Santiago de Compostela Tour with visit to Valença Fortress

Santiago De Compostela Tour from Porto - Living Tours


Discover one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the world, Santiago de Compostela, and its sacred route, St James way.

Let yourself be captivated by Santiago de Compostela Historic Centre and its majestic Cathedral.

On your way back to Portugal, discover Valença do Minho, surrounded by a magnificent fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in Vauban style. 

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   Daily    10 hours

Explore Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho, two cities full of History. Two countries in one day!

Discover the importance of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the sacred St James way, visited by pilgrims for centuries.

Appreciate the historic old town of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have free time for the Pilgrim Mass (optional) and to see the Bota Fumeiro (Smoke Expeller).

Know the famous Valença’s Fortress, in Vauban style.

Key details


Portuguese, English, Spanish or French. 


10 Hours 


Daily: at 08 AM

PICK UP AND DROP OFF LOCAL (choose your option)

• With Hotel Pickup/Drop-Off: hotels in the city center of Porto or Gaia - other types of accommodation are not included; you will be picked up in the most nearby hotel 

• Without Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off: at Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352 - in front of the São Bento train station

Full description

Begin your full day tour as soon as your guide collects you from your hotel (optional) on a comfortable air-conditioned minibus.

Cross the border between Portugal and Spain to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Get to know one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world for centuries: the sacred St James way. Created as an affirmation of the Catholic faith and devotion, this road connects several points of Europe in Spain. An amazing network serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. 

Finally, we can appreciate the stunning Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela - the ultimate goal! - for many pilgrims from all over the world. In RomanesqueGothicBaroque architectural styles, this Cathedral is a true landmark, not only in Galicia but also in Spain. 

After, this stop, it is time to appreciate a delicious tapas lunch at a traditional restaurant (optional) in the old town of Santiago de Compostela. This typical neighborhood, full of history and traditions is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

You have just lived a great experience in Santiago. Now say goodbye to Spain, and come back to Portugal: there are still many sites to discover on this full-day tour!

We will go towards Valença do Minho, an iconic city in the North of Portugal of a singular and respected work of art: the Heart of Viana, in Portuguese filigree. This "Coração de Viana", in Portuguese, is the true medal of Portugal and has a strong importance in the Minho Region. A golden heart that will amaze you. 

Find out the biggest tourist attraction in the city: The Fortress, built to protect the village from the Spanish attacks. A stunning medieval structure with two strong towers and a double great wall projected in the Vauban Style, a military architect. You will have enough time to explore the incredible Fortress before you safely return to Porto. Take as many pictures as you wish and save this tour forever in your mind!

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  • Hotel pick up and drop off - only when selected
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Transportation on a comfortable minibus.
  • Amazing tapas lunch - only when selected
  • Free time for the Pilgrim Mass (optional) and to see the Bota Fumeiro (Smoke Expeller).


  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities (optional).

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Great guide, disappointing tour
Our tour guide, Paula, was only good thing about this tour. The stars are all for her. She shared a ton of information. However, the cathedral in Santiago is under renovation - as in scaffolding over everything. There is nothing to see. They should not even be running this tour until it’s finished or at least give a very clear disclaimer. I felt cheated. To make it worse, it was a local holiday in town we stopped at on the way back - nothing was open. The place was a ghost town. Total waste of time. We would have been better off driving straight back to Porto.
Bob McKague
Highly recommended
We were a family of 7 traveling together -- ages 6 to 70. Ricardo's tour was great! He is full of information and stories, was accommodating and professional, and frankly, was just a nice guy. He made it a great day/experience. We highly recommend his tour.
Sid Espinosa
Fantastic day tour
We had an excellent day with Ricardo as our driver/guide. Very helpful and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the time with this tour.
Andrew Yu
Whirlwind trip to Santiago de Compostela
The transportation van was very comfortable. I was allowed to sit up front due to car sickness. Other livingtour guide moved to the back. (I don’t know why there were two guides. The diver did all the talking. She was clear with English translation. The time in the city was quick but it was raining. The lunch was outstanding. Plenty of courses kept coming and water wine were flowing. It’s well worth the trip. The added stop in a medieval fortress was perfect. I would recommend the tour to get a taste of Santiago de Compostela
Geraldine Escott
Wonderful experience in Santiago de Compestella and Valenca
Our guide, Annabelle, was very knowledgable and made our tour very enjoyable. She did so with humor and interest in our questions and comments.
David and Betty Ferner
Gonsalo, thank you for showing me around Santiago de Compostela tour
It was a great trip and I wish it lasted longer. I am looking forward to seeing you again. I'll teach you more Japanese. Thank you so much! Yuko Kurishiba from JAPAN
Yuko Kurishiba
Daniel was our diver/guide and I wish to commend him highly for making the trip such a pleasure.
My wife and I took the day trip from porto to Santiago. Daniel was our diver/guide and I wish to commend him highly for making the trip such a pleasure. he was very well informed, had a good sense of humor, and spoke excellent English. we also enjoyed a lunch that far exceeded our expectations.
Great trip
We enjoyed the day trip to Santiago de Compostela with Livingtours Porto. Our driver Andre was an excellent guide as well, really professional. It was a short stopover in Valenca on the way. The cathedral in Santiago is great. Many thanks to Andre and the travel agency.
Laurian Popescu
We had an exceptional experience to Santiago and the city of Valenca today.
Our guide Ricardo was enthusiastic, had a wide range of knowledge about the places we went and was helpful and made the tour very enjoyable and informative. Would definitely use Living Tours again!
Georgette Bakas
Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch
Customer service/Hospitality 5/5 Transport 5/5 Time of tour/Punctuality 5/5 Tour guide: Nuno Pires EXCELLENT!!! Value for money/Quality 5/5 Lunch 5/5 Anyway, the tour was made excellent because of our friendly, professional and approachable guide Nuno Pires. Excellent work! Keep it up!
Tristan Santos
Santiago de Compostela
My friends and I took a day trip to Santiago de Compostela. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time! The guide, Paula, was great - perfect English and very knowledgeable about everything. Our travelling companions were also very nice people and we enjoyed our time together.
Felicidade Van Acker
Excellent tour and thanks to Goncalo, a professional and friendly tour guide!!
I participated in a day trip to Santiago de Compostela by myself. The total number of participants were 8 and all were Japanese. The tour was fantastic! The cozy small group format (8 people in a mini-van) allowed all participants to enjoy detailed face-to-face guidance by the guide. And it was so convenient that the mini-van picked each participant at the hotel lobby in the early morning. Our guide Goncalo was so perfect! He was quite knowledgeable, friendly, punctual and professional. During the ride to Santiago, he gave us a lot of information including historical and cultural background of Portugal and Santiago de Compostela, also he played Fado of Amalia Rodrigues on CD during the drive that made me fall in love with Amalia Rodrigues! He was with us even at lunch time enjoying wonderful conversation with our 8 Japanese participants. Many thanks to Goncalo and would highly recommend wonderful Living Tours! Tokyo, Japan
Great day trip to Santiago de Compostela!
We took a day trip to Santiago de Compostela today and despite the rainy weather, we had a great time! The guide, Bernardo was great - very knowledgeable about history, Portugal, and to complete the trip he gave us many tips to enjoy Porto.
Tania Ferreira
Amazing tour today from Porto to Santiago de Compostela
We had an amazing tour today from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, stopping at Valença do Minho..Nuno, our tour guide was just fantastic, so knowledgeable, great personality...we learned at lot and had a great meal too. Would highly recommend this tour!!!
Marisol Velazquez-Evans
Thanks for the tour André!
An illuminating day, so much to absorb, thankfully there was no test at the end. Cheers.
Rebecca Andrews
Superb service!
Just came back from an excursion with Tiago Santos to Santiago. Superb service! He is very knowledgeable and helpful. Trip was great thanks to him! Lunch impeccable! Tiago even suggested restaurants and activities to do in porto. Highly recommended!!
Mark Vella Fenech
In short well worth the time and money
One Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela from Porto (Burial Place of Saint James the Greater & destination of a pilgrimage walk). Living Tours in Porto, Portugal Sept. 7, 2018 Friday • Picked up at NH Hotel @ 7:45AM. Mercedes Mini-Van 8 adults (6 from Brazil & we were 2 from USA). We were offered a discount the total was 115 euros / person. Arrived at Valenca do Minho (Portugal side of the border with Spain) @ 9:30AM. 30 minutes for this stop to use public restrooms & peruse shops. Small walking town with ancient Fortress. On to Spain: the van had electronic toll pass for toll roads in Portugal & Spain. With this system no need to slow when entering or leaving toll roads. Manuel repeated all conversation in English for us, he was knowledgeable about the countryside we passed thru, he also answered any questions we had. Arrived in Santiago 12:00 AM ST (Spanish time one hour ahead). Manuel had important tips about where and when to enter the Cathedral. A short walk to the Cathedral (however some stairs to climb). Lunch was provided at a small restaurant with excellent food & wine. The service was very attentive. This was a time saver as we did not have to spend time choosing a place for lunch. After lunch a couple of hours to see the Cathedral & see the town. We left the town at 5PM ST Spanish time and arrived back in Porto @ 6PM local time.
Richard Draper
Very well organised, with excellent guide, Nuno Pires
Very well organised, with excellent guide, Nuno Pires
Virginia De Klerk
Excellent guides
I have already done 3 trips with Living Tours and I will do some more in my next visit in May 2019! The guides are absolutely amazing and the trips planned in the smallest details !! Recommend the trips to Braga and Santiago !
We did enjoyed this tour & have had a ?good trip out
Though it was a wet & rainy trip. We did see what we were written in your programme. Only regret That @ Santiago de Composta the Cathedral is under renovations. Other wise that long drive is worth trip to carried out.
Desmond Chiang
Tiago was a knowledgeable guide and offered much to enhance the experience
We would agree with Desmond's comments. The wet weather dampened our experience yet the drive was worth it. Tiago was a knowledgeable guide and offered much to enhance the experience. And meeting the other travelers was great as we met several at other places along our way. It almost goes without saying that more time would have been nice yet the day was long enough as it was. We simply needed to plan to stay ourselves. Full marks for the day!
Keith Brooks
Santiago de Compostela
Gonzalo knows a lot of the history of Portugal which was helpful for us. He answered questions we had, he is a very polite and nice tour guide. My husband and I liked that we were allowed time on our own to explore the area. We also had a nice lunch which gave us time instead of rushing us through. He gave very good instructions on meeting times and location. We had a pleasant day with him. Thank you!
Aurora Brown

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