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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English and 5 more


Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide. During this 4-hour outing, wind through the narrow lanes and baroque-style buildings while your guide fills you in on the history and legends of the area. Visit sites like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Carioca Square and the Imperial Palace. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Get a feel for the best of Rio with a 4-hour guided walking tour
  • Navigate the narrow streets and appreciate the historic Architecture around Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover Rio's famous sites including Sao Bento Monastery and the Imperial Palace
  • Roundtrip transfers from Rio de Janeiro hotels included
After pickup from your Rio hotel, follow your local guide on this engrossing tour of Old Rio.

Visit the Rio's most impressive church, Nossa Senhora de Cadelária, as well as the ornate São Bento Monastery to view its paintings and gilt carvings. Stop by Praça XV do Novembro, where Brazil's emperors were crowned in the 1800s and many other important historical events took place. View the Portuguese-style Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace), built for Brazil's rulers as a home and workplace in the 1700s. Enjoy engaging commentary from your local guide while you walk, and feel free to ask any questions about the history or culture of Brazil.

Continue your tour with a stroll down Uruguaiana Street, which takes you to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Carioca Square. Your tour concludes here, and you are free to explore the area on your own or enjoy a ride back to your hotel.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

Only us 2 in the tour. The tour guide is constently busy texting on his phone and rushing us to get the tour over with. At one point he even comment that he is a man of the clock meaning he is intested only to make all check list that need to visit and get us over with.

, Apr 2018

Super amazing tour guide! The best in Brazil!!

, Feb 2018

Another great tour. It was not a hard walk. Good pace and lots to see on this tour. Worth taking this one.

, Aug 2017

JB was a great tour guide- very energetic and well- informed. He gave us a good introduction to Rio downtown and we enjoyed walking around that area. Worth- taking

, Jun 2017

It turned out to be a private tour ! Therefore our guide could be flexible and adapt the program to avoid the places we had already visited the day before. Jean-Baptiste proved to be a great guide because he knows Rio, loves the city and makes you love it too.
We discovered places we would not have thought of visiting. The walking experience is definitely the best way to discover a city and its people.

, Sep 2016

JB was knowledgeable, spoke English well and is obviously very passionate about his city. WE got a view of the Museum of Tomorrow from the Benedictine monastery that normally you would not see so got a cracking photograph. Excellent value for money, as got lots of info about getting about Rio in general,

Tip -- if you are meeting at a hotel but not resident there then go into reception --- he will look for you there not outside.

, Aug 2016

A pretty relaxed meander round the downtown area of Rio which I probably would not have seen otherwise. Quirky guide who looked after us well.

, Jun 2016

So interesting with John Baptiste

, May 2016

Despite a bad start, Juan Bautista provided an interesting walking tour from the Sao Bento monastery to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio. His passion for the history and architecture of Rio was obvious. The tour was quite expensive and I would recommend a tour arranged locally, instead, especially since we spent 30 minutes in a tea shop albeit beautiful, but at the expense of seeing more. As it is, the tour ended one block short of seeing the Teatro Municipal and the Catedral Metropolitana. Fortunately, we were able to continue the walking tour on our own a couple of days later for just the cost of the metro.
The tour started badly as the bus went to the wrong hotel at the wrong time and left without us a group of four. We had to take a taxi to catch the group one other person at the monastery. A big problem with arranging tours thru third parties is the communications gap/delay. Between Viator, the local tour company and the tour guide, there were three different stories.

, Mar 2016

He did not show up.

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