Explore Goa’s historical and religious highlights on this 7-hour small-group shore excursion and tour, with pickup from Goa port or your chosen Goa location. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, admire Hindu temples and visit the Portuguese-built UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and St. Francis of Assisi Church as you learn about Goa’s colonial history and culture. Your tour includes a visit to a spice plantation with an optional lunch (own expense), plus entrance fees.
What is included in the tour
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
- Bottled water
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Buffet lunch
What is NOT included in the tour
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
Depart Goa cruise port by air-conditioned minivan and travel to the Shree Manguesh temple. Surrounded by lush hills, this 400-year-old temple honors Lord Shiva and boasts an ornate white tower.
Move on to the nearby Shree Mahalasa, a temple dedicated to a manifestation of Vishnu. View this 450-year-old edifice and then continue to the Sahakari Spice Farm, a lush garden specializing in the cultivation of spices and herbs. Enjoy a guided stroll to discover the exotic plants growing here, and if time allows, break for lunch (own expense).
Continue to the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa’s best-known church. Admire this ornate UNESCO-listed church and see its prized treasure — the 17th-century silver casket containing the remains of St. Francis Xavier.
Next, head for Se Cathedral, old Goa’s most imposing church and Asia’s biggest. Known for its five bells, including the famous Golden Bell, this church is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, and boasts a spectacular vaulted interior.
After a stop at the 17th-century St. Francis of Assisi Church to see its interior paintings and Manueline-style architecture, your tour concludes with a drop-off at Goa port or another location of your choice.
Our Driver will be waiting opposite to the BLUE COLOR BUILDING - CUSTOMS HOUSE
Get picked up at the Cruise Port at 9am and travel by an air-conditioned minivan in a 7-hour shore excursion in Goa. Visit the Sahakari Spice Farm, lush garden specializing in the cultivation of spices and herbs.
Continue to the Basilica of Bom Jesus which was built in the 16th century. This magnificent building is the most popular and famous of all the churches in Goa. The mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier are kept enshrined in a silver casket, which was wrought by Goan silversmiths in 1636-37. Dedicated to Infant Jesus, this church is now a World Heritage Monument.
Head to the Se Cathedral, the most imposing of all the churches at Old Goa. Its vaulted interior overwhelms visitors with its sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has five bells, among them the famous Golden Bell, the biggest in Goa. This church is dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria.
You can choose to visit the Church of St.Francis of Assis. The entrance and the choir were built in the Manueline style, the only fragment of its kind in the East. First built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and in 1661. The interior is illustrated with exquisite paintings and the floor has a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms. The adjacent convent now houses the Archaeological Museum.
Your tour concludes with a drop-off at Goa port or another location of your choice.