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São Paulo: Layover Private Tour from GRU Airport

1. 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: City Highlights Tour by Car

2. São Paulo: City Highlights Tour by Car

Explore all the main attractions of São Paulo on a tour by car. Learn about the city's history from your local guide as you see attractions, including the Monument to the Flags, Ibirapuera Park, and Bairro da Liberdade, among others. Be picked up from your hotel and head straight to Batman's Alley. This lengthy stretch of high-walled residences in Vila Madalena showcases some of the most impressive spray paint murals around the city. Then, head to Ibirapuera Park – a true green oasis in the center of the city that is the most visited park in South America. Continue to see the Monument to the Flags, marveling at this large-scale granite sculpture as you drive past it. Next, go to the lengthy and straight Avenida Paulista, known as one of the most important avenues in the city. It stretches 2.8 kilometers and runs northwest to southeast. Carry on to Bairro da Liberdade and the São Paulo Municipal Market to get your fill of Japantown and walk through a historical building with stands selling rare fruit, vegetables, dairy produce, plus a food court. Drive by the Municipal Theater of São Paulo to see its impressive architecture and learn about its historical importance, before going to visit the São Paulo Cathedral. End with a quick visit of the Jardim Oriental.

São Paulo City: 5-Hour Private Tour

3. 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: Private 4-Hour Night Tour

4. São Paulo: Private 4-Hour Night Tour

On this tour, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to several neighborhood bars and nightclubs. You’ll get to experience the vivacious nightlife of Vila Madalena (a bohemian neighborhood that is well-known for its nightlife). Your guide will take you through its pedestrian-friendly streets, that are full of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and low-key bars, which are a great alternative to the high-end clubs. You’ll also have the chance to sample many types of beer or even a Caipirinha (national alcoholic beverage). After you have visited Vila Madalena, your guide will take you to the Brahma Bar, a popular traditional bar located in the heart of São Paulo, which is known for its foamy tap beer and for serving a delicious Feijoada (national dish made up of beans and meat). Here, you’ll get to enjoy live performances of jazz bands, MBP music (popular Brazilian music) and lively Samba. Another stop will be at the sophisticated Sky Bar, located on the top floor of the luxurious Unique Hotel. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of São Paulo’s glamorous nightlife while enjoying a panoramic view of the city. Have the chance to sip on a variety of high-end drinks poolside. After you’ve enjoyed plenty of the nightlife of São Paulo, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Sao Paulo: Urban Guided Bike Tour

5. Sao Paulo: Urban Guided Bike Tour

Uncover the hidden secrets of the streets of Sao Paulo on this guided biking tour. Listen as your guide stops to share facinating insights in neighborhoods like Vila Madalena, Pinheiros, Faria Lima Avenue, Jardins, and Batman Alley. Admire murals, graffiti, and skyscrapers on your ride. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and get fitted with your bike and helmet. Begin your biking tour through the city's network of bicycle lanes at a relaxed pace. Admire the murals and graffiti in the bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena. Continue through the bustling Pinheiros neighborhood. Ride on the bike path of Faria Lima Avenue and gaze up at the corporate and residential skyscrapers. Return to the Vila Madalena district and cross into the Jardins district to see  upscale cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Visit the greenery in Ibirapuera park before reaching Batman Alley, which is an area where virtually no surface is left untouched with art. Marvel at some of the most impressive murals in the city before returning to your starting point. 

São Paulo Street Art Tour

6. São Paulo Street Art Tour

See some of São Paulo’s most famous works of art on this graffiti tour of the city. São Paulo is proud of its various murals and public art pieces which they call “grafites”, and they are protected and revered by the local people. There are many well-known artists all with varying styles, which will be explored on this street art tour. Your guide will talk you through each artist and style, while giving you a narrative of its rich history in the process. Visit downtown São Paulo, including the neighborhoods of Vila Madalena, the main bohemian area of the city. Once you’ve been introduced to the art, the tour will finish at a Street Art Gallery, where you can browse the various pieces and learn more about this unique art form.

São Paulo: City Highlights Private Guided Tour with Transfer

7. São Paulo: City Highlights Private Guided Tour with Transfer

Get acquainted with the metropolitan grandeur of São Paulo on a private guided tour with hotel transfers. Travel around in a comfortable vehicle, visiting prominent landmarks like Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Avenue, Jardins, and Sé Cathedral. Discover the intriguing history and heritage of the city. Following pickup, climb aboard your vehicle. Make a stop at Ibirapuera Park, admire the huge green space, and take a photo at the iconic monument symbol of São Paulo. Then, climb up to the terrace of the MAC Museum and enjoy a unique panoramic view of the city. Next, be driven along the iconic May 23 Avenue towards the Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade. Afterward, stop at the Sé Cathedral and continue on getting across the downtown passing by several historical buildings with a break at the Municipal Market. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the cultural heart of the city. Walk down the road to see movie theaters, cultural centers, shopping malls, parks, and remains of late 19th-century architecture. Then, visit the Jardins neighborhood with its upscale global eateries, chic sushi bars, and French bistros on and around the Rua Oscar Freire. Stop at Batman’s Alley lined with colorful graffiti. Learn about the local art scene and the cultural impact it has on the city through your guide's commentary.

Sao Paulo: The Coolest Urban Scenes Bike Tour

8. Sao Paulo: The Coolest Urban Scenes Bike Tour

Discover São Paulo's coolest urban scenes by bike on a 3h30 tour visiting open-air street art museums, incredible buildings and parks. Bike around the city’s network of bicycle lanes at a relaxed pace with an expert guide who stops regularly to share insights. The tour starts in Vila Madalena, the bohemian neighborhood where we can find amazing graffitis. Then, ride the bike paths through the bustling area of Pinheiros neighborhood, taking in sights and beautiful murals. Then, ride the famous bike path of Faria Lima ave, a business center with incredible corporate and residential skyscrapers. Visit the Ibirapuera Park, which was elected by “The Guardian” magazine the best park in the world, the green lung of the capital. Then, head back to Vila Madalena, crossing the Jardins district, one of the most elegant upscale areas in town. Our last stop is at the famous Batman Alley, which is an area where virtually no surface is left untouched, featuring some of the most impressive murals

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What people are saying about Vila Madalena

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 46 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!

I'd give a million stars if I could!!! I'm Brazilian and our guide Luis Paulo showed me a Sao Paulo I never got to know - I fell in love with the city. Since ours was a private tour, he customized our day to accommodate what we wanted to see, and because my parents are elderly. They also had a wonderful time rekindling with a city they used to live in but has changed so much. It was a memorable day I'll forever cherish! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Booked the city hi lights tour, tour guide, roberto,v pleasant an knowledgeable,batman ali, church, paulista avenue,cathedral,park,giant sculpture,drive thru Japan town,municipal theater,an jus as it rained, the indoor market for lunch,v gd timing, roberto waited patiently while i took more time over lunch, an fruits an cheeses an dropped me off at the mall on way back at my request, very good tour, trustworthy , felt very safe thankyou⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

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.