This full-service escorted tour immerses you in a completely different lifestyle and culture of Goa. Besides giving you a glimpse of its marvelous architectural splendors spread across its 3,702 sq km territory, Goa unveils its diversified cultural delights as you explore its popular beaches, forts, churches, temples, monuments and museums. Since its liberation from Portuguese rule in 1961, Goa has enjoyed greatest religious harmony. Be it Christmas, Easter Sunday, Ganesh Chaturthi, New Year’s Day, the Shigmo festival, the Carnival or Eid, Goans pay due respect to every festivals and rituals and celebrates them all in high spirit. Rich flora and fauna flaunted across the Western Ghats range have further gloried the beauty of Goa. Panjim, Goa’s capital, and Vasco-da-Gama, its largest city, are two major travel hotspots. Although Goa’s official langage is Konkani, you can also spot Goans speaking Marathi, Portuguese and English. If you wish to have an in- depth understanding of Goa, this all encompassing Goa tour is exclusively designed to cater this purpose.
Day 1 Arrive in Mumbai
Day 2 Mumbai/Goa
Day 3 Goa
Day 4 Goa
Day 5 Goa
Day 6 Goa/Mumbai
Day 7 Departure Delhi
Arrival in Mumbai
Upon your arrival at Mumbai airport our staff will escort you to your hotel. After getting thoroughly briefed about your tour plan, you can make all the apt travel preparations accordingly. You get to have free time to indulge in whatever you feel up to..
You will fly to Goa soon after breakfast. Our tour guide will receive you at the airport in Goa. Amidst the ambience of your hotel, we shall provide you with the travel details. You can spend your leisure time enjoying the high quality service of your hotel..
Shortly after breakfast, a full-guided tour takes you around the cultural highlights of Goa. Nine miles away to the north from Panaji which is the capital of Goa, Calangute Beach welcomes you with its magnificent ambience. Palm tress, stalls of fresh seafood and pristine village settlements lying in the vicinity make this beach more picturesque. You can also enjoy snorkelling, swimming, wind-surfing, fishing or simply sun bath at Baga Beach. This beach is most popular for its amazing restaurants and lively nightlife. Your next travel destination is Aguada Fort which was built in 1612 by the Portuguese to protect Goa from foreign invasions. In Portuguese language, the term 'Aguada' means 'Water'. Besides its four storied Portuguese lighthouse built in 1864, Aguada Fort is also popular as a vantage point for breathtaking sunset view. Further 3 km away from Panaji in the north, your guide will take you to Miramar Beach. Basking in the splendors of nature like feeling the tranquility of sea, sightseeing the migratory birds like Plovers and Gulls and enjoying a nature walk, you experience Miramar Beach to the fullest. As you head 7-km away from Panjim, you arrive at Dona Paula Beach. Reis Magos Church, the oldest church in Goa, is nestled at the Dona Paula beachside. As the name suggests, this beach romanticizes local Goan tale about the love of Dona Paula de Menezes. At the beachside you will spot several items like straw hats, Indian handicrafts, spices, accessories, feni and port wine etc on sale. Goa sightseeing tour gets more exciting and insightful on your visit to Old Goa Church. The tour concludes with 1 hour boat cruise on the Mandovi River. Along your cruising, you may get to witness local musicians performing on the deck. Eventually, you will overnight at Goa beach resort..
In the morning shortly after breakfast, you will continue sightseeing major attractions of South Goa like Kolva Beech, Mangeshi Temple and Santa Durga Temple..
At your own pace and time you get to explore Panjim, the capital of Goa. This third largest city got its name from a Portuguese term, Panaji, which means "the land that does not flood". The official language of the capital is Panaji. Resting on the banks of the Mandovi estuary, Panajim houses pristine Portuguese Baroque style buildings and picturesque old villas. At the riverside, you can spot several whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies. If you explore the inner parts of the city, you will come across cobbled streets accommodating houses roofed with red tiles. Church of Immaculate Conception, the Hindu Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, the Secretariat, Fontainhas, state Archeological Museum, Sao Tome, 16th century Adil Shah's Palace, the Menezes Braganza Institute, the central library and Kala Academy are the most sought after travel destinations. Church of Immaculate Conception lies at the heart of Panjim. If you travel to this part of Goa in February, you will witness a bright cheerful Goans parading on the street for the carnival celebration. In Mid- November, Fontainhas buzzes with high spirited Goans from Portuguese origin celebrating their patron Saint's day. Every nook and corner of Panjim showcases an intriguing display of fine architecture, craft and culture..
Goa – Mumbai
In the morning after breakfast, you will board a flight to Mumbai. Our staff will receive you at Mumbai airport and chauffer you to your hotel. After refreshments, you get a leisure time to indulge in what ever you feel like..
You will be driven to the Mumbai airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that that you will leave Mumbai with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime..
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I really enjoyed this trek, especially thanks to Explore Himalaya and their staff for making a stress free trek.