Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa

6 h
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You will be picked up from your hotel for a half-day tour of Goa featuring its colonial history.
Start your tour from the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Basilica was completed in 1605 and is one of the best pieces of baroque architecture in India. The Basilica contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Goa. Walk across the marble floors that are inlaid with precious stones. Learn about the life of St. Francis Xavier from your guide, as well as from the detailed paintings that decorate the interiors. Head upstairs to a gallery of surrealist paintings from Dom Martin, a famous Goan painter.
Next walk over to Se Cathedral, known by locals as Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina. This magnificent 16th century Cathedral is the largest church in Asia. The building is Portuguese-Gothic in style with a Tuscan exterior and a Corinthian interior. The church houses one of the largest bells in Goa and is dedicated to a saint who was martyred in the 4th century for her devotion to Christianity. 
Afterwards, take a short drive to Panaji city. See the Latin Quarter, known as Fontainhas and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Portuguese influence first hand as you explore the streets.
Make a stop at St. Sebastian Chapel, where statues of historic figures like Abade Faria, a Roman Catholic monk, are displayed.
Next, travel to Dona Paula Jetty, and take views of the picturesque Mormugao Harbor and the Arabian Sea that make for the perfect photo stop.
At the end of it all, you may choose to have lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will be dropped back at your hotel.
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  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Local English speaking guide
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Bottled water
Not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A small amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • No strict dress code is enforced to enter places of worship. However, please dress appropriately. Shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended.
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate


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