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Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Minho is a traditional province in the north of Portugal known for having some of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Portugal, for having a huge beauty and biodiversity, amazing beaches as well as being one of the richest regions in history. The Minho region is known by its traditional landscapes, full of small fields, vineyards, villages, manor-houses, hospitality, gastronomy and lots of traditional festivals. Your day starts at 9am and the first region to visit is Guimaraes, known as the birthplace of Portugal and also the birth of the first Portuguese king. In the visit to Guimaraes you will spend some time in the historical city center, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Experience the opportunity to see the Medieval Castle of Guimaraes, where the resident people believe that D Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, was born. Visit the S. Miguel church, the Oliveiras Square and have a panoramic view of the Santa Clara Convent. During the visit, you will observe that the streets and the monuments are so well-preserved that is so easy to imagine the past. After visiting Guimaraes, the Tour goes to Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and one of the most important religious centers in Portugal. Braga is known by its several baroque churches, houses from the heighten century, gardens and thematic parks. Braga counts with more than two thousand years of history as a city. In Braga, enjoy a lunch in a typical restaurant and after that, visit the Cathedral and the historical center. Before making your way back to Porto, you will also see two important Sanctuaries, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Bom Jesus do Monte. The tour will end in Porto around 6:30pm.
Hotel pickup and drop-off for option with pick up included
Braga: visit Sameiro and Bom Jesus Sanctuary and the unique Staircase (Escadório) with 34 steps below the churchyard, overcomes a 116-meter slope with more than five hundred granite steps and is divided into three precious parts
Lunch in a local restaurant for option with lunch included
Sé/Cathedral of Braga: the oldest in Portugal
Visit to the city centre of Guimarães: Unesco World Heritage since 2001
Visit to Guimarães Castle: medieval castle, considered one of the most important of the country where D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal might have born
Visit to S. Miguel Church: considered the baptism place of the first king of Portugal
Dukes of Bragança Palace
D. Afonso Henriques Statue: one of the best representations of Portugal´s first King
Square ("Largo") Martins Morais Sarmento: the area where the first portuguese archaeologist lived
Santa Maria street: identified in several documents from the 10th century and one of the oldest in the city
City Hall: Former Convent of Santa Clara (year 1553)
Santiago Square: buildings of the 16th century, still inhabited today
Church of Senhora da Oliveira ("Lady of the Olive Tree"): The pre-Romanesque monastery founded in 949
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Third party services are subject to availability and may change without notice
Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extras language or more.
Tours run in samll groups between 8 and 30 people
Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, The Tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc
Pick up: Free of charge in central Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia hotels, for option with pick up included
Reservation is mandatory and requires an email request/confirmation. Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours befor the date of the servisse. Cancellations within 48 hours or less will be fully charged.
All tours depart from Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
The services included in the tours/wine estate visits, restaurants, etc) are subject to 3rd party availability and may change without prior notice.
Not wheelchair accessible
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
Lunch: included for option with lunch
Meeting point (for option with no hotel pick up): Living Tours at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4050 - Porto, next to São Bento train Station