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  • Location:São Paulo, Brazil
  • Duration:Flexible

Private Tour: São Paulo City Tour

If you want to see São Paulo’s top attractions and you’ve only got a few hours to spare, you’ll cover a lot of ground with this private city tour by vehicle and on foot!

Your informative local guide will accompany you on a walk through São Paulo’s historical downtown, and take you on a scenic drive through several city neighborhoods.

Enjoy guided commentary on 10 or more major landmarks and choose from a 3 or 5-hour tour (select option), including hotel pickup and drop-off.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: São Paulo City Tour

Pátio do Colégio

A three-hour tour is an ideal way to get a taste of this vast city in just a little bit of time. But if you’ve got an extra two hours, you can upgrade your tour to include a few additional stops – including markets and neighborhoods – on your sightseeing tour of São Paulo! (See the Itinerary below for more details.)

Your guide will pick you up by private vehicle from your hotel and drive you to downtown São Paulo for a brief historical walking tour. See the sight where the city was founded in 1554 at the 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 Theatre 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


5-hour Option:
Your 5-hour tour includes everything mentioned in the 3-hour tour itinerary plus:

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 and Sunset Square – a bohemian area full of artist studios and home to the best murals in town. At the Sunset Square, enjoy great views of the city.

Customer Reviews

Stefan W. Switzerland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very knowledgable and pleasant tout guide. Best way to get to know Sao Paulo!

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Guide was very good and flexible to our interests. He arrived on time and gave us lots of interesting information as well as ideas for further trips and tours.

Adrian H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The perfect way to get introduced to Sampa! As non-Portuguese speakers, our guide Doris helped us to get around the city, navigate neighborhoods and understand cultural nuances in ways we simply couldn't have on our own. It was a wonderful experience, tailored to our interests!

Marie-Anne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very good tour

Elise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I really liked my tour guide she was knowledgeable and provided great information.

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Kate G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Luba E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had a great time with Enrico. He is a wonderful guide and told us a lot about Sao Paulo. We saw the main districts in the city and the guide customized the tour based on our interests and previous visits.
Highly recommended for people who want to know more about Sao Paulo and don't have much time.

Phyllis L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I am always most interested in the history of cities that I visit, so my guide tailored my tour to that interest. He was friendly, well-informed, and was able to answer all my questions. The tour was planned, yet flexible, it made for a wonderful day.

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