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Explore the best of Goa on this full-day, private tour. Led by your own personal guide, travel along the Cumbarjua Canal for a crocodile-watching cruise and take a walking tour of the churches in Old Goa, including Basilica de Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral. You'll also learn about Goa's cuisine and farming traditions on a 45-minute tour of the Tropical Spice Plantation. A traditional Goan lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

Highlights

  • Private, full-day eco-tour in Goa with a guide
  • Cruise along the Cumbarjua Canal and catch a glimpse of crocodiles
  • Explore the churches at Old Goa by foot
  • Take a tour of a local spice plantation and dig into a traditional Goan lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private guide ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Private Eco-Tour: Crocodile Watching With Heritage Trail

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After pickup from your hotel, travel by air-conditioned coach to the Cumbarjua Canal. Your guide and lifeguard will travel with you on the ferry for a 3-hour crocodile-spotting cruise. Learn why this is the only place in Goa where crocodiles coexist peacefully with the local fishing community. Fresh fruit and drinks will be served on board as you search the estuary.

Afterward, return to your private vehicle for a 30-minute ride to the city of Ponda, where you’ll visit the Tropical Spice Plantation. Learn about Goa’s farming traditions on a 45-minute tour as your guide explains how locally cultivated spices are used for traditional cuisine and medicinal purposes. You'll also see cashew or coconut feni being fermented, and get insight into how locals farm betel leaves by scaling the trunks.

Then try some of the spices yourself with a traditional Goan buffet. Enjoy savory chicken xacuti, prawn curry, and vegetarian dishes at the plantation.

Travel next to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, home to the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. Visit the Se cathedral, which 62 years to complete. Learn how the north tower collapsed in 1776 after being struck by lightning, and hear the story of the south tower's golden bell.

After a full day of sightseeing, your trip will conclude with drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

karen m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our trip was fantastic , well worth the money. The tour guide was extremely good, friendly and very informative. The driver was very friendly too. The whole day made our honeymoon a real dream so many thanks.

David W

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2014

Don't believe the photo or the description! We had a great day and the guide looked after us very well, however the elephant 'bathing' and '15-20 minute ride' really let the day down as neither are as described on the website. The website description of the bathing was what mainly attracted both my wife and daughter to make the booking but what is described and pictured as an experience in scrubbing their back, legs and even behind the ears in what looks like a river or lake actually consisted of sitting on the elephant's back in a concrete, dry, pool whilst the elephant drew water from a 'well' and sprayed it over us - yes this was an enjoyable experience but not the one we expected. Then we went for our ride. Described as a 15-20 minute once-in-a-lifetime opportunity exploring the outskirts of the plantation actually consisted of 4-5 minutes around the car park.
Had the description on the website been accurate we would not have booked this trip at the price listed, we had other trips we could have booked but this appeared to satisfy several items on our waitlist - the website needs to be changed to honestly describe what is delivered and reduce the price accordingly.

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