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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide. During this half-day outing, wind through the narrow lanes and baroque-style buildings while your guide fills you in on the history and legends of the area. Visit sites like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Carioca Square and the Imperial Palace. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Get a feel for the best of Rio on a walking tour
  • Navigate the narrow streets and appreciate the historic Architecture around Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover Rio's famous sites including Sao Bento Monastery and the Imperial Palace
  • Roundtrip transfers from Rio de Janeiro hotels included
Walking tour of Rio de Janeiro
Hotel pickup and drop off to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Roundtrip transfer available from most hotels located in Rio's South Zone. Please stay at the hotel lobby 10 minutes before pick up time.

Departure Time

1:00 PM
After pickup from your Rio hotel, follow your local guide on this engrossing tour of Old Rio.

Visit the Rio's most impressive church, Nossa Senhora de Cadelária, as well as the ornate São Bento Monastery to view its paintings and gilt carvings. Stop by Praça XV do Novembro, where Brazil's emperors were crowned in the 1800s and many other important historical events took place. View the Portuguese-style Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace), built for Brazil's rulers as a home and workplace in the 1700s. Enjoy engaging commentary from your local guide while you walk, and feel free to ask any questions about the history or culture of Brazil.

Continue your tour with a stroll down Uruguaiana Street, which takes you to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Carioca Square. Your tour concludes here, and you are free to explore the area on your own or enjoy a ride back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
See and visit the Church constructed in neoclassical style, which began being built in 1630 and finished in 1775.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sao Bento Monastery
Visit the Monastery of São Bento, founded in 1590 by 2 monks from Bahia and considered one of the most important patrimony of Brazilian architecture.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Maua Square
Visit the new Mauá Square a gift from the Olympic legacy that has changed the life of the Cariocas forever, creating a new pole of entertainment and culture, hosting two new Museums, the Rio Art Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow, and the famous Cobra murals.
Pass By:  
Museu do Amanha
See the modern Museum of Tomorrow
Pass By:  
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro
See one of the most important Cultural Centers of Rio de Janeiro.
Pass By:  
Praca Quinze de Novembro
Pass through Quinze de Novembro Square
Pass By:  
Paco Imperial
Built to be the residence of the governors of the captaincy and it was the residency of the Portuguese Royal Family, when it arrived in Brazil
Pass By:  
Mercado Popular da Uruguaiana
Pass through famous market strees of Rio´s downtown
Pass By:  
Tiradentes Palace
See the Tiradentes Palace from outside.
Stop At:  
Confeitaria Colombo
See and visit the famous Colombo Bakery
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
Visit and see the ancient Conical Cathedral in form and with a 96 metres (315 ft) internal diameter — 106 metres of external diameter — and an overall height of 75 metres (246 ft)
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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RJ Walking tour
surekhapendyal
, Nov 2019
JB did a very good job of explaining all the historic sites during the walking tour of old Rio. It was a great experience and highly recommend to anyone.
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Excellent way to see Rio on foot
Fiona B
, Mar 2019
JB was an enthusiastic and informative guide giving a great introduction to the many wonderful sites of Rio. There were only 3 on our tour and we were picked up promptly by bus from our hotel and dropped off .
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Bad tour guide.
Explore68580170859
, Dec 2018
Only us 2 in the tour. The tour guide is constently busy texting on his phone and rushing us to get the tour over with. At one point he even comment that he is a man of the clock meaning he is intested only to make all check list that need to visit and get us over with.
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Another great tour. It was not a...
JEROME M
, Feb 2018
Another great tour. It was not a hard walk. Good pace and lots to see on this tour. Worth taking this one.
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JB was a great tour guide- very...
Purnima B
, Aug 2017
JB was a great tour guide- very energetic and well- informed. He gave us a good introduction to Rio downtown and we enjoyed walking around that area. Worth- taking
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It turned out to be a private tour...
Jean-Claude B
, Jun 2017
It turned out to be a private tour ! Therefore our guide could be flexible and adapt the program to avoid the places we had already visited the day before. Jean-Baptiste proved to be a great guide because he knows Rio, loves the city and makes you love it too. We discovered places we would not have thought of visiting. The walking experience is definitely the best way to discover a city and its people.
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JB was knowledgeable, spoke English...
Nicholas C
, Sep 2016
JB was knowledgeable, spoke English well and is obviously very passionate about his city. WE got a view of the Museum of Tomorrow from the Benedictine monastery that normally you would not see so got a cracking photograph. Excellent value for money, as got lots of info about getting about Rio in general, Tip -- if you are meeting at a hotel but not resident there then go into reception --- he will look for you there not outside.
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A pretty relaxed meander round the...
ROGER T
, Aug 2016
A pretty relaxed meander round the downtown area of Rio which I probably would not have seen otherwise. Quirky guide who looked after us well.
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Despite a bad start, Juan Bautista...
delalando
, May 2016
Despite a bad start, Juan Bautista provided an interesting walking tour from the Sao Bento monastery to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio. His passion for the history and architecture of Rio was obvious. The tour was quite expensive and I would recommend a tour arranged locally, instead, especially since we spent 30 minutes in a tea shop albeit beautiful, but at the expense of seeing more. As it is, the tour ended one block short of seeing the Teatro Municipal and the Catedral Metropolitana. Fortunately, we were able to continue the walking tour on our own a couple of days later for just the cost of the metro. The tour started badly as the bus went to the wrong hotel at the wrong time and left without us a group of four. We had to take a taxi to catch the group one other person at the monastery. A big problem with arranging tours thru third parties is the communications gap/delay. Between Viator, the local tour company and the tour guide, there were three different stories.
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This was one of my best tours booked...
BusyM
, Feb 2016
This was one of my best tours booked on the Rio trip. It was highly personalized since I was the only one on the tour. The guide was very friendly, warm and knowledgeable and well planed. I had an amazing experience with JB. I wanted to book him for another tour, but he wasn't available. It was a pleasant surprise. Thank you JB! You are the best.

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