Goa: Portuguese Heritage, Landscape & Wildlife
8 Nov — 23 Nov 2020 | Tour Director: Martin Symington
• Journey from south to north Goa, exploring history, culture and wildlife
• Discover Portuguese architecture, including mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries
• Make an excursion to the far-flung Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and spend a morning at the spectacular bird sanctuary on Chorão Island in the Mondovi River estuary
Martin Symington, BA, is a travel journalist and is the author of the Dorling Kindersley guidebook to Portugal and the AA Essential Guide to Portugal.
Depart London Gatwick 0705 on Thomas Cook Airlines, arriving Goa 2140. Transfer to Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa for seven nights.
Free morning followed by lunch at Palácio do Deão and visit to Braganza House.
Whole day excursion via Casa Araujo Alvares (18th century Portuguese mansion) to Old Goa, focusing on its Portuguese heritage: walking tour of colonial buildings (exteriors) and churches, view of Viceroy’s Arch, visits to Basilica of Bom Jesus (St Francis Xavier’s Tomb) and cathedral.
Whole day excursion to Panaji (Panjim) for walking tour of the Latin quarter (Fontainhas and São Tomé) and visit to Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Morning visit to Goa Chitra Museum. Free afternoon at hotel.
Whole day excursion to Dudhsagar Falls (second highest waterfall in India).
Morning visit to Margão for Combra (town in South Goa retaining architecture from pre-Portuguese times) followed by coach tour to see Holy Spirit Church and Portuguese buildings. Free afternoon at hotel.
Morning: Shri Mangeshi Temple, Ponda for tour and lunch at a spice plantation. Afternoon: continue to Chorla Ghat Hills on the Goa/Karnataka/Maharashtra border for two nights at Wildernest Nature Resort.
Free day at Wildernest Nature Resort to enjoy optional activities such as forest walks or wildlife-watching. View of the sunset from Swapnagandha Hill.
Cookery demonstration and lunch focusing on Goan cuisine. Continue to Casa de Goa Boutique Resort for five nights.
Morning: Calangute (beach and market), Kerkar Art Gallery, Fort Aguada and Anjuna Beach (opportunity to visit the flea market). Afternoon: Chapora Fort and Vagator Beach.
Whole day excursion to Tiracol, crossing the Mandovi River: Fort Tiracol.
Early morning visit to Chorão Bird Sanctuary for nature walk, boat trip to Divar Island.
Morning excursion to Harvalem Caves & Waterfalls (rock-cut caves tracing back to the 6th century BC). Afternoon: Lamgao Buddhist Caves (6th century rock-cut caves) followed by Goa Potteries & Kunbhar Pottery (traditional pottery techniques).
Free day followed by farewell dinner before departure to airport.
Depart Goa 0155, arriving Gatwick 0715.
8 Nov — 23 Nov 2020
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The visits on this tour will be taken at a relaxed pace and our itinerary includes free time for participants to relax and enjoy their surroundings, in line with the way of life Goa has to offer. However, this tour does require a good level of fitness and will involve moderate levels of walking. The visit to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls will involve a 45 minute cross-country off-road drive followed by a 20 minute trek to the waterfalls, and the visit to the Spice Plantation will involve walking over a large area but with regular stops. At Wildernest Nature Resort, participants will be able to partake in optional nature walks and birding tours of varying levels of strenuousness. Viewing the sunset from Swapnagandha Hill is optional as it will involve a climb. The tour will also involve some early starts, for instance to experience the birds on Chorão Island, and some excursions are made by boat.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £4295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a double bedded room, breakfast, ten lunches (one packed), thirteen dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £795, optional activities at Wildernest Nature Resort on day 9.
Please note that airline seats in Premium Economy may be available at a supplement, subject to availability. Please contact the ACE office for further information.