If history was your favourite subject at school, you’ll love this tour. The day starts in Old Goa – the state’s former capital, once dubbed the Rome of the East. It won’t take you long to figure out why. The place is dominated by two grand religious buildings. The UNESCO-ticked Basilica of Bom Jesus is the main head-turner. Inside, you’ll find the remains of St Francis Xavier – a famous missionary who was well-known for his work across Asia. There’s also the Se Cathedral, which holds a few records to its name. The whitewashed cathedral’s one of the biggest churches in India, plus it houses the biggest golden bell in Asia. After, you’ll move on to Goa’s current capital, Panjim. Here, you’ll head straight for the Latin Quarter, where you’ll be transported to Portugal via the cobbled streets, art galleries and painted houses. After a buffet lunch, you’ll get some souvenir-hunting time at Panjim market before returning to the ship.
The journey time is approximately 80 minutes each way.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.