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

Discover Goa's historical Portuguese influences on this private
half-day tour. Learn about Goa's colonial history as you visit some of
the region's 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 Goa's hidden gems, the Dona Paula Jetty.
After your tour, you can choose to enjoy a traditional Goan and
Portuguese lunch at the popular O'Coquerio restaurant.

Discover Goa's colorful history on this private half-day tour.
Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this region's
religion and architecture from your expert guide's 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 Xavier's 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
facade's 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 area's 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 O'Coquerio 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.

¿Qué está incluido?

* Entrance fees to all sites

* Private English-speaking guide

* Hotel pickup and drop-off

* Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Duración

6 horas

Cubierto de destino

Goa

Más adecuado

Todo, Presupuesto, Familias, Grupos, Luna de miel, Niños, Lujo, Personas viajando solas
Excluded
* Gratuities (optional)

* Food and drinks
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