Private Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela with a local Guide

Private Historical Tour of Santiago de Compostela with a local Guide


This accessible historical tour of Santiago de Compostela,will give you a great overview of the history and scenic spots.

Santiago de Compostela is one of the most important cities in Europe. Besides, it is the third most important city in the world for Christian pilgrimage. Pilgrims from the four corners of Christendom flocked to visit the magnificent Santiago´s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Beneath the stunning cathedral’s high altar are enshrined the remains of St. James the Apostle, revered by pilgrims that have walked there from all over Europe, since the Middle Ages and continue to do so today.

Starting with a stroll through Santiago´s Old Town, you will visit Rua do Franco, a street full of history for the santiagueses. Next we will head to Mercado de Abastos, one of the oldest and for sure unique food market in Spain. After learning so much history about the streets of Santiago along with your guide, you will reach Santiago´s Cathedral. Your guide will show you the interior and provide you with a full description. It is rich with decorations around the high altar and there is plenty of interest to explore. At the base of the central pillar, you can find the Tree of Jesse. Here pilgrims have long paused to place a hand, a gesture that, repeated over the centuries, has worn finger-sized indentations in the stone. You will also visit the Jubilee Door which opens only for the pardons of each Jubilee Year.

Next, outside the Cathedral, you’ll visit Plaza del Obradoiro and Plaza de las Platerías. Santiago de Compostela is a national monument and the spacious squares, long stone arcades, and surrounding buildings make it one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain. The squares are situated at two of the four points of the cross-shaped cathedral. Furthermore, you will explore the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town with your guide. Afterward, we will stop for local lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants serving Galician dishes.

  • Private tour with an official local guide
  • Entrance and guided tour of Santiago’s Cathedral
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair tie-downs
  • Cruise or hotel pick-up and drop off
  • All local taxes

Our itineraries are a selection of those most interesting parts that avoids steps, pronounced hills and cobblestones, following a mostly flat path along the tour, and we tailor each tour to each group’s preferences and specific accessibility needs. It is recommended that some people depending on their level of mobility, are accompanied to help wheeling along irregular pavement.

This tour includes private accessible transport which is available for reaching most of the locations described on the itinerary, therefore walking parts can be also shortened, for those preferring to stay longer at the minivan or the minibus.


  • Meeting point: Hotel or Cruise Pick-up or Other
  • Starting time: Flexible
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Return: We recommend allowing time for a lunch break to sample typical local cuisine and wine at one of our suggested restaurants, equipped with and adapted toilet


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