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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.

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

2. Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

Take a day to get to know the Costa da Morte and the most rugged Atlantic coast facade in Galicia. Discover places of unique and stately beauty, such as Ponte Maceira and Muros, which has the privilege of owning an authentic marine quarter. Muros, with its beautifully restored old town, maintained its original image and now is its own sign of identity against the excesses of the coastline. The next stop is Ézaro in the extreme south of the Coast of Death. The waterfall of Ézaro is the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. See Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, the westernmost area of Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the end of the earth. Here you can enjoy stunning views of the cliffs, brave the waters of the Atlantic, and also take some free time for lunch in the town of Finisterre. Finally, discover another essential point, Muxía, a typical fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building built in the 11th-century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. Do not miss the opportunity to discover one of the most unique areas of Galicia.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

3. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 charming southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto. Cross the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and stop to see Valença do Minho on the way back to Porto.  Board a comfortable van or bus and embark on a journey to one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago. See the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail and visit a magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral. Admire the architecture that was originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. Have the opportunity to attend mass and enjoy free time to go for a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Begin the drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, a historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages and it was part of "Caminhos de Santiago".  See how the city is dominated by a fortress of two towers and a double wall before returning to your meeting point in Porto. 

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

4. Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building. Take some free time for lunch in Luintra. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

5. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

From Santiago: Day Trip to Ribeira Sacra with Catamaran Ride

6. From Santiago: Day Trip to Ribeira Sacra with Catamaran Ride

The Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, between the south of the province of Lugo and the north of the province of Ourense, is a fairytale landscape, crossed by the rivers Miño and Sil on whose shores we will discover the terraces of vineyards where different varieties of grape are cultivated to produce some of the best Galician wines. A humanized landscape, with a unique use of the land that transforms slopes of up to 70% in a succession of small terraces. The enologic resource together with the abundance of heritage, especially Romanesque churches and monasteries, as well as a spectacular landscape, justify the candidacy of the area for World Heritage Site. We will start our day navigating by catamaran through the spectacular Canyons of the Sil River, a 1 hour and a half ride with a drink included, in which we will contemplate the forests and vineyards so characteristic of this area of the Galician interior, an idyllic start of the trip without doubts. We will then move to one of the most special viewpoints of the Ribeira Sacra, to admire this incredible landscape from the heights. The next stop of our trip will be the monumental Monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil, of Romanesque and Renaissance style, currently converted into a Parador Hotel. Located in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, its architecture will undoubtedly surprise us, still preserving the cloister and the exterior ornamentation of the original building. In the afternoon we will visit the historic center of Ourense, the thermal city. This town, which in the past attracted the Romans for its gold and numerous thermal springs, will amaze you with its unique and carefully preserved artistic heritage. At the end of the day we will be astonished by the amount of sensations and places that we can find in this area of the Galician interior.

Vigo: Private Walking Tour with local guide

7. Vigo: Private Walking Tour with local guide

Meet your guide at the “El Sireno” statue at the Puerta del Sol square. Your guide will lead you through a scenic and informative walking tour of Vigo, showing you over 10 of the city's most beloved sights. Hear about Vigo’s fascinating role in Spanish, Roman, Viking, and French history. Learn about the many famous historical figures who have spent time in Vigo including Julio Verne, Isaac Newton, and Francis Drake.  Stroll through the “Casco Vello,” the historic district of Vigo. Take a walk down “la Calle del Príncipe,” Vigo’s best street for shopping. See the La Alameda park, which hides a stone zoo of animal sculptures. Walk by the gorgeous Neo-Baroque theater Teatro Garcia Barbón. Admire the La Farola de Urzaíz, a beautiful street lamp designed by Jenaro de la Fuente which is also an iconic meeting point in Vigo. Stop at Los Galeones de Rande, a monument to the dozens of ships sunk during the 1702 Battle of Rande. Your tour continues as you visit other famous sights of Vigo such as El Cruce de Los Bancos, El Teatro Fraga, El Marco, La Puerta del Sol, El Monumento a Los Galeones de Rande, El Olivo, La Plaza de la Constitución, and La Colegiata. Your tour ends with a visit to the statue of Jules Verne located at Vigo’s port.

A Coruña: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

8. A Coruña: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

After meeting at Maria Pita Square, this two-hour walking tour will take you to visit the most famous monuments of the city and to experience the local flavor of its neighborhoods. Visit Real Street, old town, local markets, and much more. On this guided walk, you'll see Saint Carlos Gardens (Giardini San Carlos), a lovely garden with a view down the hill to the harbor. Then, you'll visit Calle Real (Real Street), the main downtown street of the city, lined with shops and little restaurants. The most important part of the tour will be your visit to the streets of the old town and the local markets of Lugo Square. You'll discover who Maria Pita was, the link between Pablo Picasso and A Coruña, and the story behind the oldest lighthouse in the world, the Hercules Tower. Your local tour guide will keep it entertaining and enjoyable with commentary as you explore. Of course, your guide will give you the best advice about where to go to get the best food, do some shopping, or more places to explore in the beautiful city of A Coruña.

Ourense: Guided Tour and Ticket to Ourense Cathedral

9. Ourense: Guided Tour and Ticket to Ourense Cathedral

Explore the secrets of the Ourense Cathedral with this ticket and tour with an official guide. Hear about the legends and stories surrounding this majestic Cathedral and view the museum of relics. Watch as your guide points out facinating details in the interior.  Meet your guide at the Cathedral of San Martiño and delve into the history of the site where the church was built while admiring its complete exterior. Appreciate the full range of architectural styles that make up the final product and snap some pictures.  Head inside and take the time to see little details while listening to myths and tales about the church. Head to the museum of relics to see items like the Treasure of San Rosendo. Take a look at the archway Pórtico del Paraíso and the Gothic dome.  Take in the flamboyant style of the high alter and visit the baroque chapel of the famous Santo Cristo. After your tour, have the chance to climb the bell tower and marvel at the views. 

Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

10. Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

Meet your art historian guide outside the main entrance and discover the Parador of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most historic and important buildings in the city. Explore the building which now functions as the 5-star Hostal dos Reis Católicos hotel, but was built in 1499 by the Catholic monarchs to serve as a pilgrim's hospital and hostel. Discover the building’s most notable features including the royal halls, the four cloisters, four courtyards, the observatory, and the Royal Chapel. Admire one of the best-preserved examples of Spanish Plateresque architecture. Learn more about the stories associated with the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. With the help of your expert guide, experience the history of the city in one of its most important buildings.

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4.6 / 5

based on 153 reviews

We've been very satisfied with the trip - a great guide (told us much information not only about the places but also about culture etc.). We saw a lot of places, the trip was well organized and there was enough time to see everything we wanted and to have lunch.

Had an excellent trip to Ribeira de sacra while visiting Santiago de Compostela. Lots of different things to see and had an excellent guide called Roy who was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting.

Our guide Paulo was very accommodating. We had a lovely day. It was wonderful having a personal driver and guide. We went at our own pace and learned so much about the region.

Was a great experience even if was a little problem that was resolved. Our guide was Paula and she was excellent and very knowledge on the subjects she presented.

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