Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
from USD $95.70
Discover Goa’s historical Portuguese influences on this private half-day tour. Learn about Goa’s colonial history as you visit some of the region’s most Portuguese-influenced sites including the Se Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus. Then, visit Fontainhas, the heavily Portuguese-influenced Latin Quarter in the city of Panaji, before marveling at fantastic views of the Arabian Sea from one of Goa’s hidden gems, the Dona Paula Jetty. After your tour, you can choose to enjoy a traditional Goan and Portuguese lunch at the popular O’Coquerio restaurant.
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In Brief

Goa Velha, India
6 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa Road, Goa Velha 403402 India

Meet your guide at your Goa hotel and travel in private, air-conditioned comfort to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Basilica of Born Jesus. Walk across the marble floor that’s inlaid with precious stones and visit the remains of Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier. Learn about this man’s life from your guide, as well as from the detailed paintings that decorate the interior. Head upstairs to a gallery of surrealist paintings from Dom Martin, a Goan painter.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Se Cathedral, Old Goa, Panjim India

Travel by foot to Se Cathedral, known by locals as Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina. This gothic-style Portuguese architecture houses one of the largest bells in Goa and is dedicated to a saint who was martyred in the 4th century for her Christian devotion

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fontainhas, Panjim India

Wander the Latin Quarter, known as Fontainhas and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Portuguese influence first hand as you explore the streets.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St Sebastian Chapel, Sebastian Road, Panjim 403001 India

Make a stop at St Sebastian Chapel, where statues of historic figures like Abade Faria, a Roman Catholic monk, are displayed.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dona Paula Beach, 7 Km From Panaji, Dona Paula 403004 India

Next, travel in comfort to Dona Paula Jetty, a peaceful bay where epic views of Mormugao Harbor and the Arabian Sea make for the perfect photo op. Take in the natural wonder of the scene that’s unique to this out of the way treasure before heading to a tiny market on the waterway.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up and Drop off location for this tour

Panaji / Calangute / Candolim / Baga.

Supplement cost will be applicable for pickup beyond the above set pickup pointturns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • No strict dress code is enforced to enter places of worship. However, please be advised to dress accordingly; short shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended
  • Lunch costs including drinks usually range between USD $2 and USD $15
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.13 out of 5 based on the last 8 recent reviews

Great tour!
• Submitted 05 Sep 2017
The tour was really good, we were lucky with the weather. The guide was fantastic showing us around Goa and the churches. The driver was excellent and friendly also.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant knowledgeable guide.
• Submitted 01 Sep 2017
I would recommend this tour which was very interesting in particular our guide Francis was very well informed ,courteous and most helpful
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Excellent guide, fascinating architecture and great lunch after.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2014 this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2018
I booked the Tour under the impression that it is 6 hours but the tour ended in 2 ours and i just had the car and the guide sitting idle for the remaining 4 hours.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Although polite, but not very professional to international standards. For its price I expected more. The guide wasn't always easy to understand and didn't understood us in all times. After some issues, there were some customization done with the Tour, but for the rest it was like a scripted tour, not a private tour that couldn't be reasonably modified. Not being sure who the first Portuguese Viceroy was a disappointment. The energy of the guide seem to have weakened a lot at the end, where I had to put efforts to get more information. We were almost forced to give feedback on the tour by the end on paper and through the phone! almost like being held hostages! :D. The least this company should do is to price it much less, in order to make it fair!
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018

In Brief

Goa Velha, India
6 hours