Santiago de Compostela
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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.

    Well organized and accurate reception at the beginning, and a guide with deep knowledge of the visit contents. Also, the way to explain was adapted to ages and conditions of the group members.

  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

    2. 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.

    Elena was an awesome guide! We were so impressed with her knowledge of architecture, her obvious love of her city and it’s history, and the fact that she herself was a pilgrim. Please ask her for as a guide when you book this tour, if you can.

  • Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

    3. Santiago de Compostela: Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour

    Meet your art historian guide outside the main entrance and discover the Parador of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most historic and important buildings in the city. Explore the building which now functions as the 5-star Hostal dos Reis Católicos hotel, but was built in 1499 by the Catholic monarchs to serve as a pilgrim's hospital and hostel. Discover the building’s most notable features including the royal halls, the four cloisters, four courtyards, the observatory, and the Royal Chapel. Admire one of the best-preserved examples of Spanish Plateresque architecture. Learn more about the stories associated with the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. With the help of your expert guide, experience the history of the city in one of its most important buildings.

  • Santiago de Compostela Private Guided Tour

    4. 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.

    What a great introduction to this fabulous city. We learnt more in 2 hours than we did from our guide book in two weeks

  • Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrim For a Day

    5. Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrim For a Day

    Your guide will pick you up to go to the starting point of el Camino. At the beginning your local guide will explain everything related to the Camino and how to be a good pilgrim. After being driven by car to the starting point, walk like a real pilgrim to see the cathedral. Take pictures and visit the most important monuments. Continue the walk by yourself to the final point, Obradoiro Square. The guide will be waiting at the last point to receive you and celebrate with you arrival. At the end of the journey, you can decide to go to the Pilgrim's Mass or go to a bar for a drink. Your guide will also provide you with the tickets to visit the museum and the cathedral.

  • From Porto: Santiago de Compostela Full Day Tour

    6. 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.

    It was a great trip. The guide was fantastic. The weather didn't cooperate, but you can't have everything.

  • Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

    7. Porto: Day Trip to Santiago de Compostela

    Portugal and Spain are well represented on this excursion to Santiago. The pickups are made between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, and, after this, the adventure will start. First, you discover the Capital of Galicia - a very special place. Santiago de Compostela is visited by millions of people, many of them pilgrims arriving through the Camino de Santiago. A center of the Catholic faith, it is considered a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. When all the group agrees, you will have some free time so that you can have lunch and enjoy the local gastronomy. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you can find the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia and the historically rich center of the city.

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What people are saying about Santiago de Compostela

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 120 reviews

Well organized and accurate reception at the beginning, and a guide with deep knowledge of the visit contents. Also, the way to explain was adapted to ages and conditions of the group members.

Our guided tour by Marta was fantastic, she helped us to learn more about the history of the Cathedral of Santiago and the museum. Recommendable.

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.

Marta has explained everything to us very well with very entertaining anecdotes.

A wonderful guide who made our visit super enjoyable.