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From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

1. From Santiago: Finisterre, Muxia & Costa da Morte Excursion

After getting picked up from your hotel in Santiago de Compostela, begin your journey along the Galician coast. Your first stop will be at a traditional Galician village. Here, head to the top of a Roman bridge where you can admire breathtaking views of the river. Next, head to Muxia Lighthouse, where you can visit the famous sanctuary and head to the top of the lighthouse for a unique coastal experience. Continue your tour with a visit to the region's most important lighthouse, Finisterre. From atop of this picturesque lighthouse, admire panoramic views of what was considered by the Roman's to be the end of the earth. Break for lunch in the town of Finisterre before heading to the Ezaro Waterfall, the only waterfall that arrives directly into the ocean. Later, head to Carnota, where you can see the largest horréo, an old granary suspended by pillars, in existence. Finally, head to the village of Muros, a traditional coastal village. Enjoy some free time for a coffee or stroll around the main square before heading back to Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

2. 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. 

Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

3. Cape Finisterre & Costa da Morte Day Tour from Santiago

Take a day to get to know the Costa da Morte and the most rugged Atlantic coast facade in Galicia. Discover places of unique and stately beauty, such as Ponte Maceira and Muros, which has the privilege of owning an authentic marine quarter. Muros, with its beautifully restored old town, maintained its original image and now is its own sign of identity against the excesses of the coastline. The next stop is Ézaro in the extreme south of the Coast of Death. The waterfall of Ézaro is the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. See Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, the westernmost area of Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the end of the earth. Here you can enjoy stunning views of the cliffs, brave the waters of the Atlantic, and also take some free time for lunch in the town of Finisterre. Finally, discover another essential point, Muxía, a typical fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building built in the 11th-century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. Do not miss the opportunity to discover one of the most unique areas of Galicia.

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

4. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

Uncover the art inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. See religious iconography and the reputed burial place of the apostle Saint James. Visit the library where the Codex Calixtinus (the main witness for the Book of Saint James) is held.  Meet your guide and begin at the ground floor of the Cathedral's Museum which has four rooms where you can see the remains that were found in different archaeological excavations. View a map to determine what was standing on this site before the Cathedral.  Admire the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo and various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings. See depictions of both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier, and saint). Listen as your guide tells you about each version and hear about different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, will leave the cloister to focus on the library where the famous Codex Calixtinus is kept.  Arrive at the third a floors which is dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. Head to the the balcony for views from above the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and access the Cathedral without having to wait in line.  Enter the temple to enjoy its different chapels. Follow your guide to the main altar, the holy door, and see what is said to be the tomb of the apostle Saint James. 

Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

5. Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building. Take some free time for lunch in Luintra. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

6. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrim For a Day

7. Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrim For a Day

Your guide will pick you up to go to the starting point of el Camino. At the beginning your local guide will explain everything related to the Camino and how to be a good pilgrim. After being driven by car to the starting point, walk like a real pilgrim to see the cathedral. Take pictures and visit the most important monuments. Continue the walk by yourself to the final point, Obradoiro Square. The guide will be waiting at the last point to receive you and celebrate with you arrival. At the end of the journey, you can decide to go to the Pilgrim's Mass or go to a bar for a drink.

Santiago de Compostela: Galicia & The Ribeira Sacra Day Trip

8. Santiago de Compostela: Galicia & The Ribeira Sacra Day Trip

Leaving Santiago at 8:45 we will head to one of the most beautiful in the area, where it will serve as a balcony to enter this landscape. After this incredible viewpoint, we headed to one of the piers of the River Sil, to enter a catamaran ride through the canyons of this tributary of the Sil. Vineyards, monasteries, wineries, and canyons, all of this configure a landscape without the same. After this magnificent boat ride and approaching lunchtime, you will move to the capital of the Ribeira Sacra, Monforte de Lemos. This place located in this privileged site hides great history, you will have free time the food as well as time for a small guided tour and thus learn about the most emblematic places in the area. After knowing the history of its streets, and its castle among other monuments, you will head to take the gold from the area, which costs so much effort to get to its locals, the wine from the Ribeira Sacra. Visit a traditional winery and see vineyards and the artisan process as the grape is collected, even how it is bottled knowing all these steps and finally tasting with some appetizers. Say goodbye with a wonderful view of the meanders, this time of the River Miño, having known both rivers, and taking us a complete vision of this beautiful area of Galicia. Finally, and after having toured this jewel of Galicia, you will head to Santiago having visited one of the most beautiful destinations in our community.

Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

9. Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

Meet your art historian guide outside the main entrance and discover the Parador of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most historic and important buildings in the city. Explore the building which now functions as the 5-star Hostal dos Reis Católicos hotel, but was built in 1499 by the Catholic monarchs to serve as a pilgrim's hospital and hostel. Discover the building’s most notable features including the royal halls, the four cloisters, four courtyards, the observatory, and the Royal Chapel. Admire one of the best-preserved examples of Spanish Plateresque architecture. Learn more about the stories associated with the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. With the help of your expert guide, experience the history of the city in one of its most important buildings.

From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Santiago de Compostela

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 287 reviews

Historic sites and museums on this scale can be very overwhelming and thus become boring. Our guide really did a great job of focusing on the important and most interesting aspects and constructing an intriguing and memorable narrative. I don't think we would have gotten as much out of it on our own. It was worth every penny.

Very nice excursion with many very interesting stops. The pick-up and general organization worked great, and the tour guide was very nice. Definitely recommended, value for money was great.

Absolutely perfect and very interesting tour of the history of Santiago de Compostela. We were even lucky enough to see the botofumerio swinging at the end of 1930 mass.

Value for money if you are short of time and cannot walk there. There were no compulsory visits to specific shops, etc. recommend.

We saw a lot of interesting sites and were able to spend a good amount of time at each. The coach was very comfortable.