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Underneath Christ Redeemer's arms. Images: Diogo Obadia

Rio by Day-Skip the Line-Sugar Loaf with City Tour, Lunch & Corcovado Mountain with Christ Redeemer

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

See both the world-famous Christ Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain

Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic city tour of downtown Rio, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and more
  • Ride a cable car to Morro de Urca (Urca Hill) and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Enjoy views from Corcovado Mountain
  • Ride a train through the lush Tijuca Rainforest and visit the famous Christ Redeemer statue overlooking Rio
  • GPS-Triggered commentary in Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.
  • Interesting look on the History of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil itself, from its discovery all the way to modern days.
  • Get the insider’s look into Rio’s Lifestyle

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Transfer to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana (South Zone), and some in Barra da Tijuca
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Cable Car Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Train Ticket
  • Live audio guide – available in 9 different languages

Exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
  • Keep in mind that if you want to avoid picking other passenger, just ask us to be picked up from the last departure point on the tour.
  • This tour does not operate on Carnival, Dec 24, 25 & 31.
  • Pay attention to the location of the hotel you are staying at. There are pick ups in hotels in the South Zone of the city and Barra da Tijuca. They are distinct zones with different prices. If you are staying in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana, please select the option South Zone hotels. If you are staying in Barra da Tijuca, please select the option Barra hotels.
  • If you are staying at Tropical Barra or Royalty Barra Hotels, you must go to the meeting point at Rio Tur Kiosk.
  • If you are staying at Ibis Barra or Mercure Barra Hotels, you must go to the meeting point at Barra Grill Barbecue House

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Nov 13 2017
To be honest, I'm finding this questionnaire a little ambiguous, but if you're referring to the general activity on the tour, it was good, balanced between walking, riding, etc. and catering to all ages and levels of fitness.The tour guide on the day - a local woman, middle-aged, shoulder length dark hair, was also a lecturer at a University in Rio (I wish I recalled her name) - was excellent! She was the perfect combination of warmth, welcoming, considerate, bright bubbly personality, very informed and generous with sharing her knowledge, and enthusiastic about the city and sites. She's a brilliant representative for your company, and I hope you reward her accordingly.
Feb 21 2017
Enjoyed our day of sightseeing. Lunch was very good. Not much to see driving through Rio though.
Feb 16 2017
These attractions are great!!
Jul 15 2016
Amazing. Worth the $$$. I love it
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itinerary

ITINERARY

Two of the most famous sights in Rio de Janeiro are at your fingertips on this day-long tour. Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains, including the impressive Christ Redeemer statue overlooking the city should definitely be at the top of your list, and Gray Line Rio de Janeiro is the perfect guide for your day.

In the morning, while we move along the beaches of the South Zone of Rio to collect guests, you will catch up nice views from famous beaches such as Leblon beach next to the famous Ipanema Beach. In Copacabana you will testify why cariocas have such a beautiful tan. While you travel through these neighborhoods, you will hear a few tips on what to do around them and the interesting stories that took place in these streets.

Head Downtown through the charming Botafogo shore where you will have the first glimpse of Sugar Loaf. then you will pass through the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood, which hosts the Guanabara Palace, the ancient home of Princess Isabel who signed the Golden Law to free all slaves.

After we cross the Santa Barbara tunnel, we will do a panoramic tour of downtown Rio passing next to the Sambodrome and a stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral which was built in a pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters.

You will have a few minutes to visit the Cathedral until it’s time to get back to the bus and get perspectives of the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater. From there, you will make your way to Urca through Aterro do Flamengo and its parks, designed by Burle Marx and hear all about Brazil’s participation in World War II as well as the founding of the city back in the late 1500s, just before arriving to Sugar Loaf.

You will travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dummont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood and Corcovado Mountain.

From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top. When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from Copacabana beach, Niterói and the Santa Cruz fortress.

Explore Urca and Sugar Loaf hills for about 45 minutes before getting back to the bus. Here you can catch up views of the charming city, see the native rainforest and take your best shots you will ever take. Back down behold Rio’s scenery on your way to have a traditional Barbecue Lunch, All you can eat style. Brazilian Churrascarias (Barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options, in case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted.

After lunch we make our way to Cosme Velho neighborhood, from we will catch a 20 minute train ride up Corcovado Mountain through the lush and dense Tijuca rainforest to the towering Christ Redeemer statue. Standing guard over the city of Rio, up to 38m tall (125ft).Looking up you will feel blessed and protected by this beautiful monument of Christ with open arms. now one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! From up there you can see most of the town, all of the south zone and all the way to Niteroi. It is a unique view that will astound you. You will have about 40 minutes to get to know all the sides and views of Corcovado and Its worldwide known Christ Statue.

After riding the train back down, guests will make their way back to their hotels while having a chance to hear about Rio’s economy, the two times World Cups were held in Brazil and life in the Favelas. This full day tour will give you all of Rio de Janeiro: Its main attractions, its history, its lifestyle and delicious food. Your Local’s crash course.

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Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.