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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with an expert guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and gain a greater insight into the final stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the Cathedral, including the Chapel of the Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, the Goya tapestries, and the Obradoiro balcony. Learn more about the construction and destruction of the Cathedral throughout the centuries.

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Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

2. Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Discover 2 beautiful cities of southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto, crossing the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and returning via Valença do Minho. One of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago is best known for the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail following the cult of St. James. Upon arrival, you will visit the magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral, dedicated to the apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. You will have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, and there will be free time for lunch and a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center. In the afternoon, drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages, with a privileged view to the line boarder it was several times harassed by Spain. Being also part of "Caminhos de Santiago". The city is dominated by the fortress of two tours and a double wall projected in Vouban Style - a well known Engineer and French military architect. Enjoy your return by visiting this amazing historical village!

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Santiago de Compostela Private Guided Tour

3. Santiago de Compostela Private Guided Tour

Take in the major sights of Santiago de Compostela on a 2-hour guided walk. Visit the city’s best-known squares, the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs. Learn about the history of the Camino de Santiago and the legend of St. James. See the many symbols of the city, including the shell, the arrow and the azabache, all of which are important elements to understanding the secrets of Santiago. In addition, you’ll see the market, the university and Cervantes Square. The tour ends at the operator’s office, where you’ll be introduced to typical products from Galicia. Receive free maps, souvenirs and information about other activities.

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Private Santiago de Compostela Downtown Tour

4. Private Santiago de Compostela Downtown Tour

On this walking tour of the city of Santiago, discover the most important monuments and places in the city. This tour is free-form, so your tour guide will adapt each individual tour to the participants' moods and desires. The first part of the tour is focused in the main squares surrounding the Santiago Cathedral, your guide will fill you in on their histories and tell you fascinating stories that will help you to understand the significance of what you're seeing. Understand the meaning of the shells, the origin of the Botafumeiro, why the city is called Compostela, and more. The second part of the tour escapes the most touristic parts of the city to enter into the downtown area from the eyes of a local. Discover the local market, hidden squares and narrow streets while your guide gives you the best recommendations for some tapas, lunch, dinner and nightlife. Finish off the tour where it started, and let your guide help you figure out what else you'd like to do in Santiago or any other part of Galicia.

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From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

5. From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

Relax as you are personally collected from your hotel in Porto at 7:30 AM and depart immediately for Santiago de Compostela. At 11:00 AM you will experience the famous Pilgrim Mass. This special mass is held each day to recognize the pilgrims who have travelled along the Way of St. James to arrive at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You will have the chance to be a part of a historical ceremony that has been taking place since the 9th Century. At the beginning of the mass it is traditional for the home country and starting point of all the pilgrims to be announced. Following the mass you will get a chance to learn more about the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which is dedicated to St James, one of Jesus’ apostles, and is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

6. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Explore the history and art of Santiago de Compostela on a guided tour of the cathedral and its museum. One of the 3 most important centers for Catholic pilgrims in the Christian world, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the "Way of St. James" (Camino de Santiago) since the early Middle Ages. Enter the magnificent monument to discover why, as your guide takes you to see the tomb of Saint James and much more. Look at the resplendent main altar and the intricate chapels surrounding it, and learn about the rituals and traditions. Hear about the historical and architectural importance of the cathedral, and further your knowledge in the museum where permanent collections are complemented by temporary exhibitions.

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Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

7. Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

Explore Santiago de Compostela with a private guide and learn more about its history and religious significance. Discover the final stop of the Caminos of Santiago. Meet your guide at your hotel and embark on your private walking tour. First stop in the Plaza del Obradorio, where you will find the Palacio de Rajoy, the Hostal of the Catholic Monarchs, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Enter the Cathedral with included admission tickets, and see known for being one of the most famous centers of Christianity in Europe. After you can visit the cathedral museum where you can admire religious treasures and artifacts. Once we leave behind the cathedral, visit the charming city squares such as Quintana de los Vivos and Quintana de Los Muertos. After, you will also visit Plaza de Platerías where you can admire the Fuente de los Caballos. Finally make your way to the final stop will be in Calle del Franco. Finish the tour in a local tapas bar, popular with the locals.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

It has been a wonderful guided tour. My partner and I were, along with my parents, and we all left delighted. Very entertaining explanations, very well explained and dedicates enough time to each room. They have many curiosities and everything is very bearable. Highly recommended Many thanks to our guide Marta, for leaving us a good memory on our short trip. ;)

A guide was great! A kind and a detailed explanation about our spots. If there were someone who wants to experience indirectly of Santiago pilgrimage. it could be a suitable option.

We have been fortunate to have an excellent guide, thank you Marta. A very good way to get to know the Cathedral and its museum a little more.

Meri was very informative,not a moment wasted. Tour made the visit to the city much more interesting and meaningful.

A wonderful guide who made our visit super enjoyable.