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Braga and Guimarães Tour - Private

A taste of the religious, architectural and historical heritage of Portugal

Full day tour to the most important cities of the Minho region in northern Portugal. Chance to meet monuments of great relevance in the history of Portugal and its birth as an independent nation. Braga is the oldest city in Portugal with more than 2000 years. Its history began in Ancient Rome, when it was founded in 16 BC as Bracara Augusta in honour of the Roman emperor Augustus. Guimarães is considered the cradle city of Portugal and its historical centre is considered World Cultural Heritage. Its streets and monuments breathe history and delight those who visit it.

Tour Itinerary - Resume

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus in Braga

1. Visit to the beautiful Sanctuary of Bom Jesus to contemplate a magnificent view over the city of Braga. The Sanctuary is famous for its long stairways, the surrounding park and the first water balanced funicular built in the Iberian Peninsula, linking the city of Braga to the Sanctuary hill. It is still in use.

Braga Cathedral
Braga Cathedral

2. Visit to the Sé de Braga, the oldest cathedral of Portugal with the status of national monument since 1910, containing numerous treasures of sacred art. Its construction began in 12th century, lasted until the middle of the 13th century and was influenced by various styles such as Gothic, Moorish, Manueline and Baroque.

Praça da República in Braga
Praça da República in Braga

3. The visit to Braga ends with a walk through the beautiful gardens of Santa Bárbara and the Republic Square in the heart of the city historical centre. Both great places to contemplate and "feel" the city while enjoying a drink in one its centenary and iconic cafes.

Castle of Guimarães
Castle of Guimarães

4. The 10th century Castle of Guimarães is deeply connected to the military battles for Portugal's independence lead by D. Afonso Henriques, which would become the first king of Portugal. Its one the best-known national monuments and popularly designated as the Cradle of Portugal. It was classified as a National Monument in 2007 and has been informally elected as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

Chapel of São Miguel do Castelo, Guimarães
Chapel of São Miguel do Castelo, Guimarães

5. Located next to the Castle of Guimarães, the small church of São Miguel in Romanesque style is believed to be the sight where the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques was baptised. The chapel is also located next to the magnificent Paço dos Duques de Bragança palace which you will also have the opportunity to visit.

Largo da Oliveira, Guimarães
Largo da Oliveira, Guimarães

5. Visit to the Guimarães city centre and its most iconic places such as the Santa Maria street and the Largo da Oliveira square, famous for the secular olive tree planted on site. The square is also known for the surrounding picturesque houses, typical of Portugal northern region. Along the way you will find other monuments, churches and buildings of great historical and architectural interest.


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Tour Prices - Braga and Guimarães

Private tours. Prices per group not per person.
Number of passengers Vehicle Price per group Duration
group up to 4 passengers (recommend 3) Mercedes E Class car 303€ Full day (09:00-18:00)
group up to 7 passengers (recommend 6) Mercedes Viano / V Class van 362€ Full day (09:00-18:00)
group up to 14 passengers (recommend 12) 2 X Mercedes Viano / V Class vans 721€ Full day (09:00-18:00)
Note: prices do not include meals or ticket entrances to monuments, museums, wine houses or other places we shall visit during the tour.

Tour Details - Braga and Guimarães

  • Spoken languages:  English,  French,  Spanish,  Portuguese
  • Tour duration: full day
  • Departure time: typically at 09 AM
  • Departure location: anywhere in Porto or Gaia city centre
  • Arrival time: normally at 18 PM
  • Arrival location: anywhere in Porto or Gaia city centre