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Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

1. Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Visit all the landmarks of Goa on this cultural and heritage sightseeing tour. Travel comfortably from one landmark to the next with a friendly local guide in a private air-conditioned car. Trace the history of Goa from its capital city and beautiful places of worship. Start your day with an early pick-up and head towards Panjim. Appreciate the significance of the Portuguese rule in Goa through the neighborhood known as Fontainhas, Asia's oldest Latin Quarter. Walk amongst the narrow winding lanes and remember to take photos against the bright yellow, green, blue and red walls. Next, head to the former capital Old Goa, now home to World Heritage churches. Marvel at the architecture of the Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Cajetan, and pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, which is of great significance to the Hindu community. After a full day of culture, head to a Spice Plantation located in Southern Goa. Here, you will have a chance to taste a delicious buffet lunch of Goan food preparations. Walk through the Spice Plantation and gain more information on the different herbs and spices used in India. Relax in the green surroundings and peaceful outdoors away from the crowds and noises. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

2. Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

Go on a tour of Divar Island and discover the mix of paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses, and winding roads that speak to the region's complex history. As you disembark the ferry, meet locals sitting with their fishing rods cast in the Mandovi River and learn about the methods they use to snare a catch.  Then follow your local guide into the village, appreciating the rainbow of colorful houses lining the streets. Learn how the Portuguese occupation of the area shaped the village for centuries to come. Check out the 16th century St. Mathias Church, the quaint Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel, and the ancient Saptakoteshwar Temple. Stop into a traditional Goan bakery to see how the local bread is baked and snag a few recipes from the chef. After touring the village, fill up on a delicious lunch in a traditional Portuguese house. At the end of the tour, head up into the island hills and stop for a magnificent view of the Old Churches of Goa and the river below before taking a ferry back to the mainland.

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Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

3. Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

Experience authentic Goa on this amazing walking tour of the old town with a fun and entertaining storyteller guide. You will explore the best of the Panjim neighborhood - the most happening neighborhood in Goa. Discover hidden places and admire beautiful views of the old town. Set off from Panjim Church and walk towards the Archbishop's Palace, passing by the Portuguese influenced lanes, centuries old buildings, and historic cafes. You will also visit an art gallery with Scandinavian art and original work by locals. Your guide will make sure that you have a walking tour that is unique, fun, and memorable. Listen to heart warming stories about the city and get amazing insights into the lives of locals. You will learn all about the colorful Indian culture, customs, and traditions. By the end of the tour, you will have gained an overall perspective of the city and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city.

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Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

4. Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

Meet your guide at the Viceroys Arch in Old Goa. Explore the significant buildings of the area with a local expert guide and storyteller. Experience Goa's Portuguese heritage on a walking tour filled with historical stories and personal anecdotes. Learn about the history of Goa’s former capital. After visiting the Viceroys Arch, continue to the Church of St. Catherine. Trace the arrival of the Portuguese in India, who called the area “the Rome of the East.” Walk past the ruins of Old Goa to Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. Admire the decorative frescoes in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, which depict the life of the patron saint. Afterward, enter the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier.

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Goa: Guided Campal Heritage Walk

5. Goa: Guided Campal Heritage Walk

Your guide will meet you at your tour meeting point, from where you will be taken to your first attraction of the Menezes Braganza Institute. This will be followed by the Maquinez Palace Theatre, before you continue to the Entertainment Society of Goa. Santa Inez Creek will be next on your agenda, before your tour advances towards the Francisco Luis Gomes Garden, also is also known as Campal Garden. You will then have time to explore the Campal Houses and the Kala Academy Beacon, before your tour concludes. At the end of your experience, your guide will be happy to recommend further activities for you to do in Goa dependent on your interests.

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What people are saying about Goa

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Our guide Jonas was fantastic! I would highly recommend this excellent guided tour. Jonas knowledge and professionalism was second to none. He was honest, friendly and it was a privilege to spend our time with him as we have strong Christian faiths and Jonas told us so much history about these amazing churches and a cathedral in Goa. Thank you so much Jonas from Heather and Nori from Scotland

The tour was very very interesting and our guide, Amreen, was well prepared and a witty one! I recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in visiting the churches of old Goa and wants to know more about the history around them.

This tour exceeded all expectations. Competent guide with very well-founded knowledge. Great tour not only over the island, but also through the history of Goa. And finally, a fantastic meal with a very educated lady.

fantastic ! my guide was amazing with little care! I had a great time . I would even be ready to redo ♥ ️ Divar Island is a place to preserve, far from noise and the city .. a real haven of peace on Goa

Guide was knowledgeable about the sites we visted.