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Full Day Rio Sightseeing including Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable Car

  • When does it run?

    Thursday to Monday: (Till 31 Oct 20)
    Daily: (From 01 Nov 20)

  • Start time
    Hotel pick-ups from 8:00am.
  • Duration
    10 hours
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Scenic city tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Train ticket
  • Cable car ticket
  • Light lunch
COVID-19 Safety guidelines

Key Highlights

  • See the city, Corcovado, Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, all in one day
  • A superb introduction to magnificent Rio – perfect if you are short of time
  • Stunning views that will knock your socks off!
  • Excellent lunch included
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

Overview

Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), Rio is an exhilarating place to visit. There is so much to see and experience and, if your time is limited, this is the ideal program. You will get to view all the main highlights in one sweeping tour that will leave you with indelible memories of this extraordinary place.

Start the day with a tour of downtown Rio, taking in the historic architecture, the famous Sambodrome parade ground and the modern masterpiece of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then take the cable car up the legendary Sugar Loaf Mountain to admire the stupendous views and appreciate the cinematic setting of this great metropolis.

After lunch, travel by cog train through the dense Tijuca Rain Forest to the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the vast granite hump of Corcovado Mountain. Here the views are even more spectacular than those from the Sugar Loaf.

Return to your hotel with a camera full of eye-popping panoramas that will astound your friends when you get home!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Thursday to Monday: (Till 31 Oct 20)
    Daily: (From 01 Nov 20)

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Start time

    Hotel pick-ups from 8:00am.

  • Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details.
    Cruise Ship passengers: When you arrive, please go to the main exit at gate at Warehouse 4. A Guide will greet you with a sign with the Gray Line Logo.

  • Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point

Itinerary

  • For your Scenic Tour of Rio – Corcovado, Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this full-day tour.

    The excursion starts with a sightseeing tour of downtown Rio passing by the Sambodrome, huge parade ground used during the Carnival, and the huge cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a masterpiece of modern architecture.

    You will see Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. By way of the Aterro do Flamengo, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

    To ascend this dramatic peak you will take a cable car in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high. Here you will see beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.

    From this stage, a second cable car will take you right up to the top. At 395 meters (1283 feet) you’ll enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói.

    After the morning tour, relax and enjoy a light lunch at a seafood restaurant in Ipanema. In the afternoon (except on Sundays), go by the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (the most famous lake in Rio) on your way to reach the Cosme Velho Train Station at the bottom of Corcovado Mountain.

    You will ride up the mountain through the dense Tijuca rain forest to the Christ Redeemer Statue. On the way up you will get a close look at the jungle vegetation and butterflies and see fine views of Ipanema and Leblon.

    At the top you have between 40 to 60 minutes to enjoy the truly spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside. Your guide will also tell you more about the iconic Christ Redeemer statue. Constructed between 1922 and 1931 in art deco style, it is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. At nearly 40 meters (130 ft) in height (including pedestal), it is one of the tallest of its kind in the world.

    After riding the train back down, you will be taken back to your hotel or to the cruise port.

    Find the hotel pick up list. Please check USEFUL DOWNLOADS. If your hotel does not feature on this list the local operator will advise the most convenient pick up point.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Scenic city tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Train ticket
  • Cable car ticket
  • Light lunch
  • All drinks (including drinks at lunch)
  • Dessert

Useful downloads

Please note

Upon arrival in Brazil, please call the number on your voucher to confirm your pick-up time and location.

Pick up is available from most hotels in the São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana areas of Rio de Janeiro. If we are not able to pick up from your hotel an alternate pick up location will be arranged upon reconfirmation.

Please be ready in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to the agreed pick up time. The guide will come in and call you by name. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding the coach.

Regrettably this tour is not wheelchair accessible

This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Should it not be possible to operate the tour on the date you have booked for you will be offered the opportunity to move to another date or a full refund.

At the start of the tour the vehicle will travel through Rio to pick up other passengers. If you wish to avoid this you can be picked up from the past meeting point, when you call to confirm your pick-up our local partners will be able to confirm which is the last pick up point.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Tap water is not drinkable in Brazil. It is advisable to carry your own bottled water

Customer Reviews

  • Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ Statue
    Sandra R Lansdowne, Albania 02/08/2016
  • Very good tour ,very well organised
    raffaele lancuba, Australia 03/29/2014
  • great tour
    k y griffin, United Kingdom 10/22/2013

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