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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From $227.03 per group (up to 4)

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro with a driver-guide or separate guide and driver
  • Focus your sightseeing on Rio’s history or nature, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
  • Pricing is per group; accommodates up to 15 people to ensure an intimate experience
  • Convenient round-trip transport available from hotel, port, or airports; entry fees are extra
Begin your private tour of Rio with pickup at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal. Start out by letting your guide know if you'd prefer the tour to focus on Rio de Janeiro's nature or history—entrance fees are your own expense.

Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride 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. 

Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters) and enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, get personalized attention from your private guide (if option selected) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. 

After a stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant, your afternoon itinerary is customized to suit your preferences. History buffs head for the historic city center to visit Rio's striking Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelândia Square and the Ethnicity Mural. Nature lovers can visit the Tijuca forest and its waterfall, meander Pepino beach at São Conrado, and stop by Leblon's belvedere for some more city views.

Your full-day private tour of Rio ends with convenient drop-off at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Aterro Do Flamengo
With 1.2 million square meters, meet the largest Urban park in the world.
Stop At:  
Sugarloaf Mountain
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ipanema Beach
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Leblon Beach
At the end of Ipanema beach you will find Leblon.
Pass By:  
Parque Nacional da Tijuca
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 Lagoon
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
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Carioca Aqueduct
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
We´ll stop by the cute and artsy souvenir shop for optional souvenirs.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Escadaria Selaron
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cinelandia
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
The copy of Opera Garnier from Paris!
Pass By:  
Guanabara Palace
Home of the Brazilian Government.
Pass By:  
Boulevard Olimpico
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 and pass by the Olympic Boulevard.
Pass By:  
Santa Teresa
This is a great place to stop for lunch.
Pass By:  
Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí
We´ll get to see what the big Carnival´s sambadrome looks like!
Pass By:  
Centro
We´ll see the old Rio, business center of Rio and it´s amazing buildings.
Stop At:  
Painel Etnias
You cannot miss the most amazing mural in the world by famous artist Eduardo Kobra.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
Astonishing!

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Traveler Tips


  • "I strongly recommend this tour to orient you to Rio, or if you have only limited time in the city."
  • "Again I reiterate that this tour is definitely worth the money." See review

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The whole excurision was great, but the hi-light would be Christ the Redeemer.
Angy_E
, Mar 2020
Our driver and guide were excellent. We were late getting off the ship and they waited and were very understanding. They made sure we saw everything that we wanted to see and some we didn't even know existed. Christ the Redeemer it was raining so we had to be quick and watch when the clouds moved to get a picture. Sugar Loaf we made it just in time before the clouds and rain took over. Selaron Steps we saw in the evening and of course Carnival was in full swing so we got two experiences for one. Our driver was amazing maneuvering around all the people. We went to a delightful restaurant for dinner to get the Brazilian dinning experience. I can't express enough how great our driver and guide were and they went above and beyond to be sure we had a memorial experience.
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wonderful tour
Anna_S
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide Lucas was terrific! We were detained on the ship for 3 hours, but he wait short.ed and did not cut our tour He provided a very good overview of Rio. he got us VIP passes to Sugar Loaf. We were treated like a royalty, skipped all the lines. people around us were jealous and asked Lucas if he can be their guide. he is a very kind person with a lot of knowledge. Strongly recommend this tour!
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Great Tour for a Great City!
Michael_A
, Mar 2020
Luis and Marco (Driver) did a fantastic job showing us around this beautiful city. Due to issues on our cruise ship, we were very late meeting for the tour. They waited for us until we showed up. They took care of my mobility scooter and ensured I could get into the places we visited. The Christ statue site was completely covered in fog. We did get to Sugar Loaf and the clouds cleared. We had a fantastic view of the city. Luis was very knowledgeable about the local history and we enjoyed the stories of his town. He took us to lunch at one of his favorite restaurants and enjoyed some local food and drink. Thank You much for a great tour.
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Great way to see the sights in 1 day.
Andrew_B
, Feb 2020
My wife and I enjoyed the day with Igor visiting the sights. Communication before the tour was great with advance tickets for Christ purchased by Igor. We were greeted on time by Igor, the car and driver very good all day. We visited Sugarloaf first with no lines which was great, then to Christ with prearranged timed tickets. Lunch was really good at a local steakhouse. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We love Igor too, knowledgeable with a great sense of humor! Thank you very much Andrew :)
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See Rio on a private tour is a blessing
Keith_C
, Feb 2020
The private tour is pretty much customized to my family especially one of them is handicapped. It is totally tailored to our schedule. We can stay at any locations based on our desire without have to worry about other people on the tour. Went to all the Rio highlights without any issue. All attractions have handicap elevators and we are always allow to board the cable car, train at front of the queue. Excellent experience.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We are flattered and honoured that you can have the perfect experience. Thank you SO much my dear. May God bless you and your family! Come back soon :)
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Rainy Rio
Rafael_D
, Feb 2020
Our guide Wagner is one of the best guides we have ever worked with. He was very nice and knowledgeable. Our tour happened to be on a very cloudy day with gusts of heavy rain. He helped us come up with a plan throughout the day to take advantage of the few dry moments and made very useful suggestions of things to do the next day on our own when the weather improved. It would have been very difficult to figure out where to go on a day like this on our own. Highly recommend the company and Wagner specifically, will definitely reach out to him again when we come back.
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Our very best tour in South America courtesy of guide Francesco
Dennis_A
, Feb 2020
Our very best tour in South America courtesy of guide Francesco. This tour is best described as an Exclusive Executive Tour . A university professor equivalent knowledge of the cultural & historical aspects of Rio & Brazil. Clear & fluent command of the English language. VIP parking at many of the cultural sites. Unequivocally Francisco provides the best one could imagine. Also special thanks to Patricia who assisted with our booking & provided timely reminders to sign up for the Christ Redeemer tickets. Our sincere thanks, Dennis A MD Diane M PhD, MSN PS: If anyone feels the need to confirm the veracity of this evaluation feel free to email us at danderson43@wi.rr.com
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Hitting all the right spots in Rio
vandenboschlisaj
, Jan 2020
We had a fantastic day with our guide Francisco. He was knowledgeable, personable and went out of his way to make our day in Rio memorable. The tour was really well organised hitting all the high points and ensuring we went away with a new appreciation for this great city. Francisco took the time to take photos of us in the best possible spots sending them through to us on WhatsApp. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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Gabrielle The best guide
Stefan M
, Jan 2020
I hate leaving a review, usually. However my family was really impressed by our guide Gabrielle. This is a girl that doesn't need our praises but we just had to express our gratitude. She is really nice, intelligent and we were impressed by the way she handled the hectic situations. Thanks, Gabi
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A good tour in Rio de Janeiro
Paradise40290668318
, Nov 2019
We asked to visit Sao Bento monsastery and two other beautiful churches in Rio. It turned out that our driver had attended the school at Sao Bento as a child and his insights of the place were interesting. Our guide, Lucas, was excellent. He had a biology degree and pointed our a variety of plants and animals that we saw at Sugar Loaf Mountain and at Christ the Redeemer. We had just finished a cruise around South America taking several bus tours. This private tour was more enjoyable that any of the bus tours.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you so much, we are very proud of Lucas. Best regards!

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