Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch from Porto

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Guimarães and Braga Small Group Tour with Lunch from Porto
from AUD $132.11
Guimarães, the nation's birthplace and World Heritage, with its medieval atmosphere caused by the castle of the X century and Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, asks for a walk through the streets and squares in the heart of the city, where the charm and history are palpable! Braga, Bracara Augusta - ancient Roman city, the oldest Portuguese city and capital of religion in Portugal, where we visit the XI century cathedral and the impressive Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, located on the hills of the city.

Discover the most iconic and exclusive spots and secrets in this cities main monuments.
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In Brief

Porto, Portugal
8 hours
Small group ensures personal service
Step back in time on a history tour
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bom Jesus do Monte, Estrada de Sao Pedro, Braga 4715-165 Portugal

Visit to the Sanctuary and it's staircase

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Se de Braga, Se Primaz Rua Dom Paio Mendes, Braga 4700-424 Portugal

Guided tour of Braga Cathedral and some of it's Chapels and more restricted areas.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Rua Conde Dom Henrique, Guimaraes 4800-412 Portugal

Guided tour of the Palace.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Guimaraes Castle, Rua Conde D. Henrique Paço dos Duques, Guimaraes 4810-245 Portugal

Visit to the Castle and historical explanation of it's importance on Portugal independence.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Largo da Oliveira, Guimaraes 4810 Portugal

Explanation of the most important square buildings and the origin of the square name

Duration: 30 minutes


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Guimarães castle and Ducal Palace entrance
  • Entry/Admission - Se de Braga
  • Entry/Admission - Paco dos Duques de Braganca
  • Entry/Admission - Guimaraes Castle


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at your centrally located accommodation in Porto

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
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!!
• Submitted 02 Dec 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.
• Submitted 14 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.
• Submitted 08 Nov 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.
• Submitted 21 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.
• Submitted 08 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.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Our tour guide Isa was amazing an informative as she took us to and through both cities . Best tour and was a small group about 8 people . The traditional lunch as delicious .
• Submitted 18 Sep 2019
Fascinating sites of Braga and Guimaraes came alive with vivid explanation from our guide, Pedro! Highly recommend this tour—a wonderful day!
• Submitted 06 Sep 2019
Our tour guide, Hugo, led a great trip to Braga and Guimarães during which we learned so much about Portugal’s religious and political history. His warm personality and humor made the day fun and educational without it feeling like a heavy history lesson. Hugo also shared much about modern day life in these towns and Portugal’s culture, in general. Lunch in Braga was included as was free time in both towns to walk around on our own. A great day trip from Porto and ask for Hugo!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
It was just myself and one other couple on the tour. Hugo was very knowledgeable and an easy conversationalist. It was so easy being picked up from the hotel and a no fuss way to see two beautiful places.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2019
Charming host/driver David(e ?), 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.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2018
• Submitted 20 Sep 2018
An excellent day our and tour. The two guides were great fun and very informative. Lunch was amazing too.
• Submitted 26 May 2018
Excellent trip with an excellent guide. Do this one as you go round the castle and ducal palace in Guimaraes, some dont. Lunch was excellent, very much enjoyed with the small group. All we needed was half an hour longer to explore guimaraes.
• Submitted 12 Apr 2018
Pedro was our guide for the day and Hugo was in training. It was a very relaxed and comfortable tour. Both guides were very knowledgeable and Pedro kept us informed about the day and what we could expect. Our free time was sufficient and lunch was a true Portuguese experience. We were not hurried in any way and on our return to the city Pedro mentioned the clock above Fnac building. He dropped us close on our return and we got to experience the clock and its figures, which we would never have known about. Thankyou Pedro and Hugo for an awesome experience.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
The Tour was great, the guide Luis has given a lot of interesting information. Both Braga and Guimaraes are the gems of Portugal.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
It was a very thorough tour to all of the. Air highlights of Braga and Guimarães. All of the entry fees were included. Also a very good lunch is provided at a local restaurant. Paula was our guide and she did a wonderful job interacting with all of us and provided a very informative narrative to all the different sights. I felt lucky that we had her as our guide.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
Was a great tour. Our guide Violet was very nice and knowledgeable, you can tell that she enjoys her work. I was surprised with the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary and the Cathedral of Braga. Picture don't do justice to this places.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2018
Perfect weather, excellent and personable guide who spoke in both English and Portuguese. We visited cathedrals, beautiful churches, climbed the ramparts of medieval castles. We had a traditional lunch family style. At each stop we were given 30 minutes on your owntime. I did not feel rushed at all. Lovely day!
• Submitted 21 Jan 2018
This is a very exciting tour. Full of history of Portugal being born in Guimaraes. Braga is a beautiful city as well. Paula our tour leader was excellent and full of knowledge of the area as she is from Braga herself. Paula is very approachable and friendly. Highly recommend this tour especially with Paula.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
Tour guide Alex if I remeber well was great. Tour took place even if only 2 booked it. So it was flexible, private and great. We had a restaurant lunch better than expected in Guimaraes city and not in a remote place. WE had entrances paid and we had time to see everything. Tour was more than perfect.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
Fantastoc tour... both cities were very cool
• Submitted 19 Nov 2017
Very interesting tour, would recommend this one. Bit worried about trying lunch, but there was something for everyone. Excellent food and plenty to eat, including wine.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017

In Brief

Porto, Portugal
8 hours
Small group ensures personal service
Step back in time on a history tour
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour