Welcome to Old Goa

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, when Old Goa’s population exceeded that of Lisbon or London, Goa’s former capital was considered the ‘Rome of the East’. You can still sense that grandeur as you wander what’s left of the city, with its towering churches and cathedrals and majestic convents. Its rise under the Portuguese, from 1510, was meteoric, but cholera and malaria outbreaks forced the abandonment of the... Read More

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$60 Private & Custom Tours

Private Goa Sightseeing Tour with Lunch at a Spice Plantation

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Goa at 9am. Head to Old Goa Churches - Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha means "old" in Portuguese) is a historical city in North Goa district in the Indian state of Goa. You will see a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Mangueshi Temple, one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. In the year 1560, when the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Salcete Taluka. See the Mangesh Linga from the original site at the Kushasthali or Cortalim on the banks of river Aghanashini (Zuari) to its present location at Mangeshi.Visit the Shanta Durga Temple, a large temple complex at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa, India. A small laterite mud shrine was built and the deity was installed here. Next, you will head to a Spice Plantation Tour with lunch included. The Spice plantation is located in Ponda, a village untouched by pollution. It is spread over large tract of verdant land, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in a pure unadulterated nature. Get welcomed in a traditional way by offering Aarti, Kumkum and a garland of flowers with lunch and herbal tea. Healthy and nutritious food will be served in a traditional manner on a banana leaf feast on authentic Goan cuisines. Help yourself to generous servings of veg and non veg delicacies as well as some Italian delights to your plate. High on nutrition and steeped in tradition, the food will be just the way you’d expect in this lap of nature.After lunch, visit the Portuguese Latin Quarters - Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese), an old Latin Quarter in the city of Panaji in Goa, India. It maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow streets, old villas and buildings painted in lively colors. The quarter shows how Panaji was during the Portuguese rule of Goa.You will see Dona Paula, a former village and tourist destination in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India. Today it is home to the National Institute of Oceanography. Dona Paula was a woman of charity and was known to have helped the villagers, worked a lot for their betterment and so after her death, the villagers decided to rename the village as Dona Paula, previously called Oddavell.Panjim City is the capital of the Indian state of Goa and the headquarters of North Goa district. It lies on the banks of the Mandovi River and means “land that never floods”. The Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located overlooking the main square known as Praça da Igreja. Colorful villas, Kala Academy, cobbled streets and interesting buildings give Panaji a Portuguese ambiance. At 5pm, sit back and relax on the drive back to your Hotel in Goa.

$144 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

9am - You will be picked up from the sea port or your desired location in Goa to begin your full day tour with a professional guide.9:45am - Shri Manguesh TempleA beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on a Hillock. The 400-year-old temple is known for its elegant structure and the pillars which are considered to be the most beautiful among the temples is Goa. A beautiful seven-story Deepa Stambha (decorative lamp tower), stands at the gates in the temple complex. 10:45am - Shree Shantadurga TempleSet amidst lush emerald hills, this temple is dedicated to Shree Shantadurga Devi. The Temple has an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga who mediated between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva and stopped the fierce-full war going on between the two.12:30pm - Tropical Spice Plantation (Lunch Included)Spread over large tract of verdant land, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in a pure unadulterated nature. Guest are welcomed in a traditional way. Healthy and nutritious food is served in a traditional manner on a banana leaf. Indulge in a riot of colors in the butterfly garden. Delight in the sight of over 75 spices of birds within the plantation. Catch sight of some vary rare and endangered species of birds.3pm - Basilica of Bom Jesus (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)Located at Old Goa, The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundation stone was laid on 24th November 1594, and completed on 15th May 1605. Home to the Saint Francis Xavier, the priest responsible to bring Christianity to the region. It is said that the great Saint Francis Xavier had immense powers of healing which is still reflected in the remains of his mortal self. The remains of Saint Francis are kept in a well clad casket.4pm - Se CathedralThis magnificent 16th century monument is the biggest church in Goa, displaying the majestic grandeur of Portuguese rule. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria hence it is also known as St. Catherine's' Cathedral. The Sé Cathedral has five bells. The existing tower houses a famous bell, one of the largest in Goa and often referred to as 'Golden Bell' on account of its rich tone which has been immortalized in a Portuguese poem. 5pm - Church of St. Francis of AssisiTo the west of the Se Cathedral is the former palace of the Archbishop that connects the Se Cathedral to the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. This church was built in the 17th century. Attached to the church is a convent, which has been converted into a museum by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1964.6pm - You will be dropped back off to the sea port or your desired location in Goa.

$1325 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Kerala and Goa Tour: Backwaters and Beaches from Kochi to Goa by Air

Day 1: KochiMeet your guide at the hotel in Kochi at 7:30am and get transferred to your hotel for check-in and breakfast. At 8:30 am start a full-day excursion by visiting Fort Cochin, Tomb of Vasco Da Gama, Dutch mansions, churches, Jewish synagogue, Jew Street and Wellington Island. Return to your hotel at 7pm for dinner and your overnight stay.Day 2: Kochi - MunnarAfter breakfast you will travel to Munnar. During your travel you will visit spice plantations, Valara, Cheeyappara waterfalls, Karadippara viewpoint and the tea museum. Upon arrival in Munnar, you will check in to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.Day 3: MunnarAfter breakfast take an excursion to Mudupetty Dam, Echo Point and Kundala Lake. Here you will stay overnight at your hotel.Day 4: Munnar - ThekkadyAfter breakfast check out from your hotel and leave for Thekkady. This is a 4-hour drive through the panoramic western mountain rangescovered with plantations, occasional waterfalls and streams. Check-in to your hotel in Tekkady and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.Day 5: Thekkady - AlleppeyLeave early in the morning for a 6-hour drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival check in to a lovely houseboat to cruise the Vembanadu Lake. Visit the beach, walk through the colorful bazaars, enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.Day 6: Alleppey - Cochin - Goa Check out from your hotel at 10am and head to the airport in Cochin to board a flight to Goa. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel for anAyurvedic massage experience followed by dinner and overnight stay.Day 7: GoaAfter an early breakfast take a cruise on the Mandovi river. Soak in the grandeur of Old Goa with its beautiful churches and cathedrals. Return to your hotel for an Ayurvedic massage, dinner and overnight stay.Day 8 : GoaOn the last day of your tour pay a visit to the Aramol and Anjuna beaches. You will then take a trip to the Salim Ali bird sanctuary at Chirao. Take in the beautiful sunset over the Arabian sea and then return to your hotel for dinner. After dinner we will drop you off at your hotel in Panjim, Goa before the tour ends.

$1050 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Night Goa Adventure Tour

Day 1 Upon arrival at Dabolim Airport (Goa International Airport) you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Day free to relax, explore or soak up the sun. Day 2 [B]Start your day with a kayaking excursion in Sal Backwaters through the mangroves, lotus ponds, arching bamboos and mango groves. In the afternoon drive to Goa Chitra Ethnic Museum and see the exhibits and displays. Alternatively, you can take an evening drive to Panaji, discover the old Latin Quarter and explore the main street, church, riverside promenade, shop for souvenirs. Day 3 [B,L]Proceed to see crocodiles in the Mandovi River by covered boat (snacks and juice/water included). Cruise along the backwaters, spotting various birds and wildlife, watch the locals extract sand and fish in the river. Visit the spice plantations and enjoy a traditional Goan Hindu lunch (included) on a banana leaf. Visit the World Heritage monuments, structures, churches and museums of Old Goa. Return back to the resort in the evening. Day 4 [B]Go kayaking in the fast flowing Zuari River (snacks, juice and water included). See incredible sights from the waterline, crumbling structures of a bygone era, birds, fishermen setting stakes in the river, ring net fishing, etc. In the afternoon relax on the silvery sands of Utorda Beach, swim in the blue green waters of the Arabian Sea, indulge in a few water sports, chill at the beach shacks. Day 5 [B, L] Visit the Grande Island by covered boat/catamaran, watch dolphins, enjoy ocean swimming , snorkeling, fishing (snacks/beverages included). Have lunch/BBQ on the island/beach, relax on the silvery sands and return in the evening. In the evening, explore and city and perhaps try some special local food.Day 6 [B] Go kayaking in Spike’s River (Nerul River) in Nerul and visit Fort Agauda. Explore the belt of Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach and Baga Beach. Afterwards feel free to go souvenirs shopping. Day 7 [B]There is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast, based on your departure flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

$1580 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Goa Adventure Tour including Crocodile Cruise

Day 01: You will be picked up at Goa International Airport in Dabolim and transferred to the resort for check-in. Relax for the rest of the day. Stay overnight at the resort. Day 02 [B]: Take a kayaking excursion in Sal Backwaters through the mangroves, lotus ponds, arching bamboos and mango groves. In the evening, drive to Panaji and discover the old Latin Quarter and explore the main street, church, riverside promenade, shop for souvenirs. Day 03 [B, L]: Go for trekking in the foothills of the Western Ghats, where you can stop by streams and waterfalls to cool off. Enjoy a local village vegetarian lunch in the green foliage while listening to the sounds of bird in the background. Return to the resort in the late evening and stay overnight.Day 04 [B]: Kayaking in the fast flowing Zuari River. Incredible sights from the waterline to witness the crumbling structures of a bygone era, fishermen setting stakes in the river, ring net fishing and wildlife. Snacks, juice and water are included. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on the river banks at a local seafood restaurant at your own expense. In the afternoon, drive to Goa Chitra, an ethnic museum of Goan way of life down the centuries, and see the exhibits and live displays. Stay overnight at the resort. Day 05 [B]: Have a relaxing day on the Uttorda Beach, swim in the blue green waters of the Arabian sea, indulge in a few water sports and chill at the beach shacks. Stay overnight at the resort.Day 06 [B, L]: Take an Elephant and Spice Village Tour. Enjoy a traditional lunch and then witness elephant wash. Take a jeep safari to Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Stay overnight at the resort. Day 07 [B, L]: Visit the Grande Island by covered boat/catamaran. Watch dolphins (depending on the season), enjoy ocean swimming, or have fun snorkeling, fishing. The snacks and beverages are included. Enjoy BBQ lunch on the beach and relax on the silvery sands. In the evening, find your own special Goan food joint/taverna with live music. Stay overnight at the resort.Day 08 [B]:See crocodiles on the Mandovi River by covered boat (snacks and juice/water included). Cruise along the backwaters, spotting various birds, wildlife, locals extract sand and fish in the river. Visit the world heritage monuments, structures, churches and museums of Old Goa. Stay overnight at the resort. Day 09 [B]: Kayak in Spike’s River, also called Nerul River and then visit the Fort Agauda. Lunch on the Candolim Beach at your own expense and explore the Candolim/Calangute/Baga beach belt. Relax in the evening and go for souvenirs shopping. Stay overnight at the resort. Day 10 [B]: There is no itinerary planned for the day. You will be transferred to the Goa International Airport for your onward journey.