Santiago de Compostela Tour with Tapas Lunch (Optional) and visit to Valença Fortress

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Visitar Santiago de Compostela

  • Santiago De Compostela Tour from Porto
  • St James Way route
  • Old town Santiago Compostela
  • Fortress of Valença do Minho


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 Historical 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

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Portuguese, English, Spanish or French. 


10 Hours 


Hotels in the center of Porto/Vila Nova de Gaia | Living Tours Office: Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 352

Pickups at a different location require a previously confirmation - subject to an additional fee. 


Daily: at 08 AM


Begin your full day tour as soon as your guide collects you from your hotel 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 (optional) at a traditional restaurant 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!

As you arrive at Porto, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

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Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French

Most of the times the tour is done in one language, but it can be held in more than one.


Full refund! No cancellation fee if you cancel until 48 hours prior to the tour date.

 Less than 48 hours or No Show 100%


Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Children under 6 years old are totally parent’s responsibility


Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and to bring your voucher and a camera!


You must present a paper voucher for this activity.


Please reconfirm your pick up time and location 48 hours before the tour

to our email: or by phone: +351 228 320 992


  • Professional tour guide

  • Transportation on a comfortable minibus

  • Free time for the Pilgrim Mass (optional) and to see the Bota Fumeiro (Smoke Expeller)


  • Amazing tapas lunch (available as an extra)

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (available as an extra)

  • Other meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Gratuities (optional)


12 Review(s) for "Santiago de Compostela Tour with Tapas Lunch (Optional) and visit to Valença Fortress "

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, 22.02.2019
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, 15.02.2019
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 !
Mihaela , 12.02.2019
Very well organised, with excellent guide, Nuno Pires
Virginia De Klerk, 17.09.2018
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, 13.09.2018
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, 06.08.2018
An illuminating day, so much to absorb, thankfully there was no test at the end. Cheers.
Rebecca Andrews, 18.07.2018
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, 25.06.2018
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 , 07.06.2018
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
mimisan2020, 24.05.2018
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 , 15.05.2018
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, 15.05.2018

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