You can visit all the places from the list or pick only the ones you like. Just inform your driver about your choice before the ride. During the stops you can do whatever you want: visit the landmarks, take pictures, ask your driver about the place e.t.c. Take as much time as you want within the overall time limit of the trip.
Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production.
Braga is a city in the far north of Portugal, northeast of Porto. It’s known for its religious heritage and events.
Church of Santa Maria Madalena
Falperra Church or the Church of Santa Maria Madalena is a Baroque church located in the Falperra mountains, outside of Braga, Portugal.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro or Sanctuary of Sameiro is a sanctuary and Marian shrine located in Espinho, in the surroundings of the city of Braga.
Church of Santa Maria Madalena
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro
Bom Jesus do Monte
About the ride
Take a half-day trip from Porto to Braga & Guimarães, the most historical towns in Northern Portugal, learn more about their history and visit the main landmarks such as Sanctuary of Bom Jesus or Sé Cathedral.
This experience will be even more special because you are free to customize your trip and choose where to go first and how much time to spend in each place.
Your day will begin with a personal pickup by your English-speaking driver from your hotel or apartment in Porto.
The driver will suggest the route of the trip with the key attractions that are worth the visit. Since this is a personal sightseeing ride, the driver will stop at any attraction of your choice and spend there as much time as you wish.
In less than an hour, you will reach the town of Braga which is one of the oldest ones in the country. Braga combines ancient spirit which whiffles from the old town architecture with a lively atmosphere from young people who come to study here.
Many travelers from all over the world visit Braga to feel its spirit and discover the main landmarks. Among the favorites, you will find Sé de Braga, a magnificent Roman Catholic church, as well as Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, an outstanding Portuguese sanctuary with many beautifully-decorated stairs.
If you drive a little bit out of the town, you will be able to see Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Sameiro, another stunning sanctuary near Braga, built in the 19th century which was visited by the Pope John Paul II in 1982. The shrine is located on the hill so you will be able to admire the city views from the top of it.
Another religious site that you might consider visiting is Igreja de Santa Maria Madalena de Falperra. This church is situated in the surroundings of the city as well but its glorious Baroque facades will surely impress you.
Then you will head of the city of Guimarães, you will visit many landmarks, including the Guimarães Cathedral and Bom Jesus do Monte. Furthermore, you will vitis its medieval castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, before wandering into the historic central square, Largo da Oliveira, for a local lunch.
When relaxed and replenished, relax back on board your private car as you return to Porto, with hotel drop-off included.
Enjoy your travel to a maximum
You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
Our customers rate us excellent on Tripadvisor and other platforms
Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free Wi-Fi on-board
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Entrance fee for all monasteries
- Lunch, other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive an email with more details about the tour, your Welcome driver, and any more information you need to know regarding this experience. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding the experience.
Can I customize the tour based on my needs?
Of course, that is one of the main benefits of having a Welcome experience. You can customize every last bit of the experience, from points of the visit to time spent per landmark to adding in an extra food stop.
Will there be an official tour guide?
An official tour guide is not included because the overall experience is centered around the driver and the local’s perspective. Although the drivers are very knowledgeable regarding the points of visit, at no point can they be compared with a licensed tour guide who can give more in-depth information regarding historical facts and information. If you would like to include an official tour guide in the experience please let us know via email after the booking is completed.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Bring your Camera
Photography is permitted in most sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (eur) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
Accessibility & Special Needs
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- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost.
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions.
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws.
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