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Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

1. Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

Experience Goa's Portuguese heritage on a guided walking tour filled with historical stories and personal anecdotes. Learn the history as you admire historical monuments, including the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral. Meet your guide at the Viceroys Arch in Old Goa and begin your walking tour. Marvel at the impressive buildings in the area and listen to insightful stories and facts from your guide, including Goa’s history as a former capital. Continue to the Church of St. Catherine and 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.

Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfall & Spice Farm Tour with Jeep Safari

2. Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfall & Spice Farm Tour with Jeep Safari

dudhsagar waterfall trip package trip will start at 6.00 am where our driver will pick you up from your hotel or residence. our driver will drop you at the parking area near mollem national park. from the national park you will be transferred to a jeep safari, which will cover 12 kilometers through bhagwan mahavir wildlife sanctuary while crossing numerous small streams. you’ll be able to seek the thrill of adventure and admire the wondrous flora and fauna as you drive across the wilderness in a jeep safari. we also provide one guide who is well versed in hindi & english providing you with every detail of the trip making it an informative plus adventurous experience. you can swim and enjoy the magnificent dudhsagar waterfall for about 2 hours at the foot of the waterfall. you can also watch natural fish in the pond formed at the base of the waterfall. our trip package also includes life jacket fees, forest entry fees, etc. at the base, the waterfall looks like milk flowing down with sheer force. after spending some time at dudhsagar falls, you’ll be taken to the spice plantation trip. spice plantation tour after heading from dudhsagar fall, we will leave for a spice plantation trip which is located nearby. we will provide you with a truly authentic goan meal at the spice plantation where traditional spices and herbs can be found, you have the option to enjoy an elephant ride and shower for an additional fee. among the spices you can find a few plants such as nutmeg, cloves, betel nut trees, cinnamon and other related spices. after having a lunch and enjoying few activities we will head towards old goa church visit to old goa church heritage after having lunch and enjoying a meal at the spice plantation we will take a tour of old goa church which is now a unesco heritage site. we will visit old goa church after lunch at a spice plantation. this church has been declared a unesco world heritage site. goa's patron saint francis xavier's mortal remains are kept in the basilica of bom jesus. visit the museums preserved in the church, and enjoy taking pictures of the old heritage. few additional charges will apply for a walkthrough of the museum, which will be paid on site.

Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

3. 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.

Goa Shore excursions : All inclusive Small Group tour

4. Goa Shore excursions : All inclusive Small Group tour

Depart the pier and head towards Old Goa which stands testimony not only to the reality of the Portuguese rule in the country, but also to the grandeur and wealth of the city during their reign. Your first visit of the day will be to the St. Cajetan Church which was modelled on St. Peter’s in Rome and built of laterite blocks and lime plastered. The façade, having two towers on either side to serve as a belfry, has Corinthian columns and pilasters supporting a pediment, and four niches, which keep the statues of the apostles. Hidden beneath the church is a crypt where the embalmed bodies of Portuguese governors were kept in lead coffins before they were shipped back to Lisbon. Forgotten for a time, the last batch was removed only in 1992. Continuing, the next stop will be at the Basilica of Bom Jesus which was built by the Jesuits in the 16th century and is one of the most important churches in Goa. The embalmed body of St. Frances Xavier is enshrined here in a marble mausoleum, which is exposed to the public once every ten years. The last date this happened was in December 2014. Later Proceed to Shanta Durga Temple built between 1713-1738. Dedicated to Shanta Durga, the Goddess of Peace, this temple sports an unusual, almost pagoda-like, structure with a roof made from long slabs of stone. Goan temples are unique and stand apart from other Indian temples in their distinct architecture, location, spaciousness and environment. The temple’s main entrance hall has decorated wood doors coated with silver as does the main entrance hall path. Enjoy a guided tour here before spending some time to explore independently. Continue on to Tropical Spice Plantation - spices brought the Europeans to Asia and a trip to a plantation is very refreshing and rejuvenating to all the senses. Here you will learn how local spices and herbs are grown organically. On reaching the spice plantation, you will be given a warm Goan Traditional welcome and offered a refreshing herbal drink. Once inside you can immediately inhale the fragrances of fresh spices such as nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, black and white pepper, coriander, chilies, and betel nut. Interspersed in this plantation are also fruit trees and vegetables such as cashew, custard apple, banana, citrus fruits and pineapples. You also get to see the art of how Betel Nut pluckers climb these trees, over a hundred feet above the ground and then swaying from tree to tree, later enjoy your meal. Your final visit will be to the Panjim ‘Fontainhas’ area where the walking tour will begin. The Fontainhas is the Latin Quarter built by the Portuguese and we will be able to view from the outside the church and the old villas. Later, drive through Panjim, the capital city passing through streets lined with old villas that are characteristic of Portuguese Goa. Later return back to pier.

Goa in 1 Day Tour with Churches,Temples,Spice Farm Tour

5. Goa in 1 Day Tour with Churches,Temples,Spice Farm Tour

You will be met at the cruise port by your guide who will take you to your transportation. Your journey will take you to the city of Panaji, which is the capital of the Indian state of Goa. Your walk will take you through the Portuguese Latin Quarters of Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese). Many of the traditional houses here were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and their red tiled roofs are what attracts tourists to this area year after year. You will then proceed to the old Goa Churches, Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha means "old" in Portuguese). The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including the Se Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of S. Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the relics of Saint Francis Xavier. The tour will then take a drive to the spice garden/plantation, where you will be welcomed in a traditional way before heading back to the cruise port.

Mormugao Port: 6-Hour Private Goa Tour

6. Mormugao Port: 6-Hour Private Goa Tour

Enjoy a pick-up from Mormugao Port in the morning and drive to Old Goa. Discover the historical Portuguese influences on Goa's religion and architecture. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the most famous monument that holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, then St. Cathedral (the largest), the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Cajetan Church that was built in the style of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Church of Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. Then, explore the tropical Spice Plantation (lunch). Drive to the Mangueshi Temple and later visit Panaji (the capital city of Goa) and Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas in Portuguese), an old Latin Quarter. Later transfer back to your accommodation

Full Day Private Guided Goa Tour

7. Full Day Private Guided Goa Tour

After picking you up up from your hotel, our day will begin with a visit to Shree Manguesh. This famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills. Though small, it has an air of distinctive elegance. Its lofty white tower at the entrance is a countryside landmark. From there, the Shree Mahalsa is just a short distance away. This temple is a place of worship of one of the manifestations of the god Vishnu. Afterwards, we will visit the Sahakari Spice Farm, found in beautiful lush green surroundings. Then, we will continue to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built in the 16th century, this magnificent building is the most popular and famous of all the churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. The casket was wrought by Goan silversmiths in 1636-37. Dedicated to Infant Jesus, this church is now a World Heritage Monument. From there, we will head to the Se Cathedral. The most imposing of all the churches at Old Goa, its vaulted interior overwhelms visitors with its sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has five bells, among them the famous Golden bell, the biggest in Goa and one of the best in the world. This church is dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria. Finally, we will pay a visit to the Church of St.Francis of Assissi. The entrance and the choir were built in the Manueline style, the only fragment of its kind in the East. First built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and in 1661. The interior is illustrated with exquisite paintings and the floor has a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms. The adjacent convent now houses the Archaeological Museum. Experience this and more of Goa's remarkable history, architecture and culture when you come along!

Goa: Old Goa Churches and Spiritual Walk

8. Goa: Old Goa Churches and Spiritual Walk

Your guide will meet you at your tour meeting point, from where you can get ready and fasten your seat belts before being taken on a journey through the Portuguese Era. You'll first be taken to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there you will visit the old Goa Churches, before moving on to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Next on your agenda will be the Archaeological Museum and Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery, which will be the most cultural element of your experience. The Sé Cathedral will be next, which is the largest church in Asia and contains a statue of Jesus. Finally, you'll explore the Adil Shah Palace Gateway, Viceroy’s Arch, and the Statue of Jesus. Your tour will then conclude with your touring the Church of St. Cajetan which provides excellent views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island.

North Goa with Divar Island (Guided Full Day City Tour)

9. North Goa with Divar Island (Guided Full Day City Tour)

Walk through the history that they represent from where they stand on this private guided sightseeing tour by car and delight with amazing highlights that provides you glimpses of vintage city. Discover Old Goa which mostly designed by Portuguese or Italian architects & architecture style ranges from Baroque to Renaissance. Explore Portuguese influenced happening Panjim Church, Fontainhas Neighbourhood & Lord Hanuman situated on top of of Altinho hillock. Explore a offbeat Divar Island which appears to be a floating land of mangroves hugging the river, surrounded by marshy waters and crisscrossed with sleepy single-lane roads and gives feeling of entering the land that time forgot. Checkout the ruins of Kadamba Dynasty, three villages – Piedade, Malar and Naroa of Divar and enjoy the local food. "Experience the below famous Goa tourist destinations in this tour. 1. Our tour start from The Panjim Church covering the Altinho Hill stepped street and Archbishop's Palace. 2. We continue to explore the Chapel of St Sebastian at Fontainhas Neighbourhood and the Maruti Temple in Hindu Neighbourhood situated on top of of the Altinho hillock. 3. Next destination will be Institute Menezes Braganza, Campal Houses, Kala Academy and Miramar Beach 4. Journey continue to visit the magnificent churches old Goa also known as “Rome of the East” 5. Explore the Divar Island divided in three villages – Piedade, Malar and Naroa of Divar. 6. Visit the Church Of Our Lady Of Compassion, Lord Ganesha Temple and picturesque colorful houses. 7. Enjoy the complimentary Food Tasting serving Goan Cuisine and local wine"

Goa: 3-Day Tour with Panjim, Beaches, and Aguda Nightlife

10. Goa: 3-Day Tour with Panjim, Beaches, and Aguda Nightlife

Get under the skin of Goa on a 3-day tour experience by air-conditioned vehicle. Explore the province's north and south as you check out its architecture and famous sun-kissed beaches. Be met at the airport or your accommodation in Goa and start by exploring the city of Panjim. Stroll through the streets as your admire its classic and unique architecture. Marvel at the stylish old churches including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral. In the afternoon, hit the beach at Miramar. Soak up the rays with locals then spend the evening on a fun river cruise with dancing. On day 2, get ready to explore more of the province's famous beaches. Head for the golden sands of Calangute, Baga, and Anjuna. Enjoy sunbathing, hanging out at restaurants, or even indulging in watersports like para sailing or water skiing. Then, head to Aguda Fort and get ready to explore the area's famous nightlife. Hang out at venues like Tito’s Bar, or spend time at beaches like Calangute where you can also shop for souvenirs. Complete your experience with transportation back to Goa Aiport on day 3.

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(34 reviews)

Vimala Desouza was an excellent guide and storyteller. She has a wealth of knowledge and provided a very interesting afternoon around old Goa. All the churches were incredible and Vimala provided information, background and history for each. Would definitely recommend to friends and family! Thank you

Fantastic way to understand the history of Goa. Tour guide is knowledgeable, friendly and organized. Highly recommend.

Was perfect!! Best guide,so far!! Wonderfull history of Goa!! Many thanks Jo!!

Great tour, enjoyed seeing all the historical monuments of Goa!

Pawan was great. Very knowledgeable and clearly loves his work.