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Activities in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

956 reviews | 8,393 travellers
Again we repeat with the guide Paula and we have also loved how she explained the visit to the cathedral. Thanks to the fact that she is very well informed, she has warned us that there was a diocese at the 5:00 p.m. mass and that we could possibly see the botafumeiro dance. Thank you Paula, you were right and it was worth the wait to see it.
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Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Discover the exceptional patrimony of the museum and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, including the Chapel of La Corticela and the Codex Calixtinus.

Discover the exceptional patrimony of the museum and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, including the Chapel of La Corticela and the Codex Calixtinus.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral & Museum Tour

Meet your guide in Calle Tras Salomé and head to Plaza del Obradoiro to firstly enjoy a guided tour of the Museum of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Visit the Romanesque remains of the Cathedral of Santiago and delve into the fascinating past of this world-famous monument to the ninth century, when the remains of St. James the Elder were found in Galicia. From then, the primitive Romanesque temple became more and more famous thanks to the Camino de Santiago.

The Jacobean route is still extremely popular. Discover some of the best-kept secrets of this “camino” while you admire the works of art housed in the Museo de la Catedral. You'll also learn about the Codex Calixtinus, a bibliographic gem, which they tried to steal once.

Next, embark on a guided tour of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Visit the famous Chapel of La Corticela, where you can contemplate a representation of the Adoration of the Wise Men.

Behind the High Altar, you can give a big hug to St. James’ sculpture, one of the main traditions in the Cathedral, as well as the 'botafumeiro.' The origin of this last one was to try and make the church smell nice because after all the pilgrims visiting it.

This tour will come to an end at Plaza del Obradoiro, next to the west façade of the Cathedral.

Important information

Until further notice, it will not be possible to hug the statue of St. James as is tradition.

On weekend afternoons, the tour order will be reversed. We'll start by visiting the interior of the cathedral and then the museum.

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Price

Adults Children 5-12 years old Children under 6 Pilgrims, pensioners and students
US$ 15.90
US$ 4.20
Free
US$ 10.60
  • Adults

    US$ 15.90
  • Children 5-12 years old

    US$ 4.20
  • Children under 6

    Free
  • Pilgrims, pensioners and students

    US$ 10.60

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

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Duration

2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Entrance to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Museum.

Entrance to the Santiago Cathedral.

Not included

Entry to Portico de la Gloria: 12 (US$ 12.70).

When to book?

You can book up until 48 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Does the tour visit Portico de la Gloria?

    A - The tour does not include a visit to the Portico de la Gloria, as its entrance is now separate to the Cathedral. To visit it, you must book in advance.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
US$ 15.90

Meeting point

Calle de Tras Salomé, 2.