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Private Braga and Guimarães Tour

The Private Braga and Guimarães Tour unfolds between these two cities, passing through many other emblematic places. On this tour will discover more of the region of Minho by visiting the most iconic landmarks between the two cities.
You will have the opportunity to discover Braga, the Archbishops’ city, formerly known as Bracara Augusta, oldest city in Portugal that played a key role in the development of the Roman occupation in the region. Considered a very religious city and its history blends with the Catholic identity.
Afterwards, lose yourself in the streets of the Cinquecentist Guimarães’ centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, get to know the Castle of Guimarães, considered ‘The First of Portugal’, in which rests the very foundation of the Portuguese nationality, and the 18th century Ducal Palace classified as a National Monument.
Explore the origins of Portugal through this amazing Braga and Guimarães tour!

  • Sightseeing private tour
  • 8 hours
  • Starting and finishing in Oporto
  • 2 or more people

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2 people: 294€ 362€ 380€
3 people: 309€ 381€ 399€
4 people: 341€ 420€ 440€
5 people: 366€ 451€ 473€
6 people: 392€ 483€ 506€
7 people: 419€ 516€ 541€
8 people: 472€ 581€ 609€
+9 people: contact us

Low Season: Nov 1st to Dec 14th & Jan 11th to Mar 31st

High Season: April, June, July, August & Dec 15th to Jan 10th

Special Season: May, September & October

Tour highlights

Cinquecentist Guimarães’ centre

Lose yourself in the streets, the colours and history of the this city. If you are ever in Portugal between June 23rd and June 26th, come see Guimarães through the “Feira Afonsina”. It is recreation fair of medieval times throughout the historic center, an unforgettable experience.

Church of Our Lady of the Olive Tree and the Salado Pattern

It is one of the most significant examples of Gothic architecture in the north of the country. In front of the church we find the Salado Monument, also in gothic style. It commemorates the Battle of Salado, which took place in 1340 against the Moors in southern Spain. Both have been classified as a National Monument since 1910.

Toural Square

One of the most central and important squares of Guimarães, considered to be the heart of the city. In the 17th century it started as a square by the main gate of the town and a place to sell bulls and other goods.

Castle of Guimarães

HERE PORTUGAL WAS BORN! The castle is recognised by many as the castle that, by excellence, is linked to the origins of Portugal. Considered ‘The First of Portugal’, in which rests the very foundation of the Portuguese nationality. Since 1908, it has been classified as a National Monument, and, since 2007, informally as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

Ducal Palace

This 18th century Palace is located in the historical center of Guimarães and is classified as a National Monument. Since the 15th century, it was once an imposing manor residence of the Dukes of Bragança, later used as military barracks. And today, as the Museum and Official Residence of the President of the Republic. Here you can observe a collection of art objects, mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bracara Augusta

It’s the oldest city in Portugal and it played a very important role in the development of the Roman occupation in the region. You can relive the times of Bracara Augusta through the “Braga Romana” event, which usually takes place in late May. It is a recreation fair of historical events of the Roman era through the center of the city of Braga.

Braga’s Cathedral

Also known as Sé of Braga, it is considered a center of episcopal radiance and one of the most important Romanesque temples in the country. It’s one of the country’s oldest church, and its 1st Mass dates back to the XI century. Here you find the tombs of Henry of Burgundy, Count of Portucale and his wife, Teresa of León, parents of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. It has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.

Santa Barbara Garden

Next to the medieval wing of the Paço Episcopal Bracarense, we find this fairytale municipal public garden. In its center is a seventeenth-century fountain, which originally belonged to the former Convent of Remédios, topped by a statue of Santa Bárbara, which gives the garden its name. Since July 9, 2018, it has been classified as a Cultural Asset of Municipal Interest.

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte

A true jewel of the Portuguese Baroque architecture. It is a Catholic sanctuary consisting of an architectural and landscape set. A church elevated to a basilica in 2015, that the architect Carlos Amarante designed, and the then Archbishop of Braga, D. Gaspar de Bragança commissioned. A staircase divided into three loops: The Portico Steps, the Five Senses Steps, and the Three Virtues Steps. Together they overcome an unevenness of 116 meters.The stunning Bom Jesus Park with several gardens and artificial lakes. And, the Bom Jesus Elevator, inaugurated in 1882, which connects the upper part of Braga to the Sanctuary. It is currently the oldest in the world to use the water counterweight system. UNESCO has classified the Sanctuary as a National Monument and declared it a World Heritage Site as of 2019.

Other interesting places you may visit

Monastery of Tibães

Founded in the 11th century, it includes the Church of Tibães and the Tibães Cross. It’s classified as Property of Public Interest since 1944. Given its importance in the Portuguese Empire, it once held the largest and most valuable collection in the region. Currently, it preserves only a fragment of this estate. You can also appreciate the area surrounding the Monastery: its architecture, the ruins of previous buildings, the woods, the gardens, and various agricultural fields such as vegetable gardens, orchards, and corn fields.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro

A temple, completed in the twentieth century and considered one of the centers of greater Marian devotion in Portugal. Inside, the main altar in polished white granite and the silver tabernacle stand out. In front, there are two tall pillars, topped with the image of the Virgin Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as a vast staircase.

Sanctuary of Penha

From any point of Guimarães it is possible to see the Serra da Penha. A fantastic place, where you can be in contact with nature and find magnificent landscapes, viewpoints, caves, chapels and the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Penha.

“Citânia de Briteiros”

Not far from the center, we find this Iron Age archaeological site, situated on top of the São Romão hill. These are ruins of ancient Roman or pre-Roman settlements with general characteristics of the Castro culture in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It is also classified as a National Monument since 1910.

  • Sightseeing private tour
  • 8 hours
  • Starting and finishing in Oporto
  • 2 or more people

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Low
Season
High
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Special
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2 people: 294€ 362€ 380€
3 people: 309€ 381€ 399€
4 people: 341€ 420€ 440€
5 people: 366€ 451€ 473€
6 people: 392€ 483€ 506€
7 people: 419€ 516€ 541€
8 people: 472€ 581€ 609€
+9 people: contact us

Low Season: Nov 1st to Dec 14th & Jan 11th to Mar 31st

High Season: April, June, July, August & Dec 15th to Jan 10th

Special Season: May, September & October

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Tailor-made

The tour highlights recommend some places to visit, however, there are others that may interest you, so we list some of them on ‘optional visits and experiences’. Our main goal is to provide you an unforgettable day therefore we have the flexibility to customize the itinerary according your preferences and tour length.

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Accommodation not included

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Our tours are escorted by very experienced expert guides, all of whom work with us full time. With excellent English, permission to skip lines, and expertise that came from real-life experience and on-the-ground knowledge, they are the key to accessing hidden gems and experiencing the true authenticity of our culture. Our guides are non-smoking.


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  • Coffee and regional pastries
  • Entrance fee in Braga Cathedral
  • Entrance fee and guided visit of the Ducal Palace
  • Free Wifi and bottled water
  • Exclusive and specialized guide/driver
  • Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle which is disinfected several times a day
  • All taxes
  • Public liability and Personal Accidents insurance

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