Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica Of Bom Jesus And Dona Paula Beach In Goa - Panaji

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up and Drop off location for this tour
    Panaji / Calangute / Candolim / Baga.
    Supplement cost will be applicable for pickup beyond the above set pickup pointtu.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover Goas historical Portuguese influences on this private half-day tour. Learn about Goas colonial history as you visit some of the regions most Portuguese-influenced sites including the Se Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus. Then, visit Fontainhas, the heavily Portuguese-influenced Latin Quarter in the city of Panaji, before marveling at fantastic views of the Arabian Sea from one of Goas hidden gems, the Dona paula Jetty. After your tour, you can choose to enjoy a traditional Goan and Portuguese lunch at the popular OCoquerio restaurant.

Highlights

All entrance fees included

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Great overview and orientation of the city

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Led by a local guide

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Discover Goas colorful history on this private half-day tour. Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this regions religion and architecture from your expert guides interesting commentary about all the places you see. After pickup from your Goa hotel in the morning by private, air-conditioned vehicle, your guide will take you to the Basilica of bom jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remains of the Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier.

Enter the church and walk on the marble floor inlaid with precious stones. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the walls that depict scenes from St Francis Xaviers life and see the mausoleum that contains his silver casket. Follow your guide upstairs to the art gallery to see beautiful surrealist paintings from Goan painter Dom Martin.

Walk to the nearby Se Cathedral, also known as the Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian saint who was martyred in the early 4th century by a Roman emperor for her devout dedication to Christianity. Marvel at the facades Portuguese Gothic-style architecture before entering the church with your guide to see the Golden Bell, one of the largest bells in Goa.

Re-board the vehicle and head 15 minutes to the city of Panaji to visit the historic neighborhood of Fontainhas, known as the Latin Quarter. Discover the areas Portuguese influences as you walk with your guide down narrow streets and past old, colorful villas. Visit the small St sebastian chapel and see several statues of historical figures including the Roman Catholic monk Abade Faria.

Then, drive to the Dona paula Jetty, a secluded bay where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Mormugao Harbour and the point where the Mandovi river and Zuari River meet the Arabian Sea. Feel the gentle sea breeze and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this hidden treasure before exploring a small local market along the waterway.

After your tour, you can choose to stop at the popular OCoquerio restaurant for lunch (own expense). Enjoy traditional Portuguese and Goan dishes and try their famous pomfret recheiado (fish stuffed with red masala). Then, settle in your comfortable vehicle for the drive back to your hotel.

Inclusions

Private English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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 be advised to dress accordingly; short shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended

Lunch costs including drinks usually range between USD $2 and USD $15

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

In the wake of the ensuing COVID crisis, we have re-invented our hygiene protocols and have taken concrete steps along with training our guides, drivers, representatives and other staff at our destinations offices. So, we are fully prepared for your safe travel.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 18-Apr-2022

    The guide was very kind and knowledgeable and showed us highlights of Goa and even made a few stops for us to get personal items.

  • 19-Jan-2021

    visit in last few days everthing was so systematic from entry to exit .every one having keep quiet in church & to see the body of st francis xaviour is nice one experience .ligh & sound show & few things to see is nice experience & v can know some culture of christian too .overall everything to see is nice experience.

  • 12-Feb-2020

    Thrilling visit and sacred to see the mummified saint in the cathedral and very nice soundnlight show we enjoyed.

  • 04-Nov-2019

    The stretch driving up to the Donna Paula jetty and beach is picturesque and if you can find parking, should get off and get on to the beach. Access to Donna Paula beach is best done on foot, as parking could be a problem if you push too much ahead by car. Drive to the Raj Bhavan view point for a few moments of quiet. Park on the right as you approach or the car gets inquisitive looks from escort security. Non Jesus Cathedral is a must see, read up before you enter lest you hear garbled versions of history. If you don't take a guide, don't ask them any questions as they can be very rude. Lots of parking in a coconut grove close by.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    I booked the Tour under the impression that it is 6 hours but the tour ended in 2 ours and i just had the car and the guide sitting idle for the remaining 4 hours.

  • 11-Aug-2019

    I booked the Tour under the impression that it is 6 hours but the tour ended in 2 ours and i just had the car and the guide sitting idle for the remaining 4 hours.

  • 16-Apr-2018

    Ok..so this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.

  • 16-Apr-2018

    Ok..so this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.

  • 05-Mar-2018

    Although polite, but not very professional to international standards. For its price I expected more. The guide wasn't always easy to understand and didn't understood us in all times. After some issues, there were some customization done with the Tour, but for the rest it was like a scripted tour, not a private tour that couldn't be reasonably modified. Not being sure who the first Portuguese Viceroy was a disappointment. The energy of the guide seem to have weakened a lot at the end, where I had to put efforts to get more information. We were almost forced to give feedback on the tour by the end on paper and through the phone! almost like being held hostages! :D. The least this company should do is to price it much less, in order to make it fair!

  • 05-Mar-2018

    Although polite, but not very professional to international standards. For its price I expected more. The guide wasn't always easy to understand and didn't understood us in all times. After some issues, there were some customization done with the Tour, but for the rest it was like a scripted tour, not a private tour that couldn't be reasonably modified. Not being sure who the first Portuguese Viceroy was a disappointment. The energy of the guide seem to have weakened a lot at the end, where I had to put efforts to get more information. We were almost forced to give feedback on the tour by the end on paper and through the phone! almost like being held hostages! :D. The least this company should do is to price it much less, in order to make it fair!

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