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. During a photo stop here, you’ll be able to snap some pictures of its 400-year-old, red-brick walls and decorative marble pillars. From here, you’ll head to the Church of St Cajetan – a five-minute drive from the Basilica – for a guided tour. The whole thing’s designed to look like a mini version of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inside, you’ll wander around the cross-shaped building and take a look at its six giant altars. 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 have some souvenir-hunting time at Panjim market before returning to the port.
The journey time is approximately 80 minutes each way.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.