Minho F/D with lunch: Journey into the cradle of the Portuguese nation with this spiritual pilgrimage to the majestic Minho region. Visit glorious Guimaraes and brilliant Braga during this full day guided tour, which features awe-inspiring architecture, lush landscapes of verdant valleys and a rather special cultural icon.
Enjoy a tour through the centre of Guimaraes, which is known in Portugal as the ‘Berço da Nação’, the cradle of the nation, due to its importance in the development of Portuguese national identity. As such, it holds a special place in the people’s hearts. It is a city steeped in history with a well-preserved 10th century castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, the last royal family of Portugal and Brazil. The old town is has a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Continue to Braga, the capital of the Minho region, and discover the city’s spellbinding religious architecture. Admire the cathedral, which is Gothic at the base and baroque at the top, the three stunning sanctuaries – the stairway of Bom Jesus do Monte is mesmerising – and a sensational collection of churches. The tiled façade of the baroque Raio Palace is a sight to behold. Enjoy a traditional lunch in Braga to refuel for the afternoon.
Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotel.
Duration: Ten hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: About 6pm.
Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
Others: Itineraries on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. Tour subject to weather conditions or certain events that could take place in certain dates.