Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

From Rio De Janeiro to Rio De Janeiro
  • Brazil
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Discover fabulous Rio de Janeiro, its outstanding natural beauty and fun vibe.

On our Signature tour of Rio, stay 3 nights in comfortable accommodation in the Copacabana beach area, explore the highlights of the city including the iconic Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, take a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, take the subway with a local guide and learn about local life in Rio, explore the artistic neighborhood of Santa Teresa, see Bellini´s statue and Hall of Fame at Maracanã Stadium and indulge in a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a local Churrascaria. The is some free time to relax or stroll Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, enjoy a drink at a local cafe or bar, or a spot of shopping. 

From Rio, there is so much more to explore further afield in Brazil, the worlds largest wetlands area, the Pantanal, the tropical beaches of Ilha Grande and Paraty, or the mighty Iguazu Falls.

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Enjoy a visit to the famous icon of Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer, with fabulous views from Corcovado hill, then take a cable car up Sugar loaf Mountain for more amazing vistas from a different angle.

Immerse yourself in the culture and history, exploring the local neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, ride the subway with a local, walk the famous Selarón staircase, enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ

Visit one of the most beautiful tropical city in the world, stay at Copacabana beach area, and explore the beaches in your free time. Stroll, people watch, rent a bike...Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are always fun!

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Arrival Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival in to Rio, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.

Known as the ''Cidade Maravilhosa'', or Marvellous City, Rio never fails to amaze with its sandy beaches, carefree lifestyle and unparalleled natural beauty

Overnight in Rio

Day 2
Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Santa Teresa

Today take a half day Santa Teresa tour

Enjoy discovering the neighborhood of Santa Teresa on this discovery tour from Rio de Janeiro! Get a feel for how locals get around the huge city of Rio as you take the subway downtown with your local guide. Wander through the financial district and visit Carioca Square, once the main source of drinking water in Rio. Then, walk to the neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa as you wander by foot through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now an artistic hotspot. Admire beautiful architecture learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below.

As you make your way back down the hill, drop by Carmelitas’ Convent and walk down the famous Selarón Staircase, created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón

Rest of day at leisure to enjoy as you wish.

Overnight in Rio

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado & Sugarloaf with lunch

Corcovado & Sugarloaf with lunch

After departing from the hotel, the tour takes a scenic drive from Copacabana beach, continuing along Botafogo beach and passing the Palácio Guanabara, official residence of the State´s Governor, on the way to Corcovado Hill (704m), and the greatest national icon – The Christ Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro. Here, you will have time to enjoy panoramic views of Rio and appreciate the giant statue, which was recently named as one of the seven new wonders of the world. From here, the tour continues to the district of Urca and the world-famous Sugar Loaf, where you will board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill (215m), which offers spectacular views of Guanabara Bay. A second cable car will take you on to the Sugar Loaf (395m), giving you a chance to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounds. Upon descending from the Sugarloaf, we pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a local Churrascaria (lunch is included - all beverages are at your own expense).
Following lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium (Bellini´s statue and Hall of Fame. Entry into the stadium is not included) and a stop at the Sambadrome. While in the city’s historic downtown area, you will have a chance to see the Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace, Tiradentes Square and Lapa Arches, followed by a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral. From here the tour will also make a quick stop to visit the Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron.
Returning to the hotel along Aterro do Flamengo, we pass by the Monument to the Fallen in World War II and the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo.
Lunch and all entrance fees (for Corcovado & Sugarloaf) are included.

Overnight in Rio

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro Depart

Depart any time. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

**Extend your stay & head to Iguazu Falls, Paraty and more. Please ask for details.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in a standard hotel
  • Included Copy 20 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Private airport transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
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  • Included See the famous Christ Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro
  • Included Take a cable car up sugarloaf mountain for amazing vistas!
  • Included Indulge in a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a local Churrascaria
  • Included See Bellini´s statue and Hall of Fame at Maracanã Stadium
  • Included Take the subway with a local guide and learn about local life in Rio
  • Included Explore the artistic neighborhood of Santa Teresa
  • Included Take in the sights and sounds of Rios iconic beaches, with free time to explore
  • Included Walk the famous Selarón Staircase
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4 days

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$832 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily departures