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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  13 to 15 hours

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Combine a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions with an evening of samba at the Plataforma Show! This is the ultimate day out in Rio — enjoy a city tour of downtown attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Square; ride the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the cog train to the top of Corcovado Mountain; see the statue of Christ the Redeemer; marvel at amazing views of the city; and end your day with a colorful dance performance that celebrates Brazil’s cultural roots. Hotel or port transport, lunch and dinner are included.

Highlights

  • Rio de Janeiro full-day Super Saver combo tour
  • Get an overall look at the vibrant city of Rio, from mountains to historic buildings to dance
  • See city attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square and the Sambadrome
  • Visit the summits of the city’s two famous mountains — Sugar Loaf and Corcovado
  • Enjoy an up-close look at the statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • Watch a 2-hour performance of samba and other Brazilian cultural dance and music styles at the Plataforma Show
  • Lunch, dinner, cable car ride and cog wheel train ride are all included

What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show

Plataforma Samba Show

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour (10 hours)
Your Rio Super Saver begins with morning pickup at your hotel or the cruise port, followed by a tour of downtown. Pass attractions like the Sambadrome, and stop briefly at the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), known for its pyramid shape.

Visit Cinelandia Square to see its historic buildings, including the National Library and National Museum of Fine Arts, and then make your way to the Urca neighborhood, where you’ll board the cable car for the ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar).

During the ride, make a quick stop at a 700-foot (215-meter) vantage point where you can admire stunning views of the city, from Guanabara Bay to Rio’s other famous mountain, Corcovado. Snap a few photos before getting back in the cable car for the rest of the ride up to Sugar Loaf’s summit. From here, gaze in awe at the expansive view of the city, including sights like Copacabana Beach and Santa Cruz Fortress.

Next, enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant before starting the afternoon portion of your tour, which begins with a drive through Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district on your way to the Cosme Velho train station. Here, board the cog train for a scenic ride through the Tijuca Rainforest and up to the city’s most iconic landmark — the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Standing at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 meters), the 1930s statue boasts a height of 98 feet (30 meters) and a wingspan of 92 feet (28 meters) and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend 45 minutes here, enjoying the sweeping views of Rio’s beaches, mountains and waterways.

After taking the train back down, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, where you can freshen up for about an hour before the evening portion of your Super Saver begins.

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro (5 hours)
You’ll be picked up again for the ride to Leblon, one of Rio’s most affluent neighborhoods, where the Plataforma Show takes place. You'll have plenty of time for your buffet dinner at the Plataforma Restaurant before the show begins. Your meal includes barbecued meat and seafood, salads and sushi; drinks and dessert are available for purchase at your own expense.

After dinner, head into the theater for the Plataforma Show, a colorful spectacle of lively music, outrageous costumes and, of course, samba — Brazil’s famous style of dance that takes its influences from Portuguese, African and indigenous cultures. During the two-hour show, watch the dancers give it all they’ve got alongside drummers and performers demonstrating capoeira, a Brazilian movement that combines martial art with dance.

The show finishes at midnight with a Carnival parade, after which you’ll be returned to your hotel or cruise port (or you can stay out on your own to continue your night, making your own way back when you wish).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Incredible!!!! Our guide was very nice and our tour was very very exciting!!! Love it!!!

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