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São Paulo: Main City Sights in 7 Hours – Shared Group Tour

1. São Paulo: Main City Sights in 7 Hours – Shared Group Tour

Experience having a tour guide take you around the city of São Paulo on a group tour. Explore the Paulista Ave. area, the sophisticated south and southwest areas of São Paulo. Walk through business districts such as Brooklin and Itaim Bibi. Visit historical sites such as Sampaio Moreira building, City hall, Tea Viaduct, and Shopping Light. See 25 must-see São Paulo attractions on 1 tour. Stop and marvel at historic buildings including Italian Terrace, Copan, and Eiffel. Feel the vibrance of the city as you discover streets such as March 25th St., May 23rd Ave., Oscar Freire St., and Europa Ave. Visit must-see sights like the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and Ibirapuera Park. Marvel at religious sites such as Sé Cathedral, Saint Benedict Monastery, and Church Nossa Sra. do Brasil. Enjoy time for shopping, photos, and eating as you explore the city. Learn how São Paulo started as a small village and became the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, and one of the largest cities in the world.

São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

2. São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

See the top landmarks and monuments of São Paulo accompanied by a local guide. Enjoy numerous stops along the route to visit sites of particular interest, including churches, neighborhoods, and street art. Begin the tour on Vila Madalena, one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city. Head to Batman's Alley, a hub of urban art with graffiti murals and an explosion of colors. Then head to the Jardins Neighborhood and visit one of the most beautiful churches in São Paulo, Nossa Senhora do Brasil. Continue to Paulista Ave and take a panoramic tour with views of MASP, Trianon Park, and other essential buildings. Stop to visit the House of Roses, a historic mansion with a Cultural Center for Brazilian Poetry. Next, stop to take photos in front of Ibirapuera Park and the Bandeiras Monument. Visit the viewpoint on the rooftop of the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) with an incredible panoramic view of the city and Ibirapuera Park. Then head to the Historical Center and take a panoramic tour through the City Center visiting the Liberdade Neighborhood (Japan Town), Sé Square, and passing by the Cathedral. Also, see the Pátio do Colégio, the Church and Monastery of São Bento, Tea Bridge, Municipal Theater, Anhangabaú Valey, República Square, Duque de Caxias Monument, the São Paulo Concert Hall, and other important historic buildings. Finish the tour with a visit to the Luz Railway Station, with free time to taste traditional Brazilian coffee in the coffee shop of the Portuguese Language Museum.

São Paulo: Layover Private Tour from GRU Airport

3. São Paulo: Layover Private Tour from GRU Airport

Your guide will pick you up by private vehicle from São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport and drive you to downtown São Paulo for a brief historical walking tour. See the sights where the city was founded in 1554 at Pátio do Colégio, a historical Jesuit mission church and school. Stop at the famous Catedral da Sé (Cathedral of Sé), a neo-Gothic building from the 20th-century, which holds up to 8,000 people. Afterwards, continue your scenic tour of São Paulo by private vehicle passing by the Monastery of Sao Bento, a historical sight belonging to the Benedictines, who have sung Gregorian chants at masses there since the 16th-century, the 30 story Martinelli building – São Paulo’s first skyscraper – and the Banespa Tower that looks similar to New York’s Empire State building. Pass the churches of St. Francis that were built during the 18th-century, and the Municipal Theater of São Paulo, the city’s oldest theater and a venue for renowned concerts and operas.  Learn from your guide about São Paulo Law School, the city’s first established university, admire the Tea Bridge, the 42-story Italian Tower and City Hall, an imposing building made entirely of travertine marble. Keep an eye out for Brazil’s largest residential building – the Copan building, designed by the famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. In addition to these city landmarks, you’ll drive through several interesting areas including: - Liberdade: the Japanese district of São Paulo, where Japanese immigrants settled at the beginning of the 20th-century - Paulista Avenue: a financial district created at the end of the 19th-century, then home to wealthy coffee farmers - Ibirapuera Park: São Paulo´s main park including a peaceful garden landscape designed by Roberto Burle Marx - The Municipal Market: a vibrant building inaugurated in São Paulo in 1932. Besides coming in contact with the Brazil great gastronomical variety. You will be able to try the famous pastel de bacalhau (a fried pastry with salt-cod filling) or a sandwich with more than 400 grams of mortadela (meals not included in price) - Vila Madalena neighborhood - a bohemian area full of artist studios and home to the best murals in town. 

São Paulo (GRU) Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge Entry

4. São Paulo (GRU) Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge Entry

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from Sao Paulo GRU Airport. Enjoy your 3-hour stay, then make yourself comfortable in one of the premium lounges. Some with breath-taking views of the runway and is an architectural masterpiece of modern design and sustainability, providing the perfect balance of work and rest space, entertainment and culinary experiences. Enjoy your time and space in the lounge, which is to provide a distinctive experience for travellers in addition to subtly immersing them into the local culture through its features and offerings. In the lounge, enjoy the opportunity to unwind before your flight and relax on the comfortable seating as you watch the TV, or read one of the many international newspapers and magazines. You can also make use of the lounges' unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and dine on an array of freshly prepared seasonal food as well as taste some delicious draught beer.

From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

5. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

6. São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

Start your tour at Largo do Aroche, a bohemian neighborhood community in São Paulo. Through the bike paths, explore the region recognized for its classic restaurants, bars, and murals of urban art. Continue to Bom Retiro, a traditional immigrant neighborhood and a region with influence from the textile industry. You will visit the Luz station (train), the Pinacoteca (museum), and Parque da Luz, the first public park in São Paulo. Depending on the day and the movement of the region, you will pass through the Municipal Market, to taste some exotic Brazilian fruits. Next, you will pass the historical center, and the Vale do Anhangabaú. After visiting the squares, streets, and alleys of the historic center, you will head to Liberdade, a region known as the Japanese neighborhood with a lot of oriental influence and stories related to the Afro-Brazilian community. Finish your tour with a visit to Praça Roosevelt, another bohemian region with theaters, bars, and restaurants.

São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

7. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

8. São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

The tour starts at the old historical part of São Paulo where you are going to understand, in a very fun and informative way, the fascinating facts of how this city became one of the 5 largest in the World. We'll visit some Cultural Centers, the City Hall, the Opera House and then inside the famous Galerias ending at the iconic Copan Building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Private São Paulo City Tour

9. Private São Paulo City Tour

São Paulo has more than 12 million inhabitants, 362 libraries, 58 museums, 69 theatres and concert halls, and many other cultural venues. Founded in 1554, the city expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the arrival of immigrants from all over the world, transforming the small village it used to be into the big cosmopolitan metropolis it is today. This city is the perfect place to get in touch with the different facets of the vast Brazilian culture. Don’t miss out on this private and tailor-made tour of this fascinating city. Join a knowledgeable tour guide in a private car or van, and get to know São Paulo. Enjoy sightseeing, walking around downtown, and visit amazing spots like the Pacaembu Stadium, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, Se Cathedral Square, Luz Station and many, many more! The architecture of São Paulo is very rich – from old houses of the coffee barons to the modernistic style of Oscar Niemeyer, every street of the city’s expanded center has a hidden architectural gem. Art lovers will find amazing museums and cultural centers with the best of Brazilian and international art. The diversity of people also lends itself to a huge variety of cuisines to taste and explore.  Simply tell your guide what you’d like to experience and you’ll build the perfect day together.

São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

10. São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

Arrive in Campos do Jordão and enjoy a city tour to the main sights and neighborhoods. During the tour, make a stop at the Boa Vista Palace, which is the palace of the Governor of the State of São Paulo. Afterwards, continue with your city tour and pass by the English village and stop at the dammed waterfall of Ducha de Prata, where today there is a handicrafts fair and a large variety of shops.  Then in the afternoon, visit the Villa Capivari, the tourist center of the city. Here you will have free time to enjoy some lunch and other local attractions like a cable car or horse ride. You'll finish the trip with a visit to a typical chocolate factory.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 407 reviews

This is a must do tour for anyone staying in Sao Paulo for any amount of time. The city can be extremely intimidating due to its size, somewhat stark and potentially frightening nature. Andre was an amazing tour guide and had a lot of personal stories and details to add that really made this tour special. He had great historical information to pass on and some excellent recommendations. He was super friendly and his English was excellent. Would highly recommend. Might even hit Andre up for some other recommendations while we are here. Andre also runs a tour through a competing service, which is cheaper, but the groups can be up to 30. This was a perfect, small group size of 6.

Our guide, Mauricio was so kind and really knew his history. We loved every minute, we were able to see so many beautiful spots of Santos, São Vicente, and Guarujá . As 2 females, we felt safe and so very comfortable . Being only 7 total of us, it was very relaxed and we got to know the others very well . It was a fantastic day!!!!

Very comprehensive, interesting und impressive tour around São Paulo. Gil is an excellent guide, we can only highly recommend this tour with him! Enjoyed very much graffitis and Art spaces, and driving around the different areas of the city.

Amazing trip to the coast with beach time and epic views! Great host and met some very nice people along for the ride. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour and guide. We got to see a lot of the city, learnt about how it became as it is now and had fun. Thank you.