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From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

1. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

2. São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

If you only have a short time in São Paulo and want to venture off the beaten track, this full-day guided tour combining a coffee farm and a cheese farm is ideal to experience the rural charms of Brazil. Visit a farm located in Itu, 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the center of São Paulo. Upon arrival, a flavorful full breakfast at the farmhouse will fill you up and get you ready for a packed day of exploring. After breakfast, learn how the farm has changed character over the years.  Next, head inside the main farmhouse to discover the original features, such as roof tiles molded on the thighs of black slave women. Then take an informative tour to learn all about the process of harvesting and roasting coffee beans, and all the work involved in the production of coffee. Visit the coffee warehouse, coffee machines, former slave quarters. Meet with local farmers and hear about the important role that coffee has played in the history and development of modern-day Brazil. Then join a guided walk along forested trails to reach a breathtaking viewpoint. The coffee shop offers the opportunity to try out different types and aromas of coffees, grounded right before drinking. In addition, you can try coffee liqueur, jabuticaba fruit, handmade cachaça, papaya candies, pickles, honey, and much more. Take a lunch break and taste typical Brazilian countryside cuisine, surrounded by nature. Continue to a family-run goat cheese farm and learn how cheese is made, from fresh milk to the curdling stage. Finish with cheese tastings and interesting stories.

Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared or Private City Tour

3. Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared or Private City Tour

Discover the wonders of Santos on a 7-hour city tour. There is plenty to see, do, and explore in the city, which is famous for its beaches, tropical climate, and wide variety of tourist attractions. Meet your friendly bilingual guide for the day at either Santos Seaport or the Municipal Aquarium, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Santos for the tour expedition. Start the tour with an exploration of Porchat Island, then enjoy a 45-minute visit to the colorful Botanical Gardens. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, take an hour for lunch in Santos before heading to the popular Monte Serrat. Throughout the journey, listen to your guide share fascinating stories and insight into each of the landmarks, as well as Santos’ history, culture, and traditions. After an hour at Mount Serrat, enjoy a quick visit to the iconic Pelé Museum and the Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo. From there, head to the Coffee Museum for a 40-minute tour to learn about the history of Brazilian coffee and its production. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to the tour meeting point or an alternate location of your choice along the way.

Santos & Guarujá: Private Speedboat Tour with Food & Drinks

4. Santos & Guarujá: Private Speedboat Tour with Food & Drinks

Spend a relaxing day swimming, sailing and having fun in the sun on a private boat tour just off the coast of the cities of Santos and Guarujá. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Santos. Head to the marina, where the boat will be docked in Santos. Once onboard, meet your guide and crew who will look after you throughout the day, and set sail for your day of adventure. Sit back and relax or get up and dance to the music playing on the boat while enjoying unparalleled views of the Santos coastline. As you sail, tuck into a delicious selection of drinks, sandwiches, and snacks, and for groups of more than 14 people, enjoy a Brazilian barbecue onboard. Along your way, stop at the marvellous secluded beaches of Sangava, Cheira Limão — a breathtaking 30-meter strip of clear soft sand and gentle waves, ideal for sea bathing — and Goes where you can relax, have drinks, swim, and explore without the crowds before returning to your hotel in Santos. Best of all, choose who you spend your day with, on a boat or yacht with a capacity of either 6, 10, or 15 people.

From São Paulo: São Roque Wineries Route and Shopping Tour

5. 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: Guided Walking Tour of Liberdade & Templo Lohan

6. São Paulo: Guided Walking Tour of Liberdade & Templo Lohan

Immerse yourself in Liberdade, the Japanese center of São Paulo, on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Start by visiting two important churches in the area, before visiting Templo Lohan. Enter into the History Museum of Japanese Immigration and end your tour at the Jardim Oriental. Meet your guide at Liberdade Square and get ready for your walking tour through Liberade, home to the world’s largest Japanese community outside of Japan. Visit the Igreja Santa Cruz das Almas dos Enforcados, a beautiful church where you can take photos. See the Buddhist temple of Templo Lohan and learn about the history of Chinese immigration, Buddhism, and kung fu in Liberdade. Continue to the History Museum of Japanese Immigration in Brazil, and hear about the origins of São Paulo’s Japanese citizens. Walk along the Largo da Pólvora and see the Portal do Bairro da Liberdade, before arriving at the Jardim Oriental. End your tour here, choosing to explore the Oriental gardens or find authentic cuisine for lunch.

Full Day Beach Tour Santos & Guarujá: Culture & Beaches

7. Full Day Beach Tour Santos & Guarujá: Culture & Beaches

Get ready to spend a relaxing day discovering some of the most beautiful beaches in the coast of the state of São Paulo. There is no better place for enjoying a sunny day than heading down to the delightful beach towns of Santos and Guarujá. Upon pick-up at the São Paulo hotel and travel for 1h30 to the coast. Along the tour, encounter beautiful beaches and city center, viewpoints and ride an exciting funicular tram to the top of a mountain! Visit Santos most important sights like Mont Serrat, Coffee Museum and Porchat Island combined with a sightseeing through its beaches. Then change the pace totally taking the ferry boat to go to the neighboring beach town of Guarujá to relax on a sandy beach, near restaurants, having appetizers and sipping drinks beachfront. Guarujá stands out for a strip of clear soft sand and small waves, ideal for sea bathing. It’s certain a destination for those who want to be closer to nature or lounging around on the sand to pass the time away with style.

Campos do Jordão: Full-Day Private Tour from São Paulo

8. Campos do Jordão: Full-Day Private Tour from São Paulo

Head out with your tour guide in a private vehicle on a road trip to the city of Campos do Jordão, located approximately 2.5 hours from the city of São Paulo. During this 9-hour excursion you’ll visit the Valley of Paraíba, passing through impressive landscapes while driving up the Mantiqueira Ridge on the way to Campos. The Mantiqueira Ridge is one of the highest mountain ranges in Brazil making the scenery along the way a breathtaking sight. When you arrive in Campos do Jordão, you’ll immediately feel the European influence in the architecture. Known as the Brazilian Switzerland, Campos is one of the most popular destinations during the Brazilian winter. It attracts thousands of visitors for its climate, good food and the traditional Classical Music Festival which takes place during July and August. During the day, you’ll get to visit attractions such as Morro do Elefante, accessible by cable car (ticket not included), and where visitors can enjoy views of the valley in which the city is located. Another main attraction is the Boa Vista Palace, the official summer home of the Governor of the State of São Paulo. It is home to works by renowned Brazilian artists such as Tarsila do Amaral, Di Cavalcanti, Candido Portinari and Anita Malfatti (admission is not included). For lunch, your tour guide will recommend some restaurant options, specializing in foods ranging from German fare to local trout. After lunch you’ll return to São Paulo.

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What people are saying about State of São Paulo

I really liked this tour and I think I was very lucky to have Denis as my guide as he did a great job. Denis was very knowledgeable about the places, shared tons of information, and was very communicative throughout the tour. I definitely recommend him as your guide! The coffee farm shows history of the coffee making process which I found very interesting; the coffee they served there was very delicious and the lunch was tasty and a huge portion! I really enjoyed the cheese farm - Celia and Luisa were wonderful hosts! Their story of how they started it was very interesting and inspiring! Their handmade cheese from cow and goat's milk were super super delicious!! It is definitely worth the visit, and I am sure that you will not leave with empty hands. :-)

The day trip with Renato was an amazing experience. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He patiently showed me around parts of the country I would have never managed to enjoy or discover on my own. Most importantly it did not feel like a history lesson, but he communicated an engaging story connecting the past and the present. Everything was simply perfect and tailored around my interests and curiosities.

A spectacular day!

Luiz Henrique, an extremely friendly guide, the visit was fun, all the landscapes are beautiful, it is very worthwhile. The food and coffee are exquisite. Thank you very much Luiz for an incredible experience.

it was a very fun and interesting tour and we had a great guide Marie she was very friendly and very informative.