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Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
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Journey to two of Portugal’s northernmost cities, Guimarães and Braga, on this immersive guided day trip from Porto, including lunch. Meet your expert guide and set out for Guimarães, an UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. See the 10th-century castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace. Enjoy a satiating lunch at a local restaurant. Next, venture to Braga, where you will learn about its extensive Roman history from your informative guide. This is a great tour for Portuguese and European history buffs.
  • Northern Portugal day trip from Porto to Guimarães and Braga
  • See Guimarães' UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center and the Dukes of Braganza Palace
  • Sample local delicacies during lunch in Guimarães (included)
  • Tour the Bom Jesus sanctuary in Tenões
  • Drive through Braga's historic center, the oldest Christian city in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world
  • Walk around Braga's city center with your local guide
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto city center
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352 , R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

Our Tourism office is located on the top of Rua Mouzinho da Silveira door number 352-354, near São Bento Train Station.

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8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Please contact the tour operator in order to confirm your pick up time and local till 24hours before the tour.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Braga
Our 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 in the history of Portugal! Braga is a city in the far north of Portugal, northeast of Porto. It is known for heritage and religious events. To the east, the Bom Jesus do Monte complex has a neoclassical church perched on an elaborate 17-story staircase. In the city center, the medieval-style Sé de Braga houses a museum of sacred art and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Kings. Nearby, the imposing Archbishop's Palace overlooks the Santa Barbara Garden.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sameiro Sanctuary
It is today the second largest center of Marian devotion in Portugal, so it is a must visit place in the Minho capital. It is a stunning building that attracts a large number of devotees and tourists. Did you know that Mount Sameiro is the highest point in the city? From there you will have fantastic views that cover hundreds and hundreds of kilometers. Not only for the Catholic faith, but for its architecture, you will understand why this monument is so amazing to everyone.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bom Jesus Funicular
One of the biggest highlights of this tour. Famous for its endless stairs and baroque details, this place will definitely impress you! Not only a religious monument, it is also a truly romantic and relaxing place with amazing views of Braga. Here, nature is privileged and protected with the utmost care.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Se de Braga
The magnificent Braga Cathedral (also known as Braga Cathedral), 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 Braga's biggest landmark.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Centro Historico de Guimaraes
After lunch in Braga, we will leave for Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal and World Heritage, since 2001. Guimarães is a true example of the evolution of a medieval city throughout history! 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 national identity and the Portuguese language.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Guimaraes Castle
National symbol of the tenth century. From the outside, its medieval structure is impressive; Inside you can have magnificent views across the city. Afterwards, we will continue to pass by the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and visit the Church of São Miguel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Guimaraes
Observe the imposing statue of D. Afonso Henriques and walk through Martins Sarmento Square. To end this short walking tour, discover Santa Maria Street, the Town Hall, Santiago Square and Senhora da Oliveira Church.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • There is no bathroom on board the bus
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • The tours may be changed without prior notice
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum passenger required to run - 2 persons
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cityrama
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Guimaraes is Cute but small, a walk thru is good but free time is really unneeded." See review

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star-3
Not recommended
Evelyn_F
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Juan was very good but the experience in Braga was soso. We didn’t look the palace from downstairs and we lost too much time !!!! Also in Grimaraes the lunch was excellent but two hours free was a lost of time. The pick up in general was not organized and we wasted a lot of time until we start the trip about one hour. Sorry. Not recommended
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review.We are sorry to hear that your experience didn´t match your expectations and but we really appreciate you are bringing those issues to our attention.
star-5
Well designed itinerary. Good price and good tour guide.
Miranda_S
, Jun 2022
Well designed itinerary. Good price and good tour guide. This tour saves you time and hassle from going to both town yourself. They also gave you enough free time to walk around and took pictures.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Doc
Eduardo_G
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour! Love our tour guy, very knowledgeable . Beautiful cities that should not be miss . The lunch was very good. We enjoy our time and recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your commentary.We work very hard to ensure that our customers get outstanding and it makes us very happy that it reflected during your recent visit.
star-4
Great tour
philip_p
, May 2022
9th Century Castle was stunning History was very interesting Old churches beautiful Tour guide very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for leaving us a review .Cityrama values its customer and we,the staff,are commited to ensuring that every customer receives great service.We are pleased that you have enjoyed the tour.
star-3
Mediocre
Stacie_W
, May 2022
The towns were beautiful but we had a tour that was supposed to be in English but we had 3 French folks, so we had to hear everything twice-which took a lot of extra time and took away from the experience. For lunch we were taken to a restaurant that has plenty of nice tables upstairs and outside, but instead we were led downstairs to a windowless basement room. which was like a storage area, and served a lunch there. Our guide was ok, but even he was tired of repeating himself in two languages, so I’m sure he abbreviated what he said, which I don’t blame him. We also spent 45 minutes picking up people from their hotels and then again 45 minutes dropping them off. That should be separated out of our time, as we met at an office.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We really appreciate the time you took to write such detailed review.Our regular tours are always done in 2 or 3 languages and free pick-up is available at hotels in city center according with our website and brochure
star-5
Great trip
Tad_H
, May 2022
Christian and Manuel did an amazing job showing us around and told us some of local lore. Very helpful an a great experience. The lunch was really nice as well. We got plenty of time to explore on our own and yet had quite the waking tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your kind words about tour and staff..We will pass on the kind words over to the tour guide and driver
star-5
Great day trip from Porto
Gwen_W
, Apr 2022
Great tour. Guide shared highlights and Interesting facts we would not have known or seen. He was always willing to share more as asked. Lunch was very good. Would recommend this tour. Both braga and guimares very interesting.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5*review.We are happy to see you have enjoyed the tour
star-3
Don't do large group tours
Isola_S
, Apr 2022
24 people in our group and it's way too many!! The guide had to speak 2 languages, credit to him he did his best but there were 18 Spanish speaking & 6 English...he spent the majority of time speaking Spanish & guiding them. Lunch was in the basement of a restaurant...horrible experience. Wish we had known ahead of time we would have opted out and done our own thing. Private tours or maximum of 6-8 are best.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your feedback .Our regular tours usually are done with groups of 30/ 40 people and they are done in 2 or 3 languages..We are sorry your experience didn´t match your expectations.
star-5
Enchanting
Ava_L
, Apr 2022
Andres was a wonderful guide very charming and knowledgeable Braga Guimares were wonderful midevil towns looking for my night in shining armor. In the evening I went to a music show dinner and city tour wonderful
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5*review.We are thrilled to see that you have enjoyed the tour.We will pass on the kind words over to the tour guide who I,m sure will be very happy to know that they contributed in making this day a enjoyable one of your holidays.
star-5
Amazing
Katelyn_M
, Apr 2022
Our tour was amazing. The guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. It was such an enjoyable trip and I highly recommend this for history, walking, and great views
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for leaving us a review.Cityrama values its customers and we ,the staff,are commited ensuring that every customer receives great service.We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed the tour.
star-2
Not what we expected
Linda_M
, Mar 2022
We were not pleased with our tour. We don’t feel like the description on the internet really told you what to expect. We thought we were going to be transported to 2 different towns, learn history along the way, but then have free time to explore on our own. Not at all what this tour was. We signed up for English, but had both English and Portuguese on the tour, so they guide would speak one or two sentences in English, and then switch to Portuguese. Don’t get me wrong, he did that very well, but we just totally lost interest in what he was saying, since we could only get a little bit at the time. We ended up tuning him out entirely. Also, there was no free time, unless you skipped the lunch that was provided. We were very disappointed with the whole day.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review .We are sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience but we really appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention.
star-5
Fantastic tour, fantastic tour guide
Kristina_K
, Mar 2022
Great tour guide (Manuel), perfect group size, nice cities. Manuel did not only know lots about the sights and cities, but also kept the group together and was a great host.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
It was a great pleasure to read your commentary.We do our best to offer enjoyable and unforgetable experiences. Thank you!
star-5
Fantastic
Yolanda_M
, Dec 2021
The knowledge of the guide and how he made sure everyone was ok and attended to needs. He made sure we did not do excessive uphill so we could enjoy experience
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your time and consideration in sending such kind words about our guide .
star-5
One of the best tours of Braga and Guimarães!
Michelle_R
, Nov 2021
I expected to see beautiful sights, after all this is Portugal! What I got was a comprehensive tour including history, culture, and anecdotal tales including some general history of Portugal and moods of the separate cities. This tour went way beyond my expectations.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We would just briefly like to thank the agreeable words that you have sent referring to our service.
star-5
Great day tour from Porto
LAURA_C
, Oct 2021
You won't be sorry you took this tour. Both sites very important to Portuguese History and very beautiful. The group was small (5) and the guide was good. Pick up and drop off at my hotel door step. Worked perfectly for me especially I had an extra day in Porto
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We would like to thank you for your words .Our goal is to offer enjoyable experiences with us.
star-5
Terrific Tour
Jane_L
, Oct 2021
Excellent tour. The guide, Andres, was informative and friendly. A great mix of history and cultural info, without staying anywhere too long. Minibus was immaculately clean & the driver was great, too.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your commentary and we do our best to offer enjoyable days like you have had.
star-4
A great trip
Brigitte_S
, Oct 2021
A great trip for anyone interested in history of the areas around Porto. Lovely views and excellent guide, Francisco!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We do appreciate your comment and our goal is to offer the best for those who visit us.
star-5
Great day trip.
Estela_G
, Oct 2021
Manuel, our very welcoming, efficient, enthusiastic guide was very informative. I would have liked more time spent visiting the town of Guimares.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It´s much appreciated your words.It´s our goal to offer the best to all who visit us.We hope to have you soon in one of our tours.
star-5
Beautiful day with...
Jeff_S
, Sep 2021
Beautiful day with several amazing sights. Silvia was a great guide. Very informative, clear, and personable. The lunch was okay. As usual there were better spots no doubt, but a relaxing day of varied sights. I would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We do appreciate such enjoyable and positive commentary .Our goal is to offer the best to the ones who travel with us.
star-5
Perfect day outing!
Deborah_T
, Sep 2021
João was a wonderful guide…very friendly and knowledgeable. The lunch in Braga was great. There was just enough time spent in each location to get a feel for the cities. Perfect day outing!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Much appreciate such compliment and we work very hard to always offer enjoyable experiences like the one you have had to all Customers.

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