Starting in the historical heart of the city, this tour reveals the legacy of Rio’s often turbulent past.
Wander cobbled streets to see lovely colonial architecture bequeathed by the Portuguese in the 16th to 18th centuries – the Imperial Palace, France-Brasil House (old Royal Custom House), the Lapas Arches and the Benedictine Monastery. View 19th century gems such as the Candelária Church, the Banco de Brasil and the Casa França-Brasil, and contrast them with the modern masterpiece of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
This is a different kind of walking tour which gives you a feel for the legends and stories woven through the narrow streets and old buildings of downtown Rio.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Hotel pick ups from 1:00pm
Duration: 4 hours
Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point
At the start of your Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in a coach at a time pre-arranged with the activity operator and driven to the start of the walk.
The tour tells the history of Rio as it is expressed in the neighborhoods, monuments and significant buildings.
You will see the magnificent São Bento Monastery and Church, one of the finest Benedictine complexes in Brazil, and the neo-classical Candelária Church, the largest church in Rio. The Candelária was the site of an infamous incident in 1993 when eight destitute young people were killed with the active assistance of the police.
You will see Praca XV, a square which has featured prominently in Rio’s history. From 1743 to 1889 it was home to the government not only of Rio de Janeiro but also Brazil. The square was later renamed Praca 15 de Novembro to mark the date on which Brazil became a Republic (15 November 1889).
Close to Praça XV is the Imperial Palace This architectural treasure was built in the 18th century as a residence for the governors of colonial Brazil. It was later used by the King of Portugal and by the Emperors of Brazil.
Stroll along the cobbled street of the Travessa do Mercado and admire the lovely old buildings. See the beautifully restored Banco de Brasil, now a cultural center, and the Casa França-Brasil, Brazil’s first neo-classical building. Constructed in 1820 to a design by a French architect, it started life as a Custom House but is now an exhibition space.
Your guide will show you Rua do Ouvidor (Ouvidor Street), once one of the most important streets in Rio, linking the port to the warehouses. Although it has lost its earlier status, it is still a busy commercial street, full of shops, banks, and restaurants. You will walk along Gonçalves Dias Street with its traditional Colombo Coffee Shop.
You’ll see the Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), originally built as an aqueduct to bring water to the city. Built in the 18th century, the arches are an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.
The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street and through Carioca Square to the Metropolitan Cathedral where you will meet the coach that will take you back to your hotel.
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.
“If you would like to avoid picking up and dropping off other passengers, please ask for the last meeting point location when calling to reconfirm or when selecting your pick up point.
On Week days at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for tours departing until 9:00am. After that, at the Marina Palace hotel.
On Saturday at the Marina Palace hotel for all tours.
On Sundays and holidays at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for all tours.”
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