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Excellent tour, well organised professional. Just keep in mind that because it's run by a Portuguese company and with Portuguese guides, the visit in Santiago is not guided, but not a big detractor. Valenca do Minho is an interesting little town.
Was a very enlightening trip. Worth the time and effort. It was made even better by our experienced guide Francisco Fonsela. His sense of humour patience and knowledge of history made this tour a very enjoyable one. Highly recommended
We loved our tour to Santiago, it was a really memorable day. Our guide, Tiago, was very knowledgeable, professional and friendly.
He gave us useful information before arrival and got us there on time for the Pilgrims noon mass which is 11 Porto time. I chose to skip the delicious lunch because I wanted to spend more time in the cathedral and he graciously accommodated my request .
Glorietta Ugpo B Ireland
amazing! everything was perfect! tour guide/ food/ transport/ the group highly recommended.
Andre, our main guide, and Bernado, his offsider-in-training, were outstanding. Andre's knowledge of Portuguese history was impressive. The lunch was a feast! Andre went above the call of duty to ensure the vegetarian options were acceptable and everybody's needs for all parts of the tour were met.
The tour lady, Paola was amazing. One of the best tours we ever had. The lunch was very tasty.
the guide pascal was exceptional. we had an awful wether but the tour was great thanks to our guide.
very good and thank you for this quality tour !
Tour guides were friendly. The church is beautiful and has a lot of history in it. The seafood there is amazing. Would have been better had it not rained. The view from the bell tower Viana is an absolute must! National geographics reckon it and #39;s one of the most beautiful views in the world.
I had a wonderful day on this trip. Our tour guide was warm, friendly, well organised and made the day hugely enjoyable. It was very interesting going over the border to Spain to see the contrast between the two countries and the distinct way of life in Northern Spain. The cathedral and city of Santiago are memorable and beautiful, and despite drawing crowds, it still retains a rich and distinctive atmosphere it still feels like a real place. The views of Viana de Castelo excuse the spelling are spectacular and are definitely worth seeing. So the tour is definitely recommended.
The tour in Santiago de Compostela was not a real guided tour. So- the passangers should be better prepared doing homework to discover the sightseeing and local history on their own. Trip was very nice including splended lunch!
There were two Viator choices for this destination, and I didn't know which to choose, but selected this one, which was the one that happened to include lunch. The other describes gazing at the cathedral on a guided tour, which I think would have been better if that is what it really was. Overall, it was an interesting day, and it was nice to see the cathedral, but I felt I was just spinning my wheels in the city, not really knowing what I was looking at in the town. I didn't go into the cathedral since there was a mass going on, so I walked around and spent time in the main square waiting to meet up with our guide and fellow passengers. Then around 2 pm we went for a terrific lunch highlight of the day, actually that lasted over two hours. It is a long way to ride for one day, but it was interesting and relaxing, and our Living Tours guide was excellent, yet I felt that we should have had more direction than just being given a map and told to meet up in 90 minutes to go to lunch. I am glad I went, but I felt somehow I missed out on something.
Santiago was an unexpected discovery. We didn't even know that It was the third holy place fo Christians. The compound is huge. The cathedral immense, the altar so unusual,the organs like the wings of an angel. The place itself was impressive. Our guide Nunu had all the qualities of a superb guide: knowledgable, friendly, caring , in addition to being an excellent driver. Our problem concerns the organization of the trip. We spent more than an hour and a half to drive, but when we arrived the mass was already on and the entrance was closed. Then we had to wait in line for more than 40 minutes. The guide was not with us to explain the details of the cathedral. At last another church recommended by our guide to visit was closed. What was the purpose of the trip? It was more like a check that we were there. Also in Valencia do Minho the time was just thirty minutes to see the old church and do the shopping. It does not sound substantial for any kind of visit. After all, we wanted to breathe in the atmosphere of the place- instead we were running to be on time by the van. The last problem was the dual language. The guide had to explain the information in two languages. I do not think it makes the tour very interesting when the guide speaks another language. I personally fall asleep. The result is obvious: I didn't catch up with what I was supposed to hear in my language.
It was a very good trip and the guide was well-informed and lively. We hadn't realized that he couldn't escort us into the church or talk very much about it while we stood in the area outside. This activity is reserved for Spanish guides. Perhaps he could have told us more about it on the way there.
Didn and #39;t enjoy this tour
We drove fromPorto to Spain and stopped at a service station!!! then another drive to Santiago where we were given a map with a few crosses of what we should see , we were given 45 minutes as we had the restaurant booked .... then another 50 minutes!!!!!! 1.5 hrs in Santiago !
The lines were so long to get into the Church you didn't have enough time to see everything , then it was lunch, which was amazing, but took an hour and half, then we left to see some fort nobody cared about, i would have rather stayed in Santiago and seen more of the sights!!! Our guide was very nice and offered a lot of information, but talked a little too much for my liking, one problem she had to tell everything in two languages, so it was constant talking for the 3 hours it took to get there!!
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