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Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika) Tours

Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)
Built at the turn of the 17th century by Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini, this red-stone church is one of the oldest in India. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it's dedicated to the baby Jesus, many people choose to visit because the basilica holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa.
 
The Basics
While the exterior of the Basilica de Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika) is impressive, with an imposing facade made of red sandstone pulled from the sea, the interiors are particularly striking as well. Inside you'll find gold-gilded altars, white marble floors with stone inlay, and lots of paintings of St. Francis Xavier. The saint's tomb sits to the right of the altar, and his remains are displayed once per decade.
 
The basilica can be viewed as part of a day trip to Goa; visitors may choose a dedicated cultural heritage tour, or combine historical sights with beaches, markets, and more. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the basilica.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dress modestly out of respect for local culture, with your knees and shoulders covered.
  • The basilica is arguably the most important church in Goa and it’s a must-visit for history buffs.
  • If you come during Mass, stay in the pews and wait until the service is over before you walk around or take photos.
 
How to Get There
The basilica is situated in the heart of Old Goa, or Velha Goa as it's known locally, and virtually all tours of Old Goa stop here. It's about 20 minutes’ drive to Old Goa from Panaji, the state capital, or about 40 minutes from Calangute. If you're coming from farther north—such as from Anjuna or Chapora—give yourself at least an hour to get here.
 
When to Get There
The basilica is open Monday through Friday and on Sunday. It's closed Saturday, except during special religious services. Mass is held twice every morning on weekdays, and again once in the evening, with Sunday services in English and Konkani. The church also offers special programs for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 3.
 
St. Francis Xavier: The Patron Saint of Goa
Francis Xavier was one of the founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He traveled to India in 1542 as a missionary and is celebrated for the work he did to spread Catholicism in India, particularly in the South. However, he was also behind the Goa Inquisition, which led to severe punishments of Catholic people who were suspected of practicing Hinduism in secret.
Address: Old Goa, India
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Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

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Explore Goa’s historical and religious highlights on this small-group shore excursion and tour, with pickup from Goa port or your chosen Goa location. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, admire Hindu temples and visit the Portuguese-built UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and St. Francis of Assisi Church as you learn about Goa’s colonial history and culture. Your tour includes a visit to a spice plantation with lunch plus entrance fees.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Goa with Lunch

Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Goa with Lunch

If you want to truly experience the real vibe of both Old & New Goa, this is the tour for you. In this tour, you explore local culture, history, heritage, churches, temples, beaches, streetlife & spice plantation. You just need only one tour which covers most of the important landmarks in Goa, this is the most cost-effective way to go around Goa. You visit the Fontainhas, the Latin quarter which once habituated by Portuguese. One of the best places for wanderers who love to click pictures and get clicked against the vibrant buildings. You also visit the famous tropical spice plantation in Ponda, enjoy a tropical lunch in midst of nature along with a scenic drive into the dense forest of Western India. Also, visit old Panjim Churches which takes you back to the Gothic era with inspirational architecture, make sure you click plenty of pictures and take back tons of memories back home.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.26
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US$46.26
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Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

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See the highlights of Goa on a 9-hour tour that visits temples, churches, a spice plantation, and more. Stop at Shri Manguesh Temple, Shree Shantadurga Temple, the Basilica of Bom Jesus — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Se Cathedral. You'll learn from your guide about the history of one of India's key trading ports as you tour this vibrant region.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$96.00
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US$96.00
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Old Goa Heritage Walk

Old Goa Heritage Walk

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The Old Goa Heritage Walk revisits some of the most fascinating facts during Portuguese rule. When Old Goa was Goa’s former capital city, it was a thriving city even during prior to Portuguese times. It was the capital of the Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah empire. The Portuguese arrived here in 1510 under their commander Afonso de Albuquerque, and captured the city from Adil Shah, the ruler of the Bijapur Kingdom. They came to the East in search of trade and to eventually spread Christianity. In our Old Goa Heritage Walk, explore the some of the most historically significant buildings. Old Goa is a World Heritage site housing some of most grandest and oldest churches in the region. Among these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The imposing Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine and the domed church of St. Cajetan.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$12.00
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US$12.00
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Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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You don’t have to rack up big taxi fares while traveling around India. This Goa hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to get around without spending a ton of money on rides. The hop-on hop-off busses conveniently run every 45 minutes, and provide stops at 19 places around the western state. Plus, you can listen to onboard commentary about Goa and use the onboard Wi-Fi as you ride.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$7.77
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Private tour of South Goa with pick-up from Mormugao Port

Private tour of South Goa with pick-up from Mormugao Port

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Explore best of Goa; Churches, old town, temples, beaches and important landmarks all in one day. This tour is an ideal way to discover Goa when you are arriving on a cruise and in Goa just for a day. Goa the city that has something for everyone has great nightlife, Goa hosts amazing parties, etc. but Goa is more than just this. It is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture and heritage which can clearly be seen through its historical architecture. Experience the rich heritage side of Goa away from the beaches and party areas in this full-day South City tour.
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  • 7 hours
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US$51.13
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Old Goa Churches Walk

Old Goa Churches Walk

Explore the beautiful churches of Old Goa on a small-group walking tour. Goa was once a Portuguese colony which has resulted in a number of churches in the area. Visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Se Cathedral, which is the largest church in Asia, and more as you learn about the state’s rich history from your tour guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.11
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Churches of Goa - Spiritual Walking Tour

Churches of Goa - Spiritual Walking Tour

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Goa is also popularly known as the “Rome of East” especially because of its magnificent Churches. Walk around this rich place that is riddled with history and heritage, gain insight from the 15th-century churches to monasteries lying in ruins. Explore the historic Churches of Goa and experience the glimpse of Portuguese Era, various religious faiths and their prime importance for the locals. Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Archaeological Museum, Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery, Adil Shah Palace Gateway, Viceroy’s Arch, Statue of Jesus, Church of St Cajetan and enjoy the excellent views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island. The storyteller guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about the places. Starting Point: Basilica of Bom Jesus End Point: Church of St Cajetan, Velha Morning Tour: 9 AM to 11 AM Evening Tour: 2 PM to 4 PM
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$16.42
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US$16.42

Private Heritage Walk in Old Goa

Private Heritage Walk in Old Goa

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A two hour walking tour of what is known as Old Goa. Old Goa is a World Heritage site housing some of the most historically significant buildings and churches in the region. Among these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are to be found, the imposing Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary, the Church of St Cajetan, the Chapel of St Anthony and the ruins of the Tower of St Augustine’s Church.
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  • 2 hours
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US$40.00
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Fabulous Tropical Indian Beaches - 3 Nights In Goa

Fabulous Tropical Indian Beaches - 3 Nights In Goa

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This four day visit to Goa is an ideal option for those looking to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Your journey will explore the old Goa churches and the famous North Goa beaches such as Anjuna, Baga and Calangute. The final day of this tour is dedicated to the exploration of Colva Beach, located in South Goa. Highlights • Fort Aguada. • Basilica of Bom Jesus and Chapel of St. Francis Xavier • North Goa beaches - Anjuna, Baga and Calangute. • Local markets of Anjuna • South Goa beach - Colva
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  • 4 days
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US$620.00
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US$620.00
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Old Goa Heritage Walk with Ferry Ride

Old Goa Heritage Walk with Ferry Ride

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Join us in this super insightful Old Goa Heritage Walk organised by 'Walk With History Goa', where you will get to experience nearly 5-6 UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Goa. You'll not only learn all about the history of the Portuguese inquisition era in Goa & the establishment of the catholic religion, but also learn about the unique architecture and interesting facts about the places we visit. You'll leave with a great knowledge of Goan history and the experience of visiting some beautiful sites of architectural and historical importance! There's a couple of fun surprises if we're a group of more than 6! We do a few fun photo contests and quiz with prizes!! :) We will begin the walk at Basilica of Bom Jesus, and move on to other sites like St. Catherine Chapel, St. Francis Assisi, Se Cathedral, Viceroy's Arc, St. Cajetans Church and many more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$27.24
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Old Goa with Lunch in a Spice Farm

Old Goa with Lunch in a Spice Farm

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Break away from the beaches and parties and immerse yourself in Goan culture and history with this tour. Stops along the way include the gargantuan Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral. You'll then continue to the Sahakari Spice Farm to see local spices being grown, followed by a shopping trip in Panjim. You'll wrap your day up watching the sunset at Miramar Beach before heading to your hotel.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$81.11
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US$81.11
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Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion with Lunch at a Spice Plantation

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion with Lunch at a Spice Plantation

There is more to Goa than miles of beaches. On this full-day shore excursion visit temples, churches and a spice plantation in Goa. The vibrant charm of this state comes alive as you drive past villas and tree lined streets. Having been under Portuguese occupation for over 450 years,  Portuguese influence is visible everywhere especially in the architectural styles of the buildings and the churches. Highlights • Seven story decorative Lamp Tower, Mangueshi Temple • Pyramidal structure of Shanta Durga Temple • Visit to a spice plantation • Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site • Largest church in Asia, the Se Cathedral
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$264.00
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US$264.00
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Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

See the highlights of Goa on a 9-hour tour that visits temples, churches, a spice plantation, and more. Stop at Shri Manguesh Temple, Shree Shantadurga Temple, the Basilica of Bom Jesus — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Se Cathedral. You'll learn from your guide about the history of one of India's key trading ports as you tour this vibrant region.
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  • 8 hours
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US$163.30
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US$163.30
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South Goa and Spice Plantation Private Day Tour

South Goa and Spice Plantation Private Day Tour

Explore the best that South Goa has to offer with this thrilling day tour that takes you to picturesque spots and cultural locations, as you're led by an English speaking guide. You'll first head to the waterfront at Dona Paula point where you can explore and enjoy the beachside atmosphere before you reach Miramar Beach and enjoy the sun! Visit the old churches of South Goa and learn their history before heading to the Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery to see the local artists' splendid works. Then you head to Mangueshi Temple and Shantadurga Temple to learn more about local religion and culture before heading to a spice plantation to dine on delicious Goan food in a buffet lunch! It's a great way to explore the southern region of Goa!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$77.87
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US$77.87
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Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

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Experience the city of sun, sand and beaches like never before on this tour which is a fine blend of sophisticated Catholic and Portuguese architecture, beautiful Indo-Portuguese buildings, old Goa's churches which are part of World Heritage sites and off-course some stunning beaches. Walk through the history that they represent from where they stand on this private guided sightseeing tour by car and delight with amazing highlights that provides you glimpses of vintage city. 1. Discover Old Goa which mostly designed by Portuguese or Italian architects & architecture style ranges from Baroque to Renaissance. 2. Explore Portuguese influenced happening Panjim Church, Fontainhas Neighbourhood & Lord Hanuman situated on top of of Altinho hillock. 3. Explore a offbeat ship-shaped museum showcasing region's cultural & architectural history of beautiful Indo-Portuguese era. 4. Visit well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada and Reis Magos Forts, Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$83.52
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Goa - South Goa & Beaches 4 Days Holidays

Goa - South Goa & Beaches 4 Days Holidays

Goa is place of Fun, Adventure, Relaxation & Heritage. This tour will give all this experiences.It is Must visit place of India.Get customized service, we will provide all possible services to make this trip memorable.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$264.62
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US$264.62
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Half-Day Goa Highlights with Port Pick Up and Lunch

Half-Day Goa Highlights with Port Pick Up and Lunch

Explore Goa’s historical and religious highlights on this group shore excursion with pickup from Goa port Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, admire Hindu temples and visit the Portuguese-built UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral with visit to a Spice Farm and Lunch
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  • 5 hours
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US$58.00
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US$58.00

Goa City Tour

Goa City Tour

This tour include visit to Basilica Of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St Augustine and Shree Mangueshi Temple. We provide pick up and drop off from city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest interest during the tour if possible.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$140.00
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US$140.00
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Goa Private Car Charter Tour For 8 Hours

Goa Private Car Charter Tour For 8 Hours

Travel around the Indian state of Goa by booking this chauffeur-driven private car charter service! Choose from any of the two vehicle options that will suit the size of your traveling party and luggage. Book the 4 hours, 8 hours, or 12 hours service and make your own itinerary, visiting the city's top destinations like the Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, and Se Cathedral Church. This is simply the most convenient and hassle-free way to explore Goa.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.95
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US$42.95
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Goa Full-day Sightseeing

Goa Full-day Sightseeing

Goa is a state full of loveliness. There is beauty sprinkled over every aspect of it. Some part of this state was under Portuguese rule for some time so we will be going to see the never-seen-before blend of Indian and Portuguese culture on this tour. Embark on this trip with us exploring the architectural splendour and historical grandeur of Goa!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.21
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US$78.21
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa

Swap beaches for churches on a private sightseeing tour that focuses on Goa’s Portuguese heritage. Exploring with a private guide means that you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions, as well as benefiting from the flexibility to customize your tour. Plus, you’ll travel between the historic attractions of Old Goa in air-conditioned comfort.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$166.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$166.00
Price varies by group size
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Private tour of South Goa by Car

Private tour of South Goa by Car

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Goa the city that has something for everyone has great nightlife, Goa hosts amazing parties, etc. but Goa is more than just this. It is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture and heritage which can clearly be seen through its historical architecture. Experience the rich heritage side of Goa away from the beaches and party areas in this full-day South City tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$24.53
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US$24.53
Price varies by group size

Shore Excursion Goa (for Cruise Travelers)

Shore Excursion Goa (for Cruise Travelers)

The tour will begin with pick up from Goa Port. Our tour guide and driver will meet you at port with special permit to receive you from port arrival langue. This tour include visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St Augustine and Shree Mangueshi Temple. After the tour we will drop off you back to the Port..
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$206.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$206.00
Price varies by group size

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