Stunning Setting, Lifestyle & Royal Heritage

Explore this vibrant exotic City in a stunningly beautiful setting. Enjoy Copacabana beach, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf mountain and discover its Royal heritage.

Travel Highlights

  • 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

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Rio City Break Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Days 1 - 8

Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Walking Introduction to Rio de Janeiro

Day 3 - City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Day 4-7 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

Day 8 -  Return Flight to the UK

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Itinerary Description

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.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Mar Palace Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Mar Palace Hotel

The Hotel Mar Palace Copacabana is a modern beach hotel located 2 blocks from Copacabana beach and close to the commercial area. The 88 comfortable rooms are equipped with sound proof windows, cable tv, air-conditioning, minibar, Wifi internet access, telephone and hairdryer. The hotel also has a sm…

First Class

The Porto Bay Rio Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Hotel

Located on the famous Copacabana beach, the Port Bay Rio is well situated Close to the main tourist attractions, shopping and leisure centres.  The roof-top bar offers outdoor snacks and poolside drinks, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, a fitness centre and sauna; as well as the hotel having it's…

Deluxe Experience

The Sofitel Copacabana Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro is a De Luxe hotel located at the end of Copacabana Beach and just three blocks from the upmarket and stylish areas of Ipanema and Leblon. The hotel has two restaurants as well as two swimming pools: to catch both the morning and afternoon sun. There is also a fitness cent…

Excursions
Rio de Janeiro

 Range of excursions available

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Itinerary Description

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

Day 4 - Transfer to airport

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Itinerary Description

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.

Travel Details
Rio City Break

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
  • 8 Days / 6 Nights
  • Internal flights 
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Transport and meals as shown
  • 8 Days / 6 Nights
  • Internal fligths 
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Transport and meals as shown

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £1,624 £1,827 £2,216 £1,972 £2,175 £2,564
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €1,048 €1,292 €1,759 €1,466 €1,827 €2,333
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $1,111 $1,375 $1,880 $1,563 $1,827 $2,564
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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