]) to Guimaraes and Braga. Both are charmingly chic towns, surrounded by lush forests. The Castle of Guimaraes is the principal medieval castle in this northern principality of Portugal. It was built under the orders of Mumadona Dias in the 10th century to defend the monastery from attacks by Moors and Norsemen. Readily, one’s imagination darts back to centuries ago as one climbs on sturdy walls and calls to nearby friends to rush forth with needed reinforcements to ward off an attack. All proves well and one is victorious in battle so it is time to head to town for a bit of shopping and eating. Then it is time to drive on to Braga, especially to visit its cathedral, the oldest in the country, built in the 12th century by the parents of Portugal’s first King. Bom Jesus do Monte in the town’s outskirts cannot be missed. Is name means Good Jesus of the Mount. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage sites with a monumental Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters. The day proved to be a perfect day, in every excessive possible way, of history, beauty, culture, and religion.
Bonnie Lynn
In the bus now on by way back to Porto from the trip to Braga and Guimarães.
It’s my 3rd trip with your company, I also went to Fatima in the summer. You have wonderful wonderful guides, cool buses and I am your biggest fan and I felt the need to share this with you :)) Wishing you a great 2019 and hopefully we will meet again for new trips. With much appreciation Mihaela
MIHAELA MILITARU
MERCI d'être super accompagnateurs!
bonjour,nous sommes ravis d'avoir fait la connaissance de daniel et andré tous deux sont de super accompagnateurs, nous connaissons désormaisce que veut dire le fado, pour la nostalgie qui nous envahi depuis notre retour en France merci encore et a bientôt
VALERIE ET PHILIPPE
Many thanks for a brilliant tour to Braga
Made extra special by a very informative tour guide also a brilliant drive, Paula. Thanks a million! Regards
Criostoir Ireland & Macao
Great tour with lot of learning
The tour to Braga and Guimaraes with Paola on February 3, 2019 was really great. She tweaked the program a little bit taking the weather into consideration so we saw everything in the most beautiful weather. She is very knowledgeable and also a great personality who is easy to chat with. The included lunch was sumptuous and the restaurant catered with no problem also for a vegetarian guest. This tour is highly recommended and even for those who do not like to walk too much as there is little walking involved and even most of that is downhill.
Blanka Elekes Szentagotai
Excellent Braga and Guimares tour
I took this tour on Monday, January 27 with Goncalves, who did an excellent job of conducting it in both English and Portuguese. There only were five of us, so it felt like a private excursion. Goncalves was extremely knowledgeable about the historical and religious significance of these beautiful cities. We all had a wonderful time, including a delicious lunch in Braga. I highly recommend your tours to anyone exploring Portugual.
Terri Davidson
This is a jolly good tour & seen many places of interests
Good driver cum guide Wallace. Lunch provided was excellent can't compLiant. Good trip
Desmond Chiang
Braga y Guimaraes
Ver nice tour and excellent tour guide, André.
Jenny Vera

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