History buffs will love this heritage walk around Velha Goa (Old Goa), former capital city of the Portuguese colonial empire. Abandoned after the outbreak of a deadly epidemic in the mid 18th century, this precinct is the last standing relic of a long lost past. Velha Goa houses some of the oldest churches and monuments in the state, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover the fascinating history of Goa’s former Portuguese empire, as well as the origins of the old city.
Explore an impressive collection of churches that have earned Goa its title as the ‘Rome of the Orient’; including the Chapel of St. Catherine (the oldest chapel in Goa), the domed Church of St. Cajetan and the famed Basilica of Bom Jesus – each with their own unique backstories and breathtaking architectural styles.
Immerse yourself in tales of Goa’s various Catholic orders and revered saints, as well as enthralling legends of sealed passages, hidden vaults and tombs.
Visit landmark monuments – from the iconic Viceroy’s Arch to ancient temple ruins that date back to the 12th century Kadamba dynasty.
Marvel at the stunning natural beauty of this former port town situated along the banks of the Mandovi river.
Experience led by a knowledgeable localstoryteller.
Entry into some of the best churches in Asia which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
A refreshing tender coconut water drink.
If time permits, we could also visit more sites like the St. Augustine Ruins, Our Lady of Rosary Church and Monte Chapel.
Hotel pickups and drops (although this can be arranged at an added cost).
Sightseeing points that fall outside of the curated route.
We do not provide umbrellas, raincoats, hats/caps, face-masks or sanitizers.
Please carry your own water bottle.
We recommend wearing comfortable footwear and using sunscreen.
Please also carry your own umbrella/raincoat or cap/hat/sunglasses (as the weather dictates).
How do we reach the meeting point at Viceroyu2019s Arch?
The location link will be sent to your mobile along with the details of the walk and the name and contact number of your storyteller.
Is there parking available?
Yes. There is ample parking space at the meeting point.
Can this heritage walk be done using a vehicle?
While we ideally recommend experiencing Old Goa through a walk, we understand that some travellers may have physical limitations. A tour by vehicle can be organised as a special private experience, where we will do our best to ensure that the experience remains as close as possible to the heritage walk.
Is photography permitted?
Yes, photography is permitted in the areArchitectural photography of facades, doorways and archways are permitted. However,it is not permitted to take selfies or pose for pictures inside the churches. Photography & videography is also strictly prohibited at the Se Cathedral & Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Can we consume beer / other alcoholic drinks during the experience?
No. It is not recommended to consume alcohol during the experience as we will be visiting holy/religious sites. Alternatively, you can book our Goan Feni & Tapas Experience for a more immersive experience on local Goan cocktails and cuisine.
Do we need to wear face masks?
It is mandatory to wear face masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distancing in all public spaces.
Are Covid-19 protocols followed during the heritage walk?
All Covid-19 safety precautions will be taken by us. Our Storytellers are all double vaccinated, wear face masks, maintain social distance and avoid physical contact. All enclosed spaces will be sanitized by us.
Are washrooms available?
There are public washrooms available within the premises of the heritage sites. Washrooms in Old Goa Residency managed by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation can also be used.
Please follow all standard Covid-19 precautions - such as wearing a face mask and the use of sanitizers.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol before the experience as we will be visiting holy/religious sites.
Strict Dress Code: Do notwear sleeveless clothes, shorts or short skirts above knee length. Knees should be covered at all times. If you are wearing sleeveless clothes, please carry a stole/shawl to cover your shoulders while entering the churches.
Photography & videography is strictly prohibited at the Se Cathedral & Basilica of Bom Jesus. It is also not permitted to take selfies or pose for pictures inside the churches.
Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
If we cancel the experience due to unavoidable circumstances, then a full refund will be processed.
For groups sizes of 15 and above, refund upon cancellation will be provided if cancellation is done 7 days prior to the booking date of the experience.