Private tour to historic Minho (Guimarães and Braga)

The Minho region, where the cities of Guimarães and Braga are located, owes its recognition, importance and name to the Minho River, one of the four largest rivers in Portugal. Embraced by an extensive and verdant natural area, we are presented by the famous Green Wine that creates a symbiosis as special as the grooves from which the nectar comes. Also, we can’t ignore the fact that it was in this location that the Portuguese County was created.

per adult from

$322

AUD

Duration

9 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Driver
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Guimaraes Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Paco dos Duques de Braganca
    • Entry/Admission - Se de Braga
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

    The Castle of Guimarães (Portuguese: Castelo de Guimarães), is the principal medieval castle in the municipality Guimarães, in the northern region of Portugal. It was built under the orders of Mumadona Dias in the 10th century to defend the monastery from attacks by Moors and Norsemen.

    The castle is a military fortification grounded primarily in the late Romanesque period, and elaborated during the early Gothic epoch of Portuguese architecture. Its area is delineated by walls forming a pentagram, similar to a shield, that includes eight rectangular towers, military square and central keep. Originating in the foundations of a Roman structure, from the writings of Alfredo Guimarães, it was later elaborated on the French model, in its current the form of a shield, with reduced central yard and difficult accesses. It includes several Gothic characteristics, owing to its remodelling at the end of the 13th century, when the keep and residences were constructed (possibly over pre-existing structures).

    Duration: 45 minutes

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

    The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Portuguese: Paço dos Duques de Bragança) is a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza, located in the historical centre of Guimarães (Oliveira do Castelo), in the north-western part of Portugal.

    It was initiated between 1420 and 1422 by Afonso, Count of Barcelos, the illegitimate son of John I of Portugal (and future Duke of Bragança), after his marriage to his second wife. His prodigeny would occupy the space until the Dukes of Braganza moved to Vila Viçosa, abandoning the palace. The 16th Century marked the beginning of period of ruin, which was aggravated during the 19th century, when the local population used the palace as a personal quarry. During the Estado Novo regime, a controversial restoration restored the Palace, while implying a grandeur that may not have existed. The Palace of the Dukes was classified as a National Monument (Portuguese: Monumento Nacional) in 1910, and has been an official residence for the Presidency.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes Portugal

    Historic Centre of Guimarães is an urban space of the city of Guimarães, in Portugal, tracing back to medieval age covering an area of 16 hectares and retaining many buildings from the medieval age until 19th century. Since 2001, it is declared as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

    Guimarães is closely linked to the formation of national identity and of Portuguese language in 12th century. It is the native city of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, who in 1139, declared independence of the country.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Se de Braga, R. Dom Paio Mende, Braga 4700-424 Portugal

    The Cathedral of Braga (Portuguese: Sé de Braga) is a Roman Catholic church in the northern city of Braga, Portugal. Due to its long history and artistic significance, it is also one of the most important buildings in the country. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Braga and of the Primate Archbishop of Portugal.

    The Cathedral has been classified as National Monument since 1910.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, Largo do Santuario do Bom Jesus Tenões, Braga 4715-056 Portugal

    Bom Jesus do Monte is a Portuguese sanctuary in Tenões, outside the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus of the Mount.

    The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). It is an important tourist attraction of Braga.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, Av. Nossa Sra. do Sameiro 44, Braga 4715-616 Portugal

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Sameiro is one of the places most visited Marian cult in Portugal, attracting many devotees every year during pilgrimages from 1st Sunday of June and the last Sunday of August.

    Its construction was initiated in XIX century, by Father Martinho da Silva, in neoclassical style. Artistically not have much interest except the silver tabernacle that we can see on the main altar and the image of the patron saint, held in Rome by the sculptor Eugénio Maccagnani and brought to the sanctuary in 1880.

    But his visit is justified by the fact that we have here one of the most spacious panoramic Region, as the Shrine of Our Lady of Sameiro is 566 meters.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Centrally located Porto hotels
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Group Size

7

Organised by ANETOURS Transportation and Travel Solutions

Activity ID: V-65911P10

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