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Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto provided by Living Tours

Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto

Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto
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Tour snapshot
Discover historical Santiago de Compostela in Spain on a tour from Porto
Duration:
10h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Visiting the UNESCO-listed Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela from Porto is tricky without a rental car. This tour makes it easy, and adds the bonus of a guide for background on this important pilgrimage spot. Admire the scenery on route, get time to explore Santiago’s 11th-century cathedral, have lunch (own cost), and souvenir-shop; and visit Valenca do Minho. Upgrade to include lunch and hotel transfers for extra convenience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Skip hire cars and visit and learn about Santiago from a guide, in a day
  • Admire the cathedral, roam the lanes, and visit Valenca do Minho on way back
  • Upgrade to add lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off for a seamless day out
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Skip hire cars and visit and learn about Santiago from a guide, in a day
  • Admire the cathedral, roam the lanes, and visit Valenca do Minho on way back
  • Upgrade to add lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off for a seamless day out
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7592P19
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for option with hotel pick up and drop off included
  • Only for option with lunch
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel in Porto city or Vila Nova de Gaia city. In alternative, we can collect you from the Tourist Service/Living Tours located at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 350, Porto - next to Porto - São Bento train station.
  • R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal We collect you from the Tourist Service/Living Tours located at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 350, Porto - next to Porto - São Bento train station.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extras language or more.
  • Tours run in small groups between 8 and 29 people
  • Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, the tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc.
  • Tour will only depart with the minimum of 4 confirmed passengers.
  • Reservation is mandatory and requires an email request/confirmation. Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the date of the service. Cancellations within 48 hours or less will be fully charged.
  • All tours depart from Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
  • The services included in the tours/wine estate visits, restaurants, etc. are subject to 3rd party availability and may change without prior notice.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The cathedral of santiago is currently undergoing interior and exterior renovations. Some areas of the cathedral cannot be visited.
  • We support our communities. By taking a tour with us you are contributing to our cause: we offer a meal for the homeless and people in need.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for option with hotel pick up and drop off included
  • Only for option with lunch
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel in Porto city or Vila Nova de Gaia city. In alternative, we can collect you from the Tourist Service/Living Tours located at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 350, Porto - next to Porto - São Bento train station.
  • R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal We collect you from the Tourist Service/Living Tours located at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 350, Porto - next to Porto - São Bento train station.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Usually our tours run in one language but there are cases of one extras language or more.
  • Tours run in small groups between 8 and 29 people
  • Duration: the hours of duration are approximate hours, the tour is subject to local traffic, visit schedules, etc.
  • Tour will only depart with the minimum of 4 confirmed passengers.
  • Reservation is mandatory and requires an email request/confirmation. Bookings must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the date of the service. Cancellations within 48 hours or less will be fully charged.
  • All tours depart from Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
  • The services included in the tours/wine estate visits, restaurants, etc. are subject to 3rd party availability and may change without prior notice.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The cathedral of santiago is currently undergoing interior and exterior renovations. Some areas of the cathedral cannot be visited.
  • We support our communities. By taking a tour with us you are contributing to our cause: we offer a meal for the homeless and people in need.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Nov 30, 2021
A note from Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto
MANDATORY ANTIGEN OR PCR NEGATIVE TEST TO CROSS BORDER FOR ALL PASSENGERS! Certified with the CLEAN AND SAFE by the Portuguese Tourism Board and SAFE TRAVELS certification by the WTTC. Internal Protocol and Contigency plan was implemented with certified training of all staff.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 352
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Porto
  • 1
    Santiago de Compostela
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Valenca
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
73 reviews
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travel not T
35 contributions
Solo
The tour guide was on time, very professional and gave detailed narrative. One at the cathedral passengers can structure their stay individually. The town has a tour leaving regularly throughout the day for six Euros cm and it gives a helpful overview of the entire town. We enjoyed it. The lunch available here was well prepared for all dietary needs that day. The stop at Valencia do Minho was a pleasant diversion and the history given by our guide was rich and full. Highly recommended.
Written August 1, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for your kind review about our tour to Santiago de Compostela. Best regards Living tours Team
Written August 2, 2022
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LizzyBennett12
Niceville, FL201 contributions
Couples
After having toured most of the region around Porto, we were excited to find out that Living Tours offered a trip to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain. However, the minimum for the tour was 4 people, and only my husband and I had signed up. In the end, because we REALLY, REALLY wanted to go, Living Tours decided to take just the two of us. If that is not 5 star customer service, then I don’t know what is!
The tour itself was fantastic. Santiago de Compostela is world famous not only for its cathedral, but also the medieval town center. It was absolutely worth it.
Furthermore, our guide Francisco F. was so much fun and very knowledgeable. It felt like traveling around with a friend. He also took us to a fantastic restaurant for lunch.
On the way back, we stopped in the historic border town of Valença.
Perfect time thanks to Living Tours and Francisco!
Written July 2, 2021
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Navigator25235807546
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Dear Lizza, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very pleased to know that you have enjoyed the tour to Santiago de Compostela and also Living Tours service. We are looking forward to seeing you maybe a next time in Porto. Warmest regards Living Tours Team
Written August 14, 2021
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wsd2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
We were looking forward to this tour and we were not disappointed! Antonio, our guide and driver, was waiting for us at the meeting point when we arrived. Much to our surprise, it ended up being a private tour as my wife and I were the only participants.

Antonio’s English is very good and his many years of experience working in the cruise industry serve him well. He is very customer-oriented and it was interesting to learn about the history of Santiago de Compostela and about St. James from him. We also enjoyed Valenca do Minho; it was quite interesting to stroll through the streets inside the fortress where people still live. The views from the fortress are also beautiful.

The lunch included in the tour was excellent and the best we have had on our many tours.
Written March 19, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Good morning from Livingtours, We would like to thank you your time in sharing your feedback about our Tour to Santiago de Compostela with António, we will share your nice words with him. Warmest regards Livingtours Team
Written May 2, 2022
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michelle s
Littleton, CO55 contributions
We signed up for the Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto with a guide. This tour was a mess. Our guide (Antonio—who drove very quickly and is prone to slamming on the brakes to avoid speed traps) gave us only a few tidbits on the long drive to Spain (maybe ten minutes total over two hours), and when we arrived at the Cathedral he told us to go explore on our own and meet for lunch. No information, no tour, nothing. He headed off with a young woman (we were never told who she was, she just seemed to be with him and the group). When we gathered for lunch I suggested that my travel companion and I sit across from one another to avoid close exposure to strangers across the table. I was told by the guide that we could not. When I insisted, he simply ignored me and we were forced to sit facing complete strangers without masks across a small table. This tour was billed as taking ‘COVID safe’ precautions, which according to signage throughout Portugal is masks or two meter distance. It was awkward and uncomfortable and we worried about exposure.

After lunch we returned to the bus (masks required in the bus, thankfully) and continued to Valenca. Upon arrival, we got a five minute overview as we drove around looking for a parking place.

Once parked, we were again told to walk around on our own and find the bus in 45 minutes. We had no idea where to go and ended up just eating gelato as we had no time to explore and no clue where to go.

We were then to be ‘returned’ to our hotel, except ‘traffic was bad’ and the driver didn’t want to go around, so we were left several blocks away from where we were picked up with little direction on where to find our hotel.

We visited the Living Tours center in town the next day, as we had a future tour booked and wanted to make sure the guide actually planned to guide us, or if we should cancel. When we told the person behind the counter what happened, she asked who our guide was. When we told her she burst into rapid fire Portuguese to her colleagues, then explained to us that they ‘have had a few problems’ with Antonio lately.

The day (and the 100 plus Euros each) was a waste, we learned nothing about the sites. Given that this is an issue the agency was apparently aware of, we were even more disappointed. Save your money or book with a different company if you want to learn about the cathedral, the pilgrims, or the town of Valenca,

Note: We did end up taking the second tour which we had booked before our arrival, after the tourist office assured us that our tour to Spain and Valenca was not the norm. I will review that one separately; it went well and that guide did a wonderful job (except for the fact they were 30 minutes late to pick us up).
Written June 21, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Dear Michelle, Thank you so much for your time in sharing your complete feedback about your experience. We are very sorry to hear that the tour didn’t go through your expectations. After considering and investigate your feedback we are ready to answer to your review. Regarding the driving, we checked our car track and our guide’s driving it respected the safety norms, and it doesn’t show an erratic behavior. About the drop-off, the car track also shows us our van passing in front of the morning meeting point around 6 pm. The information that we have is that the guests requested to be drop-off at 5m walking distance from the meeting point. Concerning the young woman, at the beginning of the tour, she was introduced as being a member of the company. Regarding the situation in the restaurant, we do apologize for the uncomfortable situation. We do understand your concerns. In Portugal, the masks and the 2-meter distance are just a recommendation (except public transports and health services). Once more we are very sorry to hear that you were worried about exposure. About the information provided during the tour by our guide, we can say that he had formation to make an excellent tour. According to 5 stars review of other guests that joined this same tour: “(…) António was very experienced, kind, and correct. He gave us all the information and he joined our walking tour. (…)” Regarding the information provided in our Tourist Service Office, we want to say that we hadn’t any problems with our guide. Once more, thank you so much for your complete review. We always try to learn and improve from our customer’s feedback, and we will have your review under consideration so we can improve daily our services. Best regards, Living Tours Team
Written June 27, 2022
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vbaker64
Minneapolis, MN409 contributions
Couples
The van that we rode in was clean, air conditioned, and the driver had a microphone which made his commentary perfect for all to hear. Our guide was very knowledgable about the history of Portugal. He kept us entertained and we had many great conversations along the way. On the way to Santiago we took many lovely photos of Portugal. There are many shops and restaurants to browse in Santiago. The highlight was Valença - with its rich history and panoramic scenic views.
Written May 23, 2022
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Tour54680753384
Good morning from Living Tours, Thank you so much for taking the time sharing your words about our Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho tour with our guide. We have really appreciate it. Best regards Livingtours Team
Written May 24, 2022
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JIM S
REDMOND76 contributions
Highlight was eeing the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and the tomb of Saint James. Beware that the Cathedral is ungoing restoration at this time so not all of the interior is visible. Food in Galicia was very good.

Side tour to Valenca do Minho was interesting.

Our guide Bernardo was excellent. Trip was in English and Portuguese.
Written March 25, 2020
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Navigator25235807546
Good morning from Living Tours Dear Mr. Jim We are very pleased to knoe that you have enjoyed your tour to Santiago de Compostela with our company and with our guide Bernardo. Thank you very much for your time. Best regards Living Tours Team
Written July 25, 2020
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Hojo
1 contribution
Couples
Our trip to Santiago de Compostela and Valenca do Minho was a fantastic experience! Highly recommend this tour for anyone who really wants to know the history of the area and culture. Special thanks to our guide Antonio for taking such good care of us and sharing special insights about our destination and other points along the way. Memories to last a lifetime.
Written July 30, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Dear John, We really appreciate you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Thank you so much. Best regards, Living Tours team
Written August 1, 2022
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Robert R
2 contributions
Well-planned trip for the short amount of time available. It's certainly difficult to pull this trip off on your own considering the bus journey is 3-4 hours and we travel in a minibus at a much quicker pace that doesn't feel unsafe at all.

Mario(?) is a very professional driver and great storyteller. He has a sense of humor to loosen up the mood. At Santiago we were on our own for 1,5 hours + 1,5 hours with the lunch in-between. It did feel a bit rushed but doable to explore the city in such a short amount of time. Valenca is a nice addition and interesting place to visit.

If something can be improved then it's the lunch/choice of restaurant. Food and wine were a bit lackluster but alright.
Written August 8, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Good morning from Living Tours, Dear Robert, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are very pleased to know that you have enjoyed everything including our guide Mario. Warmest regards Livingtours Team
Written August 8, 2022
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Mariam H
Karachi, Pakistan15 contributions
Solo
Deeply disappointed to be told at last minute that tour is cancelled. I received their email at 12:18pm on 8th, after I messaged to confirm timings. I doubt they would have bothered to inform me otherwise.
I have incurred expense of hotel and train trip just for this tour.
Written November 8, 2021
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Navigator25235807546
Good afternoon from Living Tours, Dear Mrs Mariam, We are very sorry to hear that unfortunately the tour to Santiago was cancelled, but indeed we need a minumum of participants to realize that tour. We have informed you as soon as we noticed that we didn´t have the minimum of participants. We hope you can come back maybe once again to Porto to try to do the tour to Santigo. Our sinceres appologies for all this inconvenient. Warmest regards Living Tours Team
Written November 10, 2021
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Benjamin J
Temecula, CA4 contributions
Couples
We took a day trip to Santiago de Compostela and it was truly amazing and wonderful! Our guide Antonio took perfect care of us to make sure we had the best possible experience throughout our journey. And our side trip to Valenca do Minho was pure magic. I highly recommend this tour for anyone considering a visit to Santiago. Thank you Antonio for the experience of a. lifetime!
Written July 30, 2022
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OnAir44911286750
Greetings from Living Tours, Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us everything about your day to Santiago de Compostela We really appreciate it and we will share your kind words with Antonio. Best regards, Living Tours team
Written August 1, 2022
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