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Historical Sightseeing Tour of Salvador

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Key Highlights
  • Visit Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • See the largest collection of baroque architecture in the Americas
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday


    4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Salvador (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Salvador

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Brazil’s checquered past beckons on this informative sightseeing tour of central Salvador.

    Traverse the history-rich route from the Barra Lighthouse to the Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See some of the best preserved remnants of colonial architecture in the Americas here. Stroll along Pelourinho’s narrow, bustling streets lined with 17th and 18th century buildings in pastel hues and get a glimpse of its past.

    Forts, ornate musical venues and a delightful historical centre - discover the grandeur of Brazil’s colonial heritage on this historical tour in Salvador.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned coach for a historical sightseeing tour of Salvador. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Start in the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of the Bay with its famous Barra Lighthouse and make your way to the old historical section of town.

    Pass the following enroute to the historical center (Pelourinho):

    Teatro Castro Alves: Salvador’s musical hub, its magnificent amphitheatre plays host to a plethora of concerts.

    Forte de São Pedro: A strategic defence point for guarding the south portion of the city, this fort was built by the Dutch.

    Praça Castro Alves : Home to the Bahian Symphony Orchestra and the ballet, Praca de Castro Alvesis a popular venue for fine-arts performances. It also serves as a concert hall for popular Brazilian artistes.

    On arriving at the Pelourinho, disembark from the coach. More than a thousand homes, churches and monuments built since the 16th century help make up the greatest collection of Baroque architectural heritage in Latin America. Stroll along the narrow, bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by.

    Visit the church of Sao Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town.

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel in Salvador.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Entrance fee to the Sao Francisco Church (approx. USD 3)
    • Entrance fee to Barra Lighthouse Museum (approx. USD 4)
    • Entrance fee to Misericordia Church (approx. USD 4)
    • Food and Beverages
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Therefore it is mandatory to call the local isango! partner at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the tour to confirm the departure time and location.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Nice tour of the historic centre :)

      Very organized, our tour guide knew a lot about the area and shared little tidbits that would never show up in a typical guidebook which my mum and I both loved. It was a nice...

      Erica S, Canada, 13/May/2011

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