Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
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Approximately 4 hours
Meals not included
Depart the pier by motorcoach for the one-hour journey to Guimaraes -- cradle of the Portuguese nation. The original capital of Portugal, Guimaraes offers a wealth of magnificent buildings and history to discover.
You will see the medieval castle and visit the 15th-century Palace of the Dukes of Braganca. The latter houses a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture and porcelain.
A walking tour through the Old Town reveals quiet corners and narrow streets, a former manor house situated in the square, and a 10th-century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Free time is allowed for you to browse in the local shops for treasures, or relax in the square.
Before you return to your coach to drive back to Leixões, see the Customs tower emblazoned with the slogan, "Portugal was born here."
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations.