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Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour
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Overview

Customize a 4-day tour of Rio de Janeiro's highlights and landmarks with this flexible sightseeing option. Visit the summits of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains, learn about live in a favela or ride in a Jeep through the Tijuca Rainforest. Sail across Guanabara Bay to see the city skyline from aboard a boat or take a day trip to lovely Petrópolis. Comfortable, air-conditioned transportation between sites, 3 nights in a South Zone hotel and 3 daily activities are included.
  • 4-day customizable tour of Rio de Janeiro beginning with pickup from the airport
  • Select three outings from six options that cover a variety of sites
  • Take a city tour and enjoy views from Sugar Loaf Mountain, or ride a cog train up Corcovado Mountain (Day 2 or 4 options)
  • Discover the lush Tijuca Forest aboard an open-air Jeep and take an easy hike through the canopy (Day 2 or 4 option)
  • Explore Petrópolis, known as Brazil’s Imperial City, and visit the Crystal Palace (Day 3 option)
  • Get to know the people of Rocinha, a Rio favela, or admire the city skyline aboard a Guanabara Bay cruise (Day 3 options)
  • Stay for three nights in a South Zone hotel (3-, 4- and 5-star accommodations are available)
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Professional guide
3-night accommodation at 3, 4 or 5-star hotel (depending on option selected)
All activities/inclusions of each tour selected
Private round trip transfer from airport to hotel
Hotel drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Our Guide will meet you at the airport for your private transfer to your hotel in the South Zone.

Airports

  • Internacional Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
4-Star Accommodation - Double
1/5/2020 - 8/7/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
3-Star Accommodation - Double
1/5/2020 - 8/7/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
3-Star Accommodation - Single
1/5/2020 - 8/7/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
4-Star Accommodation - Single
1/5/2020 - 8/7/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
5-Star Accommodation - Single
1/5/2020 - 12/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
5-Star Accommodation - Double
1/5/2020 - 8/7/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
After your flight lands in Rio, enjoy personalized pickup at the airport and transfer to your choice of 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel (with single or double accommodation; see list of hotels under the Important Info tab). Customize your tour by selecting three of the following activities upon booking, each of which last a half day with the exception of the Petrópolis Day Trip. See Itinerary below for the details of each activity.

Day 2 and Day 4 (choose one of the following activities for each day):
• Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour
• Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour
• Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer StatueDay 3 (choose one of the following activities):
• Guanabara Bay Cruise
• Rocinha Favela Tour
• Petrópolis Day Trip
Itinerary
RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport
After convenient pickup from Rio de Janeiro International Airport timed with your flight arrival, sit back and relax as your driver takes you to your hotel in the upscale South Zone (Zona Sul) district. Check in at your accommodation, where you’ll stay for two nights, and finalize your activity schedule for the next two days with your guide. If you arrive during the day, stretch your legs with a walk around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Perhaps sip an evening cocktail (own expense) at an open-air café along the shore and soak up beautiful views of the lagoon and the white-sand beaches. Overnight stay at a South Zone hotel.
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 A single or double accommodation in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel (see the list of hotels under the Important Info tab)
Meals:
  Not Included
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour (4 hours) In the morning, zip around Rio’s top historical sights in air-conditioned transport. Visit the bustling Cinelandia Square, or officially Praça Floriano Peixoto, named after the second president of Brazil. Pass by the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Stop by the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a design inspired by a Mayan pyramid. A fan of Carnival? Check out the Sambadrome, where the city’s samba schools compete with Olympics-level dedication during the annual festival. 
Next, board a glass cable car in the Urca district that whisks you up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Make a brief stop at 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level to snap shots of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Then reach the apex of Sugar Loaf, 1,299 feet (396 meters) high, and marvel at panoramas of the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi and Copacabana. After drop-off at your hotel, explore the city on your own in the afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer Statue (4 hours) Enjoy a free morning to yourself and then in the afternoon, hop aboard a cog train and travel through the lush Tijuca Forest. In 20 minutes, you’re at the top of Corcovado Mountain, next to the feet of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, 130 feet (39 meters) tall, and looking up at his arms that stretch 98 feet (30 meters) wide. Soak up the sights of Rio from your mountaintop vantage point as you learn about the 1931 art-deco statue named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Floresta da Tijuca
Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour (4 hours) In the morning, hop aboard an open-air Jeep and head to the tropical Tijuca Forest, located minutes from the city center. Learn about the reforestation program of Tijuca National Park and the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem, part of the protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers 14 states in Brazil. Inside the rainforest, take photos of the Emperor's Table, where Brazil’s last emperor supposedly held picnics, and the pink-and-purple Mayrink Chapel with painted panels. At Vista Chinesa, where the country’s first Chinese immigrants settled, admire views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and even as far as Niteroi.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 A single or double accommodation in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel (see the list of hotels under the Important Info tab)
Meals:
  Not Included
Centro Historico de Petropolis
Enjoy a 90-minute drive north past forests and waterfalls to Petrópolis, a popular mountain resort known as Brazil’s Imperial City, nestled in the wooded hills of the Serra dos Órgãos. Arrive in the cobbled streets of Petrópolis and enter the Imperial Museum, housed in the former summer palace of Pedro II, Brazil's second and final emperor. Inside the restored Austrian-style palace built in 1845, get a look at how the country's royalty once lived. Stroll by tapestries, antique furniture and jewels, and admire the imperial crown studded with over 600 diamonds, weighing nearly 4 pounds (1.7 kg). Next, visit the Gothic-style St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral and see the tombstones of Pedro II and his family. Follow your guide to a tranquil park and marvel at the Crystal Palace, a ballroom made of glass and steel, where Princess Isabel held expositions and royal parties. Purchase lunch at a restaurant of your choice in town, and feel free to ask your guide for recommendations. Your tour ends with transport back to Rio.
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Guanabara Bay
Guanabara Bay Cruise (4 hours) Spend the morning appreciating the city of Rio from Guanabara Bay, where Portuguese explorers arrived on January 1, 1502, and hear about how they originally named the bay Rio de Janeiro, or River of January. During the 2-hour cruise, focus your camera on Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach and the statue of Christ Redeemer from your prime vantage point on the water. Catch sight of the neighborhoods of Botafogo, Flamengo and Urca, as well as Fort Sao Joao, Flagstone Island, Santa Cruz Fortress and Rio-Niteroi Bridge. When the ship docks back at the pier, you’re driven back to your hotel.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 A single or double accommodation in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel (see the list of hotels under the Important Info tab)
Meals:
  Not Included
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour (4 hours) In the morning, zip around Rio’s top historical sights in air-conditioned transport. Visit the bustling Cinelandia Square, or officially Praça Floriano Peixoto, named after the second president of Brazil. Pass by the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Stop by the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a design inspired by a Mayan pyramid. A fan of Carnival? Check out the Sambadrome, where the city’s samba schools compete with Olympics-level dedication during the annual festival. 
Next, board a glass cable car in the Urca district that whisks you up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Make a brief stop at 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level to snap shots of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Then reach the apex of Sugar Loaf, 1,299 feet (396 meters) high, and marvel at panoramas of the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi and Copacabana. After drop-off at your hotel, explore the city on your own in the afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer Statue (4 hours) Enjoy a free morning to yourself and then in the afternoon, hop aboard a cog train and travel through the lush Tijuca Forest. In 20 minutes, you’re at the top of Corcovado Mountain, next to the feet of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, 130 feet (39 meters) tall, and looking up at his arms that stretch 98 feet (30 meters) wide. Soak up the sights of Rio from your mountaintop vantage point as you learn about the 1931 art-deco statue named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Floresta da Tijuca
Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour (4 hours) In the morning, hop aboard an open-air Jeep and head to the tropical Tijuca Forest, located minutes from the city center. Learn about the reforestation program of Tijuca National Park and the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem, part of the protected Mata Biosphere Reserve, which covers 14 states in Brazil. Inside the rainforest, take photos of the Emperor's Table, where Brazil’s last emperor supposedly held picnics, and the pink-and-purple Mayrink Chapel with painted panels. At Vista Chinesa, where the country’s first Chinese immigrants settled, admire views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and even as far as Niteroi.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 A single or double accommodation in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel (see the list of hotels under the Important Info tab)
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on flight arrival and departure time
  • Note: Upon booking, at checkout, please specify in the special requirements box the three tours you would like to take. You must also contact the local tour operator to confirm your tour choices for each day
  • Note: If you wish to be dropped off at the airport at the end of your trip, please advise at time of booking
  • This product is non-refundable
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Price is per person
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour.

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