Highly recommended...very well spent day with a knowledgeable guide! And not to forget...the food was excellent! Great day!
Our guide, Christian, was great! He shared a lot of great information and tips with us about Portugal, the Spanish border region, and of course about Santiago de Compostela and the Camino. Christian is a super multi-tasker, as driver and guide, he drove us around, explained things in English then translated to Portuguese for some guests, took care of the group - all while staying patient and enthusiastic the whole time. It was quite impressive.
Christian picked us up from our hotel at 7:40AM Portugal time in a 9 seater mini-van for 1 driver and 8 guests. We picked up other guests then were on our way. The mini-van was clean and for the most part comfortable after a few hours in the full car, it does start to feel a bit cramped. We arrived in Santiago before the 12:00PM Spain time mass, so we had about an hour free time to attend the mass or explore the city before we met the group again for lunch. The lunch at a local tapas restaurant, which was included, was excellent and abundant - with lots of bread, soup, tapas, wine, dessert, and coffee. After lunch we had about another 1.5 hours of free time to explore the city before heading back down to Portugal.
On our drive back to Portugal, we stopped for about 20 minutes to explore the small beautiful fortified town of Valenca do Minho. We then headed back to Porto, which took about an hour from Valenca, and arrived at around 6:30PM Portugal time.
We truly enjoyed our tour of Santiago and Valenca with Christian and we would definitely recommend it to all.
The tour was conducted by livingtours. Excellent guide Jonathan, comfortable touring in an 8 seater van, good commentary and explanations, fantastic tapas lunch included and sufficient free time. A must do!!
Amazing city. Lots of history. Good shops and lots of restaurants to have lunch or dinner.
excellent guide well worth visiting these towns.
jimbeau333 United States of ...
Excellent guide. Provided maps of Santiago de Compostela with detailed instructions. In addition, Tiago provided a map of Porto with recommended restaurants, handwritten on to the map. Uses vans with 4 rows to accommodate 9 people. The CoolTour people use vans with 3 rows to accommodate 9 people.
Great tour, we had wonderful time.
Santiago de Compostela was absolutely beautiful! Our tour guide was wonderful, and the included lunch was good and plentiful. We stopped at the fort on the Portugal/ Spain border on the way back, and that was really interesting to see as well. I had a great day.
Excellent guide, lovely lunch, great experience
Miguel was a fountain of information. Great opportunity to get out and about when in Porto.
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