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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with an expert guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and get a better perspective of the last stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Choose between the two options: 1) Guided tour of the cathedral and its museum: Admire the beautiful interiors of the Cathedral on four floors. See notable features of the Cathedral, such as the Chapel of Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony. Learn more about the construction and destruction of the Cathedral throughout the centuries. 2) A guided visit to the roofs of the cathedral, the carraca tower, the interior of the cathedral and its museum, which is available only in Spanish. On this tour, you will get to know the Cathedral of Santiago in its entirety, touring its museum and enjoying the best views of the city from the roofs of the cathedral and the viewpoint of the Torre de la Carraca, more than 50 meters high.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

2. 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. 

Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

3. 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.

Santiago de Compostela: Walking Tour of the Old Town

4. Santiago de Compostela: Walking Tour of the Old Town

See the most important monuments and places in Santiago de Compostela with a local guide ensuring that you miss nothing. Discover the secrets of the traditional market, hidden squares and narrow streets on this exciting walking tour.  Stroll to the main squares surrounding the imposing Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Listen as your guide tells you fascinating stories that will help you to understand the significance of what you see.  Enjoy the bustle of a traditional market, and let your guide show you hidden squares and narrow streets. Listen as your guide fills you in on the best places to have tapas, shellfish, and octopus before finishing the tour at Fonseca's Palace, beside the Obradoiro square.

Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

5. Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

Portugal and Spain are well represented on this excursion to Santiago. The pickups are made between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and, after this, the adventure will start. First, you discover the Capital of Galicia - a very special place. Santiago de Compostela is visited by millions of people, many of them pilgrims arriving through the Camino de Santiago. A center of the Catholic faith, it is considered a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. When all the group agrees, you will have some free time so that you can have lunch and enjoy the local gastronomy. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you can find the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia and the historically rich center of the city.

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

6. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

Relax as you are personally collected from your hotel in Porto at 7:30 AM and depart immediately for Santiago de Compostela. At 11:00 AM you will experience the famous Pilgrim Mass. This special mass is held each day to recognize the pilgrims who have travelled along the Way of St. James to arrive at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You will have the chance to be a part of a historical ceremony that has been taking place since the 9th Century. At the beginning of the mass it is traditional for the home country and starting point of all the pilgrims to be announced. Following the mass you will get a chance to learn more about the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which is dedicated to St James, one of Jesus’ apostles, and is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

7. Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour

Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide, you will take a brief scenic drive to Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho.  On this tour, your guide will show you why Santiago de Compostella has been such a famous and important location for Christian pilgrims. See why the ancient city has long been considered a symbol of faith and devotion. Explore the old part of the city that has been UNESCO listed since 1985. Take a stroll to witness the gorgeous cathedral of Santiago, a Catholic church built in Romanesque style, that bears the scars of many years of conflict. The building is an astounding feature, designed in gothic, baroque and renaissance elements. Before departing for Valença do Minho you will take a break in the historical center of Santiago to enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch. Next, drive to the medieval fortress of Valença do Minho, built with great strategical value, it was the defense wall of Minho. This monument was built to protect Portugal from the Spanish troops. Your guide will take you to the best spots to marvel at this architectural wonder. Your tour will end with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation. 

Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

8. Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, this full-day tour commences with a scenic journey over the border between Portugal and Spain, crossing the magnificent landscape of Minho and winding to Spain's Galicia Province. You will arrive at Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Center famous for its pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James). In Santiago de Compostela you will have the opportunity to visit the gorgeous 11th-century cathedral, dedicated to the apostle James. Should you wish, you will also be able to attend the pilgrim mass. After taking a pause for lunch (not included), you can walk around and explore local shops and arts and crafts stalls. After visiting Santiago, you will begin your journey back home, stopping along the way in the Portuguese fortress city of Valença do Minho. Inside this lovely medieval town, you will venture inside its fortress where you’ll be served a local traditional delicacy, accompanied with a glass of the unique vinho verde.

Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

9. Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

Explore Santiago de Compostela with a private guide and learn more about its history and religious significance. Discover the final stop of the Caminos of Santiago. Meet your guide at your hotel and embark on your private walking tour. First stop in the Plaza del Obradorio, where you will find the Palacio de Rajoy, the Hostal of the Catholic Monarchs, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Enter the Cathedral with included admission tickets, and see known for being one of the most famous centers of Christianity in Europe. After you can visit the cathedral museum where you can admire religious treasures and artifacts. Once we leave behind the cathedral, visit the charming city squares such as Quintana de los Vivos and Quintana de Los Muertos. After, you will also visit Plaza de Platerías where you can admire the Fuente de los Caballos. Finally make your way to the final stop will be in Calle del Franco. Finish the tour in a local tapas bar, popular with the locals.

Santiago de Compostela: Private Day Trip from Lisbon

10. Santiago de Compostela: Private Day Trip from Lisbon

Take off from Lisbon to the historic Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on a private day trip. Get to know the city’s cathedral and historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Ride in comfort aboard a private vehicle with a driver-guide. Explore Santiago de Compostela’s Old Town and the main square, Plaza del Obradoiro. Discover the Galicia community, the province of A Coruña, and much more. Participate in the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and contemplate Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Get the opportunity to experience part of the city's traditions.

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What people are saying about Galicia

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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.

Diego was an excellent guide; he gave us lots of information without it being overwhelming. He was courteous and patient and made the tour a real pleasure. I'd definitely recommend it.

Diego was a very competent guide. His English was very good. He was very clear in his instructions, informative and patient with demanding customers.

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

Our guide was interesting and spoke clearly. Thanks, Tiego for bringing history to life for us!