Santiago de Compostela, located in the Galicia region of Spain, holds immense historical and religious significance as one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites since the 9th century.
Over the centuries, dedicated pilgrims have followed well-established routes, walking in the footsteps of their predecessors, originating not only from different regions of Spain but also from countries such as France, Portugal, and various other parts of Europe. The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is a spiritual journey that attracts people from diverse backgrounds, united in their devotion and quest for personal growth.
Beyond its role as a pilgrimage destination, Santiago de Compostela offers a vibrant atmosphere and an array of attractions that appeal to all travelers, regardless of their religious affiliation. The city boasts a lively culinary scene with numerous restaurants and bars where visitors can savor the mouthwatering seafood delicacies for which Galicia is renowned. Exploring the historic center, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treat for history enthusiasts, with its well-preserved architecture and captivating landmarks.
In addition to its rich historical heritage, Santiago de Compostela embraces contemporary art, providing visitors with a diverse range of artistic experiences. From exhibitions and galleries showcasing local talent to international artistic collaborations, the city offers a thriving cultural scene that captivates and engages visitors.
It’s worth noting that Santiago de Compostela follows the UTC/GMT +1 hour time zone, ensuring that travelers can easily adjust their schedules and plan their activities accordingly.
Whether embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage or simply seeking to immerse oneself in the unique charm of this captivating city, Santiago de Compostela promises an enriching and unforgettable experience for all who visit.
We will meet you at Rua Cândido dos Reis 105, Porto in a comfortable car or minivan at 08:00 AM.
Time to enjoy famous pilgrim mass and the amazing Botafumeiro traditional swinging. The pilgrim mass is held at the cathedral’s high altar every day at noon. One of the most famous symbols of the cathedral is the Botafumeiro, which may be largest censer in the world. The Botafumeiro weighs 53 kilograms and measures 1.5 metres. Using a complex system of pulleys, it is swung from the central cupola of the cathedral, from which it hangs, towards the side aisles.
We will guide you through Santiago de Compostela’s historic quarter. It is among the most elegant in Spain, blessed with beautiful monasteries, churches and historic palaces. Your guide will walk you through its Gothic architecture and quaint cobbled streets which are definitely worth exploring.
Afterwards, enjoy a very typical spanish lunch, famous for the special tapas, pinchos, and montaditos. And take the chance to visit Santiago de Compostela historical centre. If you rather have a memorable portuguese lunch, we are happy to guide you straight to a very typical portuguese restaurant near the countries border, according to the group preferences.
We will head to one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal, Viana do Castelo. Very involvement in the manufacturing of the ships for the Portuguese sea discoveries and its filigree gold work. Traje museum, República Square and the amazing Cathedral of Viana do Castelo, will be part of the visit and of course you will be able to enjoy Santa Luzia hill and its breathtaking sanctuary.
If you rather visit the beautiful and small village Valença, we are happy to adjust the group preferences to this tour, according to the remaining time.
After some free time to shopping and visit the most traditional places in the North of Portugal, we will drive you back to Porto, full of new memories to remember and stories to tell.
Please be advised this is just an example and that the order of the program for the Santiago Full Day Tour may be subject to change due to availabilities, weather conditions, schedule adjustments, or unforeseen circumstances. We strive to provide an exceptional experience and will notify you promptly of any modifications.
Your understanding and flexibility are greatly appreciated. We are committed to ensuring your safety and enjoyment throughout the tour. Should you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our tour coordinator.
We look forward to embarking on this memorable journey with you.