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!
10 hoursStart time
Hotel pick-ups from 8:00am.
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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.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point
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. Download the list of Hotels from which pick up is offered. If your hotel does not feature on this list the local operator will advise the most convenient pick up point.
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.
The weather was great the views from Sugar Loaf Mountain was spectacular and wherever you looked there was Rio, the bay and the beaches below us. Beautiful. We travelled to the...Sandra R Lansdowne, Albania
It was a fun day and in my opinion everybody had lots of enjoyment...raffaele lancuba, Australia
This tour was excellent. We saw everything in one day.The tour guide was informative and friendly. The lunch was lovely. This tour is a must if you go to Rio...k y griffin, United Kingdom
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