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Vivianne, our local guide, spoke excellent English. As our family of 3 were the only ones on the tour, Vivianne looked after us like a friend..introducing us to this lovely city she calls home. We had bought 'Skip the Line' admission tickets to both the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer, which saved us lots of time. She also stopped at interesting places of interest so we could have time to savour the moment. As she took us around in her car, she went out of her way to stop by the steps with the colourful tiles because my daughter had heard so much about it...though it wasn't on our itinerary.Though we had only the weekend at Rio,we felt that we have fallen in love with Rio in that short time..as we saw it through the eyes of a guide who loves this city! Thank you Vivianne!!
Vivian picked us up at the airport and was ahead of schedule. She was so sweet and answered all of our questions. She took us to our hotel and the tour was planned for the following day. That evening, without me asking, she texted to make sure I was okay and that we had suggestions for places to eat that night. She gave us tips for things to do that evening and had some great ideas. On our tour day, she arrived again, ahead of schedule and was waiting on us after we finished breakfast. She allowed me to use her cell charger in her car so I had enough power to keep taking pictures all day : She took us to Christ the Redeemer first and helped us purchase our tickets. After the Big Jesus, she took us around town, showing us the sights, and offered tips on what to do. We ended with a trip to Sugarloaf and she helped us there as well. We wanted to grab some food and she even took the time to walk us through the menu and order for us. She was informative, thoughtful, and so helpful throughout the whole day. I can't say enough good things about this tour or about Vivian! :
Vivian could improve by talking more about history of the places we saw. I wished she had stopped a little bit so we could get lunch. She picked up from airport in the morning at 9am, and went on a city tour but didn't stop for lunch when asked 2x. After the trip, we were so hungry and could only eat dinner.
To do this transfer and tour is a WONDERFUL plan!!! Vivian was waiting for us at the airport and confirmed, as we had planned, to take us on the tour the following day as our arrival was early and we were exhausted from an all-night flight. However, she took the long way to our hotel so she could give us a little overview of Rio and some of it's highlights. This was a grand intro! And Vivian's English is super: she did live in LA for 10 years! The following day, she picked us up at our hotel with a diver, Edvino, who was also terrific!! He's a great driver on some steep, narrow, winding and busy streets! What a plus! And our tour of Rio was just EXCELENT!! We saw all the most important sights Christ the Redeemer was the highlight of all our trip! but never felt rushed. Vivian answered all our questions and gave us lots of background info. We felt completely safe in her capable hands at all times. Thank you, Vivian!!! You really made our trip!
Russell and Julie K.
The owners of this business are very pleasant and accommodating. Our group of four was coming to Rio de Janeiro for a cruise vacation. Our arrival flight was delayed by 24 hours so we missed our one night hotel stay, and it was also arriving after the recommended time for doing the tour.
With a brief phone call, our airport transfer was changed to the following day and we were transported to the cruise ship terminal inside of the originally planned hotel. The tour was changed to the following day, and one hour early so that we could get the complete tour and still have time to board our cruise ship.
The airport pick-up was easy and a driver was present outside of the baggage arrival holding a sign with our names. The same convenience was given the following day outside of the cruise terminal.
Our city tour guide was one of the owners. She gave our group, as well as four other travelers, the option to choose travel routes and time needed for each stop. Her knowledge and her English was very good.
I give it my recommendation.
Well we were picked up at the airport by Viviane straight to the car then to hotel my wife and myself the only pick up in an audiA4 nice clean and efficient a good running commentary on the way to the hotel dropped us so we could check in and quick shower for the rest of our tour an hour later.
We did a quick tour of several areas all explained what and where we were, then it was up to Corcovado on the train and the views were amazing had a quick snack/lunch before we left for a city tour again shown things from the new cathedral to a bohemian type area Lape and then on to sugar loaf which also was an amazing experience. I have to say that Viviane the tour guide was excellent very knowledgeable and also very friendly I would recommend this tour as its great value met at the airport and a tour which covers all the main touristy to do things, in fact we got back after 6 ish absolutely shattered but well worth it as we only have a few days in Rio before picking up a cruise ship. If you do this trip try and ask for Viviane she is great value. Thanks Richard and Sue
Our tour guide picked us up in a newer Audi at the airport and took us to our hotel. We were the only ones on the tour, so being picked up in her Audi is probably not an everyday thing. She gave us an hour to get situated at our hotel and then picked us up and took us to Sugarloaf. We were there for about 2 hours or more and had lunch there at the cafe'. The food was great. Afterwards, we went to Christ the Redeemer statue and that took another 2 hours or so. Next stop would have been downtown, but we were worn out and decided to skip that part of the tour and go back to the hotel. The traffic in Rio is awful and it takes forever to get from Point A to Point B. Anyway, I wish I had the tour guide's name handy to post on here, but her card is still packed in a suitcase.
My tour was amazing. Vivian was nice, on time at airport. The day after we were going to visit Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. So we let Vivian know beforehand and programed a itinerary with other places (Santa Teresa, Escadería Selarón, Catedral San Sebastían, Lagoa and few others). I recommend it!
We had a really great time in Rio. We were met at the airport by Vivian Beiser who drove us to our Hotel.The next morning we were collected by Vivian and Anna had a wonderful day with both of them.We were taken to the Christ the Redeemer statue by and the Sugar Loaf Mountain both extremely well looked after by Anna. Vivian drove us to some amazing places and pointed out some very interesting sights. We had a really good experience and teally enjoyed ourselves.
Vivian's husband met us at the airport and took us to our hotel. Later Vivian came back with the van and picked us up. Gave us a fantastic tour of the highlights of Rio and returned us to our hotel at the conclusion. She speaks wonderful English and is so warm and helpful. She is very knowledgeable and pointed out not on the history but told us much about the culture of this great city. Worth every dollar we paid. Great one day tour before we boarded our ship to take a 14 day cruise of South America.
Everything Viator did was great..... However, it rained when visiting the Christ the king monument and fog spoiled our views from Sugarloaf. Now we need to take another trip to RIO!
Excellent tour, very interesting, and a lot of information from our guides Sergio y Jose Carlos, both of them very friendly, Thank you so much, the tour was amazing!