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Venture from Porto to Spain on this day trip to  Santiago de Compostela and the sacred pilgrimage route, St James Way. For centuries pilgrims have made their way along this historic path and on this tour you can glean a part of their experience with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the sacred sites of Santiago de Compostela, like the city’s famous cathedral, as well as the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Old Town. On your way back to Porto, stop at the charming Valença do Minho, dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban style, in Portugal.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Valença do Minho Day, Portugal
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrim route St James Way ends
  • See Compostela’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy free time in Santiago de Compostela to have lunch and explore more at your own leisure
  • Visit Valença do Minho city center and see its fortress

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What You Can Expect

Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

Enjoy a trip to Santiago de Compostela and Valen�a do Minho

Your journey to Santiago de Compostela begins with by meeting your expert guide and driver in central Porto. From there, enjoy a leisurely and scenic drive by air-conditioned coach through northern Portugal’s bucolic countryside, then cross the border to northwest Spain. 

Follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on St James Way, one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world. Holy seekers have been traversing this path since the early Middle Ages, and the tradition continues on today. 

At the end of your walk along the trail, your reward is confronting the Gothic, housing the remains of the apostle St James. Listen to your guide illuminate this holy site with its history. Then, explore the cathedral, admiring its  majestic interior, stately bell towers, golden altar and Romanesque sculptures. Next, refuel with an authentic local lunch consisting of octopus or seafood in Santiago (own expense), then head to Santiago's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed old town district. 

When you’ve seen enough, hop back in your air-conditioned coach and begin your journey back to Porto. But first, stop at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located on the border between Portugal and Spain. Also known by its "Caminhos de Santiago" Valença do Minho is dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban Style. An Engineer and an military architect from the XVII e XVIII centuries. 

Take time to explore this great city with its historical essence before returning to Porto, where your day trip concludes.

Customer Reviews

Cezar USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Highly recommended...very well spent day with a knowledgeable guide! And not to forget...the food was excellent! Great day!

Julee N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.

KURIEN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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!!

ERNESTO R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing city. Lots of history. Good shops and lots of restaurants to have lunch or dinner.

IAN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent guide well worth visiting these towns.

jimbeau333 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Yucel Kivanc S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, we had wonderful time.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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.

Sandra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guide, lovely lunch, great experience

Rebecca F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Miguel was a fountain of information. Great opportunity to get out and about when in Porto.

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