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Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

1. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral & Museum Private Tour

Uncover the art inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on this guided tour. See religious iconography and the reputed burial place of the apostle Saint James. Visit the library where the Codex Calixtinus (the main witness for the Book of Saint James) is held.  Meet your guide and begin at the ground floor of the Cathedral's Museum which has four rooms where you can see the remains that were found in different archaeological excavations. View a map to determine what was standing on this site before the Cathedral.  Admire the spectacular stone choir of Master Mateo and various examples of religious iconography such as busts, statues or wooden carvings. See depictions of both of the Apostle Santiago in his three versions (pilgrim, soldier, and saint). Listen as your guide tells you about each version and hear about different biblical characters. Upon reaching the second floor, will leave the cloister to focus on the library where the famous Codex Calixtinus is kept.  Arrive at the third a floors which is dedicated to different tapestries from both the Flanders school, as well as the so-called Goya Tapestries made in the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid. Head to the the balcony for views from above the Plaza do Obradoiro. Afterwards go back to the second floor to visit the cloister and access the Cathedral without having to wait in line.  Enter the temple to enjoy its different chapels. Follow your guide to the main altar, the holy door, and see what is said to be the tomb of the apostle Saint James. 

Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

2. Santiago de Compostela: Private Walking Tour

Explore Santiago de Compostela with a private guide and learn more about its history and religious significance. Discover the final stop of the Caminos of Santiago. Meet your guide at your hotel and embark on your private walking tour. First stop in the Plaza del Obradorio, where you will find the Palacio de Rajoy, the Hostal of the Catholic Monarchs, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Enter the Cathedral with included admission tickets, and see known for being one of the most famous centers of Christianity in Europe. After you can visit the cathedral museum where you can admire religious treasures and artifacts. Once we leave behind the cathedral, visit the charming city squares such as Quintana de los Vivos and Quintana de Los Muertos. After, you will also visit Plaza de Platerías where you can admire the Fuente de los Caballos. Finally make your way to the final stop will be in Calle del Franco. Finish the tour in a local tapas bar, popular with the locals.

Santiago de Compostela: Custom Private Walking Tour

3. Santiago de Compostela: Custom Private Walking Tour

Explore historic Santiago de Compostela at your own pace on a 2-hour guided tour. Whether you're into art, culture, or local legends, this Galician city has something to offer everyone. Start in Platerías Square, where you’ll hear legends about the evolution of the city and the Cathedral of Santiago through the centuries. Next, take in the facade of the Cathedral, which mixes Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles. Later, take a stroll through the city market, meet a mysterious cruiser, and discover the Figa and jet and what they are used for while listening to entertaining stories from your guide. Walk down the city's most emblematic streets or explore the lesser known ones, depending on the side of Santiago you wish to discover. The tour ends in Quintana Square where you'll visit the Holy Door, the place where pilgrims enter the Cathedral after their long journeys. Those who wish to enter the Cathedral can do so by purchasing a museum ticket.

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4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Lucia was a great guide and I learned so much form her. She also used her connections to find out when the next botafumeiro would be used, so because of her, I was able to attend a mass to see it in action! I did this tour in conjunction with a group night tour, but even though some of the tour covered the same ground, the information and focus of each tour was very different, so one really complemented the other. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants it to to know the backstories about what you’re looking at.

Historic sites and museums on this scale can be very overwhelming and thus become boring. Our guide really did a great job of focusing on the important and most interesting aspects and constructing an intriguing and memorable narrative. I don't think we would have gotten as much out of it on our own. It was worth every penny.

Absolutely perfect and very interesting tour of the history of Santiago de Compostela. We were even lucky enough to see the botofumerio swinging at the end of 1930 mass.

Reservation the night before Private tour for 3 as we had an 85 year old mum. Exciting visit and excellent guide (Meri) very sharp and speaking French very well

Excellent tour. We learned so much about Santiago Cathedral and Museum.