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From Recife: Recife Old Town and Olinda City Tour

Product ID: 295865
Discover Olinda, the first capital of Pernambuco state, and a city declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the old quarter of Recife, known as the city of waters, and learn about its history and culture.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian

Pickup included

Pickup from your hotel in Recife located in Boa Viagem, Pina or Piedade neighborhoods. For hotels outside the pickup region, the nearest meeting point will be informed.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Wander through the Old Town of Recife
  • Be amazed by a range of local crafts at the Pernambuco Handicraft Center
  • Learn about the historical city of Olinda
  • Admire the architecture of both cities and their rich history and culture
Full description
Explore Old Recife where the city has its origins. Begin at Armory Square, and take a pleasant walk through the neighborhood. Next, you can choose to visit one of 3 historical places. See the Paço do Frevo, featuring classes, multimedia and rotating exhibitions dedicated to local dance and frevo music. Explore the Pernambuco Embassy of the Giant Dolls, a cultural space dedicated to the Giant Dolls of carnival season. Visit the Cais do Sertão Museum that offers temporary exhibitions and permanent collections highlighting Northeastern Brazilian culture, with sensory experiences and innovative architecture.

Afterwards, head to the Bom Jesus Street, where you will visit Kahal-Zur Israel Synagogue, the first American synagogue. Next, stop at the Pernambuco Handicraft Center, with its extensive variety of works of art produced by master artisans, and walk through streets of this charming neighborhood taking in its architecture and old buildings.

Next discover the city of Olinda to the north of the city, surrounded by palm trees, tall coconut trees, the Atlantic Forest, and the ocean. Amidst uneven cobbled streets and hillsides adorned with countless colorful houses, visit secular churches such as the São Bento Monastery, whose high altar is an important example of Brazilian baroque. Stroll down the beautiful Rua do Amparo with its artisan workshops. Travel to Largo da Misericórdia and Alto da Sé, with their numerous viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to taste delicious tapioca with cheese and learn about the famous giant carnival dolls of Olinda, as well as the significant cultural heritage of the city.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from most hotels in Recife
  • Shared regular tour or private tour, depending on option chosen
  • Professional tour guide, language based on the option chosen
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees: Paço do Frevo = BRL 8 per person; Pernambuco Embassy of the Olinda Giant Dolls = BRL 20 per person; Cais do Sertão Museum = BRL 8 per person; Kahal-Zur Israel Synagogue = BRL 10 per person
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Elderly people

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• The entrances fees to all museums are not included and can be purchased the day
• Please bring your passport or ID card
• There will be an optional stop for lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    1 / 5
  • Organization
    1 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.3 / 5
  • Safety
    1 / 5
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Nice and interesting tour, motivated and cheerful guide, but it was not a tour in Spanish as I had originally contracted it, since being mainly Brazilian, their comments were almost 90% in Portuguese. Fortunately, Spanish and Portuguese are similar in some terms, otherwise we would have rescued little from their comments.

February 25, 2020

was well arranged. good guide

December 18, 2019

I booked an English speaking guide, got Portuguese and lost!

I was very disappointed with the level of support from the beginning, I booked an English speaking guide as I don‘t speak Portuguese. Only portuguese was spoken both on the bus and sightseeing, at one stage I was lost and put in the embarrassing situation of holding up the others whilst the guide came to find me. I got absolutely nothing from the day with the exception of a few photo’s of buildings I know nothing about. The lunch was good as were the two people given the task of keeping their eye on me“

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October 19, 2019

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Product ID: 295865