Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Today some 300,000 Camino pilgrims and many thousands of others venture here each year, giving Santiago a greater international dimension than ever. Yet this is also the capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Galicia, with a strong local character – a place where the skirl of bagpipes wafts across plazas and the countless restaurants and bars specialise in fine Galician seafood and local wines.

It's hard not to be both wowed and charmed by this city. Even the precipitation has its upside: Santiago is, many feel, at its most beautiful when the stone streets are glistening in the rain.

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$125.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santiago de Compostela, Valença do Minho Lunch Tour from Porto

Travel from Porto, Portugal, over the border to northwestern Spain to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and discover the Gothic and Baroque glory of the world-renowned cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela. One of the world's most important pilgrimage routes since the early Middle Ages, St James Way leads to the cathedral, where the remains of the apostle St James lie interred.Your guided visit reveals why this is one of the world's most famous cathedrals, filled with Romanesque sculptures, multi-tiered bell towers, porticoes, cloisters and portals. See and experience the highlights of the cathedral's breathtaking interior, including the lofty barrel-vaulted nave, the air thick with heady incense, the golden altar and the crypt housing St James’ remains.Have free time to have a traditional lunch of octopus or seafood in Santiago (own expense) and explore Santiago's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed old town.After your visit to Santiago de Compostela, get back in your air-conditioned coach and travel to Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located on the border between Portugal and Spain. Also known by its "Caminhos de Santiago" Valença do Minho is dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban Style. An Engineer and an military architect from the XVII e XVIII centuries. Take time to explore this great city with its historical essence before returning to Porto, where your day trip concludes.

$97.05 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho Tour from Porto

Start your tour around 8am, where you will cross the border to Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.Santiago is the capital of the autonomous region. The city was born by the discover of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago, people believe that in the city remains the tomb of Santiago and after that, it began a pilgrimage that led to the world-famous “Caminho de Santiago” (St. James Way).In this magnificent visit to Santiago de Compostela, you will have time to visit the gorgeous 11th century cathedral, dedicated to the Apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today, the Cathedral is a set of harmonious influences.Have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, enjoy free time for lunch and make sure you take a walk around the local shops and handicrafts. After visiting Santiago, the tour starts the way back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho. Valença do Minho is a lovely city with a unique fortress in Vauban style. There will time of a nice walk and to see the local buzz of the small northern portuguese cities!The full day tour ends with the hotel drop off around 6:30pm

$39.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Finisterre Day Trip from Santiago de Compostela

Take a trip along the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) on a full-day journey from Santiago de Compostela. This excursion is a combination of breathtaking landscapes, local gastronomy, authentic village life, and historical immersion.The first stop is in Pontemaceira, nice village to see the Roman bridge on the river, then we continue to Muros, an old fishing town and harbor. Its old town has been restored and the historical center has been conserved, making it a beautiful and authentic look into the past.Continue to Ézaro, located in the extreme south. The waterfall there is particularly unique, as it is among only 7 waterfalls in Europe that flow into the ocean or sea.Afterward, make your way to Cape Finisterre, a rock-bound peninsula at the end of the ancient world. Head to the local lighthouse located on the mountain of Monte Facho, and enjoy the views out over the water. You will also learn more about how shipwrecks on the rocks gave this stretch of coastline its name.Stop for lunch in Finisterre, and then make your way to Muxía. This village, known as ground zero of the Prestige oil spill disaster in 2002, is known for its rocks and water.After lunch, the journey reaches its last stop: Muxía. This village, known as ground zero of the Prestige disaster, summarizes and combines the elements that make this area: stone and water. The granite is present, whether the rocks on which sits the venerable sanctuary of the Virgen de la Barca, or by the famous "pedra of abalar" or ”pedra dos cadrís ", remains of the ancient Galician idolatrous worship. Return to Compostela.

$85.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Porto to Santiago de Compostela, Viana do Castelo Private Tour

Enjoy a full day tour with a private driver and a private guide that will make everything to give you a great experience! We pick you up and drop off at your accommodation for your best comfort. You will star by visiting Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the world. Here you will visit the historic center, classified as a World Heritage Site and the famous Cathedral of Santiago. After that, you have the precious time(1h/1:30h) for lunch and walk the streets of Santiago. After Santiago, you will travel to Viana do Castelo, where you'll see Santa Luzia Sanctuary and the historically rich city center.

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Galicia's Death Coast Day Trip from Santiago

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Santuario da Virxe da Barca, Muxia, Province of A Coruna, GaliciaSantuary of Virxe da Barca in MuxiaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Faro de Fisterra, Fisterra, Cape Finisterre, Province of A Coruna, GaliciaThe lighthouse of Fisterra, end of the world Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cascada de Ezaro, Dumbria, Province of A Coruna, GaliciaÉzaro fallsDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Porto de Muros, Muros, Province of A Coruna, GaliciaVillage of MurosDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Ponte Maceira, Negreira, Province of A Coruna, GaliciaRoman bridgeDuration: 10 minutes

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North of Spain & Portugal, 8 days from Madrid

ItineraryDay 1: 1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms)Pass By: Hotel Silken Amara Plaza1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms)Departure from our bus terminal at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Silken Amara Plaza hotel or similar Day 2: 2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms)Pass By: Cathedral Santander, Santander, Cantabria2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Short stop to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santander. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Santemar hotel or similarDay 3: 3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (235 kms)Pass By: Santuario de Covadonga3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (235 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Santillana del Mar, medieval village considered as a National Monument. Through splendid landscapes we arrive to Covadonga with time at leisure to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Gran Hotel Regente or similarDay 4: 4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-LA CORUÑA (295 kms)Pass By: La Coruña4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-LA CORUÑA (295 kms)Breakfast. Departure to region of Galicia. Arrival to La Coruña. Short panoramic tour. In the afternoon optional excursion to the Rías Altas through typical villages as Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Tryp Coruña hotel or similarDay 5: 5th. Day (Thursday) LA CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (75 kms)Pass By: Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, Santiago de Compostela, Province of A Coruna, Galicia5th. Day (Thursday) LA CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (75 kms)Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour of this legendary pilgrimage town, Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Gran Hotel Santiago hotel, or similarDay 6: 6th. Day (Friday) SANTIAGO-RIAS BAJAS-VIGO(90 kms)Pass By: Casco Vello Vigo, Vigo, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia6th. Day (Friday) SANTIAGO-RIAS BAJAS-VIGO(90 kms)Breakfast and departure for the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), through splendid landscapes: La Toja Island, ría de Arosa and Pontevedra. Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño across the Portuguese border. Continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodations.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Hesperia Vigo hotel or similarDay 7: 7th. Day (Saturday) VIGO-VIANA DO CASTELO-BRAGA-PORTO (220 kms)Pass By: Mercure Porto Gaia Hotel7th. Day (Saturday) VIGO-VIANA DO CASTELO-BRAGA-PORTO (220 kms)Breakfast. Crossing the Portuguese border we arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time to visit the old town with cobbled streets and emblazoned buildings. We continue to Braga known as the city of the archbishops and the third most populated city in Portugal. Free time. Departure to Porto, considered as World Heritage city. Panoramic tour to admire the cathedral, Stock Exchange building, St. Clara church... we will finalize at a local winecellar to enjoy a tasting of the famous “Port wine”. Accommodations.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Mercure Porto Gaia hotel, or similarDay 8: 8th. Day (Sunday) PORTO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (566 kms)Pass By: Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, Salamanca, Province of Salamanca, Castile and Leon8th. Day (Sunday) PORTO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (566 kms)Breakfast. Departure to the border with Spain and arrival to Salamanca. Free time to walk through this monumental city and its famous Plaza Mayor. Continue to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.