- 5 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Get to understand the amazing historic process of São Paulo that in 465 years of existence, marked by relative inexpressiveness for more than three centuries, has become the largest city in the Southern hemisphere and one of the largest cities in the World. This tour is designed to cover the main historical sights in a chronological sequence from the early São Paulo times to the recent days, starting from its founding site. Explore some of the most historical sights such as “Pátio do Colégio”, “Sé Cathedral, “Largo São Francisco Law School”, “Tea Viaduct”, “Luz Station”, “Republic Square”, “Higienópolis area”, Paulista avenue, to finish it up at a coffee shop on the Top Deck of one of the most spectacular viewpoints of a building on Paulista Avenue. Learn about the monumental importance of different groups like the Portuguese, Native Indians, Afro-Brazilians, Italians, Japanese, Arabs, Jews, Germans, and others, in the formation of São Paulo as well as the legacy left by them.
- Transport by fully-equipped vehicle.
- Professional / licensed private tour guide.
- Private driver for groups bigger than six (6) people. Otherwise, the guide drives the vehicle.
- VAT, all taxes, handling charges, parking fees during stops.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off. (Within São Paulo)
- Entrance fees, although the tour is not aimed to get into sights that charge admission fees.
- Food and drinks.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entry/Admission - Pateo do Collegio
- Entry/Admission - Mirante Sesc Paulista
Traveler pickup is offered
PICK-UP INFORMATION: • Wherever place you specify at the time of the booking. As it’s a private tour, you choose the best pick-up point that suits your needs as long as it's within the city of São Paulo limits or its greater area. • We DO NOT do pick-ups in the countryside or coastal area of the state of São Paulo. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - DROP-OFF INSTRUCTIONS: • Wherever place you specify at the time of the booking. As it’s a private tour, you choose the best drop-off point that suits your needs as long as it's within the city of São Paulo limits or its greater area. • We DO NOT do drop-offs in the countryside or coastal area of the state of São Paulo. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AIRPORTS ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS: • Once you have arrived at the airport or seaport there will be a member of our staff waiting for you at the arrivals area holding a clear sign with your name on it, they will then escort you to your waiting private transfer vehicle. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - HOTEL PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS: • As soon as the driver or tour guide arrives at your hotel, they get the front desk to call you in the room in case you are not at the lobby. Show less
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Pateo do Collegio, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Historic São Paulo founding site and museum of the city;
With the intention to teach and catechize the natives, the Jesuits built the first school and began what 4 centuries later would become the largest city in the Southern hemisphere.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
One of the five largest Neo-Gothic world’s Cathedral / Zero milestone;
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Faculdade de Direito - Universidade de São Paulo
From the Largo São Francisco Law school, its students and graduates, began the main movements of Brazilian History, from the Abolitionism to the Republican Movement. Not to mention the campaign for "VOTING NOW" (diretas já) during the military government in the 80's. Over time, 9 Brazilian presidents, several governors, mayors and a countless of other figures emerged from it.
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Church of the Third Order of Carmo, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The "Igreja do Carmo" played a big role for the formation of São Paulo in the early times.
It's also home to a representative collection of colonial art, including the paintings on the ceilings of the main chapel by the master Frei Jesuíno of Mount Carmel.
Pass By: House Picture of Sao Paulo
Casa Número is a is a three-story 17th century historical residence
that nowadays is one of the thirteen historic buildings part of the Museum of the City of São Paulo.
Pass By: Manor Of The Marquesa Of Santos, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The residence built around the second half of the eighteenth century served as housing for Domitila de Castro Canto known as "Marquesa de Santos". Domitila played an important role in contributing for the greatness of the city of São Paulo.
Pass By: Associação Comercial de São Paulo - ACSP
Boa Vista street is part of the primitive indigenous trails that crossed the historic core of São Paulo where the city was founded in 1554.
From 1930 onwards started to host the headquarters of the main banks of the state, and become known as the bank street.
Pass By: Ladeira Porto Geral
This street used to be a river port where goods imported to the city of São Paulo arrived from Santos in the coast of the state.
Pass By: Mosteiro De Sao Bento, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Historical temple that accommodated the Pope Benedict XVI in 2007;
Pass By: Martinelli Building, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The first skyscraper in Latin America. The construction generated much controversy, because until then there was no building of such great height.
Currently, the building is one of the main architectural symbols of Brazil.
Pass By: Edificio Sampaio Moreira
Featuring 12 floors and 50 meters high, Sampaio Moreira was the tallest building in the city of São Paulo between 1924 and 1929, when the Martinelli building was inaugurated. It is considered, therefore, the first multi-story large building in the city, as well as one of the first in the country to present such typology.
Pass By: Matarazzo Building City Hall Of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Inaugurated in 1939 to host one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Brazilian history the conglomerate Matarazzo Industries".
Designed by the favorite architect of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Italian Marcello Piacentini.
Pass By: Viaduto Do Cha, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
One of the postcards of São Paulo, the tea viaduct was the first in the city of São Paulo. It bears this name because of the extensive tea plantation nearby.
Stop At: Museum Theatro Municipal of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Considered a postcard of São Paulo, the Municipal Theater is one of the most important historical places in town due to several important cultural events that took place in its facilities like the Week of Modern Art of 1922.
Duration: 20 minutes
Pass By: Vale do Anhangabau, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Historical meeting point for cultural and political manifestations. The most significant was the "VOTING NOW"(diretas já) movement calling for direct elections during the military government.
Pass By: Shopping Light, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Inaugurated in 1929, the building was the headquarters of the Canadian company that was responsible for the electric power service of São Paulo between 1899 and 1981.
Pass By: Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The cult of Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the oldest in our city and merges with the very foundation of São Paulo. This church was a meeting place for slaves, who were prohibited from attending the churches of whites.
Pass By: Praca Princesa Isabel, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The square pays a tribute to two historically important Brazilian figures known in the national scene. One of the great heroes of Brazilian history and patron of the Brazilian army known as Duque de Caxias, and the Princess Isabel who signed the law abolishing slavery in Brazil.
Pass By: Julio Prestes Railway Station, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Júlio Prestes station is one of the most important and imposing sights in São Paulo. It used to be part of the railway system that connected coffee farms in the countryside of the state of São Paulo to Santos in the golden era of coffee.
Stop At: Estacao da Luz, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The Luz station was the gateway for immigrants, who upgraded the then small town of São Paulo to an important metropolis along the 20th century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Light Garden Park
Opened to the public in 1825, Jardim da Luz Park is the oldest in the city of São Paulo. Opened initially as a Botanical Garden, it was the only leisure point of the city at the time.
Pass By: Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Built in the early 19th century in the Luz Park, designed by renowned Ramos de Azevedo architect to be the headquarters of the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. It is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, founded in 1905 and regulated as a state public museum since 1911.
Pass By: Avenida Ipiranga, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Ipiranga vs São João avenues are historical avenues nationally well-known.
Pass By: Praça da República
Historical site / Building that housed former “Caetano de Campos” School;
Pass By: Maria Antônia
The street has been well-known for what was called the “Maria Antonia battle” that happened in 1968. It was a conflict between rightwing students that supported the military government in power and leftwing students.
Pass By: Buenos Aires Park
Traditional neighborhood that illustrious families built splendid mansions in vast areas with gardens in the early 20th century.
Pass By: Paulista Avenue, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
Paulista has been the most important avenue in Sao Paulo for many decades. Inaugurated in the late 19th century, at first it was occupied by industrialists and coffee borons, but later those mansions were replaced by sky-scrapers seen there today.
Stop At: Mirante Sesc Paulista, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo
The Paulista Avenue is one of the most popular spots in town. From the Sesc viewpoint it’s possible to see the entire Paulista and many other parts of the city. There is also a café where you can have a coffee, a snack and enjoying the view.
Duration: 30 minutes
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.