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A Step Back In Time.

By Exotic Goan Excursions
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This is a tour best suited for Travellers who have keen interest in seeing local artefacts, various farming implements, various modes of transportation and some old trades that have been restored and kept for public display in a Museum, called Goa Chitra. After the museum visit we then drive down to the earliest capital city of Goa formerly called Chandrapur today known as Chandor to visit a Goan Mansion to see its magnificent crystal chandeliers, the ballroom and locally carved furniture. After Mansion visit we drive to a nearby village called Quepem to visit a Palatial house called Palácio do Deão which was built in 1787 by a Priest here one has the option of having a scrumptious Goan Meal hosted by the family on direct payment at the house. We finally than drive to the traditional covered market of Margão where one gets to see the local produce of Goa set up for sale under this covered shade , sniff on the traditional aroma of the local spices and traditional Goan sweets.
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₹13,200.00
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 0-90, max of 2 per group
Duration: 7h
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Live guide: English
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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance Fees included to Goa Chitra and Heritage Mansion Chandor.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Goa Chitra Museum
What's not included
  • No Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic Beverages will be served with the lunch. All Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic beverages are to be purchased on direct payment.
  • A Charge of Rs 1200/- PP has to paid. The menu pre set at the house, preference of veg or Non veg has to be clearly specified. A notice period time for meal preparation is 72 hours prior to the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Palacio do Deao


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Panaji, Goa, India
Pickup details
  • Pick up and drop can be arranged from the respective hotels or Marmagoa Port.
Airport pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
  • Dabolim Airport, India
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Marmagoa Vasco Da Gama
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 139411P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
    • No Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic Beverages will be served with the lunch. All Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic beverages are to be purchased on separately direct payment.
    • If you are to be picked up from the Mormugao Harbour . The guide will be standing at the exit point after Immigration Check, with a Viator Placard having your name on it.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with A Step Back In Time.?
    How much is A Step Back In Time.?
    A Step Back In Time. price starts from ₹ 13,522.65. Discover and book A Step Back In Time. on Tripadvisor
    What is the A Step Back In Time. cancellation policy?
    A Step Back In Time. cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book A Step Back In Time. on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides A Step Back In Time.?
    A Step Back In Time. is hosted by Exotic Goan Excursions. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Exotic Goan Excursions on Tripadvisor. Discover and book A Step Back In Time. on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 139411P2

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    Ambassador280940
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    Our 3 days with Mario were an absolutely amazing experience! He truly enriched our stay in Goa. Mario tailored the tours perfectly to our interests, providing detailed explanations and sharing fascinating historical curiosities along the way. The places we visited were truly magical, and the food was delightful. We completely emerged in Goa’s past and felt the real experience of the present.
    Besides the amazing guide Mario is, his personality and kindness brought these days to the top! He is extremely attentive and doing the extra mile for people to be the most comfortable as possible always providing fresh beverages and refreshing towels that saved us during the hot weather. Finally the driver was also excellent and the car very comfortable. I highly recommended Exotic Goan excursions for anyone visiting Goa!
    Written 26 February 2024
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    Thank you Slyvie for your kind words of encouragement. I am truly happy that you had a wonderful tour experience with me as your Guide.
    Written 28 February 2024
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    noah
    Istanbul, Türkiye1 contribution
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    Nov 2023
    Our time with Mario was incredible. He was an amazing host going above and beyond to ensure we had a personalized, informative, comfortable, and insightful visit. He personally tailored the visits to Goa’s historic homes and sites to our own interests and was with us every step of the way sharing local tips and taking us to unforgettable places. I will recommend him to everyone!
    Written 1 December 2023
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    Thank you Noah for this great review. It was a wonderful day taking you to all the Heritage homes in South Goa and sharing with you information about the history and culture of Goa. I am glad you have taken fond memories of Goa with you.
    Written 2 December 2023
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    Lucia C
    Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
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    Dec 2022
    The sites included in the tour is very well put together by Mario showing Goa at its best. Mario walked us through the amazing covered Margao market which were narrow maze like aisles where you can shop Spices, dried fish n prawns, authetic goan sausages, jaggery, clothes etc etc. Our next stop was a visit to 17th century Braganza Pereira Portuguese Mansion which is breathtakingly beautiful. The splendour of the interior n the well cared for gardens showed the grandeur of the Portuguese era. Palácio do deãu the home of the Dean which is being restored bit by bit is beautiful in all its simplicity. The garden is extensive. We chose to take a walk after our delicious lunch where the staff were all extremely nice and hospitable. We are so glad that Mario included this site for our tour. The food was prepared with fresh ingredients, some grown on the property. Chitra Museum is a must see. Amazing private collection of Goan History. We ended the tour with Colva beach which Mario incorporated as per our request. Mario is easy going, helpful and patient. We had a stress free tour and enjoyed every minute of it. We would highly recommend Mario as a tour guide.
    Written 11 December 2022
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    Thank you Lucia for this beautiful and elaborate review about your tour of South Goa. It was indeed a day well spent touring the south of Goa. I am glad you enjoyed every moment of the tour and have taken fond memories of your tour . It was a pleasure being your tour guide.
    Written 11 December 2022
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    marionGSA
    Paris, France2 contributions
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    Nov 2022
    We had such a good time visiting Old Goa with Mario that we decided to do also the south Goa Tour with him. He is very interesting, educated, answored every question we had and he is a very nice person!
    Travelers, give him a call!

    Written 10 November 2022
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    Thank you Marion, Arthur and family for taking up a tour of south Goa with me after you did the old Goa tour with me. It was a pleasure doing a tour with you for two days. Glad you had a two day memorable time of touring Goa with me.
    Written 10 November 2022
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    David K
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    Feb 2022
    Fantastic shore tour travelled Feb 2020 precovid visiting off the beaten track sites including the estate of a Catholic priest where we had a banquet of Goan dishes with vegetarian items made specifically for us. A delightful stop at a museum without any other cruisers to see household and agricultural implements dating as far back as the 1600's.

    We spent time at the Braganca mansion in Chandor, the home of the Spanish emissary to Goa whre we had a private tour conducted by the present owners.

    Why go with a crowd on a bus when you can have a fantastic adventure like this?
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Thank you David for your kind review and words of encouragement. It was a tour truly away from the maddening crowds of the people from the celebrity cruise ship. Thank you once again for giving me an opportunity to be your tour guide.
    Written 30 June 2022
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    anza387
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    Mario is just not a local person but an experienced and very professional tour guide that loves Goa and his job.He takes care of you from the moment of booking and not only from the appointment onwards.

    Mario thinks of everything even details like refreshing towels and disinfectant for tourists hands. He is flexible for any extra needs and does not take into account extra time. He organises personalised tours with great meticulousness and interprets his work according to the expectations of highly demanding tourists.

    He has a good knowledge from a historical and cultural point of view and is undoubtedly the best guide we ever had. We would like to recommend Mario as much as possible because even humanly he is exceptional. Hope to meet him again.
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Thank you Angelo for this wonderful and beautiful review of your experience with me as your tour guide in Goa. It was a pleasure being your tour guide and a great pride for me to showcase Goa to you and your family.
    Written 30 June 2022
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    Helena R
    Lisbon District, Portugal14 contributions
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    Feb 2024 • Friends
    What a memorable tour I took with Mario! During the visit to Casa Meneses Bragança in Chandor I felt like I was in a movie! What a wonderful collection. Casa do Deão also transports us to the past, but with a modern touch. The story of the current owner Rubem and the delicious lunch they served us. A walk in the gardens is a must.
    Mario is an excellent guide attentive to small and large details, such as his wonderful scented and refreshing wipes distributed at the right time. They also provided very cold drinks. I would repeat the tour without thinking twice. If you visit Goa, don't waste time looking for a guide. Contact Mario! Once more, thank you!
    Google
    Written 25 February 2024
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    It was a delight and pleasure to take you through Goa’s past and I am glad that you enjoyed the Goan meal at Palacio De Deão.
    Written 28 February 2024
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