Embark on a Fascinating Journey Through Portugal’s Oldest Cities
Experience the captivating destinations of Guimarães and Braga as you delve into their rich history and cultural heritage. This private excursion offers a unique opportunity to explore two of Portugal’s oldest cities, each with its own distinct charm.
Exploring Guimarães: A Step into the Annals of History
Our first stop takes us to Guimarães, a city with a history that dates back to ancient times. Known as Vimaranes in its early days, Guimarães holds the esteemed title of a UNESCO World Heritage site and is hailed as the birthplace of the nation.
A Stroll Through Time
Step into the historical center of Guimarães and be transported to a bygone era, where tales of knights and nobility come to life. Explore the imposing castle that once housed the counts of Portugal during the 10th and 11th centuries and marvel at the grandeur of the 15th-century Bragança Duques Palace. Every corner of Guimarães echoes with the whispers of the past, offering a truly immersive experience in history.
Discovering Braga: A City of Religious Significance
Next on our journey is Braga, a city steeped in religious significance and boasting a history spanning over 2,000 years. The architectural marvels and ornate churches stand as a testament to Braga’s rich religious heritage.
Architectural Marvels and Vibrant Streets
Marvel at the magnificent Cathedral, an imposing structure that beautifully combines Roman and Baroque styles. As you explore the city, wander through its charming streets adorned with splendid 18th-century houses, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this young, cosmopolitan, and multicultural city. Braga stands as a beacon of progress, prosperity, and cultural diversity.
Tailored Experience and Unforgettable Memories
Transition: This private excursion allows you to tailor the experience to your preferences, ensuring a personalized and enriching journey through these extraordinary cities.
Our knowledgeable guide will accompany you, providing valuable insights and intriguing stories that breathe life into the past. With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, every moment of the journey will align with your interests and desires.
Join us on this captivating journey through Guimarães and Braga, where history, architecture, and cultural richness await at every turn. Uncover the secrets of the past, witness the beauty of the present, and create cherished memories that will stay with you forever. Immerse yourself in the depths of these extraordinary cities, and let their stories and enchantment captivate your senses.
We will pick up at your accommodation in Oporto, in a comfortable car or minivan around 08:45 AM.
We may start visiting the very traditional and interesting Braga City Centre. It has the oldest Cathedral in Portugal. The first one to be built in the country. After this visit, we will head to the breathtaking and famous place, Bom Jesus do Monte and its stately sanctuary.
Interesting fact: you can find an extraordinary road in Portugal, where the car will go magically up de street even thought the road is slanted down. Let us sugget you to check with your guide if you have time to drop by this special place.
On our way to Guimarães, enjoy a very tasty and typical lunch in a highly recommended restaurant. But also, feel free to ask your guide some other alternatives nearby.
Arriving Guimarães prepare youself to be amazed by unforgetable afternoon in the majestic Castle and the stunning Duques de Bragança Palace, including each room, full of the most historical details. Afterwards you will be able to enjoy Guimarães centre free time to shopping, walk around and taste some typical pastry.
After some free time in this beautiful place, we will drive you back to Porto, full of new memories to remember and stories to tell.
The estimated time of arrival to Porto is around 06:00 PM.