Guimarães (UNESCO) & Braga - Private Shore Excursion

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Tour Number

Activity Level

38345


Categories

Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, City

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (basic), Italian (conversational), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Minho Charm - Designed for cruisers!


Depart the pier by private van to Guimarães, known as the "Cradle of Portugal" and in 2012 - the European Capital of Culture. Here, you will visit the Palace of the Dukes and see a spectacular collection of Renaissance pieces and Baroque furniture, Chinese and Indo-Portuguese porcelain, Flemish tapestries and Persian rugs. Nearby, sits the 10th century Guimarães Castle, the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.

Continue the tour to Braga, the capital of Minho province. This city has a remarkable collection of religious architecture that has earned it the title of "Portuguese Rome. " Visit the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary; a magnificent site with chapels, caves, ornaments, decorative furniture and beautiful gardens.

After a traditional lunch, head to the Sé Cathedral; a Gothic/Renaissance structure founded in 1070 including one of the three Gothic chapels, Capela dos Reis.

Afterwards, free time will be available to shop or explore the city center before returning to the ship.

Itinerary

Depart the pier or your hotel in Porto by private van to Guimarães where you will visit the Palace of the Dukes and the 10th century Guimarães Castle and Tower continuing to the historic centre to discover the unique churches, beautiful squares and winding streets.

Continue the tour to Braga. Visit Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, the Sé Cathedral and historic centre with some free time for shopping and exploring.

Your tour concludes upon your return to Porto.

Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes; terrain is uneven with cobblestones.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Pickup at the Port where the cruise ship is docked or at your hotel in Porto.

End location: Delivery to the Port where the cruise ship is docked or at your hotel in Porto.

Duration: 7 hours

Note: Tour can be customized based on guests' requests.

Transportation

Guests will be driven in a private spacious air conditioned van.

What’s Included

Other: Professional guiding services.
Private transportation in modern spacious air conditioned Mercedes tour van.
All mandatory insurance required by the Tourism of Portugal Organization.
Freeway tolls.
Free Wi-Fi on board.
Bottled water.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 € - For lunch and entrance fees to the Palace of the Dukes and Tower in Guimarães.

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch and entrance fees and any personal expenses (souvenirs, etc).

A Recent Review of this tour

Miguel is a professional engaging guide & driver. His English is excellent & he is a great storyteller w/a true passion for Portugal. His profound knowledge of history, culture, food & hidden gems made for interesting transfers. NEVER rushed, covering tremendous ground efficiently and w/the fewest crowds. We saw more than we would have seen on our own. He was very flexible and patient as we stopped to take MANY photos. Obrigados to our personal photog & extraordinary guide-now we are In photos together!
Gail S.

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