Discover the history and most important places of this fascinating city.
On this tour you will know the most important places of Salvador and learn about the history of the first capital of the colony of Brazil. We will see some of the touristical highlights of the city, such as: the Lighthouse of Barra, with a splendid view on the Bay of All Saints and the Atlantic Ocean, the Corridor of Victoria bordered by ancient trees, the Campo Grande square and a busy commercial area. We then arrive in the Historical Center, called so after the UNESCO made it a World Heritage Site. This place is a must for the visitors: a complete old neighbourhood, called the Pelourinho, in the Upper City inside the bay, full of churches and magnificent colorful mansions in typical Portuguese colonial style that we will visit walking through the lively squares and cobblestone streets experiencing the local atmosphere and people that will not let you impassive. A strong suggestion is to visit the church of São Francisco, a real jewel with its fantastic Baroque interior covered by gold leaves.
We pick you up at your hotel if in the center of Salvador. The itinerary depends on where your hotel is localized in the city and on the traffic conditions. We visit the neighbourhood of Barra, drive along the beach of the Porto da Barra and the make a stop at the Lighthouse. We drive along the Avenue of Sete de Setembro, with the Campo Grande square all along to the Castro Alves square. Then we go to the Lower City, drive through the Comércio neighbourhood, where the port lies, and go back up to the Upper City to park the car in the Santo Antônio neighbourhood. We visit the most important squares and streets of the Historical Center of Salvador on a walking tour of a couple of hours. Finally, we walk back to the car and you are brought back to your hotel, if you want, or, if you prefer, you can stay in the Pelourinho area to explore it more on your own (there are lots of shops and restaurants).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or accommodation, if in the center of the city, or the port terminal, if you come by ship, of Salvador.
End location: Your hotel or accommodation, if in the center of the city, or the port terminal, if you come by ship, of Salvador.
Duration: 4 hours
Private vehicle and walking
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation in a private vehicle to and from your hotel and around the city.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Reais - Admission fees for churches or museums, if applicable, eventually some drinks like water or soft drinks during the walking part of the tour (amount per person).
Entrance fees for Churches and Museums, when applicable, and all kind of personal expenses with shopping, souvenirs, drinks and meals.
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Dirk is an engaging guide. He has an amazing knowledge of all aspects of this city as well as the local region. We spent a large amount of time in the old town visiting local buildings & churches to understand the history of Salvador. Even though we were held up by traffic & subsequently ran over the tour time, Dirk did not rush us & was able to explain the influence of many cultures & religions in great detail