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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

The tour begins at the Cathedral's Museum which, along its four floors, has some of the most curious and beautiful pieces of art that can be found in these lands. The ground floor of the Museum has four rooms in which we will see remains that were found in the different archaeological excavations, the map that will help us understand the different constructions that have existed where the cathedral complex stands today, or the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo. On the first floor we have various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings, both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier and Saint), which we will tell you about, as well as different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, we will leave the cloister aside to focus on the Library, with the famous Codex Calixtinus and the Chapter House. Later we will arrive at the third and last of the floors, completely dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. From the balcony you can enjoy one of the best views from above of the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards we will go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and from where we will directly access the Cathedral without having to wait on line. (Exception made if a special event is taking place as can be a Royal Visit of the King and Queen of Spain). We go to the temple to enjoy its different chapels, as well as the main altar, the tomb of the apostle, the Botafumeiro or the Holy Door. We make the tour according to your needs and we adapt to your preferences.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

2. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 beautiful cities of southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto, crossing the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and returning via Valença do Minho. One of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago is best known for the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail following the cult of St. James. Upon arrival, you will visit the magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral, dedicated to the apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. You will have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, and there will be free time for lunch and a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. In the afternoon, drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages, with a privileged view to the line boarder it was several times harassed by Spain. Being also part of "Caminhos de Santiago". The city is dominated by the fortress of two tours and a double wall projected in Vouban Style - a well known Engineer and French military architect. Enjoy your return by visiting this amazing historical village!

Ourense: Private Walking Tour with Guide

3. Ourense: Private Walking Tour with Guide

Are you one of those who have their own marked itinerary? There is a specific area of the city that you are especially interested in knowing? Then a private tour is the perfect option for you. If you just want to get to know the city and its most important parts and HIstory and have no particular choice, no problem either, we have a route that gathers the most interesting details and places. You choose the day and the hour. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the only inclined main squares in all of Europe, lose yourself among the charming stalls of the Mercado de Abastos and visit one of the most famous monuments in the city to discover its numerous properties, Las Burgas. All this while you learn about the past of the city and its evolution to the present, one of the main cities of Galicia. And of course, you can also visit the Cathedral of Ourense and find out about all the legends and stories that surround it. We will lose ourselves in the streets of wines, famous for their restaurants and tapas bars where we can see first-hand the fame of Galician gastronomy. You will be guided by an officially licensed professional guide the resides in Ourense so for sure there is no missing out on anything.

Ourense: 2-Hour Private City Walking Tour

4. Ourense: 2-Hour Private City Walking Tour

Admire the most iconic monuments in Ourense and hear the fascinating history and city legends behind every turn from your expert guide. Start your walking adventure at the incredible Las Burgas. Marvel at the ancient Roman 'hot springs' where you can still bathe today. Explore the old town and the Plaza Mayor. Here, admire some of the most iconic buildings in Ourense, such as the Town Hall, the Episcopal Palace, and one of the first churches in the city: the Santa María Madre. Make a stop at the spectacular Cathedral of Ourense, famous for its dome and recognized as an outstanding example of Galician gothic architecture. Continue to the Mercado de Abastos to see local foods before heading to the Plaza del Padre Feijoo, home to several modernist buildings such as the Diputación. Finish your tour at the famous San Francisco Cemetery, and feel free to ask your guide for any recommendations.

Private Tour: Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo

5. Private Tour: Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo

Enjoy a full-day tour with a private driver and a private guide that will make everything to give you a great experience! We pick you up and drop off at your accommodation for your best comfort. You will star by visiting Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the world. Here you will visit the historic center, classified as a World Heritage Site and the famous Cathedral of Santiago. After that, you have the precious time(1h/1.5) for lunch and walk the streets of Santiago. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you'll see Santa Luzia Sanctuary and the historically rich city center.

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3.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

As a person who has English difficulty, I thought it might be a rather unstable choice. I participated in the tour because I had a dream of going on a pilgrimage to Santiago and I really wanted to visit Valença. A private tour involving a woman from Poland and only two people was as pleasant and good as it could be. Most of all, the guide, Daniel & Joana's careful consideration and wit, even in a moving car, It was enough to make everyone happy during lunch. From the stories and history of Portuguese culture and life... Unlike what I was worried about before I left, Daniel's accurate pronunciation and the speed of words that were considerate of me were perfect. Above all, I could feel Daniel's sincere consideration for me, so I could immerse myself in the tour. Just in case you're alone... not good at English... If you're worried or hesitant, Please participate without hesitation. From the expressions of pilgrims arriving at Santiago de Compostela, You feel passion and fulfillment.

A long day but a fantastic, amazing day tour with Daniel at the helm. His commentary, interest in assisting us any way possible and driving ability were all exemplary. Liked every aspect of the tour and enabled me to accomplish a long held desire to see the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Very much enjoyed my exploring around this ancient, interesting town. The added stops were well worth the visit too. Marvellous day out. Highly recommended.

Our guide Norno (spelling?) was excellent. Very knowledgeable, personable and helpful - especially as we visited Santiago de Compostela on a Sunday when the queues for entering the cathedral were long. His passion for history and connection to place was infectious. A great command of English.

Fue una experiencia maravillosa, nuestro guía André Vidal conocía la historia y todos los datos importantes, siempre muy amable y alegre. Un tour 100 por ciento recomendado.

The trip was great, the guide Francisco has explained many things to us about the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Thanks.