• Location: Goa, India
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Uncover Portuguese history and influence on this private half-day Portuguese heritage tour from Goa. Gain a deeper understanding of the state’s colonial past on visits to Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus—a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This epic tour includes a visit to the city of Panaji, where you’ll see the impact of the Portuguese in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter. Catch incredible views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty before enjoying a traditional lunch at the O’Coquerio restaurant.


  • Private tour of Goa's Portuguese sites with an expert private guide
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, dedicated to St Francis Xavier
  • Learn about the importance of Christian St Catherine of Alexandria at the Se Cathedral
  • Explore the narrow streets and colorful old villas of Panaji's Latin Quarter, Fontainhas
  • Enjoy magnificent views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty
  • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private guide ensures a more personalized and enlightening experience

What You Can Expect

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

Se Cathedral

Gain a deeper understanding of Goa’s colonial history of Portuguese heritage on this private half-day tour. Learn how to Portuguese impacted the region’s religion, architecture and food from your expert guide as you explore some of the most iconic places in Goa. 

Meet your guide at your Goa hotel and travel in private, air-conditioned comfort to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Basilica of Born Jesus. Walk across the marble floor that’s inlaid with precious stones and visit the remains of Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier. Learn about this man’s life from your guide, as well as from the detailed paintings that decorate the interior. Head upstairs to a gallery of surrealist paintings from Dom Martin, a Goan painter.

Travel by foot to Se Cathedral, known by locals as Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina. This gothic-style Portuguese architecture houses one of the largest bells in Goa and is dedicated to a saint who was martyred in the 4th century for her Christian devotion. 

Afterwards, travel about 15 minutes in your private car to the city of Panaji. Wander the Latin Quarter, known as Fontainhas and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Portuguese influence first hand as you explore the streets. Make a stop at St Sebastian Chapel, where statues of historic figures like Abade Faria, a Roman Catholic monk, are displayed.

Next, travel in comfort to Dona Paula Jetty, a peaceful bay where epic views of Mormugao Harbor and the Arabian Sea make for the perfect photo op. Take in the natural wonder of the scene that’s unique to this out of the way treasure before heading to a tiny market on the waterway.

Finally, choose to stop at the O’Coquerio restaurant for a traditional Portuguese and Goan mean (own expense), before heading back to your hotel in the comfort of your private vehicle.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour!

Jose Antonio D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour was really good, we were lucky with the weather. The guide was fantastic showing us around Goa and the churches. The driver was excellent and friendly also.

Candace W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant knowledgeable guide.

Dr R A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I would recommend this tour which was very interesting in particular our guide Francis was very well informed ,courteous and most helpful

Jacqui M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent guide, fascinating architecture and great lunch after.

King Charles B

4 star rating: Recommended April 2018

Ok..so this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.

Omar M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2018

Although polite, but not very professional to international standards. For its price I expected more. The guide wasn't always easy to understand and didn't understood us in all times. After some issues, there were some customization done with the Tour, but for the rest it was like a scripted tour, not a private tour that couldn't be reasonably modified. Not being sure who the first Portuguese Viceroy was a disappointment. The energy of the guide seem to have weakened a lot at the end, where I had to put efforts to get more information. We were almost forced to give feedback on the tour by the end on paper and through the phone! almost like being held hostages! :D. The least this company should do is to price it much less, in order to make it fair!

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