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Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima & Barcelos Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your tour kicks off at 8:30am, when you’ll be collected from your Porto hotel.

    During the drive, you will learn about the rich culture and heritage of this region.

    Arrive in the medieval town of Barcelos, head to the ruins of the Palace of the ´Duques de Braganza` that is also an outdoor archeological museum.  You will visit the main church with its spectacular ´Azulejos´ and hear about the legend of the rooster.  

    After this you will visit the historical center of Barcelos where you will visit the church of ´Bom Jesus da Cruz´. You will see the city and its baroque gardens from the medieval tower.

    If your tour is on Thursday, you will as well get involved in one of the oldest and biggest markets in Portugal ´a feira de Barcelos´.

    Leave Barcelos and cruise to Ponte de Lima to spend time strolling the streets of Portugal´s oldest village. Wander along and admire charming architecture highlighted by the Lima river and learn more about the Legend of Lethes river.

    Here you will have some free time to lunch, take this opportunity taste the traditional food and the greatest ´Vinho Verde´.

    In Viana do Castelo, you will get to know the fortress of ´Santiago da Barra´, the hospital boat ´Gil Eannes´ and learn more about traditional regional clothing in the ´Museu do Traje´.

    There will be time for a coffee and a Portuguese pastry before you follow you way to the hill of ´Santa Luzia´.

    Your tour concludes with the breathtaking view from the Hill of ´Santa Luzia´ and a visit to the sanctuary.

    After this the tour ends and you will go back to your hotel in Porto.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located Porto Hotels
    Departure Time
    • Bottled water and softdrinks
    • Snacks (Candybars)
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Entrance fees, unless specified
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: ImagineTours
    6 Reviews
    St. Helena, California
    Very thorough tour, excellent if you love history, architecture, or churches
    We went on a tour of Barcelos, Braga, and Guimaraes with José and his companion Evangeline (?) and it was a great day. They picked us up right outside our place in central Porto in the morning, and then we headed to the street market in Barcelos (which runs on Thursdays... we didn't buy anything, but it was fun to experience)... Other than the market, Barcelos is a fairly sleepy town, feels pretty "local" and off the beaten path, though it is famous for the legend of the "Rooster of Barcelos" which has become a symbol across all of Portugal. From there, we headed to Braga, which has something like 26 churches -- and we got to take a look at probably a dozen of them over the course of the day, including the impressive Cathedral which was a major seat of Catholic power in the area... in addition to the nearby Bom Jesus, which is beautifully located up a mountain at the end of a long-stretching staircase (although unfortunately they are doing renovations inside the church right now... but the exterior views are the star of the show, anyway.) Finally, we made our way to Guimaraes, the "birthplace" of Portugal since this is where the first king, Alfonso Henriques was born, and where he battled his mother to declare independence from Spain (long story. The guides will tell it to you!) There is a castle here, but we walked past it and spent time touring the more grandiose Dukes manor nearby. The town itself is also pleasant to walk through -- quaint and medieval in its layout, but still a fairly large city. After all of this, we were quite satisfied but, even though the tour was technically done, José was nice enough to show us a few more sights... he had time, so he extended the tour to do a little detour down the coastal region, seeing the beach towns and fisherman villages, such as Vila Nova do Conde, with a historical Portuguese sailing ship and a couple more interesting churches. Oh, I forgot to mention... this is billed as a "small group tour" which would have been fine, but it ended up being a private tour for just the two of us! Even better!
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    Helena, Montana
    Highly recommend hooking up with Imagine Tours ...
    My husband and I were fortunate enough be staying where Imagine Tours operated. We had a rental car but after hearing how knowledgeable José was about the history, understanding of key local architecture and notable ‘must see’ areas, we opted to take advantage of an offered, fairly priced, all-day tour. We travelled in a well-equipped, comfortable touring van and important to us, as our Portuguese was almost nonexistent, our lovely hosts both possessed excellent English language skills. We learned so much and are grateful we chose to do this tour because we would have missed some essential information about Northern Portugal, had we travelled on our own. Great outfit, could not have asked for more accommodating and delightful hosts. Would definitely have taken another trip had we more time. We highly recommend hooking up with Imagine Tours
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    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
    Hotel transfer
    Airport Pickup and drop off good and reliable. They do trips and tours 7 seater for four with luggage was very comfortable.
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    Saint-Andre-De-Cubzac, France
    Lieu sacré, sacré lieu : Saint Jacques de Compostelle
    Une ville universitaire et une ville sainte ! La dévotion pour Saint Jacques est incroyable , la cathédrale unique, même si elle est en travaux à l’intérieur ! Ces centaines de pèlerins qui arrivent épuisés et qui s'écroulent devant la grande place, c’est assez impressionnant !! Je suis chrétienne non pratiquante mais j’ai été bouleversée !
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    Imagine tours
    Gisteren naar porto geweest van esposende mooi binnendoor mooie dorpjes gezien en ook beken goed geïnformeerd door José en Eveline een aanrader voor iedereen gr Herman en Corrie
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    Saintes, France
    Excellentes prestations aussi bien pour la navette aéroport que pour les tours
    Nous avons fait trois tours (Porto, la vallée du Douro et Barcelos/Ponte de Lima). Chaque tour nous a fait découvrir des endroits que nous n'aurions pas découvert seuls. De plus notre guide, qui parle bien le français et l'anglais, connaît des anecdotes et rend les visites intéressantes.
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