Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Passionate" best captures the wild beauty and heady sensuality that is Rio de Janeiro. For Rio is the Cidade Maravilhosa - the "Marvelous City" that throbs to a samba beat and revels in the hedonism of Carnival. There is no place on Earth like Rio - as the city natives, the famed Cariocas, delight in telling you. The geographical facts read like dry dust: over five million souls live in the city, another four million live in the surrounding suburbs, the metropolis is the cultural center of Brazil. The reality is Rio: the white sand beaches of Copacabana, the swaying palm trees, the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer and always the never-ending rhythm of life lived with passionate intensity.

Founded in the early 16th century, Rio was once the capital of Brazil. The city remains the nation's cultural and spiritual center, an amalgam of Latin and African cultures.

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Points of Interest

  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Petropolis
  • Rio de Janeiro Cathedral
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Tijuca National Park
  • Sambadrome
  • Iguazu Falls
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  • Sugarloaf Mountain

    One of Rio's iconic and internationally recognized symbols, Sugarloaf Mountain offers stunning panoramic views of the city and its dazzling white-sand beaches.

  • Christ the Redeemer

    Corcovado Mountain, Rio's highest peak, is also known as the home of the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. Headed by French sculptor Paul Landownsky, a team of artisans labored on the 125-foot tall concrete and soapstone figure.

  • Petropolis

    Step back in time to the 19th century on a visit to Petropolis, the mountain retreat of Brazil's last emperor. Tour the Imperial Museum and view the imperial crown jewels as well as fine china and tapestries from the Imperial Court.

  • Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

    This holy site boasts a unique pyramid design, and captures the visitor's attention with its energy and interior magnitude. The cathedral's four rectilinear stained glass windows soar more than 200 feet from floor to ceiling.

  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon

    Rio's famed white sand beachfront districts have long been celebrated in song - and have lured movie stars and jet setters to Rio since the 1930s.

  • Tijuca National Park

    The Tijuca Forest is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the world's largest urban forest, covering some 8,000 acres. The forest is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife.

  • Sambadrome

    The ultimate "stadium" of samba and the venue of the Samba Parade of Rio de Janeiro, the Sambodrome was built in 1984 by Brazil's celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer. It is a concrete structure that comes alive as thousands of cheering spectators and special-effects lighting accompany the spectacular, eye-poppingly colorful parades.

  • Iguazu Falls

    More than 450,000 gallons of water pass over Iguazu Falls every second, earning this UNESCO World Heritage Site its name, which translates to "Mighty Waters." This unique national park, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, straddles Brazil and Argentina and showcases a massive series of more than 275 waterfalls in an area where cliffs and islets are scattered in a half moon.

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Easy Rio de Janeiro

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-290
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from their motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Take in the color and excitement of this "Cidade Maravilhosa" on a narrated drive designed for passengers who prefer to see the city sights with little walking. Enjoy visiting the iconic Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, and catch views of the crisp white sand of Rio's famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

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City Drive & Sugarloaf

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-200
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil's Cidade Maravilhosa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf for a sweeping view of Rio and its white-sand beaches. Visit the iconic Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. The cathedral's unique pyramid design captures the visitor's attention with its energy and interior magnitude.

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City Drive & Sugarloaf (Guided in German)

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-203
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil's Cidade Maravilhosa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf for a sweeping view of Rio and its white-sand beaches. Visit the iconic Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. The cathedral's unique pyramid design captures the visitor's attention with its energy and interior magnitude.

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Christ the Redeemer Statue

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-205
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Christ the Redeemer

Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil's Cidade Maravilhosa. Travel through the lush green Tijuca Rainforest via train to the summit of Corcovado Mountain. Visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Rio's iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain., and take in the stunning surroundings, distant white sand beaches, and dramatic blue skies.

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CHRIST THE REDEEMER & PAINERIAS VISITOR CENTER

4.75 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-210
  • Christ the Redeemer

Visit the stunning and iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, hailed as one of the newest Seven Wonders of the World. Stand on the viewing platform and take in the stunning surroundings and dramatic blue skies. Then, admire the views from the Paineiras Visitors' Center at Tijuca National Park.

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Petropolis

8 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-125
  • Petropolis

Step back into the 19th century on a visit to Petropolis, the mountain retreat of Brazil's last emperor. Tour the old Imperial Palace and view the imperial crown jewels as well as fine china, furniture, paintings and tapestries from the imperial court. Later, enjoy Brazilian-style barbecue at a local churrascaria.

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Ginga Tropical Samba Show

3.5 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-220

Revel in the vibrant and colorful Ginga Tropical Samba Show, a Princess exclusive! This uniquely Brazilian experience is a celebration of music, dance and talented performers dressed in outrageous Carnival costumes. Learn about Brazil's history and culture, enjoy a caipirinha (Brazil's national cocktail) and join in the fun yourself!

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Carnival PRELIMINARY Samba Parade One-Day Pass (Grandstand)

6 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-870
  • Sambadrome

Experience the atmosphere of Brazil's legendary Carnival and the lively dance the samba. At this preliminary event, you'll have the opportunity to watch 12 samba schools compete for the chance to be part of the main parade for the following year. See it all from the lively grandstand seating area.

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Best of Rio de Janeiro (Guided in Spanish)

8 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-102
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Christ the Redeemer

Disfrute de los paisajes y los sonidos de la maravillosa Ciudad de Brasil. Súbase al Pan de Azúcar en un espectacular recorrido por teleférico para tener una vista panorámica de la ciudad de Rio de Janeiro y sus playas de arena blanca. Visite también, una de las siete maravillas del mundo moderno: la estatua del Cristo Redentor en el morro Corcovado. Deléitese con la típica barbacoa brasilera y una de las mejores churrasquerías del país.

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Best of Rio de Janeiro

8 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-100
  • Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Christ the Redeemer

Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil's Cidade Maravilhosa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf for a sweeping view of Rio and its white-sand beaches. Visit one of the seven world wonders, the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy Brazilian-style barbecue at one of the city's best churrascaria restaurants.

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Carnival PRELIMINARY Samba Parade One-Day Pass (Box Seat)

6 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-880
  • Sambadrome

Experience the atmosphere of Brazil's legendary Carnival and the lively dance the samba. At this preliminary event, you'll have the opportunity to watch 12 samba schools compete for the chance to be part of the main parade for the following year. See it all from your box seat, the ultimate way to take in all the action.

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Rio de Janeiro Private Touring - Half Day (Car)

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-910

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with the luxury of a (car) private vehicle with a driver and/or guide available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is two guests.

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Rio de Janeiro Private Touring – Half Day (Minivan)

4 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-900

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with the luxury of a minivan vehicle with a driver and/or guide available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is eight guests.

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Rio de Janeiro Private Touring – Full Day (Car)

8 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-915

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with the luxury of a (car) private vehicle with a driver and/or guide available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is two guests.

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Rio de Janeiro Private Touring - Full Day (Minivan)

8 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-905

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with the luxury of a minivan vehicle with a driver and/or guide available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Capacity is eight guests.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - DOUBLE OCCUPANCY PER PERSON

120 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-800
  • Iguazu Falls

Marvel at the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a five-day overland adventure spanning Argentina and Brazil. You'll visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest replete with over 275 thunderous plunges.

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IGUAZU FALLS OVERLAND - SINGLE OCCUPANCY PER PERSON

120 hours | Rio de Janeiro | GIG-801
  • Iguazu Falls

Marvel at the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls on a five-day overland adventure spanning Argentina and Brazil. You'll visit both sides of the powerful cascade and engage in walking tours, river cruises and train rides through this spectacular natural rainforest replete with over 275 thunderous plunges.

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