Witness the castle, palace & charming historic centre in the birthplace of Portugal
Depart Porto en route to Guimaraes, where we will visit the Palace of the Dukes and the 10th century Guimaraes Castle, the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. After, we will to the quaint historical center which is extremely well preserved where the narrow streets of the Medieval quarter are lined with old houses and ornate balconies, tiled churches and historic monuments all leading to the beautiful main square, Largo da Oliveira.
Continue the tour to Braga, the capital of Minho province and known as "Portuguese Rome" because of its remarkable collection of religious architecture. Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary; a magnificent site with chapels, caves, ornaments, and beautiful gardens.
After a traditional lunch, head to the Se Cathedral; a Gothic/Renaissance structure founded in 1070 including one of the three Gothic chapels, Capela dos Reis.
Afterwards, there will be some free time to explore and shop before returning to Porto.
Pick up at pier, hotel or other location.
Drive to and explore Guimaraes.
Drive to Braga, stop for lunch, explore Braga.
Return to Porto.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
Note: Tour can be customized based on guests' requests.
Guests will be driven in a private air conditioned Mercedes tour vehicle
Estimated Local Cash Needed
28 € - For lunch and entrance fees to the Palace of the Dukes and Tower in Guimarães and Cathedral in Braga.
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Orquidea gave us a tremendous historical oversight putting into perspective the relevance of the Cathedrals, castles, and monuments we saw. She had a great sense of pace in creating a vivid picture of the two cities we visited. A totally enjoyable dialogue about Portugal and its people. And a great lunch spot. Thanks Orquidea.