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Goa: Pub Crawl

1. Goa: Pub Crawl

You will meet your guide near the Immaculate Conception Church before embarking on an exciting pub crawl that will show you some of the best nightlife locations that Goa has to offer. This night out in Goa promises to be a rollicking good time where you'll meet new people in an energetic, fun, and friendly atmosphere. You'll visit three local pubs over the course of 3 hours as your guide shares unique stories about the city and local party culture. You'll also get one free drink at each pub.  Your bar journey will begin at a local bar serving fresh homemade draft beer. Alternatively, you can also try a local wine while watching the calm riverfront and admiring its beauty. From there, you'll head to the next venue where you can sip different varieties of Goan feni, a locally produced spirit. It's said that a trip to Goa is incomplete without a sip of a feni drink, which has been produced for 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. The third stop is situated on the riverside in a 19th-century building. Enjoy a local wine plus traditional Goan food with an amazing view. This place has a typical Goan feel to it. The tour employs a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that participants are constantly engaged, irrespective of whether you're interested in history or not. This tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for everyone. You're bound to make new friends as you exchange stories with your fellow travellers from all over the world.

Goa Street Food Tour

2. Goa Street Food Tour

Explore the best of Panjim neighbourhood, one of the most popular districts in Goa. Begin at Panjim Church and walk through the stepped streets, passing through the Portuguese-influenced lanes, centuries-old buildings, and cute little cafes and markets where you will sample some local dishes.  Taste a variety of local street food of Goa including local dishes like Xacuti curry, sweet Peda, cucumber mint juice, and various types of chats, cutlets and more. Witness the preparation of these local favorites and get an in-depth understanding of local food culture. Eat in traditional, rustic restaurants and stalls that are frequented daily by the locals for an authentic experience. All locations are of a high-quality and work with the local partner to give you the best possible culinary experience.

Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

3. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

4. Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

Experience the mix of Portuguese and Goan heritage on this private sightseeing tour. Marvel at the historic Figueiredo Mansion, the Menezes Braganza House, and the Palácio do Deão. Benefit from a local guide and transfers in a private air-conditioned car, and choose a delicious optional lunch at either Palácio do Deão or at The Figueiredo Mansion. First, arrive at The Figueiredo Mansion which was built in the 1590s by Jesuit priests for an influential Goan family that had converted faith. A part of the house has been converted into a museum, to showcase the family's priced belongings. Meet the friendly owner, who is passionate about her family roots and can often be seen giving a personalized tour of her home. Next, visit the Menezes Braganza House, with furniture and artifacts dating back to the 17th century. A large library and a collection of family portraits make this home an art-lover's delight.  After that, head over to the Palácio do Deão. Located in the tranquil area close to the Kushavati River, this house has an unusual blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Spread over 11,000 square feet, this palatial home is famous for its well-maintained gardens. Finally, round off this heritage tour by paying a visit to the Goa Chitra Museum. See a curated collection of over 4000 exhibits that bring together the Hindu and Catholic influences on Goan communities. The Museum itself has been built using recycled materials from traditional houses that were demolished in the area. Examine the different implements used by the agrarian communities through the ages and learn about the museum's work in preserving Goan art and culture.  At the end of the trip, you can visit the city of Margao on your way back to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Goa

Amazing tour to learn so much about all the different spices. Great to have a very knowledgable tourguide which could answer all our questions. Loved to taste all the different food for lunch.

A nice trip. Good driver who could not do enough for me. Plantation was interesting and guide lovely. The food out in was excellent.

Highly recommended for all foodies! my guide was Vrushali who knows everything about Goan food and Indian culture as well!

Prasad was an amazing and friendly driver and the plantation itself was interesting with tasty buffet lunch.

Informative and exciting. Safe driver to and from.