After pickup from your hotel by a private, air-conditioned vehicle, head to the nearby Santa Monica Jetty in Panaji. Climb aboard the Santa Monica Cruise ship and travel down the scenic Mandovi River.
Sit back and relax as you admire beautiful sites such as the Palace of Adil Shah, the residence of a Muslim sultan that represents the ancient charm and opulence of Goa. Bask in the warm glow of the setting sun as you slowly cruise down tree-lined water avenues.
In addition to the incredible scenery, you’ll enjoy evening entertainment. Watch a live cultural performance and be mesmerized by the colorful costumes and intricate choreography of traditional folk dances such as the dekhni, the fugdi and the corredinho. Hum along as local performers sing in the traditional Goan mando, a musical form tying Indian and Western traditions that represents themes of love, historical narratives and political resistance. A live DJ will end the cruise, so you can join in on the dances!
After the cruise, follow your guide on a tour to many of Panaji’s most important sites. First, drive less than 30 minutes to the Mae de Deus Church of Saligao, an exquisite piece of Gothic architecture beautifully illuminated at night. Explore the church by foot and marvel at the intricate wooden statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God).
Continue to one of the oldest churches in Goa, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Walk inside and admire its simple yet elegant construction. Then, enjoy a scenic drive through Panaji’s hilly neighborhood of Altinho. Step outside to enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view of the city radiating against the night sky. Atop the hill, visit the beautifully lit Maruti Temple, dedicated to the monkey god Lord Hanuman.
Enjoy a traditional Indian dinner at a popular restaurant chosen by your guide before heading back to your hotel.