Rio In-Depth, Idyllic Beaches And Tropical Jungle

Visit operator website

Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: costa-verde

From: £2596.00


  • Explore Rio de Janeiro and Brazil's Green Coast without internal flights
  • Experience our special in-depth tour of Rio, for a deeper understanding of the city
  • Enjoy time at leisure in Rio or choose from our wide range of tours to enrich your stay
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Parati, an atmospheric colonial town
  • Hike through Atlantic rainforest to ancient forts or explore remote tropical islands
  • Relax on Ilha Grande and enjoy its virgin rainforest and idyllic beaches
  • Add a two night optional extension to visit the breathtaking Iguassu Falls

Rio de Janeiro - Days 1 - 4

Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro

The trip will start with direct flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide who will welcome you to the city and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 - In-depth special Rio de Janeiro tour

Today you will enjoy our special Veloso Tours in-depth tour of Rio de Janeiro, taking you to the biggest sights, but also to some of the lesser-visited areas where you will gain a more detailed perspective on the city.

The tour starts with a trip up Corcovado Mountain to the Christ the Redeemer statue. From here you can see Rio's most emblematic figure up-close, as well as enjoying panoramic 360 degree views of the Marvellous City. As well as the iconic view across Guanabara Bay, you can also see the lagoon, beaches, favelas and huge granite outcrops. From up here the Maracana Stadium is also visible and it is towards here that we head next, driving through the Tijuca Forest and stopping briefly at the stadium, en-route to the Sambadromo - the spiritual home of the Rio Carnival.

We continue on to the bohemian hillside district of Santa Teresa, where the cobbled streets and colonial mansions lend a timeless air to this attractive area. It is then on to the historic city centre of Rio de Janeiro, where the Royal Family once lived. After a stop at one of the oldest and most atmospheric cafes in Rio, you will visit several important monuments, including the Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, Sao Jose Church and the Cultural Centre. Together these tell the story of Rio's past to give us a greater understanding of the story of Rio de Janeiro.

Days 3-4 - Rio at leisure or optional tours/excursions

You will now have two days at leisure to relax, enjoy the city and pursue your own interests. We have a number of optional tours and excursions that could enhance your trip and give you an even more in-depth perspective on different aspects of Rio de Janeiro. 

  • Historic Tour of Rio's Royal Palaces, Churches, Monastery & Heritage 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 Theatre & Cultural Centre
  • Horse Racing at the Jockey Club
  • Petropolis : Summer Residence of the Emperor & Royal Family
  • Shopping for Paintings, Pottery, Woodwork, Interior Decorations
  • Craftsmanship of Brazilian Precious Stones & Jewellery
  • Music of Brazil: Bossa-Nova, Samba, Forro, Pagode and others
  • Classical Music, Gregorian Choir & Opera
  • Three Eco-systems: Atlantic Forest, Mangroves & the Botanic Gardens
  • Carnival Parade at the Sambadrome, Show at Samba City and/or Samba Rehearsal
  • National History, Fine Arts, Modern Art, Folklore & Republic Museums
  • Landscape Gardens & Niemeyer architecture

We also have the following options for 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"

Parati & Costa Verde - Days 5 - 7

Day 5 - Transfer to Parati

You will today take a shared transfer by coach to the town of Parati, around 150 miles from Rio, travelling past verdant tree-covered mountains, the Atlantic ocean coastline and through small towns and villages. You will stay for three nights in a charming pousada.

Days 6-7 - Parati at leisure or optional tours/excursions

The atmospheric cobbled streets of Parati are lined with small art galleries and handicraft shops and white-washed colonial era buildings with brightly painted windows and doors. The town is backed by mountains blanketed with lush shady forests. Tranquil idyllic beaches invite leisurely strolls, or you can head into the dense Atlantic Rainforest to reach ancient Portuguese forts and isolated waterfalls. Relaxing boat trips head out to the tropical islands and remote beaches of the bay and provide ideal opportunities for snorkelling and swimming in the clear waters.

Ilha Grande - Days 8 - 11

Day 8 - Transfer to Ilha Grande

You will now make the journey from Parati to Ilha Grande via private car and a shared boat crossing, where you will again stay for three nights in another welcoming pousada.

Days 9-10 - Ilha Grande at leisure or optional tours/excursions

Once a former pirate hideaway, slaving centre and prison, unspoilt Ilha Grande is now a welcoming retreat for Cariocas and visitors alike, attracted by the prospect of unexplored virgin forest and deserted beaches. You can spend your time here hiking the well-kept trails to panoramic lookout points, swimming, snorkelling or kayaking or just relaxing on the island's beautiful beaches. 

Day 11 - Transfer to airport for return flight

You will today return to Rio de Janeiro for your flight back to the UK.

Iguassu Falls - Days 11 - 13

Day 11 - Fly to Iguassu

You could choose to extend your trip with a two night stay at the breathtaking Iguassu Falls.

Day 12 - Tour the Iguassu Falls

Today you will enjoy a guided excursion to explore the natural beauty and lush tropical surroundings. Walks down to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offers spectacular panoramic views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Then cross over the border into Argentina to see the falls from another perspective, where you will have a closer view of the individual falls in their lush tropical setting, abundant in wildlife, especially butterflies. You can walk right out to the roaring Devil's Throat waterfall along walkways that afford breathtaking views. This side of the falls is definitely well worth the visit.

Day 13 - Return flight to UK

What's Included

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights Tour
  • International flights
  • Rio de Janeiro in-depth city tour in English with expert guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfast every day
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Travellers Guide on how to prepare for your journey including money, clothing, health and more
  • Restaurant suggestions with Menu Vocabulary
  • Prices shown are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter available on request

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

Get inspiration every week into your inbox!

Sign up to our weekly Trip Finder email and get a selection of the best trips to feed your Wanderlust