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from $249.00 USD

May 27, 2019
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Details

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

See the best of Rio de Janeiro with a knowledgeable local guide on a private, customizable city tour! You’ll be chauffeured around Rio in a comfortable private vehicle and have the unique opportunity to fully customize your own itinerary. Head to whichever neighborhoods, beaches or city landmarks you’d like to see, from the shores of Guanabara Bay to the hilltop enclave of Santa Teresa – your choice. If you opt to upgrade your tour, travel through the Tijuca Forest by cog train to Corcovado and/or by cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Highlights
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees (if option not selected)
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Tour departs from most major hotels in the zones Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Framed by the granite peaks of Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain, and embraced by Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city to behold. The ‘marvelous city’ offers a multitude of fascinating beachfront and hillside neighborhoods to explore, from the bohemian Santa Teresa – with its pastel mansions along cobblestone streets – to the upscale Jardim Botânico, which houses Rio’s historical botanical gardens.
This create-your-own-itinerary option allows you to design your own private tour with maximum flexibility. See the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana or venture to Flamengo Park, Rio’s largest leisure complex. Stop by Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, bordered by Rio’s most fashionable neighborhoods – including Lagoa, Leblon and Gávea – and take in the views overlooking Guanabara Bay. View the Sambadrome, where samba schools compete during Carnaval, or admire historical buildings in Cinelandia Square.
Upon confirmation, you will receive contact details to work directly with your guide to build your custom 4- or 6-hour tour, depending on your choice. Your private guide can offer suggestions of things to do and see, or you can simply design your itinerary as you see fit. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour. If you'd like to stop for lunch, your guide can offer recommendations.
Upgrade your tour to include Sugar Loaf or Corcovado – or a combination of both – including entrance fees and guided transport to each fantastic site (see descriptions below).
Sugar Loaf Mountain:Your private guide will take you to the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located – the monolith of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Board the glass-walled cable car, making a brief stop at a vista point approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unrivaled panoramic views of Rio, including the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain across Guanabara Bay. Finally, ascend to the summit of Sugarloaf for breathtaking vistas of Copacabana Beach and beyond (visibility dependent on weather conditions)!
Corcovado:Your private guide will accompany you on a cog train ride through the scenic Tijuca Forest, a national park. When you reach the 2,329-foot (710-meter) granite peak of Corcovado, climb the steps (or ride the escalator) to the foot of the iconic Christ Redeemer statue, which stands 125 feet (38 meters) tall with outstretched arms over Rio. Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of the panoramic vista (visibility dependent on clear weather), which includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and several hillside favelas.

Itinerary

Sugar Loaf Mountain:Your private guide will take you to the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located – the monolith of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açucar). Board the glass-walled cable car, making a brief stop at a vista point approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unrivaled panoramic views of Rio, including the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain across Guanabara Bay. Finally, ascend to the summit of Sugarloaf for breathtaking vistas of Copacabana Beach and beyond (visibility dependent on weather conditions)!
Corcovado:Your private guide will accompany you on a cog train ride through the scenic Tijuca Forest, a national park. When you reach the 2,329-foot (710-meter) granite peak of Corcovado, climb the steps (or ride the escalator) to the foot of the iconic Christ Redeemer statue, which stands 125 feet (38 meters) tall with outstretched arms over Rio. Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of the panoramic vista (visibility dependent on clear weather), which includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and several hillside favelas.

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
  • 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.

Reviews

23 Reviews
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michaelhorsting

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26, January, 2018

Great way to get a personalized tour of places you want to visit.

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Susan

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02, October, 2017

Great tour

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Shwe Phyo H

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5/5
12, July, 2016

Amazing!!

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laurie g

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07, April, 2016

Camila was great. Lots of information and so pleasant.

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Jimmy A

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5/5
04, April, 2016

This was an excellent way to see Rio - tour guide spoke excellent English and gave more information that just a textbook speech. He made suggestions of things we might want to see and knew all the head of the line shortcuts to see everything with very little waiting in line. Truly made us feel like VIPs.

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Maria S

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09, February, 2016

The trip is good but our guide is not very active

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Donald C

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03, February, 2016

Our tour guide, Igor, was terrific, knowledgeable and at a nice pace with my group of seniors.
We had a great time.

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dennis w

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25, January, 2016

A private tour was the way to go. We told the guide where we wanted to go and she provided extra places that we were happy to see. Having someone who grew up in Rio to show us around was a great way to go.

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Janice C

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25, January, 2016

Our guide, Fatima, was wonderful and did a great job showing us the highlights of Rio in one day. She was knowledgeable and had an excellent command of English. This was a perfect way to see the city with the limited time we had available.

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Steve M

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21, January, 2016

This type of tour is great...you can pick and choose what you wish to see...however, on this day when we wanted to go to the Botanical Gardens, our guide decided he wanted to steal a piece of large fruit from one of the trees in the gardens...made us quite uncomfortable as we knew this was not allowed and thought...wow, on tour and we might go to jail...and he walked out with it even with us saying it was wrong. He luckily was stopped by a security guard after he took his shirt off to try and hide it. This was our first stop. After that, the tour was sour tasting throughout even though we still go to see what we wanted. Very disappointed in our guide named Camilo. We had heard that Fatima was amazing and asked for her but she must have been booked ... so assuming ask for Fatima and it should go terrific.

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Tamara S. E

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01, September, 2015

A lovely, carefully planned tour by a bright and interesting guide!

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William K

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26, June, 2015

Super experience and our guide was perfectly suited for a custom tour. We were able to eat an authentically local breakfast before arriving at Corcovado and were dropped off for a delicious chiurasco lunch when the tour ended. The four hours was adequate for all of our purposes. We were 9 people total and had a full-sized, comfortable coach that added a lot of extra comfort.

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Joan

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26, March, 2015

My husband and I were only in Rio for one day and wanted to make the best of it so we decided to do a Half-day Private Tour. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am sharp and off we went. It was a beautiful day so we went to see Christ the Redeemer first. Our guide, Fatima, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, interesting and spoke very good English. She knew the ins and outs of getting around Rio. We also visited Santa Teresa (Unfortunately it was Monday and many things were closed). She then took us places we did not know anything about! We loved our time with Fatima! We would definitely booked this tour again when in Rio!

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Basanth Sadasivan

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12, March, 2015

Solid tour. Very well done and at a reasonable price too

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yana

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03, March, 2015

We booked a private 6-hour tour of Rio. We had an amazing experience. Our guide Igor was great - he told us about the history of Brazil and Rio. He took us to all the sights we requested to see trying to find the best times for visiting these sites. We also spent some time going throught the Tajuca forest and his knowledge of the local fauna really amazed us.

Thank you, Igor for the tour of Rio on Jan 4, 2015

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soni

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03, March, 2015

We got this 6-hour tour so we can see some additional places besides Corcovado and 'Sugar Loaf Mountain but unfortunately there was not much time left. Our guide Fatima was excellent. She picked us up on time from the hotel and guided us very well. Spoke fluent English and also took our pictures. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. She also held our place in line so we didn't have to wait. Thank you Fatima for everything you did including fixing my mask I bought.

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BOB W

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14, April, 2014

Nice tour,, we had a great time . Great way to see Rio

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Martin B

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01, April, 2014

Excellent trip, tour was as described, guide was excellent and very informative about the places visited. Although the Private Tour is obviously more expensive would recommend it (over a larger group tour) as we were able to move around at our pace. Given the amount of queuing involved for train (to ascend Corcovado) and the cable car (at Sugar Loaf) I could imagine a lot of time being wasted waiting for a large group to organise itself at the various locations.

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Carole B

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25, January, 2014

Our customized Rio de Janeiro sightseeing tour was excellent!! Our driver and tour guide, Carla de Silva, arrived at our hotel promptly and took us up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, narrating along the way. We then toured the city, stopping at the Sambodromo stadium, visiting the cathedral, stopping by the Maracana soccer stadium, and visiting the Monestary Sao Bento, where we listened to the chanting by the monks. They then dropped us off right at our ship, making sure we were settled in line. Carla did an outstanding job of taking care of us and showing us the beautiful sights of Rio. We would certainly recommend Carla and Viator to friends and clients.

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Vicki C

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15, January, 2014

Our tour guide Lewis was the best!! Truely made our trip worth it!!!

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