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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

During this 5-hour city tour you’ll see the top landmarks and monuments of São Paulo accompanied by a local guide. There will be a number of stops along the route to visit sites of particular interest. The first stop on the tour is at the Pacaembu Football Stadium, located near Charles Miller Square. You’ll have the opportunity to visit inside the stadium. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the business center of the city, and see the MASP, Trianon Park and other important buildings. Visit the House of Roses, a historical structure from the country’s coffee era. The next stop will be in the Ibirapuera area. Stop to take photos at Ibirapuera Park and of monuments such as the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and the Palácio 9 de Julho. Finally you’ll reach downtown São Paulo, where the city was founded. Drive through the Liberdade neighborhood (Japanese town) and stop to visit the Sé Cathedral and the Pátio do Colégio. If you like you can try a local coffee drink at a coffee shop. The tour continues, crossing the old center, and passing by the Church and Monastery of St. Benedict, Municipal Theater, Anhangabaú Valley, Republic Square, Duque de Caxias Monument, São Paulo Concert Hall and other important historic buildings. Finish off with a visit to the Luz railway station and see the Luz Park and the Pinacoteca.

Private São Paulo City Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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 City: 5-Hour Private Tour

5. São Paulo City: 5-Hour Private Tour

Visit the main attractions of São Paulo for a great introduction to the city, and learn how a small village became one of the biggest and most diverse cities on the planet. With a population of over 11 million, São Paulo is the most cosmopolitan city in Brazil and attracts visitors from around the world. On this 5-hour tour priced for up to 2 persons you’ll see important landmarks, including the Neo-Gothic Catedral da Sé, completed in 1967 after more than 50 years of construction. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle, riding through the financial district, along Avenida Paulista. Visit the city’s most traditional food market and discover diverse neighborhoods, such as the Asian enclave of Liberdade, home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. You will also get to visit Vila Madalena, the artistic-bohemian neighbourhood of São Paulo. Get a better understanding of São Paulo’s cultural life, admiring Oscar Niemayer’s Edifício Copan and the concrete and glass São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP).

São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

6. São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

Begin your tour at Pátio do Colégio, where your guide will provide you with some historical background about the area. Then, move on to visit the Manor of the Marchioness of Santos, Sé Cathedral, Sé Square, Largo São Francisco Law School, and the FECAP - Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado. Continue to see Brazil Bank's Cultural Center. You will make a quick stop here to use the toilets or grab a drink, before walking to the Stock Exchange. Take in a great view of the city at the Altino Arantes building and Farol Santander. Other sites you will pass on the tour include: the Martinelli building, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, the Sampaio Moreira building, and City Hall. The tour will finish at the Municipal Theater and you can admire its beautiful architecture.

From São Paulo: São Roque Wineries Route and Shopping Tour

7. From São Paulo: São Roque Wineries Route and Shopping Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo, drive to São Roque to start your tour along the famous wine route. This route consists of the Wine Road, Venâncios Road, and the Quintino de Lima Highway. There are more than 30 establishments along the route, including wineries, restaurants, farms, and entertainment centers. The production of wine in São Roque dates back to the 17th century, when the first Portuguese immigrants became interested in the climate of the region. They invested in the production of the first vineyards, which were later taken over by Italian immigrants. On your tour you will visit 4 different wineries, with a tasting at each one. The wineries visited will be the Terra do Vinho Winery, Canguera Winery, Goes Winery, and the Quinta do Olivardo Winery and Vineyards. Along the way, a stop will be made at a typical local restaurant where you can buy lunch. Along with the wine, you will also try typical products grown in the region, such as sausages, cheeses, sweets, and cachaça, a traditional Brazilian liqueur.  In the afternoon, visit the Catarina Outlet located on the Castelo Branco Highway, an excellent shopping center inspired by North American outlets. Explore a wide variety of stores selling famous footwear, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, perfumes, and different types of drinks.

São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

8. São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

Your bike tour starts at Vila Madalena, a bohemian neighborhood in São Paulo. You will follow until the Largo da Batata, an area full of bars and urban art and will leave for the famous Avenida Faria Lima, a business center surrounded of modern buildings. After to cross the bike lane of the avenue, you will arrive at the Parque Ibirapuera, postcard of the city that exhibits the heading of bigger green area of São Paulo. In the Park, you will know the buildings designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, as the Bienal, the Auditorium, and the Afro-Brazil museum. You will cover calm forests, take a walk for the best points around the lake, and also visit some hidden corners, that can surprise you, and yield good photos to boost your social media (if wish to). On the way back to our starting point (at the Hostel), we will cross the Jardins neighborhood, a quiet area with mansions and lots of green area, and leave for our last stop, which will be at Beco do Batman, an outdoors urban art gallery, wih murals made by renowned artists from the city's graffiti scene, and one of the most visited places in São Paulo.

São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

9. 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 (GRU) Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge Entry

10. 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.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 388 reviews

Bruno was our guide for this tour. His English is excellent, he’s very professional and friendly, makes good conversation and is very knowledgeable about the local culture. We had expected more bar-hopping and drink tasting than actually occurred, but we enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot nonetheless. We visited a rooftop bar atop the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by drinks at Sky Bar atop the Unique Hotel (which we went back to on our own the next evening for dinner- amazing). We ended the night with a drive through Augusta and Villa Madaleina neighborhoods to get a glimpse at the nightlife and Bruno took us for a quick walk to see some architecture by night. Very well done!

5 stars! Highly recommend this tour with Giuliano. Wonderful afternoon with great food and stories. Giuliano is a fun guy, happy to have a laugh and give more tips for your stay in the city. Perfect English. I look forward to joining his other tours on my next trip.

The team was just great. We got a lot of information about the country and the hike was very impressive and adventurous. We would like to thank you very much. Bridget and Matthew

Our tour guide Bruno and driver Reinaldo were amazing! I would do another tour with them on a heart beat!! Thank you for showing us São Paulo we had a great time!!!

We were completely satisfied with the detailed expert information . The tour was just fantastic and we had a lot of fun. We would like to thank Birgit and Matthias