Portuguese Heritage Tour

Shore Excursion Duration: 7-8 hours, Guide: Licensed Guide


 
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Portuguese Heritage Tour

Discover Goa’s colorful history on this private Day Tour. Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this region’s religion and architecture from your expert guide’s interesting commentary about all the places you see.

Meeting and assistance upon arrival at Goa port (your guide will be waiting for you at the EXIT GATE of port, having a placard and your name written on it .Your guide will take you to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remains of the Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier.

Enter the church and walk on the marble floor inlaid with precious stones. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the walls that depict scenes from St Francis Xavier’s life and see the mausoleum that contains his silver casket. Follow your guide upstairs to the art gallery to see beautiful surrealist paintings from Goan painter Dom Martin.

Walk to the nearby Se Cathedral, also known as the St Cathedral of Santa Catarina, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian saint who was martyred in the early 4th century by a Roman emperor for her devout dedication to Christianity. Marvel at the facade’s Portuguese Gothic-style architecture before entering the church with your guide to see the Golden Bell, one of the largest bells in Goa.

Re-board the vehicle and head 15 minutes to the city of Panaji to visit the historic neighborhood of Fontainhas, known as the Latin Quarter. Discover the area’s Portuguese influences as you walk with your guide down narrow streets and past old, colorful villas. Visit the small St Sebastian Chapel and see several statues of historical figures including the Roman Catholic monk Abade Faria.

Then, drive to the Dona Paula Jetty, a secluded bay where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Mormugao Harbour and the point where the Mandovi River and Zuari River meet the Arabian Sea. Feel the gentle sea breeze and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this hidden treasure before exploring a small local market along the waterway.

At afternoon you can choose to stop at the popular restaurant for lunch (own expense). Enjoy traditional Portuguese and Goan dishes and try their famous pomfret recheiado (fish stuffed with red masala). Afternoon you have a free day to explore the Goa or you can take a free time spend on a beaches. Evening we will drive back to your Cruise.



Highlights:
• Private tour of Goa's Portuguese sites with an expert private guide
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, dedicated to St Francis Xavier
• Learn about the importance of Christian St Catherine of Alexandria at the Se Cathedral.
• Explore the narrow streets and colorful old villas of Panaji's Latin Quarter, Fountainheads.
• Enjoy magnificent views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty.
• Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
• Private guide ensures a more personalized and enlightening experience.


Inclusions:
• Entrance fees to all sites.
• Air – Conditioned Transportation as per the requirement.
• Spice plantation Tour.
• Private English-speaking guide.
• Assistance for Arrival & Departure.
• All applicable taxes.


Exclusions:
• Tips.
• Any meals
• Any items not mentioned in inclusions.

Cost Per Person


  Valid till 1st April 2016
Category 2 - 4 Pax 5 - 10 Pax
  USD 138 USD 86
 


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