A top rated day trip that takes in the delights of these wonderful northern cities.
Heading north from Porto with your guide, start your historic and cultural excursion into Portugal’s past and present. The first stop of your day trip is the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guimarães, in the wine region of Minho. Portugal’s history comes alive as you see the city’s 10th-century castle and Dukes of Braganza Palace. Then drive through the historic city center to see Guimarães’ squares and monuments backed by the forested slope of Mt Penha.
Enjoy a two-course lunch of fish or meat in a local restaurant before continuing to Braga, founded by the Romans as Bracara Augusta and known today as the City of Archbishops for its many religious monuments.
At Sameiro Sanctuary, see the domed church of Our Lady of Sameiro, followed by a visit to Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary in Tenões. Here, walk up a crisscrossing Baroque stairway to reach the hilltop pilgrimage church, where you can admire panoramic views over Braga.
Then take a drive through Braga’s historic center, where Portugal’s oldest Christian city was born. See the city’s Roman ruins, Baroque fountains, grand religious buildings and palaces, and numerous churches and towers before returning to Porto.
Your Porto Hotel
9amHotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time
9 hours (approx.)
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm