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  • Location:Goa, India
  • Duration:4-5 hours

Private Tour: Goa by Night Including Mandovi River Cruise and Dinner

Experience the dynamic city of Panaji both by water and by land on this 6-hour, private evening tour. First, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Mandovi River while watching cultural performances. Then, tour Panaji by private vehicle and by foot. Visit several religious sites including the Mae De Deus Church, the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and the Maruti Temple situated on the hilltop of the Altinho neighborhood. Admire how these structures radiate against the night sky while listening to informative commentary from your expert local guide. A traditional Indian dinner and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.


  • 6-hour evening tour of Panaji in Goa with an expert private guide
  • Relax on a 1-hour scenic cruise along the Mandovi River aboard the Santa Monica cruise ship
  • Watch traditional Goan dances and musical performances on board the cruise
  • Tour Panaji by private vehicle and by foot and learn about the sites you see from your guide
  • See religious structures beautifully lit up such as the Mae De Deus Church, the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and the Maruti Temple
  • Admire stunning views of Panaji illuminated at night from the Altinho hilltop
  • Dine on traditional Indian specialties at a popular restaurant

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Goa by Night Including Mandovi River Cruise and Dinner

Private Tour: Goa by Night Including Mandovi River Cruise and Dinner

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.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

This tour was good. The cruise was nice although I wish it had lasted more than 1 hour. The evening meal was really nice.

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2013

tour of Panaji was interesting , but cruise disappointing,entertainment was rubbish to was a little early and would have prefered a later slot to see Goa at night at discriibed the itinerary..as nothing was illuminated . Guide was very knowledgeable with excellent english
meal at restraurant was lovely.

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