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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 town of Viana do Castelo, in Portugal.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Viana do Castelo, 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 (own expense) and explore more at your own leisure
  • Drive through the city center of Viana do Castelo and tour the Basilica of Santa Luzia Viana do Castelo

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What You Can Expect

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

Santiago de Compostela and Viana do Castelo Day Trip from Porto

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 the town  of Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal, for a quick visit to the ancient citadel atop Mt Santa Luzia and the stunning Basilica of St Luzia, inspired by Montmartre's Sacre Coeur in Paris. 

Customer Reviews

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.

Ann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My friend and I took this tour yesterday. We were collected from our apartment in a sparklingly clean minibus and then collected others from their hotels. The guide, Tiago, was fantastic. He was unfailingly polite, helpful we are getting on a bit and not so agile getting in and out of transport, cheerful and amusing. His commentaries, in both Portuguese and English, were very informative and we learned a good deal...very useful for first-time visitors to Portugal. The party had a very good tapas lunch together following free time in Santiago de Compostela. We highly recommend this trip and especially Tiago Santos as guide.

Agnello F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you take the tour from Porto you can enjoy the awesome countryside. Very informative. Santiago de Compostela was simply fantastic. The guide Mr. Pedro was superb and very friendly with awesome knowledge. My sincere suggestion to future clients if you are taking this tour from Porto please request Mr. Pedro as your tour guide.

Kathleen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Brilliant trip to Santiago despite the awful weather.our excellent guide Pedro was so knowledgeable and very witty would definitely recommend this trip.

Andre A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was an excellent day trip. Our guide, Jonatos, was very knowledgeable and entertaining . He was on time at the hotel for the pickup and the van was comfortable although no empty seat. It was a very full day. We were back at the hotel as scheduled on the itinerary.

Rosana H M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, small group, Miguel guide was very kind and considerate.

Riki Q.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was an eye-opening and fantastic tour. Although the drive was quite long, it was not too tiring as our guide, Tiago, made the difference in terms of his knowledge, enthusiasm and sense of humor - keeping the group entertained and the trip enjoyable at the same time. :

Nancy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The trip was outstanding and our guide superb!

Edna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our anthropologist tour guide was quite pasisionate on tour guiding and he kmows about many other infk aside from subject.

administratively viator confirmed and did not even advise that there was none slated on that day.

Ian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent guide translated in three languages. Wonderful day...most enjoyable.

I believe 12 hours is tough on the excellent guide...tis a long day

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