1. Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum
Experience the mix of Portuguese and Goan heritage on this private sightseeing tour. Marvel at the historic Figueiredo Mansion, the Menezes Braganza House, and the Palácio do Deão. Benefit from a local guide and transfers in a private air-conditioned car, and choose a delicious optional lunch at either Palácio do Deão or at The Figueiredo Mansion. First, arrive at The Figueiredo Mansion which was built in the 1590s by Jesuit priests for an influential Goan family that had converted faith. A part of the house has been converted into a museum, to showcase the family's priced belongings. Meet the friendly owner, who is passionate about her family roots and can often be seen giving a personalized tour of her home. Next, visit the Menezes Braganza House, with furniture and artifacts dating back to the 17th century. A large library and a collection of family portraits make this home an art-lover's delight. After that, head over to the Palácio do Deão. Located in the tranquil area close to the Kushavati River, this house has an unusual blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Spread over 11,000 square feet, this palatial home is famous for its well-maintained gardens. Finally, round off this heritage tour by paying a visit to the Goa Chitra Museum. See a curated collection of over 4000 exhibits that bring together the Hindu and Catholic influences on Goan communities. The Museum itself has been built using recycled materials from traditional houses that were demolished in the area. Examine the different implements used by the agrarian communities through the ages and learn about the museum's work in preserving Goan art and culture. At the end of the trip, you can visit the city of Margao on your way back to the hotel.