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Fontainhas Tours

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Fontainhas
Situated on the banks of Ourem Creek in Panaji, Goa's capital city, the charming neighborhood of Fountainhas is dotted with charming old homes dating back to the mid 19th century. Fontainhas occupies land that was reclaimed in the 18th century and gets its name from the natural springs situated at the edge of the area.

The Basics
This charming area attracts travelers with its old-fashioned Portuguese-style architecture: beautiful old houses painted in pastel hues of yellow, green, blue, and pink with large balconies and red tiled roofs. It’s a fun place to wander and take photos, whether independently or as part of a group. Some heritage tours involve walks through the area, and many visitors end up stopping by the 1818 Chapel of St. Sebastian, a highlight of the neighborhood.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, as this area is best explored on foot. 
  • Fontainhas is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone with an interest in old architecture. 
  • Don’t forget your camera; this is one of the most photogenic spots in the city. 

How to Get There
Fontainhas is located just across the Rio de Ourem from the more modern commercial hub of Panaji, and it takes about 15 minutes to get there by foot from the Panjim Bus Stand. If you're visiting Panaji from North Goa, you'll need at least a half hour to get there by car from Calangute or about 45 minutes to an hour from Anjuna and Vagator.

When to Get There
Because Fontaihas is an outdoor destination, it’s wise to visit either early in the morning, when temperatures are at their most manageable and the light is still good for photography, or in the evening, when the area begins to cool down and locals come out to walk around. If you visit in February, don’t miss the Fontainhas Festival, a week-long event celebrating art and culture in the neighborhood.

The Chapel of Saint Sebastian
Most visitors make a point of stopping at the Chapel of St Sebastian, situated at the southern end of the area on a small square where locals traditionally celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament. Inside the chapel is a crucifix that used to hang inside of the Palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa, one featuring an eerie image of Christ with his eyes open.
Address: Panaji, Goa, India, India
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Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Fontainhas Heritage Walk

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The Fontainhas Heritage Walk is an immersive walking tour in Goa narrating its past. Witness the Portuguese past that eventually survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The houses are dressed in yellow, green and blue, balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transporting you to another era. Fontainhas is not only the oldest but the largest Latin quarter of Asia. Located at the foot of the hills, Altinho hills with springs surround Fontainhas on the west side, which give it its name from Portuguese for “little fountain”. The people of Fontainhas lead an affluent life. Get access to heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet wonderful people and experience the cultural side of Goa like never before. Highlights: – An English speaking friendly local guide – Get insight to Indo -Portuguese Architecture – Access to traditional Hindu House – Access to a traditional house from the Portuguese era – Meet a renowned Goan Musician
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  • 2 hours
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$12.80
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

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

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Uncover Portuguese history and influence on this private half-day Portuguese heritage tour from Goa. Gain a deeper understanding of the state’s colonial past on visits to Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This epic tour includes a visit to the city of Panaji, where you see the impact of the Portuguese in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter. Catch incredible views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.00
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$87.00
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Latin Quarter Walk at Panjim

Latin Quarter Walk at Panjim

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From the times of tobacco trade to the minting of coins and the final administrative center of the Portuguese, Panjim has seen it all. With a special focus on the Fontainhas area, we discover the Making of Panaji. We learn how ‘Nova Goa’ developed as the new capital city after Old Goa crumbled down with the disease. We listen to stories about The Adilshah Palace, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, St Sebastian Chapel, the narrow lanes bearing hallmarks of the long Portuguese regime in Goa. In addition, we will visit one of the first houses in this area and join the owner as he shows you around.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$8.32
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$8.32
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Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

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Explore Goa’s historical and religious highlights on this small-group shore excursion and tour, with pickup from Goa port or your chosen Goa location. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, admire Hindu temples and visit the Portuguese-built UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and St. Francis of Assisi Church as you learn about Goa’s colonial history and culture. Your tour includes a visit to a spice plantation with lunch plus entrance fees.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Private Fontainhas Walking Tour with visit to 02 traditional homes in Panjim,Goa

Private Fontainhas Walking Tour with visit to 02 traditional homes in Panjim,Goa

A two hour walking tour through Fontainhas, an old Latin Quarter in Panjim that to this day maintains its Portuguese influence. T Impeccably maintained, this part of Goa takes us back to a Portuguese past, surviving the onslaught of development in the 21st century. Buildings built in classic Portuguese style dressed in yellow, green or blue with balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transport you to another era.
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  • 2 hours
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$42.67
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Fontainhas Heritage Walk in Panaji

Fontainhas Heritage Walk in Panaji

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We shall meet at Tobacco Square which was one of the main trading area in Panaji during Portuguese era. You will Experience the Historic importance of the The Casa De Moeda (Mint House) and the ward of Sao Tome. From there we shall head to the Chapel Of Saint Sebastian and explain you the Hindu dominated ward of Mala concept which was one upon a time a conservation zone long time ago. At Fontainhas we will cover you the great history behind the colorful houses and the great importance of the Spring and go towards the Maruti temple on the hill. In between we shall also be Stopping for a Quick Goan Paav Bhaaji with a Cup of Chai. (Veg Snack with a cup of Tea) At the end our last stop shall be at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is the most important monument at Panaji, Goa The walk shall be for 2-3kms
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  • 3 hours
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$38.31
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2 Hour Fontainhas Heritage Walking Tour

2 Hour Fontainhas Heritage Walking Tour

Go beyond the pristine beaches of Goa and visit its colonial past with this heritage tour of Fontainhas! See a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese culture in every corner of the Old Latin Quarter; from architecture and music, to historical sites and Catholic churches. Start your journey with a meet up at the General Post Office Panjim, where your local English-speaking guide awaits. Make your first stop at the nearby Tobacco Square, an excellent starting point for easy access to all of Fontainhas' streets. Gaze upon the colorful houses and establishments while on your way to the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward and the small church of San Thome, areas that give insight into the religious influence of the Portuguese.Grab a quick bite of Goan delicacies at the 31st January Bakery before your tour continues on to the 18th century chapel of San Sebastian.Walk farther along the beaten path and discover a cluster of fascinating heritage sites: Panjim Inn,Fundacao Orient, and Galerie
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  • 2 hours
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$12.80
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The Goan Food Crawl in Fontainhas, Panjim

The Goan Food Crawl in Fontainhas, Panjim

We meet near the Historic Tobacco Square at GPO Panjim Where We Understand The Significance Of This Place In Goan History, Further We Proceed to a Cold Drink Center wherein you will be served a Refreshing Lime Soda Drink, This place is one of the Oldest in Panjim in a Old Heritage Building Itself, than we shall enter the Fontainhas wherein we shall have a Famous Goan Non Vegetarian Spicy Dish Chicken Xacuti Served with the Locally Baked Bread,than we walk through the Beautiful Lanes of Old Panjim, Where we shall Enjoy The Most Popular Goan Dessert. Walking ahead to Praca De Flora, We shall understand the History Of The Church of Our Immaculate Conception and further move to the Most Visited Cafe of Panjim City famous for its Goan Bhaaji Pav and Most Favourite Buns with Chai, a place which is Crowded Throughout the day wherein we shall have the Most relished Vegetarian Goan snacks, further we end the tour having a Goan style Gadbad Ice at a one of The Oldest Ice Cream Corner.
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  • 2 hours 50 minutes
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$59.43
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Explore Latin Colony In Goa by Walk

Explore Latin Colony In Goa by Walk

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Fontainhas is not only one of the oldest but the most picturesque area in Goa. The only area still preserved as part of the Latin colony.  The people of this area have managed to still keep its quaint familiar charm. The beautiful decorated  ‘Azulejos’, the narrow alleys of this neighborhood gives way to striking views of the cityscape. Our tour begins in Fontainhas and will pass through some key areas before heading to a local tavern for shot of Feni, a local drink.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Pedal and Know Culture of Panaji - A Guided Cycling Tour

Pedal and Know Culture of Panaji - A Guided Cycling Tour

Goa is one of the best places to be and if here and you want to explore places on wheels this is a must-book tour. Goa has many beaches and is visited by millions of people. With excellent seafood and great nightlife, one of the best things to explore here is scenic beauty and the history that Panaji has in store. Experience exotic culture, heritage, and history while riding through the lanes of the city. Get the panoramic view, as you ride up the Altinho hill. At Fontainhas, old quarter, witness the hub of heritage, art, architecture, and music. That is not it, we will be taking complete care of your needs and you will be having a Captain who will help you with all the chores. Also, there are safety-gears to protect yourself from injuries, in case. In between, we have also arranged some refreshments for you so that exhaustion never strikes you. This beautiful city is ready to take your heart away. Tour timings: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, 11:30 am - 2:30pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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  • 3 hours
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Heritage Hues of Panjim : Panjim Virtual Tour by Make It Happen

Heritage Hues of Panjim : Panjim Virtual Tour by Make It Happen

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Unravel the real essence of Goa and discover it’s uniqueness with Make It Happen. Join me on amazing this journey through time and unfurl the history, admire the architecture, stumble upon legends and delve deep into the Goan way of life. Get to know more about some of the revolutionary thinkers that have shaped Goa's ethos. Discover the evolution of Panjim, the Capital city, from a fishing hamlet to thriving city today. Get insights into fascinating facts about the unplanned and planned parts of Panjim. Witness the traditional art of baking of delectable Goan sweets and Savories. Enjoy some soulful Latin music hosted by a renowned Goan musician.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$9.45
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Goa Heritage Shore Excursions by Make It Happen

Goa Heritage Shore Excursions by Make It Happen

It is a wonderful way of exploring and understanding Goa and his rich culture where we take you to meet extraordinary people. This tour offers expressions of art, music and culinary arts showcased by the people of Goa and the vivid story-telling of Goa by our hosts. On this tour we will talk about some historical facts, unique Indo-Portuguese architecture and anecdotes from the past which will take you back to another era and at the same time draw parallels to the current lifestyle.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$119.60
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Capital City, Churches & Forts Of Goa, Old Goa Churches, Panaji City.

Capital City, Churches & Forts Of Goa, Old Goa Churches, Panaji City.

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A view of the breath taking Forts of Goa and the magnificent churches of Old Goa. Enjoy a tour of the marvelous Panjim City.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$106.67
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$106.67
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CULTURAL & HISTORIC DAY TOUR ATTRACTIONS - Churches, Temples & Spice Plantation

CULTURAL & HISTORIC DAY TOUR ATTRACTIONS - Churches, Temples & Spice Plantation

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A unique tour of the beautiful Panjim city, the magnificent Old Goa churches, the architectural beauty of temples.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$106.67
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Private tour of South Goa by Car

Private tour of South Goa by Car

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Goa the city that has something for everyone has great nightlife, Goa hosts amazing parties, etc. but Goa is more than just this. It is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture and heritage which can clearly be seen through its historical architecture. Experience the rich heritage side of Goa away from the beaches and party areas in this full-day South City tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.51
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Panjim Heritage walk with professional guide and option of pickup and drop

Panjim Heritage walk with professional guide and option of pickup and drop

Take a heritage walk through Panaji with an expert archaeologist guide, who will teach you all about the historical and cultural significance of the churches, temples, and typical homes of the city. This part of India is culturally unique, and your local guide will explain this so you get a better understanding of Goa. This tour is best suited to active travelers, as a moderate amount of walking is involved.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.34
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$53.34
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Panaji City Tour with museum visit

Panaji City Tour with museum visit

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This walking tour takes you through the bylanes of Goa's busy capital city Panaji, our guide will narrate you the history of the making of this city. From its geography to architecture and interesting stories. In this trail, you will also hop on to local cafe and bakeries to taste Goa's authentic snacks and savories.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$15.12
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Highlights of Panjim Neighbourhood(3 Hours Guided Walk, Food&Drink Tasting Tour)

Highlights of Panjim Neighbourhood(3 Hours Guided Walk, Food&Drink Tasting Tour)

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Enjoy the holistic experience of Panjim Neighbourhood: Stories, Architecture, Culture, Food, Drinks 1. We will explore the best of Panjim neighbourhood (most happening neighbourhood in Goa) by sightseeing things not to be missed including hidden places, not like the regular touristic tours. 2. We will try some best goan street food that you will cherish, visit the famous local market and go to local popular pub for an authentic goan drinking experience and mingle in the local culture with lots of stories. 3. This holistic experience will give you a great induction of the Portuguese influenced city, its history, its vibrant culture, and its people with lots of wonderful stories about the city, fun facts and must do things in the city. 4. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.25
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$30.25

Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

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Experience the glimpse of Portuguese Era, beautiful Indo-portuguese buildings and monuments that riddled with history and heritage of the vintage city. Pass through the Fontainhas Neighborhood and see the inside of the city with some charming places with a beautiful view which we have discovered and travelers don't want to miss in this amazing walking tour of the old town. Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa is an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Capture the beauty of colorful lanes, houses, historical monuments and friendly local people in your lens, capture memories not just only pictures and store them in your memories to cherish life-long from this tour. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.74
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$14.74

Morning Beach Hopping on Bike with Breakfast

Morning Beach Hopping on Bike with Breakfast

On this bike tour (please bring your own bike), we will take you for exploring the hidden and most scenic and fun places in North Goa. Highlights 1. Hopping from one beach to another on bikes will be a great experiences especially when you are going to explore those beaches where most tourists will never be able to come. 2. We go from one place to another for about 2.5 hours and we stop in between at some local popular places as well for morning breakfast. 3. This experience is a must have if you love to explore the off beat paths.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.12
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$15.12
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Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

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Experience the city of sun, sand and beaches like never before on this tour which is a fine blend of sophisticated Catholic and Portuguese architecture, beautiful Indo-Portuguese buildings, old Goa's churches which are part of World Heritage sites and off-course some stunning beaches. Walk through the history that they represent from where they stand on this private guided sightseeing tour by car and delight with amazing highlights that provides you glimpses of vintage city. 1. Discover Old Goa which mostly designed by Portuguese or Italian architects & architecture style ranges from Baroque to Renaissance. 2. Explore Portuguese influenced happening Panjim Church, Fontainhas Neighbourhood & Lord Hanuman situated on top of of Altinho hillock. 3. Explore a offbeat ship-shaped museum showcasing region's cultural & architectural history of beautiful Indo-Portuguese era. 4. Visit well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada and Reis Magos Forts, Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.47
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$88.47
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2-Hour Campal Heritage Walking Tour from Panjim with Guide

2-Hour Campal Heritage Walking Tour from Panjim with Guide

Experience the glimpse of Portuguese Era, beautiful Indo-portuguese buildings and monuments that riddled with history and heritage of the vintage city. Pass through the Fontainhas Neighborhood and see the inside of the city with some charming places with a beautiful view which we have discovered and travelers don't want to miss in this amazing walking tour of the old town. Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa is an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Capture the beauty of colorful lanes, houses, historical monuments and friendly local people in your lens, capture memories not just only pictures and store them in your memories to cherish life-long from this tour. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.10
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$12.10

Private Photography Tour of Goa: Capturing Instagramable Sites

Private Photography Tour of Goa: Capturing Instagramable Sites

If you are a travel enthusiast who also likes to keep up with social media trends, Instagram is one of the most preferred ones. And this tour has been designed in the same context. Visit the most photogenic and the trending places of Goa on Instagram and make the most of your photography skills. The tour starts with pick up from your hotels located in Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Panjim areas, and proceed towards world UNESCO heritage sites. Located in Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi are the most visited landmarks of Old Goa. The architecture of these churches is a mix of Catholic and Portuguese. We will proceed towards the quiet Dona Paula and Miramar Beach. You can enjoy water sports and can shop for souvenirs. Finally, we will walk through the colorful lanes inspired by Portuguese architecture and click some amazing photos. The tour ends by dropping the guests off at their hotel/meeting point in the evening.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.03
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$26.03
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Private South Goa City Tour with Spice Plantation and Lunch from North Goa Hotel

Private South Goa City Tour with Spice Plantation and Lunch from North Goa Hotel

This tour is designed for travelers who would like to explore best of Goan culture along with its natural beauty in a day. You visit Dona Paula, the village famous for its legend of star-crossed lovers Dona and Paulo who committed suicide after jumping off a rocky cliff there. Proceeding further, Bom Jesus Basilica Church and Se Cathedral are the next stops. Both are amazing churches of old Goa, while the former being a world heritage site. The beautiful Portuguese architecture gives it a unique style. The Mangueshi temple and then the Shri Shantadurga temple are the second last and the last stops on the tour. Both build between 14th to 17th century, the temples attracted several deities and tourists towards them due to their brilliant structures and beautiful idols. You enjoy Delicious meal at Spice Plantation. You also visit another heritage site of Fontainhas, a vibrant street dotted with Portuguese styled houses
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.93
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$57.93
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