Shore Excursion Details

Highlights of Recife & Olinda

Recife, Brazil

Highlights of Recife & Olinda


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration

Compare the best of Recife’s sights with a look at the hillside town of Olinda, the historic cradle of Brazilian culture.

Your exploration of Recife will begin aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. After journeying across graceful bridges, you’ll then enter the splendid Golden Chapel that is part of the Convent and Church of Saint Anthony. Its intricate Baroque design, covered in gold leaf, makes it one of the most beautiful and historic examples of religious art in Brazil. The church also houses a variety of religious artifacts.

Ride along the famous Boa Viagem beachfront as you take a scenic drive along Brazil’s northeast coats.

Later, you’ll pass the imposing Governor’s Mansion and St. Isabel Theater.

Pastel-colored stuccoes houses and meticulously restored churches line the shady streets of your next destination, the 16th-century colonial town of Olinda. At local square, you’ll leave your motor coach and board a minivan to traverse the narrow winding streets of this historical center.

Olinda’s main square, the Alto da Sé lies on the crest of the town’s highest hill. A remarkably well-preserved colonial city, founded in 1534, UNESCO has declared Olinda a world historical monument.

Once there, you’ll leave the minivan for 30-minute exploration on foot at the Alto da Sé and visit the Sé Cathedral. Here you will have breathtaking views of Olinda and photo opportunity, while complimentary coconut water is served. While walking, take a moment to peruse its colorful Portuguese tiles and woodcarvings, which are adorned with gold leaf.

Return to your minivan and drive back to the square, where your motor coach awaits to return you to the pier.

Need to Know:

Note: The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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