Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch

Cross the border into Spain and retrace part of St James Way – a sacred route followed by centuries of pilgrims – on a visit to Santiago de Compostela from Porto. On this memorable day trip, explore Compostela's famous cathedral and the city's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Old Town. Back in Portugal, pay a visit to Valença do Minho, dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban style during the return ride to Porto.
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  • Min price: $123.57
  • Recommended duration of visit: 11 hours
  • Departure Point: Your Porto or Vila nova de Gaia hotel

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  • Good for:
    • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Lunch included
  • Operates: All year
  • Inclusions:
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Lunch
  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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  • 5
    - 16 January 2018 -

    This was a very worthwhile day trip. It was a small van with 8 people plus the driver so a good size, with delivery in 2 languages. There was a short orientation of Santiago de Compostela, followed by free time to visit the cathedral and/or wander the streets of the old town. We then met for a traditional lunch in a small restaurant - plentiful food, a variety of dishes, and staff eager to provide additional food for people who wished something different from what we ate. On the return trip we drove through Valenca do Minho, a fortified city on the Spain/Portugal border, and had time to wander around the city walls and through the streets before returning to Porto.

  • 3
    - 30 December 2017 -

    Overall good as Pedro was very knowledgeable about the towns and places we visited but tour itself seemed a bit haphazard as the star of the tour was essentially Santiago de Compostela which he didnt or was not allowed to guide us around. Seems a bit disjointed considering how far wed travelled from Porto only to then be dumped in the town with nothing but a few scribbles on a map. Pedro did his best but he was simply too hampered by the punishing schedule and inability to actually do any guidance.

  • 5
    - 22 December 2017 -

    Fantastic journey with a great guide on Palm Sunday

  • 5
    - 30 October 2017 -

    Our tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valencia do Minho was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and he gave us lots of background information on the area we were traveling through. The tapas lunch that was included in the tour was delicious and generous. All in all, the trip was just what we were hoping for and we would highly recommend it as an easy way to get to Santiago from Portugal. Also, it was nice to be in a group, which gave us a chance to meet new people. We enjoyed Santiago, as well, which was a special destination that this trip made possible.

  • 5
    - 28 October 2017 -

    Even though the tour starts very early in the morning, getting up is worth it. You first drive straight to Santiago de Compostela. During the drive, our guide and driver Ricardo answered a lot of questions and gave us a lot of information about Portugal and the areas we were travelling through. We stopped at at service stop in Vigo which had a very nice view and gave us the possibility to walk around. Ricardo also provided us with maps of Santiago and gave us tips for visiting the cathedral. In Santiago we were on our own to visit the cathedral there was a mass going, but you could still go and visit and listen in to the mass. Lunch was included and we had a real Spanish lunch which was actually very tasty and enjoyable. On the way back to Porto we stopped at Valenca again and had some free time to roam the city again. Whenever we had a question, Ricardo was able to answer about anything we wanted to know. I can really recommend this tour which is also kept very small we were only 6 persons.

  • 5
    - 22 October 2017 -

    Very interesting tour and we had an excellent guide ! Highly recommended !!

  • 5
    - 02 October 2017 -

    Good tour. Bus very comfortable and the tour guide very knowledgeable. Long day but the site is amazing. Lunch provides was OK.

  • 4
    - 28 September 2017 -

    There is a lot of driving involved in this tour - almost 3 hours in each direction. However, our driver Tiago talked to us about many topics related to Portugal and Santiago de Compostela during the drive and this shortened the time. He has a great personality that fits with his job - is very charming to his guests. The way the trip is organized is very good - free time at the beginning to wander around in Santiago then a lunch of tapas then a visit to the Cathedral. A stop on the way home at Valence was interesting - again, the timing was just about perfect in terms of giving us a break when we needed it and this fortress is an interesting piece of Portuguese history. The traditional lunch of Spanish tapas was incredibly good and such a lot of food - no going hungry when you travel with Tiago!

  • 5
    - 26 September 2017 -

    Maravilhoso passeio. Grupo realmente pequeno e um excelente guia capaz de dar todas as informações. O translado realmente limpo e confortável. Belo almoço típico também.

  • 5
    - 23 September 2017 -

    Great tour well organized

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