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from $170.00 USD

Jul 22, 2019
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July 2019

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Adult 0 - 99 years


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  • 8 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

The most complete private tour on TripAdvisor! Have an unforgettable experience on this VIP suitable, customizable 8-hour tour with the choice of a focus in nature or history! Visit amazing highlights in Rio, including Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Steps, Sugar Loaf and the beaches.    
This custom tour also has the convenient option of tours with driver-guide, or separate guide and driver for maximum comfort, and offers only the most excellent, friendliest and most knowledgeable, carefully selected tour guides in Rio with the perfect spoken languages or native in: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian and Chinese!    
This tour is sure to please demanding travelers like yourself. What will you prefer?
• Knowledge seekers will be thrilled with the history option: Cinelândia square, the Olympic Boulevard and Metropolitan Cathedral.
• Free spirits will feel great with the nature option: Tijuca forest and its waterfall, Pepino beach at São Conrado and the Leblon viewpoint.

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Get inside tips from a local
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Tours with a driver + guide: (separate for absolute comfort) Guided tour options: For solo traveler (sedan), For 2-3 travelers (suv) and for 4-15 travelers (minivan/van)
  • Tours with a driver-guide: For 1 to 4 travelers. (SUV) The driver-guide will not guide at the touristic sights.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from ANY hotel/ port/ national or international airport.
  • Tours are private and customizable, and all guides are licensed.
  • Transport by modern, air-conditioned vehicle and professional driver.
  • Guides have excellent fluency in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian.
  • In the presence of the tour guide, travelers will skip the initial line at the Sugar Loaf and to the Christ by van.
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
  • Entry/Admission - Pao de Acucar
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at all hotels in Rio (including Barra da Tijuca)
We pick up at the national, international airports and Port.
If you would like a different pick-up time, please send us a message.
• Your guide will have a TRIP ADVISOR sign at the port or airport near the main gate.
• Your guide will wait for you in the hotel lobby.

Porto maravilha

Return Details

Your hotel, port or airport



What to Expect What to Expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Parque Nacional da Tijuca Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

Begin your exciting private tour in Rio with 8am pick-up, going to one of the world´s New Seven Wonders, by train passing through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. Your guide will take every photo you desire so feel free to ask!

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Aterro Do Flamengo, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique s/n, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-140 Brazil

With 1.2 million square meters, meet the largest Urban park in the world.

Stop At: Pao de Acucar, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

You´ll be absolutely amazed by the views on top of Sugar Loaf hill. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters), from where you'll enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your visit, you'll get personalized attention from your private guide (if option selected) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ipanema Beach, Avenida Vieira Souto - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-002 Brazil

Simply put, the most beautiful beach, with the most beautiful people, in the south side of Rio. Don´t miss the opportunity to see Tom Jobim´s statue and take great shots of the beach and Dois Irmãos´hill.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Leblon Beach, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

At the end of Ipanema beach you will find Leblon.

Stop At: Mirante Do Leblon, Av. Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

This amazing viewpoint of all Leblon and Ipanema beaches, perfect for a quick magazinge cover shot !

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pepino Beach, Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Also known as São Conrado Beach, if you chose NATURE as the tour focus, your guide will take you to see one lovely beach where adventurous people land after hang gliding, simply the best place in the world for flying.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cascatinha Taunay, Estrada Floresta da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-510 Brazil

If NATURE is the the chosen focus of your tour, we´ll also visit one of the largest Urban Forests in the World and its astonishing waterfall.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Estrada da Cascatinha 850 Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590 Brazil

We´ll relax passing by the Tropical forest and if we´re lucky we´ll see a few animals such as the Capuchin monkey, or the sloth.

Pass By: Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, Avenida Epitacio Pessoa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22471-001 Brazil

We´ll pass by one of the most expensive places to live in Rio, this luxurious neighborhood has the beautiful artificial lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas and its salty waters come from Leblon beach through a canal.

Stop At: The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170 Brazil

If history is the chosen focus of the tour, we´ll visit the peculiar looking Cathedral and architecture buffs will fall in love with it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Carioca Aqueduct, Rua Riachuelo 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-010 Brazil

We´ll pass by Roman Style Lapa Arches, what was once an aqueduct and where the Santa Teresa tram pass on top.

Stop At: Lapa e Arte, Rua Teotonio Regadas Loja 26B, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-360 Brazil

We´ll stop by the cute and artsy souvenir shop for optional souvenirs.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Escadaria Selaron, Rua Joaquim Silva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-110 Brazil

The most popular stairway in the world by the artist Jorge Selaron, we´ll see colourful tiles from over 60 different countries.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cinelandia, Avenue rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-050 Brazil

If history is the chosen focus of the tour, we´ll visit Our Petit Paris, the square with many impressive buildings from the early 1900´s and take the classic photo in front of Municipal Theater.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Praca Floriano, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-050 Brazil

The copy of Opera Garnier from Paris!

Pass By: Guanabara Palace, Rua Pinheiro Machado s/n, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22231-901 Brazil

Home of the Brazilian Government.

Stop At: Boulevard Olimpico, Praca Maua, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20081-240 Brazil

If history is the chosen focus of the tour, we´ll visit the great Ethnic Mural by Eduardo Kobra, the second largest in the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Santa Teresa, Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-210 Brazil

This is a great place to stop for lunch.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Special restaurants are available: gluten-free, vegan, halal, kosher, please advise.
  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs, as in any location, will follow the time of the tour (8 hours). Please send us your airline flight number and time as a "special request" if you are arriving at the airport.
  • We recommend pick-up time at 8am if you´d like to see the Christ in a better, less crowded way.
  • Your guide will wait for you in the hotel lobby. If you are exiting the port, your guide will have a TripAdvisor sign near gate 4.
  • Please read the voucher after purchase for important information.
  • Wheelchair accessible vans may be provided. Please choose the "van" option at the time of booking.
  • Infant car seats are available. Please advise as a "special request."
  • A small amount of walking is involved.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


24 Reviews

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10, April, 2018

Our guide Wagner was absolutely brilliant with English language and the local knowledge. We had a fabulous time including the kids.

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17, March, 2018

We had an interesting day with Rafael. We did see the highlights of Rio, and the van and driver were always there to transport us. However,there were a few things that we were surprised with. We said that we wanted to go to a restaurant for lunch. Rafael had already booked the venue. However, it was VERY expensive. We feel that we should have been asked how much we wanted to spend before entering the restaurant. The food was good, but at 130 a couple for lunch the price was steep. Our guide should also be advised to improve his personal grooming - clean clothes are appropriate.

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Margaret R

11, February, 2018

This tour was listed as a 9 hour tour however our tour guide and driver thought it was suppose to be a 6 hour tour. That is what we got. We were picked up at the port and got the immediate idea this might be a new tour guide . The only info given to us about surroundings was promoted by our driver who spoke better English than our guide. This was the day before carnival began so we did expect not to see as much as any other time of year. We saw the Christ the redeemer statue and sugar loaf. Both attractions our guide had to ask where to go and how to enter as if she hadn't been there. She even had tourists take her picture at the two attractions. We had a fast lunch at Burger King. That was it. Today another passenger on the ship said they did in fact have a 9 hour tour and went to coppacabana beach, other locations as well as everywhere we went. Our guides were certainly not experienced as we would have expected through viator for a private tour.

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richard b

15, January, 2018

The tour guide was excellent and took great pride in his country and showed us what we wanted to see.

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Mark J

29, December, 2017

Our guide Luciana was fabulous. We had bad weather but that did not stop us at all.

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terence m

14, December, 2017

Excellent day with excellent guide and driver

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Katherine S

03, December, 2017

Excelente tour por diferentes lugares de Rio... Paulo, el guía, muy ameno y sabe mucho de muchas cosas... Ursula, nuestra chofer, manejó excelente. Nos sentimos siempre muy seguros. Nos faltó tiempo para recorrer la catedral y la escalera de selarón. Pero el tour muy bueno. Gracias!!!!

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Guido J

18, November, 2017

Paolo was amazing. He took us to Corcovado, a waterfall in Barra, the Porto Maravilha area, lunch in a typical restaurant in downtown, the famous tiled steps, and ended up at the sugar loaf. The tour was never rushed and Paolo had a wealth of insights not only on what we were seeing but also the culture and history. As a professor of Philosophy, he was very well-informed. He even gave my wife and I some gifts that were typical of Brazil! We enjoyed our tour tremendously and highly recommend it.

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Gail W

11, November, 2017

There were four of us, together with our beautiful guide Isabella and driver Marcos, in a very comfortable vehicle. Could not have asked for a better overview of this gorgeous city. We had a wonderful time.

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10, November, 2017

Excelente experiencia y servicio. Alejandro y Vinicius muy agradables, simpáticos y con paciencia para los niños. Visitamos la foresta de Tijuca, Catedral, Escalera, Corcovado, Pan de Azucar y Maracaná entramos, sólo estaba considerado pasar por fuera. Almorzamos en Copacabana y nos dieron varios tips de Rio. Totalmente recomendable! Siempre con una sonrisa.

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Richard E

06, November, 2017

This was an unsatisfying tour. We were three people, plus a driver and a guide. We requested a guide as well as a driver, because we were told the guide would be much more informative. First, the car was a small sedan, much too confining for five people, with very poor visibility.. Second, the guide was disorganized and uninformative. In fact, the driver was a better guide than the regular guide. So we paid extra to be over crowded and ill-served. Avoid this tour.
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23, September, 2017

We had a fantastic day with our guide. He was very knowledgeable and we will remember the tour for a lifetime.
Thank you!

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Christopher H

17, September, 2017

I just returned from my first trip to Rio de Janeiro. On my first full day in Rio, I did the private full-day sightseeing tour. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour if you have never been to Rio before and want to hit all of the major attractions in one day. The driver and guide picked me up at my hotel around 9:00 a.m. and took me all around the city. We visited the Tijuca Forest, Corcovado i.e. Christ Redeemer statue, Maracnha stadium, the Sambodrome, the Cathedral, Cinelandia, and for sunset viewing Pao de Acucar Sugar Loaf Mountain. I wanted to have Brazilian food for lunch, and the guide took me to a buffet style restaurant in Ipanema that was not too expensive, but had a variety of options. After completing this tour, which lasted about 9.5 hours, I felt like I had a much better understanding of the city and all of the major landmarks. The guide and driver were very friendly and knowledgable. Again I reiterate that this tour is definitely worth the money.

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Jared K

06, September, 2017

We had such a terrific day with Patricia and our driver Bernardo! It was so refreshing to tour Rio de Janeiro with two people who were born and raised there. They know all the hidden gems of the city, and told us the history and culture of Rio and Brazil. The weather was very bad the day of our tour, and we weren't able to go to Sugarloaf or Christ the Redeemer. However, Patricia and Bernardo suggested additional sights for us to see, to ensure we still had a full day tour. They also showed us where Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer were, so we could visit on our own once the weather cleared up later during our vacation. We ended our tour feeling like we spent the day with good friends! They are simply the best!

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Rajesh M

03, September, 2017

Anderson was a fantastic tour guide. He was patient and very flexible with the itinerary. I highly recommend the tour.

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Bill Y

07, August, 2017

This was a wonderful tour, allowing us to hit all of the major landmarks in Rio in just a day. We were picked up at our hotel and visited Praia do Pepino, the new Cathedral, the soccer stadium, Tijuca Forest, Santa Teresa, Christ the Redeemer, and Sugarloaf mountain. We were allowed to customize the tour, and our guide Patricia was very informative. I strongly recommend this tour to orient you to Rio, or if you have only limited time in the city.

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23, June, 2017

This was the best tour ever.Patricia and her Driver Bernardo were excellent and I recommend highly, just book with them you won't regret it.They were prompt, funny, and the banter was great.Patricia is a great singer too.You won't regret your decision just book with them.They are super awesome

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08, April, 2017

This tour was awesome and mostly because of Fabiana and her brilliant driver I'm really sorry but I forget his name Rio can be a scary place, even for us and we have been travelling around C and S America for five months. My partner and I decided to go for the private tour and really in the end if there are two or more people why wouldn't you opt for the private tour, its almost the same price as a group tour. Fabiana made us feel to welcome and safe, having the private car/SUV was just the best way to explore. We did everything you could want to do, all the main attractions and always with background and history. Fabiana gave some great perspective about Rio and Brazil in general without ever dwelling too much on the clear imperfections in this amazing country. We explored some ofthe tourist trail stuff too including the forest in between the main attractions. We also went for lunch which was typically Brazillian BBQ, wow the meat was just AMAZING! So all in all a great day well spent, we felt we saw Rio and never worried once about safety or what not! That was all taken care of

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28, March, 2017

Absolutely excellent. Sometimes when you book a tour you sort of half close your eyes and hope for the best, in this tour we got the best and so much more. It started with Patricia emailing us to ask what we might be interested in so she could customize our tour. She was totally ok with picking us up at the airport, which was excellent for us and saved money!
We did SOOOO much - I think everything in Rio! We...
1. Went to the football stadium
2. Went to Tijuca rainforest and did a bit of a walking tour, seeing Tournay waterfall, artist's homes, beautiful bathtubs in the middle of the forest, a 150 year-old eucalyptus tree, and then an incredible lookout over the city and beaches.
3. Walked the beaches of Rio - Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra, etc.
4. Went up Christ the Redeemer
5. Had lunch at Fogo de Chao
6. Saw the lagoon
7. Went to the Selaron steps
8. Went to the Metropolitan Cathedral
9. Toured Santa Therese
10. Went up Sugar Loaf Mountain

I have been on Viator tours around the world. Some were terrible, some were OK, some were even great. NONE were as good as this one was! Patricia is friendly, funny, incredibly knowledgeable, and totally flexible. She helped us to find the best street market to buy souvenirs so we didn't pay too much for them - that was so helpful! Where we wanted to stop and see things, they stopped and out we got! Want to take a photo? No problem, we'll pull over and you can get out and take as many as you want.
When we stopped at the lookout on the first day we saw people hang gliding and para gliding. We wanted to do it, so Patricia stopped at the beach and we booked it! You don't get service like that ANYWHERE!!
Her driver was her cousin, Marcelo, and he was so lovely. Each time we stopped somewhere he would let us out exactly where we needed to be and go park and wait for us - that was fantastic service! Patricia took photos for us each time we wanted one, she was GREAT at selfies, and even showed me an app that can adjust your face in the picture if you forgot to put on makeup and wanted your picture to have a little more 'oomph' to it. I will turn into a model on my Facebook posts soon!
I can't recommend Patricia highly enough, the best tour we've ever had. If I get a chance to go back to Rio, Patricia and Marcelo will be my exclusive guides every single time.

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Liyan G

27, March, 2017

It was very great to explore the city with the knowledgeable, nice and experienced guide Wagner!! If you have limited time in Rio, it's highly recommended to choose this one, you will get an unforgettable memory here!

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