Old Goa Heritage Walk: Explore Historical Churches and Landmarks from the Portuguese Era
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Velha Goa
Embark on the Old Goa Heritage Walk and discover the rich history of this former capital city during the Portuguese era. Explore magnificent churches and landmarks from the past.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Church of St. Francis of Assissi - This is a fine baroque style church with plenty of wall paintings and intricate wood work.
  • Viceroy’s Arch - A majestic archway leading as a main entrance to the city of Old Goa from the Mandovi river front
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary - This is one of the most beautiful churches architecturally and historically Signiant to Old Goa. This church is part of the collection belonging to the World Heritage Site of churches and convents of Goa.
What's Included
  • Entrance Fee included
  • Complimentary Old Goa Heritage Map
  • Guidance by a friendly English-speaking host
What's Not Included
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Snacks
Additional Information

Experience the most intriguing elements of Portuguese history with our Old Goa Heritage Walk. Previously, Old Goa was not only the capital of Goa but also a bustling city, even before the Portuguese era. It was once the heart of the empire of Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah. The Portuguese, led by Afonso de Albuquerque, arrived in 1510 and seized the city from Adil Shah, the Bijapur Kingdom’s leader. Their main intentions for the East were commerce and spreading Christianity.

On our Old Goa Heritage Walk, discover some extremely important historical edifices. Old Goa, a World Heritage site, is home to some of the most majestic and ancient churches in the region. The magnificent Sé Cathedral, St. Francis of Assissi Church, the Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of Our Lady of Rosary and the dome-shaped church of St. Cajetan are among the many you’ll see.

  • Dress Code: It is mandatory to cover knees and shoulders to enter Churches
Location
Viceroys Arch, Goa
Our Tour Presenter will be waiting for you at the Viceroy's Arch. We will share the presenters contact number after you complete your booking
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Camdrew1241
Feb 25, 2024
Old Goa walking tour - My wife and I did the Old Goa Heritage Walk with 2 other couples. Tour guide was Vimala Desouza. We had a great tour and would recommend this tour with Vimala to anyone interested in Old Goa.
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Lauren_m
Feb 25, 2024
Experience Goa with a native - Mugdha is a Goan Gem! Such a sweet, knowledgeable and patient tour guide bursting with knowledge to share. She took time to answer all our questions and deal with our silly antics. We will appreciate and cherish the memories from this tour for the rest of our lives.
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Dillonsingha
Feb 21, 2024
Highly recommend - Fantastic tour around old Goa, saw all the churches and historical monuments, very interesting and detailed. Thank you Vimala for a great tour.
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Lovetravel713634
Feb 20, 2024
Must do in Old Goa! - Vimala was a very knowledgeable guide and toured all the famous sights with us pointing out interesting facts. She created a lovely atmosphere in the small group and showed interest in us. One could tell that she loves what she was doing. We had a great time!
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586ashwinf
Feb 19, 2024
Old Goa Tour - The tour was amazing. Vimala was a great and outstanding storyteller. Highly recommended. We touched upon a all the highlights of old goa.
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Edg835
Feb 19, 2024
Old Goa walking tour - Very informative! Well explained and brought old Goa to life. Highly recommend it. Vimela was outstanding! 2 hours was the right time!
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Rah_geer2014
Feb 19, 2024
Insightful & fun! - We went on a privately guided tour of Old Goa with our storyteller, Vimala Desouza. It was lovely to hear all the stories that this once vibrant capital of Goa had hidden away in the nooks & crannies. The churches of Old Goa are all beautiful, but Vimala brought them to life through all the details that we would ordinarily have missed. Many thanks also for her patience with us as a group with a child, which can make proceedings a little slow. Yet another very enjoyable Make it happen walk, looking forward to many more!
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Karryn
Feb 18, 2024
Take the tour, you won’t regret it! - Very friendly and knowledgeable guide who provided excellent background and context to each stop on the route. I’m so glad I did this tour and may do a different one tomorrow.
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519pratikm
Feb 17, 2024
A walk through time in Goa. - Mughdha walked us around the old part of Goa and explained in detail the intricate history of all the churches and of the older part of Goa.
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Ranilblondon
Feb 16, 2024
Fantastic tour of Old Goa! - We had a very enjoyable and informative tour with Vimla. We learnt so much about the history of Goa. Definitely recommend this tour and also Vimla!
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