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While Rio de Janeiro’s swaths of white-sand beaches hemmed in by iconic peaks can make it hard to tear yourself away from the city, there are plenty of great day trips in the surrounding region. From beachy islands to charming small towns, these are our favorite day trips from Rio.

Petrópolis — 43 miles (69 km) away 
Once the summer retreat of Brazilian royalty, today the mountain town of Petrópolis remains a popular getaway for cariocas looking for a cooling escape from Rio. Take a guided tour of the Imperial City, stopping at the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum, St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Petrópolis), and the final resting place of Dom Pedro II, the second and last ruler of the Empire of Brazil.

Angra dos Reis — 98 miles (157 km) away
Hop aboard a schooner for a day exploring the turquoise waters of the Bay of Angra dos Reis, home to more than 2,000 beautiful beaches and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Brazil. Go for a swim at one of the pristine beaches of Ilha Grande, go snorkeling above the colorful reefs of Lagoa Azul, and snap some photos of the twin Ilhas Bonitas.

Búzios — 109 miles (176 km) away
Búzios, a former fishing village turned cosmopolitan town, sits on a picturesque peninsula lined by 17 beaches. Day trips to this charming seaside resort might include a guided walking tour of its cobblestone streets, a boat trip to find the best beaches, and free time for swimming or shopping along the upscale Rua das Pedras, home to numerous boutiques and restaurants.
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Excursion to Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande - All Inclusive!Day Trips

Excursion to Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande - All Inclusive!

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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and charming places in Brazil. In the region are located the most beautiful islands and beaches. The scenery is fully preserved and the nature is gorgeous. The Bay has no less than 365 islands dotted with a sea of green and crystal clear waters and two thousand beaches full of natural beauty. Surrounded by the Atlantic Forest and bathed by the emerald green sea there are luxury condominiums, resorts and hotels that host tourists looking for the best for their vacations and weekends. A tour of Angra dos Reis Bay and Ilha Grande takes place by sea. Diving is simply irresistible in the face of the beauty of the sea. With loads of wrecks and abundant marine life this is one of the best diving spots on the coast! What includes: Transport Boat ride Lunch Tour Guide Service Approximate Duration: 14 Hours Boarding Time: 7:30 Boarding Place: South and Central Zone Hotels Frequency: Everyday
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  • 14 hours
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All Inclusive Speed Boat Tour in Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande - Pickup in RioDay Trips

All Inclusive Speed Boat Tour in Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande - Pickup in Rio

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Explore the beautiful beaches outside of Rio de Janeiro on this full-day tour to Ilha Grande. Visit a handful of stunning spots such as the Blue Lagoon, Japariz Beach, and the Botinas Islands. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the warm Brazilian sun with your small group and sit down to a delicious local lunch included in the price of the tour.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
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  • 14 to 15 hours
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City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro (8 hours)Day Trips

City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro (8 hours)

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With a full day to spend in Rio de Janeiro, you can visit major locations during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Let a guide take you to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps), the Sambódromo where Rio’s Carnival takes place, Maracanã stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and more. With minivan capacity capped at 20, you’ll find it easy to follow your guide. Buffet lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal PalaceDay Trips

Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Jeep Tour 18 Beaches, Telégrafo Stone Trail & Amazing Sunset, professional photosDay Trips

Jeep Tour 18 Beaches, Telégrafo Stone Trail & Amazing Sunset, professional photos

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With anti-Covid strategy*. AVOID QUEUES. 8 hours of immersion for the best and more complete tour to Telégrafo Stone, far beyond just instagram. A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a region of 18 beaches, some of them inside an environmental park with preserved Atlantic forest, like SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI... We are going to explore a part of Rio de Janeiro that many locals have not yet (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sand bank). Insta saffo_tour 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with stops for photos*; 2) Stop for lunch in a amazing place over Marambaia waters (not included, good prices); or just enjoy the view; 3) 120 minutes to the telegraph trail with photos in the lookouts; 4) 60 minutes for a lush sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return by a protected area with an amazing sky. * photos and videos included and fully shared without aditional costs; * Important: Contact us if you want something personalized in terms of schedule, days of the week or points of interest. We`ll travel in a enclosed jeep Ford Troller T4, up to 4 passengers. When necessary, I add a second vehicle (Honda Fit) and extend it to a larger group up to 8 people (for the tricky moment I split the group and use the jeep twice). *Anti-Covid strategy: 1) only very short groups, preferably customizing for couples, families or friends, up to 4 in each car. We can use a second car if necessary, windows always opened; 2) Most of experience occurs in open areas; 3) everyone must use masks; alcool 70% plus water and soap are always avaiable ; 4) Only 1 experience/day in order to assure everything clean. Keep in touch if you have any questions about safety.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron StepsDay Trips

Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Historical Tour - Petrópolis + Bohemia Brewery (With Lunch)Day Trips

Historical Tour - Petrópolis + Bohemia Brewery (With Lunch)

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This tour is for you who enjoy mountain regions with an always cool climate and surrounded by green hills with unique silhouettes. The city of Petrópolis is located at the top of Serra da Estrela in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at 845 meters altitude, mixing and combining the past and present with the charm of the imperial period buildings and the exuberant nature of Serra dos Órgãos. Turistando RJ takes you to know several landmarks of the Imperial City starting from its own route, going up the Serra de Petrópolis with a privileged view from the top. Upon arrival in the city we will visit the German House, Quitandinha Palace, Imperial Palace, St. Peter's Cathedral, Crystal Palace, Katz Chocolate House, Santos Dumont House, Bohemia Brewery and Sovereign Restaurant.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Rio without cliché: A day at Pedra do Telegrafo and beaches with lunch and moreDay Trips

Rio without cliché: A day at Pedra do Telegrafo and beaches with lunch and more

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Rio de Janeiro has a lot more to offer than the traditional recommended tours: from Leme to Pontal - and some beaches after it - there is no shortage of wonders. Explore the Pontal and Guaratiba Region in the background, where there is a trail, beach, cultural tour and the best moqueca in Rio, with an unforgettable sunset facing Restinga da Marambaia. After passing to pick you up from the hotel early in the morning, we will head south towards Pedra do Telegrafo. During the trip, we will admire the coast of Rio de Janeiro, which is characterized by its kilometers of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. We will stop and start a trail until we reach the top of the hill. The walk lasts around 1 hour, but the climb is worth it, since from the top we will have an impressive view of the coast and Rio de Janeiro. After perpetuating the moment, we will start the descent towards Grumari Beach where we will have an unforgettable lunch and then return to your hotel.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Angra dos Reis with Boat Tour and Lunch Day Trips

Angra dos Reis with Boat Tour and Lunch

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Begin your full day tour with a 165 km (100 miles) ride from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, in the Costa Verde (Green Coast) region. After your arrival at the port Cais de Santa Luzia, board the boat (schooner), sit back and enjoy the views of paradise. Stop at the Ilhas Botinas, two small, almost twin islands with a calm translucent sea, perfect for snorkeling and watching marine life. Then, visit Praia de Jurubaíba commonly known as Praia do Dentista, with its fine white sand and intense color waters that vary according to the sky, is considered one of the most beautiful in the region. Cross an ecological small trail (optional) of nearly 10min towards the Pier. Bypassing Ilha da Gipóia, stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant at Praia do Vitorino. On your way back, visit the historical Capela do Senhor do Bonfim, build around 1780’s. Next, return to Cais de Santa Luzia port to drive back to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Discover Petrópolis, an historic mountain retreat for Brazil's royalty, on this full-day trip from Rio including transportation. Don't worry about renting a car or knowing your way around; your guide will lead you on tours of the burial place of Dom Pedro II, the Imperial Museum, and the Crystal Palace. Rio hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Buzios with Boat Tour and LunchDay Cruises

Buzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

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Begin the 12-hour tour with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the city of Armação dos Buzios, located on a peninsula on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro. Arriving in Buzios, take a boat (schooner) ride through some of the best beaches in the region. Visit the beaches of João Fernandes, Ilha Feia (Ugly Island) and Praia da Tartaruga (Turtle Beach), with stops for diving. After the boat trip, stroll along Orla Bardot, where you will find the statue of Brigitte Bardot, renowned French actress who in 1964 escaped the paparazzi and went on vacation in the city. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a buffet restaurant. After lunch, use your free time exploring the charming Rua das Pedras (Stone Street) - the most famous street in Buzios - and its shops, bars and restaurants Admire the charming and bucolic atmosphere of a former fishing village that has adopted tourism as one of its main activities and has become one of the most visited cities in Brazil. Return to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 12 hours
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Rio Scenarium Show with Steak House DinnerDay Trips

Rio Scenarium Show with Steak House Dinner

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Feel the rhythm of samba in one of the most emblematic places of Rio de Janeiro: Rio Scenarium. Dance till you can't take it anymore! We will pick you up at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro at 19.00 hours, where we will go to the delicious dinner before watching the show. The barbecue dinner also offers a buffet. We will go to the emblematic Rio Scenarium. Did you know you're in the top 10 bars in the world, according to The Guardian? Once you enter, you will hear the rhythm of the music and enjoy a unique place. Its walls are full of curious objects and on its stage there are always groups playing live. You will spend the night dancing samba, choro, MPB and forró. During the week you will enjoy the live music shows and during the weekend there will be three shows. In addition, you can enter the Annex Lounge, which offers a reserved DJ environment. After enjoying the Rio Scenarium show, we will return to your hotel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Petropolis The Imperial City Private TourDay Trips

Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

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Get to know Petrópolis, the Imperial City of the State of Rio de Janeiro, during this private tour from Rio. Following hotel pickup, travel in a private vehicle through Serra dos Órgãos National Park, stopping for great photo ops along the way. Tour the Quitandinha Palace and the Imperial Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Stop for a traditional Brazilian lunch, then take a walking tour of the historic streets lined with examples of architecture from different eras. End your day with a visit to the local brewery. Enjoy personal attention and a flexible itinerary tailored to your interests on this private tour.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Telegraph Stone + Beaches (All Inclusive)Day Trips

Telegraph Stone + Beaches (All Inclusive)

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The most complete tour of Rio. - Transport by van - Certified Professional Guide - 3 professional photos at Pedra do Telégrafo - Lunch + Dessert - 1 complimentary caipirinha - Guaratiba Beach - Grumari Beach - Panoramic Beach Tour
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour (Lunch and Bohemia Brewery optionals)Day Trips

Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour (Lunch and Bohemia Brewery optionals)

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Venture away from the busy city of Rio and take a tour of Petropolis and the Bohemia Brewery on a small-group tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the house of Santos Dumont, Quitandinha Palace, and much more. After a delicious Brazilian lunch, head to the Bohemia Brewery to learn about beermaking and sample the famous Brazilian beer.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Tijuca Peak Hiking Tour in Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Tijuca Peak Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Hike to the top of Tijuca Peak with a guide during this half-day excursion in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy convenient pickup at your Rio hotel and a scenic ride through the forest of Tijuca National Park.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Rio de Janeiro City Tour with Optional Airport TransferDay Trips

Private Rio de Janeiro City Tour with Optional Airport Transfer

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Enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in downtown Rio followed by a comprehensive city sightseeing tour. Customize this private tour according to your interests and time constraints. Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Take a walking tour of Cinelândia Square and the Paço Imperial. Visit the Tijuca forest and the Vista Chinesa if time allows.
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  • 7 hours
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8 Hours City Tour in Rio! Qualified and experienced drivers and guides!Day Trips

8 Hours City Tour in Rio! Qualified and experienced drivers and guides!

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You will have an unforgettable experience with our guides and drivers. The best of Rio I will introduce you!
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Rio's Overview Private Tour - The Best Sights (Also Airport or Port Pick-up)Day Trips

Rio's Overview Private Tour - The Best Sights (Also Airport or Port Pick-up)

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Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, historical downtown area, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Selarón staircase and many other attractions at your convenience. Discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore in Rio de Janeiro based on your interests and available time. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Full day tour by trip in Rio - 8 hoursDay Trips

Private Full day tour by trip in Rio - 8 hours

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This is the best city tour of Rio de Janeiro, which covers as the main and most famous sights of the city. From Corcovado Hill through the Tijuca Forest to the wonders of Sugarloaf Mountain, discover the main attractions including the historical center and other wonders of Rio. Our guides are carefully selected and speak at least 3 idioms. Extensive knowledge of the history of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, including the history of each attraction.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Hidden Gems Tour in Rio: best views of the city including Santa Teresa!Day Trips

Private Hidden Gems Tour in Rio: best views of the city including Santa Teresa!

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Experience Rio de Janeiro on a private, full-day tour with a licensed guide. Choose to explore with a driver-guide or a separate driver and guide for more personal attention and local insights. Customize your own itinerary, see the sights that interest you most, and uncover local secrets and see little-known gems with your guide like the Chinese View and Santa Teresa.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Explore Rio creating your own itinerary - Private tourDay Trips

Explore Rio creating your own itinerary - Private tour

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Be free to choose you itinerary! We know that there is nothing better than taking a tour freely, with availability of time and going to the places you want, without following a certain established itinerary, which may be has places that do not get your attention. Well, this tour gives you that possibility On this tour, we can visit what you most want and have interest or curiosity, because you are the one who create the tour. The Tour Guide that will go along with you will tell you the stories, details and particularities of the places that are visited, and will give you suggestions of places to visit, as well as tips to make your stay in the city really enjoyable. The car and the guide will be at your disposal throughout the tour, so you can take the most advantage of your experience in the city and take a wonderful memory of Rio de Janeiro! Note: You can choose doing this tour in the morning or in the afternoon, depends on the availability Do you join this experience? Let´s go!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-OffDay Trips

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
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Get to know the real Carnival in Samba SchoolsDay Trips

Get to know the real Carnival in Samba Schools

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In Rio de Janeiro, the party of samba schools begins long before the carnival. Rehearsals for the group A, B and Special Sambadrome parade begin mid-year and school courts open the door for revelers of all ages to warm up the tambourines. So for Rio Special Group samba schools, the 2020 carnival has already begun. Whether on the court or in the nearby streets, revelers can enjoy a preview of what will pass by Marquês de Sapucaí next year. Court rehearsals bring together young people, the community, tourists and celebrities in crowded parties, where drum queens and school muses tend to be a fixed presence. Route and Days Monday: Samba School ESTÁCIO DE SA Tuesday: VIRADOURO Samba School Thursday: TIJUCA UNITED Samba School Friday: TUIUTI PARADISE Samba School Saturday: Salgueiro Samba School
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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