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Rio de Janeiro
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Private Custom Full-Day Highlights in Rio: Only the best sights!

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  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro with a driver-guide or separate guide and driver
  • Focus your sightseeing on Rio’s history or nature, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
  • Pricing is per group; accommodates up to 15 people to ensure an intimate experience
  • Convenient round-trip transport available from hotel, port, or airports; entry fees are extra

What's Included

  • Tours with driver-guide: Fully guided only if the guide finds parking.
  • Tours with separate driver and guide: Undivided attention and absolute comfort.
  • Reservation of tickets to the Christ - these must be paid on the day of the tour.
  • The tour duration is 8 hours without lunch, or 9 hours with lunch.
  • The 11 places listed will not be done together, you need to choose the focus art, nature or history
  • Please provide us only ONE passport number. (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

> Please fill in the lead traveler´s passport details (only 1) so we can schedule the group´s tickets to Christ the Redeemer under your name. (High season only). If you prefer not to, please leave it blank. • Hotels: We pick up at all hotels in Rio (including Barra da Tijuca), national and international airports (included). Your guide will wait for you in the hotel lobby. • Your guide will have a sign with your name at the port or airport near the main gate by the colorful kobra face mural. -If you would like a different pick-up time, please send us a message. -At the beginning of the tour, please tell your guide your choice for art, history or nature focus.

What To Expect

Begin your private tour of Rio with pickup at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal. Start out by letting your guide know if you'd prefer the tour to focus on Rio de Janeiro's nature or history—entrance fees are your own expense.

Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. 

Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters) and enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, get personalized attention from your private guide (if option selected) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. 

After a stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant, your afternoon itinerary is customized to suit your preferences. History buffs head for the historic city center to visit Rio's striking Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelândia Square and the Ethnicity Mural. Nature lovers can visit the Tijuca forest and its waterfall, meander Pepino beach at São Conrado, and stop by Leblon's belvedere for some more city views.

Your full-day private tour of Rio ends with convenient drop-off at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal.

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Sugarloaf Mountain

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Pass By)

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Pass By)

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Carioca Aqueduct (Pass By)

Painel Etnias

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cascatinha Taunay

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Santa Teresa

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Pepino Beach

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Painel Etnias

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please fill in the lead traveler´s passport details (only 1) so we can schedule the group´s tickets to Christ the Redeemer in your name. If you prefer not to, please leave it blank.
  • Special restaurants are available: gluten-free, vegan, halal, kosher, please advise.
  • Small pets are allowed (stay in the car part of the time)
  • Wheelchair accessible vans may be provided. Please choose the "van" option at the time of booking.
  • Infant car seats are available. Please advise as a "special request."
  • A small amount of walking is involved.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Please read our voucher for important information before the tour starts.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Christ the Redeemer it was raining so we had to be quick and watch when the clouds moved to get a picture.


250 reviews
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Fred is the best! Mr Rio
Joshua_G, May 2023
Fred is the best point of contact and tour guide anyone could ask for. He is kind patient and knows Rio better than anyone. He goes above & beyond!
Worth It All
Windel_W, May 2023
Lucas treated us like family on this tour. Literally answered every question and translated in two other languages. Impressed with his spots to take photos his knowledge of all the sites we selected. I learned a lot about Rio through him. This tour was worth every penny and started my birthday week in the right direction. It was my birthday so this day was special and it didn’t fail one bit. The driver was there every request even when our feet didn’t work anymore. Our guide made these sights in Rio more special with the story behind every question or request we had. Thank you again for this tour and especially Lucas the man with many languages and knowledge.
Wonderful tour in Rio with a very nice guide
ShiKaung_P, Apr 2023
We had a very enjoyable private tour. Our tour guide Flavio is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional, one of the best guide we ever have. He gave very details for the sites we visited. At the airport drop off, he accompanied us to the terminal and helped us to get the right counter for international flight. Our driver is also very good.
A very Enjoyable Tour in Rio De Janeiro!
Moe_M, Apr 2023
The tour was perfect. The tour guide, Lucas was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very helpful. The driver, Fabio was very accommodating. They worked very well as a team and both contributed to very enjoyable tour.
Fantastic Day in Rio
Odalys_V, Apr 2023
Excellent experience , Fernando (guide) was very knowledgeable about Rio History. Very professional. Same for the Driver. Nuestra experiencia en Rio fue fantástica en este tour. Nuestro guiaFernado. Excelente al igual que el chofer.
An experience of a life time.
Walter_L, Apr 2023
Best experience ever. Igor was an outstanding and educated tour guide. He knew his history and the logistics of the city. We saw the important sites and a few extras. The driver Bruno was a seasoned driver getting around the city safely. An experience of a life time.
Great day in Rio
Bernadette_H, Apr 2023
Excellent private tour got to see all sights in a day. Guide recommended good lunch also. Guide informative arrived on time and met all our expectations.
Excellent Private Tour of Rio
jdjl2xs, Apr 2023
Our guide, Pedro, is excellent! He picked us up at the dock and took us to the hotel to unload the luggage and then we were off on an adventure. Pedro designed the full day tour to make sure we saw the major sites plus a few extras. He is informative, answers questions, and speaks excellent English. He went out of his way to see that we were comfortable and would let us out at the front of the attraction and then park the car and join us. We highly recommend Pedro when you are looking for a private tour of Rio.
Custom Full Day Tour-a must do!
April_S, Apr 2023
If you have limited time in Rio this is an excellent way to see parts of the city that you may not be able to reach on a coach tour. Our guide Guilherme was the best! He was knowledgeable about his city and curated a tour that hit the historic and cultural highlights of Rio. The best thing about this tour is the ability to customize it to your interests and determine the length of each stay.
Easy booking and a great guide, Frederico
Michael_L, Apr 2023
The booking, payment and ticketing process was smooth and easy. Our guide, Frederico, was highly knowledgeable and very helpful. We were tired and he quietly adapted our tour to be less demanding. He was happy to fit in with our requests. We recommend him very highly. Michael and Pam
Tal_L, Apr 2023
Fernando our guide explained everything so well. Great conversations. Very comfortable ride, would book again 100%
Fred is really cool guy!...
Mladena_R, Apr 2023
Fred is really cool guy! Experienced guide with good English skills. He showed us everything we wanted. Recommend!
Rio Magnificat!
Vincent_V, Apr 2023
Guilherme (Gi) was an amazing tour guide who took us to all of the top sites in Rio. His knowledge of Rio, personality and connections truly made this tour exceed all of our expectations. His communication skills before and during the tour was very good and we were able to see everything we wanted. Overall, we are very satisfied with the tour and Guilherme! As world travelers, we always book ‘personalized’ tours since we ask a lot of questions, efficiently go on our pace, and have flexibility with things we want to see. This tour is highly recommended!
Memorable tour of Rio de Janeiro
Robert_E, Mar 2023
Our tour guide - Romeu - was very knowledgable and was able to provide a rich history behind each of the sites that we experienced. His English was very good and had a very pleasant personality. Romeu and our driver were very kind and helpful. We were able to see all the sites that we requested along with a few additional. We highly recommend taking a personalized tour with Romeu.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Wow!!! We are very happy to read your message. Romeu really is an excellent guide! thank you very much! God bless you! Always come back to Rio :D
Best tour
Rachael_U, Mar 2023
Ulysses was the best guide. He was very knowledgeable, friendly answered all of our questions and more. We really enjoyed our tour and would recommend him. He took so many great pictures of us 😀
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hey!!! Ulysses is really wonderful. :) We were happy with his experience. We always strive for our work to meet all expectations. God bless you!
Best Tour and Guide. Nothing better then a small group private tour guide.
Michael_A, Mar 2023
David, our driver was waiting outside the port at 7am as planned. Hopped in his car to Christ the Redeemer. Dropped us off in front to get our ticket for the tram as he parked the car. FYI- go early as we took the 740am tram with no wait going up and back down. Others did not go until after 9 and waited over an hour to come back down. The weather changes constantly with the clouds passing by. Next headed to Sugarloaf, there were 4 cruise ships in port that day so no fast pass was being sold. After David park the car and met us in line, which was pretty long. We told him that no fast pass was available, so he walked to front and talked to them and bang we cut the line and are at the ticket window. 2 minutes later some lady comes up to David and sells us two tickets with a portable machine, bang cut that line and we’re on the gondola in 10 minutes. We finished both before 1030am. We had time before lunch so he drove to Copacabana beach and tools use through the Favelas. Awesome to say the least. Hit The Palace for lunch with Brazilian Rodizo restaurant with every meat you could think of and very good. We went to the Seleron steps which was very crowded but very interesting. We stopped at 2 churches on the way back to the port that were also very beautiful before he dropped us at the pier. A+ tour and going with just 2 of us made it super easy to get around and having a local guide assist with everything surely was worth every penny. Spoke great English, polite, accommodating and could not have been better. Just book it.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
WOW!!! How happy and grateful we were for this review. It is so good to know that you as a customer left satisfied and happy with the tour we provided. Messages like this make us even stronger to continue doing the work we love. Thank you very much, from the heart. Know that whenever you come to Rio you can count on us. Thank you so much :) God bless you.
Wonderful experience
Nelson_N, Mar 2023
The whole experience to see the most beautiful parts of Rio in one day was wonderful, our guide Ederson was very knowledgeable and kind, he explained the best ways for us to enjoy the experience. Honestly I'm planning my next tour to the city. Thank you.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello! How wonderful, we are very happy with your Feedback :) Rio is really wonderful, so glad the experience was complete for you. Count on us for the next tours in our wonderful city. We look forward to serving you again. God blesses :)
All day tour of Rio
Robert_I, Mar 2023
We got a late start thru no fault of our guide but he was great at getting us to some very inteesting parts of Rio. He was knowledgeable, friendly and did a great job with the time we had available. Would definitely recommend
Great tour of Rio!
John_S, Mar 2023
Guide was fantastic. We saw everything we wanted and they accommodated a request to visit Ipanema Beach. My only gripe is that the vehicle they provided didn't have enough room to be comfortable for the two people who had to ride in the back.
Rio, we will return!
William_S, Mar 2023
Frederico was exceptional. He did the best he could steering us with the terrible traffic, lines and crowds. Our ship was very late disembarking, so Fred helped us decide on a modified itinerary. He was cheerful, polite, knowledgeable and gracious to us as well as others. Highly recommend future visitors request Fred for their guide.


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