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Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

1. 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. 

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

2. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

After a pick-up from your hotel in Porto, meet your private guide and sit aboard a comfortable vehicle. With exclusivity and complete privacy, go to the north of Portugal through the north of Portugal to Galicia. Enjoy the impressive views of the Minho region with a break mid-way in historic Valença do Minho. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela, let yourself be enveloped by a unique atmosphere as you tour the historic center and visit the Cathedral.

Santiago de Compostela: Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 230 reviews

Our guide Joana was really professional and spent the time during the tour giving us the background on both Portugal as well as Santiago de Compostela. As the group was mixed Portuguese and English speaking, I thought she did a great job of bringing inclusivity for everyone on the tour. The lunch was a great experience and I think totally worth it. Overall, I will do this tour again as it allows you to attend the noon Pilgrim's mass, which would have been difficult using public transit same day. Please note if that's something you are planning to do, you need to get into the cathedral right away as soon as you get into town.

Our guides Francisco and Alex were simply amazing. Francisco is like a walking Google, explaining every detail about the historical St James Cathedral. The places we visited were great and we started the tour on time.

The best guide ever. We spoke about history , religion , cilinary experience , wine , geography, etc. If the Compostela has a 9 , the guide + Compostela = 10+ 100% guaranteed...

Was very happy with this tour. The ride was very comfortable and travel time is just right. Was able to do everything we wanted to do at Santiago de Compostela.

The trip was satisfying, though I wish we could have stayed in Galicia a little longer.