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  • Location:Porto, Portugal
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

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.


  • Day trip from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrim route St James Way ends
  • See Compostela’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy free time in Santiago de Compostela to have lunch (own expense) and explore more at your own leisure
  • Drive through the city center of Viana do Castelo and tour the Basilica of Santa Luzia Viana do Castelo

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Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A great experience .Very informative driver/guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My wife, 4-year old daughter and I took this tour in October 2015. Our guide was excellent and took time to remember our names and also give us information about Portugal, the culture and the sites that we saw. We liked that we were given the entire time in Santiago by ourselves. This gave us the opportunity to see the sites at our own pace, to eat lunch at our choice of restaurant and to also spend time shopping.

Our guide was also very friendly and welcoming to our young daughter. The trip was enjoyable and informational. We would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My partner and I had such a wonderful tour. Pascal was better than perfect - highly intelligent, energetic, personable, devoted to our happiness, and so very knowledgeable. We've been bragging about the tour ever since. It could not have been better. We learned so much and were perfectly comfortable every step of the way. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This trip was absolutely fantastic, and a must do for anyone interested in Northern Portugal and Santiago de Compostela. Very interesting indeed. The guide gave us lots of historical information and andwered all our questions throughout the trip. It was a whole day tour, and I thought we might get bored, but not the case-we had a wonderfully educational day filled with beautiful scenery!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

the best part of my porto trip...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very comfortable vehicle, very helpful guide. Tour provides sufficient time to explore Santiago de Compostela and have lunch. Beautiful drive back theough Viana de Castelo, including a drive up a mountain with a great view. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Miguel did a wonderful job showing us Porto--we loved this scenic, interesting walking tour full of history related clearly with all questions answered thoroughly.
A highlight for us--the delicious seafood lunch cooked outside at an authentic Portugese restaurant! Fun and an outstanding experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The tour was outstanding (even in the rain)! Santiago de Compestela is beyond words and we had the best guide ever - Pasquale!

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