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Rio de Janeiro in-depth, colonial Parati, idyllic beaches and tropical forest

14 Night Itinerary from  £3,578

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.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • 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, on a guided tour
  • Relax on a schooner sailing Parati Bay, stopping at remote scenic coves
  • Hike through Atlantic rainforest to ancient forts or explore remote tropical islands
  • Explore 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.

Tour Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro - 6 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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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Fly to Rio de Janeiro

The trip will start with direct flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro. On 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 6-night stay including breakfast. You guide will be on hand to assist with any questions you may have.


Friday, 26 July 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.

Saturday, 27 July 2024

Rio at leisure or optional tours/excursions

You will now have three 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"

Sunday, 28 July 2024

At leisure

A day to explore independently or take an optional excursion.

Monday, 29 July 2024

At leisure

Explore independently or take an optional excursion.

Tuesday, 30 July 2024

At leisure

Explore independently or take an optional excursion.

Sol Ipanema Hotel

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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1769 Sol Ipanema Hotel

Arena Copacabana

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.

1776 Arena Copacabana

Copacabana Palace

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.

1764 Copacabana Palace
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Parati & Costa Verde - 4 Nights

Day 5 - Transfer to Parati

Day 6 - Guided tour of Parati

Day 7 - Boat trip including lunch

Day 8 - At leisure 


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Wednesday, 31 July 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 4-nights in a charming pousada, including breakfast. Our experts will be able to advise you on the best options.

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.


Thursday, 01 August 2024

Guided tour of Parati 

This morning take a half-day walking tour of Parati with a local guide, discovering the history and colonial architecture of this charming town.


Friday, 02 August 2024

Boat trip including lunch

Today head to the port and join a schooner for a 5-hour boat trip exploring Parati Bay. Stop in remote coves for snorkelling and relaxing on an unspoilt beach.

Saturday, 03 August 2024

At leisure

Your final day enjoying the charms of Parati.

Pousada Literaria

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.

Pousada Literaria (2)
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande - 4 Nights

Day 8 - Transfer to Ilha Grande

Day 9 - At leisure to take an optional tour

Day 10 - At leisure to take an optional tour

Day 11 - At leisure

Day 12 - Transfer to airport for return flight

Day 13 - Arrive in the UK

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Sunday, 04 August 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 4-nights in another welcoming pousada, including breakfast.

Monday, 05 August 2024

At leisure or take an optional tour

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, 06 August 2024

At leisure of take an optional tour

A day to relax on this beautiful island, or explore on an optional  tour.

Wednesday, 07 August 2024

At leisure

Your final day in Brazil.

Thursday, 08 August 2024

Transfer to airport for return flight

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

Caicara Pousada

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.

1827 Caicara Pousada

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov Jul-Aug, Dec-Feb
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,578 £4,016 £4,874 £4,179 £4,785 £5,536

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

What's Included

  • 16 Days/14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Excursions as stated
  • 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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