Best Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

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  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5550SANTIAGOCOMP
Cross the border into Spain and retrace part of St James Way – a sacred route followed by centuries of pilgrims – on a visit to Santiago de Compostela from Porto. On this memorable day trip, explore Compostela's famous cathedral and the city's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Old Town. Back in Portugal, pay a visit to the town of Viana do Castelo during the return ride to Porto.

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  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Travel from Porto, Portugal, over the border to northwestern Spain to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and discover the Gothic and Baroque glory of the world-renowned cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela. One of the world's most important pilgrimage routes since the early Middle Ages, St James Way leads to the cathedral, where the remains of the apostle St James lie interred.

Your guided visit reveals why this is one of the world's most famous cathedrals, filled with Romanesque sculptures, multi-tiered bell towers, porticoes, cloisters and portals. See and experience the highlights of the cathedral's breathtaking interior, including the lofty barrel-vaulted nave, the air thick with heady incense, the golden altar and the crypt housing St James’ remains.

Have free time to have a traditional lunch of octopus or seafood in Santiago (own expense) and explore Santiago's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed old town.

After your visit to Santiago de Compostela, get back in your air-conditioned coach and travel to the town of Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal. The town's pre-Roman citadel atop Mt Santa Luzia dates back to the Mesolithic era. Here, pay a visit to the Basilica of St Luzia, whose design was inspired by Montmartre's Sacre Coeur in Paris.

Take a drive through the city center before returning to Porto, where your day trip concludes.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your Porto or Vila nova de Gaia hotel
Departure Time:
8am
Duration:
11 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

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Best Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Bronius A, July 2015

The trip was great. Our guide Pascal was wonderful. Our international team Lithuania, Brazil, Cyprus- London, Holland was impressed.

Reviewed by: michael.munt, June 2015

A memorable day trip provided by Living Tours. Our guide Elsa was brilliant extremely knowledgably and provided a comprehensive commentary as the tour progressed. The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is a must to visit , we were lucky enough to arrive in time for the pilgrims mass and see the enormous thurible being swung. We then travelled on to Viana to see the Basilica of Santa Luzia Viana do Castelo before having the opportunity to go into the city centre. An extremely enjoyable and informative day even through there was lot of travelling involved.

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