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Rio de Janeiro City Explorer tour

Rio de Janeiro City Explorer

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
5 days
From: $ 1,596 $ 319 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • This city break in Rio is the perfect introduction to Brazil's second-largest city.
  • Soak up the sun at two of Rio's famous beaches: Copacabana and Ipanema.
  • The African-influenced beats of samba permeate the air in Rio. This city knows how to party!
  • Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car, then admire the stunning views of the city below.
  • Pao de queijo, feijoada, caipirinha...don't miss trying Brazilian food and drink while in Rio!

Short Description

Feel the beat of samba as you wander through the "Marvelous City" - Rio de Janeiro! Spend the day at Copacabana beach, take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and spread your arms out wide like the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Rio de Janeiro
End City Rio de Janeiro

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 4 nights in Rio de Janeiro at PortoBay Rio Internacional, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

Say "ola" to Rio! Arrive at Galeao International Airport then enjoy a transfer to your accommodation. Ease your way into this sprawling city with a stroll through the historic center filled with architectural gems. The Theatro Municipal, built in 1909, was modeled after the Opera Garnier in Paris!

Transfer to Rio de Janeiro hotel

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Start the day with a stroll around the Santa Teresa neighborhood located on top of Santa Teresa hill. Now known as the artistic heart of Rio, Santa Teresa's narrow cobbled streets were once home to the city's wealthy elite. Before leaving, don't miss Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón's mosaic-covered steps made from colorful ceramic tiles that connect the Lapa neighborhood with Santa Teresa.

Later, take a cable car up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Watch the sun go down over the city, with Corcovado mountain and Christ the Redeemer off to the west, and Copacabana Beach to the south.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Rio is perhaps most famous for its beach life, and two beaches in particular: Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio residents (known as cariocas) can be seen playing soccer, sunbathing, and swimming all along the 2.5-mile stretch of Copacabana Beach. Among its trademarks is the Atlântica Avenue boardwalk, with mosaic waves of stones designed by landscape architect Burle Marx.

More upscale than Copacabana, the area around Ipanema Beach is considered the “little Paris” of Rio for its avant-garde galleries, bookstores and movie theaters.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro

One of the most iconic images of Rio is the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Standing 98 feet tall and built of soapstone, the statue is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

After visiting the statue (and taking a photo with your arms spread wide), explore Tijuca Forest below, which claims to be the world's largest urban forest. Representing 7% of Rio's territory, Tijuca is known as the "lungs" of Rio and has beautiful pockets of nature all around.

Day 5: Depart Brazil

Your Rio adventure comes to an end today. At the appropriate time, transfer back to the airport for your flight home. Take one last look at the fascinating city below from the plane!

Transfer to Rio de Janiero airport (GIG)

Fly home!

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

PortoBay Rio Internacional

Located on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, PortoBay Rio Internacional combines the best of both worlds - the vibrant city and the beach right at your feet. You'll have exclusive beach access as well as top notch facilities when you stay at this modern and chic hotel.

Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing from the 117 rooms offering private verandas or panoramic window views overlooking Copacabana. Savor Brazil on a plate at La Finestra restaurant, sip a negroni at Negroni Bar and enjoy a light snack at Bossa Lounge. Take a dip at the hotel's rooftop pool on the 20th floor, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the famous bay and major sights of Rio de Janeiro, with Copacabana beach in the foreground and Christ the Redeemer in the background. Additional amenities include a massage room, two saunas, fitness center and pool bar.

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