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Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto

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Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Uncover the charm of Portugal’s two oldest cities on this full-day tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto. In the Roman city of Braga, home to the oldest archdiocese in Portugal, visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and see the city’s historic cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. After a relaxing lunch break that will certainly allow you to enjoy the pleasures of the cuisine of the north of Portugal, it will be time to continue towards Guimarães. Visit the medieval village of Guimarães, the birthplace of the nation and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the Guimarães Castle and wander the ancient streets and city squares.
  • Full-day tour of Guimarães and Braga from Porto
  • Learn about Portugal’s most historic towns from a helpful, professional guide
  • Make things easy with free hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Avoid the hassle of traveling with a large group on this small-group tour
  • Lunch and entrances to Braga Cathedral, Guimarães Castle and Ducal Palace are included
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Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Lunch
Braga Cathedral, Guimarães castle and Ducal Palace entrance
Drop Off at two Drop Off points (Trindade Station & Bolsa Palace)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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9:00 AM
Pick up at your centrally located accommodation in Porto
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Cooltours (Oporto)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch and Entries from Porto?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "This is a seamless operation and I highly recommended this tour." See review
  • "very interesting places and good included lunch, even managed to walk up the steps to the church in Braga, so could take advantage of the lunch without feeling guilty." See review
  • "A great day trip from Porto and ask for Hugo!" See review

Reviews

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Fun tour.
Jeff_H
, May 2022
Our guide, Violet, was full of information and energetic and funny at the same time. The tour was well paced giving us a nice taste of some of the important history of the area.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Jeff, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a fun day with Cooltour and our guide Violeta! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
An excellent experience
Linda_C
, May 2022
Great experience with this trip. Our guide, John, was amazing! So passionate about everything he showed us. The tour was top notch. Hotel pickup and drop off was nice, too.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Linda! Thank you very much for taking time to review Cooltour Oporto and our guide João, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide wonderful experiences to those who visit us. Everyday we try to improve in order to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great time with us and our service fulfilled your expectations. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Entertaining and informative trip to Braga
Richard_H
, Apr 2022
Violeta was the most entertaining tour guide of our entire trip. She was also incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much history about the Portuguese monarchy and the cathedral. The city center of Braga was beautiful, with incredible gardens. The provided lunch was in a lovely restaurant and was delicious. We will certainly use this company and request Violeta on our next trip to Porto.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Richard, Thank you very much for taking time to review us and our guide Violeta, we truly appreciate it!! It's always a pleasure to provide you wonderful experiences in our country. Our job is to give you the best possible day and we are glad to read through your review and realize that you had a great day out with us. We hope that you continue visiting our country. Best regards, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Braga and Guimarães with Alex
Jane_D
, Apr 2022
Alex was simply wonderful in bringing the visit to life. He really “got” us and our interests and was a knowledgeable and thoughtful guide. Great lunch included as well as entrance fees (really prefer this option on tours ). Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Jane, Many thanks for such kind comments - we are really happy to know that you have had a great day with Cooltour and our Alex! We hope for your return for more cool tours! Our best wishes, María Sánchez Communication Department
star-5
Great day trip
Hilario_L
, Mar 2022
Very beautiful city of Braga, and the Bom Jesus church and location is beautiful. Guimaraes is also very charming. The only observation is that I wish we could’ve gone throat some of the churches or palace quicker and spend more time sightseeing in Braga and Guimarães
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great value, excellent small group tour
Mark_O
, Feb 2022
Our guides Violet and Maria were personable, knowledgeable, flexible and a great deal of fun too. Also, this trip is great value; we did the math and the tour would have been more expensive, complicated and with no interpretation had we attempted it on our own. And finally, the included lunch was excellent and not rushed.
star-5
Great experience
Milton_C
, Feb 2022
We enjoyed the whole trip and Pedro was a great guide! I recommend the trip. We especially liked the visit to the fishing village.
star-5
Awesome Day
Howard_S
, Oct 2021
Pedro is extremely knowledgeable and made sure we got the full local experience. It was a full day with magnificent views, great lunch, and just the right amount of walking.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Braga & Guimaraes - 2 most see towns & waterfalls
Peter_E
, Aug 2021
Such a charming town - Braga with wonderful shops and magnificent gardens - the flowers were all in bloom. The history of the town was explained by our terrific tour guide Marcia. We had a wonderful lunch at Diana Restaurant just a short walk from the main church. Buy your linens from the shop in front left of the church - very good quality and very reasonable prices. our second town was Guimaraes - a medieval castle and another lovely town to stroll and buy a coffee or pastry before heading back to Lisbon. in between these two towns was a stop Confraria do Bom Jesus do Monte - to visit another beautiful church and beautiful architecturally designed waterfalls. we even got to see a beautiful bride enter the church for her wedding.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Tour Ever!
BeckyToshCarla
, Feb 2020
This was our best trip in Porto! The tour guide Esa (spelling sorry) was fantastic! She was so personable & friendly. It was just a joy to spend the day with her. She had so much knowledge about the history of Porto, Braga, Guimarães & Portugal in general. She spaced out the timing of walking & stopping to sightsee just right. The lunch that was part of the tour was absolutely wonderful & she made great effort to ensure I had a vegan option. I was so impressed & would recommend this tour to everyone. Thanks for everything.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Look no further, just click & book this tour!
sharonkoh1411
, Feb 2020
Glad we chose Cooltours Oporto because the arrangement from online booking to hotel pick up was seamless. We had a private tour with Luís as our Guide whom made our tour an enjoyable one. He’s really professional and was able to share the history of Portugal very well! We loved the restaurante Mumadona in Guimaraes which served authentic Portuguese food (restaurant was full with local patrons!). The time was well planned to visit the places of interest, we enjoyed chatting with Luís and appreciate his safe driving throughout. Highly recommended to book this tour! Cheers from Singapore, Sharon & Gordon.
star-5
Great tour
Matt_W
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide Sergio is super good. He is very knowledgeable and provided the detailed information non stop, before and during the tour. We learned a lot from him from this tour. My family really enjoyed the tour. The lunch is delicious Portuguese three course food with wine. Very taste. The company cooltour Oporto send confirmation before the tour and told us what time we would be picked up. This is a seamless operation and I highly recommended this tour.
star-5
Fantastic Tour
J L S
, Dec 2019
We had a relatively young tour guide, Bruno, who had recently graduated from Tourism school. He was full of knowledge and enthusiasm and eager to deliver all the finer points of the area. It was fast paced but not rushed. The area was beautiful as were the sights. Lunch at the Diana restaurant was delicious. We could not have asked for a better day spent in Portugal. Thank you Bruno and Cooltours, well done!!
star-5
good tour, guide is perfect
Naum S
, Nov 2019
We are, the couple from Toronto, Canada enjoyed the tour. Our guide Viletta was perfect, Deep knowledge about the history and architecture. Small group. Everything was on schedule. Highly recommended.
star-5
Very, very good tour in every way.
Carmine C
, Nov 2019
Had a great time on the tour with all the history and sights. Lunch was very good, which I did not expect. Out guide Rodrigo was great in explaining all the wonderful historical references I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy history.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Kim M
, Oct 2019
My husband and I took this Guimaraes and Braga small group took and our tour guide Bruno was amazing. He is a very knowledgeable, very personable and very caring individual. He took his time to explain and tell us the history of all the sites and places we visited. He also took us to a local restaurant for lunch. The food was very tasty. We had a group of 5 people and we all sat together with our guide to eat. It had a family atmosphere. It was very relaxing and and enjoyable. I will definitely recommend this tour and make sure you ask for Bruno from cool tour to be your guide. My husband and I would like to thank Bruno for a wonderful and an awesome day.
star-4
I don't think it was worth it going to Guimaraes but Braga was ok.
Marli_N
, Oct 2019
We didn't have enough time in Guimaraes or Braga to see the cities. I would've liked more time at least in Braga to see the city. This tour was very fast in both cities.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Violet was great!
Terry_R
, Oct 2019
We had a lovely day visiting these 2 areas. Violet was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of these 2 areas and Porto.
star-5
lots of churches!
d3ttyd00
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide's name was Violeta. There were 6 of us in this group. Violeta was both the tour guide and driver. She is very friendly and knowledgeable. She was also very aware of the weather and modified our itinerary so that we would have the best experience possible. Our first stop was to Braga where we toured the 1st cathedral of Portugal. We then walked around town then had an early lunch. Food was good, I would recommend the seafood option. As the weather cleared, we headed to Bom Jesus Sanctuary. We toured the ground and enjoyed the beautiful views. Definitely walk down the stairs and enjoy. After, we headed to the Guimaraes where our 1st stop was to Castelo de Guimaraes. After Violeta did her spiel, we walked around and took pictures. There is an exhibit inside the tower but you cannot climb all the way to the top. We then went to the Paço dos Duques de Bragança where Violeta toured us around the exhibit (FYI the items inside are NOT the original items from back in the day). For our last stop, Violeta took us to Largo da Oliveira where we visited the church and took pictures in the square. Overall, we had a great time. My only suggestion would be to have a microphone in the van because it was a little hard to hear everything Violeta had to say while she was driving.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Day trip to Braga and Guimaraes.
Alvin_B
, Oct 2019
We had a small group tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and personable taking care of all our needs and requests.We apologize for not remembering his name but company was Cool Tours. We got into very private areas of the Braga Cathedral which was so special. The only disappointing part was lunch - salad and dessert as well as wine was very good.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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