Rio de Janeiro in-depth, colonial Parati, idyllic beaches and tropical forest
10 Night Itinerary from £2,396
Costa Verde Tour
Explore Rio de Janeiro in-depth then journey to Parati colonial village with its pedestrian, cobbled streets, old houses and nearby Ilha Grande.
- Explore Rio de Janeiro and Brazil's Green Coast travelling by road and boat
- Experience our special in-depth tour of Rio's colonial history and local life
- Enjoy time at leisure in Rio or choose from our wide range of excursions
- Stroll the pedestrian cobbled streets of Parati, an atmospheric colonial town
- Savour local cuisine and tropical ingredients in excellent restaurants and cafes
- Hike through Atlantic rainforest to ancient forts or explore remote tropical islands
- Relax on Ilha Grande island and enjoy its virgin rainforest and idyllic beaches
- Add a two night optional extension to visit the breathtaking Iguassu Falls
- Change the number of nights at each destination according to your preferences
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Rio de Janeiro - 4 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 - Special in-depth Rio de Janeiro tour
Days 3-4 - Rio at leisure or optional tours/excursions
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Sunday, 03 March 2024
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 chosen hotel for a 4 night stay. You guide will be on hand to assist with any questions you may have.
Monday, 04 March 2024
Special in-depth 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 and authentic 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 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 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, 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.
Tuesday, 05 March 2024
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 further perspective on different aspects of Rio de Janeiro.
- Historic Tour of Rio's Royal Palaces, churches, monastery and heritage Botanical Gardens, the lagoon and Sugar Loaf Mountain
- Walking in the forest up Gavea, Urca or Sugar Loaf Mountains
- Football at the Maracana Stadium
- Private museums and art galleries
- Laura Alvim Theatre and Cultural Centre
- Horse Racing at the Jockey Club
- Petropolis - the summer residence of the Emperor and Royal Family
- Shopping for paintings, pottery, woodwork and interior decorations
- Craftsmanship of Brazilian precious stones and jewellery
- Music of Brazil: Bossa-Nova, Samba, Forro, Pagode and others
- Classical Music, Gregorian choir and opera
- Three Eco-systems: Atlantic Forest, mangroves and the Botanical Gardens
- Carnival Parade at the Sambadrome, a show at Samba City and a Samba rehearsal
- National history, fine arts, modern art, folklore and republic museums
- Landscape gardens and Niemeyer architecture
We also have the following options for hiking in Rio de Janeiro:
- Trek to the top of Sugar Loaf (5 Hours)
- Trek to the top of Pedra da Gavea (8 hours)
- The Adventure Park "da Catacumba"
Wednesday, 06 March 2024
Rio de Janeiro - Tourist Hotel
The Sol Ipanema is located on Ipanema Beach, in the upmarket residential area of Ipanema. All 90 rooms come with air conditioning, mini bar, background music, safe, telephone, cable TV and connection to the Internet. There is also a beauty parlour and a restaurant. The small swimming pool and the bar on the terrace provide panoramic views over Ipanema beach. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
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Rio de Janeiro - First Hotel
The Arena Copacabana is in a wonderful location overlooking Copacabana Beach.
The decoration is light and modern, with 135 comfortable and spacious rooms, fully equipped with WiFi, air-conditioning and sound proof windows.
The top floor terrace, pool and sauna have a panoramic view of the beach and the ground floor restaurant serves international cuisine.
Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel
This grand, European-style hotel is a listed building with 226 rooms, a large swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna, rooftop tennis court, shops, business centre, piano bar and three of Rio's finest elegant restaurants.
All the rooms are large and spacious, decorated in a classic elegant style, fully air-conditioned with cable TV, electronic safe deposit box, voice mail, 24-hour room service, mini bar and complimentary WiFi. The separate Tower Annexe building is set back from the street and overlooking the pool, where all the rooms are suites with balconies.
Parati & Costa Verde - 3 Nights
Day 5 - Transfer to Parati
Days 6-7 - Parati at leisure or optional tours/excursions
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Thursday, 07 March 2024
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. Our experts will be able to advise you on the best options.
Friday, 08 March 2024
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 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.
Saturday, 09 March 2024
Parati - Deluxe Hotel
Located in the historical centre of Parati on the edge of the pedestrian area, Pousada Literária occupies a large colonial house, fully restored in the original style with modern touches and fittings. The atmosphere reflects the tradition of Parati in the arts and culture.
The 22 well-decorated and comfortable suites, apartments and villas are equipped with king size bed, air-conditioning, safe, wireless internet, book-self with reading chair, and a minibar that can be customised according to your preference.
Breakfast is served in the charming central courtyard by the pool, or on your apartment's veranda. A special service for those who enjoy the cultural night life of Parati is to be able to have breakfast at any time, with no need to hurry to wake up in the morning. The Pousada has a swimming pool, bar, sauna, massage room and a private library with a collection of almost 500 titles of films and books to choose from. The Quintal das Letras restaurant offers traditional caiçara cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. The Pousada also has its own fleet of boats on which you can enjoy trip for a supplement.
Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Ilha Grande - 3 Nights
Day 8 - Transfer to Ilha Grande
Days 9-10 - Ilha Grande at leisure or optional tours/excursions
Day 11 - Transfer to airport for return flight
Day 12 - Arrive in the UK
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Sunday, 10 March 2024
Transfer to Ilha Grande
Travel 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.
Monday, 11 March 2024
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.
Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Transfer to airport for return flight
You will today return to Rio de Janeiro for your flight back to the UK.
Ilha Grande - Tourist Hotel
This charming Pousada has a priviledged location on the sea front only a few minutes walk away from the centre of the village and the best restaurants in Villa do Abraao. Opened in January 2006, Caicara is a small, tranquil and friendly pousada, offering nine rooms all with their own veranda, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, TV and mini frige. All the rooms are bright, airy and tastefully decorated. Breakfast is provided in a lounge with a stunning view of the bay. After 5pm when guests return from outings, coffee, tea and biscuits are provided.
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 12 Days / 10 Nights Tour
- International flights (1 overnight)
- 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 for your journey including money, clothing, health and restaurant suggestions
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