9 Hours
Duração
Oporto
Localização

Santiago de Compostela Tour, let yourself be taken in the ways of Santiago and discover one of the greatest centers of pilgrimage in the Iberian Peninsula, starting and ending in Oporto, completely tailor made.

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Total Price 380€ 400€ 430€ 450€ 480€ 500€ 520€

PLACE OF DEPARTURE Hotel / Apartment, Oporto
TIME OF DEPARTURE 8:30 AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guide Bottled Waters
Free Wifi
NO INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

According to Catholic tradition, it was the Apostle James Major who spread Christianity in the Iberian peninsula and was beheaded in Jerusalem by order of Herod Agrippa I (grandson of Herod the Great) and his remains were later transferred to Galicia in a boat of stone. Due to the persecutions of the Romans to the Christians of Hispania, his tomb was abandoned in the third century. 

According to legend, this tomb was discovered in the second decade of the 9th century by the hermit Pelagius (or Paio) after sighting strange lights in the sky at night. Having communicated the discovery to the bishop of Iria Flavia, Teodomiro, he acknowledged the feat as a miracle and reported on the discovery of King Alfonso II of Asturias and Galicia. The king ordered the construction of a chapel at the burial place, dedicated to the worship of the apostle. Legend has it that the king was the first pilgrim of the sanctuary. The chapel was replaced by a first church in 829, which gave way in 899 to another, in pre-Romanesque style. The latter was built from 872 by order of Afonso III and was consecrated by seventeen bishops. 

The place became a pilgrimage destination whose popularity and importance was gradually increasing.

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Leaving Oporto

Our tour will begin early as this tour will be perhaps the longest we have started in Oporto, we suggest starting at 8:30 AM.

It will be given a brief description of what the day will be and the possibility to chose another place to visit in between Viana do Castelo or Valenca do Minho since our tour is private and completely tailor made.

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Viana do Castelo or Valença - We Help

Viana do Castelo a flat town where the only exception is the Santa Luzia Church.Viana with its geometrically planned streets, between the Atlantic and the Lima river, its historical center with narrow alleys, wide and squares, extremely well preserved a mixture of a long history that goes from the Middle Ages to the Republic, passing through the Expansion, not forgetting the importance of the Cod fishing for this city.

Valenca located in the Spanish border, separated only by the Minho river, through Valença passed Celts, Romans, Suevos and Arabs, a history dating back to the Iron Age, visit to its 17th century fort is a must, as well as the purchase of a boyfriend’s handkerchief.

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Santiago Compostela

According to Catholic tradition, it was the Apostle James Major who spread Christianity in the Iberian peninsula and was beheaded in Jerusalem by order of Herod Agrippa I (grandson of Herod the Great) and his remains were later transferred to Galicia in a boat. Due to the Romans persecutions to the Christians of Hispania, his tomb was abandoned in the third century.
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The Catedral

Santiago offers you serenity, history with its university and students attired, medieval streets full of music, art and pilgrims from all over the world who share their experiences. The Santiago Cathedral with a very eclectic architecture, although the two largest towers are Baroque, rich and ostentatious details of the facade, which contrasts with the sober design of the building, marked by arches, massive walls and just a few windows.

Not to be missed is the smokestack created to solve the problem of the smell of pilgrims who didn’t  washed them selves for years during the pilgrimage, this is the largest piece of the world of this type and is 1.60 m tall and weighs 80 kg hung by a rope with 30 meters of length being need eight men to shake it.

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Parador de Santiago

The Parador de Santiago, known as Hostal dos Reis Catolicos, is perhaps the oldest hotel in the world, mixing art, tradition and history, one of the great ex-libris of Santiago, located at the Obradoiro square, next to the Cathedral, making this square a place to rest of many pilgrims.
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Santiago Museums

In Santiago there are many Museums: the Cathedral Museum, with the history of Santiago and the Catedral construction, the Pobo Galego Museu, with an exhibition of Galician archeology, architecture and culture throughout the ages, Museum of Pilgrimages and Santiago; the Galician Center for Contemporary Art (CGAC) who was designed by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza; and the Holy Land Museum, in the convent of St. Francis, presents the history of the Holy Land and the State of Israel.
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Return to Oporto

Santiago Catedral

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
6 July, 2015

Jorge was punctual, friendly and polite. He is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have even met. It was very informative and interesting. Overall, we had a great time and would highly recommend this company.

27 July, 2017

We visited Portugal as a group of five including a two and half year old. Walkborder arranged 6 private tours for us (half day tour in Lison, half day tour in Porto, Sintra full day, Fatima & Obidos full day, Douro valley full day, and Braga & Guimaraes). All the tours were great. The tour guides were professional and knowledgeable. The transportation vehicles were clean and in good condition. Carlos was our guide in Lisbon and Ricardo was our guide in Porto. They did everything they could to ensure we had a great experience in Portugal. I would strongly recommend the travel agency to anyone.

16 August, 2017

“Supreme One on One Tour”

We booked Walkborder Tours 6 months before our arrival to Portugal. Hugo helped customize a 2 week tour for our family (2 adults & 3 teenagers). We were met at the airport and our tour began with “Rodrigo” who spoke excellent English. He was friendly, funny and provided our family of 5 with more information than one could read in a history book. We hit all the major sites plus Rodrigo provided us with a few hidden gems. During our 2 week period we travelled over 1500 kms in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes van. I would highly recommend all to book this outstanding company for a true view of Portugal’s highlights and much, much more. We are now considering Spain and will definitely book Walkborder Tours (and Rodrigo of course!) to provide us with many more life time memories. A big thank you to Walkborder Tours who made our trip effortless, comfortable, worry free, FUN and MEMORABLE!! 🙂

30 November, 2017

Our group had an amazing private tour experience with this group. Our tour leader, Joao, was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure we got what we wanted out of the day. He took time to ask what we wanted to see/learn, and then structured the day to fulfill those wishes. He even provided us with great recommendations for dinner spots after the tour was done. We would highly recommend the company for a tour in the Lisbon area.

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