Iconic Rio, Glorious Vistas & Royal Heritage

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: rio-city-break

From: £1734.00


  • Get to know Rio de Janeiro and the Carioca life on our comprehensive city break
  • Enjoy a comprehensive city tour in the company of our local expert
  • See Christ the Redeemer up close and enjoy magnificent 360 degree views
  • Choose from a huge range of excursions and tours to find what interests you most
  • Visit art galleries, hike the coastal forest or attend a match at the Maracana
  • Enjoy Rio's natural setting, with its huge lagoon, granite peaks and famous beaches

Rio de Janeiro - Days 1 - 8

Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro

Take an overnight flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the following morning.


Day 2 - Walking Introduction to Rio de Janeiro

Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival in a big city like Rio de Janeiro. You will walk along the promenade of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches in order to gain a feeling of Rio de Janeiro's city life - the people, the beach culture, the apartments of the city's affluent, all that makes up the typical "Carioca" life. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.


Day 3 - City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

We start this full day tour by visiting the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado Mountain from where you can admire the magnificent 360 degree view of Rio de Janeiro - the beautiful bay, the lagoon, the famous Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches and the massive granite peaks that dwarf the tall buildings. We will drive through the Tijuca Forest and past the Maracana Stadium (a stop there is optional) to the Sambodromo, the site of the famous carnival parades, to visit the museum.

Continue to the Bohemian Santa Teresa district once home to the rich and famous but where now the majestic views draw writers, musicians, artists with galleries. Its hillside location affords stunning views of Rio, and its cobbled streets add to its charming atmosphere. We stop for a lunch break (lunch is not included so that you can choose your own preference). In the old days, when Copacabana was but a swamp, the higher ground of Santa Teresa was the preferred area to live due to the cooler, fresh air so magnificent mansions were built, later to be out of favour, but many are now being renovated. 

We continue to the historic city centre of Rio de Janeiro, where the Royal Family lived, and walk (2 to 3 hours) through the bustling streets and stop at the Confeitaria Colombo, one of the oldest coffee shops in Rio. Visit the Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the Church of Sao Jose and Cultural Centre on Praca XV admiring the unique colonial architecture. Later in the afternoon we drive back to your hotel.


Day 4 -  At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests, take optional excursions and relax. 



Day 8 -  Return Flight to the UK

Enjoy your morning and afternoon in Rio, before taking a return flight home in the early evening and arriving the following day.

Excursions - Rio de Janeiro

We have a range of excursions available providing an authentic experience to enhance your visit of Rio de Janeiro:


- Historic Tour of Rio's Royal Palaces, Churches, Monastery & Heritage

- Statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado Mountain

- Botanical Gardens, Lagoon & Sugar Loaf Mountain

- Walking in the forest up Gavea, Urca or Sugar Loaf Mountains

- Football at the Maracana Stadium

- Private Museums & Art Galleries

- Laura Alvim Teatre & Cultural Centre

- Horse Racing at the Jockey Club

- Petropolis : Summer Residence of the Emperor & Royal Family

- Guanabara Bay and/or Tropical Islands by Schooner

- Shopping for Clothes, Paintings, Pottery, Woodwork, Interior Decorations

- Craftsmanship of Brazilian Precious Stones & Jewellery

- Music of Brazil: Bossa-Nova, Samba, Forro, Pagode, MPB and others

- Classical Music, Gregorian Choir & Opera

- Three Eco-systems: Atlantic Forest, Mangroves & the Botanic Gardens

- Carnival Parade at the Sambadrome

- National History, Fine Arts, Modern Art, Folklore & Republic Museums

- Landscape Gardens & Niemeyer architecture


Hiking in Rio de Janeiro:

- Trek up to the top of Sugar Loaf (5 Hours)

- Trek up to the top of Pedra da Gavea (8 hours)

- Adventure Park "da Catacumba"

- Hiking on Ilha Grande (Full Day or 1 or 2 Nights)

- Hiking on Parati Peninsula (1 Night) 

Buzios - 3 night extension

Days 1-3 - Relax on Buzio's beaches

Transfer to the trendy beach resort of Buzios two hours north of Rio de Janeiro and staying at for three nights at your chosen hotel

Day 4 - Transfer to airport

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, arriving on Day 11.

What's Included

  • 8 Days / 6 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Transport and meals as shown

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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