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São Paulo History – The Main Historical & Cultural Sights – Private Tour By Car

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.

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3 to 5 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • 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)
    What's excluded :
    • 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
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Pateo do Collegio, Largo Patio do Colegio 2 Central Zone, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01016-040 Brazil

    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, Praca da Se s/n, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01001-000 Brazil

    One of the five largest Neo-Gothic world’s Cathedral / Zero milestone;

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Faculdade de Direito - Universidade de São Paulo, Largo São Francisco, 95 - Centro - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01005-010, Brazil

    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, Avenida Rangel Pestana 230 Bras - Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01017-000 Brazil

    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: Solar da Marquesa de Santos, R. Roberto Símonsen, 136 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01017-020, Brazil

    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, Rua Roberto Simonsen 136 Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01017-020 Brazil

    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, R. Boa Vista, 51 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01014-001, Brazil

    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: CO066 PORTO GERAL, R. Boa Vista, 280 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01022-000, Brazil

    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, Largo Sao Bento Centro, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01029-010 Brazil

    Historical temple that accommodated the Pope Benedict XVI in 2007;

    Pass By: Edificio Martinelli, Avenida Sao Joao - Centro Historico de Sao Paulo 35 R. Sao Bento, 405, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01010-001 Brazil

    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, R. Líbero Badaró, 340 - Centro Histórico de São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, 01008-000, Brazil

    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, Viaduto do Cha 15 Anhangabaú, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01002-020 Brazil

    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, Viaduto do Cha S/N, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01002-020 Brazil

    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, Praca Ramos de Azevedo Viaduto Do Chá, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01037-010 Brazil

    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, Rua Libero Badaro - Parque Anhangabau, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo Brazil

    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, Rua Coronel Xavier de Toledo, 23 Estacionamento: Rua Formosa. 157, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01048-000 Brazil

    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 Nossa Senhora Do Rosario Dos Homens Pretos, Largo do Paissandu S/N0, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01034-010 Brazil

    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, Av. Duque de Caxias Campos Eliseos, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo Brazil

    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, Praca Julio Prestes 16 Santa Cecília, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01218-020 Brazil

    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, Praca da Luz 1 Luz, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010 Brazil

    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: Parque Jardim da Luz, Praça da Luz, s/n - Bom Retiro, São Paulo - SP, 01120-010, Brazil

    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, Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010 Brazil

    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 01039-000 Brazil

    Ipiranga vs São João avenues are historical avenues nationally well-known.

    Pass By: Praça da República - República, São Paulo - SP, 01045-000, Brazil

    Historical site / Building that housed former “Caetano de Campos” School;

    Pass By: USP-Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, R. Maria Antônia, 258/294 - Vila Buarque, São Paulo - SP, 01222-010, Brazil

    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: Parque Buenos Aires, Av. Angélica, 1500 - Higienópolis, São Paulo - SP, 01227-000, Brazil

    Traditional neighborhood that illustrious families built splendid mansions in vast areas with gardens in the early 20th century.

    Pass By: Paulista Avenue, Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01311-200 Brazil

    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, Avenida Paulista 119 17º Andar, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01311-903 Brazil

    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

  • Departure Point :
    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 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 lessAirports
    • Guarulhos Intl Airport, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo Brazil
    • Congonhas Airport, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo Brazil
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • The tour is totally private and exclusive for you and your group. No other person out of your group must join your tour, unless it's invited by you. The private tour is safer in terms of COVID-19 contagion as tourists hardly have closer contact with strangers.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Gregtur Turismo

Activity ID: V-72313P16

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