8 Hours
Duração
Oporto
Localização

Braga and Guimaraes Tour in the Northern Portugal is about green and lush vegetation, incredible sights, it is about tradition, history and monuments, but also about modernity and development, famous for its historical buildings, monuments, gardens and fountains Braga is a beautiful city in the heart of the green Minho region.

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Total Price 250€ 270€ 300€ 310€ 320€ 350€ 370€

PLACE OF DEPARTURE Hotel/Apartment, Oporto
TIME OF DEPARTURE 9:00 AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:00 in the afternoon.
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guide Bottled Waters
Travel in the water powered elevator Free Wifi
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

This is a tour that you can not miss, feel Minho region is to feel the landscape, the history, the culture, the tradition of being Portuguese, Braga’s importance as a religious centre is not recent phenomenon,  pilgrims have been journeying here for many, many centuries, indeed it is said that the Visigoths would come here to denounce their heresies,  in the 12th century, as the seat of the Portuguese archbishops, it became established as the religious capital of the country.

Guimaraes  the birthplace of Portugal as we know it today,  in establishing Portugal’s status as an independent country and national identity is significant, also  from this city is Gil Vicente credited with founding Portuguese theatre in the 16th century and has duly received the moniker ‘The Shakespeare of Portugal’.

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Minho

Minho is the name of the river that serves as border between the northern Portugal and Galicia in Spain, also the name of the region where a famous wine originated from, that goes by the name of Vinho Verde (Green Wine) and that “stays in the memory of those who drink it” (Portuguese popular saying).
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Guimaraes

We start unveiling this region by exploring the first capital of the Nation: the city of Guimaraes, World Heritage Site since 2001, located in the sacred hill where a D. Afonso Henriques’ statue appears to be standing on guard (first Portuguese King). And no better place to start than its Castle (Portugal foundation’s Castle), followed by São Miguel Church and Paço dos Duques de Braganca (Braganca house’s Palace). Right after we explore the old medieval streets that appear to have left tale of fantasy, ending where beautiful squares reign, like Sao Tiago, Toural and Oliveira. Now it’s time to taste the delicious Santa Clara’s pastry (Pastel de Santa Clara).
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Braga

Time to visit Braga, today a modern flourishing city, but where you can feel the ancient roman and medieval past, as we can observe the many influences of various civilizations on its walls and façades and its predominantly Baroque interior, the main entrance and entrance side streets make the locals use the cathedral to make their way through their busy routines and give the Catedral an unusual, almost familiar charm that shows the grandeur of this space.

The biggest attractions of the city, such as the Episcopal Palace with its gardens, the Largo and the Church of the Cross, and finally the Republic Square where you can feel the pulse of this vibrant city.

We will visit its Cathedral, where the cross used for the first mass in Brazil is kept, admire its magnificent tube organs, visit the upper choir and the mortuary chapels of some bracarensese archbishops where we will find the tombs of the fathers of the first Portuguese king (D. Afonso Henriques).

It is much more than a religious or tourist point, it is part of the life of bracarenses (nicknames of the residents of Braga).

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Water Powered Lift

Ever imagined being driven by a water-powered elevator using water counterweights, the oldest in the world without ever having known an accident, with a cabin deposit that is at the top of the route is attested of water to, through the difference of weight, make the other cabin go up the slope, the water being emptied when it reaches the foot.

Simple and effective a water tank that fills the upper plane and empties in the lower plane. The amount of water to be placed is determined by the passengers, at the time of departure, the driver of the lower cabin informs the superior by a sound signal the number of passengers in that cabin and it fills the tank with an amount of water according to these information.
The weight of the water, together with the weight of the passengers, causes this cabin to descend and from the opposite side to the cabin with new passengers.

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Bom Jesus - Sanctuary

 
Now we drive uphill to visit the “jewel of the crown”, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, the marvel of the baroque period. Starting by climbing (or not) the 581 steps and to let ourselves get spiritually involved by its chapels that tell us the story of the Via Sacra (Stations of the Cross) and relax in its green gardens.

Built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with various architectural styles between the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical, with several chapels of the Via Sacra and the Church, a monumental staircase punctuated by statues and symbolic sources, this model had wide repercussions in Portugal and Brazil. This Sanctuary of Bom Jesus served as inspiration for numerous constructions around the world, Bom Jesus de Congonhas, in Brazil, the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, in Lamego, among others.

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Return to Oporto

Braga and Guimaraes Tour
Braga and Guimaraes Tour
Tour Braga e Guimaraes
Tour Braga e Guimarães
Braga and Guimaraes Tour
Braga and Guimaraes Tour
Braga and Guimaraes Tour

Tour Reviews

16 August, 2017

“A five star private tour from Walkborder on three occasions.”

Walk border collect us from our cruise ship and tailor make a family/ group tour to suit us. Since 2010 Hugo has taken us twice and Josef once. Both speak excellent English, are very knowledgeable about Portugal and it’s history, and both are so very kind – nothing is too much for them. This tour is tailor made, they make suggestions and you can be driven or walk about as much as you require to places of interest. As well as the old town with its views over Lisbon, the town square, the park and the churches you get places of interest thrown in that only locals would know about, for example the bakery that has been making special custard tarts (sampled) which were the secret recipe of the nuns and a truly Portugese fish restaurant for lunch.
They will take you to other places of interest if required outside of Lisbon.

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