Day trip

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Activity provider: LIVING TOURS

Santiago de Compostela Full-Day Tour From Porto

Activity provider: LIVING TOURS
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Explore the Spanish villages of Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho on this day trip in an airconditioned vehicle from Porto. Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch with a drink along the way.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese
Pickup optional
Please contact the activity provider in advance to confirm your hotel pickup information. The exact pickup details will be given the day before your tour.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the old streets of the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Learn about the cult of St. James of the Greater Saracens
  • Attend the mass at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Visit the Historical center of Valença do Minho
  • Explore wall fortifications of Valença do Minho
Full description

Discover 2 charming southern Europe on a full-day sightseeing tour from Porto. Cross the border into Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and stop to see Valença do Minho on the way back to Porto. 

Board a comfortable van or bus and embark on a journey to one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world, Santiago. See the Caminhos de Santiago (St. James Way) pilgrim trail and visit a magnificent 11th-centuty cathedral.

Admire the architecture that was originally built in a Romanesque style, today the cathedral is an amalgam of harmonious influences. Have the opportunity to attend mass and enjoy free time to go for a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage city center.

Begin the drive back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho, a historical village in the north of Portugal, located right on the border between Portugal and Spain. Valença was important during the middle ages and it was part of "Caminhos de Santiago". 

See how the city is dominated by a fortress of two towers and a double wall before returning to your meeting point in Porto. 

Includes
  • Guide
  • Monument fees included in the tour
  • Lunch
  • Pickup and drop-off at hotels in the city center of Porto (if selected)
  • Tips and personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the Living Tours/Tourist Service office, next to São Bento train station, Porto.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Usually tours run in one language but there are cases where one extra language or more can be used
  • The group size will be from 8 to 29 people
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate. If the minimum is not met, customers will be asked to reschedule or cancel for a full refund
  • The tour duration is an estimation, subject to local traffic and visit schedules
  • If pickup selected it is from central Porto Hotels
  • For private accommodation and hotels in other areas, customers must go to the meeting point
  • Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the date of the service
  • Children from 4 to 12 years pay half price. Children aged 0 to 3 are free of charge
  • The services included in the tour are subject to third party availability and may change without notice
  • The cathedral of Santiago is currently undergoing interior and exterior renovations. Some areas of the cathedral cannot be visited
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 239 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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This was a good tour! Our guide Joana was great. She made the long drive fun and did a fantastic job getting us from place to place and leading us through the day. I liked being able to see both Valença do Minho and Santiago and think everything was paced and planned well. The only thing I would change is personally I would’ve liked more of a balance between guided time and independent time to explore (we were really just left to ourselves to explore for the entire time in each place, I would have loved to learn a little more about spots of significance or have been guided just a bit in each city). However based on other reviews and information provided beforehand I do think that was more the way the tour was structured than anything with our guide, etc.

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December 24, 2022

The trip was well worth it. Our guide (Pedro) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The stop in Valença do Minho was surprisingly interesting. This was a great option for a short trip to Santiago de Compostela. My family and I were able to get into the Cathedral by not having lunch with the rest of the group. Be aware that there can be a long line to get in the Cathedral and it could take all of your time.

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January 5, 2023

This is a round-trip trip: I left the hotel very early and arrived at night. It was a good choice: the first commercial bus leaving Porto arrives at 11:45 in Santiago. And the last bus leaving Santiago leaves at 11:15. In other words, it would be necessary to spend the night in the city. The tour lasts 3 hours in Santiago and there is a suggestion for organizing the time: 1 hour to walk freely around the city, 1 for lunch and 1 to visit the cathedral. The guide makes it easy for you to make your own route, but believe me: it will take precious time to look for a lunch option in the city center. And with 3 hours it will not be possible to enter the museums. The guide is excellent - very articulate and attentive. The food at the chosen restaurant is perfect. On the way back, we pass through a small walled city in Portugal. This tour is worth it!

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November 25, 2022

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