Goa the land of sandy beaches, rolling hills, heritage, temples and churches. This complete family vacation includes 5 nights accommodation, all transfers, North & South Goa, Doodhsagar waterfalls full day excursion and Grande Island Tour which will make your tour memorable for a life time.
- Sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast included
- Passport fees, immunization costs, city taxes at the hotel and local departure taxes (wherever applicable)
- Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Goa
Upon arrival in Goa, our representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel. Check-in into the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Go around exploring the local area at your own pace, or visit the nearest beach to behold the sunset.
Day 2: North Goa Sightseeing Tour
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a fulfilling sightseeing tour in North Goa with us, exploring the beautiful, famous sandy beaches up to the top of fortresses and forts that protected the land from naval attacks.
We start with the ancient Fort Aguada which was built in 1612. This fortress serves as a defensive structure against invaders from the seas, equipped with a lighthouse and was constructed near the Sinquerim Beach. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese to defend against Dutch attacks and is complete with a freshwater spring which was how the fort got the name “Aguada,” which means watery in Portuguese. The lighthouse was built later, in 1864, and is now the oldest of its kind in Asia.
Then we’ll hit the trio Baga-Calangute-Candolim beaches, starting from the closest, Sinquerim Beach. Walk down the fort and enjoy the picturesque view from Sinquerim beach, best known as the most scenic shores among tourists on top of being located near the ancient Aguada Fort. We slowly make our way to Calangute Beach where one can enjoy a range of fun activities and shop to their heart’s content. You can also shop for beach necessities, take part in water activities, or enjoy the food and snacks here. It is also the longest beach in North Goa that stretches from Candolim to Baga. As we continue walking the shore, we’ll reach Baga Beach, where one can find the most hill rocks amongst the three beaches. It is also the most famous for the commercial nightlife with many famous bars, lounges, and clubs here. We move next to Anjuna Beach where you’ll be stunned by the beautiful scenery as palm trees adorn the white sandy beach while the unique red laterite rocks and black rock formations juts out from the sea. It’s also the preferred beach for water sports and to shop at the market.
Finally, we’ll visit Vagator Beach, which is located on the nethermost tip of Bardez Taluka. This beautiful beach is known for the soft, white sandy beach with granite cliffs and offers a series of water activities as well. But this doesn’t mean you can’t just lay down and enjoy the tranquil waves and serene atmosphere. You can also explore the Chapora Fort nearby, a tower that was erected on the Chapora River by Muslim ruler Shahpura. Take in the unforgettable view of the beach and bask under the sunlight as you watch the sunset from this rare spot.
Overnight at Goa at your appointed hotel.
Day 3: South Goa Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, we start our full-day South Goa tour with Shree Mangesh Temple, also called Shri Manguesh Temple, located within Mangeshi Village of Goa. This gorgeous 400-year-old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who’s worshipped in the form of Lord Mahueshi. Legends says that Lord Shiva who lost everything to Parvati over a game of dice came to Goa and disguised himself as a Tiger. He coincidentally scared Parvati who then asked to be rescued and Lord Shiva transformed back to his original form and followed her back. The name Manguesh came from Parvati who spoke “Mam Grisha” when asking for help.
Goa is known for its serious of churches and convents of Old Goa. You don’t want to miss the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus, a church from the 1600s and the most popular church of Old Goa. It is within the UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains as an iconic landmark in Goa. Bom Jesus means “Good/Baby Jesus” As you enter the Jesuit church, you’ll see what remains some well-preserved remains of baroque architecture brought in by the Portuguese, earning it a place in the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. We’ll also visit Church of Our Lady, which is a Gothic-style church first built in 1541 on a hill that overlooks Panjim. The imposing design is credited to a famed architect of his time, Antoni Gaudi. Initially built as a chapel, it became a Paris in 1600 before a major construction took place in 1609 and turned it into the church we know today. In 18th century, the iconic symmetrical zigzag stairs were added and finally, Goa’s second largest bell tower in 1871. Then we move to where Goa’s largest bell is located, the Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, a cathedral built to celebrate the Portuguese victory over a Muslim army in 1510 before capturing Old Goa on the day of the feast of Saint Catherine. The construction finished in 1619 since it began in 1562 and houses some of the most historically valuable artworks, paintings, sculptures, and the Chapel of the Cross of Miracles it was said a vision of Christ appeared on the year the construction finished.
If you have been dying to shop in Goa, then you’ll love Panjim Market, the haven of shopping lovers for local products, souvenirs, snacks, and anything you want in Goa. Take home something of Goa from here and maybe along with gifts to share with your loved ones back home.
But if being in the crowd has been draining your energy, you’ll appreciate the quiet surrounding Dona Paul Beach has to offer. Named after a woman of charity in Portuguese India, Dona Paula Amaral Antónia de Souto Maior, the villagers of Dona Paula renamed their village with hers to honor her memory after her contribution to improve the village’s quality of life. Today, people love to visit the beach which is only visited during peak seasons and is considerably sparse of people otherwise. Enjoy the gorgeous view of Mormugao Harbour, a major trading port of India since 1963, as vessels make their way in and out after exporting iron ores that reach 27.33 million tons a year.
Miramar Beach of Goa is another stunning place you don’t want to miss. It used to be called the Gasper Dias Beach and is a hotspot for hangout or take part in watersport activities. Restaurants and bars can also be seen lining up near the beach with a great nightlife aspect as people join the beach party where famous Goan drinks and foods are served.
Spice up your trip with Mandovi River Cruise at an extra cost. For around one hour, you’ll be taken on a ride on luxurious cruise through the Mandovi River and with the sunset as your backdrop. There is live DJ music, traditional dance performances in the Carnival Village before boarding.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Day Excursion to Dudhsagar Waterfalls
After breakfast, embark on a tour to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of India, Dudhsagar falls. Drive to the tiered waterfall on the Mandovi River, inside Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. Swim at the foot of the waterfalls whilst enjoying the site of free roaming monkeys around you.
While on your way back to the hotel, stop for Spice Plantation tour (operational from October to May). Catch the sight of collecting and processing of spices by the farmers. Lunch (traditional Goan food) is also available at spice plantation at an extra cost.
Day 5: Grande Island Day Trip from North Goa
Breakfast at hotel and today we invite you to spend a delightful day on Grande Island, the perfect getaway destination away from the hustle bustle city life. Enjoy the beauty of the island and feel the stress melts away while listening to the waves of crystal-clear water splash against the white sandy beach. Take part in water activities and fulfill your inner adventurous soul by entering a whole new world through snorkeling or try your hand at bait fishing and catch your own dinner! If Goddess of Luck wishes for it, you might be able to witness dolphins frolicking on the horizon or along the speed boat on your way to and from the island. Light breakfast and lunch on the island included with unlimited mocktails and cocktails provided. Don't miss the beautiful view of the sunset once you're done playing on the island before returning back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Departure from Goa
Check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport to board your flight back home.